after a short ferry ride, you open your eyes, surrounded by wild peacocks, private beach, and a gorgeous French chateau. What is more romantic than saying I Do on a private island?
I then bustled Kaye’s dress. This is one of my favorite moments with my brides. It’s a pause in the otherwise fast-paced day where she and I can connect, take a breath, and have that time together.
Kaye and Scott introduced their seriously fun bridal party and danced with each other and then their parents.
After dinner, the white and girly martini bar opened up, complete with dirty, espresso, and pineapple flavors.
The lower Terrace housed a French lounge of beige couches and wood accents where the guests could smoke their hand rolled cigars from a Cuban master roller.
Just up the stairs was a speakeasy accessible only by a password. I proposed this idea to Kaye, who loved this element of surprise. Side note: I love brides who aren’t afraid to take these creative chances and HAVE FUN! After the toasts, we announced that to gain access to the bourbon and bacon bar, you had to have the right word. We secretly chose the phrase “Big Daddy” (which is the father of the bride’s nickname) and soon enough, guests were giggling and passing it on. With the right phrase, guests had their choice of four bourbons and multiple dipped bacon flavors. Next to the cigar roller was a giant fishbowl filled with custom cigar matchsticks.
This gorgeous custom cake was created by the talented Elegant Temptations team. The blush fondant was such a subtle hue that complimented the edible gold foil and real flowers. For an extra destination island feel, we chose coconut and vanilla rum flavors. Cue the mouth watering.
We worked with the amazing, and oh so sought after, Hudson Project band from Elan Artists. Since Scott works in music, it was imperative to find the right musicians and artists who could properly execute the type of music Kaye and Scott desired (everything from Boz Scaggs to Bruno Mars)
At midnight the band led a conga line back into the mansion for the after party where guests again saw the Havana nights theme play out. One of Miami’s top DJs finished the night out in true “party after dark” style. Displayed were all sorts of late night bites like chicken and waffles, sliders, and donuts! With a quick bridal outfit change into something more comfortable, Kaye and Scott, and all their friends danced until 2am celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs. Dixon!