Inspired by the unique and organic sophistication of one of Miami’s most beautiful resorts, The 1 Hotel South Beach birthed a whole new creative process to showcase a natural, modern and elegant wedding weekend in one of the greatest places to have a destination wedding –Miami. As our feature is published on Wedding Chicks today, I am super excited to share this project. I was so blessed to partner and collaborate with some of the best talent in the South Florida industry, who gladly embraced everything that came after my uttering “I have this idea…”. Per typical Oh My Occasions process, I set out to embrace the unique, do what had never-been-done, and take risks in the most unusual places. This is how it all came together…[line] We achieved our cohesive vision by prioritizing the unique elements of the 1 Hotel South Beach and allowing those details to flow into a more personalized design.
If you’ve never had the chance to visit 1 Hotel South Beach, you’re immediately greeted by a greenery wall that is truly a work of art. If the smell of smooth sandalwood (and whatever else they have in that mesmerizing scent) doesn’t put you at immediate ease, the casual lobby lounge is sure to do it. Featuring driftwoods, glass terrariums, beige upholstery, and structured cedar elements, there’s an unusually natural yet clean cohesiveness about it.
During the design process, we made sure to feature easy-to-customize elements and a theme that would compliment the existing natural elements, so that any bride and groom could personalize as their own. We hand chose every detail of the decor and personal items to compliment the hotel’s existing raw elements by blending natural woods, loose greenery with crisp whites, marbles, and acrylic.
The invitation was a custom made folio from Ink and Elegance featuring a wood design cover mimicking the hotel lobby’s wood partitions.
Resting inside, laid a resin mold with wood and greenery set; the idea being that no two invites or foliage would look the same, just as in nature.The cork patterned heels were the perfect understated wood element, while we opted for a specially designed chain garter. I drew up a rendering of what I wanted this unique “garter” to look like; our nontraditional bride doesn’t want a standard elastic-and-lace piece, she is the natural, of-the-Earth embracer. Annie’s Gem Boutique was eager to put together something with an emerald gem to tease a hint of color.By keeping the bride’s gown muted and simple, we were able to add romantic details and accents of color in ways that weren’t over exaggerated. The Noel and Jean Josephine gown from our friends at Lighthouse Bridal fit effortlessly while soft curls by ENV Makeup, and a beautiful Lia Terni crown topped off her look. The custom hair piece incorporated the greens and sleek whites that were ever-present throughout the rest of the day. The custom-designed round cut ring and halo from Matthew’s Jewelers exuded a floral and grown-from-the-earth quality that, again, matched the consistent organic theme.We loved the way the diamond halo played off the succulent’s structure.
Designing the florals was a task I trusted entirely to the visionary, RodriStudio. After meeting with him to design, I requested a rare and exclusive bouquet, that had “never been done before”! I wanted to anticipate a new trend, a way to take risks with otherwise traditional elements. The flowing “clutch bouquet” was created. With glass orbs and geometric succulent encasings, this bouquet was one that makes any unique bride squeal with excitement. A matching succulent boutonnière contrasted the tailored gray tuxedo and black velvet lapel, bowtie, and shoes.
The groom wore a custom slate and black velvet tuxedo from Sartori Amici My Groom’s Room, complete with The Lapel Project‘s velvet peak lapels. The reception tables began as a rough sketch and a bold desire to incorporate elements that wouldn’t normally be combined. Designed by Oh My Occasions, the tables integrated practical elements with never-been-seen-before accents like laser cut wood menu buckles and resin name pieces that were used as flatware arches. Pulling in more of the acrylic elements, driftwood, succulents, orchids, and plumosa ferns sat softly in a plexi-bed lined with sand along the length of the tables. The dowel chairs, exclusive to Lavish Event Rentals, mirrored the white and wood tabletop theme, with modern marble charger plates, against the 1 Hotel South Beach Ballroom’s live plant wall. The wedding cake sat on an acrylic pedestal with an overgrown greenery base, creating the illusion of a floating dessert piece by Sweet Guilt by Angelica. The locally-made Taja Collection candles were wood engraved with a custom quote and playful innuendo, which any bride could personalize for their wedding favors.
The private outdoor terrace allowed us to create an intimate ceremony setup while Reverend Michael Calderin shared a few pieces of advice and prayer. The non-traditional ceremony set up positioned chairs to surround the couple, and create a literal and metaphorical opening for their new journey as husband and wife. Specialty Twig chairs, from Lavish Event Rentals, resembled the intertwined look of the wood and greenery. The custom built geometric panel was purposed to frame the couple. It featured long stemmed cala lilies with more of the same wood and glass pieces seen throughout the wedding.
We believe in being completely enveloped in your love and marriage, so it was important that the romantic elements spilled over into the next day. Stay tuned for our next feature of the “day after I do” where we witness breakfast in bed, a private newlywed poolside cabana, dancing, and more!
Captured beautifully by the ridiculously talented Erika Delgado Photo