Simply elegant…Sophisticated…Exquisite….Breathtaking!!!!! Any one of these adjectives could describe Ilana and Ben’s wedding. Unique…Spectacular…Amazing and most of all …Incredible is what it was!
From the moment I began working with Ilana, her mom Bevy and sister Tali it was destined for something special. We laughed, lived and loved every moment of planning this wedding. I admit I had a little heads up having known the family since before Ilana was born! I knew what my challenge was going to be. So let’s get started and design a wedding!
Our first step was to select the venue. We needed something that reflects the modern but respects the past…The Eden Roc Hotel was the perfect choice. The Eden Roc is a grande dame of hotels. Having been designed by Morris Lapidus, who also designed The Fontainebleau Hotel…but that is a later blog!
Hint~ When I look at venues I always look at the potential photo ops as well. Will my bride have the kind of pictures that are timeless works of art?
Ilana, Bevy & Tali had a vision of Hollywood Splendor. We wanted that feeling of when glamour reigned and you dressed for dinner.
The girls were each visions of beauty in their gowns; Ilana rocked her two piece Monique Lhuillier by Chic Parisien. Bevy – our Mother of the Bride – was sexy, sophisticated and the epitome of elegance in her gold, custom Rene Ruiz while Ilana’s sister, Tali – the Maid of Honor – was fresh and fabulous in her Badgley Mischka. Each gown’s design complimented the other resulting in our best dressed “Committee” ever!
The Mona Lisa, one of the few Jr. Ballrooms in Miami Beach was perfect for the ceremony. The Grand Ballroom had the elegance we needed for reception and the Pompei room for Cocktails. This enabled us to use the space, flip the room and then have the after party there! An added bonus!!! We have the place, now let’s fill in the space.
We selected Xquisite Events for our décor. Jon “got” what Ilana wanted and together we created this uber glamorous wedding.
The ceremony was to have an ethereal quality, which it did. Candles created a beautiful glow as they placed around the room in the wall niches. Touches of bling reflected the lights like twinkling stars. Our bride and groom lit up the room.
~ Details ~
Guests were treated to a lavish cocktail hour where one passing tray surpassed the next, as did the variety of stations.
A combination of lounge furniture, cocktail tables and hi boys would serve the dual purpose of later becoming our after party.
The ballroom was spectacular in its reveal and each table hit perfection! There were three varied centerpiece designs that all mirrored an element of each other in detail, the linens were lush in texture and feel, adding the acrylic chivari’s was just the right touch.
The finishing details of a charger, menu, napkin treatment and crystal trim table #’s completed the look and confirmed that nothing was left out.
Libido Band guaranteed us a packed floor and they delivered as everyone danced the night away! The room was filled with love and incredible energy. For those who needed an extra boost, a candy table was just the answer. And just when you thought it was over…it’s after party time!
~ Credits ~
Floral & Décor: Xquisite Events
Linen: Nuage Design
Chair & Charger Rentals: Atlas Party Rental
Table details: Pieces of Dreams
Invitation: Natural Impressions for Pieces of Dreams
Accessories: Pieces of Dreams
Photography: Domino Arts Photography
Videography: Blueshore Productions
Planning & Design: Susan Jaffe, Pieces of Dreams Events