preciosa + alejandro | coconut grove wedding



One of the sweetest couples I have worked with.  Preciosa and Alejandro were referred to me by one of my past couples and also very sweet, Katie and Kennan.  They came to see me in need of a full wedding package.  Preciosa was a full time student at FIU and Alejandro worked full time.  They did not have time to plan their wedding and needed the help of a planner.  After listening to what they had envisioned for their wedding and their likes and dislikes we embarked on a wonderful journey together.

The Ceremony took place at St. Patricks Catholic Church. The Bride and Groom had to change their original wedding day because they wanted this church so badly.  It was love at first sight when they first walked in. 

They are both from Venezuela and Alejandro’s family is of Italian descent.  As you can imagine the two most important items on their list were “superb food” and “great music and dancing”.  Preciosa and I spent many days and hours together and all we talked about was food.  A true “foodie” at heart!

The Coconut Grove Women’s Club was the venue of choice.  Exactly what they were looking for.  A warm and cozy venue that felt completely theirs for the evening.  They loved the wood ceilings and floors and the beautiful trees that decorated the outside of the venue. Bill Hansen was the obvious choice for catering.  They were both very impressed with the food and presentation.  In addition to the catering company we hired a company that specializes in cheese tables.  A cheese table is very popular in Venezuela and it is a table setting of not only gourmet cheeses and crackers but also several cold cuts, breads and fruits.  This table was made available to the guests throughout the entire evening to snack as they pleased.

Both Preciosa and Alejandro wanted a very traditional wedding.  The color scheme was a light moss green with gold accents and touches of ivory and orange.  The feel was of an old world. Family and traditions were very important to this couple.

The guests were greeted at the cocktail reception by a delightful Bossa Nova and the mouth watering hors d’oeuvres from Bill Hansen’s Catering.

We lined the tables with beautiful embroidered ivory linens and used the mahogany chiavaris to stay in line with the wood ceilings and flooring of the venue.  A tall gold flower and candle holder was placed in the center of the tables.  This majestic piece held two floral arrangements which consisted of white and moss green hydranges, yellow miniature orchids known as yorkies, orange and green dendrobiums with green and orange cymbidiums and natural curly willows.  Truly spectacular.  The stem of the holder was filled with small votive  candles. Candles were placed everywhere to add to the warmth of the amber up lighting.  The fireplace was filled with candles and made for a stunning backdrop to the couples sweetheart table.

Tartara is a very famous band in Venezuela.  They say that if you do not use Tartara in Venezuela then your wedding is not considered a great wedding.  Tartara has expanded it’s wings to Miami and we contracted them for this great Venezuelan wedding.  We had an amazing “hora loca”.  A tradition that started in Venezuela.  This couple customized the “cotillones” goodies for their guests to wear.  Each guest was given a gift bag with a full costume to wear during the “hora loca”.  From hats, glasses, mustaches, shirts, bibs, beads, boas, masks, etc.  Everything and anything you could think of.  A truly spectacular “hora loca”!

The cake was a beautiful and delicious masterpiece from Filled and Frosted.  The Bride in following with the Venezuelan tradition had special charms tied with a ribbon inserted into the cake for the bridesmaids to pull.  Each charm represented something special for the person who pulled it.

Such a beautiful evening filled with much love from family and friends. The guests departed with a beautiful gift box containing a small coffee maker with two cups and saucers.  A wonderful and thoughtful end to a truly beautiful wedding.

The vendors who brought this dream to life are as follows; A Pico Studio for Photography and Videography, Aroma Espresso, Bill Hansen Catering, Coconut Grove Women’s Club, Event Cons, Filled and Frosted, It’s A Party Party Rentals, Masters Musicians, Meilan Limo, Nevot Florwers, Padrino Limo, Quintin Quintero for Makeup and last but not least, Tartara.

A special thank you to my assistant Nikki for all her hard work and especially for learning how to read my mind and putting up with my constant nagging!!!