Childhood friends who grew up to be sweethearts, Tim and Lisa knew for many years that they would get married! One day after enjoying a meal at their favorite restaurant on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, the couple ended their date with a walk on the beach — an opportunity Tim could not pass up! The two got engaged that evening and began planning their December wedding at Miami wedding venue Eden Roc Miami Beach. Soft and romantic was the theme of the celebration, the bridesmaids wearing pale pink gowns and the bride adorned in a stunning dress of satin and lace. Warm wraps were offered to guests as they took their seats for the outdoor ceremony, the weather being cool and breezy. A beaming Lisa met her groom beneath an arch swathed in white fabric and topped with hydrangeas and roses. Following the pronouncement of “husband and wife,” cocktails were savored by the pool before all moved inside the Ocean Tower Ballroom for the reception, where dining and dancing were enjoyed amidst a beautiful display of ivory, pink, and silver decor. Smell that salty sea air with this celebration by Orlando wedding photographer Kristen Weaver Photography!
Tell us about your wedding gown.
My Lazaro gown was ivory satin, strapless, with heavy lace appliqué detail on the bodice and train. My mom and I were hoping to find a dress with a little something “more,” but just fell in love with this gown – I had that ‘this is the one’ dress moment. We talked about it with the consignment shop owner Barbara, and she sent us to Christina Alterations, a shop around the corner. It turned out, unbelievably, that the seamstress there had several lengths of exactly the same lace as was used on my gown. She custom-made my removable lace overlay with sleeves. It was beautiful and unique. It also allowed me to have three different looks for the “first look,” the ceremony, and the reception (hair down/strapless, hair up/ lace overlay, hair up/strapless). Christina also insisted on adding pearl accents to every bit of lace on the overlay as well as the dress, and it turned my gown into a one-of-a-kind design.
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Tim and I “met” when we were about 5 years and 3 years old, but neither of us remember it. Our fathers have been friends since their early teens. Tim’s parents met and married in Texas, while mine met and married in Massachusetts. A few years later they both had children and both ended up in Florida, about 3 hours away from each other. So our families started getting together several times a year. I can’t really remember life without Tim in it.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Our wedding took place just before sunset on Miami Beach, outside, in the Ocean Garden at Eden Roc Miami Beach. It was breezy and cool, and the ocean and sky were the most glorious shades of blue and green.
Was there a specific theme or style? What inspired it?
Our theme was Scriptures & Pictures. Both of our families are strongly grounded in our faith – our grandparents actually worked together in ministry in South Florida, and our dads have been friends since childhood, which led to Tim and me meeting when we were very young. So it was natural and fitting to include a reading from the Bible during the ceremony and topics from Scripture as our table names, instead of numbers. As for the pictures, we have photos of ourselves together throughout our childhood, and that is a significant aspect of our story. It was an easy decision and fun to choose photo magnets of our guests at the reception for our favors. More photos for us too!
What were the honeymoon plans?
We are still working on this one! We had a 2 week honeymoon booked for Hawaii. However, part of the work we do is disaster relief, and from late October before our December 1, 2012 wedding date, we were each on different job sites following Hurricane Sandy – I was in New Jersey while Tim was in New York. I came home in mid- November to make the final preparations for the wedding, but Tim stayed out of town until about 3 days before our big day. That was a little crazy. I ended up with the nickname “Bride of Frankenstorm”! At our rehearsal dinner we were doing storm-related paperwork, and the day after the wedding we got on a plane and went right back to New York to continue working – that was not part of the original plan – but we got to go together as a married couple at last. We waited all our lives to get married, so now we are waiting just a little longer to go on our honeymoon. It will be worth the wait, and on our first anniversary we hope to make that special trip, wherever it may be.
Venue: Eden Roc Miami Beach | Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Floral: Dalsimer Atlas | Decor & Rentals: The Event Depot | Entertainment: The Funkmonster Band | Stationery: Lauderdale Graphics | Event Planner: Brooke Wright of Table 6 Productions | Videography: 5801 Productions | Favors: Little Miss Magnet | Cake: Ana Paz Cakes | Bridal Jewelry: Turley Jewelers | Catering and Desserts: Eden Roc Miami Beach | Hair: Contemporary Images | Makeup: Team Beauti | Wedding Gown: Boca Couture Exchange | Bride’s Shoes: Angela Nuran | Wedding Card Holder Birdhouse: Door County Woodworks LLC