Today we are featuring the beautiful summer real wedding of Catarah and Carlos, captured by Brian Wagnor Photography of Atlanta. Catarah and Carlos celebrated their beautiful wedding on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Here are the details from their lovley day.When I asked Catarah to tell us about their wedding, she had a colorful, fun story to share.
Our wedding was on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Miami Beach, FL. The venue was the Miami Beach Resort and Spa’s Starlight Ballroom. The festivities started on Thursday before the wedding on Saturday. Carlos and I hosted a Cognac and Wings party in one of the resort suites for our wedding party.
Later that evening, thirty of my closest girlfriends threw me the most amazing bachelorette party on South Beach. The crazy fun included a drag show, Wet Willy’s, Prime 112 Steakhouse, and a club.
Friday was an emotion-filled day and night. Before rehearsal, we hosted a private brunch for our wedding party and guests, siblings, and other wedding participants. At brunch, we presented our parents with their gifts and told them and other family and friends how much we loved them.
Friday evening was EPIC!!! We rented Miami’s largest party bus and took 55 of our closest friends on a moving party throughout South Beach. We stopped at an amazing restaurant in Brickell, Florida called Delores: But you can call me Lolita. It was Cuban food at its best. The night was full of delicious food and drinks with great company. We gave friends an opportunity to share their love for us, and it was so touching and special. Then, we got back on the bus and partied the night away.
July 26, had to be one of the best days of our lives. People who are very important to us were all in one room at one time, and it was glorious! The day started with prayer. I thanked God for sending me the perfect man and allowing our day to be so special.
Even though we had a 5:30 p.m. wedding, with eight bridesmaids we had to start getting ready early. Hair and makeup arrived a 7 a.m. As my bridesmaids arrived, I had a reflective moment with each of them, than presented them with custom spa robes, “No Ugly Crying” hankies, necklaces for the wedding, and custom beach towels. Carlos gifted his groomsmen with gold Invicta watches to wear for the ceremony.
Once breakfast from Panera Bread arrived, family and friends begin to stop by to give me good wishes and make sure I was okay. I absolutely was! We indulged in fruit, bagels, and coffee.
As the afternoon arrived, the sky turned dark and rain began to fall…not just any rain, violent rain. At that moment, I knew the original plan of an outdoor wedding in Miami in July was not going to happen. It was over 80 degrees at noon. I had them move the ceremony inside to avoid the rain and the Miami Heat!
After pre-wedding photos, laughs, jokes, and tears, it was time to marry my friend and love. While waiting for our turn to walk forward, my dad and I had a moment, and he shared priceless advice. We also shared an endless stream of happy tears. As I walked into the ceremony space, I saw the decorations for the first time, and I was so happy. I reflected on the photos dangling from my bouquet, which was another way I kept memories of my loved ones who had passed close to me for the special occasion. I carried photographs of both of my dad’s parents, my mom’s mother, and two of my favorite uncles.
Everything ceased when Carlos and I locked eyes. I didn’t stop looking at him until we met down the aisle. We recited both traditional and personal vows. Instead of the sand ceremony originally planned, we painted a photo together, which will hang in our home. We used two of our wedding colors in the paints to represent the two families uniting.
Once we laughed, cried, and sealed our vows with a kiss in front of 185 family and friends, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and great music while we took photos in a room overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway and Downtown Miami.
When, the doors to the ballroom were opened, guests were greeted with giant elephant palm centerpieces enhanced with orchids and peonies. Their place cards were mini-umbrellas stuck in sand. Entering the ballroom, guests were asked to sign a huge coral letter C and have the option of using our custom phone charging station.
Each table seating had individual menus and thank you notes. There was purple uplighting with beautiful, twinkling lights that resembled stars throughout the room. Floor to ceiling windows gave us expansive views of downtown, huge mansions, and the Intercoastal Waterway. Surrounding the dance floor were eight claw foot, white benches with coral and gold pillows for guests to rest on during dance breaks. My favorite was the grand sweet heart table with large chairs.
The rest of the evening included the cake cutting (no mushing was allowed), dancing, a serenade to me from the groomsman and my husband, sweetheart song from my sorority Delta Sigma Theta, and the traditional bouquet and garter tosses. The garter toss was special, because we had a small basketball autographed by Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. That got the guys out of their seats, along with words of encouragement from our parents, best man, and matron of honor.
Dress by Winnie Couture, Beverly Hills, CA
Photography by Brian Wagnor Photography, Atlanta, GA
Cinematography by Darryl Campbell, Miami, FL
Flowers by Petal Productions, Miami, FL
Wedding Planner/Designer – Jessica Campbell Events, Miami FL
Colorful Cake Design by Southern Girl Desserts, Los Angeles, CA
White Buttercream Cake by Divine Delicacies, Miami FL
Wedding Furniture (Chiavari chairs, lighting, lounge furniture, sweetheart table) by Evoga Event Productions, Miami, FL
Congrats to lovely couple and thanks so much for sharing your story with Champagne and Cake.