Exquisitely captured by Jonathan Connolly Photography, Mishelle and John’s wedding is perfect from every angle! The Villa Woodbine was an incredible backdrop for their evening of celebration, where the bride and groom were determined to show their guests a good time. With guests eating, drinking and dancing the night away, they certainly succeeded!
The Couple: Mishelle and John
The Wedding: 3.2.2013 – Villa Woodbine, Coconut Grove, Florida
The Goals: Our main priorities were to ensure our guests had the time of their lives by eating, drinking and dancing the night away. Since we both work in the promotions and entertainment business we had a lot of pressure on our shoulders to have an “event” therefore our main goal was to make sure NO ONE sat down twiddling their thumbs. Another priority was to make sure we had all our friends and families there with us to celebrate the big day. We may never have everyone in the same room again so it was important to include all our loved ones.
The Design: We went for a vintage elegant theme. We incorporated vintage luggage pieces to hold the favors and display the seating arrangements. The flowers and chandeliers gave the room a romantic feel. We wanted our guests to be able to have a conversation which each other without having to scream over arrangements and decor. The venue was by far the most amazing part. It felt like we were in our own private castle nestled in the forest. We made sure to incorporate all the venue had to offer.
The Moments: Our favorite part of the day was our first look. It was great to see each other and spend some time together before the ceremony. We knew once the ceremony began we would not have that quite intimate moment together. Our other favorite moments were the all night dance party and the bouquet toss. The bouquet toss stood out because my (Mishelle’s) mother tackled the bridesmaid for the bouquet and they both almost fell in the fountain. It was by far the funniest moment of the night.
The Photography: WE LOVED our photographer. Jonathan and Marie of Jonathan Connolly Photography know how to turn a photo into a piece of art. We didn’t want the traditional “say cheese” photos. We loved how they incorporated different angles, objects, lighting and more into each photo. They were so easy to work with and understood our vision from the moment we met them. We can’t wait to use them again for photos of our son!
The Advice: Our biggest piece of advice is to not go overboard. Really focus on what you want and the experience you want your guests to have. Focus on what you love and can’t live without, and then everything else will fall into place.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography
Event Coordinator: Lindsay Durant of Bill Hansen Catering
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine
Film-Maker: Nostalgia Film
Officiant: Reverand Eddie Rodriguez
Catering: Bill Hansen Catering
Florist: Andres Aguilar Designs & Events
Cake: Elegant Temptations
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals
Bridal Shoes: Toms
Groom’s Apparel: Hugo Boss
Hair Stylist: Megan Walker
Makeup Artist: Dunia Rivero
DJ: Rock With U Entertainment
Thank you Mishelle and John for sharing your day with us!
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