November 21, 2015
Coral Gables, Florida
Remember Julie & Stacey’s super-sweet proposal story, complete with secretly appointed paparazzi and a gorgeous engagement shoot to follow? These two pulled off a seriously romantic autumn Miami wedding at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Fables the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Say the brides: “The grandeur of the hotel brought a timeless and elegant feel to our wedding. We used mostly natural colors: gold, ivory and blush. We wanted the room to feel romantic and chose to do mirrored royal tables on opposite sides of the dance floor, down the middle of the room. There were over a hundred floating candles in the center of the tables to reflect light off the mirrors.”
Although rain moved their ceremony indoors, the brides describe it as “perfect.” Because Julie proposed, the brides agreed that she would decide how they would walk down the aisle. Stacey went first and Julie second, and each bride was escorted by her parents.
Say the brides: ““I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz was a song we claimed back in college at the beginning of our relationship, and we thought it was the perfect song to walk down the aisle to. We chose a piano version and it couldn’t have been more perfect.”
Both Julie and Stacey had bridal parties. Julie had 10 bridesmaids and Stacey had 8. Their brothers and Stacey’s brother’s boyfriend served as “Bridesmen” who each held two women on their arms and walked them down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
Say the brides: “For the Jewish tradition, we couldn’t break the glass in the ceremony … Like we really couldn’t. After a minute of trying, our rabbi did it.” The moment not only lightened the mood, but let both brides show off their stellar footwear. Watch the many attempts to break the glass.
The brides say that music is very important to them, so they took their time making selections. After they settled on their processional, they decided that “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran was perfect for their first dance. Say the brides: “From the second we heard it we felt a connection to it. We truly believe that we fell in love in a ‘mysterious way’ and the lyrics are just so fitting.”
Stacey’s Favorite Moment: “After a morning of scheduling 20+ women to get their hair and makeup done, all I really wanted was to see my bride. Our photographer Jonathan Scott led me out to do our first look and positioned me on a staircase then led Julie, blindfolded, to me. Once we were back to back, he put her hand on mine, I took a deep breath and turned around and in that moment with videographers, photographers, wedding planners and a variety of people watching, all I could see was Julie.”
Julie’s Favorite Moment: “One of my favorite moments was sitting at our sweetheart table at the reception, just looking around the room at our vision that came to life. It was incredible seeing all of those people there for us … when at one point in the past we never thought we could tell even one person about our relationship.”
The brides loved every minute of their day, from the mayhem of getting 20+ women hair and makeup ready, to their indoor ceremony, to their special moments on the dance floor.
Says Julie: “Another favorite moment was when Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” came on while everyone was eating and I said to Stacey, “I want to dance to this song!” So I pulled her onto the dance floor, just her and me, and in that moment, I felt we were the only people in the room.”
Need more? Us too. Watch their wedding video HERE.