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Jan 14, 2019

‘Old Havana’ Inspired Wedding in Miami, Florida

Feeling musical? Because we’ll have you singing “Havana-na-na-na” by the end of the page! This Deering Estate wedding on our wedding blog today was inspired by ‘Old Havana’, which is only fitting considering it is the place where the couple’s engagement began! Their big day started at the gorgeous Plymouth Congregational Church in Coral Gables, outside Miami, Florida. This stunning venue captured the old Spanish style they were going for, as well as featured stunning Banyon trees perfect for taking photos in front of! It truly will transport you to another time thanks to an elegant bridal gown from the 70s, a vintage ride, and much more…

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The bride shares…

We met right away during the first week of school as first year medical students in Pennsylvania. However, we didn’t get to know each other until later in the year in anatomy lab, when we joined the same study group. In between study sessions, we began adventuring together, and love quickly bloomed. We started exploring life together, and eventually became inseparable.

My parents met in Coconut Grove and I always loved the feel of that neighborhood – the banyan trees, the beautiful views of the bay as well as the Spanish architecture. We got engaged in Havana, Cuba on a vacation to visit my Dad’s hometown of Matanzas, and it was during this adventure that I got the inspiration for the “Old Havana” feel that I wanted for our wedding. When I first saw picturesque Plymouth Congregational Church, with its small, Spanish mission style and vine-covered stone, I knew this was what I was looking for in a church.

We loved the versatility of the Deering Estate wedding venue: cocktails while watching the sunset over the bay, dinner amongst the trees on the back patio, and the elegant dancing hall. We were trying to keep the venues close together to minimize travel for my husband’s Pittsburgh relatives, so when we realized the church and reception were a little farther apart, we decided to connect the two by providing a double decker bus tour down Old Cutler Road for transportation to the reception.

 

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For my wedding dress, I always loved my Mom’s wedding dress from the 1970’s (Priscilla of Boston) which was given to her by my Great Aunt. I decided to have it altered for a more modern take on a Sicilian wedding dress (Irina Sigal Dressmaker, Philadelphia, PA). The elegant lace veil was my favorite part of the dress.

On their favorite moment from the day…

My husband would probably say the cocktail hour because he was so excited to see everything finally come together. The ceremony had finished beautifully, and it was so great to see all of our loved ones in one place enjoying the cocktails, food, music and view we had so carefully planned. Mine was probably the intimate dinner scene on the front patio underneath a full moon, which provided a great setting for my father and our siblings to give some amazing, heartfelt and humorous toasts. We felt so close to all of our guests there and were able to visit almost everyone’s tables throughout the meal.
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