Miami Wedding Location: Mondrian South Beach


Today we’re showing you a swanky property perfect for a destination wedding in Florida, or better yet, a bachelorette weekend in Miami! Enter the Mondrian South Beach. If you’ve ever been, there’s a chance it had a familiar feeling to it. That’s because the design was actually inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! What could be a more perfect place for a fairy tale wedding than that?!

The Mondrian South Beach was designed by Marcel Wanders, a Dutch architectural designer, who created a look that’s a modern interpretation on the castle. The property is surrounded by tall hedges a la historic European site, and he added whimsical touches like a dramatic black staircase that almost mimics the look of lace! The hotel is dressed with oversized bell-shaped candelabras, and the stark white and black (with pops of gold) contrast to the décor gives it a very modern vibe that meets the romance and femininity of the castle inspiration.

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If you’re considering a destination wedding at Mondrian South Beach, it’s perfect for about 70 guests, though if your group is larger, they can get creative to design the day around your size. You can wed by the pool in a special lounge area overlooking the waters or opt for inside in the restaurant, La Savina, or the Sunset Lounge too. But my favorite has to be the lush North Kissing Garden, even appropriately named for the occasion!

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The property isn’t huge, just 209 rooms and suites, perfect for a domestic destination wedding with no passport required so just enough loved ones can attend. And if you and your guy or gal pals are looking for a hip place to call home during your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, this spot in Miami just might be perfect for you. Close to the nightlife scene, right on the water, and a scene all its own, Mondrian South Beach is ideal to celebrate your last single nights!

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For more information on Mondrian South Beach, check out their site here.


Disney Wedding Ideas from Engage!15

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It’s our final day of coverage from the luxury wedding industry summit, Engage!15, where we got to spend a week learning, engaging, and getting inspired by some of our favorite industry friends.  And two of our favorite friends are the hosts – the incredible duo – Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts (pictured above).  This year the event had a nod to all things magical, because it took place at Walt Disney World; the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort that is.  So befitting of the location, Kathryn and Rebecca filled our days with so many moments of magic and surprises, including a trip to Walt Disney World!  We got to experience it all!  Did you know that you can get married at Disney World and Disneyland?  Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons takes care of it all for you!  And today we’ve got a few fun ideas inspired by Disney, that we got to see firsthand, should your big day be inspired by magic too!

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Thank you Kath and Rebecca for making my dreams come true, over and over and over again, with true Disney magic.  I’m so lucky to be a part of Engage!

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Photographers: Love Life Images, Garrett Nudd, Laura DeCarlo, C10 Studios, Carla Ten Eyck


Modern Ideas for a Formal Destination Wedding: Engage!15

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We’re almost to the end of our mega Engage!15 recap and today we’re highlighting one amazing gala, perfect for a formal destination wedding, modern wedding, or all white (or even yellow) wedding.  The event took place at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, where 350 of the top wedding professionals around the world gathered to share their expertise and celebrate together.  The result?  This stunning reception filled with fabulous ideas for your big day!  Starting with modern arrangements of individual yellow roses atop an ice bar!

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We’ve got one more day of ideas for you from Engage!15 tomorrow – we’ll see you then!

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Photographers: Love Life Images, Garrett Nudd, Laura DeCarlo, C10 Studios, Carla Ten Eyck

Event Vendors: Event Design, Floral + Decor: Jose Graterol Designs, Mixology: The Grand Bevy, Location: Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Specialty Chairs: Luxe Event Rentals, Lighting + Production Stage, Dance Floor and Banner: PSID Group, Escort Cards, Menus + Table Numbers: Lehr & Black, Entertainment: West Coast Music, Highlight Film: Cloudless Weddings, Sound: DesignSound, AV Support: PSAV, Ice Bars + Tables: Wizard Connection, Bar, Custom Furniture, Lounge Seating + Tables, Escort Card Table: M&J Custom Events Furniture Rental, Floral Support: Virgin Farms, Floraology Market, Table + Glassware: A Chair Affair, Backline: Red Rocket Studios, Custom Linens: Nuage Designs


Alice in Wonderland Disney World Inspired Wedding Ideas: Engage!15

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Up next in our Engage!15 recap of this incredible wedding industry conference is an Alice in Wonderland inspired party, on the lawn at the Four Seasons Orlando.  If you’re getting married at Disneyland or Disney World, this is one theme to keep in mind – think red and pink roses and oodles of inventive details and subtle nods to a classic Disney film.

However, if this is a bit too specific of a design idea for your destination wedding then consider the concept for a festive bridal shower!  Either way, the talented team of event professionals who put on this amazing party provided us with lots of great ideas for weddings, bars, even a new spin on an old photo booth!  Enjoy!

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Photographers: Love Life Images, Garrett Nudd, Laura DeCarlo, C10 Studios, Carla Ten Eyck

Event Vendors: Styling + Planning: Tres Chic Southern Weddings, Event Design, Floral + Decor: Raining Roses, Custom Signage: Chalk Shop Events, Hand Painted Invitation: Momental Designs, Envelopments, Checkerboard, Mixology: The Grand Bevy, Location: Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, China, Rentals + Dance Floor: A Chair Affair, Inc., Event Furniture + Bars: Luxe Event Rentals, Tent Liner, Sides + Pergolas: RAJ Tents, Tent: TentLogix, Inc., Lighting: Signature Chandeliers, Entertainment: DJ Lucian White of Elan Artists


Rosemary Beach Pretty Peach Wedding

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Erin and Chris held their beautiful beach wedding at Rosemary Beach in Florida, where friends and family gathered on the sand to watch the darling couple say “I do!”  Filled with pretty peach colors and lots of great dance moves (to an 80’s cover band!) this wedding day was one we just adore!

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Erin’s ball gown looked stunning along the shoreline, a nice combination of formal and not-so-fancy.

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This big day was filled with personal touches throughout, including this custom corn hole set for guests to play!

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For the reception, the party moved to the lawn under a tent so guests could dance the night away.

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And dance they did!  The entertainers even came in full 1980’s costumes!

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Then donuts and sparklers helped send off the Atlanta-based newlyweds at the end of the night.  Yum!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Candice K Photography

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer: Celestine’s Special Occasions, Event Planner: It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning, DJ: Kyle LaMonica, Makeup Artist: Make Me Blush, Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Weddings, Band: Rubiks Groove, Cake Designer: Sweet For Sirten