It's no secret that we are head over heels in love with all things modern, stylish, and creative with a twist of Old-Florida vintage, around here. So, when Alan Newman, the catering sales manager of Cheeca Lodge & Spa, invited us to put together a photo shoot showcasing the resort, well, let's just say we did more than jump at the opportunity. It didn't take long for us to pack our retro suitcases and escape to tranquil Islamorada...
Like most inspiration shoots, we began by brainstorming styles, colors, and concepts. We'd been listening to a lot of Bossa Nova music by the pool over the summer and even saw cute details like this Anthropologie hand towel popping up. We see a lot of wedding trends come and go, but one thing that remains constant is that anything pairs well with the ever classic black and white, especially tangy colors like coral, aqua, lime, and citrine. What stands out about this style are the wavy patterns, vibrant hues, and the way it makes you want to swing so cool and sway so gently with some dreamy beau on a hot beach somewhere.
And thus, the Vintage Florida Copacabana Style was born. We envisioned a sultry beach setting, bold accessories beginning with paper goods and continuing onto jewelry and table design, and topped off by classic fashion with an edge. We were given stunning locations at Cheeca Lodge and next on the list was selecting vendors that would fit the overall vibe. First up, we invited the abundantly talented Chelsey Boatwright to capture the still frames of the day.
Next, we scouted for items that nodded to our era inspiration like this adorable modern take on a 1950's bikini and the Copacabana bangle from Miami's Liba Style. Our bride-to-be was pampered by Josie Miller, who describes her hair and makeup as soft and casual to fit her relaxing afternoon. We added a crochet hat and matching wedge sandal, plus a beautiful coral necklace, and Lola's beach look was complete. We think she looks radiant, don't you?
Since our inspirational wedding was destination by default, we had our very own creative paper guru Laura design an invitation that prepares you for sunny skies and lazy beach chairs. She came up with a zesty tri-fold filled with blue and aqua waves topped by sunrays and adorned with the signature Copacabana black and white stripes.
Prior to the faux-ceremony, Tony and Lola enjoyed an afternoon on Cheeca's white sandy beach, sipping on mojitos, and taking poloroids to remember the day. And if you're loving the crazy-unique bar that Tony is mixing cocktails behind, it's a one-of-a-kind staged piece from none other than Unearthed Vintage. Katie and Jovan combined a pair of old whiskey barrels with a vintage door to create the bar and rather than pour merriment from labeled bottles, they utilized their collection of antique dispensers and jugs to keep the spirits flowing.
And as the story goes, Lola and her Tony are wed with the sand beneath their feet and a cool ocean breeze at their backs. Josie pulled up our bride's hair in a voluminous side-chignon and completed her look with red lipstick and fine black eyeliner for a classic eye to compliment her sexy BHLDN gown. How about our groom, Tony? He is the definition of debonair in his modern-fit tuxedo from the Tux Shop. And we love the idea of jazzing up the traditional black tux with beautiful coral studs to match the bride's trimmings.
Trying to compete with the gorgeously lush landscapes at Cheeca would be near impossible. Knowing this, J. Morgan Flowers wrapped simple protea and anthurium in bamboo canisters that she painted white. Lola's bouquet, of course, was tied with black and white ribbon, matching Tony's adorable bow tie. We added the vintage luggage to our aqua cabana-umbrella for a focal point at the altar and let the tranquil ocean paint the rest of this romantic scene.
After a romantic stroll down the iconic Cheeca dock, Lola and Tony are ready for some signature sips and moonlit dancing. We have more Vintage Florida Copacabana Style inspiration for you in Part 2 of our shoot, where music and passion are always in fashion...
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cheeca Lodge & Spa | Photography: Chelsey Boatwright Photography | Vintage Rentals & Prop Styling: Unearthed Vintage | Floral Design: J. Morgan Flowers | Hair & Makeup Styling: Josie Miller Makeup and Hair | Invitation & Paper Goods: Make Merry! | Cinematography: Pabelona Studio | Bridal Attire: Gown - BHLDN, Jewelry - Miami's Liba Style and Naples' Tessyla via etsy | Groom's Attire: Tux Shop of Palm Beach | Coordination: Desiree Dawn Events for Floridian Weddings