Erika and Mark are my kind of couple - fun, smart, stylish, and perfectly suited for each other. And their Eden Roc wedding, sent to us by Miranda of Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning and photographed by Ricky Stern, is my kind of wedding - also fun, smart, stylish, and full of meaningful details. This is one of those affairs that full of steal-worthy ideas and inspiration... especially for those of you that are loving the modern vibe.
Erika and Mark met at Mark's fraternity house at the University of Miami, at a Greek formal function - Erika was still in college, and Mark was back for the event after graduating. As Mark tells us, "It was the argyle sweater I was wearing that night which did the trick!"
He got down on one knee and proposed to Erika in South Pointe Park (after a dinner at Joe's Stone Crab, of course!). Says Mark, "I think she noticed my hand was in my pocket all night, ensuring the ring didn't fall out!"We asked the bride and groom what they loved about each other, and I adore their responses. Erika told us: "I love that he's so grounded. He's unbelievably intelligent. I love that his silly side is only for me - strong silent type... but he definitely messes around with me. We want the same things out of life... I always say we plan and God laughs... but as far as timing i.e. children, buying a home, traveling, we're on the same page. Our goals are very much in line. We balance each other out and bring out the best in each other."
And from Mark: "I love Erika so much because she challenges me to develop so much personally and to love in a beautiful way. She's also incredibly beautiful, creative and loves the south (I grew up in North Carolina)."
From Miranda: "From the beginning, Erika and Mark knew that they wanted an elegant, modern, grand but sleek Miami wedding. In addition to coordination services, I helped the couple focus their design ideas by creating an inspiration book that defined the look and style of the wedding. The color scheme was black and white with a pop of kelly green and incorporated black and white stripes, complimenting the contemporary vibe. The florals were composed entirely of thousands of calla lilies, which made a major statement in the bold, vertical centerpieces that graced each table.
"Above all, Erika and Mark wanted their wedding to be a great party and they definitely achieved it! Out of town guests were welcomed to Florida with bags of goodies composed of treats from Erika and Mark's home states (Connecticut and North Carolina) and pairs of custom sunglasses that read 'I partied with #markanderika.' That's right, they encouraged their guests to tweet all weekend (even during the ceremony!), which will be so fun to look back on after the honeymoon. The glasses were also a great way for unacquainted guests to meet each other around the pool and I think that everyone on the dance floor was wearing a pair by the end of the night! The bride and groom are both UM grads and they surprised their guests by having the University of Miami mascot (Sebastian) lead them into their reception to the school fight song. Such a fun night!"
Erika shared some details about the planning process with us (and Mark was kind enough to add in his two cents):"I'm not a planner. I hated every minute of planning haha. But I knew from being a stylist that it was important that the entire wedding told a story, had a theme per se. I wanted it to have a little bit of art deco modern with a contemporary flair. Because Mark is a LEED consultant, green was only fitting... Kelly green is one of my favorite colors because it looks great on everyone. I came across this black and white striped ribbon while I was on one of my many JoAnn fabrics trips and fell in love with it. I wanted to do it very subtly though. Nothing too chochky. To incorporate it into the ceremony I made my ring bearer's bow tie myself from the same ribbon!
"I also made the table numbers. They were bottles of red wine that uses a grape that grows almost exclusively in Chile - where my father is from. I removed the front label and printed table numbers on sticker paper and replaced it. I also designed almost all the stationery. I'm pretty savvy with Photoshop and very picky when it comes to any visual so nothing I found that was pre-designed in wedding stationery really fit my 'modern/sleek/art deco-ish' theme. So I decided to design them myself. Everything was just too girly for me. I'd like to think my career in fashion had to do with alot of the decisions I made."
Mark adds, "We made social media a big part of the wedding as well by promoting a twitter hashtag on the welcome video and sunglasses we gave out in the gift bag. It ended up being a great way to crowd source photos and connect people together all weekend." Love it!
We also asked the couple to share their favorite moments with us. Erika told us, "My favorite part was our first look. Also, it rained just as the ceremony was supposed to start. Mark was adamant about waiting a few more minutes. Sure enough, the sun came out when we said our vows. I loved dancing with my father. He's an excellent salsa dancer and taught me how to dance when I was really young. He's my favorite dance partner."
And from Mark: "We wanted to make sure we threw a great party for all our friends and family and kicked it off with our entrance escorted by Sebastian, the UM mascot. I was also disappointed the crowd didn't request more kisses by knocking on their glasses, that's always my favorite role when I go to other weddings. So we made up for it on our own."
Loved every bit of it! Congrats you two - we wish you all the best. And big thanks to Ricky Stern and Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning for sharing their amazing talents with us!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach | Photography: Ricky Stern Photography, assisted by Randy Borges | Event Coordination: Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning | Floral Design & Rentals: Petal Productions | Cinematography: Andrew Schear | String Trio: AA Musicians | Reception Band: Private Stock Band | Makeup: Catherine Olive | Bridesmaid Dresses: NataJane | Men's Suits: INC from Macy's