This Cincinnati-based couple decided on magical Florida for their destination wedding. Miami is bride Natalie’s hometown, and she chose significant and beautiful venues for both the ceremony and reception for her marriage to Zachary. Classic romantic details are found throughout this wedding: fresh pink roses and flickering candles, an adorable flowergirl and of course a gorgeous ruffled Lazaro wedding dress!
The Ceremony Our ceremony was a traditional Catholic mass, at St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church on Brickell near downtown Miami. It’s one of my favorite churches in Miami; it almost looks a bit out of place downtown in the middle of high rise buildings. The church is incredibly beautiful with historic intricate details and amazing chandeliers. It really set the tone for the rest of the night.
The Reception The reception was at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, Miami. We used the Rotunda room, which is a historic landmark in this area of Old Miami. The room is a 60-foot-high marble tiled dome, with a fountain in the center.
Natalie’s Dress Search I tried on about 30-35 dresses. I was in town in Miami, and thought I was just on a browsing trip with my family and not really ready to buy yet (it was 13 months ahead of the date!) I almost didn’t try on THE dress, because when I saw it in the bag, it didn’t look like what I was looking for. Let’s just say that I’m glad I listened to the sales associate. The dress was a perfect combination of what I wanted, sexy & sleek, with some WOW and drama. The mermaid design with dramatic bottom was the best of both worlds, and the corset back made it extra flattering. Everyone who was with me knew immediately that it was the one.
How Natalie Felt in Her Wedding Dress Sexy, beautiful and glamorous.
Why Natalie Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress The dress was a bit of a budget buster for me, but I just knew it was perfect. I feel that I found a unique dress that made me feel extra special. I want someone else to feel as special as I did, and potentially be able to afford a dress they couldn’t have before. I know it’s unrealistic to think that my daughter will wear it one day, and I refuse to let it sit in a closet collecting dust. This dress deserves to see at least one more magical night!