By Jessica Zeidler Rojas
Vizcaya, with its classic Italian villa architecture, view of Biscayne Bay and close proximity to Miami, has become a popular and magical event venue for weddings. Built in the early 1900s by James Deering, the vice president of International Harvester, it took more than a decade to build. The construction involved the large-scale purchase of European antiques and the design of buildings and landscapes to accommodate them. At the same time, Deering a modern businessman, incorporated 20th century building methods and technologies at Vizcaya.
Originally, Vizcaya was on 180 acres. Decidedly less now, it still holds a grand position in the wedding industry and the property is naturally a destination for couples looking for a truly fairy tale wedding. Working with event planner Lourdes Milian Productions, our team at A Joy Wallace set about creating a nighttime wedding that would use all the magic of Vizcaya.
For the ceremony, a custom-built canopy aisle runner of suspended white roses hung above a “catwalk” fashion style white vinyl runner that reflected the abundant candlelight. A custom ceremony structure was also designed with billowing white fabric 12-foot-tall and custom round canopy and crystal chandelier suspended over the couple as they took their vows. The bride’s bouquet was designed with nude, ivory, white and champagne roses, peonies and spray roses and finished with cascading white phalaenopsis orchids to accent her stunning Inbal Dror dress.
At cocktails, guests were welcomed with a green wall festooned with hanging roses. Escort cards were hung here, complete with little keys to the “secret garden.” With these, guests walked through from cocktail hour to the grand reveal of the dinner reception. Dinner took place next to the water beneath a clear tent. Crystal chandeliers reflected off the seamless white dance floor.
Inside, a mauve and gold wedding theme was designed. Tabletop willow style trees with hanging white wisteria, peonies, and orchids were designed for select tables in the dinner reception to emulate one of the bride’s favorite photos. Interior style couches lined each of the two stunning 16-foot royal tables for guest seating accented by large rose gold candelabras and stunning centerpieces of mauve orchids, camel roses, white peonies and phalaenopsis orchids atop mirror runners with abundant candlelight.
Gold chairs and curved couches in gold velvet were paired with round tables to complete the setting with luxurious blush scroll linens. Square tables and the bride and groom table were designed with custom mirror tops, abundant, soft floral arrangements and candlelight to reflect throughout the space. Gold accents were placed throughout the event from select glass candle holders to glassware and bar façade details.
Finally, a luxurious his and hers lounge area were created by the water for guests to enjoy after dinner. His was a whiskey and hand rolled cigar lounge complete with an abundant dessert station with live models. Hers was a champagne room complete with delicate pink sofa and crystal accents. The complete styled design was nothing short of pure romance in shades of mauve and brought to life by the fun and love this special couple shared with their guests.
Photos: Ray Santana Photography