Judy and JoAnn surprised Addam and I with a one-night stay at the hotel of our choosing at our bridal shower, and we decided to talk full advantage. Addam found out about an awesome dubstep show on South Beach, and we planned our honeymoon around it. (Believe it or not, the show was actually called “The Honeymoon Series.” That really sealed the deal.)
After my Friday workday I biked across the Venetian Causeway to South Beach. There was a slight drizzle, but by the time I met Addam at The National the weather was perfect. Even though we were ready to hit the beach, we headed up the hotel room so that I could drop off my things.
The room was absolutely gorgeous, but nothing could compare to our amazing view! We were on the eighth floor, and our room looked out at both an Olympic-sized pool and the ocean. Hotel management surprised us with a bottle of champagne and some fresh strawberries, so after resting up Addam and I went down to the beach to get our honeymoon started right.
The car was packed on the way to Jungle Island, but everyone was so excited that the tight quarters didn’t bother anyone. As soon as we got there Addam and I headed up the to second floor for our cocktail hour, as it was already underway and we wanted the bridal party to enjoy the reception as much as possible.
Caterers were passing around nine appetizers, but since I’m vegan I could only enjoy the vegetable spring rolls with ginger plum sauce. I hadn’t eaten all day, so I scarfed down a few of them as soon as I got there. Just so everyone knows, our hor d’oeures included:
- Large fried shrimp with apricot-horseradish sauce
- Conch fritters with key lime mustard sauce
- Brie and raspberry en croute
- Lobster fritters with red pepper aioli
- Beef empanadas
- Assorted dim sum with ginger soy sauce
- Vegetable spring rolls with plum sauce
- Sesame chicken with oriental ginger sauce
- Crabmeat turnovers
After welcoming everyone to the reception, Ana pulled Addam and I aside so we could check out the reception room before guests had a chance to make their way in. Everything looked absolutely perfect, and we were very pleased with how everything came together. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was completely blown away.
I could see droves of brightly colored bridemaids and groomsmen as JoAnn drove me up to Club Paradise in Crandon Park. We dropped Katie, Courtney and Emily off at the site’s entrance, and I tried to bury my head as much as I could to prevent Addam from seeing me before the ceremony. Once we were in the clear and Ana, my wedding planner, had handed me my bouquet, JoAnn drove me around the corner so I could enjoy some air conditioning while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
At that point I hadn’t had a chance to check out the set up, but Ana really did a great job. She tied bushels of baby’s breath around many of the palm trees and a few of the chairs. She added little touches of jade wherever she could and, since it was such a hot day, placed handheld wooden fans at every seat. With the ocean backdrop, I don’t think anyone who came could deny that it was a beautiful ceremony.
I was up late hanging with John and Krysti the night before, so the morning of my wedding came quickly. As soon as I got up and hopped in the shower I gave Emily a call, who arranged to have her Uncle Keith transport Heather and I to the Hilton. (Thank God for Uncle Keith. He was one of the only people who rented a car for the weekend, so he quickly became our personal taxi. All jokes aside, I really don’t know what we would have done without him.)
As soon as we got to the Hilton, the girls (Heather, Emily, Courtney and myself) hopped in JoAnn’s car and headed to a beauty school to get our hair did. Katie met us there shortly after, and by 10:30 or 11 a.m. we were seated and ready to go. JoAnn surprised us with manicure and pedicures, so we definitely got the star treatment.
Addam and I stopped by the Miami-Dade County Courthouse today to pick up our marriage certificate! We are now one step closer to becoming legally wed!
I know that it might sound trite, but I’m getting more excited with every day that passes. I cannot wait to start my new life as an Evans!
“A marriage license is a license which allows a woman to drive a man.” — Anonymous.
While it was hard to bounce into the work week after such fun Fourth of July festivities, Addam and I made the most of it.
Missing a day makes Tuesday deadlines a little harder to meet, but after powering through production day I had a moment to catch my breath and start thinking about the wedding.
Addam and I met with a planner on Thursday to discuss everything we’ve done and everything we need to do. Her name is Ana, and after checking out her portfolio and sitting down with her I know that she’s going to do absolutely everything in her power to make sure the day is as close to perfect as possible. Since the wedding is a little more than a month away, I was worried that she might not have enough time to pull everything together. Once I heard that she planned her own wedding in three weeks, my fears pretty much went flying out the window.
Love is in the air, folks. And all this royal wedding hullabaloo has me thinking about my favorite media-induced matrimony moments. In celebration of Kate and William’s recent nuptials, I’m posting my top five wedding-related wedding clips of all time. Click on the photos below to watch the videos, and feel free to comment and let me know what you think. I’m in the middle of planning for my big day, and any input is more than appreciated!
Bear with me guys. It’s been a long week, and I’m going on a very minimal amount of sleep. That being said, I’m going to do my damnedest to write a full, coherent blog post.
After five or six years of service, Friday was Danae’s last day at Miami Today, so after work a group of us went down to Tobacco Road to celebrate her new opportunity. Addam got off work early, so he came out too. We spent a couple of hours hanging with the news crew before we decided to head down to Ultra, Miami’s very own, mini-Lollapalooza.
We couldn’t get in, but we hung by the fence in the hopes that someone would either drop or give us a ticket. Neither happened, so after an hour or so we headed home.
Once we got home I got a text from Danae, who said that she and her husband, Adrian, her friend Stephanie, who used to intern for Miami Today, and a few others were all heading to Churchill’s for after drink-drinks. Addam and I met up with them but didn’t pay the $8 cover to go in because we planned on crashing relatively earlier. (You know, 3 a.m. or so…)
Well, I didn’t get nearly as much done as I had hoped this weekend, but it was a pleasant two days all the same.
Addam was off on Friday night, and while we stayed up late, we really didn’t do much of anything. We watched a few episodes of Scrubs and a movie or two and called it a night.
Saturday, however, was very fun. Addam woke me up early to do some laundry and pick up around the house. We took a Subway break between loads and have a very relaxing, slow morning.
Tatiana came by around 2 p.m. for some dress shopping, but it took us a long time to figure out the quickest, least confusing bus route to Coral Gables. By the time we figured out our way we had missed the bus, so we went to the nearby Walgreens and bought a bunch of magazines and junk food instead. I got a bridal magazine, and we compared notes on what we liked. We were both up late the night before, so Tatiana headed home around 5 or 6 p.m.
Drum roll please…
I know that I have kept people waiting for a wedding update, but after weeks and weeks of lying to you guys — it’s finally here!
As many of you know, in December my little sister (to be) came down to Miami and helped me look for wedding dresses. (Ok, that’s not why she came. She came to go on a winter cruise to Cozumel with her hunky boyfriend. But she helped me all the same.) We spent two weekends searching through rack upon rack of white gowns, and after trying on close to 30, I’m here to report on what we found. Keep in mind that while I’m posting close to everything I tried on, there are only a few that are real contenders. The first of which, is definitely not one…