At first glance this video has all the makings of a hit rom-com. A beautiful wedding, hilarious speeches, great music, and of course, Kevin Hart. Much like the movies she’s starred in, Gabrielle Union’s wedding to Dwyane Wade at Chateau Artisan in Miami, Florida on August 30, was the perfect blend of romance and fun. The first thing that made our jaws drop? The venue. The actress and her longtime basketball superstar love married at a modern-day castle surrounded by a moat, a perfect fit for the rom-com princess. The bride was walked down the aisle in a strapless sweetheart ball gown by Dennis Basso by Dwyane’s two sons and his nephew. Of course, no celebrity wedding is complete without the vocals of John Legend, who performed the ceremony music. A reception followed in a big room with floor-to-ceiling windows where Kevin Hart toasted the couple. Gabrielle herself also made a speech telling guests “dreams do come true,” which was followed by a gospel choir performance. Guests, which included Ludacris, ended the night by showing off their best moves on the dance floor. Talk about an uplifting reception!
Tina and Andrew were married in a ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by a reception at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. on October 5. The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, pearl necklace, and a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short striped coral dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, craspedia, poppies, silver brunia balls, and pincushion proteas. “I remember first meeting with Tina and her mom about her big day, and the one thing that Tina stressed was FUN,” Rana Mohammadian of Roohi Photography said. “She didn’t really want to fuss about the details (But I would have never guessed. Aren’t the details adorable?) or worry about a certain design. She just wanted it to be a fun, fabulous day for everyone. And that it was!” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official. Transportation was provided to and from in a trolley. “From the photo booth from Photogenica to the live Mariachi band to the Brazilian style meat station (yummy), everything about this wedding screamed UNIQUE,” she said. Guests were escorted to their seats via a yarn art chart. Tables were decorated with teal linens, white napkins, testing tube centerpieces, disc numbers, and mad libs at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. For extra entertainment, there was board games too. “In case Tina looks familiar, it’s because I had the honor of shooting her sister Sam’s wedding earlier this year,” Mohammadian said. “I’ve been so fortunate to building an amazing relationship with this family, so being a part of another celebration was a joy!” A two-tiered fondant-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The favors? Personalized koozies. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon.
Simone and Jamal were married at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Fla. on October 4. “The venue is beautiful on it’s own, but then you decorate it with a couple as gorgeous as Simone and Jamal, and it really can’t get much better for a photographer,” Rachel Bolen of Thirteenth Moon Photography LLC wrote on her blog. “When we met Simone last year, she was so nervous about everything. All I wanted to do was hug her and tell her that all of the planning would get easier. She wanted to incorporate a lof of DIY details into her wedding day and really pull together a rustic elegance that the venue just really highlighted.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, birdcage veil, pink sash, and a pair of Betsey Johnson jeweled bow peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of gaden roses, hydrangeas, and berries. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “welcome to our wedding.” The ceremony took place outside in the restored Spanish-inspired farmhouse’s front lawn. The brick sidewalk’s aisles were lined with lanterns filled with pillar candles. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Plus, a fist pump. Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter in the courtyard strung with cafe lights. Tables were decorated with navy blue linens, gold charger plates, white napkins, picture frame numbers, and boxes, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, a globe was signed with well-wishes. Dinner and dancing concluded with a three-tiered fondant-covered cake and “flamin’ s’mores.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of bubbles.
Lorie and Yuval were married at Soho Catering and Events in Hollywood, Fla. on March 2. “It had a beautiful outdoor area that was able to accommodate seats for 300 people!” Lorie said. “I envisioned my wedding outside under a large tree filled with lights that would glow as the sun was setting. Our venue filled that vision and more.” The bride wore a strapless sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Anthropologie peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, dahlias, orchids, and TK. “Although I gave my bridesmaids and florist a color palette of warm sage greens, corals, and lavenders, I let my bridesmaids choose the colors that they felt most comfortable in, and my florist chose the colors she was most inspired by,” she said. “Not knowing what I would see until the wedding day arrived gave the whole day a huge sense of spontaneity.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Yuval’s reaction — priceless! Lorie walked down the aisle to “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips performed by a small string band. “There was this solitary and quiet moment right beforehand,” Lorie said. “I had never felt more in the moment than at that moment.” Following the Jewish rituals, at last the breaking of the glass underneath the chuppah, the newlyweds resorted to the reception inside. Tables were decorated with white linens, mercury glass centerpieces, picture frame numbers, and votive candles. Lots of dancing occurred! So much so that a “delicious gelato truck, HipPop, came to cool off guests after a night of celebrating,” she said. Everyone also went home with “I Do Brew” beer from Wynwood Brewing Company along with a pint glass. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Create a big picture vision for your day, and have faith that it will manifest,” Lorie said. “Surrender the details when you need to.”
Lauren and Austen were married at The White Room in St. Augustine, Fla. on May 25. “It was a beautiful day from start to finish with so many wonderful little details,” Cameron Austin said of Alex & Cammy Photography. “We started the day with Lauren getting ready at St. Augustine’s historic Bella Bay Inn, which is conveniently located right next to The White Room. Often times the morning of a wedding can be hectic, but she was calm and relaxed. We also headed over to the Coasa Monica for some photos of Austen, who was the rare groom who actually had his own ideas for poses and locations for pictures of him and his groomsmen. which was refreshing and a lot of fun.” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, floor-length veil, and a pair of Kate Spade bow peep toe slingbacks, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short two-toned dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, orchids, and pincushions. “The ceremony was short and sweet and very touching,” she said. It took place inside the exposed brick loft overlooking the waterfront views of Matanzas River. “The reception set up was gorgeous with beautiful flowers and a bicycle built for two theme,” Austin said. Tables were decorated with white linens, box centerpieces, and koozies at each place setting, which also served double-duty as favors. “They ended the night with a romantic last dance with the space all to themselves, and then rushed downstairs for a sparkler send off,” she said. “Lauren and Austen were so kind and gracious to us throughout the day, and we had a great time. We wish them nothing but the best!”