{ alissa + justin | south beach wedding | the palms }

This artistic pair infused so much of their personalities into their fabulous SoBE destination wedding at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami.

Alissa’s retro-glam veil was the perfect choice.

As was Justins, silver tux.

The floral theme for the event was “succulents,” and this amazing bouquet designed by Balmelli Creative did not disappoint. Wrapped in raffia, the mix of orchids, white hydrangeas, and antique rose and green succulents looked unbelievably gorgeous.

Earlier in the day, I captured some of the details in the bridal suite…

While Anna Maja visited the bride who was having her makeup done in The Palms Spa.

Soon it was time to dress the bride in her gown by Jenny Packham.

Alissa took a moment to reflect, then remembered…

Her lucky six pence. Can’t get married without that!

I just love this shot of the bride between the sea foam sheers.

Mom arrived to put the finishing touches on her daughter and adjust her veil,

to complete the brides look, infused with old hollywood glamour.

And yes, yet another shot of my favorite bouquet… just had to show the cool rafia wrapped stems, this time. : )

One last adjustment from her “twin-cousin.”

And Alissa and her bridesmaids headed out, to meet…

the Father of the bride.

Meanwhile, nearby, as the groom and his groomsmen were getting themselves dressed…

A special note arrived…

Mom dropped in to add a white orchid to Justin’s, oh, so dapper, ensemble.

Then, it was off for some portraits with the boyz.

On the other side of the property, as Alissa was finishing up her session…

her “man of honor” came by and offered a quick kiss for luck.

As the tropical birds looked on.

“What… you want a kiss too?” asked the bride.

Moments later, the big reveal was orchestrated. As Justin waited in the gazebo, Alissa descended the staircase grinning from ear to ear.

Turning, Justin walked towards her… checked out his bride-to-be…

And scooped her right up in his arms.

Due to the heat, refreshments were hand delivered… in the form of… tequila shots.

Complete with LIMES.


I must say, The Palms shot more like a tropical “key west” paradise, than a SoBe hotel, complete with tiki huts, bamboo gardens, and don’t forget the exotic birds.

The ceremony, took place right on the beach.

Seating was circularly set, for the couple to exchange their nuptials in the round…

Surrounded by a wreath of palms, accented with succulents, lilys, orchids and roses.

Fans for breeze, and tissue for tears were provided…

As were these cute customized waters. I just loved the quote on the label!!!

As their vows were exchanged…

The bridemaids looked on… holding all DIFFERENT bouquets… great idea!

They poured sand, signifying the joining two lives into one.

And promised to love for eternity as Justin placed the wedding band on Alissa’s finger.

One last kiss…

And YAY!!! Married.

Here they are in their first portrait as husband and wife… looking out at the sea.

A hug…

A kiss…


A twirl…

A quick portrait by the lifeguard hut… pretty much because I liked the cool colors.

One last smile…

Then the bridal party was off to the party.

Again, succulents were everywhere… Even on the cake.

There were tropical fish on table tops…

And yes… more… you guessed it… wonderful succulent arrangements in various sizes and styles.

Even their favor kept with the theme… and although it looked like a plant, it was really… a candle.

After a quick change of gown, the bride and groom had their first dance.

Toasts were given…

Songs were sung…

Dances were had…

Cakes were cut…

And more cakes… (huh??? it’s the groom’s “radiohead” cake)

Pianos were played…

And the perfect night…

Came to a perfect end.

venue: the palms hotel + spa, miami
venue: the palms hotel + spa, miami
floral decor: balmelli creative
bridal gown: ronoche/kleinfeld
reception gown: jenny packham
bracelet: something borrowed
earrings: swarovski crystalized
wedding rings: beverly kay/greenwich jewelers nyc
hair accessory + veil: brideshead revisited
grooms tuxedo: my.suit

3 thoughts on “{ alissa + justin | south beach wedding | the palms }

  1. Absolutely, breathtaking, and huantingly beautiful. A love story that brought me to tears! It is beyond words!!!!!!!!!

  2. Amazing story told in pictures. Do you know if they had music playing for processional/recessional during their ceremony? Did they have speaker system with cables or without? I am getting married on beach and wanted to inquire.

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