Grove Isle

{ dana + stephen | grove isle | miami wedding photography}

Dana + Stephen’s Coconut Grove wedding took place on a private island. Their “Great Gatsby” inspired affair at the Grove Isle Hotel + Spa was the perfect mix of “old hollywood” meets “modern” elegance.

The bride unique 20’s headpiece, hair style, and couture silhouette was retro glamour all the way.

Portraits of the couple were captured at the resort’s marina.

Then we ventured into the Spa’s courtyard.

Hours earlier, the bride readied in a suite overlooking the intercostal.

Love these Manolo Blahniks!

Dana’s diamond cuff bracelet, earrings, and ring were all stunningly created by Designer’s Touch.

This Lela Rose belt, had just the right balance of bling and vintage lace to compliment the opulent jewelry ensemble.

Isn’t the estate setting on her engagement ring, with side view diamond setting, great!

Her “something blue”… Tory Burch ballet slippers, to change into for dancing later on.

Her other “something blue”…. her bouquet, created by Terra Flowers, Miami were a mixture of calla lilies, white roses, and a pop of “blue” orchids.

Notice, the stems were wrapped in her grandmother’s vintage beading.

Flashback to last spring in New York’s central park, where Dana + Steve’s “save the date” session was shot. My how time flies.

Dana and her bridesmaids, shown here in matching monogrammed robes, raised their glasses and toasted the day to come.

After her makeup was flawlessly applied…

Her attendant’s helped her into her to-die-for couture gown by Rivini.

This custom hanger is a must for every bride, giving every dress that extra personal touch.

Once dressed, mom, a vision in blue, helped her on with her veil and fabulous headpiece by Deborah Moreland.

Then on with the pearl toed Manolo’s…

And the bride was ready to pose for the cameras!!!

The Grandparents stopped by for a kiss hello.

And dad needed some help with his boutonniere.

And some last minute assurance that, yes, Dana would always be his little girl.

Then the girl’s grabbed their bouquets… and headed for this wonderful staircase.

Meanwhile, Steve, with help from his brother, readied in another suite.

No, you are not seeing double, they are identical twins.

Stephen’s mom came to help with the finer details.

And in no time the Groom and his boyz were out the door.

A moment of brotherly love…

Last minute advice from dad…

And a few quick portraits…

And it was time for the first look. Steven waited in the raindrops, as his groomsmen gallantly opened the double doors for Dana’s arrival.

The look on Steve’s face when he saw her says it all!!!

Some playfulness followed…

Then some tender romance…

Then… the bride ran away… huh???

But her groom caught up to her, and they enjoyed a few rain-free moments at the marina.

Soon it was time for the ceremony.

The flower girl was all ready to go…

But first, some final coaching from the bridesmaids.

Her grey satin + tulle dress by Us Angels looked perfect beside the navy chiffon bridesmaids gowns by Pricilla of Boston.

Moments later, they all headed off to the ceremony site.

Which was set up on the wooden patio overlooking the intercostal.

Wine was poured… and petals were strewn.

The flower girl made her entrance and the guests smiled.

Then came the bride, escorted by her parents, and they smiled even more.

Actually, come to think of it… everyone smiled… throughout the entire service, it was a very happy crowd.

No, that’s not the groom, that’s his twin/best man, showing how he kept “both” rings safe, when asked for them.

Following the ring exchange, the bride was kissed, and they were married. Yay!

Post ceremony, the newlyweds and their bridal party celebrated.

Back in the ballroom, the reception space was being set, with uplift green and purple orchids.

Silver chiavari chairs, surrounded the blue clothed tables.

The unique centerpieces, ran the length of the table, and housed floating orchids, and twisted lilies.

This simply elegant pearl white 4-tier fondant cake was designed by Ana Paz.

Prior to the reception, the Ketubah was signed as immediate family looked on.

After cocktails, guests were invited to fill the ballroom, complete with a huge chandeliered dance floor, lined with comfy white couches.

The couple made a grand entrance…

Then took to the floor for their first dance.

There was a horah…

Live Bongo drums…




More laughter…

Photobooth fun…

Crazy dancefloor antics…

A dance with daddy…

And a dance with mommy…



And finally, the cutting of the cake!

As the night neared it’s end, the new “Mr. + Mrs. Cohen” shared one last dance…

Then finished up the night with a kiss, mirroring the kissing sculpture beside them.

The End.


venue: grove isle hotel + spa, coconut grove, fl
floral design and decor: terra flowers, miami, fl

gown: rivini
bridal salon: mark ingram
high shoes: manolo blahnik
low shoes: tory burch
headpiece: debra moreland
veil: tony federici
belt: lela rose
earrings + bracelet + ring: designer’s touch

bridesmaids gowns: priscilla of boston
flower girl dress: us angels

tuxedos: calvin klein
watch: tag heuer

invitations: pioneer
favors: hoffman’s chocolates
candy bar: done with love by joy
cake: ana paz