• Patty Arredondo and Nicholas Riley
  • Melanie Fernandez
  • Wedding Advice Series
Patty Arredondo and Nicholas Riley

Wedding Date: February 14, 2014

Ceremony and Reception Location: Epiphany Catholic Church & The Alfred I. DuPont Building, Miami, FL

Photographer: UDS Studios

1. How you met your husband: In NYC. Met out randomly, but knew his sister Jacqueline through her now husband, Carlos Albir.

2. Tell us about the engagement: Very casual - very us. Every Friday night we would eat at our favorite local restaurant in Tribeca, Ponte's. It was our regular and favorite Friday night, in comfy clothes before dinner, on the couch, he asked me to marry him!

3. Venue Shopping - what made you decide on your venue? I wanted a space not in a hotel, not for any particular reason. Living in New York, venue shopping in Miami wasn't easy. The weekend of my friend Stephanie's wedding, I looked at Fairchild and the DuPont building. I loved the marble flooring and walls, high ceilings, art deco design, and the fact that we could design the wedding as we wanted.

4. Describe your wedding look and how you came to the “look” decision. How did you pull it off? (venue, inspirations, items, etc.). What sources or people helped you, including wedding planners, pinterest, etc., and what was their advice? I had a very hard time explaining what "look" I wanted. I didn't really know what I wanted! I definitely knew what I didn't want. When we met with vendors, I was always asked "What look are you going for? What do you like? What colors do you want"? I never had an answer. I would tell them: I'm a very simple person, that dresses in mostly neutral colors, and structured, simple clothing. Luckily, we had the most amazing wedding planner in the world, Eric Trelles. In getting to know me, he was able to articulate for me what I was looking for. He is so instinctive that he immediately knew what I wouldn't like and what I would 100% love. He knew it without my knowing! My mom is just like me in this regard, so Eric was our #1 source for everything! With his instinct, taste, and ability to understand my mom, Nick and I, he was able to help us create the wedding that defined my "look" -- whatever that is! ;) I didn't use Pintrest much. Eric was my Pintrest ;)

5. Your dress and accessories: describe the dress shopping experience a little and the accessories you wore. What made you say yes to the dress?  I loved my wedding dress! After playing on nymag.com bridal fashion show slideshows, I fell in love with Angel Sanchez's collection. Very soon afterwards, Ever After in Miami was hosting a trunk show for his latest collection. I had a wedding in St. John, USVI that weekend and re-routed my flight to make it to the show! The store owner, Camille Thiry Russler, opened the store early for me so that I could try on the Angel Sanchez dresses I was dreaming of and still make my flight. After trying on just a few, I found the perfect dress with that "wow" factor - I saw it in my mom's and friends' faces. Camille has an incredible eye for details, and paired my dress with a gorgeous Carolina Herrera veil that gave my simple, structured dress a little "pop" of glimmer. The real magic happened when I was able to meet Angel Sanchez himself! He invited me to his studio in NYC and he personally attended to my dress alterations! He also helped style my look - hair, shoes, jewelry. And he ultimately created my mother's dress which looked spectacular on her. Our dress Angel!

6. Your bridesmaid dresses. Where were they from? What inspired you to choose the certain style(s)? I was looking for something beautiful that matched my DuPont building sleek, deco, structured and elegant look, and something that also "matched" my own dress. I went shopping with my friend Nicky, who has an incredible eye for fashion and style, on Miracle Mile and found a dress quite quickly! I don't remember the brand though. was clearly into all the details ;)

7. Flowers: Tell us a little bit about your arrangements, types of flowers you used, how they fit with your “look”, and if and how your florist contributed to the design.  We had an amazing florist, Vivian Petals. Vivian and Eric put together a beautiful vision for my mother and I that fully fit my style. White soft, winter colors, but not romantic soft flowers -- flowers with a lot of structure, "sleekness" and elegance. The execution was amazing. I didn't even really know what my bouquet would look like! I had long white callas, and the girls had white tulips with that soft silver, almost dusty looking, leaf inserts. I have no idea what they're called! I loved that! The dining room was adorned with the same flowers and lots and lots of candles. I wanted that soft glow to light up the table.

8. Details: Talk about any special details you incorporated throughout the wedding. We wanted to incorporate personal, cultural elements into the wedding. In Peru, it is not customary to have a large wedding cake. Instead, at Peruvian weddings there is a table full of various miniature desserts. It serves more than just a dessert table, it's a decorative piece. The differing colors, textures and heights are so beautiful. Maria Cecilia, owner of Catalina's Bake Shop in Coral Gables, is a family friend that put together a gorgeous table that was empty by the end of the night! Poor Nick has a huge sweet tooth and his biggest regret of the wedding was forgetting to attack the dessert table! We also had the cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres represent some of our favorite foods. A Joy Wallace catering nailed it! Their executive chef, Elgin Woodman, is Peruvian and created a fantastic menu, including Peruvian ceviche and Greek Baba Ganouch (Nick is half Greek!). We loved incorporating other Greek elements such as Greek dancing, and Nick's Papou toasting the wedding with a broken plate and an loud "OPA!" Our ceremony was also really special. We were married at Epiphany Church, my family's parish. Monsignor, who has known my family for a long time, married us and spoke so lovely - he really made it a special moment.

9. What you found most overwhelming and difficult about the wedding planning process. The invitation process was difficult for me. The actual paper presentation and selection part was great, I love paper goods. The difficulty was working with mom. In Peru wedding invitations are very different from in the US -- the look, the type of paper used, the verbiage, even how guests' names appear on an envelope. Finding a middle ground with mom was tough, but the end result is maybe one of my favorite details of the wedding. I also couldn't have done it without the help of my invitation suite planner Jillian Lavoie here in NY. It was also difficult planning from afar, but let's be real... as long as Eric was in Miami that's all that mattered!

10. Looking back, you would have done this differently (in general). Nothing really!

11. Your favorite moment all day/night. Oh my God, I don't think I can pick any one moment! The whole night was magical!

12. Your advice to any bride planning a wedding is________: 1) Call Eric Trelles. 2) The wedding is just as much a celebration for your parents as it is for you, so be sensitive to their thoughts and feelings! (Especially if you are their only daughter). 3) Find the dessert table and enjoy the best night ever because it flies by in a second!

  • Melanie Fernandez
  • Wedding Advice Series

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