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Alexa Arteaga and Danny Montesinos

Alexa and Daniel Montesinos

October 25, 2014

Ceremony: St. Hugh Catholic Church

Reception: The Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne, Florida

Photographer: Magda Hernandez (Guest appearance by Tony Gajate

How you met your husband.

We met at Grand Central night club in Miami at his best friend’s birthday party. We had many mutual friends but for some reason or another we never crossed paths until that night.

Tell us about the engagement.

We were on our way to Spain. Right before we were leaving to go to the airport, Danny popped the question. It was a memorable trip.

 

Venue Shopping - what made you decide on your venue?

We were limited with venue choices because of the amount of guest we were inviting. The Rusty Pelican was the perfect choice for us because of the large space but also because of the amazing view. We both love the ocean so this was as close to a beach wedding we could get while still being indoors!

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?

From the beginning I wanted everything white and sparkly. Luckily for me, my mom and I had the same vision so she basically took over. My mom along with our planner Paula Jackson understood my vision from day one so I gave them full control. I had no idea how the venue was going to look like until our wedding day.

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 thought I was going to have a hard time dress shopping. I had no style/designer/idea in mind. I wanted to be as open as I could. I went to two stores only. My mom actually picked out the dress and when I tried it on I knew it was the one. I found it at Rosa Clara on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. I simply did not want to take it off and started walking throughout the entire store. After that I did not have to look anyplace else. As far as my accessories, I wanted something simple. My dress had a lot going on so I did not want to take away from its details. I wore stud earrings from Twinkle Twinkle in the Gables and a diamond cross necklace.

Your bridesmaid dresses. Where were they from? What inspired you to choose the certain style(s)?

My briesmaids dresses were another story. My sister in law was pregnant at the time, two of my bridesmaids do not live in Miami, and with 8 girls no one could agree on a style. I wanted everyone to feel comfortable so I went with the Two Birds convertible dress. Everyone was able to wear it how they wanted to and show their own unique personalities. It was a fall wedding so I went with a dark blue. My sister-my maid of honor-went with something completely different. She went with a long sleeve Badgley Mischka gown.

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.  

For my flowers I went with Nevot Flower Designs. I did not have specific flowers in mind as long as they were white. My only request was a cascading bouquet with white phalaenopsis orchids. My mom, my planner paula and Jorge Nevot, the owner, all worked together to come up with three different center pieces. Some high and some low.

Details: Talk about any special details you incorporated throughout the wedding.

I was very lucky to have had House of Lilac work on my wedding details. They were amazing. I did not have to worry about a thing. As guest favors, I had alfajores from Catalinas Bakshop in Miami. House of Lilac designed and printed our menus, wedding programs, place cards, and gift tags. I was going for an elegant vibe and they were able to nail my vision. (we love you, Alexa!)

What you found most overwhelming and difficult about the wedding planning process.

The most difficult part about wedding planning I would have to say would be finding a date and venue. To coordinate with the church and venue was hard for us. We also had friends getting married around the same time so we had to change our date about three times.

Looking back, you would have done this differently (in general).

I don’t think I would do anything differently. I had my dream wedding and I was very fortunate to have a great team behind me taking care of all the details and planning.

Your favorite moment all day/night.

Walking into the reception and seeing everyone’s hard work pay off. Everything came out beautifully.

Your advice to any bride planning a wedding is...

Hire a Wedding Planner! It will be your best investment!

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Comments on this post ( 1 )

  • Apr 07, 2015

    Thrilled to see your fairy tale wedding on print!
    Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. May God continue to bless you both. xoxoxo

    — Delia

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