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Richard Sanz & Tesi Sanz

March 14, 2015

Ceremony: Church of the Epiphany

ReceptionUniversity of Miami Student Center

Photographer: Tony Gajate

Videographer: Mike Mesa, Evolving Media

How you met your husband.

Ricky and I met when we were 15 years old at a mutual friend’s party. We were sitting at a table with each of our best friends and eventually started talking. At the end of the night, he did not ask me for my number. I, of course, left the party that night thinking, why didn’t this guy make moves? Needless to say, he found a way to get a hold of me and we went on our first date not long after.

Tell us about the engagement.

Poor Ricky planned about 4 different proposals before he could actually do it. Every time he planned to propose something would go wrong. His original plan was to do it on Valentine’s Day because he knew I would never suspect that. I have never been much of a fan of Valentine’s Day. When the day came, I was sick and miserable which lasted about two weeks. He decided, it wasn’t the right day, and cancelled his plans for that night. Eventually he was able to propose in the perfect way. He told me he wanted to have a Valentine’s Day date re-do. He contacted the St. Regis Bal Harbour and was able to get a private dinner in an Ocean Front Villa. Upon arrival, I thought it was such a nice date but didn’t think it was for a proposal. It was so romantic; we had amazing service and a great dinner. After dinner, Ricky started talking about our future together (a normal conversation for the two of us) and then suddenly was on one knee. It happened so fast, I don’t even know what he said, but I knew what he was asking! It was exactly what I wanted it to be; intimate, romantic and in a beautiful setting.

Venue Shopping - what made you decide on your venue?

My mom (basically my wedding planner) and I did A LOT of research. I wanted a location that was basically a blank canvas. I wanted to use all of my own vendors and be able to decorate however I wanted. After almost booking another venue at UM we were told by our caterer to consider this other venue. The Student Center at the University of Miami is a much bigger space and is a brand-new modern building. After visiting the location, it just made sense.

Describe your wedding look and how you came to the “look” decision. How did you pull it off? (venue, inspirations, items, etc.).

I wanted a Vintage Glam look without the Gatsby. When asked what my vision was I would always say, GOLD. I wanted all things GOLD. I fell in love with these gold monogrammed pillows from idreamingold (Etsy) and a cake topper from BetterOffWed (Etsy). I knew that everything else had to surround those pieces.

What sources or people helped you, including wedding planners, pinterest, etc., and what was their advice?

My mother really took charge of the entire wedding planning process. She thought of so many little details that made it perfect. In addition, we hired Vivian Colls as both day of coordinator and the florist. She definitely went above and beyond what was expected of her.

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 made several appointments for one day and went in and out of a bunch of stores. The last store I visited was Merlili where I was greeted by the owner, Lili who is so patient, kind, and sincere. She allowed my sisters to pull dresses from the racks; however, she was the one who actually pulled out “the one.” After several dresses, I had narrowed it down to two completely opposite looks. I decided to come back the next day by myself to not be swayed by anyone’s opinion. When I put on the other dress, I instantly knew I needed the other.

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

I wanted a nude blush color and for each girl to feel beautiful. We got the dresses from Merlili. We chose the most unique styles that were available and that fit the style of each individual bridesmaid.

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.  

When I met with Vivian, I told her my vision, what I liked and didn’t like and the flower types I had in mind. She knew exactly what I wanted and I knew she would make my vision come to life.

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

My grandmother has always made the most beautiful bows and when my sister got married she tied the bow on her dress. It was important for me to find a way to incorporate a bow in my dress as well. The seamstress at Merlili was able to attach my sash to a ribbon, which allowed me to have a bow. Upon arrival to the church on the wedding day, my grandmother tied my bow before I walked into the church. It was a very special moment for us to share.

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

The most overwhelming part of the whole process was managing the emotions of everyone while trying to have a price conscience wedding.

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

I think the day was truly perfect. Whatever went wrong, I didn’t know about.

Your favorite moment all day/night.

It is really difficult to pick just one moment! However, one of my favorite moments was seeing my husband celebrating with our friends. One of his groomsmen handed him a bottle of champagne and he sprayed it in a huge crowd of our guests as everyone was jumping up and down. I loved seeing all of our friends and family sharing in the excitement and happiness that the day represented.

Your advice to any bride planning a wedding.

Meet with a variety of people before you hire anyone. I was able to relax the whole day knowing that I hired all the right vendors and I left everything in the hands of my coordinator.

Most importantly, remember this day is about you and your husband. Nothing else matters except the two of you.

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