Fall In Love With These 3 Real Boca-Area Weddings
1. The Best of Both Worlds
A couple chooses the Boca Raton Resort for beachfront elegance.
Anthony James Milano & Catherine Poirier-Blais
Photography by Jenny Schartner of Captured Photography
WEDDING DATE: June 20, 2015
WHERE: Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort & Club
WHAT THEY DO: Anthony, 27, is a financial analyst at Pfizer Inc. Catherine, 27 is an account supervisor at Mirum.
HOW THEY MET: The couple met in March 2012, in Montreal, Canada. Anthony is originally from Chicago and was on a six-month work assignment in Montreal. By coincidence Anthony and Catherine were living in the same apartment building and met while doing laundry in the common area. The couple knew that the relationship might be short-lived, as Anthony was leaving for his next work assignment in London in just a few months. Before his departure, the couple drove from Montreal to Chicago so that Catherine could meet his parents. They went to the Ferris wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier. “At that point we both felt that our relationship was very special and wasn't meant to end,” Catherine says.
THE ENGAGEMENT: Anthony proposed on June 24, 2014 on the Ferris wheel at the Navy Pier when the couple returned to Chicago for a family wedding.
ON SELECTING THE BOCA RATON RESORT AS THEIR VENUE: The couple knew they wanted to get married in South Florida because of the beautiful weather and beaches. They found the Boca Raton Resort through their wedding coordinator and immediately fell in love with the property. “We loved that the Resort and the Beach Club provided two completely different experiences and backdrops to our wedding—the timeless elegance and beautiful architecture of the Resort, and the modern, clean look of the Beach Club overlooking the water,” Catherine says.
“We loved that the Resort and the Beach Club provided two completely different experiences and backdrops to our wedding.”
A FIRST IMPRESSION
“When Anthony saw me for the first time in a private courtyard of the main resort, the look on his face was unforgettable,” Catherine says.
SPECIAL WEDDING DETAILS:
Giving Thanks: To show their appreciation, the couple placed a frame on each placesetting with a personal note thanking each guest for their love and support. They also took individual photos with everyone after the ceremony and sent them in their thank you card so that each guest could frame it as a memory from the wedding.
Blessed: During the ceremony, the couple passed around a small glass box with their initials that contained their wedding bands. They asked the guests to bless the rings and make a wish for their future.
Family Tradition: Catherine carried Anthony's grandmother's purse throughout the day. His grandmother had also carried the same clutch on her wedding day in the 1940s. Catherine's engagement ring also contains diamonds from Anthony's other grandmother's previous wedding band.
Behind the Veil
• Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
• Event Planner: Jillian Stevens and George Petrocelli,Boca Raton Resort
• Cake Maker: Boca Raton Resort
• DJ: Vision DJs
• Photographer: Jenny Schartner, Captured Photography
• Flowers and Designer: Carlos Marquez, Boca by Design
2. A Florida Romance
A surf-loving couple tie the knot at the Bonnet House.
Roman Tyler Strohmenger & Erica Krystal Linden
Photography by Chelsea Erwin Photography
WEDDING DATE: Feb. 21, 2015
WHERE: Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale
WHAT THEY DO: Erica, 27, is a general manager for Target. Roman, 25, is an Ocean Rescue lifeguard.
HOW THEY MET: The couple surfed at the same beach and worked together at a local surf shop. Their friendship eventually turned into a lasting relationship. They dated for seven years before tying the knot.
THE ENGAGEMENT: The couple went for a morning paddleboarding workout. Roman dove under the water and swam up to the front of Erica's paddleboard to show her “a shell he found.” He'd placed a ring inside a shell box, got on one knee on the front of Erica's paddleboard and asked her to marry him. “Yes, he's got great balance!” Erica says. Their families watched the proposal from a nearby pier.
ON SELECTING THE BONNET HOUSE AS THEIR VENUE: Even though she's a creative, hands-on person, Erica was looking for a venue where she could relax and trust others to handle the details. On a whim, she decided to stop by the Bonnet House. “When I walked into the venue, I started crying and just knew it was the one,” she says.
“When I walked into the venue, I started crying and just knew it was the one.”
SPECIAL WEDDING DETAILS:
Coastal Chic: Erica and Roman grew up on the beach immersed in the surf culture of South Florida. For the wedding, they went for an “Old Florida” theme that blended a coastal vibe with rustic and vintage accents.
A Pleasant Surprise: Erica wasn't planning to incorporate many flowers into the venue since it was already naturally beautiful. Plus, she hates seeing flowers thrown away after events. So her stylist and florist worked together to create arrangements that involved potted flowers and wild-looking bouquets that the bridesmaids and guests could take home. “I completely trusted their creative vision, so aside from running some preliminary ideas by me, using a few of our lanterns and vases that we all owned, I had no idea what the finished product was going to be until I arrived at the wedding,” Erica says.
Behind the Veil
• Caterer: A Alexander Event Catering, Boca Raton
• Lighting: SFL Productions
• Stylist: Angela Compton of ALTARnative Design
• Florist: Coastal Blossoms
• Photographer: Chelsea Erwin Photography
• Videographer: Chris Snyder
• Coordinator: Nicholle Maudlin
• Gown: Unique Bridal, Deerfield Beach
• Hair: Alexandra Marroquin at Muse A Hair Salon in Boca and Sean Donaldson Hair in Miami Beach
• Makeup: Israel Edri from Halo by Israel
• Groom's Suit: Ludlow slim suit by J.Crew
3. Bohemian Love Story
A couple celebrates their 10-year wedding anniversary with a free-spirited vow renewal at the Boca Inlet.
Stephen James Levy & Ingrid Mari Levy
Photography by Lauren Louise Photography
VOW RENEWAL DATE: Nov. 15, 2015
VOW RENEWAL LOCATION: South Inlet Park, “Boca Inlet”
WHAT THEY DO: Stephen, 40, is the owner of Levy Environmental. Ingrid, 36, is at teacher at Boca Raton Community High School and the owner/photographer of i.Levy Photography.
HOW THEY MET: The couple worked at a restaurant together. Stephen was a cook, and Ingrid was a waitress. “He had worked at the restaurant for five years and met me two weeks before his last day there,” Ingrid says.
ON HAVING A VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY: The couple was celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary. They wed on Nov. 12, 2005 at the Addison in Boca Raton. “My husband and I laughed as we were planning [the vow renewal], saying to each other, ‘Do we really want to get married to each other again?'” Ingrid says. Of course, their answer was yes. “We are still as much in love today as the day we were married and writing our vows gave us a chance to pause and really think about what we meant to each other,” she says.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
“If you ask [Stephen] when he knew, he says it was love at first sight (it's even in his vows for the renewal),” Ingrid says. “But for me, it was this one night we were listening to music in his truck and the feelings in my heart were just right. I knew I couldn't be without him.”
THE BLOOMS: For Ingrid, the bohemian chic-themed vow renewal revolved around the wild and carefree flowers. She didn't want the flowers to look tight or symmetrical.
FAMILY MATTERS: It was important to Ingrid and Stephen that the vow renewal ceremony included their two children. Lailani was the flower girl, and Stephen Jr. was the officiant. “They always look at our wedding photos and wonder, ‘Why are we not there?'” Ingrid says.
SOUND ADVICE: Ingrid encourages newlyweds to pause and enjoy the moment. “Sometimes we get caught up in our busy everyday lives and forget to just stop, look around and see the beautiful things happening around us. Life happens so fast, especially after having kids. Pausing and taking those moments to appreciate one another, whether it be date night or spending time with your kids building Legos and having dance parties—these moments are what make up your life. Be present for those moments,” she says.
Behind the Veil
• GOWN DESIGNER: Tadashi Shoji
• PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Louise Photography
• FLORIST: Halle Frey with Flower & Fringe
• RENTALS: Jennifer Preston with Port + Palm Co.
• HAIR: Rebecca Mousseau, Phairis Luxury Onsite Bridal Hairstyling
• MAKEUP: Cathy Canavan, CC Makeup