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Real Wedding | Natalie + Stephen

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We’re both born and raised in Miami, Fl. We’ve known each other since we were kids, but never dated until we were much older. We share a deep love for the arts - my background is in fashion and Stephen’s is in music and software design. Stephen spent many years in LA working in retail marketing and studying music production. I lived in New York City working as a buyer at Bloomingdale's. We both moved back home, reconnected, and have been inseparable ever since.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

When the world shutdown because of the pandemic, Palm Beach became our getaway. It’s an easy two hour drive away from Miami. It gave us that change of pace that we so desperately needed from time to time. We got engaged there around the holidays, and it only seemed right to go back for our elopement.

How many guests did you have?

We are having our formal wedding at the Bass Museum on Miami Beach at the top of 2022, but it was important to us to have an intimate civil wedding ceremony. We decided to drive up the coast to Palm Beach and tie the knot at the West Palm Beach Courthouse - just us two.

Tell us about your outfits.

When it comes to courthouse wedding fashion nobody has ever done it better than Bianca and Mick Jagger, so they were the most prominent reference in my mind when I began styling our looks. I knew I had to wear a stylish suit of some kind and that a bridal hat was a must. I wanted to put my own spin on it, so I opted for a veiled bucket hat by Jennifer Behr and an oversized, silk suit from Rat + Boa. I finished the look with white, leather platform heels by Giuseppe Zanotti. Stephen’s three piece, sand colored suit was from Suitsupply and gave us Mick Jagger meets Tony Montana vibes. Stephen paired it with his go to sunglasses from Garrett Leight and instantly looked amazing, meanwhile I took a couple of hours to get ready, haha!!

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

The date! My grandfather was and still is one of my favorite people in my life. He always dreamed of living until he was 100 years old. He passed away in 2016 years shy of his goal, but I promised myself I would still do something to celebrate. Stephen and I wed on August 17th, 2021 what would have been my grandfather’s 100th birthday and my grandparents wedding anniversary. I obviously could have never planned this and it still blows my mind that this is how everything played out. I like to think it’s my grandparents way of welcoming Stephen into our family and telling me they’re still with me. Who I am is in large part them so it meant everything to me to be able to honor them in this way. Te quiero por siempre, abuelo y abuela!

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

A bucket hat!

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

Our photographers Elie and Jose of Asulprusia were absolutely amazing. Stephen and I had never done a photoshoot before. I actually hate taking photos maybe more than anybody on the planet! Jose did such a beautiful job of capturing our day and was so easy to be around. Had it not been for their aesthetic and their eye, I’m certain I wouldn’t be here answering any of these questions. They’re truly such a talented couple. Calma Floral is our go to florist in Miami. Elizabeth Jamie is the girl behind the shears. She’s so creative and so unique. I trust her implicitly. I think I just told her I wanted something small and white and she nailed it. Lastly, my makeup artist that day! I had never met Rachele Fialco before - only via Instagram DM, and I gave her the impossible task of giving me that "no-makeup makeup" look. She delivered flawlessly! I’m working with her again for our wedding in January and I couldn’t be more excited to create a different look with her.

Any tips for couples getting married, particularly during the pandemic?

Our advice would probably be to lean into the circumstances and try to find the silver lining! Take the opportunity to create a really unique and intimate moment. The smaller the gathering, the easier it is to customize. This could be a really beautiful thing. Stay positive!

Photographer : Asulprusia @asulprusia | Ceremony Location : West Palm Beach Courthouse | Reception Location : Dinner at Buccan @buccanpalmbeach + Cocktails at The Breakers Hotel @thebreakers | Flora : Calma Floral @calma_floral | MUA : Rachele Fialco @rachelefialcobeauty

Bride’s Suit : Rat + Boa @ratandboa | Groom’s Suit : Suitsupply @suitsupply | Rings : Diamonds On The Key @christinatermine | Bride's Shoes : Giuseppe Zanotti @giuseppezanotti | Bride's Hat : Jennifer Behr @jenniferbehr | Groom's Sunglasses : Garrett Leight @garrettleight


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