Why do I love this particular wedding so much?
Honestly, it’s not the wedding, but the couple. It’s not often that I get the privilege to plan and design a wedding for one of my friends yet alone one of Miami’s leading wedding photographers! Let me give you a little background information. My dear friend Erika is the owner and lead photographer at Erika Delgado Photography. I am truly obsessed with her artistry; the way she captures her subjects is absolutely unparalleled. Add the fact that she’s marrying her best friend and beau, Josh, who just so happens to be in a band (Uhm, hello!) and is a photographer within her company as well…Excitement was an understatement for sure!
Erika and Josh had the idea of getting married in the middle of an overgrown garden-like setting and creating a magical oasis filled with lush flora. They wanted it to be seamless; almost as if the flora was organically supposed to be there. They knew immediately that they wanted to infuse their Cuban and Mexican heritages in some manner and most importantly, they wanted their union to be an intimate evening with immediate family in Erika’s parents’ backyard.
And with this information, we embarked on our three month journey into The Diaz Wedding.
The Alexandra Grecco gown was paired with an equally beautiful wax crown from vintage shop, Shop Gossamer.
Simple. Understated. Elegant.
Josh exudes style. I mean, all his fashionable details were envy worthy. The patina on his journal and leather bolo tie were my personal favorites.
It’s very easy to be consumed with all the details of wedding planning but not these two. They kept their love for one another at the forefront at all times. It was a partnership. Each decision that was made was collaborative. Each detail. Each guest. Each vendor. Everything had a purpose. Everything as intentional.
Let’s revisit Josh and Erika’s deign idea, shall we?
In order to create a floral masterpiece that organically fit within the space, I challenged the floral designer to have the flora creeping from the ground and wrapping around the trunk of the tree almost as moss would. In order to be visible amongst all the lush, green foliage, white flora was used within the design. Garden chairs with white seating cushions were paired within the space making it a rather inviting space.
I loved that the couple included a vintage window pane they previously purchased. We chose to use it to anchor the altar. It’s my favorite addition to the ceremony.
“I will love you even when it’s hard to love you. I will remain loyal to you even when you deeply disappoint me. Until God by death separate us.”
The Feet Washing Ceremony definitely brought me to tears. I mean, two young souls so bound by love that they humbly serve one another.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another”
Truly one of the most endearing, heartfelt ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed.
- Josh commissioned a pianist and a cellist to play for the processional and recessional. What threw me for a loop was the whole piano in the middle of nowhere thing! I mean. Wow!
- Remember that whole thing about Josh being in a band? Of course, you remember. Well, his band members were in attendance and totally sung a few songs during the ceremony (they know how to cut a rug too).
This brings me to the reception.
In having the reception at Erika’s parents’ home, I found it best to pull from the already existing elements. The exterior walls of the home were covered in creeping fig. The backyard had a sand and terra-cotta tinted pool with cast iron adornments. Palm trees and my favorite, Bougainvillea covered perimeter. All the interior accents had nods to her father’s home; Mexico.
That my friends became the inspiration for the reception.
Rich tones of terra cotta, deep yellows and papaya were an unexpected surprise for guests considering the ceremony was more muted in tone.
Erika’s mom had tassels in the home as décor and explained that they were from Mexico. They were draped over candle holders and in various places with the home. We payed homage to this design element and adorned each napkin with a miniature gold tassel.
Each guest had a deckle edge place card with beautiful calligraphy of their names.
Guests dined on authentic tamales, ceviche and other traditional Mexican dishes.
Just when they thought the evening couldn’t get any better, a mariachi band played some fan favorites.
Everyone was entertained by the mariachi! Heck, even me!
Congratulations are in order. To my dear friends, Josh and Erika Diaz, on their union.
Photography by Quinn Moss, Co.