Whether you choose a ceremony under the stars, a romantic garden reception or an exquisite event in a grand ballroom, your every wish is The Biltmore Hotel’s pleasure.
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Acqualina Resort & Spa is Florida’s only hotel of its kind to be built completely open to the ocean, providing an intimate environment with endless possibilities. Director of Caterer, Kerry Harter gives Grace Ormonde Wedding Style readers an inside scoop on planning at wedding at the resort.
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Originally built in the early 1970’s as a country club for private members, the resort quickly transcended into a hub for sports enthusiasts, relaxation seekers and vacationers from around the world. By the 1980’s, the resort was the place to “see and be seen” attracting celebrities, heads of state and socialites as frequent guests. After an $80 million dollar renovation project the Turnberry Isle Miami is transformed into a world-class resort. I was honored to speak to Annette Winkler, the Director of Social Catering at Turnberry Isle Miami she answered the following questions on what it is like to plan your wedding at Turnberry Isle Miami.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
AW: My role as Director of Social Catering allows me the opportunity to truly embrace our client’s most dreamed of day. My goal for the couple (along with their parents, bridal party, guests and vendors) is that their day is seamless and effortless.
Together with our dynamic team, we use every resource possible in order to ensure that our clients feel that they are the most important individuals, each moment throughout their wedding day and weekend. Our goal is to create countless and beautiful memories. Our mission is to serve, enliven and inspire each other and our clients.
On the wedding day, not only am I here for our clients, they also will receive hands-on service from our Event Concierge, VIP Services team, Banquet Director and Resort Chef. I have found that our events and the overall experience of our clients are more successful by introduced clients to our team well in advance of their wedding date. This step is important to us (our team) as it allows for the opportunity to develop relationships with each other, which instills trust and confidence. They realize that our team is here for them each step along the way and that they are in excellent hands. Together we make countless efforts to ensure that our client’s wedding day is flawless.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
AW: I always tell my clients that my number one goal for them is that their experience is seamless, stress free and most of all, enjoyable.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
AW: Mediterranean-Inspired, Tropical, And Exquisite!
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
AW: Absolutely, there are so many wonderful areas around the Resort for wedding photos. Starting at our main entrance, there are water features with coy fish and turtles, the Spa and Fitness Center features a magnificent and dramatic spiral staircase, the Lobby Lounge, located just off of our main lobby is light and airy, yet elegant and sophisticated with colors of blue, silver and mahogany along with a fireplace and long open bar, a stunning 64’ waterfall is located on the 18th green of the Soffer golf course; BOURBON Steak restaurant features an interesting cork greeting piece at the main entrance and also a contemporary brick wall; our loggia walkways throughout the resort featuring bamboo and exotic landscape; our Mediterranean-Inspired Cascata Pool Deck features a large banyan tree with orchids along with two cascading fountains. Indeed our Resort features many picturesque and intimate photo opportunities.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
AW: Absolutely, while wedding packages are available, we embrace customize menus for our clients, as we recognize the importance to accommodate their taste specifications. Additionally, we feature a Kosher kitchen, which has been quite successful for us since it’s opening in 2008.
Our packages include a complimentary suite for the bride and groom on their wedding night, special accommodations for the couple’s parents, a private cabana at our Laguna Pool, a couple’s massage at our award-winning Spa and a complimentary chef’s garden tour. Our packages also include an Anniversary Program, which includes a return stay on their One Year Anniversary in one of our fabulous suites and a mini replica of the top tier of the couple’s wedding cake
We also feature “Love Interests Classes” so that the couple can learn and share each other’s interests from cigar & bourbon appreciation to grilling, expert foot massages and more. At Turnberry Isle, we customize everything so no two weddings are the same. For example, using family recipes to celebrate the couple’s culture and heritage.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
AW: It is our pleasure to offer custom menus, featuring local, organic and sustainable ingredients. We design personalized wedding menus with clients together with our Resort and Banquet Chefs. We’ve even planted a fruit tree in our Chef’s Garden in honor of the wedding couple, then incorporated the fruit into their wedding menu as well as made note of the special fruit on their printed wedding menu. Our Wedding Cakes are created and custom designed for our clients by our Executive Pastry Chef.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
AW: Schedule a site visit and see first-hand how stunning the entire Resort is. There is something for everyone here at Turnberry Isle Miami.
GO: Does your property have any unique features (i.e. wedding website) that you would like us to share with our readers?
AW: Our newly renovated, Mediterranean-inspired resort offers many unique features. The Magnolia Courtyard overlooks our signature 18-hole island green and a 64-foot waterfall, while we also have an elegantly appointed 12,000 square-foot ballroom. We also feature a Chef’s Garden, two 18-hole Raymond Floyd-redesigned championship golf courses, a private beach front Beach Club right on the Atlantic, the Spa and Fitness center, a tennis facility with four clay Hydro Courts, three pools including a new lagoon-style pool featuring a waterslide, lazy river, private cabanas and poolside dining, a supervised children’s program and an array of recreational activities. The Resort itself is positioned in the center of luxurious landscaped gardens.
Kate and Adam took Cengiz Ozelsel (and sister and co-shooter Amina Ozelsel) of Adagion Studio in Miami, Florida on the engagement shoot of a lifetime to the City of Love and Lights. Upon arrival to Kate’s favorite city of Paris, they engaged in a series of iconic shoots at the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, fashionable rue Saint-Honoré and Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, amongst others.
This engagement shoot is fun, sexy, chic, elegant, flirty and tells a visual story of love, proposals and acceptance. I love the images and am refreshed by the amazing ingenuity that Cengiz and Amina have infused into this shoot. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thank you so much Kate and Adam for letting us share your amazing images and thank you Cengiz and Amina Ozelsel of Adagion Studio for letting us share your incredible photography with our viewers!
I am on my way to New York again for our fashion/cover shoot and wanted to share a little New York love with this wedding. Not sure how many of you know about Max & Chloe jewelry, but it makes for great gift ideas for your maids or moms, and they even have a great selection of diamond and fine jewelry pieces for the bride. Owned by the couple we are featuring today, Jamie Rubin and Arnold Kovelman’s New York City wedding was an elegant and contemporary Jewish ceremony followed by a grand reception at Capitale. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Jamie Rubin and Arnold Kovelman
Married in New York, New York on June 13
Jamie Rubin and Arnold Kovelman met at the Maritime Hotel in New York on a beautiful summer night. They almost instantly knew that they complimented each other perfectly, and after dating for only a few months they started a jewelry business together. Not realizing where it would take them, their business grew very quickly and so did their love and respect for one another.
Being in the jewelry business, “Arnold custom designed a gorgeous radiant-cut diamond ring that was a total surprise,” remembers Jamie. “On our three-year anniversary we got engaged at the spot of our first date.” From the moment they got engaged they knew that they would get married in New York City since it is where they met and fell in love.
“Capitale has amazing architecture and an elegant feel that made us choose it for our venue,” says Jamie. “We wanted to keep our décor very modern and glamorous without being overdone.” During the ceremony they wanted the ceiling to be lit up in blue so that it would feel like the sky. For the reception, lucite candles and white flowers were used along with lighting to give the room a glow. While it rained on Jamie and Arnold’s wedding day, Jamie smiled pointing out that it is said to bring good luck and fortune. “We had a perfect wedding and start to our new life together,” she says.
Location, Cake and Caterer: Capitale, New York, NY; Day of Coordinator: Adrienne Colosimo, Bespoke Affairs, New York, NY; Florist: Flowers By Reuven, New York, NY; Invitations: Natural Impression Design, Miami, FL; Menus: For your Party; Calligraphy: Michele Clark, Calligraphy by Michele, Staten Island, NY; Band: Starlight Orchestras & Productions, New York, NY; Lighting: BML Blackbird, Seacaucus, NJ; Ketubah: Izzy Pludwinski; Rabbi: Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht; Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo; Groom’s Cufflinks: Brian Danielle Jewelry; Tuxedo: Giorgio Armani; Hair: Styles on B, Hair by Stacy Pitt; Makeup: Maureen Pedala, New York, NY; Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds, New York, NY; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Jewelry: Max & Chloe; Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier; Video: Classic Photo & Video, New York, NY; Photo Booth: NYC PhotoBooth; Photography: Marie Labbancz Photography, New York, NY
We wish you countless years of happiness Jamie and Arnold and a big thank you to Marie Labbancz of Marie Labbancz Photography for letting us share this with our viewers!
I adore this wedding so much that even after featuring it in the Grace Ormonde Wedding Style 2010: Fall/Winter issue, I still felt compelled to share their video with you today. Their love story, that gown, the decor and those toasts. This video shows the love of Olga and Jose surrounded by all 1,200 of their guests, and it ended with a huge celebration. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Olga Mari Garcia & Jose Antonio Garrido III
Married in Miami, Florida on February 19, 2010
Olga Garcia envisioned a “quaint and small wedding, but Jose has many cousins,” she says, explaining how their celebration burgeoned into “a huge event” attended by 1,200. Amid the revelry, the two never lost sight of each other—or of the day’s momentousness.
Although Miami-based law student Jose Garrido III had been urged to meet Olga by his best friend and roommate, who was dating Olga’s college roommate, the couple encountered each other entirely by chance at a Miami bar in July of 2006. “That night, he said, ‘I’m going to marry you,’ so I found him a little bit interesting,” remembers Olga, who was visiting from Tallahassee. “We became great friends on the phone,” Olga says, and their first date in October “sealed the deal.”
Over Memorial Day weekend in 2009, the intensive care nurse had just completed three exhausting shifts when she headed to Jose’s with wet hair, no makeup and a sandwich craving. “I sat down to eat my baguette,” says Olga, “and midway through one bite, he gets down on one knee. I thought he was looking for the remote control.” When Jose professed, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you,” Olga “almost fainted.”
She was similarly overcome when Jose’s gift arrived as she prepared for their Friday evening nuptials at Miami’s Church of the Epiphany. “He listens; he loves me,” she thought when she beheld a tennis bracelet—a future heirloom she’d wished for.
When he saw Olga, Jose says he “wanted to run down the aisle.” During their Catholic-Cuban service, they were draped with a mantilla by their godmothers and exchanged 13 gold “arras (coins),” symbolizing “what’s mine is yours,” he explains. Jose works for his family’s Latin American food distribution company but admits his Spanish is “a little broken.” When the priest unexpectedly switched languages, Jose’s recitation “was so bad, I started laughing, and the entire church started laughing,” remembers Olga.
Following an island-flavored cocktail hour with acrobats, dancers and a steel drum band at Jose’s aunt’s sister-in-law’s adjacent property, stilt walkers led guests to Jose’s aunt and uncle’s plantation-style Coral Gables home, where maps helped them locate food stations, dessert tables, an illuminated bar staffed by 36 bartenders, an ice bar, tobacco roller and many, many restrooms.
Despite the party’s enormity, as the newlyweds ducked beneath sparklers and danced in the glow of suspended lanterns, Olga recalls thinking, “It’s just me and you. There’s no one else. It was a big production, but it was very intimate.”
The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia, San Francisco and Napa. Although his business requires travel and her long hours necessitate separations, at their wedding, a multitude of well-wishers couldn’t keep them apart. Olga confesses, “I was worried I would lose him, and I’d be alone on my wedding day.” Instead, “We spent all five hours dancing together.”
> Written by Kim Knox Beckius
Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs, Miami, FL; Caterer: Mena Catering, Miami, FL; Day-Of Coordinator: Divine Details, Miami, FL; Entertainers: Superb Artists, Hollywood, FL; Florist: Florana Flowers, Miami, FL; Ice Bar: So Cool Events, Miami, FL; Illuminated Bar: Ronen Bar & Furniture Rental, North Miami, FL; Lighting: J.M. Design Lighting and Fabric, Sunrise, FL; Tuxedo: Manny’s Formal Wear, Miami, FL; Wedding Gown: Oscar de la Renta; Photography: Ray Santana Photography, Miami, FL; Videographer/Cinematographer: Diego Pocovi Event Cinematographer, Miami, FL
We wish you countless years of happiness Olga and Jose and a big thank you to Diego Pocovi of Diego Pocovi Event Cinematographer for letting us share this video with our viewers!