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Inside Scoop on Planning a Wedding at Turnberry Isle Miami, Aventura, FL

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.

Turnberry Isle MiamiGO: 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.

Turnberry Isle MiamiTurnberry Isle MiamiTurnbery Isle Miami
19999 West Country Club Drive
Aventura, FL 33180
T: 305.932.6200

Oui Oui

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.

Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

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Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

Paris engagement shoot

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!

Where it Would Take Them: Jamie & Arnold Get Married

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.

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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!

Down on One Knee: Olga & Jose Get Married

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!

Viva Miami: Kelly & David Get Married

I am not sure if it is David Grey’s “This Year’s Love” playing in the background of this video that got me into an emotional place, or simply the obvious love between Kelly and David, but I might have needed a tissue when watching this. Anyone that follows the magazine, knows that I love the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, orchids and a gorgeous nighttime ceremony, and this wedding has all three.

I think perhaps one of the coolest things that a couple can do is infuse their personal style or implement a special tradition. I am not sure what those props are called that everyone is dancing with, but they definitely make for great visuals and shows that everyone is having one hell of a party. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.

Kelly Bistritz Raven and David Gold
Married in Miami, Florida on May 29, 2011

“David [Gold] and I could not have come from more differing backgrounds,” describes Kelly Raven. “I was born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, while he spent his youth and early adulthood in Puerto Rico and Tel Aviv.” Their paths crossed in 2007 at MIT, where they ended up in the same graduate program. “We didn’t actually meet until many months in, and on a class trip to Japan no less,” says Kelly. “It was a combination of my love of dancing and David’s uncanny ability to locate a hip hop club anywhere on earth” that drew the two together.

They fell in love that summer when Kelly was interning at an investment bank in New York and David was in Miami working for his family’s company. Kelly worked long hours, so David would often find himself flying to New York on weekends. They spent the following year together in Boston, but after graduation they were again separated with Kelly taking a full-time position in New York and David starting a business in Mexico City. “For two years, we kept the relationship going with weekend visits and holidays together whenever possible,” says Kelly. “Admittedly, David bore the brunt of the travel.”

The proposal came while they were in Miami back in April of 2010. They spent the next year planning, working on Kelly’s conversion to Judaism, and preparing to start their life together in Mexico City. “Our wedding was a combination of cultures and religions, and everything was unforgettable,” remembers Kelly. “We wouldn’t change a thing!”

Location, Cake and Caterer: Mandarin Oriental Miami, Miami, FL; Event Planner: Nury Enamorado-Hidalgo; Florist: Pistils & Petals, Miami Beach, FL; Officiant: Rabbi Hector Epelbaum; Stationery: Spark Invitations at Kate’s Paperie, New York, NY; Band: Shalom Trio, Miami, FL; Lighting: Arpi Group, Miami, FL; Tuxedo: Tom Ford; Hair: Tim at Cutler Salon at Gansevoort Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL; Makeup: Make-Up by Aileen, Miami, FL; Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Wedding gown: Angel Sanchez at Mark Ingram, New York, NY; Photographer: Sharon Eliasi Photography, Miami, FL; Videographer: Utopia Video Productions, Miami, FL

We wish you countless years of happiness Kelly and David and a big thank you to Luis Torres of Utopia Video Productions for letting us share this video with our viewers!

Falling In Love: Megan & Stuart Get Married

While this is not typically the way we feature weddings on our blog, the design and execution of this event—thanks to the amazing vision of Megan and Stuart—is so spectacular that I felt compelled to spotlight as many details as possible. And, while I don’t typically like weddings that are too trendy, and sometimes modern to the nines can feel that way, I think everyone did an amazing job at making this event trend setting, but still timeless and elegant. What do you think?

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Megan O’Dwyer Thiel and Stuart Thiel
Married in Maimi, Florida on March 6, 2010

Stuart Thiel and Megan O’Dwyer met in middle school when Megan crashed a 7th grade party—she was in 8th grade. After a friendly game of spin the bottle, they became friends. In college they started to realize that their feelings were on a whole different level, but they were still not able to be “exclusive.” With Stuart in Gainesville at the University of Florida and Megan in Boca Raton at Florida Atlantic University, time together was limited. But finally, after Megan graduated college, and Stuart started a masters program, they both happen to find themselves single (for once), and decided to finally be together and leave all of the crazy relationships they had behind forever.

Travel played a major role in both of their lives and they actually have pictures of “each of us standing in exactly the same spot in a few different countries even though we weren’t traveling together!” recalls Megan. “I think he was subliminally following me around the planet!” When they finally had a chance to travel the world together, they found themselves falling in love in China, got engaged in Berlin, had an engagement trip to Ireland to meet Megan’s family, wed in Miami, and honeymooned in Mexico.

When it came time to design the wedding, they were both extremely excited and knew what they wanted. Their only main concern was that they wanted “the party of all parties,” and that’s exactly what they got. “Non-traditional, ultra hip, modern, artistic, and positively US,” describes Megan of the vibe they were going for. “We decided to go with a lounge/nightclub style with no assigned seating.”

The day featured plenty of places to sit, high top tables, couches, a 30-foot mirrored bar, and “VIP” sections where groups of friends and relatives could congregate and basically “have their own party while we made the essential rounds,” says Megan. The floor plan kept the party dynamic and upbeat, with people moving and dancing everywhere. Megan and Stuart also decided against a champagne toast because it gives Megan “a mega headache.” Instead, they went with three different shots: tequila, sake and “something blue”—poured in a monogrammed glasses, which also served as their guest’s favors. “It definitely set the tone for the evening,” says Megan, adding: “it got the party started. It was a perfect evening that defined mine and Stuart’s personalities to a T. Our dreams could never have been realized without the expertise and creativity of Fortuna and the Design 42 team.”

Location: Miami Event Space, Miami, FL; Event Planning, Event Design and Floral Concept: D42 by Fortuna Ludmir, Sunny Isles, FL; Flowers: Fleurish Design, Doral, FL; Furniture, Lounges and Accessories: Pablo Oliveira, Nüage Designs, Miami, FL; Lighting: Frost Lighting, Boca Raton, FL; Drapes: Fabulous Events & Décor, Miami, FL; Caterer: Aaron’s Catering, West Palm Beach, FL; Desserts: Adriana’s Catering, Miami, FL; Photography: PS Photography, Coral Gables and Vero Beach, FL

We wish you countless years of happiness Megan and Stuart and a special thank you to Pablo Oliveira of Nüage Designs and Fortuna Ludmir of D42 for submitting this to us and a big thank you to Patty Gonzalez and Susie Canino of PS Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!

Her Mr. Big: Priscilla & David Get Married

Back in January I had the pleasure of staying at the Viceroy Anguilla and it has come to be one of my favorite locations to escape to, so when I saw this wedding I immediately fell in love with it. The vibrant pinks perfectly compliment the Caribbean location, I adore Priscilla’s gown, the bridesmaid dresses are beyond amazing, David is handsome in his suit, the sunset vows and intimate reception—it was all stunning and elegant.

Heather Funk Photography

Heather Funk Photography

Heather Funk Photography

Heather Funk Photography

Heather Funk Photography

Priscilla Brito and David Burstyn
Married in Anguilla, British West Indies on January 15, 2011

Priscilla and David were destined to share their lives from the moment they first met. She was his perpetual New Year’s Eve date and therapist; he was her Mr. Big. It’s a story that reads like a cross between “Sex and the City” and “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

So different, yet so perfect for each other, it was a South Beach fairytale. Boy meets girl, they connect, travel, shop and dine in delicious style together and enjoy the best life has to offer. Always on the go—and everything in between—from climbing one of the most challenging summits, Ajax Mountain, in Aspen to struggling with Spanish while visiting Priscilla’s relatives in Cuba. It was the excitement that every couple dreams of … which is why, for some, things might go into a holding pattern.

Settling down? Not on David’s agenda. As much as Priscilla cared for him, her free spirit and lust for life kept her at bay. He would lure her into his world and she would reel him right back into hers. But one day, David realized that Priscilla may not be there forever and he couldn’t let her get away! She was the one who showed him how much fun life is outside of work, he could talk to her about anything, and she seemed to always be there for him.

So, he rode in on his white horse, swept her off her feet, and said “not so fast pretty girl; you belong to me.” They rode off into the sunset—to the airport actually—and flew to Las Vegas. Gambling, Rolls Royces and an elegant dinner set the stage for their happy ending. And as David prepared to get down on one knee and handed Priscilla a little box with a lifetime promise of love inside, she grabbed him by the lapels, pulled him to her, and said: “Get up, I’ll marry you!”

Inspiration for their wedding came one year before the proposal when friends took them to the Viceroy Anguilla. While their initial plans of a large wedding kept them from pursuing the venue, they reevaluated, shortened their guest list, and made a three-day weekend out of it. Not only did it turn out to be the best weekend of their lives, but so many others now share the same memories with them. “We would do it all over again and again if we could!” they agree.

Location, Cake and Caterer: Viceroy Anguilla, Anguilla, British West Indies; Florist: Black Orchid Florist, Anguilla, British West Indies; Jewelry: Starvin Marvin Jewelry, Aventura, FL; Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham, London, United Kingdom; Photography: Heather Funk Photography, Miami, FL

We wish you countless years of happiness Priscilla and David and a big thank you to Heather Funk of Heather Funk Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!

Barbara & Alex Get Married

Carlos Baez Photography

Here is a teaser for Monday’s wedding of the week on

I think one of the things that I like best about this wedding, aside from everything that makes it special, is that Barbara and Alex’s story is real. There is no picture perfect tale of love and, in actuality, it is the fact that they took a break, that makes their love story so perfect. Because in the end, they realized that they couldn’t live without one another and the reality of love is that sometimes you need to step back to realize what is right in front of you.

A lot of people aren’t on board with inviting children to weddings, but if they are well behaved and you plan accordingly (think children’s tent complete with kid-friendly food, entertainment and supervision), they can truly make a wedding. I think this picture above says it all.

Things I love: from the cake by Ana Paz to the furniture by Nüage Designs and the floral and event design by Divine Design by Guerdy, this wedding pulled out all of the stops. Add a gorgeous couple, wowza shoes and an incredible Oscar de la Renta gown and it is a must see.

Thank you so much to the incredible Carlos Baez of Carlos Baez Photography for letting us share it with you. Be sure to look out for the full feature on Monday. Have a great weekend!

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