BBMI December 2015 : Page 114

SC E NE b rick e l l we d d i n g ANA RUIZ & BENJAMIN MANDELL O c t o b e r 3 , 2 015 Ce r e m ony & R e ce p t i on : F o u r S e a s ons H o t e l M ia m i P h o t o g r a p hy by P S P h o t o g r a p hy THE COUPLE Ben Mandell met Ana Ruiz at Perricone’s Marketplace & Café in Miami, where the football game that they happened to both be watching on TV soon became background noise to the pair’s conversation. The two fell for one another and began dating soon after. On a family trip to Hawaii, Ben seized the opportunity to add a special surprise to the couple’s morning run, when he got down on one knee and asked Ana to spend the rest of her life with him. THE PARTY Ben and Ana opted for an urban-meets-earthy feel for their wedding and reception at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel in Miami’s bustling Brickell neighborhood. The outdoor ceremony on the rooftop pool deck showcased Miami’s glittering skyline alongside neutral tones and decor. For the reception, the couple and their guests took the party indoors, where they were greeted by a brightly lit “Love” sign and chic pink and white centerpieces by EC Floral Design. A playful ode to their names, “BenAna” breads were given to guests as parting gifts, along with Kona Coffee beans that read “The Perfect Blend” as a nod to the couple’s Hawaii engagement. WHAT WE LEARNED “Incorporate both of your styles in the wedding, and try as much as possible to choose vendors whom you can connect with on a personal level,” says Ana. “Not only does it make the whole experience fun, but everything will run more smoothly.” THE HONEYMOON Wanting to wait for the perfect time of year, the couple plans to travel to Greece this spring for a honeymoon in Europe. –JM Continuing with the earthy and vintage feel, EC Floral Design constructed centerpieces brimming with white and pink roses, set inside unique wooden bowls and surrounded by romantic candles. Flowers SOMETHING BORROWED From top: Ana wore a gorgeous off-white dress from Rosa Clará and carried a vintage clutch that she borrowed from her aunt; Ben wore a custom suit from John the Tailor and shoes by Christian Louboutin. WEDDING RESOURCES Ceremony, Catering & Reception Venue Four Seasons LADIES IN LAVENDER From top: The bridesmaids looked stunning in different styles of Donna Morgan dresses; Ben purchased Ana’s engagement ring from GBC Jewelers and her wedding band from Harry Winston. Hotel Miami, Bridal Gown Rosa Clará, Bride’s Hair & Makeup Karla Lola,; Arturo Rodriguez Groom’s Tuxedo John the Tailor, Wedding Planner Elizabeth Stinson, Stinson Events Decor MiVintage Florals EC Floral Design and Events, Linens Over The Top, Cake Rebekah Brooks Invitations Stationery Bliss, Entertainment Private Stock Band, Videographer PS Photography, 114 M O D ER N LUXU RY B RI D ES SO UTH FLO RI DA AN D TH E C ARI B B E AN

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