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SC E N E coral gables wedding ANDREA D’ALLESANDRO & JULIO PERALTA A u g u s t 2 , 2 015 Ce r e m ony a n d R e ce p t i on : T he B i l t m o r e P h o t o g r a p hy by U n i q u e D e s i g n S t u d i o s THE COUPLE It was New Year’s Eve 2001, when Andrea, an advertising executive, met Julio, a career military man. Eighteen months later, on River Street in Savannah, Ga., they were engaged. As Julio was about to be deployed, there was no time to plan Andrea’s fairy-tale wedding, so the two rushed through a ceremony, and Julio spent 32 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. The toughest battle began in 2011 with Andrea’s cancer diagnosis. In an attempt to lift their spirits, Andrea wrote to Wish Upon a Wedding, a charity that grants weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness. The couple was elated when their wish was granted. THE PARTY The couple dreamed of a ceremony in Miami surrounded by their closest family and friends, including their two children. Local wedding industry expert and stationery company co-owner Eddy Martinez coordinated the details with a superstar roster of Miami vendors who donated their services for the occasion. To satisfy the couple’s sweet tooth, a confections table featured edible delights from Sugar Loaf Brigaderia, Lori’s Cupcake Cottage, Catalina’s Bake Shop and You Can Call Me Sweetie. Purple hues incorporated throughout the flowers and decor made the couple feel like royalty. WHAT WE LEARNED “Our bond is forever,” says Andrea. “For better or worse, in sickness and in health, we know what love is.” THE HONEYMOON The bride and groom spent several nights at The Biltmore in Coral Gables and then visited family and friends in Virginia. –Jill Martin Florana Flowers and Passion Growers created towering centerpieces with a combination of white and purple flowers mixed with greenery atop glamorous clear vases. Tabletops ROYAL AFFAIR Clockwise from top right: Andrea wore a gown by Sottero & Midgley, and Julio wore his traditional military uniform; decor by Evoga Event Productions featured purple and gold details, and white aromatic candles from Soy Delicious. WEDDING RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception The Biltmore Coral Gables, biltmorehotel.com Wedding Planner & Invitations Eddy Martinez, Stationery Bliss, MADE WITH LOVE From top: Eddy Martinez, co-owner of Stationery Bliss, designed intricate laser-cut invitations in the purple theme; Sugar Loaf Brigaderia, Lori’s Cupcake Cottage, Catalina’s Bake Shop and You Can Call Me Sweetie all provided mini desserts for the occasion. stationerybliss.com Officiant Rev. Michael Calderin, Saint Jude Ministries, saintjudeministries.org Catering Inspired Events, miamiweddingandevents. com; Aroma Espresso, aromaespresso.net Bride’s Hair & Makeup Your Face By Grace, yourfacebygrace.com Florals Florana Flowers, floranaflowers.com; Passion Growers, passiongrowers.com Rentals Diamonette Party Rental, diamonette.com Decor Evoga Event Productions, evogaevents.com; Soy Delicious, soydelicious.com Linens Wildflower Linen, wildflowerlinens.com Cake Edda’s Cake Designs, eddascakedesigns.com Favors Carved Solutions, carvedsolutions.com Entertainment Carlos Abanto, gigmasters.com; Entertainment Management Group, discoveremg.com; Vision DJs, visiondjs.com Videographer Merge Social, social.merge-studios.com Photography Unique Design Studios, udsphoto.com 110 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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