Teri Garcia met her future husband, Alex Diaz, through two mutual friends who had just started dating. “They thought that we were perfect for each other, [so] they set up a night where we went for drinks at Transit Lounge on somewhat of a ‘double-date,'” says Teri. Their friends were right: the couple was a match made in heaven, and it didn’t take long for Alex to ask Teri out for an “official” date.
The couple became engaged on a romantic trip to Key West – Alex took Teri to dinner at the Hot Tin Roof, overlooking Key West Harbor. “It was extremely romantic as there was even a wedding happening right below us on Sunset Pier. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was going to happen, however he had mentioned that we were only going to the Keys for fun and not to expect a ring,” Teri says. Alex surprised her, however, when he dropped to bended knee on their hotel room balcony and recited to her, “The sunset is the end of a day and the sunrise is the start of anew day and new beginnings.” Teri was shocked but responded to his marriage proposal with a resounding, “Yes, of course!”
The Couple wed at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hialeah, Florida on a beautiful November day. The church was Teri’s life-long parish and also the location where her parents were married thirty-something years prior. The bride wore a Jim Hjelm gown and carried her “dream bouquet” of roses and peonies.
The party continued at the Rotunda Room at the Westin Colonnade, selected for its historical significance to the city of Miami and a mood of timeless elegance. Teri worked with Vivian Colls to bring to life her floral visions – centerpieces composed of blush peonies, roses, and hydrangeas and romantic candlelight. “my graphic designer tied everything together and transformed my ideas and wishes to paper . . . All pieces included a vellum strip of a gold brocade pattern. The invitation, place cards, menus, and table numbers were printed on a cream paper with gold ink and classic cursive font,” recalls the bride of her experience with KayVee Kreations. “I worked with Leyani Linens to select a color that would tie all aspects together without being overbearing,” she says of choosing her rentals. A dusty pink table linen was selected to accent gold beaded glass chargers and gold chiavari chairs with cream cushions.
“It was truly a fairy tale – from the very morning until the wedding reception ended, and even the continued festivities at the bar! It felt like we were living a dream and floating on air – everything was perfect,” she remembers fondly.
More Photos of The Bride and Groom’s Happy Day Below
Photographer: Unique Design Studios
Ceremony Site: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Reception Site: Westin Colonnade; Wedding Gown Designer: Jim Hjelm; Linen: Leyani; Cake Baker: Ana Paz; Music: DJ Ubi; Hair: Van Michael Miami; Make-up: Makeup by Anais; Videographer: Artistry Wedding Films