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The Rainbow After the Storm: A Vibrant Garden-Inspired Bridal Shower in Miami, Florida
Photos By BlueSpark Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on Aug 7, 2014 at 6:00 am in
When her mother found love for the second time around, Liz Mena of Mi Vintage Rentals, a boutique prop rental company with a focus on unique handpicked pieces from eras past, set out to honor her mother’s engagement—and newfound happiness—with the most beautiful bridal shower imaginable. Inspired by her mother’s love of gardening and by her own fascination with greenhouses, Liz envisioned a blossomy setting with modern vintage flair and fanciful touches. Set against the stately palm trees of Miami and captured flawlessly by BlueSpark Photography, the chic party was pulled off with the help of event design studio La Belle Bohème, floral design house Bella Lilly Studio, and confectioner Ohh My Sweetness. Continue on to take in all the beauty and to read Liz’ eloquent recounting of the memorable event.
From Liz MenaThey say that after every great storm comes a rainbow, and never has this been more true than in the life of my mother. She got married when she was just 19 years old to the man of her dreams. Twenty years later, she had two lovely daughters, owned a small house in the city, and had achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Everything seemed perfect, as it usually does right before a storm.
One summer day, the tempest arrived. She found herself with a shattered heart and a stack of legal paperwork. As time always does, it healed her broken heart, and she found the love of a man when she least expected it. That is the best type of love—the kind that takes you by surprise and opens your heart to new opportunities. He proposed to her a couple of months ago, and we couldn’t be more excited for her!
In celebration of my mother’s engagement, I decided to host a shower. The inspiration for the event came from my mother’s love of gardening and my absolute fascination with greenhouses. The first statement piece I wanted to create was a light installation that I had only imagined in my dreams. Event designer Elizabeth Betancourt of Bella Lilly Studio helped bring my vision to life by adorning a crystal chandelier with silver dollar eucalyptus, hanging amaranthus, and roses. Martell, the founding partner of Mi Vintage Rentals, installed the carefully crafted fixture from the ceiling of a clear tent. And just like that, the space was transformed into a wistful, sun-kissed garden affair. Everything seemed perfect, as it usually does right before a storm.
Nataly Tovar of event design studio La Belle Bohème was styling our antique Indian pushcart with an array of vintage crates and pearly accessories. I had just started to arrange the fine vintage china on top of our rustic farm tables when a disturbing sound of thunder made its way into our garden. At first, slow rain started falling, and then abruptly the rain intensified. The winds were gusting, and our green floor became flooded with water. The downpour seemed endless, and our hopes for a summer garden experience were growing as dark as the sky.
We waited patiently for about 30 minutes, but the rain didn’t want to disappear. Just when I thought we might have to cancel the party, a spark of sunshine came through the tent, and the rain stopped. When we all looked up at the sky in awe, a rainbow was forming. And I humbly thought to myself, “After every great storm, a rainbow really does come.”
One by one, all the pieces were carefully dried and rearranged. Vanessa of Ohh My Sweetness started plating her graceful edible artwork. Our spirits were raised, and our adrenaline was pumping! Although the rain had delayed our creative process, it had not wrecked our creative spirit! We were more motivated than ever to execute the vision.
Everything was vibrant and beautiful, just like a rainbow after a great storm!
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > bluespark photography
Location > eden in miami, florida
Event Design and Planning > La Belle Bohème
Flowers > bella lilly studio
Desserts > ohh my sweetness
Vintage rentals > mi vintage rentals
Invitations > creations by veronica
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What's Being Said
Sara, Aug 8, 2014 at 2:47 am
So pretty! And that dessert spread is fabulous!
Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm
This is incredible! What a gorgeous theme, and such incredible florals!
Chelsea, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Having just been to Miami last month, those mint dresses are perfect for this!
Occasions In Print, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Beautiful story and a beautiful outcome!
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