Heather and Ricardo didn’t let COVID stop their wedding – even through the challenges they faced they still pulled off a beautiful micro wedding with a tropical feel in the Miami heat! This sweet and sultry wedding brought together their closest family for a day of love and celebration. With muted colors and a white and green bouquet, everything felt cool and summery despite the tropical feel.

from the photographer: “Heather & Ricardo planed a Destination Micro-Wedding at one of Miami’s most gorgeous venues, Villa Woodbine. Surrounded by a lush tropical landscape with ten immediate family members present and more than a dozen witnessing the wedding through a zoom-call, the couple was showered with love and prayer.

The guest list may have been small but the celebration and meaning were anything but.” 

from Heather & Ricardo: “Our planning process was rather peculiar during 2020. From date changes, to travel bans, to capacity restrictions, to even changing our venue two weeks before the wedding, we can’t say our planning process was smooth but in the end it came together more romantic and beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

Even pre-pandemic we planned on an intimate ceremony or so called micro wedding. We always wanted our focus to be on our commitment we were making to each other rather than throwing a huge celebration for others to join. With a more intimate ceremony, our future plans were to direct our finances towards a home to celebrate in with friends and family for years to come rather than a one day celebration. Not including all of our friends and family on the wedding day due to capacity and travel restrictions was the most difficult part of our planning process, but in the end we felt nothing more than love and support from our loved ones.

We chose our destination wedding to take place at our favorite weekend getaway spot, In Miami. Our goal was for our week to be a vacation and celebration for us and our guests. Our wedding was mostly inspired by the venue itself, an old Mediterranean-Renaissance style with Spanish arches particularly adapted to the Miami climate with its warm tropical breezes.”

Some interesting points from the couple:

-we were the first couple in 12 years to use the front of the Villa as the backdrop of our ceremony rather than the back garden or fountain area.

-Ricardo and I planned the wedding ourselves with the help of Pinterest.

-One of my favorite moments that we incorporated into the wedding was our prayer just before the announcement in which our families came to the front and laid hands on us to pray for many blessings to come in our marriage.

-We virtually had Ricardo’s family from Venezuela and our grandparents join the ceremony.

-Because of our last minute venue change we lost out on the experience to taste test the menu, cake and drinks beforehand but thankfully our venue came through, exclusive to Bill Hansen Catering.

-No matter current situations, we hope our micro wedding will inspire others to focus on the most important part of two coming together as one.

Photographer:  Melissa Blythe Photography  /  Venue: Villa Woodbine  /  Flowers:  Sugar Collections /  Beauty:  Power House Beauty

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