West Palm Beach is actually on an island. Getting to it means you cross a long bridge that rises, ribbon-like, over the glittering Intercoastal before depositing you on palm-tree-lined streets. Then there’s Worth Avenue, packed with charming boutiques, restaurants and shaded, fountain-filled walkways.
The setting was perfect for Emily and Kevin’s intimate wedding! These two wed in a beautiful old church, then breezed back to Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel to celebrate in low-key glamorous style.
How did your sweetie propose?
“It is not out of the ordinary for Kevin to plan romantic surprises, but this time I was completely surprised!
We were in Las Vegas and on our way out to a dinner reservation at one of our favourite restaurants, but at the very last minute, Kevin says that the plans have changed. Little did I know, Kevin had organized what I thought was just a romantic dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower in the Paris Hotel. We had a beautiful table at the window overlooking the Strip and the Bellagio fountains. As we marvelled at the beautiful fountain show across our way, the dessert came out and the server lifted the cover to unveil a very special treat – it was all timed perfectly.
The first thing I saw was the plate covered in rose petals with chocolate that spelled out ‘Will you marry me?’ The second thing I saw was a mini Eiffel Tower with a gorgeous sparkling diamond ring on top. As I turned to Kevin, he was already down on one knee asking for my hand in marriage. A pre-organized photographer captured the moment so we always have those photos to look back on.“
How did you choose your gown?
“After appointments at more than a dozen bridal salons, I knew the Graceful gown was the one as soon as I tried it on. The fit was perfection and the style was exactly what I was looking for…a timeless gown and pure elegance! The lace topper added interesting detail and was perfect for our church ceremony during the day but allowed me to remove it for a different look in the evening.“
Can you tell me a little about your day? Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“From the beginning, we knew we wanted our day to be an intimate celebration. Our theme of classic romance was achieved with cream and white garden roses and tons of candlelight everywhere. Gold and cream/ivory tones were our go-to colours. From the church to the cocktail reception and dinner, we loved all of the intricate details.”
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or less:
“Magical, Heartfelt, Romantic, Momentous, Perfect.“
Three words that best describe Kevin:
“Trustworthy, supportive, kind.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“You really have to make the day a true reflection of the two of you and what you want. The day goes by so quickly and you have to do your best to take in and enjoy every moment!”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“Right after the wedding, we boarded a cruise ship with a majority of the wedding guests where we could continue the celebration as we cruised to the Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Our real honeymoon will be in the Fall where we will spend time on the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Tuscany and Cinque Terre. We can’t wait!”
Emily + Kevin’s West Palm Beach Wedding
wedding dress: Astrid & Mercedes Graceful and Lea-Ann Belter Bridal veil | lace topper: Amy Kuschel | photographer: Chris Joriann Photography | reception venue: Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel | event management: Theresa Valiante for Café Boulud | florals + décor: Exquisite Events | church: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church | bridal prep venue: The Brazilian Court Hotel | groom prep venue: Hilton West Palm Beach | shoes: Jimmy Choo | hair+ makeup: bombshell makeovers + Team Beauti | rings: A. Jaffe | emerald jewels: family heirloom | maid of honor dress: Jason Wu | cake + favors: Café Boulud pastry chef | invitations: Minted