The University of Miami recently celebrated the inauguration of their new president by taking him around the world. Ok – not really, but we WERE able to design an event to make it feel like that. The theme title was “Charting the Course to Our New Century.”
As guests arrived, music provided by the University of Miami set the mood for their grand entrance across the bridge from the Watsco Center where the Inauguration Ceremony took place, all the way to the Student Center Complex Lakeside Patio.
In front of them, guests found a spectacularly decorated space with four large structures complete with custom swag ceiling treatment in blue, yellow, black, green and red inspired by the unifying colors of the Olympic Games. Large drum chandeliers accented each of these four areas where custom food stations were designed by continent. A large central structure and wrap around bar for beverage service was created as focal point of the entire event with a mix of coordinating drum style chandeliers hanging from the center of the structure. Interior style high tops were placed throughout the space to bring continuity to the design accented with “Course Charting” inspired centerpieces. Some of the bar tops even had custom world map decals on them to really tie in the theme.
Stations were divided into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Asia consisted of hanging red lanterns, pho dogs, pergolas, lanterns, florals, bamboo mats and plants.
Africa was uniquely designed with masks and up-lit foliage. Proteas, sand, grass and palms were used to accent the buffet and animal print fabrics were woven into the station design between food elements.
A European market was designed with wood planks, slates, buckets, barrels and abundant baskets of flowers. Iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben were knit discretely into the design to drive the theme home.
The America’s station was inspired by the menu selected. A custom built ‘South American Ruins’ backdrop was designed to fit the theme and interior style details accented the buffet to complement food service.
Into our design? See how we transformed this wedding into a Disney inspired fantasy land.
We all know summer is all about the watermelon – but how many different ways can you really make it different? We’re adding one more preparation to your repertoire in the form of pickled watermelon radish slaw. We sat down with Executive Chef Elgin Woodman to see her thought process behind one of her mini plates – Coriander Cured Tuna Pastrami with Pickled Watermelon Radish Slaw and Avocado Puree.
This recipe is really an infusion of three diverse cultural flavors. The Watermelon radish slaw involves a pickling process inspired by Asian food culture. The rub used on the cured Tuna is composed of special Mediterranean spices for a slight “kick”. Finally, the Avocado Cream sauce adds a signature Latin layer of culture. The resulting dish is a blend of freshness and flavor profiles representing the diversity of the region. Additionally, this dish has a multitude of ways to be presented above and beyond just a mini plate. Appetizers, antipasto stations, small plate courses, salads and so many more food styles could benefit from this fresh dish. As an added benefit, this is a wonderful way to add proteins to antipasto stations where red meats and pork are not an option.
Nothing beats having top quality components to savor during an event, and this creation made sure to deliver. This is a critical component to the Home Cured Tuna with Watermelon Radish Slaw. The production of it begins with buying the freshest tuna and curing it two days prior to your event. When the tuna is finished curing, our culinary team cleans the rub and re-wraps it for event delivery. The tuna remains uncut until just before service to maintain freshness and color. The slaw and avocado cream are also prepped and mixed onsite to ensure a crisp slaw and green avocado in every bite.
What are you waiting for?! Go get in the kitchen!
Still not convinced? Maybe poolside cocktails are more your style.
Dreamy does not even begin to describe this Disney inspired fairytale wedding we had the pleasure of working on. The bride was in love with Disney (who isn’t?!) and wanted her guests to feel like they were stepping into a fairytale.
THE DEETS ON THE DESIGN:
Custom built bars were designed with mirror accents for an elegant yet magical feel. Large mirror frames were adorned with love quotes written in a calligraphy from (by Carla Hagan Designs) famous Disney movies. For example, one of the mirrors read “you will always be my greatest adventure” from one of my personal favorites – UP.
From our director of design Jessica Zeidler-Rojas: We wanted to incorporate whimsical details like roses under cloches [to emulate Beauty and the Beast] and crystal candelabras.
There were 3 styles of guest table. Each equipped with their own style of linen, centerpiece, water goblet, napkin, chair and charger. We know what you’re thinking – this can get out of hand VERY quickly. PRO TIP – Keep something that is similar in each design to keep things cohesive. For example: a colorful water goblet, or napkin. These items can be fun, colorful, whimsical details without over taking any one design. There were two different styles of chairs used for the guest tables – a gold chiavari and a gold napoleon. The napoleon brought a fairytale feel while the chiavari kept it timeless. Garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, orchids & veronica made for bright, lively centerpieces on each table
Let’s talk about the sweetheart table for a sec – or should we just stare?! Trees and hanging listeria really made it feel like a storybook, almost like you had just been transported into a dreamland. The bride and groom weren’t the only lucky ones with these beauties behind them. They were placed all over the room. Jessica says “with such a large guest count – we really wanted to make the room a design of it’s own, but still tie into the centerpieces.”
We were so lucky to have been on board with such amazing vendors to create this fairytale. Teamwork truly makes the [wedding] dream work!
A Joy Wallace – Custom bars, Florals, Design
Lourdes Milian Productions – Wedding Planner
Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Venue
Merge Social – Videographer
Nuage – Linens
Events on The Loose – Glassware
Elements & Accents – Chairs
BBJ & Different Look – Chargers
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We could not be more excited to have The Temple House back as venue. After undergoing recent renovations, we’re so glad to be partnering to plan some amazing events this season. To jump start the process, A Joy Wallace and The Temple House are teaming up with a two month promotion! Through September 17th, the one of a kind space is offering 20% off the rental fee, and you can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast with any seated dinner of up to 150 guests! Just use promo code: “AJOY7” when booking.
Check out new photos of the venue, and let’s start planning!
We’ve had some great changes around the A Joy Wallace office!
Coming up in the ranks are two newly promoted AJW team members. Marco Zennaro (pictured left), handles Client Development for our sales team, making sure our clients are pampered with the AJW attention they’re accustomed to! Kelley Ramer (pictured right), originally with our Design production team, now handles Wedding Sales. Energetic, resourceful and a great networker, we felt she was perfect for the growing luxury wedding market in South Florida.
You can learn more about Marco, Kelley and the rest of the AJW Team here.
Check out the photo of Kelley & Marco at the Modern Luxury Brides magazine launch party for their South Florida & The Caribbean edition. Pick up your copy soon and look for the AJW ad!