Overlooking the bay, a family affair with the Miami HEAT made for another incredible evening with the HEAT Charitable Foundation!
Guests arrived at the American Airlines Arena just before sunset. As vehicles were whisked away, guests entered through the newly remodeled VIP Lexus entrance before enjoying cocktail hour inside the HEAT locker room. The opportunity to mix and mingle with HEAT Players and key staff is one guests will likely never forget!
Guests moved to the beautiful Xfinity Plaza after cocktail hour, for a night of dinner and dancing. A twist on previous HEAT gala designs, this year’s color scheme swapped out red, for blush! Our design concept for dinner used a modern mix of custom wrapped acrylic royal tables, and mirror-topped round tables. Each royal table was set with a black and white marble print, with black ghost chairs. Additional accents include rose gold flatware and chargers. Our round tables consisted used shimmering silver underlays with blush “coin” overlays plus a reflective mirror topper, set against clear acrylic ghost chairs. For accents, we used hammered matte black flatware and swirled black and white charger for a smoke effect.
Because no party is complete without florals – we focused on white and blush tones of tulips, callas, anemones and more in clear glass vases to show lots of gorgeous green stems. And of course = plenty of candlelight!
Along with plenty of fun and games with the HEAT players, the guests ended the evening with an incredible performance by Mary J. Blige!
Event Photography: Robert Hacman
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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.
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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You’re cordially invited to our newest preferred venue! Please join us on Thursday, November 29th for an Open House tour of The Newman Alumni Center. We are happy to a part of a small group of preferred caterers to work at this gorgeous venue at the University of Miami. To RSVP, simple click on the photo below. We hope to see you there!
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!