Sunday, January 30, 2011

Carolina & Pablo's Dream Designed South Beach Wedding

I wanted to share this very special thank you below that I received from Carolina. Although I am always touched by my brides as I share such a special time in their lives, and I'm moved by the notes I receive after the wedding. This one in particular had tears streaming down my face!

From Carolina:
Every bride has two great loves. The first is, of course, her groom. The second is, or should be, her wedding planner. No bride is complete without her planning soul mate. In her planner she will find her partner and liaison; the person that can finish her sentences and filter her ideas in order to create her DREAM wedding. Tiffany was my partner in crime. I knew from the moment I met her that I wanted her to take the reins of my event. This, coming from a self-proclaimed micro-manger, is quite the statement.

Our engagement was…a very long engagement. We had 15 months to plan our wedding, and yet I wanted to know every detail from the get-go. No matter how many times my mother told me to take deep breaths, no matter how many times my fiancé told me that it was “just a party,” I wanted everything in-line straight away. It wasn’t until I received from Tiffany a clearly outline plan of attack that I realized that we had ALL the time in the world! Then it was time to tackle the task…

One of the most important things for us was the FOOD; we knew we wouldn’t sign a contract with a venue without first having a full tasting; not loving the food was a deal-breaker, no ifs, ands, or buts. This criterion took us on a culinary journey of some of the most sought-out South Beach hotels…we ate everywhere! Never once did Tiffany complain or suggest that we settle for something we weren’t crazy about. After countless tasting, we finally chose The National Hotel for our wedding. It offered everything we wanted: beach ceremony, intimate one event-exclusivity, authentic Miami Beach Art Deco style, and GREAT food. Yes, I was a bride that actually wanted to eat and ENJOY the food at her wedding; and Tiffany made sure I did.

When we first sat down to discuss our nuptials, my fiancé and I agreed that we wanted an intimate wedding; we also agreed on a beach wedding, but we definitely did not want to lose the glam-factor. Tiffany came armed with a team that could wow Oprah! She was able to transform an outdoor, pool-side venue into a sophisticated, contemporary setting that left our guests awe-inspired. From lighting to décor, from party favors to place cards, everything was done with a twist. We did not want a traditional wedding; we wanted a Dream Design Wedding…thank you Tiff for making our night an unforgettable affair!

But most of all, thank you Tiffany for guiding me through and allowing me to enjoy the planning process, which can be confusing and frustrating at times.  As I said on the night of my wedding, I was not only lucky have found the perfect planner, I was very lucky to have found such a great friend! 

Carolina González

 Tiffany's signature "Room Reveal" with bride Carolina
Tiffany Nieves and Carolina Gonzalez

Tiffany Nieves & Mrs. Carolina Gonzalez
Message from Tiffany: Caro & Pablo thank you for allowing me to be a part of your very special day, I enjoyed every minute of planning with you. Pablo, I hope your Mom enjoyed and has forgiven me (wink), oh and I still laugh when I think about the rings. Caro I miss our planning sessions and your self proclaimed "bridezilla" moments! I want you to know how much our "time out" on your wedding day and your letter moved me!! I have no words... 

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Gonzalez, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness !!

Photos courtesy of Martha Ramirez of UDS Photo


Monday, January 24, 2011

Three Dream Design grooms and a wind blown day of golf on Biscayne Bay

Saturday was a day of gown shopping for Kerri Nussbaum with Tiffany of Dream Design Weddings, her Mom Johnnie, and sister / MOH Michelle. Below a celebratory champagne victory toast with our lovely ladies as Kerri found her perfect wedding gown!

Michelle, Kerri, Johnnie

While Kerri spent the day shopping her fiance' and Dream Design groom, Matt Strube, was out for a grooms day of golfing. Although it was a blustery day and Matt hadn't taken out his clubs since September, thanks to the Maryland winter, the wind didn't affect him. Matt played a fantastic game and finished up the long 18th hole with a beautiful par! Dream Design groom Marty Booker (ex Pro Bowl WR), now a Florida resident was Mr. Par all day long!

Matt Strube, John Cook, Marty Booker

Ladies, we all know it is always about the bride, but at Dream Design the Groom also gets the VIP treatment!

Happy Planning....

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tiffany of Dream Design chooses a Monique Lhuillier Wedding Gown for her own Platinum Wedding


Platinum Weddings Planner Tiffany of Dream Design Weddings is planning her own Platinum Wedding. Next on the agenda, gown fitting at Chic Parisien for her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown that arrives in three days! 

Pictured above: Tiffany Nieves and her fiance' John Cook

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to Dream Design Bride Ameriie!

Happy Birthday Ameriie You are truly beautiful person inside and out! What a great year for you. A new album and a wedding! See ya soon!
Much Love, Tiffany & John

Destination Power Planning Tiffany style with Kerri & Matt

Recently my new clients Kerri & Matt came to town with Kerri's parents for some wedding power planning Tiffany style. Our mission was to find the perfect location for their destination wedding. Armed with our water bottles and power bars (so we didn't pass out from food deprivation), off we went to see many fantastic locations that could accommodate the size of their wedding. 

On our 70 mile trek from Miami to Palm Beach we looked at the gorgeous Fontainebleau Resort, The Ritz Carlton South Beach, the beautiful Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Resort, the fabulous Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, a few others in between, and ending at the Breakers Palm Beach.At the end of this fabulous journey the couple had seen the spectrum of locations, ranging in style from modern chic to old world charm. Any one of these amazing venues would be a wonderful choice for their multi-event wedding week.

Although it was a difficult decision, in the end the couple chose The Breakers Palm Beach . They fell in love with the old world romantic feel of this grand property. Along with the amazing different space options on property for each of their events planned, this is sure to be a spectacular wedding weekend!

Next stop for Kerri, a weekend of gown shopping. While we entertain Matt with a fabulous weekend of golf.Yes ladies, although it is ALWAYS about the bride, at Dream Design we make sure the groom is also treated in VIP style.

Happy Planning....

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tiffany of Dream Design Weddings, offers a personal look inside...

How We Met

I haven't had much time to post our wedding bio updates lately, but I will be posting several over the next few weeks. 

I am often asked how JC and I met, so I thought it would be fitting to start my new posts at the very beginning. After all, that's how all good fairy tales begin.

We met on a fishing expedition. Now, I know you picture us on a boat, or maybe a pier, nope not even close. This was a different kind of fishing, you see John had an affinity for sports fishing, but not the type you do on the water, this type you do online, he called it trolling...

That's right folks, we met online, on a dating website appropriately named "Plenty of Fish" and although there may be plenty of fish in the sea. It is only once in a lifetime you reel in the "Prized or Perfect Catch"!!

Upcoming posts: He popped the question, Cake perfection, Decor Dilemmas