by Amy Serrago
Christine and Luidger chose the stunning Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami for their romantic al fresco wedding. The property was originally built by businessman and antiquities collector James Deering. It not only served as his winter home from 1916 to 1925, but since gaining landmark status in 1970, it has been featured in numerous films and is one of the country’s most famous historic landmarks. Its extensive gardens and grand mansion sit right on the Biscayne Bay and the Mediterranean Revival architecture is luxurious. The ceremony took place in the gardens near a Tuscan-style out-building, under a canopy of trees dripping with Spanish moss and included a candle lighting unity ceremony.
Christine was gorgeous in her fitted lace gown with its cream underlay and sexy sheer bodice details. She finished her look with a gold layer necklace and a long veil for added drama. Her bridesmaids were pretty in pale pink and each lady carried a bouquet of blush and pink roses with greenery accents. Luidger and his groomsmen were handsome in dark gray with long black ties and white rose boutonnières and the entire wedding party had a great time posing for portraits while exploring the Vizcaya’s gardens.
The reception took place on the historic home’s main terrace where tables were set with pale taupe linens and floating candles sat atop mirrored centerpieces to create a romantic glow. Gold accents completed the decor and guests were welcome to tour sections of the grand old mansion. A full moon hung high over the bay as Christine, Luidger and their guests enjoyed an evening of celebration under the stars, a perfect Miami night. Congratulations Christine and Luidger!