This glamorous gay wedding at the Ritz is elegant, beautiful, and touching. We know you will enjoy seeing the photos as much as we did!
How did you meet?
Charlene and Suzy met in 2005 on South Beach, at a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Fund held by the City of Miami Beach Fire Department. Charlene was there with a friend whose boyfriend worked with Suzy, and who had been trying to set them up for a while. They hit it off and spent the next nine years building a life together. After all those years they decided it was time to have a wedding. Setting the date for their 10-year anniversary, they planned and planned, despite knowing their marriage would not be legal in Florida. But as luck would have it, same-sex marriage was legalized in Florida in January of 2015. Adding legal legitimacy to something their friends and families already knew to be otherwise legitimate was the icing on the proverbial wedding cake.
Describe your wedding day:
In one word, our wedding day was perfect. Skies were blue, the sun was bright, temps were mild, and guests came from all over the U.S. to celebrate with us. We could not have asked for a more flawless day. We started the day with a walk around the Ritz-Carlton property, taking it all in. Later that morning the chaotic schedule began with manicures and pedicures, then to the ad hoc meetings with the wedding planner, family members, and then finally to hair and makeup. Wedding time crept up on us so quickly, before we knew it we were walking up to the gazebo, each flanked by our parents, on our way to “I do”.
After a beautiful ceremony, the guests attended an outdoor cocktail hour followed by a raucous ballroom reception, which featured toasts given by each of our best friends, great food, non-stop dancing, and a photo booth experience for the ages.
Photographer: Castaldo Studio//Dress Designer:Allure Bridal//Dress Designer:Brides by Demetrios//Photo Booth Equipment:Castaldo Studio//Cinema and Video:CASTALDO studio Photo and Video//Favors and Gifts:Godiva//Floral Designer: Lee Forrest Design//Ring Designer:Michael M//Event Planner:Party With Bells On//Hair Stylist: Str8 Endz Salon//Jewelry:Swarovski//Invitation Designer: The Invitation Lounge//Event Venue: The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes//Jewelry:Verragio//DJ: White Rose Entertainment//
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