This little gift from Shipra Panosian is just.one.of.those.weddings... the kind you sigh over, can't stop looking at, wish you were there, and wish you knew the beautiful couple who are so obviously happy and in love. The simply elegant decor of succulents, live orchids and burlap perfectly accentuates the natural beauty of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, and when captured so organically by Shipra's stunning photography, the whole affair has a graceful flow from start to finish. It's a work of art - I hope you enjoy, and are inspired by it as much as I am!
From Shipra: Sole & Nico are from Argentina and live in South Florida. They were married at the Morikami Japanese Gardens & Museum in an outdoor ceremony with the lovely gardens and lake as the backdrop. The reception was outside as well under a plethora of Japanese lanterns. The couple infused their celebration with a few cultural traditions, and since the bride is an eco-friendly, green-design architect, the floral was based around having living plants: live orchid plants were the centerpieces, she carried a stem of orchids down the aisle, and guest favors were potted succulents.
Nico and Sole are both from Argentina, but met 9 years ago at FAU. They were just friends at first, but fell in love after trying to introduce two of their friends to each other. (Sounds like the perfect rom-com movie plot!)
What Sole loves about her husband: What I think makes us a great couple is that we are both very different people, but we compliment each other perfectly! I love about him that he makes me laugh, he is the best companion. He is a very creative, talented and perseverant person. He is passionate about everything that he does, and a very loving person. And in spite of hard times, he always maintains his good spirits.
And Nico about his wife: Sole is a loving woman in general, I don't think I ever met or will ever meet a person with such a good and kind heart. She completes me, she makes me want to be a better person. She is extremely talented, responsible, creative. She has stood by me through some very hard times, I am so happy that I will get spend the rest of my life next to her.
Sole shared a few thoughts about the planning process: The wedding planning was a great, fun experience since it was a big collaborative effort among myself, Nico, my family and friends. From the invitations designed by my sisters, to each table's center piece with each orchid picked by myself and my mom... all the decorations, table's design, details, runners, table tags, etc... were hand-made. The color scheme was kept very neutral, trying to compliment the already naturally beautiful environment of the Morikami gardens.
The couple incorporated Argentinian traditions into their day as well, including an alternative (that I happen to like a lot better!) to a bouquet toss, where the women all pull ribbons out of a glass jar to find little silver pendants with words stamped into them. They also had a mini-carnival celebration on the dance floor with tons of colorful masks, boas and crazy hats.
And instead of wedding cake, they had a wedding meringue (sounds delish). It looks like they had the party of a lifetime... don't you just want to be there on the dance floor?
From Soledad: We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day, filled with so many emotions. What it made is so special was to have all of our family and friends come from so many different places (some as far as from Argentina and Europe!) to share with us our love and commitment. The energy, and love we felt that day is something that will be in our memories for ever.
Our warmest congratulations to the bride and groom! Shipra, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous work with us.