Ivory Isle Brides: Lauren

Lauren and Marc hail from Miami. She’s a nurse and he’s an orthopaedic doctor. They met in September 2011 and though Marc immediately prescribed a date with himself, Lauren resisted until early the following year.

“Once we went on our first date, though,” remembers Lauren, “we spent all our time together. We were inseparable.”

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Cut to September 2014.

“Marc took me to go sailing with some friends, but when we got to the dock it was just me and him. We sailed around Biscayne Bay. There was champagne. It was very romantic. When we arrived near our old apartment, he proposed! When we got back to land, our family and friends were waiting at a restaurant to celebrate our news.”

Marc was obviously confident she’d say yes. “That’s true,” says Lauren with a laugh. “If I hadn’t, that would have made for a really awkward lunch!”

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Regarding the wedding, Lauren admits, “I pretty much planned the whole thing. Marc found the venue though – The Trump International Beach Resort – and it was perfect.”

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“Since I grew up in Florida, I wanted the beach and the ocean to be a part of my wedding. I’m very short though, and Marc’s very tall. I needed heels, so getting married on the beach wasn’t going to work out logistically, as I’d sink in the sand!

I wanted to get married in a hotel, so that everything could happen at the same place, from the ceremony and the cocktail hour right through to the reception. We had a lot of family travelling in from out of town, so we wanted to center everything around one convenient place where everyone could stay and everything could happen.

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“Besides the location, my priorities for the day were the décor, the flowers and my dress. What was most important to Marc was the food, the alcohol and the music. Basically we just wanted to make sure that everyone had a good time.”

Lauren says she was drawn to Ivory Isle as she “wanted a very high level of personalisation for the invitations. I loved Josie’s designs and she was just so easy to work with. I wanted a classic design: ivory white paper with silver backing. I was very picky, but Josie was able to design everything exactly how I wanted it. She was amazing.”

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Equally flawless was the big day itself, on April 30, 2016. “It went so quickly! Nothing really went wrong. We had a Day-of Coordinator to keep everything running smoothly.

“We decided to see each other before the wedding and take the pictures then, so we did a First Look. First with us, then the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. That way, once the ceremony was over, we were able to enjoy the cocktail hour and just spend time with everyone.

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“It’s becoming more and more popular in America to do that. A lot of people are against First Looks as they feel the groom shouldn’t see the bride before she walks down the aisle. They’re worried it takes away from that moment. It really didn’t though, because when you’re walking down the aisle, and it hits you that you’re about to get married, that’s a pretty huge moment whether you’ve seen each other or not!

“Honestly, seeing Marc before the ceremony really calmed me. It made me less stressed about the rest of the day, so I’m very happy we did the First Look.

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“There was a gorgeous little garden area in the hotel, overlooking the beach. We got married there. The cocktail hour was around the pool. The reception was in the ballroom. For that we had a DJ, but earlier we had three violinists.

“There was a moment, during the service, where we looked at each other, and were both like, ‘this is everything we wanted. This was worth all the effort.’ It was really just the happiest, most perfect day ever.”

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Venue: Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Florida

DJ and Strings: AA Musicians

Florist: Panache Style

Photographer: Soul Echo Studios

Videographer: Senderey Video

Cake: Todo Dulces

Stationery: Ivory Isle Designs

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