Rainy skies did not dampen Meagan + John's wedding spirits. Their tropical chic destination wedding at the Eden Roc Hotel welcomed 250+ guests.
Seeking refuge from winter weather in their home state of New Jersey, irony struck when weather threatened to change their wedding plans.
Fortunately, the rain held out, and their gorgeous oceanside ceremony and poolside cocktail hour made for a lovely day.
Originally from New Jersey, the pair met by chance while on separate vacations with friends in Nassau. Their Miami destination wedding welcomed more than 250 guests from the Northeast. The ceremony took place on lawn at the Eden Roc, overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Kicking off the party was a 10-piece band who rocked the night, but the entertainer who really brought down the house was Meagan's 86-year old grandfather. He hopped on stage to sing a trio of Rat Pack tunes - as a special surprise to their guests.
Weddings are all about special touches and actions that mirror who you are as a couple - and they make your evening truly unforgettable. People might forget the food or the DJ, but no one will ever forget your 86-year old grandfather belting out a few Frank Sinatra classics.
However, for as fairy tale as their big day was, not all love stories come without loss. While dating, Meagan lost her brother, Stev, to Cancer of an Unknown Primary (CUP). John was by Meagan's side throughout this difficult time, and on their wedding day, the pair referenced their brother in many subtle ways: from blue banded bracelets engraved with his name to asking for donations to his namesake charity in lieu of wedding gifts.
Stev's wish was to raise awareness about this rare form of cancer. To donate please head to: https://www.stevswish.org/
There are many reasons why I love being a wedding photographer - it gives me an opportunity to reflect on the human condition. Meagan and John reminded me of the power of positivity and the beauty of everlasting love. Be it for your partner, your brother or otherwise - real love endures all.
Coordination + Florals: Panache Style | Venue: Eden Roc Hotel | Videography: Mel's Films | Band: Libido / Tropics Entertainment | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Christine Lametta | Bridal Party Makeup + Hair: Carolyn Jones | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Second Photographer: Alee Gleiberman | Film: Film Supply Club | Scans: Richard Photo Lab