The Big Day

Last week was a big one for the Brides of Florida team as we celebrated the wedding of Macky’s daughter Priscilla, the social media manager for BoF and Ben Gomez (Me) who helps with web design and blog editing.

Macky asked me to write a little blog breaking down the wedding experience from the groom’s perspective, talking through the vendors, the wedding itself and most importantly, my thoughts on the beautiful Brides of Florida dresses (Yes, dresses) that my wife wore.


Our wedding was coordinated by Cely Carbonell (@celys_events) and our very own Macky Diaz (@ispeakbride). They knocked it out of the park! Cely was on top of every detail, Priscilla and I never felt out of the loop or like we had too much on our plate. We both felt like that balance was struck perfectly, and loved that we were responsible for many choices but were never overwhelmed with errands or decisions.

The Venue


Villa Woodbine (@villa_woodbine) was the absolute dream-venue for our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a better location, it had the vintage quality from the gorgeous 19th-century architecture, a perfect green backdrop with an amazing back yard and vines going up all the walls, and in Miami a clear air-conditioned tent doesn’t hurt either! The tent served as both the setting for the ceremony and was then flipped by Villa’s team into the dining hall for the reception as well. They killed it! The food from @billhansenluxurycatering was literally unbelievable. I watched nearly every single guest get up for seconds and thirds of the outstanding entrees. The hours d’oeuvres were beyond delicious as well. The food was so good that it was honestly one of the main conversation pieces during cocktail hour and the reception.

The reception was also made possible by Mi Vintage (@mivintage) who supplied us with the chairs and gorgeous farm tables that were exactly what my wife and I wanted. We were also in love with our seating chart and menu (@onlyonemarkinc). The signage throughout was stunning (@salvagingeden) in every detail Priscilla and I felt like our vision was executed to perfection!

The Greenery

The greenery at the wedding was absolutely stunning (@rodristudio). Priscilla was the one who had the really strong vision for how she wanted the greenery and flowers to be designed but even I was awestruck by the work that Angel did. Even in talking to guests at cocktail hour and during the reception it was evident that the greenery stole the show. My wife and I are still talking about how the floral arrangements looked, perfection is an understatement. The tent and venue felt like another world, Priscilla and I look back at pictures and are still blown away that this was our wedding, it was so beautiful and so exact to how we wanted it and Angel’s floral arrangement took center stage in that perfectly-executed vision of our wedding.

The Dress

Lastly, and definitely not least of all is the dresses. Both of Priscilla’s Martina Liana dresses were absolutely stunning and I know I’m biased, but the bride couldn’t have been more beautiful. Priscilla looked exactly as I pictured her walking down the aisle and both of her dresses blew me away. Her first dress was perfectly elegant and had an incredible veil that made her look like a total angel walking down the aisle. Her second dress which she changed into for cocktail hour and the reception was a gorgeous ballgown that was party-ready and perfect for my bride to dance the night away.

Our wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Every detail was exactly how Priscilla and I imagined it and everything went off without a hitch! Once again, thank you so much to Cely (@celys_events) and Macky (@ispeakbride) for putting our dream wedding together. A special thank you to @djericmz for DJing, the ceremony’s string trio @libermusicevents, @powerhousebeauty for doing the hair and makeup, @mrtuxstyles, @miamiflowerwalls, and @dippphotobooth.

Meri and Martin are the best!

Meri and Martin are the best!

Finally, we’d like to give a special thanks to our amazing photographers Meri and Martin. Every picture you see here was taken by them, we couldn’t be happier with how the pictures came out and on top of their excellence, they’re so sweet and kind and it honestly felt like they were guests at our wedding who happened to have cameras, that’s how comfortable they made Priscilla and I feel.

This was a dream wedding for anyone and I’m blessed that I can look at all the incredible work of these vendors and say that it was my wedding.