Glamorous Miami wedding at The Cruz Building venue

We couldn’t resist posting these gorgeous wedding photos taken a while back by Ricky Stern Photography at The Cruz Building. The bride and groom — Patti and Flavio — planned a glamorous wedding ceremony under The Cruz Building’s stained glass window, and a fun wedding reception. Ricky captured all the fun, as well as artistic wedding portraits of the couple that are simply stunning.

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What a spectacular entrance for the bride and groom!

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A Wedding Fusion of Indian and Spanish Heritage at The Cruz Building

This gorgeous video, by Bridges Cinema, captures the union of the two heritages of Neha and Raul. Neha’s Indian roots and Raul’s Spanish roots converge with a little Miami flair added in to complete the effect of this truly amazing wedding. Thanks also go to the photographer Alain Martinez, Thierry Catering and Bitton Events for putting together this beautiful event.

Neha and Raul Amazing Wedding Celebration from Bridges Cinema on Vimeo.

A First Date at Lulu Leads to Sam and Angel’s Wedding at The Cruz Building

These stunning photos by Pogo Photo are a beautiful tribute to Sam and Angel. After a first date at Lulu in Coconut Grove, they were married a year later, just down the street at the Cruz Building. Thanks to Pogo Photo,  Senderey Video, Toss Catering, and DJ Connection for creating a night to remember for these newlyweds and their guests.

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Sam and Angel took a break to be photographed at the location of their first date, Lulu, which is just down the street from the Cruz Building.

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“Choose a seat not a side” marks the entrance to the ceremony seating on the first floor at the Cruz Building.

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A birds eye view of Sam and Angel exchanging their wedding vows on the first floor of the Cruz Building.

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Guests carry a very happy Sam as the post ceremony celebration begins.

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Sam and Angels’ wedding guests enjoy some outdoor time on the beautiful Cruz Building terrace.

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Sam and Angel ascend the stairs as newlyweds.

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Sam and Angel are applauded as a newly married couple as they are about to take the floor for their first dance.

Jossie’s Stunning Bridal Portraits at the Cruz Building

These bridal portraits shot at the Cruz Building are elegant with a playful air and perfectly capture a very special time for this blushing bride. Jossie’s beautiful portraits were shot by her brother Ricky Stern of Ricky Stern Photography.

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The stained glass ceiling at the Cruz Building provides a beautiful backdrop to the happy bride and her bouquet.

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Here the stained glass of the Cruz Building is once again utilized to add richness and vibrant color to Jossie’s bridal photos.

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The Cruz Building’s lavish booths provide depth and interesting lighting to this beautiful shot.

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In this fun shot, Jossie is fawned over and it is all captured in the reflection of the grand mirror on the second floor of the Cruz Building.

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The photographer takes advantage of the natural light in this full length shot of Jossie and her lovely wedding gown on the second floor of the Cruz Building.

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This black and white photo of Jossie in the distance with the richness of the Cruz building surrounding her is juxtaposed with the vibrant and much more intimate photo on the right.

Beautiful Jewish Wedding at the Cruz Building

Jenna and Joshua recently celebrated a traditional Jewish wedding at the Cruz Building and it was a breathtaking evening of matrimony. Thanks to Jeff Kolodny Photography, Your Special Day by Joni, Tony’s Flowers, Atlas Party Rentals, Eggwhites, Music Associates, The Event Depot, and Antonio Briceno for making the evening spectacular.

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Jenna and Joshua spend a moment alone before their matrimonial ceremony.

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Jenna models her elegant wedding dress and bouquet on the third floor of the Cruz Building as she prepares to say ‘I do.’

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Jenna beneath her wedding arch beautifully adorned with flowers on the first floor of the Cruz Building.

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Guests are seated to watch the ceremony as this traditional Jewish wedding at the Cruz Building commences and Jenna and Joshua are joined in marriage.

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The gold chairs compliment the gold accents on the ceiling of the Cruz Building’s second floor, while the tall floral arrangements add color in this beautiful reception setting.

5 More Tips to Help You Choose the Perfect Florida Venue

We recently posted 5 Tips to Choosing the Perfect Florida Venue. Here are 5 more that are just as important. Make sure you take these into consideration when planning your Florida wedding or corporate event. They are key to making sure your event is a smashing success!

1. Space for Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Reception

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This wedding reception at the Cruz Building creates a sophisticated ambience by combining the venue setting with rich table settings. Photo by Domino Arts Photography.

Whether you’re having a corporate awards ceremony, or a wedding ceremony, consider whether your venue has separate areas that can easily serve different purposes. Is there a picturesque location for the ceremony? Is there room for a band and/or dancing? Is there a place for grand entrances and beautiful pictures? Does it include a built-in bar area, or does your caterer need to set up a bar area? Does the venue provide a sound system with adequate speakers in the areas you’d like to have dancing or presentations, or will that need to be rented? For many occasions, having the ceremony, cocktails and reception in one place is ideal as your guests may be from out of town or state, and aren’t familiar with the area. It also eliminates time your guests have to drive between multiple locations.

2. Choosing Your Own Caterer and Wedding Planner

Many venues require you to use an in-house caterer, cake and event coordinator. If you choose one of these venues, make sure that you like the menu and food and the Event Coordinator, as much as you like the venue itself. One way to search for a caterer and Event Coordinator is through websites such as TheKnot.com or WeddingWire.com that provide information on their services as well as reviews from previous customers. For a truly unique event with your own special touches, choose a venue that allows you to bring in your own caterer and other vendors. For instance, you may want your menu to reflect your event’s special theme or your heritage.

3. Smoking Areas

There’s a good chance that a percentage of your guests will be smokers. To avoid your guests having to search for smoking areas, which may sometimes lead them away from the festivities, down elevators and outside the hotel or venue, you may want to choose the convenience of a venue with an outdoor area that offers you the choice of allowing smoking in designated areas.

4. Number of Bathrooms

Make sure that your chosen venue has the appropriate number of bathrooms located in a convenient location where your guests don’t have to stray too far from your event, with bathroom attendants if possible. While historic locations may sometimes seem romantic, they often do not have adequate bathroom facilities for large events. There’s nothing more uncomfortable during an event than standing in line to use the facilities.

5. Private Changing Room for Guest of Honor

Planning an event can be stressful, so it’s important that the guest of honor, bride, VIP guest, birthday girl, etc. have a place to relax, unwind and prepare for their grand entrance, private wardrobe changes or make-up touch-ups. Is there a space for the bride and groom to change and/or relax? For larger events, is there a place for entertainers to prepare and store their equipment before they perform? Hotels many times will offer the renter a room in the hotel for this purpose. While not common, many private venues offer you a private Bridal Suite or room for this purpose, which can well be worth it.

 

5 Tips to Choosing the Perfect Florida Venue

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A bride and groom on the Cruz Building outdoor terrace. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc.

1. Consider the Weather

It’s only natural to want to take advantage of Florida’s beautiful weather by holding part or all of your entire event outside. However, if you choose an outdoor location, be sure that there are backup plans like a tent for rain or inclement weather. You’ll also need to consider whether the outdoor space you’ve chosen has the appropriate outdoor lighting and cooling fans. If you can find a space that offers a mix of climate-controlled indoor space (for Florida’s warmer months) and a nicely landscaped pool or outdoor terrace for cocktails or ceremonies, that’s the best alternative.

2. Privacy

Consider whether the venue will be renting multiple ballrooms at the same time as your event is taking place. Banquet halls and hotels often hold more than one function at a time, and sometimes the sound may carry through the walls or open doors. Will there be hotel guests or other venue guests sharing the elevators, bathroom facilities or hallways? If this is important to you, be sure that you choose a venue that holds only one event at a time.

3. Parking

One obvious consideration when choosing a venue is where your guests will park. If many of your guests will be older family and friends, make sure that the venue is easy to get to from the parking area, covered in case of rain, and well lit. If you can afford to have valet parking where guests are greeted and delivered right to the front door, this is sometimes the best alternative.

4. Location—Think Outside the Building

The location of your event is many times just as important as the actual event space, especially if you’re having a destination wedding or corporate event where guests will be traveling to attend. An out-of-the-way location means your guests have nowhere to go before or after your event. Ideally, a venue that is centrally located in a beautiful setting and ambiance, adds to the overall appeal of your celebration.

5. Picture-Perfect Décor

The place you choose for your event will also be where many of your photographs will be taken. When choosing a venue, imagine areas where you and your guests will be able to take beautiful photographs to remember the event. The décor of the venue you ultimately choose can dictate how much you spend on other expenses, like flowers and decorations to make it beautiful.  Think about what your guests will be viewing while they are enjoying the festivities. Beautiful chandeliers, architectural antiques and interesting features can add that extra charm and uniqueness to your event, and keep the cost of decorating down.

Stay tuned for more tips on choosing the perfect Florida venue! We’ll be posting them soon.

Outdoor Terrace Wedding Ceremony at the Cruz Building

Stephen and Meghan were the first to take advantage of the Cruz Building’s beautiful outdoor terrace to perform their wedding ceremony. Guests gathered among a garden of lush tropical plants and dangling crystal to witness this couple be joined in matrimony. Afterwards the reception took place indoors. It was an exquisite celebration of their love and a wonderful way to take advantage of every aspect that the Cruz Building has to offer. Thanks to Tony Gajate Wedding Photography, Elite Planning Firm, Solaris Mood, A Joy Wallace Catering, Diamonette, Mia’s Garden’s and Elements & Accents.

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The wedding arches adorned with crystal accents and beautiful flowers create a magical elegance on the Cruz Building Terrace. Photo by Tony Gajarte.

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The angled seating in this seating arrangement on the Cruz Building Terrace allows for all of the wedding guests to have a great view of the ceremony. Photo by Tony Gajarte.

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The lush tropical plants create a beautiful natural setting amid the richness of the architecture of the Cruz Building. Photo courtesy of A Joy Wallace catering.

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The outdoor terrace of the Cruz Building is the perfect setting for a wedding reception or ceremony. Photo courtesy of Joy Wallace Catering.

Wedding Reception Lounge Setup

The modern white leather furniture was a perfect lounge setting for Meghan and Stephen’s wedding guests while taking a break from dancing on the first floor. Photo by Tony Gajarte.

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The ruffled chairs and towering floral and crystal centerpieces on the second floor of the Cruz Building added a whimsical yet luxurious air to the wedding dinner setting. Photo by Tony Gajarte.

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The booths to the right of the long center table create a perfect location for family seating when children are present at an event at the Cruz Building. Photo by Tony Gajarte.

Jennifer and Matt’s Miami Wedding at the Cruz Building

From the elegant wedding ceremony on the first level, to the fabulous wedding reception on the second level, Matt and Jennifer’s wedding day last year at The Cruz Building was simply spectacular. Thanks to Jeff Kolodny Photography, Linzi Events, Bash Wine & Catering, Panache Party Rentals, Elements & Accents, EO Studios, The Event Group, Eleganza Strings, and Donut Divas for being a part of this beautiful and fun evening of matrimony.

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Matt and Jennifer’s elegant wedding ceremony setup on the first floor of the Cruz Building.

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Stealing a moment away on the balcony of the Cruz Building.

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The colorful lighting, elegant table settings and floral arrangements, along with the beautiful backdrop of the Cruz Building culminate to create an unforgettable wedding reception.

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The richness of the booths at the Cruz Building provide the perfect setting for an intimate wedding photograph.

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Jennifer and Matt pose for a beautiful shot on the outdoor terrace at the Cruz Building.

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A spectacular lighting setup on the Cruz Building outdoor terrace for Matt and Jennifer’s wedding .

Aimee and Carlos’ Wedding

These stunning photos by Gloria Ruth Photography convey the magic of Aimee and Carlos’ wedding. Congratulations to the newlyweds! A special thanks goes to Event Boutique, Elements & Accents, Infinity Sound Production, Photo Booth Party, Ole Events and cinematographer Diego Pocovi for creating a sensational evening for the bride, groom and all of their guests!

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