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The Loveliest Issue 8 - Miami

We decided to open our Florida store in Miami, where fashion is alive and well, and creative energy is bursting from the buildings.  No better way to ring in our new shop than to partner with the Award winner fashion blogger, Annie, of The Fashion Poet, to play dress up in some of her favorite gowns and mug in front of the inspiring artwork that makes up the Wynwood Arts District.  A bridal shop may be atypical for Wynwood, but just as we know love knows no boundaries, we are excited to break the bridal mold of The Miracle Mile, and cater to the cool girls of Miami who didn’t have a bridal haven that was as hip and cool as they are.  Annie is the queen of cool, so she was a perfect fit to rule this photo shoot.

We had planned to get married in 2010 but we had a surprise baby girl. Then had another little girl 14 months after that (the best surprises, of course!). Everything was put on hold to start a new business and enjoy being new parents,” Amanda explained. Our Australian babes were celebrating a holiday in Byron Bay before heading home to Brisbane. The pair took a stroll up to an old lighthouse, the location of one of their first dates, which seemed a bit odd to Amanda. “We were sitting on the rocks trying to decide what we felt like for dinner when his (Rhys) hands started shaking and he got down on one knee… It took me a minute to understand what he was doing. I just cried like a baby and said YES!” Since they had put their wedding on hold for so long, the two opted for an elopement and wed at the Villa Rustica in Byron Bay. Their intimate elopement was eclectic, with the couple combining all of their favourite things together to create the perfect ceremony Down Under. They wanted their wedding day to stay timeless and romantic so they gravitated toward texture rather than any specific style, which is evident in all their beautiful detail shots! When asked what advice they would give to other couples planning a wedding, they had this to say… “Not once did we wish we had gone into a big wedding. On another note, wanting a big wedding isn’t wrong either! Essentially our advice is– don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for wanting whatever it is your heart wants.”

Images via our friends at: Wynwood Letterpress, Plant the Future, Mimo Market, Boho Hunter, OFY, Le Labo, Brian Ladder, R.M. Drake, Vizcaya Museum, Panther Coffee, The Salty Donut, Zak the Baker, Alter, Serendipity, and Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.