Kama-Jamie Wedding-Addison in Boca Raton, FL, US
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Event Date: February 11, 2018 – Kama-Jamie Wedding-Addison
Q and A: Kama-Jamie Wedding-Addison
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
My husband and I grew up in South Florida and currently live in Las Vegas. We decided to get married in Florida as it was the most personal and significant destination to represent us as a couple. Our wedding inspiration was modern romantic and the wedding venue we chose, the Addison, was just that…romantic and simply breathtaking. Large, beautiful, banyan trees surrounded the courtyard area where our ceremony and cocktail hour took place and also where our guests had the luxury to mingle and dance during the reception. The atmosphere totally symbolized the intimacy we share as a couple and we wanted our wedding to have the same feel.
The colors we chose were black and white with a touch of silver. We had a Jewish wedding and were married by a rabbi under a breathtaking, rose-covered Chuppah. For the fact that neither of us is religious by nature, we wanted a more spiritual twist on the ceremony to make it more personal to us. Before our actual ceremony, we had the traditional signing of the Ketubah, or Jewish marriage license, where our nuptials were made official under Jewish law. Along with the rabbi and our immediate family present, we gave the honor to two very special friends in our lives to sign our Ketubah and witness our Jewish marriage.
Our ceremony was immediately following and it was so romantic and sweet…exactly what we wanted. We incorporated the seven Jewish wedding blessings by calling up our cousins, each of them reading one of the seven blessings, translated into English for everyone to understand. We wrote our own heartfelt vows and broke the traditional glass for good luck as everyone yelled, “Mazel Tov”! Before dinner began, my Dad recited the Hebrew blessings over the wine and challah as my Uncle joined him, which was extra special…
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
For the ceremony, our guests were seated outside on clear chairs with white cushions and full, lush clusters of white florals attached to the aisle chairs. We had a white aisle runner strewn with rose petals delicately awaiting us. Our Chuppah was created out of intricate branches adorned with hand placed all white florals including, hydrangeas, roses, Matthiola and Dendrobium orchids. Orbs and crystal strands hung in varying heights throughout the branches with up lighting and tiny white lights illuminating the Chuppah. It was such a soft and magical look.
Behind the Chuppah, where our cocktail hour took place, was a beautiful running fountain surrounded by a grand arrangement of flowers and candles.There is one aspect of the decor that I am very proud of. One of my bridesmaids and I spent days in my parents’ garage creating an unbelievable, 8 foot, imitation flower wall that had to be taken apart and transported to the venue. Our amazing florist took on the task and it looked just as beautiful as any of the flower walls you see in lavish photos, at half the expense! But…it was A LOT of work!!
We had a welcome sign and a memory table set up as our guests arrived. We placed small clusters and soft foliage of coordinating florals and candles with framed photos of our lost loved ones. Another table was set up with Jenga pieces for everyone to sign in, along with a yarmulke basket and a card keeper for gifts. Our seating chart and any other frames we had with special notes for our guests were all hand written on decorative mirrors or placed in frames. Our tables were dressed with white linens and clear glass vases filled with white floral arrangements surrounded by decorative candles.
We used silver rimmed white chargers with white plates and bowls, silverware, black napkins and circular black menus hand written in white calligraphy. The chairs were clear with white cushions, just as they were for the ceremony. The sweetheart table was covered in black linen with a low, cascading hedge of white florals and candles surrounding us. We sat on a white, crystal tufted loveseat with tulle as our backdrop, under the most beautiful chandelier which reminded us of “Hamptons” swag! We had a 4 tier, all white cake with fresh flowers randomly placed around, set atop a mirrored base. It was unreal!!
After dinner, our guests were led outside for our choreographed first dance. Everyone surrounded us twirling sparklers with soft bistro lighting shining between the banyan trees. Our personalized logo, Kama & Jamie, lit up the dance floors both inside, where our incredible band performed, and outside where people socialized and danced on a beautiful evening. I felt as though I was in a dream!!
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Flowers were a big part of our wedding decor as you probably already know! I knew from the beginning that I wanted all white florals so we met with the florist on numerous occasions choosing the perfect arrangements. I held a full and lush bouquet of all white roses with hanging, tiny framed pictures of my closest, passed loved ones. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were also full of white roses and hydrangeas with long, black ribbons attached for hanging. The flower girls wore floral head wreaths with trailing ribbons and carried a decorative basket of petals to toss.
Jamie and his groomsmen wore white boutonnieres, while the ring bearer had a matching mini version. There was full, lush foliage and hand placed florals over and around the doorway as we walked out for the ceremony. Our centerpieces in the dining room were simply beautiful. Each of our guest’s tables had big, beautiful arrangements. 11 tables had a tall, glass vase with submerged orchids holding a full arrangement of all white flowers. The arrangements had hanging crystals and were set atop a mirrored base with candles surrounding. The other 12 tables had 3 varying height cylinder vases holding submerged white orchids, also with a mirrored base and candles around. They were simply stunning!
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
I felt that our wedding was personalized in every way possible. We found an amazing calligrapher, and had her write out everything for our wedding to match. We had her do the calligraphy on our invitations, coasters, lighting logo for the dance floor, menus, logo for our photo booth, and all the mirror signs we had at our wedding!
I even had her do the weekend schedules, bags, and water bottles for the out-of-state guests! I had black flip-flops for all the ladies to change into with our hashtag, #kamjam2018 printed on them in white, black suede yarmulkes with our same hashtag embossed in silver on the inside, and the blue lighting was to go with my husband’s company. I had a garter made also in blue, with a charm of his company logo on it for the ultimate surprise during the garter removal! It was EPIC!
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
For as long as I could remember, I had always wanted a strapless, sweetheart neckline lace dress. I had pictures saved on Pinterest of the dress I envisioned before I even got engaged! 🙂 I was very fortunate to have gone to only one store in South Florida, the day after our engagement party with my mom and some of my bridesmaids. Although I tried on about 20 different dresses, when I tried on my Marina Liana dress, it was 100% THE ONE!!
It was just so perfect with an extra long train, pearls down the back, and so much detail…7 layers of lace to be exact! I chose an ivory, rolled edge, cathedral length circle veil with a blusher and I had a handmade pearl and crystal hair pin underneath. I chose Jimmy Choo pumps with pearls and crystals for the ceremony and then changed into my Adidas Yeezy Boost’s for the reception. I wore a double row pearl bracelet and diamond drop earrings that were my moms, my something old.
Jamie was in an all black Calvin Klein tuxedo with a white traditional point collar shirt with a plain front. He had on black patent leather Calvin Klein shoes to match. The bridesmaids all wore Hayley Paige black chiffon floor length dresses. Each had their own choice of a top that was most flattering on them, with the same bottom. The flower girls’ dresses were custom-made. The top of their ivory dresses were matching lace to my dress and the bottoms were chiffon, matching my bridesmaids. The groomsmen all rented black peak lapel tuxedos with patent leather shoes from The Black Tux. The ring bearer rented a black tuxedo, matching the men, from Men’s Warehouse. Last but not least, our English Bulldog, Piper, was in on the action too! She wore a white dress with a lace top and a tulle poofy bottom, made by Woofs and Ruffles on Etsy. She was so cute strutting her stuff down the aisle!!
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
In our junior year of high school, after a night out with the girls, we went over to Denny’s for a late night snack. We wound up talking to 3 guys at the booth behind us, who I later learned were Jamie and his friends. They invited us to meet them at a rave party the next night which ironically, we were already planning on going to!
My friends and I met up with the guys at the rave and it was there that I met my husband! After 9 years of dating, in October of 2016, he took me on a beautiful cruise to Mexico and planned the surprise of a lifetime…as the ship set sail at sunset, he got down on one knee and popped the question! He had a photographer hiding in the background to catch this perfect moment that we will look back on forever! I said YES!!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? Kama-Jamie Wedding-Addison
The most special moment of the day was our first look at one another. It was definitely emotional but absolutely, without a doubt, the greatest emotions I’d ever felt!! Right before I left the bridal suite to meet my fiance for the last time, I was literally shaking from head to toe. I just could not wait any longer!!
As soon as I saw him, all of my bottled up nerves had instantly disappeared and I just knew that it was going to be the best day ever! It was at that point when I realized that all of my planning, down to every last detail, was set in place and I was finally going to see my visions and dreams become reality. It was so clearly obvious to me why I was marrying this amazing man. The way I felt was incomparable to any feelings I had ever felt before. He is definitely the yin to my yang!
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
The advice that I would like to share is, through all the planning, remember what is important and why this day is happening. It is extremely stressful to say the least, as every bride wants everything to be perfect, but as important as all the little details are, unexpected things are bound to happen beyond your control. Nobody else will notice so just go with the flow! No matter what, if you are in love and you’re surrounded by all the people you love and who love you, nothing else will matter…
Associated Pros/Vendors: Kama-Jamie Wedding-Addison
Photo Booth Equipment: Photog Booth
Invitation Designer: Dan Mouradian
Hair Stylist: Hair by Kristi
Favors and Gifts: The Succulent Source
Officiant: Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan
Heirlooms and extras: La Gartier Wedding Garters
Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys
Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Nicole
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Tracy Raffelson
Lighting: Complete AV Solutions
Bakery: Parlour Vegan Bakery
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Meryl Pataky
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Dress Designer: Martina Liana
Musicians: Scott Marischen
Musicians: The Headliners Band
Etsy Designer: Ink Letter Love
Floral Designer: Dalsimer Atlas Floral & Event Decorators
Cinema and Video: Wild Bridge Films
Rentals and Venue: The Addison of Boca Raton
Bakery: Two Fat Cookies
Photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography
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