From socialites to scions, couples searching for an exquisite wedding that will have guests reminiscing for years turn to Guerdy Abraira for her audacious personality, ingenious thinking and fierce dedication to perfection.
For more than a decade, the Haiti-born beauty has been Miami’s go-to wedding planner for glitterati like the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and top fashion blogger Arielle Charnas (@somethingnavy). Abraira’s outré weddings marry the traditional with a twist – like the time she positioned thousands of balloons and an industrial fog machine to create the illusion that guests were dancing on clouds.
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“My goal is to create a stop-and-awe experience that is customized and reflects my bride and groom perfectly,” she said.
Here are some of her top tips for creating your own stop-and-awe wedding day.
Faena Forum. “This is a one-of-a-kind venue is perfect for a modern bride who wants something original.”
Fisher Island. “The ferry sets the tone for privacy, and the property’s richness in history really makes it a world of its own, in every sense.”
Ceci New York. “Through paper, Ceci can set the tone for a wedding and articulate a specific vision with her artistry. Put it this way: You will never throw away one of her invitations.”
Starr Catering. “They are innovative, the quality is consistent, and the presentation is so whimsical.”
Ocean Flowers & Events. “My company plans weddings, but we also are florists! I love ceiling installations, from a canopy of flowers to thousands of hanging glass globes.”
For a dress: Ever After Miami. “I also love what Zuhair Murad and Inbal Dror are designing right now.”
For a tux: Tom Ford. “All day. Every day.”
The Social. “We once flew in Diana Ross as a surprise. But for a more local feel, Élan Artists’ The Social is my pick. It’s an 11-piece band with extremely talented musicians.”
“The presentation is changing. Most cakes now are faux for photos. It’s all about variety. We butler-pass donuts, churros or cookies to keep guests on the dance floor.”
“Most of the weddings I do are destination weddings, so the welcome bag doubles as the guest favor. My favorite items to include are wine, Jo Malone candles and S’well water bottles.”
Photographer: JSP Studio. Jonathan Scott is so creative with his photo sessions, locations and styling.
Videographer: Ray Roman Films. He brings a sense of emotional truth and storytelling elements that I don’t see very often.
Guerdy Abraira’s Rules for Wedding Guests
- DO give a gift. “A virtual one is best.”
- DO have fun. “Get on the dance floor. Make the happy couple feel loved.”
- DO arrive on time. “You should be waiting for the bride, not the other way around.”
- DON’T be on your phone all night.
- DON’T get sloppy drunk.
- DON’T ignore the dress code.