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Desiree Dubon & Michael Letter

June 11, 2016 | Ceremony: St. Hugh Catholic Church | Reception: Mandarin Oriental
 

The bride wore a stunning Carolina Herrera gown and a Tacori ring featuring her grandmother’s diamond, a family heirloom. Elena De Vera with Avant-Garde Salon and Spa did Desiree’s hair, while Cristina Livero designed her makeup.

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The florist incorporated the green-and-white color scheme into lovely bridal bouquets made of succulents and white roses, which coordinated beautifully with the navy bridesmaid gowns by Ecliptica.

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Planners Lourdes Milian and Kelly Mahaney with Lourdes Milian Productions set the scene inside the grand ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental.

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The Mandarin Oriental’s pastry chef prepared a decadent five-layer wedding cake made with delicious vanilla cream flavor and tangy guava, and decorated with cascading green succulents and white flower accents.

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THE COUPLE
Michael Letter first spotted Desiree Dubon in the gym while she was training for a climbing expedition. To his disappointment, at the time, she was taken. As fate would have it, they started dating four years later.

THE PARTY
Having always dreamt of a summer wedding, Michael and Desiree met at the altar in June surrounded by their wedding party that included a bevy of seven bridesmaids and seven flower girls. Vows were exchanged to the harmonies of an orchestra, a tenor and a soprano. After a 1960 white Rolls-Royce Phantom whisked away the newlyweds, the guests joined them at the exotic Mandarin Oriental hotel in Brickell Key to celebrate. Coral Gables-based wedding planner Lourdes Milian Productions ensured that every detail throughout the event was spectacular. Members of the wedding party joined the bride and groom in the Emperor Waltz as well as the Latin rhythms of Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña. DJ Claudio had guests dancing well into the night.

WHAT WE LEARNED
“It’s a special time, so don’t forget to have fun and enjoy every moment,” Desiree says.

THE HONEYMOON
The couple took a three-week adventure to visit the vineyards of Napa Valley, the waterfalls of Kauai and the majesty of Alaska. They rounded out their trip with a visit to the lush Butchart Gardens in British Columbia.

WEDDING RESOURCES 
Reception & Catering
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Planner Lourdes Milian Productions 
Bridal Gown Carolina Herrera
Bride’s Headpiece Agnes Hart U.K.
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tux Men’s Warehouse
Decor & Florals Richard Randall, Distinctive Details
Invitations & Programs Bridget Dadd, Wynwood Letterpress
Entertainment Roberto Berrocal; Marlow Rosado and La Riqueña
Photographer Chantal Lawrie