The First Date...
On August 31, 2014, after a month of only texting, we met for the first time at Texas de Brazil in South Beach. Michael was so nervous he actually arrived at the restaurant an hour early! After a very long and "meaty" dinner, we decided the night was too young to say goodbye, so we decided to take a drive up A1A. Next thing we knew, we were in Palm Beach sitting by the Ocean at 2 AM! Since that first date we have been inseparable like the sand to the beach!
She said yes!
After months of planning and some unforeseen circumstances, Michael woke me up on a Saturday morning (I hate Mornings!) and told me to get dressed. While the weather was a bit wet, he took me to the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Biscayne Bay.
After enjoying the exhibits on the first floor, we headed upstairs. Making our way to the back of the museum overlooking downtown, he sat me down got on his knee and asked me to marry him. While neither of us remembers how the ring got on my finger, we do know that I said “yes!”
We never finished walking around the museum because we were too excited!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017
FOUR O'CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON
SAINT FRANCES DE SALES CATHOLIC CHURCH
600 LENOX AVENUE
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY
TEXAS de BRAZIL
300 ALTON ROAD
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
The area where our wedding is taking place is the South Beach (SOBE) area of Miami Beach. (map)
South Beach runs from 1st street to 22nd street - Ocean to Bay.
There are 2 main bridges that connect the mainland to Miami Beach. 195 which will bring you in on 41st street and 395 which will bring you in on 5th Street.
The wedding party will be staying at the SLS South Beach.
Should you decide to book a hotel room other than at the SLS South Beach, here are a few tips:
- Use only trusted websites like Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak etc. and if possible, book directly with a hotel.
- Avoid staying at the lowest cost hotels. Many are not renovated. Stick with 4+ star rated hotels.
- Avoid using websites such as AIRBNB. The city of Miami Beach has not made it legal for private owners to rent their apartment/homes for shorter than 6 months. Click here for Miami Beach safe renting
- Inquire about renovations being done in/around the hotel.
- Inquire about taxes/fees including parking (if needed) before reserving.
- If possible, stay on Miami Beach (South Beach). Travel time from Miami to Miami Beach can be upwards of 45 Minute and Cabs are not flat rate and can be very expensive.
Miami International Airport (MIA) is located 13 miles/30 minutes southwest of South Beach it is the most convenient. Taxi’s have a flat zone rate to/from South Beach (currently = $32) and UBER charges an extra $2 fee on top of ride cost.
The rental car center is not far from the airport terminal. Roads to/from MIA airport are toll only roads. Please inquire about SunPass rates when renting a car.
Directions from MIA to SLS South Beach from MIA: Exit airport, follow 836 east (toll road) for 4 miles, take 395 East to Miami Beach for about 5 miles, make a left on Collins Avenue (if you went to Ocean Drive you are one block to far), follow Collins Avenue North to 17th Street (SLS will be on the right).
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport (FLL) is located 32 miles or 50 minutes north of South Beach. Taxi’s are NOT Flat rate and can run around $60-$90+. Shuttle Service can run ≥$35 one-way (shared Ride/multiple stops) or ≥$90 (private ride). UBER runs ≥ $40 one way. The rental car center is not far from the airport terminal.
Directions from FLL to SLS South Beach from FLL: Exit airport, follow signs for 95 South. Continue on 95 South for about 18 miles and take the 395 East exit on the left towards Miami Beach. Stay on 395 East for about 5 miles, make a left on Collins Avenue (if you went to Ocean Drive you are one block to far), follow Collins Avenue North to 17th Street (SLS will be on the right).
-SLS South Beach Hotel Guests - transportation will be provided. Departure Time TBA.
-Saint Frances De Sales Catholic Church - parking is located behind the church.
-Texas de Brazil - valet parking or public parking in marina garage.
SLS South Beach parking is an additional $42/day.
Parking in/around South Beach: Meters are $4/hr, Municipal lots are ≥$1/hr or $15/Flat (8PM-5 AM) and private lots ≥$50/day.
Bike Share is available on side streets (don’t ride in traffic!)
Taxi’s and UBER's are everywhere
SOBE Local - South Beach Transit picks up/drops off all around the beach
Metro Bus - Public Buses picks up/drops off all around the beach
Walking/Running Path - 4.2 Mile walking/running/riding path from the ocean to the bay.
THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI BEACH
Located about 3 blocks from the SLS South Beach, Lincoln Road is a mile-long pedestrian only promenade destination for Outdoor Entertainment, Dining and Shopping. Also known to be the best place to people watch- pull up a seat at one of the sidewalk café’s! Most stores are open from 10AM to 11PM but restaurants and bars are open later.
Our Favorite Eats:
HofbräuBeerhall , German Beer/Food (941 Lincoln Road), Shake Shack, Burgers/Dogs(1111 Lincoln Road), Juvia, Bar/Food/View, (1111 Lincoln Road-rooftop), SegafredoL’Originale, Coffee (1040 Lincoln Road), D’Vine Hookah Lounge (445 Lincoln Road), Pizza Rustica III, (667 Lincoln Road), SushiSamba, (600 Lincoln Road), Nespresso, Coffee/Tiny Bites (1111 Lincoln Road) and Dylan’s Candy Bar, Candy/Treats (801 Lincoln Road).
JCREW (726-728 Lincoln Road, Madewell (714 Lincoln Road), Anthropologie (1108 Lincoln Road), Melissa Shoes (821 Lincoln Road), CB2 (1661 Jefferson Ave) just off Lincoln Road), Dog Bar (1684 Jefferson Ave, just off Lincoln road), Penguin (925 Lincoln Road), Ricky’s (625 Lincoln),
Books & Books (927 Lincoln Road- in the back) and Apple (1021 Lincoln Road)
Lincoln Road Mall
Between 16th & 17th Streets
Washington to Alton Road
While the ride is a bit north of South Beach, the shopping is truly like no other! With stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Tory Burch, Prada, Ferragamo, Tiffany’s, David Yurman, Gucci, LV, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, and Harry Winston (just to name a few), it’s worth the drive if you want to drop some cash! There are also some fantastic restaurants inside- Carpaccio being ours!
You may see some celebrities and maybe a million dollar Bugatti Veyron in the parking lot!
The cars in parking lot & the Koi ponds!
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue
(7 Miles North of SOBE)
In the heart of the Art Deco Historic District is the Legendary Ocean Drive. Visiting at night is really the best time to get the feel of what South Beach is all about!! Sounds of the true Miami fill the air as you walk past cafe's and nightclub lined streets. Home to the Versace Mansion (RIP Gianni), News Cafe, Mango’s (Drag Club) the Scarface Chainsaw Scene (above Johnny Rocket's), and The Clevelander outdoor nightclub. You can also get a hand-rolled cigar!
We highly suggest you venture to Ocean Drive during your visit!
Mango’s, Clevelander and the Music!
People Watching, Car Watching and Pinkberry!
** Most Restaurants/Bars include tip**
5th to15th street
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