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Over The Moon Styled The Bride and Bridesmaids For a Vibrant Wedding in the Florida Keys

By Cathleen Freedman | Photography by 

Arévalo & Co.

|Planning by 

Events by Elle

Sophia and Nick first met during the summer in New York City in 2015. After three years together, they bought an engagement ring in Miami, Sophia’s hometown. And later on, he proposed to Sophia in their first apartment. Once she said yes, the bride-to-be jumped into wedding planning.

Both Sophia and Nick confess that selecting the venue was one of the hardest choices of the planning process. The two finally landed on the Ocean Reef Club in the Florida Keys. “We wanted to bring our guests together in an intimate and classic but easy tropical setting that had meaning to my family, and Ocean Reef was the perfect idea,” she shares.

To help execute every detail, Sophia and Nick hired Elle Becerra of Events by Elle, who remained collected throughout the entire journey. Sophia elaborates, “She was steady, calm, and graceful in what I imagine was her most challenging year in the business.”

For help dressing her 14 bridesmaids and finding her bridal looks for the weekend, Sophia turned to Over The Moon’s head stylist Anny Choi. Anny found a red ruffle dress from Johanna Ortiz’s spring 2020 collection for the welcome party that Nick’s parents hosted. The event possessed Latin flair, an homage to Sophia’s Cuban heritage. They paired the flirty number with copper-hued Saint Laurent heels and a Cuban cigar box-inspired bag. For the morning of the wedding, Sophia sported her vintage Mary McFadden set from Happy Isles. Daniela Gozlan applied Sophia’s seamless makeup.

For the ceremony, Sophia slipped on The Brighton gown from Lela Rose and topped the outfit off with Toni Federici’s “Abracadabra” pearl veil. “I wanted an understated dress that felt classic but modern,” Sophia says, and that is precisely what she and Anny found.

For Sophia’s last look of the evening, she changed into a two-piece set from Alexandra Grecco. Sophia gladly let Anny coordinate the bridal party’s dresses. “With fourteen bridesmaids, or, in my mom’s words, a ‘circus,’ I was very grateful for her help.”

On November day in 2021, Sophia and Nick’s wedding ceremony was exactly what they envisioned—and more. After saying, “I do,” the newlyweds’ reception kicked off with music from Bob Schilling and The Headliners. The room was “joyful and intimate” thanks to Parrish Designs, and after dinner, the two cut their beach-inspired wedding cake by Earth & Sugar.

The new mister and missus’s favorite part of the celebration was the “’80s Power Hour.” The Headliners burned through the greatest hits of the decade, while Sophia and Nick passed out inflatable microphones and guitars, feather boas, and Elton John-esque sunglasses. By the time the reception ended, everyone wanted to keep the party going. Nick and Sophia took hold of the microphone and asked everyone to join them at the Burgee Bar for more festivities. Sophia concludes, “It was the weekend of our dreams, and we are so grateful to our friends and family for surrounding us with love and amazing energy to celebrate our wedding.”