Strictly Weddings is taking you on a trip to sunny, sandy, southern Florida, as we relive the storybook wedding of Gemma and Lee, through the fantastic lens of U.K. Luxe List-er, Lesley and Shaun Meredith Photography. With 18 years of experience, Lesley and Shaun prove it does not matter if they are on their home turf or abroad. Note how these masters of visual storytelling display photographic artistry in this Miami-destination wedding.
Labor of Love
Gemma and Lee were destined for romance straight out of a fairytaleÂ¦Fairytale Brides, that is. You see, Lee's job was to deliver wedding dresses for Gemma's family-owned bridal boutique and Strictly Weddings U.K. partner, Fairytale Brides. Lee delivered much more than gowns as he continuously brought a smile to Gemma's face day after day, and eventually, he figuratively and quite literally delivered the ultimate wedding dress to Gemma, his beautiful bride-to-be.
Amidst The Palms
Having vacationed regularly in the States from a young age, Gemma had always been enchanted by the energy of America, especially the natural glamour of the Floridian coastline. Inspired by its lure of tropical paradise, Gemma and Lee chose Miami as the location to host their beachy, blue-skied, dream wedding.
"The Palms Hotel was just so perfect in every way for us," shares Gemma, who desired a low-key wedding overlooking the ocean. "It was so pretty, had a beautifully-relaxed, 'homey' feel, wasn't too big for our number of guests, and is set right on South Beach!"
"We are a very tight, family-orientated family," explains Gemma. "'Family Wednesday' is [a weekly tradition] where my mum and dad get everybody gathered 'round for tea on a Wednesday night. We eat, laugh and chat about our week." With family being the most important thing to Gemma, it made perfect sense to continue the weekly tradition and host an intimate "Wedding Wednesday" with a small crowd of family and dear friends.
With a warm Miami breeze, steel drums, and much love in the air on a Wednesday evening, guests faced a charming gazebo surrounded by palm trees and watched the romantic couple say, "I do."
More Information on Fairytale Brides
Fairytale Brides styles the most fashionable of brides from head to toe. Based in Manchester, United Kingdom, Fairytale Brides boasts an extensive range of bridal wear and accessories, including a comprehensive selection of bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses. To connect with Fairytale Brides and learn more about their fashionable lines and styling services, visit their Strictly Weddings Luxe List page.
Photography: Lesley and Shaun Meredith Photography | Videography: Shaina Koren Cinematography | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Officiant: Rev. Eddie Rodriguez | Hair and Makeup: Art of Hair by Claudia | Wedding Gown: Martina Liana (customized by Fairytale Brides) | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kelsey Rose (customized by Fairytale Occasions) | Florist: Terra Flowers | Cake: Elegant Temptations | Steel Drummer: Bob Lyons' Steel Drum Music