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Ali and Andy’s “Spark”tacular Destination Wedding at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

Posted on November 23, 2009

This was truly an unbelievable event! From the lavish cocktail hour, to the fireworks display – YES – fireworks during the ceremony to the hopping after party, this was a wedding event like no other. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I can safely say that this wedding was not only beautiful, but full of wonderful surprises for the bride and groom! Right up until the very day of the event, both Ali and Andy did not know about either the fireworks display or the after party – boy were they surprised! As you will see from the photos below, they were overwhelmed by their wedding day

This was all due to Ali’s Dad, Neil, who is the founder of Cirque Productions which, according to its website is the “first American company to combine European cirque-style of performance artistry with American circus arts and Broadway theatrics.” Now, with this as his career, you can only imagine what a spectacular event his daughter, Ali’s wedding was to be! This was truly a labor of love for Neil and it showed in his intense involvement in every aspect of the planning. Working with Designs by Sean among other vendors, Neil created an atmosphere of sheer fantasy and fun for the bride and groom to celebrate their most special day with friends and family.

This was definitely a destination wedding for Ali and Andy. Although Ali is originally from South Florida, she has been living in Andy’s home state of Ohio. What better place to invite 200 of your best friends and family members than the magnificent resort of Turnberry Isle? Every inch of the place is opulent and the grounds are truly magnificent. We began in Ali’s room, as she prepared to put on her silky Pnina Tornai gown (from Kleinfeld’s, as she told me) and her high heeled Stuart Weitzman bridal shoes. From there we met up with the groom and his groomsmen and then prepared everyone for the “first look”. After this memorable moment, we photographed as many pictures as we could, incorporating the beauty of Turnberry Isle as much as possible into each shot.

The ceremony site glistened near the water, as buildings lit up the sky in the background and a waterfall graced the skyline as well. A sparkling chuppah awaited the bride and groom as we prepared to photograph the ceremony. As the ceremony progressed, anticipation was rising among those of us who knew what surprises lay ahead! As the bride and groom exchanged their first kiss as husband and wife a burst of fireworks lit up the sky behind them! Ali and Andy looked on in amazement, as did their guests. It was truly a one of a kind wedding experience.

Annette Winkler of the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club did a terrific job at coordinating everything for the hotel and the evening progressed beautifully every step of the way. The cocktail hour, ceremony and reception were enjoyed by all – and if that wasn’t enough, Neil planned yet another surprise for the bride, groom and their guests.

At about midnight, the doors of the ballroom opened to reveal a lavishly decorated after party set-up complete with all kinds of food! There were hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, tomato soup, churros, a cappuccino bar and last but not least a chocolate fountain with all the trimmings! Guests partied way into the night as a DJ played on.

A South Florida wedding at Turnberry Isle is truly magical. The resort is situated conveniently just north of Miami and just south of Fort Lauderdale. The grounds are impeccable as is the food and service the hotel offers. There are so many amazing spots to photograph a bride and groom that it is nearly impossible to get to most of them in a given day. Ali and Andy were great sports as we shot some beautiful images in the time we had. When Ali hired me to photograph her wedding, I knew she was looking for a unique wedding photographer who would capture her day like no other. Many thanks to Ali (and Andy) for the opportunity to share this most memorable occasion with you and your families!

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