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Andrea D'allesandro & Julio Peralta
By Jill Martin | Photo: Unique Design Studios | June 27, 2016
August 2, 2015 | Ceremony & Reception: The Biltmore
It was New Year’s Eve 2001, when Andrea, an advertising executive, met Julio, a career military man. Eighteen months later, on River Street in Savannah, Ga., they were engaged. As Julio was about to be deployed, there was no time to plan Andrea’s fairy-tale wedding, so the two rushed through a ceremony, and Julio spent 32 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. The toughest battle began in 2011 with Andrea’s cancer diagnosis. In an attempt to lift their spirits, Andrea wrote to Wish Upon a Wedding, a charity that grants weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness. The couple was elated when their wish was granted.
The couple dreamed of a ceremony in Miami surrounded by their closest family and friends, including their two children. Local wedding industry expert and stationery company co-owner Eddy Martinez coordinated the details with a superstar roster of Miami vendors who donated their services for the occasion. To satisfy the couple’s sweet tooth, a confections table featured edible delights from Sugar Loaf Brigaderia, Lori’s Cupcake Cottage, Catalina’s Bake Shop and You Can Call Me Sweetie. Purple hues incorporated throughout the flowers and decor made the couple feel like royalty.
WHAT WE LEARNED
“Our bond is forever,” says Andrea. “For better or worse, in sickness and in health, we know what love is.”
The bride and groom spent several nights at The Biltmore in Coral Gables and then visited family and friends in Virginia.
Ceremony & Reception The Biltmore Coral Gables
Wedding Planner & Invitations Eddy Martinez, Stationery Bliss
Officiant Rev. Michael Calderin, Saint Jude Ministries
Catering Inspired Events; Aroma Espresso
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Your Face By Grace
Florals Florana Flowers; Passion Growers
Rentals Diamonette Party Rental
Decor Evoga Event Productions; Soy Delicious
Linens Wildflower Linen
Cake Edda’s Cake Designs
Favors Carved Solutions
Entertainment Carlos Abanto; Entertainment Management Group; Vision DJs
Videographer Merge Social
Photography Unique Design Studios