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Maria Gabriela Gonzalez & Richard Genge

April 9, 2016 | Ceremony: Plymouth Congregational Church | Reception: The Bath Club
 

The bride wore an elegant lace and royal organza gown adorned with flower stones by Rosa Clará, and the groom wore a traditional black tuxedo by Hugo Boss. While the wedding could be described as more Venezuelan than German, “our goal was to combine our two cultures,” Maria Gabriela explains.

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Avant Gardens designed a bridal bouquet made of white roses, ranunculus and orchids.

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Magenta lighting reflected off white- and silver-themed table settings, adding a touch of modernity to the historic The Bath Club ballroom in Miami Beach.

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Pastry Chef Candi Izaguirre with Build-a-Bite-Now crafted the couple’s ivory-and-silver four-tiered cake topped with delicate flowers and intricate detailing. Flavors included vanilla, chocolate and raspberry.

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THE COUPLE
A year after meeting at a Miami running club and training together for triathlons, Maria Gabriela Gonzalez flew with Richard Genge for a weeklong vacation to his hometown of Berlin, where he popped the question. Inspired by a friend who custom-designed an engagement ring, Richard proposed with an elegant cushion-cut diamond.

THE PARTY
After a bilingual Spanish and English ceremony with a German reading, Maria Gabriela and Richard joined guests for a lively reception at The Bath Club in Miami Beach. Magenta lighting reflected off of Avant Gardens’ silver-, ivory- and blush-hued centerpieces with whimsical floating candles and flower-filled mirrored boxes. Late-night snacks included his and hers food stations devoted to cultural comfort foods like beer-braised bratwurst and crispy arepas. As the clock struck midnight, the reception took on carnival mode for Hora Loca, with the couple handing out flags representing each of the 30-plus nations their guests hailed from. They also passed around 120 handcrafted hats adorned with feathers and glitter that took Maria Gabriela’s godmother three months to make. “She really went above and beyond for us,” says Maria Gabriela.

WHAT WE LEARNED
“We learned the value of having a wedding planner,” Maria Gabriela says. “Mayrelis of Elite Planning Firm made sure that everything was on point, handling all the details that typically are forgotten.”

THE HONEYMOON
The newlyweds set off on a three-week honeymoon where they explored palaces in Thailand, visited the Temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and cruised the Bai Tu Long Bay in Vietnam before heading back to Hanoi for street food tours.

WEDDING RESOURCES 
Ceremony
Plymouth Congregational Church
Reception The Bath Club 
Planner Mayrelis Febles, Elite Planning Firm
Catering Thierry Isambert 
Cake Candi Izaguirre, Build-a-Bite-Now 
Bridal Gown Rosa Clará, Coral Gables
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Gabriel Samra
Groom’s Tuxedo Hugo Boss, Bloomingdale’s
Linens & Florals Avant Gardens
Entertainment Junior’s Entertainment Group
Videographer Suzanne Delawar, Suzanne Delawar Studios
Photographer PS Photography