Joseph Berklund made sure to incorporate his sweetheart Julie Wiesman's favorite color into his grand proposal. He had told her that they were going to the Miami Tower building for an important business meeting. As they entered the garden on the rooftop deck, Julie noticed that the ever-changing colorful lighting of the iconic edifice was pink. The next thing she knew, Joseph was on one knee and the gentleman posing as an attorney drew a camera from his briefcase and snapped photos of the moment. Upon accepting, dozens of blush roses – perfectly matching the hue of Joseph’s tie – and Champagne were brought to Julie. The couple then walked to a nearby restaurant, where close friends were waiting at the bar to celebrate the couple's happy news.
Having been planning her wedding since she was a little girl, the bride knew exactly what she wanted: a romantic, elegant aesthetic with sparkle and an ivory, champagne, gold, and blush color scheme. Julie took a very hands-on approach in orchestrating the event of her dreams. Her mother, who is a wedding planner based in Cincinnati, Ohio, also provided valuable guidance and advice throughout the process.
Friends and family gathered at a beautiful landmark hotel for the nuptials. The ceremony was held in a serene hall with lofty ceilings. Silver Chiavari chairs faced a chuppah draped in white fabric fastened with cascading bouquets of white orchids. The processional was accompanied by a string quartet performing a composition that combined OneRepublic's "Secrets" with melodies from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, dubbed "Beethoven's 5 Secrets" by The Piano Guys.
Escorted by her father, Julie descended a grand staircase in a breathtaking strapless Ines Di Santo gown with a bodice featuring dazzling embroidery and crystals, and a satin skirt with a dramatic cathedral-length train. A sparkling rhinestone headband and veil topped her elegant updo, and she held a nosegay comprised of pearl roses. Her dashing groom accented his black tuxedo with a cream bow tie. Before the service began, Julie’s father spoke a prayer over the couple; and the sound of dainty bells, inscribed with a wish of love for the newlyweds, filled the room when Julie and Joseph shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
Afterwards, the sit-down dinner was served in an impressive rotunda, which boasted a marble floor, a 50-foot domed cathedral ceiling, and a fountain. Diaphanous fabric panels were draped between the surrounding columns, and photos of the couple were projected on different wall surfaces. Tables donned a variety of sumptuous textures in champagne taffeta and rosette linens, as well as mirror tops. Floral arrangements were wonderfully crafted from the bride’s designs. Low centerpieces of roses and hydrangeas in white and pale pink were arranged in mirrored vessels – which enhanced the glow of surrounding votive candles – to create floral runners on long tables. Some of the round tables were adorned with tall vases brimming with alabaster orchids, roses, hydrangeas, and a sprinkling of blush roses. Napkins in a rosy hue rested on glossy gold chargers.
The upside-down confection of vanilla rum cake with guava filling and chocolate cake with dulce de leche filling also served as a decorative element. Conceptualized by Julie to echo details of her wedding dress, each of the five layers was embellished with either fondant ribbons, a brooch, or crystals.
For the bride, the moment that encapsulated the emotions and merriment of the day was when she was at her new husband’s side as all of their guests were dancing to “Shout” by The Isley Brothers and a confetti cannon showered revelers.