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Soho Wedding at a Monastery

SOHO Miami Destination Wedding

Kelly Helfet and Jon Raum tight the knot on January 25, 2020. The Bride wore a custom-made Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. Guests traveled from all over the world for this wedding, among India, London, Germany, Ireland, and the USA.


At St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church in the Spanish Monastery, pews were adorned with hydrangea flowers and greenery. The reception tables had a trellised canopy of foliage and an awe-inspiring pastel tablescape. Lighting complimented the decor.


The Bride wanted a spring wedding in the winter. The decor included pinks and blues colors. The centerpieces were full of hydrangeas, roses, hyacinth, stephanotis, japonica ranunculus, and a few greens. They also constructed hanging structures to go over each table to hang vines/greenery and beautiful tea lights. The bouquets were made of anemones, ranunculus, and roses.


The cake had three tiers and consisted of a different flavor for each tier. They included carrot cake and cream cheese frosting, banana cake/cream cheese/ and Nutella buttercream, and lemon raspberry swirl with raspberry buttercream and coconut filling.


At the wedding, which took place on the Chines New Year, we passed out custom-made fortune cookies. We also had late-night bites after the dancing had started, and we had brides' favorite popcorn and the groom's favorite butter pecan milkshakes, amongst other options served (milk/cookies, mini Croque monsieur, etc.)


Venue: The Ancient Spanish Monastery

Event Planner: Pilar Pava Events

Band: The Hit Factory Band

Cake: Earth & Sugar

Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design

Florist: Ovando

Invitations: Anticipate Invitations

Lighting: JM Design Lighting and Fabric

Linens: Nuage Designs

Make Up & Hair: Carolyn Jones Makeup

Photographer: PS Photography and Films

Wedding Dress: Oscar de La Renta