A Labor of Love
05/03/2010 10:36 AM
05/03/2010 12:57 PM
Carlos Viquez assumed this job would be much like all of the others. But as he focused on drawing up an estimate for his friend's new covered patio, he was soon distracted by Liza Barroso, who dropped by to visit on her way to a party. Instead of handing over the estimate, Carlos gave his friend an offer he simply couldn't refuse: Set him up on a date with Liza, and he would build the entire patio free of charge. "Let me tell you, from that moment on our friend was on a serious mission to convince me to date Carlos," Liza laughs.
The couple's first date was a huge success, but what drew them together was more than just chemistry. Because of their heritage, the two were instantly connected by language, similar tastes in food, music and dancing - a connection they rarely shared with others. One day while shopping, Liza showed Carlos an engagement ring she had admired for a while. The couple spoke often about spending their lives together, so Carlos seized the opportunity to surprise Liza and bought the ring on the spot. By the time the couple walked out of the store, they were engaged!
Liza spent the next year and a half poring over wedding magazines and watching her favorite wedding shows, carefully planning her Latin-inspired, Southern wedding with South Beach flair. The couple selected Firethorne Country Club as the location for the ceremony and reception, and invited guests from all over the country to celebrate.
On the day of their wedding, Liza walked down the aisle escorted by her proud brother, who stood in place of their father who has passed. Liza remembers, "Everyone had tears in their eyes. It was a very special moment for me with my brother." In front of 100 family and friends the couple exchanged their vows in an intimate outdoor ceremony, just before the sun set. Liza's maids wore classic black satin dresses from Poffie Girls, while the groomsmen wore black tuxes by Ralph Lauren. "I loved the mermaid style of my gown. I felt it was reminiscent of our culture with the intricate beading and embroidery detail," Liza shares. "My makeup was so natural and fresh, I truly felt like the best version of myself all day."
Chuck Eaton Photographers, who also snapped Liza's bridal portraits at Ballantyne Country Club, was able to capture photos of the couple and their bridal party on the golf course before they met the guests at an outdoor cocktail party. They made sure to take their time greeting each guest before moving the party into the main dining room where Liza and Carlos enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife. The reception room was decorated by Connie Duglin and Party Reflections in black, white and a vibrant citron green, with hydrangeas, orchids and candles atop black linens accented with organza. A memory table in honor of Liza's father displayed photos from her childhood.
After a formal dinner, the couple enjoyed cutting their modern, five-tiered cake with intricate damask designs. And while some guests enjoyed dancing to three different DJs from Split Second Sound spinning Latin and American favorites, others enjoyed fresh-rolled cigars at the cigar bar.
"Our favorite part of the entire day was spending time with people who had traveled so far to celebrate with us," Liza says, "And needless to say, our friend got his free covered patio and, in turn, I found my soul mate."
Ballantyne Country Club
Split Second Sound
Chuck Eaton Photographers
Connie Duglin Specialty Linen
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