Miami natives Megan Foster and Gabriel Bustamante knew Four Seasons Hotel Miami was the clear choice for their wedding. The venue held special significance: It was the location for the first wedding the two attended as a couple. “We wanted to be married in the city where we both grew up and with such a lovely memory,” Megan says. The couple envisioned an elegant, sophisticated and timeless reception—“the very words that come to mind when describing Four Seasons,” she says.
The Scene: The spacious Four Seasons ballroom was a blank canvas for the bride and groom to create an English garden–meets–modern romance theme for the reception. In addition to floral arrangements, table décor included accents such as lampshade floral centrepieces and vintage glass candleholders. “We wanted to make sure our wedding felt like an intimate affair, despite our 300 guest count,” says Megan.
The Bride and Groom: Megan and Gaby lived on the same street growing up but had never been more than casual friends. That changed, however, on New Year’s Eve 2009, when Gaby sent Megan a casual text message asking to get together before she left to go back to Los Angeles, where she was living at the time. “The furthest thing from my mind was starting a cross-country, long-distance relationship,” says Megan. But once she saw Gaby standing at her parents’ door, she “became a love-struck fool.” Two years later, Gaby proposed in a romantic Central Park garden in New York City.
The Bride Wore: Megan’s Katherine ball gown by Vera Wang featured layers of tulle and organza and hand-rolled floral details. “I realised there would never be another opportunity like our wedding for me to wear a ball gown this magnificent,” says Megan. “It was unique—fashion forward yet classically elegant, and unlike any other wedding dress I’d seen.”
A Personal Touch: “Our goal was for our wedding to be a reflection of who Gaby and I are,” Megan says. As a tribute to her Latin and Irish heritage, a Latin band played at the reception, and well into the party, shots of Guinness were passed to accompany late-night snacks.
Magical Moment: A month before the wedding, Megan and her father took dance lessons and learned a choreographed number for their special turn on the dance floor. “We danced to ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations; it was a song he used to sing to me when I was little,” she says. “It was such a meaningful moment.”
The Honeymoon: Before leaving on their honeymoon, the newlyweds decided to spend a few extra days at Four Seasons. “It was one of the best decisions we made,” says Megan. “It allowed us to relax and unwind after such an emotional day and year of planning.”
Photography Rodrigo Varela