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Mercedes Anez & Chad Stark

November 2, 2012 | Bimini Bay Resort & Marina

The bride wore a Carolina Herrera gown and Paris by Debra Moreland headpiece and veil from Ever After. The groom wore Calvin Klein.

Melissa Davis Designs planned the oceanfront weekend celebration.

Sand-colored Valentino heels with bejeweled bows

Ana Paz made the frilly cakes featured on the dessert table.

Jim Hjelm bridesmaid dresses from Daisy Tarsi

The Couple
Having known each other since middle school, this Miami couple’s connection didn’t spark until their teens. Ten years later, Chad proposed to Mercedes on a boat ride to Key Biscayne at sunset.

The Details
Chad’s boutonniere was an orchid with a fishing lure, and Mercedes’ bridesmaids’ bouquets were wrapped in charms with their initials, sea stars and a pearl that could later be worn as a pendant.

The Party
Two weeks before the wedding, Hurricane Sandy swept through the Bahamas and took with it the pavilion where the reception was initially planned. The couple regrouped and threw a festive dockside street party. Entertainment included two DJs, a percussionist, a pianist and a midnight hora loca (“crazy hour” party) with a local Junkanoo band.

Photos by Manolo Doreste