The relationship of Coraline, a jewelry designer, and Sebastien, a businessman, has weathered many storms. Though they dated successfully for three years long-distance, an earthquake devastated their hometown of Port au Prince, Haiti, less than a year before their October 30, 2010, nuptials in Islamorada, Florida, proving they can last through anything.
Sebastien donned Ermengildo Zegna from head to toe, and Coraline wore a dress she altered and paired with a headpiece her mother had given her. Her rings were also gifts from her mother and grandmother (the engagement ring was a Tacori design). A pair of dangling sapphire earrings was her "something blue."
The handcrafted ceremony arch was made of natural bamboo and draped with sheer white fabric. Golden 'Mokara' orchids, starfish, and lush tropical leaves beautifully accented it, while white dendrobium orchid garlands added major drama.
During their ceremony, Coraline and Sebastien lit a unity candle, were given a large Haitian coin by the bride's mother, and released butterflies. "I believe that to every new start, you need to set something free," Coraline said.
Each element of the table decor was chosen carefully for its significance. The burlap linens reminded the couple of coffee bean bags, and served as a reminder of Coraline's father, who worked in the coffee business. The mini calla lilies -- her father's favorite bloom -- also decked the table. For a final touch, goldfish in glass vases provided a bit of good luck.
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