Vizcaya museum & Gardens, a Miami estate that echoes the architecture of old-world Europe, proved the perfect setting for the March 2007 nuptials of Shari Siadat and Nicholas Loeffler, of NYC. “Nicholas proposed by a castle near Swan Lake in Germany, so we wanted our wedding to have a European feel,” says Shari, whose creative ideas for the decor were inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. As a young ballerina in a production of the play, Shari fell in love with the “magical set filled with colorful flowers, all coated in sparkling fairy dust.”
To highlight their Christian faith and Shari's Persian background, the couple were married by a priest at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach—pink cherry blossoms and candles along the aisle gave the space a romantic air—and then again in a Persian ceremony led by Shari's father at Vizcaya. Upon arriving at the waterfront property, guests were offered pomegranate martinis and champagne to sip as they walked through the Versailles-like gardens to the service site. Here, the couple sat facing a mirror “of fate and fortune,” amid meaningful symbols, including a bowl of rock candy, signifying the sweetness of life.
Shari and Nicholas' outdoor reception began with their dramatic first dance, to “Edelweiss.” As the song crescendoed, they led guests from one dance floor by the main house down stairs toward the ocean, where they revealed a second dance floor and two lounges with mirrored tabletops. Persian pop star Andy Madadian, an NYC-based DJ and Cuban cigar rollers entertained guests here throughout the night—even during supper, between the courses of a five-part feast.