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VANESSA AND HUGO'S WEDDING

May, 2009 in Miami

"Our wedding day could not have been better. It had been rainy everyday before, & during the ceremony (outdoors) it was very sunny (maybe too sunny, lol). We had so much fun dancing under the grand Tiki hut in the Redlands winery!
The wedding mapper gave guests a visual resource for places in Miami. You can add so much info on it :)"

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Reception: Redlands Winery

Band:

Arturo Perez

Miami, FL, USA

"Affable & professional :-)"

Caterer:

Americaters

15066 SW 56 Street
Miami, FL, United States

"They were attentive, reasonably priced & in one word, Awesome! Got many compliments on the food :)"

Photographer:

Gio Morales Photography

2851 Leonard Dr. suite J-203
Aventura, FL, United States

"After researching a few photographers, GIo got me by his pictures on his website & he got the groom, hugo, by his personality. Cool guy who gives great pics, especially if you are into pics that are different & creative."

Reception:

Redlands Winery

30205 SW 217th Ave
Homestead, FL 33030

"This winery is such a unique place in Miami. It offers those who like a more rustic, natural & tropical setting. All the guests loved it :)"

Restaurant:

Martini Bar

5701 Sunset Dr
Miami, FL 33143

"Just a short walk away from Bougainvillea's, Hugo & I would get a midweek drink and dance the evening away at this spot. We saw Pitbull (the 305 rapper) here a couple of times. Good dancing Saturday nights too :-)"

Entertainment:

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

7221 SW 58th Ave
Miami, FL 33143

"A great little place to get a drink & listen to live music. We had our first date here."

Entertainment:

Mangos Tropical Cafe

900 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

"Enjoy the day in the water then get a bite & a drink at this Ocean Drive tourist destination! Colorful tropical decor and half clad ladies & gentlemen really make for a lively environment :) I have had lots of fun at this South Beach staple throughout the years with my girls :-)"

Attraction:

Art Deco Historic District

1001 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL, United States

"The nation's largest 20th Century National Register Historic District. The area features more than 800 historic buildings erected during the 1920s and 1930s, and contains a variety of architectural styles. Walking tours of the district depart Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from the MDPL Center, $15. Self-guided audio-tour available daily, $10 cassette rental. Bike, rollerblade, and private group tours are also available."

Attraction:

Biscayne National Park

9700 SW 328th St
Homestead, FL, United States

"A 53-foot glass-bottom boat and a 45-foot diving and snorkeling catamaran takes adventurers across southern Biscayne Bay, through wilderness, mangrove creeks, islands, and out to tropical coral reefs teeming with sea life. Family snorkeling and scuba diving available from the boat. Canoe and kayak rentals, picnic area, walking trails, fishing, camping and shower facilities available. Reservations required. Beautiful waterfront visitor center offers exhibits, films and information. Open daily 8 a.m.-5:30p.m. Visitor Center open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Glass-bottom boat tour: adults $24.45, children (12 and under) $16.45, seniors (62 and over) $19.45. Scuba diving $54, snorkeling: adults $35, children (12 and under) $29.95. Glass-bottom boat departs at 10 a.m., scuba/family snorkel departs at 1:30 p.m. Scuba diving departs at 8:30 p.m."

Attraction:

Coral Castle Inc.

Coral Castle
28655 S. Dixie Hwy.
Homestead, FL 33033, US

"This quirky monument is one of Greater Miami’s more unusual attractions. Giant pieces of coral rock were carved into a variety of objects by Edward Leedskalnin in the 1920s, as a tribute to unrequited love. The construction techniques behind this mystery garden of fantastic coral sculptures continue to baffle experts and visitors. This attraction has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles."

Attraction:

Coral Gables Merrick House

907 Coral Way
Coral Gables, FL, United States

"This is the boyhood home of George E. Merrick, founder and developer of the City of Coral Gables. This historic landmark house originally began as an 1899 frame house which was added onto in 1907. The house has been restored to the 1920s period and filled with the Merrick family's art, furniture and personal treasures. The park is open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays for guided tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Suggested admission, which includes the guided tour, is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students/group tours, $1 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5 years old."

Attraction:

Deering Estate at Cutler

Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL 33157
Miami, Florida, US

"One of the most beautiful and unique parks in South Florida. More than 420 acres, offering tours of endangered natural areas, historic and archeological sites, recreational facilities and a breathtaking view of Biscayne Bay. The park also contains the historical remnants of the Richmond Cottage, portions of which date back to 1896, and the Mediterranean Revival winter home of Charles Deering, completed in 1923. Open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Adults $7, children $5."

Attraction:

Everglades Alligator Farm

40351 SW 192nd Ave
Florida City, FL, United States

"If you've heard the story from Hugo, this is where Hugo, his friend, Mike, & I got chased by a wild alligator who climbed the fence! It was awesome & we want to go back! It was a very cool place though! you can also explore the Everglades on a thrilling airboat tour and enjoy live shows every hour featuring alligators and snakes. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults $17 for airboat ride, farm and shows; children (4-10) $10; children (under 4) free."

Attraction:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Rd
Miami, FL, United States

"This 83-acre garden, established in 1938, is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants, including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Features a new 13,000-square-foot Visitor Center, a conservatory, a tropical fruit pavilion, vine pergola, sunken garden, winding paths, 11 lakes, lily ponds, overlooks vistas and an outdoor tropical rainforest. Offers narrated tram tours, self-guided tours and programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. The Shop at Fairchild sells tropical gardening books and unique gifts. Garden café. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17 and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under."

Attraction:

Fruit & Spice Park

24801 SW 187th Ave
Homestead, FL, United States

"Established in 1944, this tropical paradise is nestled in the heart of the Redland District, just 35 miles south of Downtown Miami. More than 500 varieties of exotic fruits, herbs, spices and nuts from throughout the world are found in this lush 35-acre park. Open daily except Christmas Day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours conducted daily on a tour tram at 11, 1:30 and 3, and are included in the price of admission. Adults $5, children (6-12) $1.50, under 6 free. Gift shop on site. Picnic facilities available."

Attraction:

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

102601 Overseas Hwy
Key Largo, FL 33037

"You can go on a boat out to sea, snorkel & see The "Christ of the Deep" statue located at Key Largo Dry Rocks reef. If you touch this statue it is good luck. There are picnic areas & glass bottom boat tours, scuba tours, fishing & camping are all possible at this park. Early on in the relationship, we had one of the best days of our lives at this park :)"

Attraction:

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, FL
Key Biscayne, FL, US

"This is a stretch of beach we use to take Charlie to. At night, it also has a few clubs, some I use to frequent back in the day :) There are also restaurants like the Rusty Pelican. There is also the Miami Seaquarium! And All the way in the back of Key Biscayne, there is the beach with the lighthouse. You just have to drive straight through, passing Crandon Park where many tennis championships have been held, & it is at the end of Key Biscayne."

Attraction:

Miami Metrozoo

12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL, United States

"Rated one of the top 10 zoos in the U.S., this 300-acre cageless zoo showcases more than 1,300 animals, representing more than 400 species. It features Wings of Asia Aviary, Dr. Wilde's World, Children's Zoo, Wildlife Carousel, Guided Tram Tours, and Zookeeper Talks. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Adults (ages 13 & older): $11.50 plus tax, Seniors: $10.50 plus tax, Children (ages 3-12): $6.75 plus tax, Children ages 2 & under: FREE, ZSF Members: FREE. Prices are subject to change."

Attraction:

Miami Seaquarium

4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL, United States

"Enjoy 38 acres of entertainment, great shows and exhibits. Home of Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Laugh with the island adventures of Salty, the Sea Lion, and thrill to the power, grace and beauty of dolphins performing with Lolita. An exciting two-hour program lets you slip into a wet suit and enter the world-famous Flipper Lagoon for an up-close encounter with dolphins. See Nile Crocodiles at Discovery Bay, and the new Salty's Pirate Playground. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults $27.95, children (3-9) $21.95. Taxes not included."

Attraction:

Monkey Jungle

14805 SW 216th St
Miami, FL, United States

"Escape on a jungle safari. Explore the wilds of South America, Asia and Africa. Witness crab-eating monkeys diving for treats. Delve into the lush, tropical Amazonian rain forest filled with hundreds of exotic monkeys. Also contains one of the richest fossil deposits in Southern Florida, with more than 5,000 specimens. New exhibit includes rare Amazon parrots, the Cameroon Jungle and the Mandrill Baboons. Offers continuous presentations, snack bar and gift shop. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $19.95 plus tax, children (3-9) $13.95 plus tax, seniors (65 and older) $16.95 plus tax."

Attraction:

Spanish Monastery

16711 W Dixie Hwy
North Miami Bch, FL, United States

"Built in Segovia, Spain in 1141, the Monastery Cloister is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst brought the pieces to America, and in 1952 Miami developers reassembled the monastery on its current site. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1:30-5 p.m. Adults $5, children (under 12) $2, seniors (55 and older) $2.50, students with valid I.D. $2.50."

Attraction:

Venetian Pool

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables, FL 33134
, US

"A Venetian-style lagoon carved out of coral rock, this historic landmark and swimming pool features caves, stone bridges and waterfalls. Operates year-round. Call for information on rates and hours of operation. Closed Mondays. Children must be 38 inches tall show proof that they are 3 years old. Open 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day."

Attraction:

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL, United States

"Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark; we're also a museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. Vizcaya is open to the public 364 days each year, and we invite you to visit this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami. Vizcaya was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering, who wintered on the property from 1916–1925. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate includes a Main House filled with art and furnishings, ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, a hardwood hammock (native forest), and an historic village that we’re restoring for public enjoyment."

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