Elyse Winer is a power player in Boston's marketing industry and the VP of Marketing for Lose It!, the highly popular weight loss app. Since she also throws dance parties several times a week - she is a killer spin instructor at the locally owned Recycle Studio - and has a contagiously sunny personality, her beachy destination wedding in Miami was bound to be unforgettable. Take notes on her healthy inner and outer approach to being a gorgeous bride!
BRIDAL STYLE Beachy and romantic, with touches of Miami glam
Dress by My dress was by Reem Acra and I bought it at L’Elite. I couldn’t have been happier with the entire experience from start to finish. Angela at L’Elite helped me pick the dress, and remained an integral part of the process, taking the time to check in with me and stop by my fittings. She was the best!
I was looking for something that would fit the beachy, Miami vibe of our wedding venue, and this dress delivered! It was effortless to wear, and I loved the way the fabric moved when the wind picked up on the beach or when I twirled on the dance floor. But I think what captured me most was the gorgeous detail of the beaded sleeves. They sparkled even when the sky turned grey during a passing shower.
Shoes by Gold and silver Jimmy Choo sling-backs. I wanted a sparkly fabric that would match the detail on the dress. I loved the fact that these were shoes I could absolutely wear again. My advice to brides is to pick a heel that has a platform at the toe – it makes all the difference! I managed to keep them on through most of the reception. I hate to admit it but I ended the night in Old Navy flip-flops :) But hey, it was a beach wedding!
Accessories by I didn’t want to take away from the beadwork of the sleeves, so I decided to keep my accessories simple. L’elite had a trunk show for the designer Paris where I found a stunning crystal and pearl hair clip and pair of earrings. They were the perfect accents to my dress.
Health secret I’m fortunate enough that I chose a career in Health & Fitness, so I really had access to all of the tools I needed to get prepped for the big day. Yes, I’m biased, but I can’t say enough about the Lose It! app and how much it helped me to stay on track leading up to the wedding. Tracking your food and exercise is a really eye-opening experience. I love how it doesn’t demand that you make any drastic changes to your lifestyle to see results. It just encourages a little more self-awareness so you can make smarter choices when it comes to diet and exercise. Speaking of exercise, Recycle Studio was of course a major part of my pre-wedding health plan. Teaching not only ensured I get in some solid weekly sweat sessions, but also helped to alleviate the stress of wedding planning. There’s nothing like rocking it out to your favorite music in a dark room filled with candlelight. Better (and cheaper) than therapy!
Beauty secret Sleep! There were nights I would get home from work and start going through wedding details, just to look up and see that it was already 11 PM. To give ourselves some time to unwind, Alec and I made a deal to turn off technology and put our phones away after a certain hour. I may have had a little phone separation anxiety, but it absolutely worked. I also knew my skin might be in tough shape for the wedding after a Boston winter, so I started getting facials with Alicia at Blue Mercury on Newbury Street. Not only did she work wonders on my tired, haven’t-seen-the-sun complexion, but she also taught me how to care for my skin in between appointments. I highly recommend her!
Hair by Boston-based hair stylist, Kristine Collins (781-588-4000)! I’ve recommended her to countless other brides. Her work is incredible and she has the most bubbly and fun energy. She’s exactly the type of person you want around while you’re getting ready. Kristine often works together with make-up artist Lynne. They are an amazing pair.
Makeup bYBoston-based makeup artist, Lynne Avallone. She is so talented! Lynne is also a yoga instructor and taught a beachside yoga class for my friends and me the morning of the big day.
Greatest moment of the night Exchanging the vows Alec and I had written for each other. In that moment it felt like we were the only two people in the world; I couldn’t see or hear anyone or anything but him. It felt surreal. Finding the words that would best summarize how much Alec means to me was incredibly difficult, but I’m so happy we chose to do it. The vows made our ceremony feel uniquely ours.
Advice for Brides-to-Be You will inevitably fret over things like fonts, cake flavors, RSVPs and seating assignments. You will cry (at least once). You will ABSOLUTELY sweat the small stuff. And then one day, you will look up and you will see your fiancé, and you will be reminded of why you are doing this in the first place. That nothing else really matters but the two of you. So enjoy the process. Laugh along the way. And remind yourself that everything will fall into place. Vendors will show up. The weather will be fine. You will glow and your hair will fall into place. And at the end of the day, you will be married to your best friend.
Wedding Venue The Palms Hotel & Spa, a Miami Beach boutique resort that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical island. It was the exactly the kind of backdrop we envisioned for our wedding weekend – intimate, relaxing and a beachside oasis our friends and family would enjoy. The moment we got off the plane from Boston and our toes hit the white sand, I knew we had made the right choice.
Wedding date April 2, 2016
Vendor Recommendations I had the pleasure of working with my incredibly talented friend Anna-Ruth Watts, on my wedding website, save-the-dates, invitation suite and day-of paper items. Everything A-R touches turns to gold; she has the unique ability to design pieces that are a complete reflection of her client’s style. We carried the “beach chic” feel of her design into the colors, décor, flowers and details that we chose for the day. Plus, she’s a blast to work with!