A Seaside Summer Wedding
Growing up in Miami, Sofia Ponce de Leon and Alfredo “Freddy” Díaz were surrounded by the beauty of the ocean and beaches and a close community of family and friends. It was through mutual friends that the pair met while they were both attending Florida International University; they started dating shortly thereafter. The college sweethearts were together for seven years when a trip to Telluride, Colorado, took their love story to the next chapter.
“We got engaged in beautiful Telluride in a gorgeous lodge called the Tempter House, nestled twelve thousand feet up in the Rocky Mountains,” Sofia shares. “It started snowing as soon as I said yes! It was pure magic and a moment I will never forget.”
After that unforgettable trip, it was time to plan their upcoming nuptials, and Sofia says that when it came to the ceremony venue, it was love at first “site.”
“As soon as I stepped foot inside The Chapel at Seaside, I knew it was the place I would marry my best friend,” Sofia says. The pair gathered about a hundred of their closest friends and family at the chapel in picturesque Seaside, Florida, on the evening of June 15, 2019. “Our wedding day was pure magic. I have never felt more beautiful or felt more love from all of our friends and family. The overall look and feel of our wedding was chic and classic. We had candles everywhere, all-white flowers, and hints of greenery—it was timeless! I have to say that every part of our wedding day was my favorite; however, walking out of that chapel hand in hand with my husband, I never felt better. I truly felt like I was floating on a cloud with my best friend.”
“We had our honeymoon in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. We chose the location because, honestly, it was a bucket-list destination of ours. We wanted something relaxing, in a beautiful setting surrounded by water and scenic views."
The gorgeous ceremony was followed by an equally memorable reception at the nearby WaterColor LakeHouse. Local wedding planners Defining Moments Weddings and Joseph Lanzy of WaterColor Weddings assisted the couple as they made arrangements for their big day from Miami. Sofia says that remotely planning everything was challenging but mostly enjoyable thanks to their expertise. The big day went off without a hitch—unless you count the bride and groom getting hitched!
But the fun wasn’t over yet. “We had our honeymoon in Bora Bora, French Polynesia,” Sofia shares. “We chose the location because, honestly, it was a bucket-list destination of ours. We wanted something relaxing, in a beautiful setting surrounded by water and scenic views. Bora Bora will forever be a special place, as we came home to find out later we’d received the best honeymoon gift ever—our twin girls. Talk about a surprise present!”
Twins Penelope and Charlotte were born February 16, and the happy family has been celebrating ever since. Congratulations, Sofia and Freddy!
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Photographer: Hello Miss Lovely
Florals and event decor: Florals by the Sea
Reception and catering: WaterColor Weddings
The Chapel at Seaside wedding planner: Defining Moments Weddings
Music: Pete Diaz Productions
Hair and makeup: Tania Crawford
Bridal gown: Carolina Herrera, from Ever After Miami