While attending a fundraising event in Miami, Florida, Dan Marinberg and Carlos Canasi instantly clicked. “We were both dressed very casual while all others were dressed to kill,” Carlos remembers of that day. A few years into their relationship, Dan proposed during their vacation in Saint Barths, and they would soon be married in the city in which they first met.

The pair spent a year organizing their dream day in the sunny locale. They hired a team of vendors that would perfectly execute their desired theme. “While planning the wedding, [we] were very adamant about having the wedding express beauty and elegance, while still keeping it dapper,” the groom explains. “I was very surprised by how well our ‘friendors’ made our vision come to life.” The lovebirds invited nearly 300 friends and family members to celebrate their wedding. “[We had] cocktail hour first in order to spend time with everyone before the ceremony,” Carlos tells. Just moments before tying the knot, he proceeded down the aisle donning a statement cape.

Along with a color palette of black and gold, the décor showcased tropical, yet elegant, floral arrangements for the tented reception. “[There was] lots of greenery, white orchids, and white roses,” the groom says. “It was a mix of fun, Miami, and classic elegance.” Small centerpieces were placed at each table, which gorgeously paired with candlelight as well as the chandelier adorned with greenery and suspended jewels. In true dapper style, each menu was adorned with a black bow tie and placed atop a gilt plate. This same aesthetic carried over into the newlyweds’ whimsical six-tier confection, which also featured two layers of marble fondant. Unlike most traditional weddings, the grooms swayed to an upbeat tune, “I Like Me Better” by Lauv, for their first dance. As favors for their attendees, Carlos and Dan gave out cigars that were customized with their initials.

As Carlos confides that he would not change anything about their special day, he also shares a few words of wisdom for all engaged couples. “Forget norms, traditions, and expectations,” he affirms. “This is about the two of you – no one else.”