Real Florida Wedding: Maru Bazua and David Acosta in Miami

Maru Bazua and David Acosta Boca Raton Wedding, Mango Studios Photography | Weddings Illustrated

How they met: It was definitely not love at first sight when Maru and David met n 2008 at Duffy’s Sports Grill in Boca Raton. Maru was seeing someone at the time, so she had agreed to go with a friend as moral support to a Duffy’s UFC night to meet up with a guy her friend was interested in. David had come out with the guy to be his wing man. David and Maru met that night, but sparks didn’t exactly fly. “He was totally not my type, and I didn’t really speak much to him,” she says.

“Months later, I was newly single, and we continued running into each other in different places, and I came to find out he was training my sister and conditioning her for basketball,” Maru says of David. “I took my sister to a Harry Potter midnight release party at Borders in Boca Raton and there he was again…working at Borders. I believe in signs, so needless to say, I gave it a shot and the rest is history.”

The proposal: “I love magic and the art of it,” Maru says. “For Christmas, David had surprised me with tickets to a Broadway show called ‘The Illusionists’ in Charlotte, North Carolina. He originally was going to use the show to propose, but when that didn’t work out he researched mentalists in the area who could potentially help him propose as a back-up. I picked a restaurant to go out to that night, so he had the mentalist pretend like he was the in-house entertainment for the night. He was going table to table and I noticed that there was a magician, and I mentioned it to David. He asked how I knew, and I said that I could spot a magician from a mile away. Little did I know that he would slowly make his way to our table and start performing. The mentalist asked me to think of a name of someone and he guessed it. He bent forks, read my mind and for his last trick, he asked us to think of a pet name we had for each other. David was asked to stand behind me so he could ‘transfer’ the name he was thinking of telepathically to me when he touched my shoulder. I was thinking really hard about what name the magician was going to try to guess and he started jotting down letters on a piece of paper and showed me. It was a bunch of scrambled letters. He asked me to watch him shake the paper and automatically, the words started unscrambling to spell out ‘Will you Marry Me?’ I was so fascinated by what I had just seen that I failed to realize that the question was directed at me. The mentalist asked me to turn around, and there was David on one knee. I didn’t say yes. I said ‘No…are you serious?’ I eventually said yes after the shock and the entire restaurant started clapping.”

Wedding date: April 23, 2016

The ceremony venue:The Cathedral of St. Mary in Miami. Its architecture was very Spanish style with mosaics in and around the cathedral. We knew that was the cathedral we would get married in. And, the same priest who married my parents more than 30 years ago came from Mexico to marry us.”

The reception venue: “For the reception, I loved the old, romantic Spanish vibe that the city of Coral Gables provided with its coral walls and expansive banyan trees,” Maru says. “The Coral Gables Country Club had gorgeous chandeliers and a very romantic feeling overall. The CGCC is modern and elegant on the inside with gorgeous chandeliers and historical touches on the outside. It was the perfect match. We had a live band and had la hora loca, or “crazy hour,” where we had six performers in stilts and costume come and put on a 45-minute show at the last hour of the reception.”

Wedding theme: Modern, rustic romance

Wedding palette: Soft blushes, accents of gold and rose gold with hints of blush watercolor

Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of St. Mary / Reception Venue: Coral Gables Country Club / Photographer: Mango Studios / Cake: Ana Paz Cakes / Wedding Planner: Ideal Day Planners / Flowers: Aloré Event Firm (tall and low centerpieces) and Beth’s Blooms Floral and Event Designs (personal flowers, flower wall behind sweetheart table, and small arrangements surrounding tall centerpieces) / Linens: Decorations by Cecilia (custom) / Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana from Boca Raton Bridal / Bride’s Hair and Makeup and Bridesmaids’ Makeup: OMG! Artistry / Bridesmaids’ Hair: Glamsquad / Invitations: Chirp Paperie (design) and Able Letterpress (printing) / Menus: Minted / Photo Booth: Capture Pod / Signs: Etsy (Poppy and Erie Paperie)


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