• Welcome to the blog of Luxe Fête. We are a full service international event planning and design studio based in Miami, Florida. Global clients seek our services to plan, design, and produce their events. We have executed events around the world, with much of our work featured in national publications. Before channeling my creative energy into this field, I was an attorney at top law firms and clerked for a Federal Judge. It did not take long to realize I’d rather be telling stories by transforming spaces and creating beautiful atmospheres. Stay awhile - we would love to hear from you! Nous aimerions entendre parler de vous! Nos encantaría saber de usted! Gostaríamos muito de ouvir de você! Be sure to also visit our website: www.luxefete.com

Wonderland: The Tablescape

A garden tea party underneath a rooftop peppered with manzanita branches, crystals and orchids is right up my alley. For our Alice in Wonderland Photo Shoot, we were so inspired by our environment that we decided to bring the natural elements of the garden not only onto the table but above the table as well. In addition to our organic chandelier, we created a natural structure made of driftwood, intense purple hydrangea clusters and ivory roses pavéed along the edge.  For our charming setting, we scoured all over Miami to find unique vintage tea sets. Mixing and matching sets adds so much character to a table – perfect for a bohemian chic vibe.


Location: Pinecrest Gardens,  Florals, Design and Styling: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio, Photography: Ambrosio Photography, Couture Paper Suite: Lindsey Luxa of Dragonfly Custom Design, Couture Linen and Furniture: Nuage Designs

March 7, 2011 - 11:00 PM

Josefina - Lovely experience.

Meet Lindsey Luxa of Dragonfly Custom Design

I’m so excited to introduce the creative artist behind the beautiful Alice in Wonderland Invitation Suite. Lindsey Luxa of Dragonfly Custom Design is just fabulous and totally puts her heart into every project as is evident from these pictures. It’s no wonder she is one of the most sought after and best out there. The former entomologist (cute . . . the name of her company starts with Dragonfly) luckily for us found her way to creating couture invitations. I love couture. Smile. So I love Linz.

What inspired you when creating the invitation suite for Luxe Fête’s Alice in Wonderland Photo Shoot?

I was inspired by the stills from the movie, specifically those featuring the coloration of the Mad Hatter and the Tea Party. I loved the vegetation as well and tried to incorporate natural and organic looking elements into the entire suite (twine, natural fiber paper). The use of clocks, tea party elements and whimsical but elegant fonts really made the entire set cohesive.

What’s the big deal about having super nice invitations?

For a truly outstanding and posh event, an outstanding and unique invitation is paramount. Your invitation sets the stage for the entire event and will be your guest’s first impression. It speaks to your taste, style and what is to come. What’s more, the invitation is the one thing your guests will have to remember the event by. Why not make sure it counts! Many brides choose to do over-the-top invitations as gifts as opposed to wedding favors.

What are some of the trends you are seeing in the invitation world?

I am finding that brides are focusing more on invitations that make a statement. Even in a tough economy, it is still one of the most important days in one’s lifetime. Splurging on a few key things to make the day even more memorable for guests is definitely a trend. Silks are huge right now, along with combining them with letterpress and/or unique and tactile papers. Invitations are becoming more of an experience for the guests. It is important to get them truly curious and excited about the event. I LOVE a theme, be it a color scheme, monogram or true “theme” (i.e. Alice in Wonderland). It  really inspires me and my creativity.

Thanks for sharing Linz!

Wonderland. The Invitation

How special do you feel when you lay hands on a “fancy looking” invitation? Exactly. It matters. And what does the amazing Alice in Wonderland invitation suite by couture designer Lindsey Luxa of Dragonfly Custom Design say? It’s screams, “YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS OH SO LUXE WEDDING!” I can spend hours pouring over the fine details and styling elements she created for this photo shoot. I love, love, love the bold use of the intense purple and green. Just so regal. And anyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for natural and organic materials — such a grounding element. But what I think is most genius, however, is how Lindsey played with the Alice in Wonderland theme in such a grown-up and sophisticated manner:

The invitation was nestled in a silk box constructed of deep purple and iridescent green silks. The body of the invitation was set on a deep purple silk pad with a layer of iridescent green silk, natural fiber paper and dark purple paper. Just love the exterior wrapping in a wide green satin ribbon with twine.

The antique pewter key tied with purple ribbon is so clutch!

The save the date language, “Don’t be Late for a Very Important Date” helped establish the overall whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme.

Escort cards were printed on iridescent paper, backed in bright purple stock and tied to antique spoons using twine. And instead of a traditional table number, Lindsey incorporated an antique pendulum clock pointing to a corresponding hour, in this case 2:00 p.m.. What is really cute is how the escort cards led the guests to Table No. 2 using a clock face.

Lindsey made these darling signs using hand white-washed wood that was laser etched with Victorian graphics. Very Lewis Carroll, wouldn’t you agree?

The menus directly mimicked the invitation. A vintage “Menu” illustration, as well as tea pots and cups tied seamlessly to the theme.

The delicious favors were hand-made Jordan almond flowers with purple centers and green stems and leaves. They were finished with thoughtful small tags that said “Thank You.”

Isn’t it spectacular how she put it all together!! So of course you know we will be sitting down and chatting with ever so talented Ms. Lindsey later on this week. I must pick her brain on the latest trends in wedding invitations. Be sure to join us. You are cordially invited . . .

P.S.  These fantastic photographs were taken by Ambrosio Photography. Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio designed the florals and styled the event using couture linens and furniture from Nuage Designs. Invitation and Paper Suite by Lindsey Luxa of Dragonfly Custom Design.

February 1, 2012 - 4:26 PM

Monera Jomaa - Can someone please tell me how they made the Jordan almond flower? Please! They are so cute!

April 14, 2010 - 2:39 PM

Nathalie Cadet-James - Thanks Naomi!! How sweet of you! Glad our shoot helped you with your board. P.S. I am with you on the macaroons 🙂

April 13, 2010 - 1:57 PM

Naomi - OMG!!!!!!!!!!! This Alice theme is bananas! Awesome and I cannot stop swooning…I was looking for images to finish a board and found you via Wedding Chicks! Bellisimo!

Meet Nat

Miami-Wedding-Planner

two everyday things i could not live without: art and music

two of my favorite songs: turn the lights down low [bob marley] and o mio bambino caro [pucccini]

two snacks i could eat every day: macaroons from la durée and chewy chocolate chip cookies [pillsbury]

two nicknames i’ve been given: nat and nat nat

two of my favorite cities: buenos aires and paris

two of my favorite beaches: praia de são josé [itacaré, brasil] and magen’s bay [st. thomas, u.s.v.i]

two important goals: help haiti and mentor

two of my favorite books: les misérables [victor hugo] and like water for chocolate [laura esquivel]

so you really want to know more? o.k. [click here], my first blog post and introduction.

but seriously,  i love weddings and parties and am completely inspired by the amazing brides, grooms and people that I meet.  It is such an honor to be a part of such a special day!   it is the best. ever.

June 21, 2011 - 11:56 AM

Nathalie Cadet-James - Hi Alexandra,
Thanks for your kind words! We travel all over the world for weddings. I look forward to hearing from you when it is your turn!

June 20, 2011 - 7:53 PM

Alexandra - I love the website and your art! When it is my turn to get married I’m pretty sure I’ll be contacting you. Are all of your weddings located in Florida?

January 21, 2011 - 8:40 PM

Erika gill - Hi Nathalie – nice web page !

November 11, 2010 - 9:48 PM

Nathalie Cadet-James - Hi @Gabrielle. No, I am not related to them. Thanks for stopping by!

November 11, 2010 - 10:08 AM

Gabrielle Bass - Are you related to the Cadet’s as in The Cadet Sisters ? I knew their aunt who was Haitian.
http://cadetsisters.com/

Wonderland. The Pictures

I can’t get over how amazing our Wedding in Wonderland concept was captured. Stacey and Craig of Ambrosio Photography really knocked it out of the park. Every single element, from the stunningly chic invitation suite, to the magical cake, her romantic gown, the beautiful accessories, the whimsical linens, the lush location, the artful food – all of it – just amazing. In the next few weeks we will chat with the super-talented folks who helped us create our Wedding in Wonderland. No doubt you will be inspired for your special day! That old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings so true here, so without further ado . . .

Location: Pinecrest Gardens,  Florals, Design and Styling: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio, Photography: Ambrosio Photography Dress: Rivini from Chic Parisien, Headpiece, Earrings, Purse and Bracelet: Maria Elena Headpieces, Couture Paper Suite: Lindsey Luxa of Dragonfly Custom Design, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Cake: Dominique Beckers of We Take the Cake, Catering: Shiraz Events, Couture Linen and Furniture: Nuage Designs, Hair and Make-Up Artist: Justin Cessac, Groom’s Vintage Suit, Alexander Nash, Models: Serena Minott and Ralph Cassagnol; Styling Assistant: Maria Roa-Warnant

*Slideshow Song: The Shadow of Your Smile, Amiel Larrieux

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April 16, 2010 - 2:41 PM

Danielle W - I’m just seeing this. Absolutely gorgeous! Congrats Nat. I am happy so see that you are finally making your vision(s) come true. I knew it was only a matter of time.. And your choice in models was impeccable! 😉

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April 14, 2010 - 2:48 PM

Nathalie Cadet-James - Thanks for the love ladies. I appreciate your comments. This concept was so much fun to put together!

April 12, 2010 - 9:35 PM
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Anu - OMG!! Nat…WOWW!! this one is absolutely fab!!

great work my friend!!!

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Bethyna Brizard - Nat- You just won an Emmy Award!! Cuz,hands down you have found your calling. God Bless!

March 16, 2010 - 1:01 AM

Darnele Wright - Absolutely breathtaking!

March 15, 2010 - 9:15 PM

Claudia Alexander - This really make one want to get married all over again,absolutely beautiful.
best of luck.

March 15, 2010 - 4:14 PM

Natalia - absolutely gorgeous! Every detail thought of.

March 15, 2010 - 3:24 PM

Souz - This is the fairytale that we all dream of…
Great work. Beautiful and soooooo dreamy.
It was a Wonderland. Congrats to the newlyweds!

March 13, 2010 - 11:47 AM

Barbara Raphael - At lost for words!

March 12, 2010 - 3:52 PM

Carmencita Whonder - Fabulous! Soon the whole world will know your work…I feel it!

March 12, 2010 - 1:09 PM

Amy Ruiz - Nathalie!! This came out absolutly amazing. You totally brought fantasy to reality I love it!!!

March 12, 2010 - 12:15 PM

Crystal Rodriuez - WHAT AN AMAZING TURNOUT! THIS PHOTOSHOOT TURNED OUT EXQUISITE AS WELL AS WHIMSICAL. YOU COULD’NT HAVE CHOSEN A BETTER THEME. YOUR TALENTS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! WONDERFUL JOB!

March 12, 2010 - 10:50 AM

Manuela Alzate - NAT … I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMEONE SOO TALENTED .. ! IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! 🙂

March 12, 2010 - 9:56 AM

Deirdre - Beautiful job, Nat! Gorgeous in every.possible.way. <3