Chic Miami Wedding with a Touch of Haitian Culture : Jane + Jonathon


“A spice of Miami and a pinch of Haitian culture,” is how Jane and Jonathon describe their luxurious Miami wedding.  The couple who met years ago on their first jobs out of college, wanted to have an elegant yet fun wedding that celebrated their cultures and their love for their city.  Jane shares, “I am Haitian American and my fiance is African American. To incorporate my Haitian culture we served a traditional Haitian drink at the bar called Cremas, which was specially made by the bride's aunt. We also played Haitian kompa music to bring both cultures on the dance floor. My fiance and I are also die hard Miami Heat basketball fans, so we incorporated our love for the Heat by surprising our guest with an appearance from Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot. He got the crowd excited and ready for the dance floor!”

Jane was radiant in a gorgeous mermaid gown by Maggie Sottero and Jonathon showed off his impeccable style by changing into three different Zegna Couture jackets!  This couple's chic Miami wedding had just the right combination of glamour, spice, culture, entertainment, and love. Take a look at their stunning photos captured by Sophia Barrett Studios.

Bride’s Name: Jane Pierre
Groom’s Name: Jonathon Benson
Wedding Date: 01/18/2015
Wedding Location: Miami, FL

Quick Facts

Wedding Flowers: White roses, white hydrangeas and white lilies
First Dance Song: "John Legend" - All of Me
Favorite Menu Item: Our wedding cake. Everyone raved about the buttercream coconut cake. It was our favorite item on the menu.

How They Met

We met at work at our first jobs out of college. He was on a 3 month assignment at my office and we were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. He would say I spotted him from a distance and had an early eye on him, which I do not recall. But we both agree our mutual friend officially introduced us. We went out with a group of co-workers and ended the night together dancing at a local bar and talking all night. We were inseparable since that day. After his 3 month assignment ended, we decided to have a long distant relation for a year and a half. After our long distance love, we decided to move in together, and I moved to Atlanta, GA so we could reunite and be together.

The Proposal

The proposal - I was expecting an important package in the mail, which was delayed on a couple occasions. When I finally received my package, we decided to do an "unboxing" video, which is popular for a lot of techies. As I opened my package, there was a ring box inside, and he recorded me and asked me to marry him.

Wedding Style

Our wedding was a classic wedding style with a spice of Miami and a pinch of Haitian culture. My dress was a Maggie Sottero, mermaid, lace and sequin dress with a train. My favorite wedding accessory was my silk satin Jimmy Choo peep toe pumps with Swarovski crystal jewels at the toe. It was the perfect classic bridal shoe and fit like a glove! It reminded me of my own style -simple, classy, elegant and stylish.

Most Memorable Moment 

My best memory from our wedding day was right before I walked down the aisle. I was feeling very anxious but when I lift my head up and saw my fiance at the end of the aisle I knew everything would be alright and smiled the whole way down the aisle focusing only on him.

My fiance advised his favorite moment was when Brian McKnight's song, "All I Need Is You" played and he saw me start to walk down the aisle. He even pulled out his cell and snuck a quick pic of me as I approached.

Our combined best memory is when Burnie came out! It was one of the highlights of the night.

Not to mention the groom had 3 jacket changes into his Zegna Couture jackets which made him feel pretty dapper and was a fav moment of the groom as well.

Help A Bride Out

A friend of mines gave me the best advice which I will pass on. Take your time when walking down the aisle. Take the moment in and don't rush the walk.

Another advice would be to not bottle things up because you don't want to explode on the day of your wedding.


Photographer - Sophia Barrett Studios 
Hair- Shek Hair by Shekeila Parson Instagram: ShekHair - Facebook: ShekHair
Wedding Dress - Maggie Sottero
Wedding Dress Salon - Happy Bride 
Wedding Shoes - Jimmy Choo 
Grooms Tuxedo - Custom made by Trio Clothier
Groom's Shoe - Prada
Groom's dinner and party jacket - Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Collection
Ceremony & Reception Location - Douglas Entrance Coral Gables, Fl
Cake Topper - ZCreateDesign 
Event Coordinator - Events By Alejandrina (handled rentals, flowers, cake, and catering)
Day of Coordinator - Fabiola Richardson
Bridesmaid Dresses - Light in the Box 
Videographer - Ralph Jean
Stationery - Your Wedding Templates 
DJ - DJ Fonix
Make Up - Norkita Munroe- Face Caption

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  1. Martine

    So glamous, bon bagay!!!

  2. Franky

    What was budget of this wedding?

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