Brittany moved from New York to the Washington D.C. area for work, where dating apps failed her time and time again. That is, until one Sunday in 2015, when she dragged her roommate Mary to a bar called Atown in Arlington, Virginia to meet up with a guy from a dating app. The dating app guy was not her now-husband, Mitchell Levine.
Mitchell was also at Atown that night with his friend Danny, watching Sunday night football when he noticed a tall, beautiful, athletic looking brunette standing by herself against the bar in a Steelers shirt and tight black jeans – head buried in her phone.
Their wedding design style was a classy but relaxed Miami vibe with an art deco feel.
Mitchell saw Mary walk over to her and he quickly swooped in and invited them to his table, where he met Brittany for the first time. Brittany, annoyed by her failed date, started talking to Mitchell and fell in love with his jaw line and bubbly personality. As they started talking about where they're from and their college athletics, they quickly noticed they shared similar interests and were obviously attracted to each other. Mary gave Mitch Brittany’s number, and the rest is history.
In January 2020, Mitchell met Brittany in her favorite city, Amsterdam, Netherlands for her birthday weekend where she was traveling for a work trip. He proposed on a bridge overlooking one of the famous canals. He meticulously planned the weekend and hired a photographer to capture the big moment. Brittany unknowingly asked that very photographer if he could take a picture of them on the bridge with her phone.
The wedding planning process was during the start of the pandemic and very challenging. Brittany and Mitchell’s 200-plus guest list shrunk to 85 people. The easiest part of the planning process was selecting the city and venue for their wedding. Neither are from Miami, but frequently spend long weekends there together for fun. It was a no-brainer to make this their wedding destination. Brittany set up a venue visit at the National Hotel in Miami. As soon as she walked into the lobby, saw the aesthetics and met with Ivette, the hotel’s wedding coordinator, she knew this was everything she was looking for and more. Their wedding design style was a classy but relaxed Miami vibe with an art deco feel. The bride and groom crafted old school wooden cigar boxes for their guests, filled with Cuba Libres and maps of Miami with all of their favorite spots and recommendations.
Brittany and Mitchell got married on March 13th, 2021, with an elegant poolside wedding at the National Hotel in Miami. The bride wore a long-sleeved lace dress from Pronovias with a second dress change later that night. Their ceremony backdrop was the hotel's famous infinity pool with bistro lights strung across the length of the pool, elevated lighting on the palm trees, and their last name initial on the hotel wall and pool. Their bridal party and table setting design were inspired by the colors of the Miami sunset. Their floral design was clean and elegant, including monstera leaves, anthurium and white orchids. They had a beautiful handcrafted floral arch for their ceremony and reception table.
Guests were served a welcome mojito and the couple featured their dog, Asher, in one of their signature drinks. Asher also made an appearance on the cake and koozie. The steel drum at cocktail hour and the fusion of band and DJ at the reception – along with a live cigar roller – brought the party to life. There was not a single person sitting down the entire time, with the exception of dinner.
Dinner highlighted the flavors of Miami with an Italian flare. As an extra special touch, the wedding date happened to fall on Mitchell’s birthday; so Brittany and their wedding guests serenaded him by singing “Happy Birthday” and presenting him with a birthday cake. It was also a surefire way to make sure he never forgot their anniversary.
The night ended at the Martini room inside the National Hotel, with late night bites and Frank Sinatra classics playing as everyone enjoyed their last round of drinks.
Due to the pandemic, the newlyweds put their original Italian honeymoon on hold and traveled to Hawaii. They ended up enjoying a ten-day, two-island trip to Oahu and Maui. One year later, they enjoyed their originally planned trip to Italy, stopping in the Italian Riviera, Rome, and Positano.
Location: The National Hotel, Miami, FL; Planner: Event Bliss, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Event Design: Petal Productions, Miami, FL; Cinematography: Dana Lynn Photos, FL; Photography: PS Photography, Miami, Florida