Please note that a formal invitation containing all final details was mailed in March 2019. We thank you for all of your responses and for pre-selecting your meals! Please contact us directly if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Respectfully, an adult-only occasion.
Below is an outline of the wedding details for your reference. Please note that exact times of provided transportation are subject to change, so please check back on this website closer to the wedding date to confirm.
The Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Andre and Emily will be hosting a welcome event with drinks and light bites and dessert from 8:30 PM to 11:00 pm. When you arrive, you will be directed to The Pelican Room upstairs.
You are welcome to call an Uber/Lyft to our event, and we will also provide a shuttle service for you, which will depart the Biltmore Lower Lobby to take you to our Welcome Event at the following times:
8:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Shuttle service returning to the Biltmore will depart The Rusty Pelican at the following times:
9:30 PM, 10:20 PM, and 11:15 PM
A shuttle will depart from the Biltmore Lower Lobby to take guests to Epiphany Catholic Church promptly at 2:30 PM. You may also call an Uber/Lyft if you prefer.
Epiphany Catholic Church
8235 SW 57th Avenue, Miami, FL 33143
Ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 PM, so please be sure to arrive and take your seats by 2:50 PM.
Shuttles will depart Epiphany to take you back to the Biltmore at 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM. You are also welcome to call an Uber/Lyft if you prefer.
The Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
5:30-6:00PM Welcome Cocktail
6:00-7:00PM Cocktail Hour
7:00-11:00PM Dinner & Dancing
11:00 PM Sparkler Send-off!
11:00 PM+ we welcome you to head to the Biltmore Bar in the Lower Lobby!
Black Tie Preferred
We have arranged a room block at the historic Biltmore Hotel where our wedding reception will take place. We will also be arranging transportation to/from The Biltmore for the various wedding events and activities.
To book a room, call the number listed above during business hours and reference:
Group name: Martinez-Lanza and Gonzalez Wedding Room Block
Group code: 2337
If you have any problems booking a room, please contact Emily or Andre so that we can help make sure you're able to book the accommodation you would like.
The Biltmore is located in Emily’s hometown of Coral Gables. In 1924, the creator of Coral Gables, land developer George Merrick, worked together with Biltmore hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman to build a grand hotel during the height of the Florida land boom. They contracted a renowned architect that had designed many famous buildings including New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
The project was to include 400 rooms, a country club, a service building, a championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts, and an enormous swimming pool (which today is still one of the largest hotel pools in the continental United States).
In January 1926, the Miami Biltmore Country Club debuted with a gala which promised to be the social event of the year. Socialites from the northeast of the United States traveled on trains marked “Miami Biltmore Specials” in order to make it to the grand opening. The opening of the hotel began a landmark era in South Florida history.
During its heyday, The Biltmore was one of the most famous resorts in the country, with guests like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Judy Garland, and politicians like Franklin D. Roosevelt frequently staying at the hotel and attending galas, aquatic shows, golf tournaments, and more.
During World War II, the War Department converted The Biltmore into a large hospital, also becoming the early site of the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. The hotel first re-opened in 1987, celebrated by a largely attended black-tie affair. After another major renovation program in 1992, The Biltmore was restored to its world-class excellence, being named a “National Historic Landmark” by the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, an elite title offered to only 3% of historic structures.
For more details, visit: https://www.biltmorehotel.com/resort/history.php
Newly updated: Transportation schedule for wedding weekend!
Minor changes may occur to the following schedule, so be sure to check here (or confirm with us) closer to the wedding date.
Friday, June 21: A shuttle will depart the Biltmore Lower Lobby to take guests from the Biltmore to the Rusty Pelican for our Welcome Event at both 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Return service to the Biltmore will depart the Rusty Pelican at 9:30 PM, 10:20 PM, and 11:15 PM. You may also call an Uber/Lyft if you prefer.
Saturday, June 22: A shuttle will depart the Biltmore Lower Lobby to take guests to Epiphany Catholic Church at 2:30 PM. Return service to the Biltmore for the reception festivities will depart Epiphany at 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM. You may also call an Uber/Lyft if you prefer.
Airport / General Transportation Information
If you are coming from out of town, we recommend flying into Miami International Airport (MIA). You may also fly into Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) which is slightly farther away (about an hour drive).
Uber and Lyft are both available throughout the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area and are an easy option for airport pick-up and getting around the city.
We are so excited that you will be visiting our beloved city of Miami!
Here are a few of our favorite things to do:
Places to Eat
Versailles Restaurant on 8th Street ("Calle Ocho") in Little Havana is the perfect (famous) place for a traditional Cuban meal or "cafecito". Havana Harry's is another great option for a Cuban meal.
La Mar in Brickell Key is a delicious Peruvian restaurant with amazing views.
Fratellino in Miracle Mile serves incredible Italian food.
Emily's FAVORITE restaurant Joe's Stone Crab is open for dinner but currently not in stone crab season (which means they are not as fresh, but still a great spot!). If you come back to Miami between October and Mother's Day, we highly recommend another trip to Joe's for what Emily claims are the BEST stone crabs in the world.
If you're in the mood for any specific cuisine, reach out to us and we'll give you more of our favorite options!
Things to See
If you liked our engagement photos, visit the gorgeous place where they were taken: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Coral Gables is called "The City Beautiful" for good reason! Be sure to stroll, shop, and eat along the iconic Miracle Mile and perhaps take a refreshing visit to the Venetian Pool or explore the beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
If you like the beach, you're in the right place! Head over to South Beach and walk down the famous Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, and explore South Pointe Park, the southernmost part of South Beach. After taking a walk along the beautiful dock, you may want to grab food or drinks at the Smith & Wollensky right on the water!
Bayside Marketplace is another wonderful and lively place to shop, eat, and enjoy some music. You'll also get a great view of the Freedom Tower from this area of town. From here, you can also enjoy Miami's River Walk along the water through Bayfront Park.
You may also enjoy a trip to Wynwood to see the famous outdoor murals, enjoy live music, and have great food!