Please note that a formal invitation containing all final details will be mailed in March 2019. Respectfully, an adult-only occasion. The RSVP card enclosed in the invitation will allow you to select your entree in advance; please contact us directly if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Below is an outline of preliminary details for your reference.
Epiphany Catholic Church
8235 SW 57th Avenue, Miami, FL 33143
To be provided
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
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
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.
Details regarding transportation to/from the wedding ceremony and reception will be posted here closer to the date.
We will post recommendations on places to eat and things to see in Miami closer to the wedding date!