Hi, we’re Theo and Cosette. We like each other. We have a dog. His name is Sam.
We met in 2009 and have been up to no good together in Australia since 2012. In addition to building strange things, binge-watching Netflix, and trying to make our dog laugh, we collaborated to invent the Cuban souvlaki and the Greek Mojito. In 2016, we got engaged. Now we are very excited to share our wedding day with our family and friends!
Ceremony at 4pm*
Cape Florida Lighthouse, Bill Baggs State Park, Key Biscayne (aka “el farito”)
Our big day is Saturday, 24 February. We will say “I do” at 4pm in Key Biscayne, Florida. Facing the ocean, the ceremony will be near the historic lighthouse by the Keeper’s Cottage.
Ponce de Leon named this area ‘Cape of Florida’ when he led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513. The Cape Florida lighthouse was completed in 1825 but was damaged during the Second Seminole War. The rebuilt tower, completed in 1846, remains the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The island served as a secret meeting place and port for runaway slaves and Black Seminoles waiting to rendezvous with sea captains or board dugouts for a passage to safety in the British Bahamas. Although the lighthouse was built to save lives and ships, its unflinching light brought an end to this avenue of escape. In September 2004, Cape Florida was designated a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site. -from the Florida State Parks website
You’ll need a SunPass to enter Key Biscayne. The $8 per vehicle admission fee into Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has been waived for guests. Parking is widely available. The park is accessible. Please note that the ceremony is by the Keeper’s Cottage, not on the sand, but it is a rugged beach location and high heels are not recommended.
*Actual time, not Cuban time or Pagan standard time.
Reception at 6pm
630 Raven Avenue, Miami Springs
The reception is a backyard party and will be held following the ceremony at a private residence. Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be followed by dinner and dancing. Guests can park at any nearby street parking.
On the menu: Cuban roast pork.
Dance battles are allowed and encouraged. Submit a song request.
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What we want most for our wedding is to have our family and friends there to celebrate the occasion with us, and so, more than anything we would simply enjoy your presence. That said, if you do wish to give us something, a little cash to spend on our honeymoon or to go towards our home would be very much appreciated. We are registered with Wanderable (click here).
Cosette, are you going to wear a black dress?
No. I’m wearing light colours, but I’m not wearing a traditional wedding gown.
What’s Theo going to wear?
Theo is wearing a suit.
What am I going to wear?
Hmm, I don’t know. Something nice 🙂
Things to keep in mind:
- It is an outdoor wedding and an outdoor reception.
- It’s technically winter so it may be cool, even chilly in the evening.
- The ceremony is at the beach, but not on the sand.
- The reception is a backyard party.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.
This is not a formal event. Think cocktail party or Sunday Best.
What kind of ceremony will you have?
We are a culturally-diverse, interfaith couple. Our wedding will honour our Cuban, Greek, American, and Australian identities as well as Cosette’s Pagan faith.
What can we expect from Theo and Cosette’s wedding?
Expect a small, intimate, non-traditional wedding.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes, of course! Let us know in your RSVP. We don’t have a kids menu, but let us know if you have special needs.
Can I bring a plus one?
Yes, of course! Let us know in your RSVP.
Australia is part of the Visa Waiver Program. That means Australian citizens can travel to the United States without a visa. Instead, you apply for pre-authorization to board a U.S.-bound ship or airplane. It’s called ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). You complete it online in under 5 minutes. It costs $20 and you get the results immediately.
Note that ESTA has limitations:
- It’s only for three months of travel.
- Australians who are dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are no longer eligible to apply for an ESTA. You’ll need to apply for a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- Australians who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since 1 March 2011 are no longer be eligible to apply for an ESTA. You’ll need to apply for a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- Australians with a criminal record may not be able to apply for an ESTA. It depends on the crime. You’ll need to seek advice from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
For more information about ESTA and to apply, click here.
For advice and information about visas, visit the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne.
How do you get from Melbourne to Miami?
You cannot fly to direct from Melbourne to Miami. The most direct route is to fly from Melbourne to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and then on to Miami International Airport (MIA). You can fly Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin, United, and Delta, maybe others. We prefer Qantas.
Having looked at several fare comparison sites, we bought our tickets on Bestjet.com. We found it was cheaper to fly on a weekday that weekends.
It takes approximately 13 hours to fly from Melbourne to L.A. If you fly Qantas or Air New Zealand, it will be pleasant. In L.A., you’ll go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection because, even though it’s not your final destination point, it’s your entry into the United States. You’ll pick up your bags and re-check them because you’ll transfer from an international terminal to a domestic one. You’ll have to go through security again.
The period in L.A. is the most chaotic part of the journey and it can take a long time. Flights can be delayed, queues can be long, and mishaps happen. Make sure you build a 2-3 hour layover.
From L.A. to Miami, you’ll fly a domestically airline. It is a six-hour flight. It will be cramped and uncomfortable. You probably won’t have your own entertainment so try to charge your mobile device during your layover. They will offer free refreshments, but not free snacks. Eat a little something or buy a snack before you board.
When you finally arrive in Miami, it will have been 25 hours since you left Melbourne, but it will be the day before. Yes, you’ll be a time traveller. Get your bags, grab a taxi, and go.
- Don’t forget to check your airline’s baggage restrictions.
- There are ongoing changes to security standards and procedures. Visit smarttraveller.org.au for more information.
- I’ve done this a few times. Check out my travel entries for more tips.
Where do I stay?
Miami is a tourist city and there’s no shortage of hotels. You might also look into Airbnb. Brickell and Coconut Grove are great areas to stay in. Miami Beach is also good if you want to be in a party zone. You can also find decent hotels in Downtown and Little Havana, but these are large areas with good and not-so-good parts. Feel free to ask Cosette about areas and hotels. Theo and Cosette will be staying in Little Havana, near Brickell.
How do I get around?
Miami does not have a good public transportation city. It’s a car city. You can rent a car if you’re brave enough to drive on the opposite side of the road from the opposite side of the car and take on one of America’s worst driving cities. Or you can take taxis and Ubers, which are cheap by Australian standards.
Note that Spanish is the predominant language in Miami. Your Uber driver may not speak English.
What’s there to do?
For information on what to see and do, visit Miami attractions.
We really want to say thanks to everyone for all your love and support. Many thanks to our families and our friends Lori, Mic, Traci, Augie, and Michelle.
Special thanks to our wedding planner, Haydee Duarte of Blush & White Event and Design House. It’s not easy planning a destination wedding and we couldn’t have done it without her.