Posted in Miami Style at 12:49 am by Julio & Nora

Last night we went out to Hooligans for game 6 of the Heat/Mavs finals. It was one of the best b-ball games I’ve seen in a while. We met up w/ some of my boys from the H.S. era. Good times!!

boys at Hooligans Pub    Emil, JP, Dave    Me & my future wifey

Matt, Ju, Dave    Matt, JP, Dave, Ju    Me & my bro Emil

Celebrating    Me & Shamus


Dress fitting time!

Posted in Miami Style at 10:54 am by Nora

I had my dress fitting last week - on Monday, my first day in Miami. Can you tell I was trying to get that checked off my list? I went to the David’s Bridal in Coral Gables and did my first fitting. I definitely wasn’t in St. Louis anymore b/c I had to break out my broken Espanol to talk to the alterations woman. I knew how to tell her when the wedding was, quince de julio, and that mi novio is from Peru so yo hablo un piquito Espanol. We understood each other enough to fit the dress, figure out the cost and when I would do the second fitting. She was very nice but it made me wish my spanish class I took in St. Louis had been a little better! Emil said he’d help me learn Spanish - his parents said he’s the best of the 3 brothers at Spanish so we need to get started on that before I go for my second fitting on June 21!


Hotel Info

Posted in All the details, Miami Style at 11:36 pm by Julio & Nora

Here are the two hotels we reserved for the wedding. It is under Pardave/Conroy wedding July 14-16, 2006. Miami International Airport is the closest airport to Coral Gables (7 mi). Ft. Lauderdale Airport is also an option (might be cheaper) but a little farther (30 mi).


Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel is a beautiful, historic hotel. It is located closest (walking distance) to the church and reception. The group rate is $159/night. For reservations call 1-800-727-1926 or 305-445-1926 under PARDAVE WEDDING.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn UM

Holiday Inn Coral Gables University of Miami is on South Dixie Hwy (US 1). There are many restaurants, malls, and stores located nearby. It’s minutes from the church and reception. The group rate is $79/night. Guests can call 1-800-HOLIDAY or 305-667-5611 for reservations and provide the code PCW.


Coconut Grove is a 5 min drive, Downtown is 10 min, & South Beach is 15 min away. There are many attractions for everyone. Here are a list of attractions near the hotels

  • Coconut Grove/CocoWalk (2mi)
  • Vizcaya (3mi)
  • Miami Seaquarium (3mi)
  • Venetian Pool (2mi)
  • Museum of Science (2mi)
  • Streets of Mayfair (2mi)
  • Metro Zoo (8mi)
  • Shops at Sunset Place-Mall (0.5mi)
  • Theaters (AMC/IMAX) (0.5mi)
  • Mayfair Shops (2mi)
  • Fairchild Gardens (1.5mi)
  • Bayside Market Place (6mi)
  • Actors Playhouse & Coconut Grove Playhouse (2mi)
  • Dadeland Mall (3mi)


Workin it in Miami

Posted in Miami Style at 10:04 pm by Nora

My trip to Miami was full of things to do as always. A night on South Beach, an art fair in Las Olas, looking for a place to live, meeting with Sylvia, registering for our wedding and  hanging out with Julio and his family kept me very busy. It was so much fun to be down there, but it’s always so hard to leave. The day we met with Sylvia was fun. We were late getting there of course because I never remember how bad traffic really is, even at 10 a.m. After a 3 hour meeting, we chose the cake, the centerpieces, the tablecloths, chair covers, the menu, bouquets, and decorations for the church. Yay! We got so much done and it was great to get it all done at once since I’m not in Miami right now. The bouquets were actually the hardest part for me b/c I didn’t have any good pictures of what I want. Sylvia kept giving me ideas and putting books of bouquets in front of me and we finally got something on paper. Julio was amazed at how long it took…he stepped out of the room for the bouquet decisions and Mrs. Pardave and I tried to make some choices. She’s great to have there to help!! I’m so glad we found Sylvia b/c she’s basically our wedding coordinator. Thank you Mrs. Pardave!!! We didn’t really realize how much she does for us but she’s so organized and it’s wonderful. I can’t wait for more fun things to do!