I am always in awe when I have the privilege of working at the former Versace Mansion now named The Villa by Barton G located on Ocean Drive in South Beach. This is an amazing 19,000 sq ft boutique luxury hotel, restaurant and venue space. The history on this property is interesting; born as Casa Casurina in 1930, built by architect philanthropist, author and political reformer Alden Freeman as an homage to the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere, the “Alcazar de Colon” in Santo Domingo. In 1937 Casa Casuarina was bought by Jacques Amsterdam, who renamed it “The Amsterdam Place.” It was in 1992 that Gianni Versace first encountered Casa Casurina. Versace exquisitely restored, expanded and embellished its features by adding the south wing, the pool and garden areas.
Today we had a gorgeous bride and bridal party from Michigan at Villa by Barton G. Everything about this venue is unbelievable, from the hand painted walls, mosaic floors to the extravagant embellishments. I took some pictures today while on set to try and capture all the beauty that was happening in our bridal suite. I got a sneak peak at some of the fabulous pictures of our bride today by Ray, I will be posting the pictures from photographer Ray Santana www.raysantanaphotography.com Can’t wait!!!!!