SOCIALManny Turns 50 Years Old
Long time friends of the photographer threw him a socially distanced party at Melinda's
Celebrating milestone birthdays during the age of Covid is a tricky thing, especially when the birthday boy is celebrity photographer and author (and SocialMiami contributor) Manny Hernandez, who knows everyone and is loved by everyone. And, on top of that, when the birthday boy is turning 50, and is a total germaphobe.
The solution? An intimate, socially distanced surprise party at Melinda’s Miami, the birthday boy’s favorite restaurant. Under the guise of going for birthday cocktails with Melinda’s owner Aramis Lorie, Current Miami creator/producer Aaron Glickman picked Manny up on his birthday, the day after Christmas (talk about luck, right?) and drove him to the Wynwood open-air restaurant/bar, where a coterie of his inner circle awaited to surprise him. A mariachi band followed, a gift from Louie D., Manny’s longtime BFF in Toronto.
The Antoni family – author Brian Antoni, mom Lynette Antoni, and dad Dr. Robert Antoni – surprised Manny with a drive-by celebration, complete with exploding confetti. Manny’s cake was the ultimate tribute – a luscious, dark chocolate cake with coconut cream filling that was a replica of his trusty Nikon camera, created by the exceptionally talented team at Cake Lounge Miami. (Did I mention that this delicious confection was gluten-free and sugar-free, to boot?)
After blowing out the candles, Manny opened his gifts – tequila and Gucci, the perfect combination for an It Boy, if you ask me. For this very special trip around the sun, one very special person was showered with the love, affection and respect he so richly deserves. —Tara Solomon
Tara Solomon has been documenting Miami since the late 1980s, covering style, philanthropy, society and modern culture. She has written for publications including The Miami Herald, Elle, In Style, Food & Wine, People en Espanol, Vogue Latinoamérica, and German Vogue. Newly married, Tara chronicles her domestic life on Instagram at @tarasolomon. (Photo by Olga Miljko.)