Ariana & Khaleel Whimsical Wedding

One of my favorite parts of shooting a wedding is photographing all those tiny details the bride and groom clearly put a ton of thought and energy into. I mean, I am all about capturing the love and the first kiss and all those tender moments, but who can forget about the centerpieces, wedding favors, accent lighting and boutonnieres? Am I right?

Ariana and Khaleel’s wedding – held in May at Casa Ylang Ylang – was a veritable feast of such details, and I had the time of my life discovering and photographing it all! 

Look at that details of the entrance, wedding table, sweet heart table and ceremony! And how incredible are those details? 

Since they clearly thought of everything, I asked Ariana and Khaleel if they had any advice to offer other couples currently planning their own weddings. They said, " Don't stress, it should be fun, take it day by day, stay within your budget, and remember it's your day and not your guest. But mist important enjoy every moment.” Solid advice! 

Bravo, you two, and congratulations on officially tying the knot! Enjoy your honeymoon together and the many years that follow!

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Alina & Levy Post Wedding Pictures

I’m still on a major high from shooting Alina and Lev at their destination photo session in tropical, sunny Miami Beach, FL. Talk about a gorgeous place – and gorgeous people – to photograph! For the shoot, we spent most of our time at South Pointe Park, which offered the perfect backdrop for their pictures. 

Don’t you just love her dress? And how about their expressions when they look at each one another? I could seriously feel the love radiating off these two, who met 5 years ago in Russia. So why were we in Miami, FL, you ask? Well, Alina said “We decided to have our wedding in Russia in the winter - after all, all weddings are in summer, and we wanted to show off. The wedding was in February, there was a lot of snow and the place where we celebrated looked like a fairy tale. We decided to spend the honeymoon in America, where we were lucky to get visas. We planned a very big trip: New York, Orlando parks, Miami beaches, Los Angeles, casinos and shows of Las Vegas - all this we had to see and experience. Someone said that we had a tour like rock star :)  The idea of a photo shooting in Miami appeared, because we already had winter wedding photos, but we really wanted summer ones as well and Miami Beach looked perfect for that. Actually Lev is not a fan of taking pictures, but for me he was ready for a photo shoot. Jennifer Cortiella was advised to us by our acquaintances as a professional photographer who can take care of us. We looked through her portfolio and  liked the photos posted on her website so we contacted her. We were lucky and Jennifer had free hours for our photo session - on the beach of South Park in Miami Beach at dawn. I had not hoped that we could find a good photographer a couple of days before the day of photo-shoot, so I was very pleased with the opportunity. In the morning of that day, we gave Lev a big mug of hot coffee and went to the beach, where we had a wonderful few hours in the company of Jennifer, walking and fooling around while she was taking pictures. Within a week our photos were ready - high-quality, beautiful. Our dream has come true, now we have winter wedding photos, and summer – seriously, do you know anyone has done that before? :) Well, even if somebody did, we are still the happiest in the world, because we are together and we love each other very much. And these wonderful photos will stay with us forever as memories of the beautiful honeymoon spent in America”.

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Steven and Timothy Engagement Session

I recently had an awesome e-session with Steven and Timothy at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, one of the sweetest, happiest most in love couples in the world, and I have been dying to share the photos with you all on the blog! These two fellas met on Grinder- ow ow!! in Orlando, FL and a couple of years later Steven popped the question in the fall of October. 

Love came quite unexpectedly for us, we were both at points in our lives where we had accepted that we would probably remain single. We met and have been virtually inseparable. Its’s amazing when that happens. You never know what life brings!” said Steven. That might be one of the sweetest, most thoughtful and most ingenious stories I’ve heard yet! 

I can’t wait for they're wedding, this handsome duo is getting hitched at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Botanic Garden on June 8, 2018 and you better believe it’s going to be PERFECT in every way! 

I am super happy for you two! Thanks for inviting me into your world, and thanks for demonstrating true love!

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Gloria & German Engagement Session

*singing* It’s the final countdown… to my preview of Gloria and German’s recent engagement session! And in case you couldn’t tell from the pictures I’m about to show you, these two lovebirds are ALL about Soccer and Rustic. Can you guess how they spend their Saturday nights in the soccer season? That’s right – tailgating, chowing down on soccer themed finger foods with friends, and cheering for their favorite soccer teams. Naturally, she wore a soccer jersey and a rustic outfit to fit their wedding theme, he wore the same outfits and we headed to Amelia Earhart Park - Miami-Dade County in FL. 

I asked Gloria how she met German and your going to laugh and say awww! Gloria said, “Every Monday we would play soccer with a group of friends at a local park. We met through soccer and hated each other at first but after we got to know each other, we fell in love.” 

The big day is right around the corner and I think I might have a couple good gift ideas for anyone who’s shopping for these two. A pair of tickets to their favorite soccer games? A signed jersey they can frame and hang in the house? A gift card to a local sports bar? or a sport themed dish towels? I’m too good at this…

Good luck on the big day, you two! I know it’ll be a blast for you and your guests!

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Marisa & Kyle Wedding

Heading to Living Sculpture Sanctuary for the Catalano & Christiansen wedding, I knew that it was going to be an extraordinarily special day. This gorgeous, incredibly in-love couple met 15 years ago and planned a sweet, intimate wedding shared between themselves and close family and friends. Walking in, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful rustic decor right away, and more and more of those little details starting popping out.  And here we are, all this time later with a gorgeous wedding that’s exactly like how they planned, perfect in every way! I find that one of the best things about small weddings is that they lend themselves to especially tender moments. They also somehow feel a little more at ease, and that’s exactly what the vibe was on this beautiful day in April. I’ll leave you with a few more of my favorite moments from the day, and with a big congrats to the newlyweds! 

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Pauline & Brian Engagement Session

Welcome to Pauline & Brain Engagement Session! 

Pauline & Brain met at a charity event for United Way. They were both immediately drawn to each other! And you will see that love throughout their engagement pictures! One of my favorite sessions Pauline & Brain were such an outgoing couple, filled with love, joy and laughter! One of their favorite thing to do as a couple they love going to the beach so of course when they told me  that they wanted their engagement session at the beach!

They didn't have to ask me twice to head to Coral Cove Park (Tequesta) my happy place for an engagement shoot! That’s where I photographed Pauline and Brian, and it was an absolute dream session in every way. We headed to the shore at around 6:00 pm just when the sun was setting, which made the light especially golden, soft, rich, and the ocean waters a deep blue color.

I have no doubts that it’s going to be a beautiful day full of sunshine, love and joy on their wedding day! 

Without further ado I introduce you to Pauline & Brain Engagement Session!

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Patricia & Kevin Engagement Session

Hello friends, meet Patricia & Kevin, when I first met them at our photography consultation I knew at that very moment we were a good fit! I asked them a series of question but my favorite question I love to ask my couples is how they met... it never fails when a couple talks about their love story there is always a twinkle in their eyes and a huge grin from ear to ear. So here is Patricia & Kevin love story; They met through a co-worker at Kevin's job. The co-worker happened to be her best friends sister. She sent her a message asking if she wanted to meet someone and sent her his number. They went on their first date and you know how the saying goes " The rest is history" I remember Patricia telling me "We both truly believe God sent us to each other. We were both single a very long time... Praying for our soulmate. When we met and got to know each other we both knew we were blessed to find one another. He's everything she needed and she's everything he needed. Real Love is truly is all in God's time." 

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Karem & Logan Wedding

NOPE – elopements aren’t just things that happen in a Hollywood movie. Proof:  Karem & Logan’s spontaneous nuptials at the Curtiss Mansion. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day!

Many congratulations to the happy couple, and may your life continue to be full of happy surprises and spontaneous fun! 

 

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