Ashley & Alexandra Bridal Portrait Session

Ashley & Alexandra had been friends for years, meeting through mutual friends while working at Walt Disney World back in 2011. Alex had to return to Canada to finish her Bachelor's degree, but spent a few summers or semesters throughout that time in Orlando working for various roles at Disney World. She couldn't stay away so decided to return to Florida in 2016 to earn her MBA. They immediately began to spend all of their free time together. Friendship quickly grew into something more. After nights out with friends, they would just stay behind and talk for hours learning about each other's lives and interests and feelings about life and the world.

Christmas is their favorite time of year. Alex surprised Ashley (BACK IN JUNE 2017), with reservation plans for dine in the Queen Victoria Room at Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on Saturday night, Dec. 23rd. She was finishing up her MBA in the fall semester leading up to that holiday season. Their hearts actually broke in half when they learned towards the end of the semester that her request to extend her Visa to stay in the US had been denied following her graduation. She was the person she had always been looking for, and when she fell in love with her it felt like Ashley had finally found a missing piece of herself. Ashley knew she couldn't lose Alexandra because of some stupid border stipulations, and planned a surprise proposal for the night of their big holiday meal. The plans for her regular Christmas gift went out the window, and Ashley found herself shopping for a diamond ring the week before Christmas.

The meal was amazing, 10 courses of the best food they ever had in there lives surrounded by the most opulent setting they could imagine. Following the meal, they had reservations for a horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort to look at even more holiday decorations. They were tucked in under blankets in the back of the horse drawn carriage and Ashley told Alexandra she had a surprise for her, took small wrapped box out of her handbag, and proposed there in the back of the "sleigh." It was so dark they had to use the light of her phone to help her see the ring. 

Ashley & Alexandra waited until they had members of both our families in town (her parents live in Florida for the winter, and her sister and brother-in-law are frequent visitors to Disney World), and along with two of their best friends, went to the Orlando County Courthouse in the morning on Feb. 2, 2018 and got married. 

It was a beautiful day (impromptu pics at Lake Eola, lunch at DoveCote, and the two of them happened to have Lana del Rey tickets that night!), but they never had the time to plan a traditional wedding or get the dresses and flowers they loved. They are so excited to be having a special wedding shoot to document their love at the beautiful Ringling and formally announce their marriage to loved ones and friends.

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Patricia & Kevin Wedding

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. Patricia and Kevin met through a co worker, who happened to be Patricia's best’s friends sister.  He is captivated by her carefree personality, as well as her sarcasm!  She adores his integrity and knows he will always be a provider and protector of his family.  Patricia said “ 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. From the first look to their fun exit, this was such a beautiful day.  Patricia looked exquisite and took Kevin’s breath away at their first look.  The only thing I love more than a romantic first look moment is a teary groom!  The outdoor space for the ceremony at the Secret Woods Nature Center looked so magical with all the little details all dressed up for Patricia and Kevin's big day!  The day ran seamlessly with the lovebirds smiling the whole way through.  They said their I do’s in front of their closest friends and family and started their married life with a great big party!  Their day was filled with so much love, lots of laughter and a few happy tears!  Congratulations Patricia and Kevin, I am honored that you chose me to be a part of you're amazing day.  I wish you all the happiness in the world as you start you life together as husband and wife. 

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Erica & James Wedding

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.” Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets. Erica and James promised each other Forever in front of their closest family and friends.  And I was the lucky photographer that they chose to be part of their very special day. From Erica’s Star Wars shoes (yes you read that right, see the photos) to James Darth Vader cufflinks it was clear that this was going to be a fun day to photograph. James took the bold step in planning a surprise proposal to Erica in London.  He proposed to her in London at the Shakespeare theatre.  Erica loves James because he is optimistic, kind-hearted, generous, honest, dedicated, and logical. She also explained that out of all of James’s abilities, her favorite is James ability always to see the positive in every situation “He helps me laugh and forgive when times are difficult and keeps me positive. He brings joy and balance wherever he goes.” She said. The father of the bride had a dual role in todays wedding at the beautiful St. Agatha Catholic Church in Miami, FL.  Not only did her escort his beautiful daughter down the aisle, he was the priest who married them on the day.  A very emotional and proud day for him in so many ways. Erica was extremely close to her grandparents and had hoped they would see her married.  But sadly they both passed away recently.  Erica made sure they had a presence on the day and had with her a beautiful necklace given to her by her grandmother.  Erica and James, this was a beautiful day and I thank you for asking me to be part of your special day. I wish nothing but the best for you both as you begin your life as husband and wife. 

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Jennyfer & Jose Wedding

Jennyfer & Jose’s love story began on 2016 when they encountered each others profiles on an online dating site... yes, they did!!!. After exchanging few texts, they agreed to meet in person... literally three days after the first text. Time flew that night, they were talking & laughing for hours, the chemistry was definitely there between them. Then, the time to say goodbye came, it was there when they knew that they needed to see each other again very soon... and the rest is history, Jose proposed on their one year anniversary in a helicopter!! How romantic is that! So that leads us to today. When I arrived to the bride and her posse, they were calm and relaxed. They were sipping on something pink and bubbly. Jennyfer was getting the finishing touches to her makeup and hair and adding those all important sparkling accessories to complete her stunning bridal look. Everyone was speechless. Jose, his best man and groomsmen were just as chilled and ready for the day to begin. Looking very dapper I might add!

Their first look was filled with so much emotion that I have to admit I even felt tears welling up.

The ceremony was at the beautiful St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church and as I expected full of smiles, colour and love. The procession of bridesmaids and groomsmen beamed with pride at being part of Jose and Jennyffers big day. The adorable flower girl and page boy nearly stole the show with their unbelievable cutest. But the guest all fell silent as Jennyfer made her entrance and walking toward her hubby to be.

The entire ceremony was beautiful from start to finish. And I happily captured all the smiles, the laughs and the loving looks between them. And the moment they had their first kiss as husband and wife was delicate and wonderful. The reception decor was decadent and classy and I loved photography all of the gorgeous details they had painstakingly picked out for their special day. When I left they were dancing the night away. Their first as husband and wife. Congratulations Jennyffer and Jose, thank you for asking me to be part of your amazing day.

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Kerry & James Wedding

It was a day filled with so much love, laughter and a few (happy) tears. I was privileged to document every minute of they're amazing day. James and Kerrie to meet in grad school while finishing their abroad program in China. When they returned from China they ended up working together for a year where they became inseparable friends. A year and a half later they fell in love and they soon realized they were destined to be together forever...that those years of friendship were only meant to prepare them for the closeness they’ll create in the years to come. And if you were to listen to James and Kerrie talk about their love of each other, their family, kids and friends, you would hear their genuine passion. Most of all they just love making everyone happy. The girls house was a hive of activity with everyone buzzing in and out and around about. Kerrie and her ladies were so much fun to photograph in the morning. The girls were knockouts in they're amazing bridesmaid dresses. James & the boys looked very dapper in their bow ties! And everyone held their breath when the stunning bride made her entrance. The ceremony was beautiful and the church just stunning. The elaborate stain glass window made the perfect backdrop for photos. Every details of this day was exquisite the flowers, the colors and oh my.. That wedding cake! Kerrie and James, thank you for the honor of being welcomed into your home and families. Your day was beyond perfect and I wish you nothing but the best as you carve a path that’s entirely your own. I left the newly married couple as they spent the night dancing their feet off, enjoying bubbly, and making memories with their closest friends...

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Kristi & Dane Wedding

Kristi and Dane flew in from the Bahamas to get married in Fort Lauderdale. These lovebirds are perhaps the cutest couple to have chosen the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club for their nuptials. The serene and beautiful venue was everything you’d want in the perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding. Yours truly was on hand to capture the moment and we’ve got some breathtakingly awesome pictures that vividly tell this wonderful love story. 

The delectable Kristi was dressed in her beautiful dress from Patricia South Bridal. Her father had passed away and her 2 sons gave her away in marriage. The handsome Daniel was dressed to the nines and one could clearly see how smitten he was with his lover. He’d flown in a surprise singer in the person of Glen Washington to surprise his bride. You can only imagine the mood and atmosphere in here. It was all shades of fun as I laughed all through the entire time all thanks to the witty and funny MC. It was indeed a pleasurable experience taking these beautiful shots. These beautiful pictures don’t lie! We can only wish Kristi and Dane many more happy and love filled years ahead.

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Steven & Timothy Wedding

Get ready for a major dose of awesome, people! About three weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of photographing Mr. Myers-Yawnick and Mr. Bosch who tied the knot at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden  in Miami, FL! Needless to say (I mean… just look at the pictures), this whole shebang was absolute perfection from the early morning to late at night.

These two are so clearly in love, you guys. I wish you could have been there for the ceremony, because the tears were definitely flowing, and they were definitely real. It’s moments like this when you step back and remind yourself just how special and inspiring this kind of love is. After the formal stuff, we all headed over to Delano South Beach Hotel for the reception to celebrate and, as you can see, Steven and Timothy have impeccable taste.

SIGH. Your love is giving us all so much to aspire to, you two. Congratulations again! 

Steven & Timothy wedding was featured on Equally Wed and Love Inc

https://equallywed.com/florida-botanical-garden-wedding/

https://loveincmag.com/steven-timothy-intimate-botanic-gardens-wedding/

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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!

Ariana & Khaleel wedding was featured on Black Bride

http://www.blackbride.com/inspiration/casa-ylang-ylang-styled-shoot/

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