Gabriela & Michael Wedding

“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.” – Jennifer Smith

Gaby and Michael met at her sister's wedding and romance blossomed from there. Michael is my (now) brother-in-law's good friend from high school. Turns out there had been many previous events they had both been invited to throughout the years and either one or the other didn’t show! I guess their time hadn’t come! Until hers sisters wedding day!

As a couple who spend their free time going on trips, picnics, bike rides, and hikes together, it isn’t surprising they got engaged on a trip to Arizona and the rest, as they say, is history!

And that brings us to their beautiful wedding day! I knew after we shot their engagement session that their wedding day was going to be a dream. These guys are super cute and ridiculously smitten with each other.

On the morning of everyone is relaxed and enjoying the moments as the day begins to unfold.

Gabriela and her father walk down the aisle of Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, Miami, to her adoring groom, waiting patiently for her! Michael and Gabriela said their “I do’s” in front of their families and closest friends and I feel privileged to have been asked to be a part of their amazing day.

The church was the perfect location and we did the family portraits and some of the bride and groom shots there too after the ceremony.
The rest of the day went off seamlessly, with the reception being held at Gabriela's parents house. A hive of love, laughter and so much emotion.

These guys were so much fun to shoot. So relaxed, so fun and so ridiculously smitten with each other. They really did make my job so easy! Check out the photos and see for yourself how absolutely adorable these newly weds are.

Congratulations Gabriela and Michael, I am honored to have been able to document your amazing day!

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Marjorie & Aaron Elopement

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – Nora Ephron

Intimate weddings and elopements have an inherent charm I just can’t get enough of. There’s something so striped back about elopements. It really is all about the couple, the love, and what’s truly important to them. Aaron and Marjorie’s day was exactly that and more.

They met at CrossFit in Lakeland. Not your typical meet cute! Aaron normally worked out in the evenings and Marjorie in the morning. Aaron decided to visit Crossfit one morning and there was Marjorie - needless to say, Aaron started attending a lot more morning classes!
Aaron proposed to his beloved Marjorie during sunset at the lake where they had their first date. And that brings us to today. A stunning intimate wedding ceremony in the Flamingo Gardens in Miami.

Marjorie and Aaron said their I do’s in a beautiful settings at the botanical garden. Just the two of them, the celebrant and their son, this elopement is one I will always remember. Marjorie looked truly wonderful in her elegant gown, only needing minimal accessories she chose the most beautiful earrings and her bouquet was the finishing touch to her stunning bridal look. The ceremony was so beautiful and filled lots of love and some happy tears. It was truly my honour to document every moment of it. Whilst capturing the intimate moments, we were blessed with the most beautiful natural light, adding to the atmospheric pictures.

You will see for yourself in the photos, so much love and emotion from these two and the photoshoot was so much fun!

Aaron and Marjorie, thank you for letting me capture these moments for you. I wish you all the love in the world as you go forward as husband and wife.

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Carla & Pablo Wedding

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt

with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Pablo and Carla met in 2006 when we were both ballkids at the Miami Open (called the Nasdaq back then). They ran into each other almost a year later and after some myspace stalking (from Pablo’s part!) they started talking and dating at age 17. It’s been over 11 years since and after many adventures together they’re so excited to be starting the adventure of husband and wife. Carla and Pablo pledged your love in a romantic ceremony amidst the lush greenery of the Crandon Park Golf Course. After the ceremony, the celebrations continued with courtyard cocktail hour and their reception.

The first look, for me, is one of the best moments of the day to capture. One of the most romantic parts of their special day, it is full of excitement, nerves and so much love. It also means they have a moment to share, just the two of them before seeing all of their family. Settle any nerves and prepare for their most special day. (And while, yes, I am there, I’m not there either. The first look is always captured in a subtle, non-intrusive way.)

The emotion on Pablo’s face, as he watches his bride to be come toward him, is just beautiful. All that love! Carlo and Pablo said their vows and devoted their lives to one another in front of their closest family and friends. Their reception was full of fun and laughter. Each table number representing a year in their relationship, with pictures to match. Such a beautiful touch. The cake cutting nearly turned into a full on food fight!! (kiddling!)

Thank you Pablo and Carla for such an amazing and fun day. It was my honour to capture your love and marriage. May you have all the joy and happiness in your new life adventures as husband and wife.

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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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Lorelei & James Wedding

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you

courage.” – Lao Tzu

James and Lorelei met on a dating app and it turned into a lifelong love!. They bonded over many things and one of those was a love of food. In their own words they call themselves “Champion Eaters”. Lorelei loves that James is strong, intelligent, well spoken, kind, and hilarious. James adores her and says she is articulate, graceful, wise, hilarious, and The One. If this is not a match made in then I don’t know what is.

I love being based in Miami. I never tire of the amazing locations available for shoots as a photographer. At Flamingo Gardens there are acres of botanical gardens creating the picture perfect wedding setting and basically a photographers ideal location. And this is the place that Lorelei and James have chosen for their special day. When I arrive to the house, Lorelei is being well looked after by her girl squad. Lots of giggles, some bubbly and everyone can’t stop smiling. (Another reason I love my job - capturing the moments).

The final touches are added, shoes and jewels and Lorelei is off to meet her husband to be for their first look. I adore first looks, the anticipation, excitement, nerves, it’s so amazing to watch and to capture. As she walks up behind him, James cannot wait to turn around and gaze on his bride to be, but he has to wait. Once he turns they both stare into each others eyes! That is the definition of the look of love! ( Eeeeeek, it makes me excited all over again just looking through the photos.)

Lorelei and James said their vows and dedicate their lives to each other in front of family and friends. An emotion filled ceremony followed by a super-fun filled reception. A truly beautiful day from start to finish.

Congratulations James and Lorelei. May your married life be filled with all the joy and happiness. I am honored to have been part of your special day.

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Jillian & Robert Wedding

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10

They met at the gym. Jillian would see him every week but never had the guts to go and talk to him. After they were introduced, Rob was smitten. He tried to play it cool by asking simple questions and the conversation ended organically. After Jill left, Rob told his co-worker that he just met his Wife. Shorty after they started hanging out they quickly fell in love. They started dating in December, were an official couple in January, got engaged in February and they got married in May. They were wed in a special ceremony on the beach. Just the two of them under God. Now they just want a wedding celebration with their amazing friends and family.

Jillian says that he looks at her as if she is the only girl in the universe and she loves how thoughtful, strong and nurturing he is.. Robert's favorite thing about Jillian is her ability to anticipate and meet my needs. He says she is beautiful, loving and strong willed. The Living Sculpture Sanctuary is the location for today's wedding it’s a hidden gem in Davie, FL. I really adore shooting weddings at this location. The gardens are such a magical setting for a wedding. To say that this is a dream location to shoot, is an understatement, see for yourself. It’s always fun to capture the wedding preparations. Lots of fun, a little nerves and a lots of laughter. Jillian is a stunning bride and her squad of bridesmaids looked amazing in purple. Kevin and his crew of groomsmen looked very much the part in their crisp white shirts and bowties.

Their first look was done under the flower arches of the garden and wow, did they look amazing. They then made their way to the ceremony where they renewed their vows to each other in front of their dear friends and family. After they cut their beautiful cake, they danced the night away with their guests.

Thank you for having me be a part of your special day. I wish you love and happiness as you continue your life together as husband and wife.

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Libia & Kevin Wedding

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

These guys were friends for 2 years before they started dating. Libia adores Kevin’s honesty, kindness, charm, good looks and cheerfulness. Kevin loves Libia because she is strong, beautfiul, lively, brave and annoying! They really are a match made in heaven. The Ancient Spanish Monastery is the location for today's wedding. The garden are such a magical setting for a wedding and the reception was held in the stunning Cloisters that surround an open courtyard to the gardens. To say that this is a dream location to shoot, is an understatement.

Their first look was filled with excitement and happy tears. And can we just take a moment to pay homage to Libia’s stunning floral headdress!! Amazing! These two are just adorable and so in love. It makes my job the best thing ever. This adorable couple honestly didn’t stop smiling the entire day. And who could blame them! Libia’s crew of bridesmaids looked stunning in pink and all of Kevin’s groomsmen were looking very dapper in their crisp white shirts and suspenders. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, Libia and Kevin, say their vows in the stunning gardens of the monastery. And every inch of this location makes the most amazing backdrop for their photos. The whole day was filled with fun and lots of happy tears. I left the newly married couple to dance the night away with all their guests. After they had cut the cake of course.

I loved this wedding. Kevin and Libia I wish you all the happiness in the world as you start your life together, now as husband and wife. It was truly an honor to be part of your special day.

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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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