bride to be 2018

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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Victoria & Juan Engagement Session

My goal is always to give my couples a memorable experience by providing natural, fun, unique and nontraditional images that represent them as a couple. They met at Victoria's parents house. On their one year anniversary Juan planned something special. He had prepared a game for her; he spread some clues that lead to each other with beautiful messages and memories. The last one, lead to her Dad who drove to an undisclosed location, when she walked in Juan was singing a song he wrote her for her birthday. After the song he got down on one knee and proposed to a cheering group of family & friends. It was the sweetest thing. Juan and Victoria arrive to the shoot, bursting with energy and fun. It doesn’t take them long to get relaxed in front of the camera and what you see here is the results of an amazing shoot at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. We picked a few locations in the park and ended the shoot at the beach. As a self confessed clumsy person (Victoria), going out of a rowboat to get some photos could have ended in disaster. Thankfully it was the exact opposite and the photos came out amazing, with no one ending up in the water! Getting to document the love between two people, will never get old for me. It’s about telling their story, in their way, I am just there to capture every bit of it.

Victoria & Juan Engagement Session was featured on Trends Magazine

https://trends-magazine.net/

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Carla & Pablo Engagement Session

When Carla and Pablo reached out to me to schedule their upcoming engagement session, it was a no-brainer for where we would go. I mean, what better location than Matheson Hammock Park in Miami, FL, the perfect place for beautiful sunset pictures!

“Pablo and I met in 2006 when we were both ballkids at the Miami Open (called the Nasdaq back then). We ran into each other almost a year later and after some myspace stalking (from Pablo’s part!) we started talking and dating at age 17. It’s been over 11 years since and after many adventures together we’re so excited to be getting married in December! ,” says Carla. Isn’t that the sweetest, most perfect best thing you’ve ever heard? I just love a good love story…

I think my favorite part about this shoot was when Pablo thought I was changing my lens so he was just in the moment with Carla talking and laughing and I am clicking away capturing those candid moments without them knowing. Naturally, I had to photograph that little moment! These two love birds are getting married in a few months and I cannot wait be there for their special day. Good luck on all the planning, you guys, and thanks for letting me be a part of this journey toward your marriage!

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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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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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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”.

Alina & Levy post wedding pictures were featured on Aisle Memories

https://www.aislememories.com/?post_type=post&p=14623

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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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