bride to be 2019

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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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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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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Victoria & Juan Wedding

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr Seuss

When I first shot with Juan and Victoria for their engagement shoot I could tell straight away that their wedding day was going to be filled with so much love and fun. Afterall, on their one year anniversary Juan planned 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. After the song he got down on one knee and proposed to a cheering group of family & friends. It was the sweetest thing.

So their special day was just as I had expected. Victoria’s mom played a big part in the the decoration ideas for her daughter's wedding which made it all even more special. And while her mom couldn’t make the wedding, she was there by facetime to see her gorgeous girl marry the man of her dreams. Every little detail was planned out to perfection. From the stunning floral invitations,

The Living Sculpture Sanctuary magical energy is the perfect place to celebrate a wedding. The living Sculpture Sanctuary is a hidden gem, a retreat from the hustle of South Florida. Built by hand, it is a stunning place with gentle water falls, bonsai and koi ponds that emerge from its lush setting in centuries old live oak trees. A photographers dream! In a super romantic move, Juan sang his bride to be down the aisle. And as the sun went down, they said their vows in front of their closest family and friends. And the photos truly speak for themselves. The loved up couple, the stunning backdrop and the love a support from their guests made it a most beautiful day to capture. The gardens at night added extra sparkle to the photographs. And the happy couple made an equally glittering exit through a tunnel of sparklers!

Thank you Victoria and Juan for having me be a part of your special day. I wish you all the love and happiness for your future together.

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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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Choumate & Berthony Wedding

Choumate & Berthony  met on Christmas Eve 14 years . Berthony says that as soon as he heard the name Choumate, he knew she would be his wife.  Choumate said he was so shy at first and she knew his soul was pure.  They were best friends for two years before they started dating and even though it's been 14 years, they still say that everyday is like the first day.   He proposed on December 31 one minute before midnight, and asked her to promise him that they will see a lifetime together. He actually proposed after having a late snack at Denny’s!!  And with that I knew this wedding was going to be a dream to capture.  There was lots of hustle and bustle when I arrived to the bride and her ladies.  Berthony and his guys were very relaxed. 

From the first look, this couple never stopped smiling the entire day. Watching and documenting this kind of love and happiness is why I do what I do. They said their I do’s in a beautiful outdoor ceremony surrounded by their dearest friends and family.  The beautiful fairy lights in the trees at the venue made the moments throughout the service truly beautiful to photograph. Berthony and Choumate know how to make entrance and they definitely know how to make an exit.  After the dancing was done, they left the reception through a tunnel of sparkler holding friends and family.  The black and white theme was brought all the way through to the reception decor and the most stunning jet black cake  I loved photography all of the gorgeous details they had painstakingly picked out for their special day. 

Congratulations Choumate and Berthony, thank you for asking me to be part of your amazing day. I wish nothing but the best for you both as you begin your life as husband and wife. 

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