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Nathalie & Yves Engagement Session

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

Nathalie and Yves aka Junior met at North Miami High School back in 1996. Junior would wait for her in the hallway in between periods. Until she finally gave in and gave him a chance, and they began to date. They have known each other for over 20 years. And while they haven’t been a couple for all of that time, fate brought them back together and in March 2018 Junior proposed and now they are planning the rest of their lives together. As a couple they love to to laugh, travel, and they are foodies. But most important for them is that they love having their families around for gatherings.

The love they have for each other is pure and never ending. When asked to describe each other Junior describes his bride to be as beautiful, ambitious, family oriented, adventurous and driven. Natalie says that her groom to be is handsome, funny, energetic, a great cook and a loving person.

We did their engagement photoshoot at the Ancient Spanish Monastery, Miami, a favorite location of mine to shoot. There are so many great areas within the grounds that make it a dream location for any photographer.

They smiled, they danced, they laughed, they are so smitten with each other I barely had to give them any direction at all. For two people who have known each other as long as they have, it is obvious that they know each other so well. There is so much love and admiration between them and that really comes across in the photos. It’s what I live for as a photographer! Documenting the stories, the relationship and the love between two people as it really is! Telling their own story that is true to them.

Thank you Nathalie and Yves for asking me to capture your love story! I wish you all the happiness in the world as you plan your future. Cant wait for you're wedding in June!

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Shayna & Benjamin Engagement Session

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning. Your love paints a beautiful picture of what love really means.” – Anonymous

Shayna and Benjamin met through a mutual friend. When asked how they would describe each other.... Benjamin says that Shayna is beautiful, strong, selfless, kind and incredible! Shayna says that Benjamin is generous, loving, hilarious, intelligent and caring. They got engaged on December 22nd 2018 at Gulfside City Park Beach (Algiers) in Sanibel Island, FL. Benjamin got down on one knee and popped the question! It was perfect. The next chapter on their adventure together.

When they said they wanted to have their engagement photos at Ellie's Diner, I knew it was going to be a really fun shoot. When you walk into Ellie's Diner, it’s like you’re transported right back into the 1950’s! If you have never been to Ellie’s, I definitely recommend it. It’s like being on the set of Happy Days. And when I saw Shayna and Benjamin in their amazing outfits they fit right in.

This is definitely up there with my top favourite shoots! The colours, the backdrop, their outfits and how loved up these two are! They danced, smooched and had a sundae, all the things you normally do at a diner! (Normally you don’t have a photographer with you but anyways!) Lots of giggles and looks of love, these two were great to photograph. They were up for any and all of my ideas and had great ones of their own! As you can see for yourself, from their heads right down to their toes, they look like they have been beamed right out of the 50s! And with a nod to the gorgeous Disney movie UP, with their Grape Soda pin badges! Aren’t they just the cutest thing ever!

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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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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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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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