engaged in miami

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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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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Lorelei & James Engagement Session

Lorelei & James were in downtown Miami for an LCD Soundsystem concert, on a perfect October night, As they walked to the venue, he stopped, told her how much he loved her, got down on one knee, and proposed. It was incredibly sweet and he nailed it with her stunning sapphire engagement ring! Of course she said yes. 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”. When I asked them to describe each other in 5 words I genuinely teared up. Lorelei said strong, intelligent, well spoken, kind, and hilarious. James said articulate, graceful, wise, hilarious, and The One. If this is not a match made in Heaven then I don’t know what is.

They rock up to the shoot at Miami Beach looking how any engaged couple should, happy, stylish and full of mischief. It is a beautiful thing to document the love between two people. I could sense that James and Lorelei were going to be so much fun to shoot and they did not disappoint. It is crystal clear from the outset that these guys are smitten and as I spend more time with them, I can’t help but be excited for they're wedding photography in December. I love their style, how they snuggle and fit perfectly, the easy loving way they both look at each other.

Being a Miami based wedding photographer I never tire of the amazing locations available for shoots. As we walked through Española Way & Southpoint Park they are natural and very comfortable in front of the camera. The light was dreamy and as we made it to the beach they had nailed all the shots. Throughout the shoot they were laughing and smiling. (Making my job a dream.) Their genuine affection comes across beautiful and effortless in every shot. If you don't believe me then check out the photos for yourself.

They were also featured on How he Asked by The Knot…

http://howheasked.com/lorelei-james/

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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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Nichole & Lovel Engagement Session

One of the best things about my job is that I do not encounter the same day twice. And that’s just how I like it. New people, new places and so much more in between. It definitely keeps it interesting. When it comes to shooting engagement sessions it never ceases to amaze me, how you can tell people are made for each other! Just to look at two people and think “wow, they are perfect together!” Whether it’s the way they look at each other, the subtle ways they find to always touch each other or the way the bounce off each other with wit and fun. Nichole & Lovel are all those things and more! Nichole describes him as giving, considerate, sensitive, silly, and patient. And Lovel describes her as beautiful, funny, smart, caring, intriguing. They met when a friend of Nichole’s was introducing her to a group of her friends and in walks Lovel. They hit it off straight away and knew they wanted to get to know each other more. The rest, as they say, is history! They have been together and apart for a total of 25 years! Crazy in love is how you would describe it. We did their engagement shoot at a beautiful enchanted park in Davie with so many locations to choose from. It truly is a wondrous place to explore. The light on the day made my job a dream. And just as I suspected it was so much fun. As Nichole says “He’s stuck with me!” And he couldn’t be happier about it. Nichole and Lovel, thank you for letting me capture your true love, I wish you nothing but the best for your life that lies ahead.

Nichole & Lovel Engagement Session was featured on Black Nuptials & How He Asked By The Knot…

https://blacknuptials.com/?post_type=post&p=35557

http://howheasked.com/nichole-and-lovel/

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Choumate & Berthony Engagement Session

Bright colors, towering buildings, and the buzz of The Miami Design District – that’s what we had in store for us throughout Choumate and Berthony vibrant engagement session back in July. Choumate and Berthony met in 2005, it was love at first sight according to Berthony.  The beautiful bride to be Choumate shared with that Berthony proposed on December 31 one minute before midnight, and asked her to promise him that they will see a lifetime together. Choumate said, He actually proposed after having a late snack at Denny’s! Berthony is an Artist so what a perfect location to do a photo session in the heart of Miami Art District. We hit the bustling streets of Miami, FL and I am so excited that we were able to use notable Art Murals as a backdrop, along with another notable structure, such as the art murals located at the Wynwood Walls!  These two were full of energy, and I love that they wore classy outfits to the session. It was the perfect complement to the colorful, electric art backgrounds we were working with throughout the shoot. Choumate and Berthony told me that they were shy and nervous and had never taken professional pictures. Yeah Right! These two love birds were rockstars during their photo session that I nickname them my GQ models. Just look at that chemistry, those colors & their expressions! These two are going to be so much fun to photograph on their wedding day in October! Can’t wait!

Choumate & Berthony engagement session was featured on Brides & Weddings Magazine

http://bridesandweddings.com/blog/2018/09/11/berthony-and-choumates-vibrantly-artsy-miami-engagement-shoot/

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Erica & James Engagement Session

That particular moment in which virtually every person wish to experience, that point when your fiancé gets ready to settle down and takes you to the altar. In this case, Erica and James did it! They made it together after several romantic experiences which they have had. In this case, James took the bold step in planning a surprise proposal to Erica in London.

James proposed to Erica in London at the Shakespeare theatre and there was a photographer hiding in the midst capturing those priceless moments when James asked Erica for her hand in marriage. Erica & James  wanted to do their engagement pictures at Wynwood, FL because this is precisely the place where they had their 1st date; isn’t that so sweet? Where they both shared their life experiences and created a bond that attracted them to one another. And like how the old saying goes "The rest is history!"

Erica stated that she 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 location which they had used happened to have a creative and delightful setting, and definitely, that was all that you'd need in the ideal background for a paramount engagement session. Erica and James were beautifully dressed; with James looking GQ in his causal outfit and Erica looking sexy and sensational. 

It was a sweet experience as the camera lights went on and pictures were taken. James and Erica’s relationship would be a blissful one. We wish them the best! I can't wait for November when they say "I DO"

Erica & James Engagement Session was featured on Lets Bee Together…

http://letsbeetogether.com/where-our-love-story-started-erica-james/

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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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