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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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Frendell & Chantal Surprised Vow Renewal

Frendell flew from Canada into Fort Lauderdale for their anniversary cruise. Little did his wife Chantal know that he was going to surprise her with a surprised wedding vow renewal on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Thanks with the help of Rachel the Officiant from That Wedding Lady she pulled the whole plan together and had me capture the priceless moments. Exactly 10 years ago Frendell married his best friend & soul mate Chantal.  It was one of the happiest days in his life.  Just like other couples, they had their ups and downs, shared some laughs, shed some tears, and in recent years even gone through a major storm in their relationship, putting their marriage to an absolute test.  But like Frendell stated, "We're still here and a stronger couple than ever before. As we celebrated our 10th year anniversary, I'm reminded of how truly blessed I am to have my wife in my life and how good God truly is.  It sounds cliché, but really there's no such thing as a perfect marriage, a perfect relationship, or a perfect partner.  But if you place God in the middle of your relationship, stay in faith, and choose to LOVE, then there will be perfect moments. God has not only guided, provided, and blessed our marriage and family, but He continues to fulfill his promise and see us through in whatever life throws at us."  Their vow renewal marks a new chapter in their relationship and his thankful for his wife and kids.  Frendell has reaffirmed his love himself to his beautiful wife. Chantal is the constant in his life and his committed to her and only her for the rest of his days. I'm thrilled and excited to see what God has in store for them!  Cheers to life and many more anniversaries for Frendell & Chantal!

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Bret & Ryan Engagement Session

Bret and Ryan had their first date in Wynwood, FL back in October of 2016. They were both new to South Florida and didn't know many people at the time. Their 1st date was at the Wynwood Walls where they spent most fun day exploring the beautiful walls of Miami's art district. While a lot of first dates end soon after the check arrives, they decided to extend their time together and wander around from sight to sight because they both realized that there was a chemistry between them. They eventually found themselves at the top of the Wynwood Arcade, where they share their first kiss. You could say the writing was on the wall. So they knew that they had to return to Wynwood Walls for engagement photos to capture their love for each other and from the place where it all began.  I cannot express how much I love these two! From the moment I met Bret & Ryan at our coffee date at Starbucks I knew they were special. I had the honor of capturing their love story. The chemistry between Bret and Ryan is so special.  They are truly best friends! Oh! And their furry baby Alfie was part of the love story too and you will see him again at the wedding has the ring bearer!

Bret & Ryan Engagement Session was featured on Love Inc, Equally Wed

https://loveincmag.com/bret-ryan-wynwood-walls-engagement-shoot/

http://equallywed.com/fun-colorful-arcade-engagement-photos/

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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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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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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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Pauline & Brian Engagement Session

Welcome to Pauline & Brain Engagement Session! 

Pauline & Brain met at a charity event for United Way. They were both immediately drawn to each other! And you will see that love throughout their engagement pictures! One of my favorite sessions Pauline & Brain were such an outgoing couple, filled with love, joy and laughter! One of their favorite thing to do as a couple they love going to the beach so of course when they told me  that they wanted their engagement session at the beach!

They didn't have to ask me twice to head to Coral Cove Park (Tequesta) my happy place for an engagement shoot! That’s where I photographed Pauline and Brian, and it was an absolute dream session in every way. We headed to the shore at around 6:00 pm just when the sun was setting, which made the light especially golden, soft, rich, and the ocean waters a deep blue color.

I have no doubts that it’s going to be a beautiful day full of sunshine, love and joy on their wedding day! 

Without further ado I introduce you to Pauline & Brain Engagement Session!

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