our love story

Ashley & Alexandra Bridal Portrait Session

Ashley & Alexandra had been friends for years, meeting through mutual friends while working at Walt Disney World back in 2011. Alex had to return to Canada to finish her Bachelor's degree, but spent a few summers or semesters throughout that time in Orlando working for various roles at Disney World. She couldn't stay away so decided to return to Florida in 2016 to earn her MBA. They immediately began to spend all of their free time together. Friendship quickly grew into something more. After nights out with friends, they would just stay behind and talk for hours learning about each other's lives and interests and feelings about life and the world.

Christmas is their favorite time of year. Alex surprised Ashley (BACK IN JUNE 2017), with reservation plans for dine in the Queen Victoria Room at Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort on Saturday night, Dec. 23rd. She was finishing up her MBA in the fall semester leading up to that holiday season. Their hearts actually broke in half when they learned towards the end of the semester that her request to extend her Visa to stay in the US had been denied following her graduation. She was the person she had always been looking for, and when she fell in love with her it felt like Ashley had finally found a missing piece of herself. Ashley knew she couldn't lose Alexandra because of some stupid border stipulations, and planned a surprise proposal for the night of their big holiday meal. The plans for her regular Christmas gift went out the window, and Ashley found herself shopping for a diamond ring the week before Christmas.

The meal was amazing, 10 courses of the best food they ever had in there lives surrounded by the most opulent setting they could imagine. Following the meal, they had reservations for a horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort to look at even more holiday decorations. They were tucked in under blankets in the back of the horse drawn carriage and Ashley told Alexandra she had a surprise for her, took small wrapped box out of her handbag, and proposed there in the back of the "sleigh." It was so dark they had to use the light of her phone to help her see the ring. 

Ashley & Alexandra waited until they had members of both our families in town (her parents live in Florida for the winter, and her sister and brother-in-law are frequent visitors to Disney World), and along with two of their best friends, went to the Orlando County Courthouse in the morning on Feb. 2, 2018 and got married. 

It was a beautiful day (impromptu pics at Lake Eola, lunch at DoveCote, and the two of them happened to have Lana del Rey tickets that night!), but they never had the time to plan a traditional wedding or get the dresses and flowers they loved. They are so excited to be having a special wedding shoot to document their love at the beautiful Ringling and formally announce their marriage to loved ones and friends.

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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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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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Steven & Timothy Wedding

Get ready for a major dose of awesome, people! About three weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of photographing Mr. Myers-Yawnick and Mr. Bosch who tied the knot at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden  in Miami, FL! Needless to say (I mean… just look at the pictures), this whole shebang was absolute perfection from the early morning to late at night.

These two are so clearly in love, you guys. I wish you could have been there for the ceremony, because the tears were definitely flowing, and they were definitely real. It’s moments like this when you step back and remind yourself just how special and inspiring this kind of love is. After the formal stuff, we all headed over to Delano South Beach Hotel for the reception to celebrate and, as you can see, Steven and Timothy have impeccable taste.

SIGH. Your love is giving us all so much to aspire to, you two. Congratulations again! 

Steven & Timothy wedding was featured on Equally Wed and Love Inc

https://equallywed.com/florida-botanical-garden-wedding/

https://loveincmag.com/steven-timothy-intimate-botanic-gardens-wedding/

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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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