rustic wedding

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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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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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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Marisa & Kyle Wedding

Heading to Living Sculpture Sanctuary for the Catalano & Christiansen wedding, I knew that it was going to be an extraordinarily special day. This gorgeous, incredibly in-love couple met 15 years ago and planned a sweet, intimate wedding shared between themselves and close family and friends. Walking in, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful rustic decor right away, and more and more of those little details starting popping out.  And here we are, all this time later with a gorgeous wedding that’s exactly like how they planned, perfect in every way! I find that one of the best things about small weddings is that they lend themselves to especially tender moments. They also somehow feel a little more at ease, and that’s exactly what the vibe was on this beautiful day in April. I’ll leave you with a few more of my favorite moments from the day, and with a big congrats to the newlyweds! 

Marisa & Kyle wedding was published in Zola

http://www.zola.com/inspiration/weddings/marisa-kyle

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