she said yes

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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Jillian & Robert Engagement Session

You know what I’m afraid of? my camera not working, my local Starbucks closing shop, and zombie movies. You know what I’m NOT afraid of? PDA. In fact, I am all about it, especially when I’m photographing a gorgeous and super in-love couple like Jillian and Robert, who were constantly stealing kisses and wrapping themselves up in each other throughout our engagement session!

Our shoot started at Tree Tops Park a very intimate location. I love that I didn’t have to prompt them at all to lean in and get close, either. Can’t you feel that passion and heat through your screen? HOT HOT MUY CALIENTE!

I asked these two about their love story, and Jillian told me…

We met at the gym in November 2017, prior to that I had noticed Rob because he worked there. Every week when I went to Zumba class I would get excited to see him but never had the guts to go and talk to him. A friend of Jill's was a bit bolder than I am and went right up to him after class and told him she “lost her wallet" and to tell me if he finds it as she ran out the door. After we were introduced, Rob was smitten. He tried to play it cool by asking simple questions and the conversation ended organically. After I left, Rob told his co-worker that he just met his wife.

DANG! that is what I call serendipity!  Congratulations on getting hitch in the coming months, Jillian and Robert. May you forever have a relationship filled with passion and love!  

 

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Cassidy & William Engagement Session

In my 5 years as a photographer, I’ve been extremely lucky to get to work with all kinds of amazing human beings. As you’d expect, every couple is different from the next. Some are all about the PDA, some are all about keeping it sweet and romantic, and some people… well, some people are just downright hysterical!  Meet Cassidy and William, two of the goofiest & madly in love couple I’ve worked with in a really long time. The session took place at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, FL, which was a great backdrop for our the two of hours together. 

The entire time these two were cracking jokes and being playful, and I was there to catch it all on camera. I thought it was particularly funny when I told William to pose and he did the prom pose with Cassidy. Ha! 

I asked Cassidy & William to share their love story with me and this is what they said…

We originally met in high school, but we’re both dating other people. We reconnected again, the first time, through social media, Instagram. It was pretty much a fairytale and I think we both figured it was too good to be true. We however THANKFULLY reconnected again through Instagram and have been inseparable ever since. This past August we traveled to Germany, Northern Ireland and France. My first time outside the US ! He proposed at the Giant’s Causeway, in Northern Ireland, which is amazingly beautiful and forever will be one of my favorite places in the world. 

These two are officially tying the knot on October 18, 2018  at Secret Gardens of Miami,  its is going to be a very beautiful and unique wedding because the theme is Harry Potter! I can not wait to capture their love story. So wish them lots of luck! But really, with a relationship as lighthearted and fun as this one, I don’t think they’ll need any luck at all! 

P.S. There engagement session was also feature on Voyage MIA Magazine

 

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