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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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Alina & Levy Post Wedding Pictures

I’m still on a major high from shooting Alina and Lev at their destination photo session in tropical, sunny Miami Beach, FL. Talk about a gorgeous place – and gorgeous people – to photograph! For the shoot, we spent most of our time at South Pointe Park, which offered the perfect backdrop for their pictures. 

Don’t you just love her dress? And how about their expressions when they look at each one another? I could seriously feel the love radiating off these two, who met 5 years ago in Russia. So why were we in Miami, FL, you ask? Well, Alina said “We decided to have our wedding in Russia in the winter - after all, all weddings are in summer, and we wanted to show off. The wedding was in February, there was a lot of snow and the place where we celebrated looked like a fairy tale. We decided to spend the honeymoon in America, where we were lucky to get visas. We planned a very big trip: New York, Orlando parks, Miami beaches, Los Angeles, casinos and shows of Las Vegas - all this we had to see and experience. Someone said that we had a tour like rock star :)  The idea of a photo shooting in Miami appeared, because we already had winter wedding photos, but we really wanted summer ones as well and Miami Beach looked perfect for that. Actually Lev is not a fan of taking pictures, but for me he was ready for a photo shoot. Jennifer Cortiella was advised to us by our acquaintances as a professional photographer who can take care of us. We looked through her portfolio and  liked the photos posted on her website so we contacted her. We were lucky and Jennifer had free hours for our photo session - on the beach of South Park in Miami Beach at dawn. I had not hoped that we could find a good photographer a couple of days before the day of photo-shoot, so I was very pleased with the opportunity. In the morning of that day, we gave Lev a big mug of hot coffee and went to the beach, where we had a wonderful few hours in the company of Jennifer, walking and fooling around while she was taking pictures. Within a week our photos were ready - high-quality, beautiful. Our dream has come true, now we have winter wedding photos, and summer – seriously, do you know anyone has done that before? :) Well, even if somebody did, we are still the happiest in the world, because we are together and we love each other very much. And these wonderful photos will stay with us forever as memories of the beautiful honeymoon spent in America”.

Alina & Levy post wedding pictures were featured on Aisle Memories

https://www.aislememories.com/?post_type=post&p=14623

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Jennyffer & José Engagement Session

You don’t have to ask me twice to head to the airport called Signature Flight Support PBI and the beach my happy places for an engagement shoot! That’s where I photographed Jennyfer and Jose, and it was an absolute dream session in every way.  Jennyfer & Jose wore matching outfits that said Mr. & Mrs. and used a vintage letter J marquee because they are known as the “J’s” their 2nd outfit change Jennifer wore the most beautiful flowing floral printed dress that she look absolutely incredible in, and Jose looked so handsome in his suit which blended into the scenery perfectly!

They also wanted to do sunset pictures so we headed to the shore at around 5:00 pm just when the sun was setting which made the light especially golden, soft and rich, and the Coral Cove Park waters a deep blue rich turquoise that appears shimmery

I love hearing couples love story! So when I first met them over a cup of coffee at Starbucks they shared with me how they met and it went a little something like this…

Our love story began on August, 2016 when we, fortunately, encountered our profiles on an online dating site... yes, we did!!!. After exchanging few texts, we agreed to meet in person... literally three (3) days after the first text. We met after work at The Pub. Jose was sitting at the bar, waiting... (could you guess which J was pretty anxious?)  then I arrived, and we really felt at ease after our introduction. At some point, early in the conversation, we said: "I am from Venezuela, and I am from Puerto Rico"... from that moment, we knew that we would get along like "Arepa con Bacalao" (a Puerto Rican song that fuses two (2) distinctive dishes from our countries "Borinquezolano style") Time flew that night, we were talking & laughing for hours, the chemistry was definitely there between us. Then, the time to say goodbye came, it was there when I knew, and He knew that we needed to see each other again very soon... and the rest, as they say, (no matter how cheesy it is)  is history!! 

Every time I read their love story it put’s a smile on my face. For they're wedding day in October these two lovebirds are heading to St. Raymond Church for their ceremony and then La Jolla Ballroom for the reception. I have no doubts that it’s going to be a beautiful day full of sunshine, love and joy! 

 

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Mycka & Edwin Wedding

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There’s something about a classic, formal wedding inside of a church that gets me every time. It just feels so pure and cinematic. I love the pews, the pulpit, the architecture, and if I’m lucky the real life organ/stained glass windows/incredible art. Mycka and Edwin’s wedding ceremony took place at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Miami, FL and they're wedding reception took place at a hidden gem in Homestead, FL called Secret Gardens of Miami

These two met at during high school years through a mutual friend. Edwin proposed to Mycka at Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Church in Colombia and here we are looking at they're wedding photographs! Isn’t that the sweetest story?

About they're wedding day, Mycka said, “ I have found whom my soul loves.” How about that? 

You guys are going to rock this whole being married thing. Thanks for sharing your day with me!

Watch this beautiful slide show of Mycka & Edwin Happily Ever After...

Mycka & Edwin Wedding was published in Zola

http://www.zola.com/inspiration/weddings/mycka-edwin

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