Alexandra and Joseph’s Bahia Mar Wedding

Because Who Doesn’t Love a Good Love Story …

Alexandra and Joseph’s Bahia Mar Wedding in Fort Lauderdale:

“On a seemingly ordinary day in July of 2017, Joe planned to take Alex out to dinner. She was naturally excited because she didn’t have to cook that night … and she was about to order the left side of the menu. But Joe, oddly enough, was acting excited about going out, too. He was even freaking out about what to wear. Anyone who knows Joe, knows that he never cares about what he wears. He wears the same outfit all the time!

So Alex became suspicious. She searched his pockets for a ring but found NOTHING. Joe, knowing his beloved so well, had a feeling she would do that. Because of this, he hid the ring in his waist band the entire time.

Once at the restaurant, Joe arranged the waitress to bring a bottle of champagne, two glasses, and a blue box. After hours of being cranky and nervous, he got down on one knee and asked Alex to spend the rest of her life with him. Or at least, she thinks that’s what he said … it was all a blur! They were both so happy and excited that they could hardly eat.

Post-dinner, Joe suggested they meet up with their parents. As they walked into the bar, the couple was greeted by the ENTIRE family and friends! Little did Alex know, Joe and Alex’s sister had arranged a surprise engagement party!”

All leading up to their Bahia Mar wedding on January 25th, 2019 …

Wedding Vision

I remember meeting Alex for the first time at Bahia Mar, almost exactly one year prior to the big day. She described herself as “type A” and knew exactly what her dream wedding looked like. Well, for a “type A” personality, she was super easy going with me (and the sweetest). As for her wedding vision, everything she described to me came to life on January 25th, down to the smallest details!

A Bahia Mar Wedding

Surrounded by ivory, champagne, and navy blue (not to mention their closest friends and family), Alexandra and Joseph’s Bahia Mar wedding was elegant, classy, timeless, and fun:

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It was such a perfect, beautiful, and sunny wedding day!Alexandra and Joseph's classic ivory and navy blue Bahia Mar Wedding in Fort LauderdaleAlexandra and Joseph's classic ivory and navy blue Bahia Mar Wedding in Fort LauderdaleAlexandra and Joseph's classic ivory and navy blue Bahia Mar Wedding in Fort Lauderdale

Probably one of my favorite wedding gowns to date! Alexandra said ‘yes to the dress’ to this stunning Allure gown that she found at Kleinfeld’s in NY:

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There are no words for this beauty …

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I love intimate moments like this … a first-look with the bride’s dad. I’m not crying … you’re crying!

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The groom looking quite dapper in his navy blue suit!

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Are these two not the cutest?!

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These two wanted their first look to be the traditional kind, when Joseph sees Alexandra for the first time walking down the aisle. I do believe that she took his breath away!

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And they are now HUSBAND AND WIFE!!

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Bahia Mar’s ballroom was transformed completely! With amber uplighting, beautiful high centerpieces with pearls hanging down, champagne-colored linen, and a customized gobo, it was literally exactly what I pictured when I first met with Alexandra and she was describing her wedding vision.

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After being introduced, Joseph and Alexandra went straight into their first dance. Which, by the way, was straight out of a fairy tale!

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A special dance for a very special uncle:

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Because family is everything:

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An Epic Reception

And let the fun and dancing commence!!!

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Congratulations to this beautiful couple on their new status of Mr. and Mrs.!!!💕

Wedding Venue: Bahia Mar ♥ Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal ♥ Wedding Boutique: Kleinfeld’s ♥ Groom’s Tuxedo: Jos A Bank ♥ Officiant: Ceremonies by Cynthia ♥ Florals: Plantation Florist ♥ DJ: Sound Events DJ ♥ Wedding Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs ♥ Bride’s Hair: Cousin ♥  Bridesmaids Hair: Fiorella Castro Hair ♥ Bride’s Makeup: Kate Blake Artistry

West Boca Family and Newborn Session

West Boca Family and Newborn Session

“What is your favorite thing to photograph?” This is one question that I get asked often, and my only response I can think of is “anything involving people.” My response used to be “weddings,” but when I limit myself to weddings, I am excluding all the amazing moments I have the opportunity to be a part of when working with other types of sessions. For example, this amazing West Boca family and newborn session with the Gonzalez family.

Family Photos

The Gonzalez family first reached out to me through their sister, and my friend, Ginna. They were in need of family portraits and had never had them done before. Never. A beautiful family like this one should never go un-photographed! And, after having their baby girl, they figured it was about time.

Life’s Little Moments

Being a part of such a momentous occasion: their first family portraits and photos for their baby girl’s newborn announcement … there’s no way to describe how amazing and blessed I feel.

Thank you to the Gonzalez family for being so amazing, fun-loving, photogenic, and just for allowing me to be a part of your family!

I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!I absolutely adore this West Boca family and newborn session with the Macias Family. A sweet and fun-loving family who had never had their family pictures taken, were such a joy to work with!

A Tropical Wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

A Tropical Wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort

When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise! Not to mention the bride’s tropical-inspired dress, hair adorned with orchids, and palm fronds lining the reception room.

Lucy and Gerard

This fun-loving couple met on a blind date 10 years ago. So, of course, it was only natural for Gerard to put a ring on it. Shortly after their engagement, the two wed in a private ceremony. But, with having so many friends and family in the area, they knew they wanted to have a nice, big wedding reception. They both wanted a party to celebrate their marriage with their closest friends and family. The Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort is a special place to them, as they have been going here on a regular basis since they met. Being Florida natives, they wanted to stay true to their home. Hence this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort!

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When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!

Special Guest:

Lisa and Gerard’s entire wedding reception was a very personal one. Including the vendors (most of them being close friends of theirs) and a very, very special guest: their puppy, Mia. And she was the most adorable little lady ever!

When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!

Decor and Details!

So Lisa put Gerard to work! They collected palm fronds to line their reception room and to scatter around the escort cards and cake table. They collected pineapples that they hollowed out (hello pineapple margaritas, mojitos, grilled pineapple … 🤤😍) and filled with leaves and birds of paradise. Their escort card table was decorated with shells and wooden decorations, like a lighthouse, wooden pineapple, and guest book. Everywhere you looked and sniffed (yes, sniffed! The entire room smelled of pineapples) transported you outside of a reception room and into tropical paradise. I absolutely loved how detail-oriented they were.

When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!

When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!Now this is what I call a cake-smash!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!When you want a tropical wedding, look no further than sunny Florida! And this tropical wedding at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort sets the bar high, with its sweetheart table lined with pineapple palm trees and every table decked out in pineapples and birds of paradise!

Wedding Venue: Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort ♥ Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal ♥ Musician: Rob Arneth (personal friend) ♥ Wedding Cake: Personal Friend (Breakers’ Pastry Chef)

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Tips for an Amazing Family Session

Tips for an Amazing Family Session

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn’t that scary! As long as you keep in mind the following, and do a tiny bit of homework, it’s quite easy. And honestly, the homework can be fun, like picking and coordinating clothes! To help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Location: Choose a location and/or atmosphere that you feel comfortable to be yourselves in, whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or at your favorite park or beach. Or if you’re visiting a destination, talk to your photographer about locations that would be perfect for the session you are envisioning. Keep in mind of the type of backdrop you want in your photos (cityscapes, beach, park, alleyway, etc.). We want to make sure you love your images and the first step to getting those amazing images is finding the backdrop that you love!

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Lighting: Since I am a natural light photographer, I schedule my sessions for when there is optimal lighting. This often means right after sunrise or right before sunset. The only exception to this is if I am shooting indoors. I will work with you on finding the best time for photos, and to work around your family’s schedule!

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

What to Wear: The most important thing is that everyone feels amazing. Wear clothes that you feel great in, fit well, are comfortable, and compliment everyone’s outfits. Stay away from extremely busy patterns and coordinate, but don’t match! Stay away from wearing “matchy-matchy” outfits (example: everyone wearing white shirts and blue jeans). Depending on the location you choose, you may want to bring a change of shoes (i.e. cityscape with heels but bring a pair of flip flops to walk around in).

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Children/Newborns: Make sure that everyone is well-rested, fed, and hydrated. This makes a world of difference in the attitudes. Be sure to bring along a few snacks and drinks, as well as something to reward your children with. A lot of children respond well and give great smiles if they are reminded that they will be rewarded with a toy or treat at the end of the session, as long as they listen to the parents and the photographer. I know that children often get impatient and restless, so during our session, we will give them a few breaks within the hour we are together so the children can run and play, or have a small snack in between shots. It’s great to use these 5 minute breaks to get some beautiful pictures of you, the parents.

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Parents: It is best to leave the instructions to the photographer. You can get easily distracted with telling your children how to pose, when to smile, or when to look at the camera. It’s during these times that we, the photographers, will get cute ones of the children, but the parents are often looking somewhere else other than the camera, with their mouths open, or looking impatient and/or annoyed. So when the photographer says, “look at the camera!” be sure to look at the camera and allow the photographer to grab the attention of the children.

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Pets: We LOVE pets and welcome you to bring them to your session. In order to have a successful and adorable session with your pet(s), please allow your dog to run around the backyard or have a fun play session, and use the bathroom at least 30 minutes prior to our session. This will help keep their excitement down for our posed shots and decrease the amount of times we have to stop for bathroom breaks and clean up. Also, please bring a squeaky toy and tons of treats as this is the best way to get your pet(s) attention when we need them looking at the camera.

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Props: We welcome any props you may want to use, whether it’s your dog, the due date board, balloons, sparklers, etc. If you choose to bring props, depending on the size (i.e. balloons, pets, big signage), please bring an extra person as well! We won’t need those props in every photo but want to have them accessible! An extra person will help with this as they can hold the props/leashes while we have our fun! The most popular props are blankets, a sonogram, pets, and bubbles. We definitely ask you to bring at least one blanket for sitting purposes (we want to protect you and your clothes from either the sand or grass!) if we are shooting outside of your home. Try to keep the amount of props down to one bag, especially for when we are walking around. The less you have to carry, the less stress you feel!

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Timing: Be on time! This is one of the most important tips for an amazing family session. Sessions are scheduled at a specific time for optimal lighting conditions. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your session location. You never know whether traffic or parking will be an issue or if you run into any other uncontrollable situation. Arriving on time benefits you and the photographer – you will receive beautiful and beautifully lit photos, the photographer won’t feel rushed through the session, and the children are more likely to be less antsy.

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Trust: Trust your photographer to be creative, make you feel comfortable, direct you when needed, and provide you with some amazing shots! If you worry too much about controlling the session, you won’t have fun and neither will your photographer.

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

HAVE FUN! Be yourselves, interact with each other and with your belly, be playful, laugh, and have a good time! Let your personalities shine!

Whether you do family pictures once a year or once in your lifetime, the task can seem daunting. The truth is, it really isn't that scary! And to help you out, I have put together my tips for an amazing family session:

Have questions? Contact me … I would love to hear from you!

 

Nicki and Charlie’s Vizcaya Engagement Session

Nicki and Charlie’s Vizcaya Engagement Session

Nicki and Charlie’s Vizcaya engagement session would never have taken place without the help of online dating. And if you didn’t believe in soulmates, the “one, or people who were always meant to be, you will!

Because this couple’s love story is exactly that.

Both of them work for the school district and only lived miles apart. They could have easily passed each other on the streets. Or been eating at the same restaurant at the same time. However, it’s never that easy to find your person.

Thank goodness for dating apps, which have taken dating to a whole new level. It’s now easier to put yourself out there, and to find the missing piece to your puzzle.

Which is exactly where these two lovebirds found each other!

One year and one puppy later, they’re engaged and celebrating their engagement at Vizcaya, one of the most romantic and beautiful venues in Miami.

And I have the pleasure of photographing their amazing wedding in July so keep following my blog to get a peek at Nicki and Charlie’s wedding day …

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Vizcaya

Obsessed with this venue? Me, too! It’s the perfect spot for a proposal, engagement session, and/or wedding! With its lush gardens, stunning architecture, and breathtaking view of Miami over the water, it’s a must-see!

Vizcaya was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and today it is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum.” It “is an enduring, inclusive and innovative place that inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us.”