This Universal Studios family session was not only a celebration of a much-needed family vacation, but also their youngest daughter’s 10th birthday!
I’m a huge fan of having professional photos taken whenever I travel. And that’s exactly what this family does. Every vacation in any country is documented and they make it a priority to travel for all special occasions. Before their Universal Studios family session and vacation, they were in Paris. I mean, they’re living the life! #goals!!!
Universal Studios Family
Universal Studios is definitely one of my favorite parks, now that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is there! I always have a blast walking around and entering the worlds they created. And I love it even more when I get to spend the day with a fun family, like the Nguyens!
We started in Dr. Seuss Land, where the girls got candy apples, that were red, not blue.
They rode rides, and met Dr. Seuss, Thing 1, and Thing 2. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little rhyme)!
It was sad to leave this family, and the park! But it was a blast and I am beyond thrilled with the photos that helped to document their first time at Universal Studios!
If you know me, you know that I’m a huge Disney lover. And anyone who knows my bride, Ariel, knows that she completely embraces her name with her love of mermaids and Disney’s “Little Mermaid.” So it should come as no surprise that Ariel would have a Disney wedding, inspired by under-the-sea colors and details, or that I would be so in love with the whole thing!
Behind the Love
We all love a good love story. Who better to tell Ariel and Adam’s love story but Ariel and Adam?
“It was a warm summer night on Berry College campus. Shannon and I reluctantly talked ourselves into changing out of our sweat pants and walking to Deerfield for a mocktail social. The scene was actually quite lively, despite the fact that everyone had a virgin drink with an umbrella sticking out of it (#drycampus). There was an outdoor ambiance that made it irresistible for Shannon and me to play frisbee.
There was a group of students next to us that was also playing frisbee. And there was one particular student in that group who overshot the frisbee and knocked over my mocktail not once, not twice…but three times! The frisbee in question was supposed to go to Adam instead of my mocktail. So after apologizing for a third time, Adam invited us over to join the group.
After tossing the frisbee around for about an hour, the big circle of people slowly dwindled down to just us. The three of us stood around chatting until 3am before Shannon and I hiked back up to Ford Castle.
And so the journey began.
That summer I went home to Florida while Adam went home to Atlanta. We continued to keep in touch via Facebook messenger.
Once back at school, we managed to squeeze in a boat trip on Lake Lanier. We got a group together to go rock climbing on Berry’s mountain campus. Funny enough, everyone was suddenly busy the night-of, and Adam and I climbed alone. There was an intense chalk fight, and then I made some corny joke which sparked the “Hey, do you want to get dinner together this Saturday?” from Adam.
Dinner was obviously a success. Seven years later, I am still making corny jokes and Adam is still asking if I want to go out to dinner.”
And the rest is history!
From Princess to Bride
Seven years later, Ariel and Adam are ready to say “I do” at their Disney wedding. As with all weddings and all things under the sea, it was magical. The wedding at Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale, from start to finish, was perfect.
Ariel and her father about to do a first look …
A Disney Wedding
Unique bouquets, an outdoor ceremony adorned with under-the-sea floral arrangements, and an enchanting underwater escape would make any Disney lover swoon!
How fun and unique is this outdoor ceremony? Hints of seaweed, starfish, and colors of the sea helped create my bride’s Little Mermaid vision!
Ariel’s brother composed the song that she walked down the aisle to. Personal wedding details like this literally brings tears to my eyes!
The bride’s father is a professional photographer, himself. Although he was forbidden by the couple to act as a photographer at his daughter’s wedding, he couldn’t resist! I can’t say I blame him … I’d do the same thing!
Sharing the love with those who couldn’t make it:
Ariel and Adam’s enchanting underwater escape was brought to life with shimmering tablecloths, coral starfish, and colors that you see when swimming with the fishes!
What would an under-the-sea wedding cake be without a hint of mermaid?!
If you really want to stand out from the wedding crowd, you are in the right place. And what better way to pimp your tux or three piece suit than with a range of carefully chosen groom style and accessories.
Let’s face it…your bride is not the only one that deserves to sparkle. Now we ain’t talking about going all out Snoop Dogg style. Talking about pooches, look at adorning your neck with an attractive silver dog tag. Add your names, wedding date or quote and wear something special with pride.
Yet, a few hand picked and subtle additions will no doubt elevate your appearance to greater heights. Another feature that will no doubt strike the right marriage chord are boutonnieres. But first, a little history. Derived from the French term for button hole, this lapel adornment came in at the beginning of the 19th century.
During this period, gentlemen started to wear turnover coats that revealed the actual buttonhole. This reverted to weddings and special events as flowers were used as a deterrent for bad smells and to ward off spirits! Available in a range of blooms, styles and fabrics, there are lots of guides about how to choose wedding boutonnieres creating a genuine statement.
Want to dazzle on and off the dance floor? Consult our list of groom accessories and styling tips to feel as fresh as a daisy.
What do they say…the tie maketh the man.
And in this particular case, it most certainly does. You cannot go wrong with a terrific tie clip that will showcase your shirt candy. For dapper men as well as distinguished gentlemen, choose from a number of tie pins, bars not to mention clips.
Offering functionality, these are ideal for a necktie and to make sure your tie doesn’t blow around in those all important photos. Tie in (pardon the pun) your wedding scheme or find a jewel encrusted tie clip or tie bar for that brilliant finish.
Ultimately, a clip is having the opportunity to showcase your form and personality. There are tonnes of guides offering guidance on how to wear a tie clip ensuring you don’t get in a flap on your big day.
Known as a collar stiff, tab or stiffener, no groom wants to have a floppy collar when making his way to the altar.
Shoot for success and take care of wearing your shirt with great pride. Gone are the days of traditional stays and instead you can find a plethora of smart and sleek stiffeners that won’t end up in the trash. Plus you can share the love with your buddies and take advantage of collar stays serving as a personalized memento.
Another cool groom style and accessory that will show off a bit about you is a pocket square.
Whether made from silk, cotton, wool or linen, there are a myriad of colors to choose from. Suitable for all manner of budgets, pop it in your suit lapel pocket and strut down the aisle with gusto.
Be as flamboyant as Liberace and opt for a patterned pocket square that will make a talking point or select a more timeless square. On the other hand, if you want to make a distinction between your wedding party, why not look at a completely different shade or tone from your best men. It really is whatever floats your wedding boat.
There are numerous hints and tips when it comes to folding a pocket square so you can look the part when tying the knot.
So don’t be a square and accentuate your wedding wardrobe with this cute number.
You may have completed all the finishing touches, found the florist and tasted the bubbly and haute cuisine menu options. However, you have always got time to transform into the next James Bond.
And nothing says bling more than a stunning timepiece. Your wedding party will be green with envy thanks to your sophisticated arm candy.
It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of chrono, mechanical, Quartz or pilot watches. Whatever you end up wearing, rest assured that you’ll create the perfect focal point.
Make a splash at your grandiose affair with a smart divers watch that will provide a focal point for your. Looking for inspiration? There are a wealth of articles offering insight on the best men’s wedding watches so you won’t be late when the time comes.
Those who wish to up the bling stakes even more can do it thanks to a super stylish bracelet. This is nothing off the cuff…who says they are just for the ladies. If you want to make as much of a stir as your future Mrs, this particular accessory is just the ticket.
And with the choice as extensive as your DJ or wedding band’s playlist there are several choices. From leather bracelets and infinity bracelets to a bespoke bracelet, make an impression with your blushing bride and party till the small hours with confidence.
Wear one to serve as a reminder of your big day while finishing off your suit or tux. With a range of materials, styles and colors, it’s really down to you to make the final fashion decision that fits your Groom style.
Better still, you can customize them according to your specific requirements such as the wedding date, your bride’s name and some unique words.
There are a plethora of ways to accessorize as the groom! So whatever your groom style is, make sure that it is an expression of who you are and one that makes you you!
What’s more fitting than a Florida-based mommy-to-be having a tropical baby shower? Decked out with flamingos, lemons, tropical colors, and plants at the Hillsboro Club, it was the perfect way to celebrate Blair and her baby, Harlow!
Blair and I first met through our mutual friend, Michelle (aka Modern Boca Mom). We quickly connected because of our love for dogs and food! When we got on the discussion of families, I knew she would be the most amazing mom just by the way she spoke of her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies. Now that she’s expecting, to say that I’m thrilled for her is an understatement. Not only am I so happy for her and her husband, but for that baby as well. Baby Harlow is going to be the most loved baby ever!
Adorable party favors for all of the guests. I love how Blair carried her tropical theme throughout the entire event!
Because who doesn’t love brunch?!
What a gorgeous momma-to-be!!! I could photograph her for hours!
Blair’s mom thanking all of their family and friends to joining in on the celebration and passing down motherly affection and advice:
If you’re familiar with Boca Raton, you’re familiar with Mizner Park. A luxury landmark filled with unique boutique stores and restaurants, it’s located in the heart of Boca. Its pink buildings and beautiful architecture are perfect backdrops for any session. Not to mention that it’s lined with picturesque gazebos, fountains, and landscaping! So what better spot for these adorable Mizner Park portraits?!
The last time I saw these young ladies was in 2018 when I had the pleasure of photographing them at Sugar Sand Park. And my how they’ve grown since then! They’re practically teenagers now (or at least that’s how it feels)!
For this session, mom and dad just requested for pictures of their daughters. So Corinne, Carleigh, and I had a fun girls’ session walking through Mizner Park in their adorable complimentary pink-and-white outfits. They were also accompanied by the cutest rustic rocking chair!
With all sessions, whether I’ve worked with the children before or not, I like to let them get settled and comfortable, and not rush into posing. Usually this is when I capture their natural and candid moments. The lower right photo is one of my favorites I’ve ever taken of Carleigh! Her laugh is contagious!!
Corinne is such a natural in front of the camera:
Being sisters and having to share attention, toys, and clothes, can’t be easy. Or so I’ve been told. Personally, I wouldn’t know being that I was an only child until my dad remarried and I gained a stepbrother. But I can imagine! That being said, Corinne and Carleigh get along so great and truly love each other. Their love and relationship show in every photo I take of them.
Normally, Carleigh is quite shy in front of the camera. With mom and dad’s help, we were able to bring her out of her shell and have a fun time! There’s that smile again!
Seriously, guys. I think Corinne is going to be a model when she gets older …
Not only is Mizner Park a beautiful spot in general, but when the light shines in just right, it makes for the most amazing shots! Got to love that natural hair light!!!
It’s always so much fun working and photographing with this lovely family! Until next time …