Celebrating 10 Years of Love

Celebrating 10 Years of Love at Morikami in Delray Beach

Celebrating 10 years of love at Morikami in Delray Beach with two of the most fantastic people I know.

Beginnings

I met Andrea about two years ago. Since then, we’ve been a team, not only having photographed weddings together, but also starting life in Florida. Both of us had just moved down here in 2016 when we met and were foreigners in our new home state. And we were both restarting our photography businesses in a new area. Anyone who has ever owned a business knows just how difficult this is. It’s not a fun task but what a difference it makes going through it with someone who understands what you’re going through. We were and are each other’s support, cheerleaders, and shoulders to whine on.

The Husband

Through our friendship, I met Al, coolest guy ever and Andrea‘s husband. He, like his wife, is super witty, level-headed, and intelligent. These two have the biggest hearts, welcoming personalities, and are so down to earth. And you’d never guess that they’ve been married for ten years! They’re so in love now that I cannot even imagine what their ‘honeymoon’ phase was like!

A Private Couple

Like myself, Andrea is not a fan of being in front of the camera, and neither is her husband (nor mine). You’d never know as they are super photogenic. It took some persuading to get Al to agree to this session. Luckily, it was their 10-year anniversary so Andrea had that working in her favor!

And they like their privacy so PDA (public display of affection) is a no-no. That being said, there were a few surprises in store for Andrea during our session (No hints. You’ll have to scroll down and see for yourself).

I Mean Really… !

Not a fan of being in front of the camera? Psh. Whatever. Look at them! I wish I was as good in front of the camera as these two! The whole session felt so natural, and I loved how their love just shone in every image!

Join Us in Celebrating 10 Years of Love at Morikami in Delray Beach:

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Celebrating an anniversary, engagement, birthday, or just life?! I’d love to celebrate with you: Sweet Memories Photography

A Worth Avenue Engagement Session: Chelsea and Robbie

A Worth Avenue Engagement Session: Chelsea and Robbie

This Worth Avenue engagement session has it all: puppies, beauty, charm, elegance, and most importantly, LOVE.

Because Chelsea and Robbie have two awesome and adorable dogs, and I am a dog-lover, we began our session at a local dog park to capture some moments with the fur-babies. Unfortunately, this was a short-lived session. Moose and Wizard (cutest names ever) were so excited that they not only couldn’t sit still, but they got muddy within minutes (after just being professionally bathed the night before)! Luckily I work quick and we were able to steal a few perfectly cute shots before heading over to our second location.

 

Worth Avenue Engagement Session | West Palm Beach wedding photographer

On-Site

West Palm Beach is known for its awesome parks, high-end shops, and entertainment. But what I love most about it is its beautiful parks and photo locations.

Fortunately for me, I got the chance to photograph this lovely couple at one of my favorite spots: Worth Avenue. Beautiful architecture, hidden gardens, and detailed stairwells, it’s a photographer’s dream.

And when you have a couple like Chelsea and Robbie, it doesn’t get any better!

The Couple

Chelsea: a pharmacy technician, makeup-lover, dog and turtle-mama, Potterhead, and Disney princess.

Robbie: entrepreneur, dog and turtle-daddy, super laid back and chill, and Chelsea’s Prince Charming.

These two have been dating since 2013 and going strong! The way Robbie looks at Chelsea, and the smile Chelsea gets when she looks at Robbie … there are no words, well maybe except for pure love!

The Big Day

C+R are tying the knot in November at only the most appropriate venue for two animal lovers: the Palm Beach Zoo. And needless to say that I’m super excited, not only to be celebrating with these two, but to be photographing at one of my favorite venues. It’s going to be amazing and we are counting down the days!

Until then, enjoy taking a sneak peek into their Worth Avenue engagement session:

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Did you know that Sweet Memories Photography travels for engagements and weddings? Not only do we cover all of Florida, from the Florida Keys to Orlando, but we travel worldwide! Contact us today and let’s chat about your upcoming wedding!

The Style Rebel Mama

The South Florida Style Rebel Mama

The South Florida Style Rebel Mama and her story:

“Oh how I wish I had known about Premier in my college years. But see I wasn’t born an Accessory Stylist and up until the day I began Premier in June 2009, I was so intimidated to wear anything but my little dainty “real” jewelry. My jewelry selection was small, simple and only diamonds.

However, if you were to step into my closet that would be a completely different story. Clothes, bags and especially shoes were my weakness. Never in a million years would I see myself or think about being an Accessory Stylist. A friend and client of mine through my advertising career was so nice to continue to invite me to her jewelry shows but I was one of those annoying people that would never RSVP either way.

Then, in June 2009, I just so happened to go to her home one day to discuss a new advertising campaign for her other business. As soon as I walked into her home I noticed lots of sparkle coming from her dining room table. She had just hosted a jewelry show the night prior and her display was still up. Now that I think about it that may have been left up on purpose but I’m so happy it was. I had never seen Premier’s jewelry before in person and even though I was a non-wearing accessory lady, I couldn’t resist looking at it and asking about the business.

The timing was perfect. My personal financial situation was becoming very unstable and I was actually thinking about adding a part time job to my life. She told me all about the opportunity and how I would earn 50% of everything I sold from day 1 which would average around $250 cash take home each time I would do a 2 hour jewelry show. In addition, she explained that there are NO quotas, NO deliveries and NO inventory. Jewelry wearer or not, I thought I had to give it a shot. The worse that could happen is I would make my investment back and be stuck with lots of free jewelry! After hearing all this, I couldn’t wait to discuss it with my husband that evening. Within a couple days, I became an Accessory Stylist not knowing what I was getting myself into but I was determined to make it happen.

Now as a wife and a Mom of 2 trying to keep up with the daily routine of life’s events and responsibilities at home and professionally (and I use the word “trying” loosely) running around taking care of my home responsibilities, participating in my kids’ school events and extracurricular activities, President of my boutique ad agency and of course working my Premier business as an Accessory Stylist, everyday is a new day that brings new opportunities and challenges at times. However, there’s one thing that always takes me from drab to feeling fab and that’s Premier Designs Jewelry!

That’s why I’m so passionate about Premier everyday! Whether it’s showing a collection, styling a client one-on-one or in a group setting, giving away FREE jewelry to a Style Partner/Hostess (that’s my FAVORITE thing), having the amazing opportunity to monetarily support a charity organization and cause or helping a new Accessory Stylist in her own Premier business, Premier Designs is part of me everyday and I’m so excited to make it a part of you! So, get ready to LOVE your closet again and maximize your current wardrobe with 30 second looks, tips and trends and Style Steals!

And remember, “don’t let anyone ever do your sparkle!

In friendship & sparkle,

Ginna XOXO”

 


 

I love working with fellow entrepreneurs! After meeting this South Florida Style Rebel Mama at a recent FemCity event, I knew we’d be instant friends. Outgoing, fun, kind, and awesome, Ginna is the kind of person you can’t not be friends with. So when she reached out wanting photos for her social media, website, and blog, of course I said ‘yes!’

What a fun session! Ginna is so photogenic with a contagious smile, and let’s just say, I definitely have wardrobe envy after working with her!

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If you are in need of a personal stylist, would like to host a Premier jewelry party, or just want to get in touch with the South Florida Style Rebel Mama, you can reach her via her website, or social media.

 


 

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An Orlando Family Session

Orlando Family Session

This is a blog post about an Orlando family session at the Hard Rock Hotel and Universal Studios. With two adorable kids, the handsome Meehan and DePrenger family were on vacation. Visiting from Virginia, Michelle (mom of the two little ones) reached out and requested a family session.

Past, Present, Future

Michelle and I were college friends. We were both art majors and since the department is relatively small, we had a lot of classes together. Having met in a drawing class initially, we connected and have been friends ever since. So close, in fact, that we were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings.

Supporting the Arts

But we’re not just good friends. We also support each other’s businesses. I have and continue to hire Michelle for her graphic design services (see my logo? This is the lady behind it). She and her web designer also worked together to design and execute my websites. **so if you’re in need of a graphic designer, I just happen to know the best one!**

Michelle and her family also hire me for special occasions, like this one. For once, their family was together and wanted to document not only coming together, but also a little of their family vacation. Unfortunately, Michelle’s husband got called away for work last minute (although, I wouldn’t complain if I got called away to the Netherlands!). Guess this just means we’ll have another session in the near future!

Time Together

Our time together was short but amazing! We started our session at the Hard Rock hotel where they were staying. The grounds of this hotel are beautiful, with man-made bodies of water, bridges, gardens, and beautiful walkways.

Start scrolling to view a beautiful Orlando family session and the hotel’s beautiful scenery:

Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerLittle Nora didn’t take to the camera. She was definitely more interested in whatever was on the ground or in the water …Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerLove this shot with grandma walking with Nora. I think we found Nora’s favorite person…Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerBig brother Jack leading his baby sister!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerAge or size doesn’t matter! Nora loves pushing her big brother around in the stroller, and Jack loves it, too!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerSibling love: Michelle with her (not-so-little) brother.Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerSometimes you may not get a good family portrait, but you get some good play time!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerNora was not having it (obviously). But I love this picture for the sole purpose that it tells a story! She’s letting us know that she doesn’t want her picture taken with grandpa and big brother. Big brother is trying to figure out what’s the big deal. Grandpa is just amused!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerUnlike his little sister, Jack was having a great time having my full attention. Skipping, dancing, hopping, and showing off, Jack was having the time of his life!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerAll was well with the world once Nora was in mommy’s arms. Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerAlmost a full family portrait! With Michelle’s husband, Brian, working in the Netherlands and her mom having to take a conference call, we were able to get a partial family picture! Lucky for us, Michelle is a graphic designer. Maybe she can photograph the two in?!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerThis awesome life-sized game was by the Hard Rock Hotel‘s pool. I loved getting candids of little Jack playing with his uncle.Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerWhat I noticed about Nora is that she twirls her hair. Because I am obsessed with capturing personalities and little quirks and habits, I had to photograph this.Orlando Family Session | Florida Photographer

What’s even better is that the Hard Rock is connected to Universal Studios.

So this is where our Orlando family session changed scenery, and we headed on over to the park to Universal Studios and Dr. Seuss world …Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerNora loved the carousel, if you couldn’t tell! In fact, she rode this a few more times with grandpa, even after Jack, Michelle, and I left for another ride.Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerWe finished our session in the mini splash area where the kids were the happiest. We finally got real smiles out of Nora and I have to say, her smile is the CUTEST!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida Photographer“Most beasts are quite friendly, but still, in some lands … Some beasts are too dangerous to catch with bare hands.” What do you think? Is Jack a friendly beast? Or too dangerous to catch with bare hands?Orlando Family Session | Florida Photographer


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Xavier and Sonia’s Morikami Engagement Session

Xavier and Sonia’s Morikami Engagement Session

That moment when you meet someone and you just know. This was the case when I met Xavier and Sonia. The stars aligned and the three of us were introduced, leading to their Morikami engagement session and, soon, their wedding!

From Disney and Harry Potter to working out and being foodies, it’s like we are the same people! You can imagine how awesome our initial meeting was and how perfect their September wedding will be!

The Couple

When you meet these two, you can’t help but notice a few things.

One: What a beautiful couple they make.

Two: How much they truly love each other.

Three: They obviously work out!

Aside from the physical stuff, they are also two of the nicest people ever. They are genuine, kind-hearted, and just plain awesome!

Morikami Engagement Session

If the above wasn’t a good enough prelude for how their engagement session would be, let me sum it up for you. Perfect, perfect, perfect! The weather was amazing (not too hot like most Florida days can be). Morikami‘s gardens were gorgeous, as they always are. And Sonia and Xavier were perfect (there’s no better word).

As stated before, they obviously love each other. Just the way that they look at each other, can make each other laugh, and are always in sync (even their walking strides) … it’s amazing. I absolutely adored working with them and getting to know them better.

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Morikami

Now, if you haven’t been to Morikami in Delray Beach yet, you must. It’s definitely one of my favorite places for an engagement session or wedding. In fact, Sonia and Xavier were contemplating having their wedding here but due to personal reasons and logistics, they chose not to.

There is just such a variety of scenery, as you’ll notice as you scroll through the pictures. Bamboo, bonsai trees, lakes, small waterfalls, Japanese style buildings, Japanese-inspired gates, etc., they have it all!

Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerBecause who doesn’t love a good dip?!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerSonia and Xavier’s outfits make me so happy. Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerI always have one picture from every session that really stands out to me. It’s personal preference and for me, that picture makes an impression. That picture would be the one below. Standing in the background, behind the trees, I just allowed them to be themselves and interact as they normally would. I am obsessed! Doesn’t this image just scream love?Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerPure love 😍Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerFor the second half of our session, Xavier and Sonia did an outfit change. Couples who work out together, stay together! These two do just that! Even better, they challenge each other (as you can tell by the pictures below 😂)Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerTake note of her cool necklace – LOVE!!!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerA little friendly competition never hurt anybody!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach Photographer


 

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