Avery’s 4th Birthday Party

Avery’s 4th Birthday Party

Avery and Modern Boca Mom sure know how to throw a birthday party! From the Event Yard Card announcement in the front yard to the ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Trolls’ themed decor, this party was the place to be.

Avery's 4th Birthday PartyThe birthday girl happily watching “Trolls” with one of her guests, who had never seen the movie before. The movie continued to play in the background throughout the entirety of the party.

Avery's 4th Birthday Party

Branch from “Trolls” not looking too happy to be sharing the party with some ponies haha!Avery's 4th Birthday Party

The kids enjoyed releasing all their energy by jumping around in the Disney Princess moon bounce castle.

Avery's 4th Birthday Party

When the kids tired of the moon bounce, or became too hot (because, let’s face it, summer in Florida can be quite miserable), they headed over to the pool. Here, tons of fun pool floats were waiting to be used.

Avery's 4th Birthday PartyAvery's 4th Birthday PartyJust when the children didn’t think Avery’s 4th birthday party could get any better …

Avery's 4th Birthday PartyPoppy from “Trolls” showed up for a little dance party and to help them sing ‘happy birthday’ to Avery!Avery's 4th Birthday PartyAvery's 4th Birthday PartyAvery's 4th Birthday PartyEven the adults had a good time and couldn’t resist taking photos with Poppy!Avery's 4th Birthday Party

Avery’s 4th birthday party was a hit!

Avery's 4th birthday partyNow here are some familiar faces …

(Hint: they’ve been featured on my blog before!)Avery's 4th birthday partyI even had the pleasure of seeing Courtney from Organic Movements again! I haven’t seen her since we photographed her charity gala last year!

Avery's 4th birthday partyNo party is complete without a great group photo, documenting Avery and her special guests!Avery's 4th birthday partyAvery's 4th birthday party

Happy 4th birthday, Avery!

Avery's 4th birthday party

 

 

Lynsie and Angel’s Zoo Wedding

Lynsie and Angel’s Zoo Wedding

Lynsie and Angel’s zoo wedding at the local Palm Beach Zoo was filled with so much love and unique elements! From beautiful fountains, lush greenery, cool architecture, and awesome animals, this wedding had it all!

Lynsie says, “we wanted it to be a comfortable, fun vibe, like we were throwing a huge party for our family and friends. We didn’t want our wedding to be too traditional and since we love animals and the outdoors, the Palm Beach Zoo was a perfect fit. Beautiful, lush scenery, animal friends, and that fun, childish feel. To me, the decor and details had to be more natural to fit the venue. Soft, romantic colors and the Ecoflowers. (The flowers were a big part of it for me, as I LOVE flowers.)”

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“I wanted it to be different in every way possible. We wanted there to be as many personal touches as possible. At the end of it all, this was OUR day. Angel asked months prior to our wedding if we could get married by Batman. I told him absolutely, if that’s what he wanted. I think he was shocked a bit by my response, but it’s true. This was our chance to have anything and everything we wanted. Ari, our officiant, didn’t disappoint, either. He wore a batman hat!”

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From a photographer’s point of view, I couldn’t have asked for a better bride and groom, a more unique venue, or decor! This wedding had everything, down to the finest details: handmade signs, Ecoflower arrangements, the cutest groomsman, prettiest bridal shoes… Plus, all the family and friends who attended were a blast!

The love story is also an awesome one. Lynsie had been on Tinder for a couple of months and was about to cancel it the day Angel reached out to her. She decided to give him a try before taking down her profile. After the first date, they both took down their profiles … they knew they had found “the one.” These two were destined to find each other!

See more of Lynsie and Angel’s zoo wedding pictures below:

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Ahhhhhh! Such a touching first look!!! Angel couldn’t hold back his tears, which lead to me tearing up!

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What a beautiful pair!Lynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding Photographer

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I mean, how awesome are Lynsie’s tropical shoes and Angel’s patriotic socks (Angel was in the Marines)?!

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Grandpa couldn’t be more proud of his granddaughter. This is by far one of my favorite moments of the day!Lynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding Photographer

Cocktail hour featured some of the zoo’s furry friends! What a neat surprise!Lynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding Photographer

The cutest groomsman I have ever seen!Lynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding Photographer

The soft and romantic decor filled up the Tropics Cafe.Lynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding PhotographerLynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding Photographer

Lynsie and Angel's Zoo Wedding - South Florida Wedding Photographer

I 💗 this idea! Putting in little messages and advice for the couple to read on the appropriate anniversary. The labels even coincide with the wedding theme and colors!

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“My favorite part was dancing and partying and getting to celebrate the day with all our family and friends. The goal, after all, was to have fun and party :)” – Lynsie 

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Venue: Palm Beach Zoo • Catering: Palm Beach Zoo • Floral: EcoFlower • Wedding Dress Boutique: Bellissima Bride • Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero • Wedding Officiant: Ari Blatt • DJ: Let’s Party! DJs

Why Should I Invest in a Wedding Planner?

“Why should I invest in a wedding planner?”

This is a question a lot of brides and grooms find themselves asking. Weddings are expensive, so why spend ‘unnecessary’ money on one person?

What could they possibly do that you can’t do?

Why are they so expensive?

Before I go through and answer these questions (with the help of my good friend, Amber, of Oh My! Occasions), I’ll let you in on a little secret:

I invested in a wedding planner for my own wedding in Virginia Beach three years ago.

It was no easy decision and there were a lot of sleepless nights, tossing and turning. Should we spend the additional money? Do we really need a planner? If we don’t have one, how will my DIY pieces be set up? Should I just ask my friends or some guests to help?

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

Key lime cookies with a key lime glaze, baked by myself and my best friend, and decorated by my best friend (I was not talented or skilled enough to help with the decorating!) ©my iPhone (LOL)

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

1. Special glassware: the flutes imported from Ireland where my family is originally from. The Bama wine glasses were a gift from a close friend and in honor of Carter’s alma mater. 2. Mirrored glasses filled with portraits of our pets, each holding up a different table number. 3. Just an overall shot of our simple, but complicated tables (the vases were to be filled with water, topped with a floating candle, and lit right after cocktail hour). ©Angie and Jenn Photography

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

Cakes handcrafted by my uncle and aunt. When I was little, I used to always ask my uncle if he would make my wedding cake for me when I got married. He kept his promise and made us two of the most delicious cakes! ©Angie and Jenn Photography

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

A little bungalow to hold our wedding cards, compliments of my father. We were heading to Mo’orea and Bora Bora for our honeymoon, hence the bungalow 🙂

Ultimately, my husband and I both agreed that it was the best route to take. A decision that I swear was the best decision we could have ever made. Our planner was amazing and well worth every penny (unfortunately, our planner decided to retire from her company and move on for personal reasons. For this, I am unable to credit her with her website information. Otherwise, I would be screaming her information at you!).

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

©Angie and Jenn Photography

So …. back to “why should I invest in a wedding planner?”

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

Amber of Oh My! Occasions put together this list below of the top three benefits of hiring a wedding coordinator.

The top three benefits of hiring a coordinator:

  1. KNOWLEDGE!!!!!! And experience. Just as you trust a mechanic to work on your car or a an accountant to do your taxes. We are professionals trained and experienced in our field. We’ve already learned from any hiccups and mistakes early on in our career. That knowledge will save you time, heartache, and money. Experience goes hand in hand with knowledge
  2. Time and money management. I’m not going to waste your time referring you to a photographer way outside your budget. I’m going to send you samples of linens when I can, in order to avoid a separate drive to the warehouse to pick out your choices.
  3. Having a trusted friend. As a planner, a huge benefit is having me available to you to answer logistic questions (i.e. how to address an invitation to a Dr. OR getting my opinion on bridesmaids dresses or wedding shoes). Yes, I’m being paid to do the grunt work behind the scenes but I love having a level of friendship with my clients. They can text me when they’re feeling stressed about something, like a never-ending guest count, or we can share a laugh over a wedding planning meme.

You’ll hear more from and about Amber in a future blog post, but this is just a little teaser for now. However, these three benefits are three that I agree with wholeheartedly. Ruth had all of these qualities and it’s because she had these qualities that she was so successful in executing our dream wedding.

Why did we invest in a wedding planner?

It was a stress reliever. Knowing that someone was going to be there specifically to pay attention to the details, big or small, was a huge burden lifted off our shoulders. Ruth, our planner, and her team designed everything to the T, exactly how I envisioned it.

Little did we know just how much Ruth and her team would end up doing. For one thing, she kept us, our photographers, and our DJ on schedule.

Secondly, when there was a drama (DJ drama), she was on top of it within seconds. I didn’t even have to look her way or call her over. Her and her team had their eyes on us at all times, saw that we were unhappy, and they dealt with the drama right there and then.

Lastly, our gifts and cards were safely stored away. I honestly don’t know when she had the time to do this or how she did it without us noticing, but everything was gone. All we knew was that our gifts were safe in my parents’ cars and on their way home.

These were just a few of the things that I noticed our planner had done for us. I’m sure there are many things that Ruth and her team did, kept track of, and coordinated that we still don’t know about to this day. What I do know is that they helped make our day go by smoothly, without any added stress on us. If you’re reading this, thank you, Ruth! We honestly don’t know what we would’ve done without you. You are an angel!

Wedding planners make all the difference before, during, and after a wedding day. Say goodbye to the stress, tedious work, your overflowing thoughts, and let them work their magic! Take it from me, a past bride and photographer who frequently works with planners, it is definitely worth the investment! You may not see everything that goes on behind the scenes, but they are working 100% for you!

Why should I invest in a wedding planner?

 

 

 

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Wedding

A Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Wedding

Happy one week since the premier of the live version of the classic “Beauty and the Beast!” It has also been one week since our Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast wedding styled shoot was featured on The Perfect Palette! Who else is still dreaming of roses, castles, and romance … not to mention still singing those classic songs?!

When Amber, owner and planner at Oh My! Occasions, and I first met last year, we bonded over our love of Disney. We mentioned possibly doing a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ styled shoot, knowing the movie was to come out soon. Six months later, we finally got to work on our dream project.

Our goal was to bring this classic to life without going too literal or too theme-partyish. We wanted to create a classy, yet romantic and vibrant wedding, while still using the famous symbols from the movie. I mean, how can a bride have a Beauty and the Beast Wedding without including the famous enchanted rose, the antique mirror, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Chip, and the stained glass!

All throughout our design, we placed subtle hints, such as little corks and screws in the bride’s bouquet to pay homage to Belle’s father, an inventor. Our team wanted a unique look. Instead of using just the red rose as the dominant flower, our talented florist designed the centerpieces and bouquet based on his own interpretation of the film, which was inspired by the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ stained glass.

This style wedding shoot was a dream come true for Amber and I. We knew this was going to be a beautiful styled wedding … but what transpired was beyond what we could have imagined. It was pure magic! Thank you to our extraordinary team for helping us bring our dreams to reality!

Photography: Sweet Memories Photography by Naomi Phelps • Event Planning, Design, & Styling: Oh My Occasions • Floral Design: Rodri Studio • Makeup: Kate Blake Artistry • Hair: Fiorella Castro Hair • Stationery: Simply Sianne Wedding Dress: Mariolka’s Bridal • Groom’s Attire: Tux Shop Palm Beach • Rentals: Events on the Loose • Cake: Sucrette Tailored Confections • Venue: Louie Bossi’s • Models: Kate Blake Artistry & Scotty Duncan

See below for our magical and romantic Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Wedding styled shoot:

Beauty and the Beast Wedding

We just love the little details that Simply Sianne included in her design: the wax stamp on the envelope, the delicate lace, the cute teacup charm, the splash of gold, and that elegant font! So in love!!!!

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“You would never know that this “castle courtyard” exists right in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale!”

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Once upon a time …

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Loving the groom’s “tale as old as time’ tie clip (found on Etsy).

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How amazing are these gold macarons by Sucrette?! One of my favorite desserts and they’re a French dessert – can’t get more appropriate for a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ inspired wedding, since the movie takes place in France!

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

We wanted the bride and groom’s cake to mimic the iconic stained glass found in the movie! Thank you, Sucrette – this is amazing!

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So obsessed with this place setting by Events on the Loose … the gold! The patterns! The glassware! <3
Not to mention Simply Sianne’s delicate handwritten escort “cards” (yes, those are real rose petals)!

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Beauty and the Beast Wedding

Belle is a natural beauty, so we only wanted to use a touch of makeup to accentuate her natural beauty. Our makeup artist, also our model, used hints of gold for the eyes and a beautiful shade of rose for the lips. Kate Blake is not only an extraordinary makeup artist but she’s the perfect Belle.

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

It’s all in details and how could we have a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ inspired shoot and not include a hand held mirror, like the one in the movie?

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

“The bride’s delicate off-the-shoulder Maggie Sottero gown exudes effortless romance, to match Belle’s simplistic style” but in a real-life, modern day way. It is so “perfectly Belle-inspired with its layered pick-up skirt.”

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

Hey there, handsome! Our model, Scott, was the perfect Beast/prince!

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

This textured navy suit was a way to give the Beast a different and more modern look. We loved its subtle details that could only be admired from close up. Also, “The groom’s textured navy suit and gold vine cuff links mimic the patterned dinner plates and chargers.”

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

We love details! And these Lenox flutes with the vine etching helped accentuate the garden feel we were going for!

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

Just take in all those details and colors!! “The vivid, vibrant floral arrangements by Rodri Studio, accentuate the prince’s castle stained glass palette.”

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

That enchanted rose though …. <3 Say ‘hello’ to Cogsworth and Lumier!

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Isn’t she a beauty?! Her makeup and hair is on point!

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

A ‘Beauty and the Beast’ wedding is incomplete without a dancing scene!

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

Fort Lauderdale Beauty and the Beast Inspired Wedding

A simple bracelet and elegant bracelet like this one makes Belle’s attire complete!

Newborn Aden

Newborn Aden is stealing hearts left and right! At an early ten days old, he already has the heart of every woman he encounters!

Newborn Aden - Boca Raton Family Photographer

This little man is the handsome son of proud Lauren and Stephen, the nephew of the awesome Modern Boca Mom, Michelle, and Avery’s first cousin! Newborn Aden is Lauren and Stephen’s first child and what an angel he is.

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Newborn Aden - Boca Raton Family Photographer

#AveryandAden (yes, they already have their own hashtag!)

According to mommy and daddy, Aden is a good sleeper and an even better eater (ha!). What more could we ask for?!

Newborn Aden - Boca Raton Family Photographer

In preparation for Easter … what’s an Easter basket without some eggs and the cutest baby?

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What a fun session with lots of awesome props! I just can’t get enough of the Mickey Mouse hat and plush toy!

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Get ready for some cuteness overload, if you haven’t had enough already! We have some adorable pictures for all you sports and Tar Heels’ fans:

Newborn Aden - Boca Raton Family Photographer

Newborn Aden - Boca Raton Family Photographer

And what’s an announcement without the coolest signage by The Event Yard Card?!

Newborn Aden - Boca Raton Family Photographer

Congratulations, Lauren and Stephen, on the most beautiful baby boy! It was a pleasure meeting and photographing little newborn Aden … I look forward to many more sessions and watching him grow!

**if you’d like to read Modern Boca Mom’s experience during this session and see some of her favorite images, click here**