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Giancarlo and Bernardo

The Vizcaya - Miami, FL
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  |  Wedding
I love these two guys so much! I usually try to start a post with a story but I just wanted to start by confessing my love for these two dynamic and amazing humans who I now call my friends. I mean seriously, we have texted every day since their wedding! This was a photographers dream. It was also such a pleasure to work with Ray Roman Films and at one of my very favorite venues Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  
 
The wonderful couple called me one day while I was driving out of state to shoot another wedding. Their wedding was coming up quickly and wanted to see if I was available to shoot it. They were originally going to fly to the Caribbean to get married but when their dream location had a last minute opening they jumped on it! The Vizcaya is a dream to experience. Gardens mixed with stone walls and steps leading to other gardens. They were married at the steps leading to the mansion then had dinner under the trees and the party up high overlooking the property. The guests wore shades of light blue, white or cream. Not a detail was left unfinished. We started the day at their amazing condo overlooking the Port of Miami and the Atlantic ocean where we caught a boat that took them to their venue. Family and friends greeted them as they arrived and then it was nonstop smiling and celebrating.  
 
I love that my job introduces me to people I may never have met. I have so enjoyed getting to know Giancarlo and Bernardo and look forward to dinner coming up in Miami Beach! Cannot wait to share this full gallery!  
 
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be creative, think outside of the box and give you something unique and interesting! You two are the best!
Venue: The Vizcaya
Videographer: Ray Roman Films
Attire: Tom Ford, Valentino, D squared, Hugo Boss
Catering: Mamas Group
Florist: Roman Cusco
Coordinator: Mauricio Rivera
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Heather and Grant

The Rosewood Crescent - Dallas TX
Monday, May 11, 2015  |  Wedding
Weeks later and I can still hear Heather's laugh and see her smile. Heather is beautiful, brilliant and so kind! Early on the morning of her wedding she sent me a text and invited me to have coffee with her and her maid of honor and I sat and chatted with them and listened to them talk about the engagement, the planning and her love and adoration for Grant. Sometimes a couple just get each other and they pull out the very best in the other person and immediately I saw that about the two of them. Grant is smart and warm with a look in his eye like he has a joke. He's a gentlemen.  
 
When I flew to Dallas to photograph their wedding I had never met either of them or their families but immediately I was caught up in the excitement around this wedding. Heather and I had communicated for a while before her wedding and I was so excited to finally meet her. The day started with a packed suite on a corner room of the Rosewood Crescent. Laughter is all you heard as they got ready for the day. When it was time for Heather to put on her dress she did it alone with her mother and maid of honor. This is always such a special time and this was just as special as I imagined it would be. Heather's mom looked on with such excitement as she watched her daughter become a bride. When the bridesmaids were finally able to see Heather totally dressed in white they screamed with excitement as you can imagine. The first look was special and funny as they exchanged gifts that were more of an inside joke between the two of them. Heather gave Grant clunky cream tennis shoes that most people in their 20's and 30's don't wear to symbolize they will grow old together.... and go on cruises. The ceremony was sweet and meaningful and the party was a party! You could always find the couple on the dance floor and then they exited to a sparkler exit.  
 
This is a wedding that will always live with me. Heather's laugh, her smile and her bright eyes full of life are hard to forget. I love seeing two people come together who are so obviously meant to be.
Coordinator: Rachel - As You Wish Events
Videographer: Marc Roberts
Venue: The Rosewood Crescent
Band: Jordan Kahn Music Company
Dress: Paloma Blanca
Caterer: The Rosewood Crescent
Florist: Bella Flora of Dallas
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2014 Year in Review

Tuesday, April 7, 2015  |  Wedding
I'm very late on posting my 2014 year in review. So late that I almost called in 2015 year in review! 2014 was a fantastic year. My goal for my shooting was to become stronger in anticipating and capturing real interactions not manipulated or contrived by me. I look through the images of the past year and I see so many images that are true moments and that make me love my job even more. I traveled to some new places to shoot. Wisconsin was a new destination for me and one of my favorites. I returned to New Jersey to shoot at the gorgeous Ashford Estate for a wonderful couple. The estate was a new destination as well. I was able to shoot twice on Little Palm Island and twice at The Breakers. Both places are exquisite and unique. Every location from Key West to home in Tallahassee and in between I worked with wonderful couples and families. I find every year that my motivation for shooting weddings is always the people I get to meet and capture on one of the most important days of their lives. When people ask my why I love to shoot weddings my answer is very simple. I love documenting human interactions. I love waiting for the look in a mother's eyes when she looks up and sees her daughter as a bride. I always believe that in that moment a slideshow of their lives play through her mind. I love being there when a father walks his daughter down the aisle. I love to look around at the reactions of the crowd when the bride and groom take their first dance. I love photography and there is nothing else in this world that allows me to photograph people like a wedding. Thank you to all of my clients for allowing me to spend time with you on such an important day! 
 
The other side of my job that constantly brings me such joy is working with other vendors. I have the pleasure of working with some of the best planners our business has to offer. John, Sara, Julie are 3 planners I worked with multiple times this year and I am always blown away by their organization, attention to detail, positive attitude and work ethic. I've also had the honor of working with videographers, florists, caterers and bands who make my job so much fun. I look forward to working with these professionals each and every time and because of them I always encourage every bride to hire professionals who make their wedding day flow smoothly and flawlessly.  
 
2014 was a great year! This year I'm looking forward to working in new places and traveling to some of my trusted favorites. Key West, Dallas, Napa, Montana, Sea Island GA, Miami and the gorgeous Florida Panhandle beaches. Have a happy 2015 everyone!
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Reeves and Michael

New Orleans, LA
Monday, April 6, 2015  |  Wedding
When I traveled to New Orleans for Reeves and Michael's wedding I knew I was going to encounter a day with of lots of emotions. Reeves and I spoke on the phone and by email quite a bit before her wedding and she was gushing over her love for not only her fiance but the people in her life. The day started like most weddings a house of bridemaids preparing for the ceremony and in the center of the room sat Reeves, not a concern or care in the world. Just a smile on her face and very often a happy tear in her eye. When we arrived at the country club for her wedding she immediately saw her father for the first time and i was so happy to be there to shoot their first encounter that day! They hugged, laughed and cried together! It was beautiful and spontaneous! Reeves and Michael exchanged vows under one of the most amazing oak trees I have ever seen as the sun set over the green grass of the gold course. The entire day was light and happy, as weddings should be! The reception included their family tradition of bringing out tinfoil. The guests, the couple and even the band wrapped themselves in tinfoil and danced the rest of the night.  
 
I live to shoot real and true moments and this wedding was full of them! The couple enjoyed every moment of the day and I was so happy to be there and can't wait to share more of their images and the full gallery! 
 
Thank you Reeves and Michael for bringing me to New Orleans to document such an incredible event!
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Yarelys and Raul

Little Palm Island, FL
Tuesday, December 23, 2014  |  Wedding
What could be better than 3 days on a private island in the Florida Keys where Key Deer roam freely? Absolutely nothing! Every single detail from this wedding was gorgeous! The Little Palm team and Julie Shreck of Simply You Weddings did what they do best. We arrived on the first day to the island with the guests on the old wooden Little Palm boat. Raul and Yarelys were on the dock greeting their guests. The weekend started with a casual event around the pool with steal drums playing and then turned into a gorgeous wedding day where the beach was transformed into an elegant dinner party and then again back to a casual gathering around the fire the last day. When I was walking down the dock with Raul and Yarelys I told them that I couldn't imagine a more perfect wedding weekend. To have an entire island to yourselves with your closest family and friends away from the entire world is a dream. They were surrounded by an incredible team that brought together a perfect event.
Venue: Little Palm Island
Coordinator: Julie Shreck -Simply You Weddings
Florist/Decor: Avant Gardens
Videographer: Artistry Wedding Films
Hair and Makeup: Beauty Boutique
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Karol
Officiate : Michael Zehr
Ceremony Music: Roberto Perrera
Reception Music: LR Entertainment
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