I have had the privilege of knowing this bride since we were 14 years old, and I was so honored when she called to tell me that she wanted me to be her photographer! I have only recently gotten to know her now husband, but the love that they have for each other is beautiful! Here's a quick sneak peak of their south beach wedding!
Marjorie & Leo's day took place at the beautiful National Hotel that is perfectly placed on Miami Beach & has been their since 1939.
Not to mention everything from the hotel to the decorations all had a vintage feel including the brides beautiful lace dress, eco-flower bouquet, & touches of garnet and gold throughout the decor.
The reception was held on the pool deck at the national hotel where friends and family were able to dance the night away with Levine Events.
What better place to get married than right on the beach. I cant think of too many places.
Kiley & Caleb chose to have their beautiful ceremony right on the beach & then reception to follow at the absolutely adorable Hakuna Matata house on 30a.
This day could not have been possible without their loving families & a few spectacular vendors
Take a look at some of their sweet moments below.
Some weddings are full of tears of joy & others are filled with constant laughter! Everyone handles big life events differently & this wedding was a prime example of that! The moms cried sweet happy tears; the bride & groom smiled & laughed throughout their ceremony. Afterwards the bridal party had us all laughing so hard some of us (namely me) had to stop to catch our breathe! Just take a look at this beautiful couples gorgeous beach ceremony.
& with the final rays of light the wedding party let loose....
Sometimes getting that ONE good family shot while on vacation can feel like an impossible experience especially with a little one! Trust me! I have been there with my own family & its just 3 of us.
This family featured below is a prime example of why taking the extra time to get professional family photos done while on vacation! Mom is actually a photographer in her hometown & even though she takes wonderful photos she never gets to be in them! So this year while on vacation they decided call me for their family photos!
& let me just tell you I am so glad they did! Just look at these facial expressions on this gorgeous little girl! She was thoroughly enjoying splashing in the water.
My goal is to make sure that getting your family photos taken is one of the highlights of your entire vacation! Everyone should be able to sit back, relax & enjoy each others company while I capture the laughter & smiles.
This past week has been a fun fill week of engaged couples & 2 weddings! Love is in the air! well at least for the 2 couples that got married this week! lol
For all you currently engaged you will probably not fully understand that first sentence so I figured I would dedicate this weeks blog to all my lovelies that are engaged or about to be engaged.
The engagement is less than perfect, borderline ROUGH!!! This sweet wonderful woman that you have proposed to is slowly turning into this bridezilla or at least someone that has started over analyzing things that prior to you proposal never would have been an issue. I am speaking from 1st hand experience!
My husband & I are coming up on our 3rd anniversary! & oh boy let me tell you that engagement was the WORST.....things were thrown, words were said, & tempers were hot! We were on 2 different planets when coming up with a budget & my loving husband wanted to participate in all the planning, which for me was ummmmmmm... was less than ideal! I was a DIY bride, that was slowly becoming this DIYzilla! The important thing is as that day came I realized at the end of the day I was signing that marriage license & I really didn't care what else happened because that man was the best ever & I knew that if he could put up with all my wedding craziness than I needed to marry him ASAP( not really ASAP we were engaged for over a year) before he decided I was a little to far into that crazy spectrum. ;)
Seriously though, all week Ive been joking around with my grooms that bridezilla goes away on your wedding day! but really I promise she does!!!! If you don't believe me just ask my hubby! Bridezilla was not the person that walked down the aisle on our wedding day. We actually laughed the whole time! he was making faces & then tried to force my wedding ring onto my swollen fingers, messed up our vows, & maybe even enunciated a little on the "RICHER or poorer" part. (theres a whole inside joke with our families about this part prior to the wedding, geared towards my husband lol ) he cracked a joke when we were exiting the ceremony & in the process stepped on my dress, oh good lord the whole list of funnies could go on & on!
Anyways the point is if your engaged right now it may not be the best year you guys have ever had; both of you just remember why each said "yes" in the first place. Focus on whats important. & everything else will fall into place! Promise!
Btw soon-to-be- groom if you love to preserve the woman you proposed to (you dont want a bridezilla then you guys will hire a planner! My absolute favorite planner can be found at Beach Side Ceremonies & Events and the are conveniently housed at Southern Event Studio (more about them in a later blog :)
First off I have to admit one thing...I was slightly nervous about this session, the reason -we were at Ft Pickens on Pensacola Beach & I have personally never shot there. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to explore (got there a full hour prior to the shoot)
I instantly fell in love with all the little nooks this place had to offer.
The photo above is darker than my typical photo style but I love it. I love that the lighting was very concentrated into one area, which helped to set the mood for these photos.
What's a better way to end a night
than with a picnic on the beach,,,
Here are a few photos from the absolutely beautiful engagement session I did 2 weekend ago out in the Watercolor/Seaside area
These two were such a sweet couple to work with! I knew Heather in high school & I was honored as well as super excited to photograph their engagement photos!
AWE!!! I just can't get over for beautiful this session was!
& after I had them practice their first dance for a few minutes ;) we headed to the beach
Well....Heather & I thought it was a fun idea to get in the water
Josh eventually warmed up to the idea :)
I promise he wasn't really this mad lol (good thing he had a change of clothes)
Congratulations Heather & Josh!
Here's a few of those precious moments I got to spend with this adorable little mermaid last week. She wouldn't smile much for me even when mommy & daddy sang her favorite song, but she was still one of the most well-behaved babies I have had the pleasure of photographing!
Beautiful baby complimented by a gorgeous sunset sky!
Her smile was fleeting, but also extremely infectious!
I'm excited to see her again in a few short days for some fall photos, so be on the lookout for the baby blues again. :)
This couple was so fun to photograph Sunday evening. JR proposed to Beth using the Atlanta Braves Jersey she is wearing in the photo above; he can't wait for her to be apart of his "team".
I was thrilled when I got the phone call from Beth saying not only was she engaged! but she also wanted me to take the engagement photos!
Beth & JR both have a love for baseball & since JR did propose with his favorite players jersey it seemed only fitting that they use all things baseball. We wanted to make sure JR always remembered his anniversary hence the date on his "slightly used" baseball. :)
Beth was a true natural in front of the camera & JR well... with a little added smooching from Beth & coaching from me he did really well.
We ended the evening at a near by park complete with a soft beautiful sunset! I was honored they asked me to be apart of their engagement :) cant wait to see where life takes these two!