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.
It is a rare & beautiful treat when the stars align & magic happens in all aspects of a wedding ceremony & this was one of those ceremonies. Jessica & Dave ceremony was one of those incredibly specials moments. The clouds came out & played peek-a-boo with the sun just enough during sunset so we could have a stunning sunset sky without any crazy harsh orange rays on people's faces. These two have known each for a long time & life has not always been easy for them but some how they found their way back to each other & I am so incredibly honored that they chose me to document this new incredible chapter in their lives.
Before we get to the gorgeous sunset photos take a look at their intimate first looks with not only each other but also with their sweet daughter Emma.
While I love to be in the hustle & bustle of big weddings...there is something that touches me much deeper about the smaller, intimate ceremonies that I get to be apart of. Here are some photos from after the ceremony.
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....
I did a small engagement shoot for this couple back in February while they were down here planning their wedding with the ever so talented vendors at Southern Event Studio. & instantly new when it came to their wedding they were going to be a blast to work with!
Here's one from their engagement session!
These two were so wonderful to work with & I am so excited to be able to share these beautiful photos from there day!
Details & Getting Ready
The nerves of the wedding day always seem to be a little more real once the bride is getting in her dress. Here are just a few photos that captured those sweet moments with her mom.
Guys have a much simpler approach to getting ready for their big day ;)
Oh my! I always just swoon over the details that Beach Side Ceremonies & Events puts into their events. This wedding was above & beyond expectations with everything from the ceremony to the reception decor!
Bride & Groom Photos
This photo below is definitely one of my all time favorites! This would not have been possible with out the lovely ladies at Beach Side Ceremonies & Events! They were the ones that "threw" flowers petals at Kacie & Austin & just look how that final product turned out.
The details that went into making Kacie & Austin's Big day, were perfectly executed! I mean seriously just take a look.
& just take a look at this gorgeous cake that April over at Bonne Vie Specialty Foods designed & made. This girl knows how to rock some desserts.
Lastly, no day would be complete without a little dancing in the mix.
Here are just some of the gorgeous details that went into making Stephanie & Anthony's day!
Their day started off with some pretty ominous looking fog! I still haven't figured out which one I dread most fog or rain! In the fog, you can still get married but it does not make for very lovely photos, but with rain usually comes some pretty spectacular sunsets (if it lets up). But as the hour approached the fog started to move off the beach & ended up getting this guy below
photo taken from the 3rd floor balcony where the bride & bridesmaids were getting ready :D
It really doesn't matter how dashing a groom (& his groomsmen) might be...the bride & her bridesmaids will always get ready more elegantly & beautifully than the guys lol. Its just a fact. The ladies of this wedding were all stunning & did an exceptional job at making sure the bride was well taken care of.
I absolutely love during first looks with my bride & grooms because it offers them time to be by themselves & enjoying the quietness before the rest of the whirlwind day continues... but if you choose not to do a first look with your groom the next best thing is with dad! This helps ease him into the idea of giving away his baby girl...maybe.
The Dad Moment
I love watching the dads expressions for the first time! They all just seem to beam with pride & joy! Especially this dad! He was very excited & joking around with his gorgeous daughter all throughout the process but the moment he saw her completely ready he was speechless...for a few moments anyways. ;)
Getting Ready...the guys
When guys get ready there is definitely more playing around...
but in the midst of all that horseplay there's still a mother-son moment where there is nothing but love & admiration for his mother on this grooms face.
The photo above is one of my most favorite outtakes from this wedding...I usually don't give the bride & groom any outtakes but this photo is really neat because you can see where the bride/bridal party is peaking out the upper right hand window of the house.
I love that this minister had everyone in attendance being active by praying over the bride & groom, not just for their marriage but for them as individuals to continue to walk steadfast in their marriage through all the good & bad times.
The majority of the people in attendance of this wedding were family, they embraced both the bride & groom so much so that the line between who was the grooms family & who was the brides family seemed to blur. This entire ceremony was nothing but pure joy & happiness for Stephanie & Anthony.
I wish you both all the happiness in the world & pray that you will continue to grow together as a strong loving & loyal husband & wife! Cheers!
A special thanks to all the vendors at Southern Event Studio
All of the couples that I have had the privilege to photograph on their special day this year have been so full of life & love! This couple was no exception,,,,
These two (along with their bridal party) were ready, willing, & able to do anything.
I love how much energy this group had! The laughter was nonstop-from the moment I walked into the brides room carrying Starbucks for her until the end of the night.
Another bit of excitement was doing their 1st look photos! Brandon's reaction coupled with Caitlin's enthusiasm was perfection at its finest. From a photographers point of view, I wish more bride/grooms would opt for this... 1st looks are incredibly intimate & sweet, they give couples a few moments to just relax & give each other those reassuring looks.
few more pre-ceremony
I have just officially completed my first year running my own photography business! Even though I have worked in this industry for over 4 years I never had the courage to begin on my own until last year. I just wanted to take this time to thank all of my clients that I have had this past year!
This year was my Portfolio-Building year & what a whirl-wind it was. On top of starting my business, my husband & I celebrated our first year of marriage back in March & welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world in May.
Many times as photographers we get so wrapped up in our business that we forget to thank our clients, without you guys none of us would make it! I am so excited to watch some of my favorite little boys & girls grow up & blossom! I honestly cant tell you guys how excited I am for next year! I have so many ideas for all my repeat customers & new ones of course! My clients are all fantastic & so much fun to photograph. I went away from every session/wedding on Cloud 9 because MY clients are awesome!
With that being said, don't forget to contact me for those little ones milestone sessions! What better way to cherish those moments than with a photograph (ya know what they say "a picture is worth a thousand words" & especially their biggest milestone-turning 1. I know several of those little guys that would LOVE to smash a cake!
Love you all! Anna Calhoon