Miami Family Photographer | Diaz Family

Since 2011 I have been capturing the Diaz family, Marysell, Faustino and Fausti Jr. Every year for the holiday’s I get to see this wonderful trio and we create their custom holiday card. On a sun filled day I met this beautiful family at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for this year’s session. Of course there was no shortage of style! Vizcaya has wonderful grounds with plenty of light and perfect spots for portraits. It is always a joy to see these three and Fausti growing up so quickly! He is such a little gentleman already.

EPIC Hotel Wedding in Miami | Sasha and Patrick

Sasha and Patrick’s EPIC hotel wedding in downtown Miami, was the epitome of classic elegance. They had a romantic ceremony at the magnificant Gesu Catholic Church where there was no shortage of happy tears, including from Patrick. After we took some portraits at the church and then headed to the reception. A dreamy space waited for the newlyweds and their guests where everyone stayed up on their dancing feet. The night ended with a confetti down pour, it was perfection! A wonderful team of creatives worked together to bring to life Sasha and Patrick’s wedding day dream, there was no shortage of beautiful wedding details.

Ceremony: Gesu Catholic Church
Getting Ready, Reception + Catering: Epic Hotel
Planner: Creme de la Creme
Florist: Nevot Flower Design
Wedding Dress + Veil: Rosa Clara
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair + Makeup: Color Me Flawless
Cake: Earth and Sugar
Invitations: Peter the Printer
DJ: Event Factor
Video: Antony Keane Alvarez

Miami Family Photography | Gustavo Family

Meet the Gustavo’s! I have been capturing this sweet family since 2012 starting with the birth of each son and documenting their first year. Gustavo Jr. is now 7 years old, Jack is now 5, Louis is 4, and JJ is 17 months. He was just a newborn when we did this session together and we can’t forget about sweet Harrey who also joined us, the family dog. Families take note of the outfit choices, this color palette is wonderful for family portraits. It also brought out the beautiful baby blue’s in all the boys. I can’t wait to watch these little gentleman grow for year’s to come!

Epic Hotel Wedding in Miami | Shavest and Lee

A modern Epic Hotel wedding that included kilts? Just wait till you see! Shavest and Lee, all their sweetness and perfectly executed details by Marylen Exposito Weddings, will have you in love with this day. Petal Productions from ceremony to reception created a floral wedding dream. Above all it was seeing these two families come together and the countless friends who stood by Shavest and Lee’s side, you could just feel the warmth and love. There was classic elegance meets modern and definitely romance.

Event Planner: Marylen Exposito Weddings
Venue + Catering: Epic Hotel
Floral Design: Petal Productions
Dress Boutique: J Del Omo
Makeup: Makeup by Nichelle
Hair: CS & Co
Cake + Desserts: Elegant Cake Temptations
DJ: Event Factor
Invitations: Invitations by Leston
Kilts: MacGregor MacDuff

Miami Family Photography | Stark Family

On a beautiful sunshine filled day I met up with Mercedes and Chad to celebrate their Baby Penelope turning one! I first met these two for their engagement in 2012, followed by photographing their wedding. It was such a joy to be able to see them again with their newest addition and celebrate sweet Penelope’s first year! This family of three enjoys water views, so that is exactly where we headed for their family portraits. From Penelipe’s adorable romper, sandal moccasins, floral head band and an outfit change into a red tutu dress, there was no shortage of adorable here. Mercedes and Chad, mom and dad look amazing on you both! I can’t wait to see more of these three!

Surprise Proposal at Sea | Frank and Alexandra

There is nothing I love more then a thoughtful surprise proposal. Frank had one of the top Miami proposal ideas to date, asking Alexandra to be his forever out at sea! There were three foot tall floral letters that spelled our ‘Marry Me’, several phone calls to make sure no detail was over looked, and even scheduling a face time with mom after the proposal. The love and excitement of this surprise proposal was simply palpable. Alexandra thought as they were departing from Miami Beach Marina that she was in store for a relaxing boat ride, little did she know the adventure of a lifetime was about to happen. She said yes! After, Frank and Alexandra finished the evening at Seaspice Miami on the River, and were met by family and friends to celebrate their engagement. Gentleman take note, Frank pulled off the proposal of a lifetime!

Miami Newborn Photography | James

Welcome to the world baby James! This is the fourth son to Renee and Gustavo, who have done All Eyes On Me’ sessions (documenting from birth through the first year) with all their boys. There is nothing like the newness of a newborn. Those little toes, hands, and baby features are some of my favorite to capture, so parents can always look back fondly on their littles and this fleeting time. James sleeping game was strong and he was a joy to capture while he happily dreamed. This little man is about to bring so much cuteness to the blog!

Featured in Inside Weddings! | Dan and Carlos

Dan and Carlos tied the knot at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Their opulant and stylish night celebration is featured over on Inside Weddings! What a joy it was to be part of such a stunning celebration and be able to not only capture but also witness Dan and Carlos’s love. Carlos words of advice for future couples is absolute gold! “forget norms, traditions, and expectations. This is about the two of you – no one else.” Click here to see the full feature and read more about their beautiful love story.


Venue: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Rehearsal Dinner: EAST, Miami

Planning + Design: Marylen Exposito Weddings

Florals + Design: Casa Flor by Ana Cintron Events

Invitations + Calligraphy: Casa Confetti

Lighting Design: Event Factor

Music: Rock With U Entertainment

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Biltmore Hotel Wedding in Coral Gables| Thalia and Michael

Thalia and Michael’s Biltmore Hotel wedding is dripping in gorgeous details and florals oh my by Nevot Flower Designs! ET Events planned this wedding day with romantic details that simply stunned. Speaking of stunning, Thalia was just a total bridal beauty. With a blush color palette this wedding was the perfect mix of classic meets glam. Even though it is all in the details, this day was all about the love. Wishing these two the happiest ever after! In case you missed it click here to look back at Thali and Michael’s epic holi powder inspired engagement session.

Getting Ready, Ceremony, Reception + Catering: Biltmore Hotel
Event Planner: ET Events
Floral Design: Nevot Flower Designs
Bridal Shop: Ever After
Hair + Makeup: Deborah Concepcion
Cake + Desserts: Earth and Sugar
Invitations: Invitations By Leston
DJ: Miami Djs
Video: Diego Pocovi

NYC Maternity Session | The Growing Miranda Family Takes On NYC!

I have had the honor of capturing the Guillermo family since 2013, starting with Bibi and Guillermo’s Bahamas engagement, their 2014 wedding in Coral Gables, their honeymoon in Costa Rica, their first family portrait in 2015 as a family of three with their son, and now their New York City Maternity session with their new baby girl on the way! There is nothing quite like those NYC views and the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge. Get ready to feel all the joy and Bibi’s very visible pregnancy glow in this sweet session!

Intimate Rooftop South Beach Wedding | Jose and Victor

After being together for six years, Jose and Victor chose to have an intimate rooftop south beach wedding at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel. Both originally from Mexico, their day was modern, with tropical touches, and the kind of details that make up a very dapper celebration. Jose and Victor’s wedding day vision was beautifully executed by Nicole Hernandez of STARR Catering Group, and I knew when I saw their Cartier wedding bands, this day would be nothing short of stylish. I was right. Wishing these two all the happiness in the world!

Coral Gables Family Session | Katie, Jovan and Sawyer James

Meet Katie and her absolutely adorable family! Katie is a friendor “friend/fellow vendor” from the wedding industry. She is the CEO and girl boss behind Unearthed Vintage, a vintage rental company for weddings and events. Wait until you see all the cuteness that is her son Sawyer James and handsome husband Jovan, who also is a founder of Unearthed Vintage and a designer on the team. I met up with these sweet three at Matheson Hammock Park for a playful afternoon. Families take note, when you are your most relaxed selves and have fun, the camera just soaks it all up! I hope this darling family will look back on this day as fondly as I do for year’s to come!

Miami Newborn Photography | Isabel

Get ready for all the cuteness that is three month old Isabel and her beautiful family! This sweet girl came to the studio with her mom and dad for one adorable session. There is nothing better than those sweet baby rolls and a sleeping newborn. Isabel made herself right at home and loved the camera as much as it loved her. We ended with Isabel taking a nap and getting cozy. It was just the sweetest. I can’t wait to capture more of this beautiful growing family!

Miami Engagement Photos | Sasha and Patrick

Sasha and Patrick’s Miami engagement photos were full of that newly engaged glow. They laughed, smiled, danced, and there was no shortage of those adoring looks. We strolled through the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and then Wynwood, ending the session at The Penthouse at Riverside Wharf, in Downtown Miami. The panoramic views of downtown and the city at night were stunning. It is always fun to be able to shoot in different locations and see those personalities shine through. From the tranquil gardens to the colorful muriel's there was a lot of eye candy. Of course none more captivating then Sasha and Patrick and spending a loved filled afternoon with them.

Miami Senior Portraits | Sabrina

Since 2008 I have been capturing Sabrina and her family. Family portraits, her and her brother’s communion, her baby sister’s baptism, and now the opportunity to capture Sabrina at one of the best time’s in her life. The bond she has with her little sister is just heart melting, and after hanging out with her favorite little person, we went off to do some of Sabrina’s favorite things. There was holi powder, an under water session, a stroll on the beach and ending her portraits with a a dash of glam after sunset. It is amazing to see this young lady grow up and be part of capturing all of life’s milestones for this wonderful family.

Miami Wedding Photography | Carmen and Michael at The Edition

Carmen and Michael’s wedding at The Edition, was classic elegance with the best kind of love over load. From Carmen getting ready, her bridesmaids seeing her for the first time, the walk down the aisle and Michael’s seeing his bride for the first time, their was no shortage of wonderful moments. There was also no shortage of stunning details planned by Marylen Exposito and beautiful florals by Ines Naftali, including a reception floral wall that was pure magic. Prepare to fall in love with this day!

Planner: Marylen Exposito
Ceremony: St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
Reception, Catering + Cake: The Miami Beach Edition
Floral Design: Ines Naftali
Invitations: Sincerely Yours Diane
Dress: Stella York
Hair + Makeup: Marz
DJ: Sarz Entertainment
Videographer: Pin Wheel Film Company
Transportation: Larry's Limos 

The Knot Pro Educators 2019

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The Knot Pro

I am so excited to announce that I have been selected as a Knot Educator for the Photographers category in 2019. This is such an honor and I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity. The Knot Pro selected this year’s educators as a way to help the wedding industry connect and find more resources to connect with their ideal couples. The mission is all about local wedding community development! I am thrilled to be able to share my experiences and connect with all you wonderful wedding pros. Stay tuned for webinars, some speaking engagement and lot’s more!

I am in amazing company. Click here to meet all the incredible new educators in The Knot Pro 2019!

Sweet 15 Portraits in Key Largo, Florida | Nicole

How sweet it is to be 15! I met Nicole at Playa Largo Resort & Spa where she also had her sweet 15 celebration to capture some fun portraits of this birthday milestone. In case you missed Nicole’s Quinceanera, click here. From princess, to goddess, to glam and beachside, Nicole embraced having fun with a variety of different looks. Oh those dresses! One was more beautiful then the next. A floral swing, a horse, a teepee floral setup, were just some of the few amazing props of the day. This day was all the more special because it was uniquely Nicole. We did all the things she loves and I just let her be in her element. I hope she looks back on these portraits fondly. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for you Nicole!

Miami Family Photography | The Messianu Family

Meet the Messianu Family, Liz, Luis and their adorable daughter, Carolina. Their family session took place at their beautiful home, where there was no shortage of gorgeous settings to capture all the sweetness. Carolina was as cute as can be. Not only was this little beauty loving the camera as much as the camera was loving her, she also has a very special feature. Carolina has Heterochromia iridum, giving her two stunningly different colored eyes. This family of three could easily win for most stylish! I am looking forward to capturing more memories of these three.

Destination Wedding at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach | Nicole and Francisco

Nicole and Francisco came from Long Island for their classic meets elegance, destination wedding at the historic Fontaineblue Miami Beach. From their moving ceremony, to a night full of dancing, this day was brimming with love. There was also no shortage of stylish details with planning and florals executed by Alore Event Firm. Nicole was an absolute bridal vision and Francisco was equally as dapper. Don’t we just get the best looking couples? They are just as beautiful inside and out. Wishing this dreamy couple a very happily ever after!

Ceremony: St. Frances De Sales | Reception, Catering + Cake: Fontaineblue Miami Beach | Planner + Floral Design: Alore Event Firm | Videographer: Delight Media | Makeup Artist /Hair: Hair by Arlene Cabrera | Bridal Shop/ Designer: Pronovias NYC | DJ: Event Factor | Invitations: The Wedding Company | Transportation: Ara Limo | Hora Loca Dancers: Circx | Linens: Over the Top | Lighting: Edlen Electrical