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

Quinceanera at Playa Largo Resort & Spa | Nicole

You only turn 15 once! Nicole’s quinceanera was celebrated in style and to commemorate her joy for life. We started the day with getting ready and the sweetest moments with her mom and dad. The sweet fifteen party followed at the Playa Largo Hotel & Spa, in Coral Gables. From blue, to pretty in pink to ending the night with sparkle and shine, Nicole’s many dresses were stunning. The ballroom was transformed dripping in florals, pink accents, a gorgeous cake, and dancing the night away. Above all, it was an honor to be present to capture this milestone for Nicole and witness so much love from this beautiful family.

Coral Gables Colonnade Wedding | Christina and Francisco

Christina and Francisco’s Coral Gables Colonnade wedding was filled to the brim with classic elegance. Marylen Exposito Weddings beautifully planned every detail from the gorgeous church ceremony at the Coral Gables Congregational Church to the elegant reception transformed with linens by Leyani Wedding & Party Services. Christina definitely had that bridal glow dressed in a gown from Bjou Bridal and hair and makeup by Marz Makeup & Hair. Guests were treated to a night of dancing by DJ Ubi’s Music & Lighting and ending the night with a wonderful cake by Elegant Temptations Cakes. The amazing vendor team also included invitations by The Invitation Stand and video by Pinweel Film Company. Wishing these two a very happy ever after!

Miami Newborn Photography | Gabriella

Meet adorable newborn Gabriella! This baby girl is the first child of Ana and Eric, click here to look back at their sweet maternity session. This beauty is also now a sister to Ana and Eric’s fur baby dachshund Lola, who also appeared in their maternity photos. There is just nothing like baby toes and hands, those cheeks and all the newborn features. Gabriella made herself right at home at the studio and wait until you see her outfits. I will leave you with all this newborn sweetness, the perfect mid-week pick me up.

Miami Engagement Photos | Carmen and Michael

I will never tire of getting lost at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for an engagement session. Carmen and Michael’s love took center stage as we explored and the light beams joined us in the gardens. Their chemistry was palpable, and Carmen looked ever so dreamy dressed in powder blue. After a stroll we stopped and popped the champagne! Before heading off to a second location we headed for the Vizcaya’s water views and took in the gorgeous setting. For part two Carmen and Michael changed into a dressier look and we walked Brickell, stopping for portraits and of course to have fun. It was a romantic filled day and I can’t wait to share the wedding day!

Delano Hotel Beach Ceremony | The Hudgins

The Hudgins nuptials at Delano Hotel in South Beach are about to inspire you to have an intimate getaway ceremony. Their day took an elegant and minimalist vibe, where their boys (ranging from 9-16) from previous marriages were the only guests. Reverend Eddie Rodriguez officiated with just the ocean as the backdrop and an abundance of love present. After the ceremony, together with their new blended family, we did portraits right on the beach. These two will be heading home to Georgia where an at home celebration will follow. A huge congratulations to the Hudgins and their new family!

Maternity Shoot | Vivian and John

Vivian and John wanted to welcome their first in style! After talking about themes for their shoot, we headed to the Everglades and decided to go for a more editorial approach. Yes to all the fashion vibes! Vivian was definitely glowing and rocked the bump like no other. I loved that this mom and dad to be brought there edgy side and didn’t hold back. This little one has some parents with serious cool factor and I for one predict a little fashionista in the making. It was wonderful to be able to document this time for Vivian and John. I can’t wait to meet their newest addition.

Villa Woodbine Wedding | Erica and Donovan

Erica and Donovan brought together their families and friends for a celebration in Coral Gables where their love just resonated. There was one wedding detail that we had the pleasure to be a part of. We helped the bride and groom create a custom domino table that displayed the Cuban and Haitian Flag, representing both their families. It was fun to see guests enjoying it at the reception. From a tear filled ceremony to a reception full to the brim with elegant details, everything about this day reflected Erica and Donovan. For the reception the groom played the piano and his father accompanied him on the guitar while they serenaded the bride and the guests. It was such a special touch to the day. These two are simply head over heels in love! It was such a joy to be able to capture that love.

Getting Ready + Reception: Villa Woodbine
Ceremony: Coral Gables Congregational Church
Florist: Andres Aguilar Designs
Bridal Shop: Coral Gables Bridal
Makeup Artist: Ashley Askers
Hairstylist: Hi’chi’s Hair Studio
Caterer: Bill Hansen Catering
Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs

First Communion Pictures in Miami | Davi and Fausti

I met these two best friends, Davi and Fausti at St. John Neumann Catholic School for their First Communion pictures. How sweet is it that they wanted to have their session together! I have been capturing Fausti and his family every year for their holiday pictures since 2011. Click here to see their latest family session. Davi and Fausti looked dapper and were excellent models for the camera. We had a mix of both serene pensive moments and of course we added in some fun. I hope to see these two together again in the future!

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbor Wedding | Kristin and Rob

If there ever was a perfect day it was Kristin and Rob’s Ritz Carlton Bal Harbor wedding. A wedding day where coastal met modern and there was just an abundance of love. Event planner Ralph Stavali from Party Deco Inc. made this day uniquely Kristin and Rob. A color palette of blues, modern details, and an intimate poolside ceremony followed by an exquisite dining experience for guests, it was all just perfection. Enjoy these two sweet lovers!

Venue: Ritz Carlton Bal Harbor
Event Planner: Ralph Stavali, Party Deco Inc.
Make up artist: Erica Scheller
Bridal Shop/ Designer: Custom Madison James / Lillian Lottie Couture, Scottsdale AZ
Music: Mark Gallo, Scratch Music
Invitations: Studio Rose Printing and Design

Surprise Proposal in Miami | Jeysa and Sean

There is nothing quite like a surprise proposal. I love capturing such a momentous moment. Sean contacted me to photograph him getting down on one knee and asking Jeysa to be his forever. This proposal was even more special because Jeysa is a long time friend and colleague in the wedding industry. Sean went with the romantic vibes, choosing to ask Jeysa to marry him out on a boat over looking Downtown Miami. I hid in the cabin and captured the moment followed by Jeysa spotting me right after saying yes. It was perfect and the sweetest thing to witness and photograph! A celebration ensued complete with some portraits and ending with bubbly. Are you thinking of doing a surprise proposal? I would love nothing more then to be there to capture it.

The Sundy House Wedding Delray Beach | Jeanette and Dre

I have been friends with the bride Jeanette and her sister, who was also the maid of honor, for years. That made capturing this day for Jeanette all the more special. In case you didn’t get a chance, click here to look back at Jeanette and Dre’s sweet engagement session.

It was a day filled with love and so much emotion from beginning to end. The Sundy House is a beautiful inn that feels like a tropical paradise. Jeanette along with her sister, has been a principal dancer for numerous ballet companies. Her poise and grace dressed in a Sarah Seven gown from Lovely Bride reflect the ballerina in her. The first look was one of the sweetest moments, and the rest of the day could be described as laid back elegance. Family and friends surrounded these two with the utmost love and that made for an infinitely beautiful wedding.

Ceremony + Reception: The Sundy House
Floral Design: Adriana Piedrahita
Bridal Shop + Designer: Lovely Bride, Sarah Seven
Hair + Makeup: Julie Iturrey, Color Me Flawless
Cake: Zoey Wexler, Two Fat Cookies
Music: Eduardo Macadar, Emac Music / DJ David Sky
Ceremony Musician: Annalisa Underhay, The Elegant Harp
Officiant: Christy Nones McKenzie
Invitations: Amir Zolfaghari / Minuteman Press
Videographer: Alejandro Gonzalevez

Miami Family Portraits | Dimare Family

I was joined by three generations of the Dimare Family at Mattheson Hammock Park for a family session. All dressed in white Mr and Mrs. Dimare, their four daughters with their families and all ten grand children seamlessly got together in this beautiful green setting. Talk about an amazing gene pool! Not only did I get to capture the entire family together, I loved that I also had the chance to work with each daughter and their families. I love seeing this family and watching them grow!

If your thinking about having a family session now is the time! Just in time for the holidays call to book now.

Wedding at EAST Miami | Justin and Felipe

Justin and Felipe was my first wedding at The EAST, Miami. Their love, laughter and impeccable style along with the help of their event planner Jorge Richa, created a stunning wedding day! Inspired by EAST, the wedding design was a mixture of modern, masculine with classic touches. Terra Flowers created a dreamy all white floral design that perfectly paired against the black color palette. Wait until you see the grey marbled three tiered cake by Elegant Temptations! There is just so much to love about this day. 

Accommodations, Ceremony, Reception + Catering: EAST, Miami | Event Planner: Jorge Richa | Galdron | Officiant: Peggy Lewis {pmlcelebrant@aol.com) | Florist: Terra Flowers Miami | Cake: Elegant Temptations | Music: DJ Hana

Miami Engagement Photos | Thalia and Michael

 

Thalia and Michael's Miami engagement photos started at the beautiful grounds of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. The perfect location for their glam couple side. There was no shortage of sweetness and smiles while we strolled the gardens. After fun at Vizcaya we headed to Wynwood for a more laid back vibe and taking in some beautiful mural art work that were perfect backdrops. We saved the best for last, an explosion of Holi powder in downtown Miami! An engagement session has never been so fun! 

Villa Woodbine Wedding | Valerie and Ralf

Valerie and Ralf's Villa Woodbine wedding had all the elements for wedding perfection. This loved filled day had all the classic elegance and Valerie stunned in her bridal beauty, Ralf you are the luckiest man (he is well aware). From the romantic petal covered aisle, to the blush tones, an out door reception filled with string lights and candles, this wedding day was filled with romantic vibes. Of course Ralf and Valerie promising forever and bringing all their nearest and dearest to celebrate tops every wedding detail.


Ceremony + Reception: Villa Woodbine | Florist: Julia Rohde Designs | Hair + Makeup: Gloria Pelo | Invitations: BasicInvites.com | Caterer: Bill Hansen Catering | DJ/Music: LR Entertainment

Miami Communion Photography | Mia

This little dancer had her First Communion portraits at Deering Estate in Miami. It was a joy to capture such a special time in Mia's life and this wonderful milestone. Deering was the perfect backdrop with it's beautiful grounds and all that greenery. Mia was a natural in this setting. Her green eyes lit up against the backdrop and they took in all that wonderful light. It was an angelic afternoon to say the least and we even managed to include a ballet moment.