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Sophia & Raphael at the Faena Hotel in Miami

At the request of Jennifer Pear of Karla Conceptual Events, I met Sophia at the St. Regis in NYC to discuss her upcoming wedding to Raphael, at the Faena Hotel in Miami. It was going to be the second wedding the new venue would be producing so I was excited to be a part of it. From the getting ready to the reception, the hotel and its properties, gave us some incredibly unique images. The theme of red runs throughout the property and you’ll see that in some of the images. Shooting in there 20’s style burlesque Faena Theatre was a real treat as it was adorned with red velvet walls and staging. The ceremony was held at St. Patricks Church on south beach. The Faena Forum served as the reception & cocktail area. A clean white palet with a cathedral ceiling allowed Karla and her team to create a modern elegant tropical feel. Enjoy!

Katie & Ben’s Wedding at The Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan

The day started off cloudy, then the rain came. But I guess it was in the cards for these two as the rain let up just as we were heading to do the first look, giving us just the most fabulous kind of light every photographer desires! There were so many nice touches to this event, from the elegant floral arrangement of the ceremony to the candle lit reception. Katie looked perfect in her Divine Altier dress. The unique design of the bridesmaids dresses were a collaboration of Ralph Lauren and Katie’s mom! The Gramercy Park Hotel offered its guest just wonderful night time views of the city. During the reception the roof on the terrace was opened to expose the fantastic Manhattan skyline and really gave us that iconic NYC wedding. Enjoy!

Deanna & Jeremy’s Wedding at The Miami Beach Edition

Deanna & Jeremy said I do at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Miami Beach then headed back to The Edition to unwind. Jamie Lipman of The Absolute Event made sure of it! The day started with Deanna’s three nieces competing for the limelight and kind of stayed that way all day! Don’t get me wrong, no one was complaining! When you see them, you’ll understand. After the ceremony, Deanna had a little surprise for Jeremy that sealed the nuptials appropriately: a Lamborghini convertible was waiting out front. Once Jeremy regained his composure, the two set their site for the reception – hopefully with many detours! Thanks to Cleo Jorge for her always fantastic makeup and hair skills for our bride. Rock With U took over the dance floor like the always do and Travis Cossel of Black Label Films used his unique cinematography skills to document the drama of the day. The fab decor was constructed by Terra Flowers in Miami. All and all, a good day and a very fun event. Enjoy!



Beth & Michael’s Wedding at The Hard Rock Hotel in Florida

Here’s a few from the over the top wedding of Beth & Michael at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Florida. Sean Defreitas of Designs by Sean lavishly designed the event as only he knows how.  The couple were both calm and relaxed, taking in all the grandeur with joy and wonder.  The weather forced us to do the first look and portraits indoors, but Sean’s decor gave us some stellar backdrops to work with . The ceremony was elegant and stylish with a beautifully lined and extended isle for the bride and her dad to make a charming entrance. After a few toasts from the fathers, the band Heatwave gave life to the reception with their 11 piece ensemble, and they and their guests danced the night away. What a blast! Enjoy!

Bonnie & Willem’s Wedding at The Seagate Country and Beach Club

Say Hello to Bonnie & Willem who brought all their friends and family from Tennessee to the family’s vacation home in Seagate Country Club. It was a tricky start to the day trying to guess the weather pattern for the first look and the ceremony, which was going to take place on the beach at the Seagate Beach Club. Luckily, it held out for us and we took full advantage of our surroundings. This wedding was full of sentimentality and personalized gifts and accessories. Both Bonnie and Willem put a lot of thought into every detail of this wedding, and Jackie Bressler, of Jackie Bressler Events made sure its of their continuity. The day started off at The Seagate Hotel where the families got ready and we did the first look. Next, to the Beach club for a beautiful barefoot beach ceremony on a custom make rock and moss isle that led to a branch and floral archway. The vibe of the wedding was elegant and charming, much like the couple themselves. There is an easy, mature truth to how they love each other that belies their ages. You really won’t have to look any further than Bonnie’s parents to see the example that was set for her. We captured pictures of them on the dance floor being as romantic as newlyweds. As with a good many of my weddings these days, (which I am thankful my 13 years in this business have allowed me to matriculate to) the level of deep emotional support and love from all the guests, both friends and family, makes the job I have to do fun and inspiring. I’m allowed to breach the inner walls of a family and experience their genuine state of being, and record it. I do love my job. Many thanks to, and great collaborating with, the crews from Ruben Senderey Video, RockwithU, and Daniel Events. Enjoy!!

Stephanie & Alex’s Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami

Say hello to Stephanie & Alex who were married at the picturesque Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami. Stephanie and her bridesmaid took advantage of the couple beautiful Coconut Grove home to get ready and proceed to Vizcaya to have her first look with Alex. We were battling the chance of rain all day but it held out long enough to give a stunning series of images of the these two and the grounds that only an overcast day could provide. Andi Dyal and Jen Schwartz of Anje Soirees handled the planning and coordination, and were on double speed when the decision was made last minute to move the ceremony into the covered courtyard within the museum. As the pictures show, the intimacy and informal gathering of the guests within the formal and tropical setting of the courtyard gave the couple and equally romantic setting for their moving ceremony. Anje Soiree scores again! After enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvre from famed caterer Stephan Starr at cocktail hour, the guests were greeted by a wonderfully elegant tented décor design by Xquisite Affairs with an upper and lower dance floor. And again Steven Starr wowed the guests with truly engaging selections for dinner. The band, Emerald City from Dallas, Texas, was suspended over the moat. They were the centerpiece of the reception giving us their unique character driven performance. As always, a true pleasure working with cinematographer Ray Roman and his crew. A truly collaborative experience. Enjoy!

Irina & Isaac’s Wedding at Aventura Turnberry Temple in Miami

Say hello to Irina & Isaac who were married in from of 600 guests and 25 bridesmaids and 25 groomsmen. But that’s just how they do things. Two days before was the Berberisca held at The Bath Club in Miami Beach. It is a Jewish Moroccan pre-wedding ceremony that honors the bride to be, who wears an intricately designed gown passed down through generations, as the couple is surrounded by family members who sing and offer blessings in celebration of the marriage. Beautifully designed by Alibaba Events, the guests enjoyed traditional Moroccan dishes by Natalie’s Catering, along with dancers and live music. The wedding day started off at Turnberry Isle Miami for the getting ready then proceeded to Aventura Turnberry Temple where the rustic tropical atmosphere designed and executed by planner Melissa Soued of Eventorist Floral and Event Design, who was at the helm of this 3 day celebration, greeted each guest. The centerpiece of the reception was a stunning floor to ceiling tropical projection running the length of the room gave guests the feeling they were on the edge of the world. The beautifully designed and bountiful dessert table was elevated and up against a wall of green. The party went on till late (or early the next morning!) As always, it was amazing to work with the abundantly creative team of Al Agua Cinema! Enjoy!