Here’s Ashley & Justin’s fabulous wedding at B’nai Torah in Boca Raton, Florida. They got ready at the Boca Raton Resort only to have their first look and portraits interrupted by a torrential downpour. Did they stress? Nope. Justin kept his famous sense of humor intact and allowed us to produce some charming and unique images. RockwithU took over at the reception, and true to form, gave us all a stellar performance with a concert worthy stage setup. Enjoy!
Here’s the wedding of Julie & Stacey at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami. They came to me last Feb by way of some referrals. We met for appetizers in midtown to get better acquainted and talk about their vision for the day. Two hours later they signed the agreement. Just the nicest and most disarming two people you’re likely to meet. All their friends and family came out to celebrate a momentous time in both of their lives. Let’s let the images tell the story here. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what it took to make this day happen for many many people. These two women deserve this happiness. Many thanks to Jen Cohen at Xquisite, Brittany Hanslip at RockwithU, and Jamie Lipman of Absolute for stepping up and going above and beyond to make their dreams come true. Enjoy!
Shirley & Evan come to me by way of Evan’s aunt Debbie, who’s daughters Bat Mitzvah I photographed many year ago. After a few back & forths, we decided on The Brooklyn Bridge area know as DUMBO, and the Lower East Side in NYC. Both of these areas held sentimental value to Shirley and Evan so we mapped out a plan, set a date. This is the result. A cuter couple could not be found! Enjoy!
Here’s the result from Eileen & Daniel’s post-wedding day portrait session. We chose Vizcaya Museum and Gardens because of the combination of European architecture and renaissance influenced gardens. Eileen loved her engagement session we shot there so much, she wanted to recreate some of those shots in her wedding dress. Being that the whole feel of Vizcaya lends itself to a more etherial aura, I chose to give the shoot the same look and feel, and allowed my captures to flow and convey a more universal expression of them as a couple. Enjoy!
Victoria & Charles were married at The Biltmore Hotel to a gathering of 250 elegant and exuberant friends and family. The theme of faith and family, friendship and priorities, were prevalent throughout the night. But don’t let their refined exterior fool you – when the music started, this group redefined my understanding of “breaking it down”. As you can see the post is quite large. I found it difficult to narrow down, let alone isolate, those definitive images. The feeling of genuine congratulations and elation toward Victoria and Charles, and their families by the guests was pervasive and infectious. So I decided to overload you in the same way these two were. I hope you enjoy their journey as much as I did. Thanks again to planner Jackie Bressler for bringing me such wonderful people! Awesome work by the talented Judy Irizarry on makeup. Wonderful working with Petal Productions and Michael LaFrance. Enjoy!
Here’s Stacy & Ryan who were married on July 4th at the Trump National in Doral. You might remember Stacy from the “bride in a tree” pic. Yeah, she climbed a tree before her ceremony to get a cool shot. She challenged me you see. She said “think outside the box Jonathan” (crazy cause I always do). So I told her to climb a tree thinking no way she was going to do that. She did. And this is pretty much how the evening progressed; one surprise after the next with these two. What started out as a structured controlled and formal affair, unleashed into a free-for-all by nights end (check out the last image). Susan Jaffe was on hand as planner and designer, bring together Petal Productions, Unearthed Vintage, Hitched Rentals and Over The Top Linens to create the secret garden themed décor. Nancy Rand did a beautiful job on makeup. The highlight of the evening was the 10m minutes fireworks show after the ceremony on the north lawn. Enjoy!
Here’s the second installment of the Spack/Loebl Clan. This round its Daniela & Steven who were married at Beth Torah in Aventura. If the tone of a wedding is set by the passion of the bride and groom, then this wedding lived up to that notion. Let’s start with Steven. His demeanor throughout was that of a concurring hero returning from a glorious victory. His celebratory skills are unbridled! Moving on to the guests, well, their idea of impromptu group photos at the reception can be liked to a game of pile on. Two people become 5 people, who then become 10 people. By the sixth shot, I’ve got 15 people all smashed together in familial harmony. This happened evey time I raised my camera. So fun. My portrait sessions with these two is nothing short of exhilarating. Their chemistry is undiminished by any kind of reserve allowing me full access into their world. These pics definitely speak for themselves. Enjoy!
Arielle (aka Ari or Air) & Michael (aka Mickey, Michael, Don Miguel, Miguelito) were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the W South Beach. Planner Kelly Gold reached out to me two weeks before their wedding telling me their engagement session didn’t go well, and asked if I could take on the wedding. After meeting Arielle & Michael, I was in! With most of my weddings, I’m fortunate to be able to attract groups of vibrant and eclectic personalities that make my job fun and interesting. First you have Michael’s motley crew of 13 rowdy groomsmen who pretty much defined the pace of the reception. Then there’s Benni, the couple’s Havanese dog (@southbeachbenni if you want to follow) who stole the show in the groom suite (yes, he hung out with the groomsmen) and then led the ring bearer down the isle to greet Michael. I think though he was escorted by security out of the reception for hanging around the bar to often and hitting on the bridesmaids. On the heartfelt end of the spectrum, you have the speeches by the best man, maid of honor and both sets of parents, which were a beautifully executed combination of praise, pride and pure roasting. The DJ did a fantastic job of introducing them into the reception by packing them on the dance floor in a tight group. All for one and one for all. Décor was crafted by Petal Productions. Many thanks Kelly for this one! Enjoy!
Here’s Eileen and Daniel who were married at Turnberry Isle Miami recently in an Jewish Orthodox celebration. Eileen looked fabulous along with her pampered and charming little flowers girls. Petal Productions created a fantastic Chuppah under which the ceremony was performed. So after the Rabbi’s did their thing, the reception was kicked off by probably the longest Hora I’ve ever witnessed! Enjoy!