When classic Caribbean combinations come together: pineapple and rum, lime and coke, and a Cuban with a cigar – you know this is 100% the kind of session you can expect to see in Miami’s Calle Ocho. Even if we wouldn’t of been there for the sake of taking pictures, you can witness a similar scene: grandpa sitting at Domino Park with cigar in hand battling out his afternoon domino game. Tourist walking the streets and sitting in the restaurant bars with mojitos and pina coladas taking in the warm weather and let’s not forget that after dessert a meal isn’t complete without your shot of ‘cafecito’. Julie and Mike decided to play homage to their roots and plan a session that highlighted the cultural things they love.
Together with their closest family and friends, Monica and Dayron closed the gap between that long distance that had been keeping them apart all along. You may not consider a two hour drive “long distance” but when it keeps you from seeing every day the person you love, I’d say it might as well be more. I thought I’d seen her happy during our engagement session, but Monica was glowing with such joy that her fairytale wedding day had finally arrived. All her decorations details were whimsical and rich in fall colors which set the tone for a long streak of November weddings. For us Miami-ans November is the ideal month to get married since the humid heat starts to fade.
You may remember seeing this lovely couple from a post not long ago.. their South Beach engagement session was one of those that I enjoyed shooting so much. Their carefree spirit and always happy expressions made them so easy to photograph. On their long awaited wedding day everything was happening just as planned except the one thing we couldn’t control… the weather. An 100% prediction of rain forecast for the entire day my friends. I kept thinking the night before, this is South Florida, it will rain a bit and then go away. Well, it didn’t. That was the one day friends that Hialeah literally never truly saw the sun. Out went our first look plans at the park and bridal portrait session after the ceremony but guess what?
I was so pleasantly surprised to see that good ‘ol Matheson Hammock Park had survived hurricane Irma during this past session. Although the beach area of the park is still closed and if you happen to wander on a weekend you’ll have a guard escort you out – on a Monday afternoon the following couple and I enjoyed the park to ourselves. It felt like it had been such a long time I had shot there from the streak I had been experiencing in the summer and honestly, I missed it. Those spanish moss covered trees are so memorable. Alyssa and Lorenzo won’t be tying the knot until 2019 but celebrating early engagement pictures is my favorite way to welcome this fall weather.
Sometimes while shooting a couple I will get that feeling of ‘I wish these guys were part of our friends circle’. The following groom would probably fit right in with my husband’s friends since he’s such a Star Wars fan (scroll down to see their wedding cake topper). He would partake in my husband’s lengthy Star Wars conversations that include and are not limited to speculation as to what the next movie is going to be about. The bride.. oblivious to anything Star Wars before becoming his lady ( just like me guys… D had to explain everything after our numerous marathon watching dates). In the future I can already see us having dinner and ignoring our husbands together. Yeni and Javier,