PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL

This beautiful wedding started at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, where the bride prepared for the day ahead.

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The father of the bride seeing his daughter prior to the wedding.

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The wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful St. Patrcick’s Cathedral in South Beach, Miami.

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The party was held back at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables.

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After the wedding, Jackie and Albert had this to say:

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. The entire day was a dream come true!! From waking up and getting all dolled up with the bridal party, to partying it up with family and friends; all of it was spectacular!

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A. Walking down the aisle with my dad. Everyone’s eyes were on me. What a feeling! Im suprised my dad was able to keep the tears in, because he was a wreck in the car!! There’s no better dad out there.
As I was walking down the aisle I kept my eyes on Albert. Seeing his reaction was priceless.
Then our son walked us down the aisle as husband and wife! Josh came running to us, grabbed our hands, and walked his parents down.

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. I’m glad I had my family and friends to get ready with!

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
A. A tip I would give future brides is to have an engagement photo session!! These pictures come out beautiful and have a special meaning !

PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEX

I had a blast working with Meagan and Jonathan during their engagement session earlier last year and so I was very excited to work with them for the wedding. They are a fun loving couple who is very passionate about each other and I knew their day would be special.

The wedding preparations started at the Sundy House in Delray Beach. The Sundy House is a historic home which now serves as a very beautiful, quaint bed and breakfast type cottages.

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Meagan and Jonathan wanted to maximize their time with friends and family on the day so they opted to do a first look followed by their portraits all prior to the ceremony.

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The ceremony and reception took place at the gorgeous Addison in Boca Raton. The Addison has one of the most beautiful settings you can find in South Florida for a wedding. The giant banyan trees are just breathtaking. The whole day was full of great candid moments that make me love my job!

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After the wedding, Meagan and Jonathan had this to say:

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. Bride: Our first dance. We practiced and practiced at home, but once I put on the dress, I didn’t know if we could pull it off. Luckily everything went exactly as planned and we had a blast showing off our dance moves to all of our friends and family.

A. Groom: Watching my future wife walk down the isle. It took everything I had to keep my composure and not to break down.

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A. Bride: Saying our vows. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get through them because I knew that I would probably be crying. Somehow I managed to pull it together, and I think our vows really showed who we are as a couple and how much we support each other.

A. Groom: During the first look, I felt like I was looking at the most beautiful woman in the world. The next thought was “How am I going to flip her in this dress?”

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
Bride: Spending time, just John and I, right after the ceremony to take everything in and have 10 minutes to ourselves. We stood on the balcony together, enjoying our drinks and horderves, and watched as all of our friends and family were celebrating below. It was a special moment that I will never forget.

Groom: spending the day relaxing by the pool and grabbing lunch with my brothers and groomsmen made for an awesome start to the wedding day.
What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
Bride: Get a videographer. At first, we weren’t going to spend extra money on it, but it ended up being one of the best decisions that we made. Since we can’t be everywhere at once on the wedding day, we’re happy that someone could catch all of the action.

Groom: To other grooms: help your wife with planning the wedding- it will make her happy. Happy wife = happy life.

Primary Photographer: Paul with portraits by Alex

Ashley started her day at the Viceroy hotel in downtown Miami.

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Ashley and the girls arrived at Longan’s place early in order to do a few pictures around the beautiful country style surroundings.

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After a few pictures with the bridesmaids the girls hid and the boys came out for a few pictures.

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Longan’s Place has a beautiful waterfall with giant pond as a setting for wedding ceremonies.

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After the ceremony the sun was low in the sky giving us the most amazing warm light for a few quick portraits.

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Dinner was served in the chekee hut style gazebo near the pond. The uplight provided a great atmosphere.

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Party took place inside the main building.

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Ashley had this to say following her wedding…

Q: What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A: Definitely walking down the aisle and seeing my future husband Awaiting me on the deck. The love and happiness you feel from everyone in that moment makes it all worth it!

Q: What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A: I would have to say dancing with my father.

Q: What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A: Get ready with my entire bridal party while snacking and drinking champagne! Made me feel more at ease commuting with my bridesmaids and not worrying if they would arrive late.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
A: Enjoy your day and try to relax! It goes by way too fast so make the most of it. At the end, everything will turn out perfect :)

Primary Photographer: Paul with portraits by Alex

Elizabeth and Jaimey started their day at the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove.

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When Elizabeth got to the Kampong we were able to sneak a few portraits of her prior to the ceremony.

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The Kampong is one of my new favorite wedding venues. It has a gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the bay. Elizabeth and Jaimey furnished their wedding with vintage pieces by Unearthed Vintage creating a charming accent to all of the day’s events.

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Instead of doing traditional candles or sand for their ceremony, Elizabeth and Jaimey decided to do something a bit more special. One of the family members explained the meaning of the rock, pebble, sand ceremony as follows…the rocks represent the important things in life such as your family and close friends, those went in first. Second, the pebbles represent necessary things in life such as career and home. Third comes the sand representing the little things that are not as important. The meaning of the ceremony is that if you start with the sand first then you will never have room in the bottle for the rocks which represent the really important things in life. You have to build your life with the important things and then make room for the little things not the other way around. The beauty of this ceremony was accentuated by the triangle shape of the container representing their faith as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It was really touching and something I had never seen before in a wedding ceremony.

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After the wedding, Elizabeth and Jaimey had this to say…

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. Bride: My favorite part of the wedding day was the moment to finally walk down the aisle to know I would walk up to the man I love to exchange our wedding vows. I was incredibly touched by our unity ceremony.
A. Groom: Finally seeing her walk down the aisle.

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A. Bride: 1) starting by receiving a wedding gift from my fiance which was delivered to my hotel room by the best man while I was getting ready 2) walking down the aisle with my father and 3) as I approached the wedding arch seeing my fiance express his emotions.
A. Groom: Again LOL! Finally seeing her walk down the aisle.

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. Bride: I made sure I captured a clear photograph in my mind of the entire event and enjoyed myself throughout the entire day.
A. Groom: Having my post wedding cigar. It was nice to sit at the end of the night with my bride and a few close friends having a cigar, a drink, and relaxing as the event ended. Finally getting to relax.

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
A. Bride:1) Work as a team with your ideas of how you want your wedding to be (learn to compromise) 2) if you are getting ready with all your bridesmaids, make sure someone is in charge of the whole day so you can focus on just yourself 3) make sure you provide the photographer with a list of photos you must have whether formal or fun. I should have taken the time as the photographer suggested. I now regret it, as I missed many of the fun photos I wanted to have.
A. Groom: Realize that everything will not turn out 100% the way your planned it, but also realize that none of your guest will know what went wrong or was out of place. Just enjoy the event.

PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEX FAGUNDO

One of the questions I am asked most often is “have you worked at my venue”. Having been doing wedding photography now for 9 years, I have worked almost everywhere and know all the South Florida venues, however, there really is little advantage to having photographed a venue multiple times. A good professional photographer should be able to work in any lighting and under any challenge that can come up regardless of the venue. When Marissa and Pietro told me they were going to have their wedding at the Kampong in Coconut Grove, I was thrilled because that is a place I had never been.

I had had the opportunity to photograph Marissa and Pietro’s engagement session just a few months before and was very excited to work with them again. They are a blast to work with. They are very passionate, fun loving and adventurous. This is how their wedding day developed.

Technical note: This was the first wedding in which I used the Nikon D750 as a main camera. I loved the skin tones I was able to capture and low light portraits. I don’t normally label images this way but I will label the shots appropriately with camera info for this blog.

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image by second shooter Karen Ziemkowski using 5D3

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image by primary photographer Alex Fagundo using Nikon D750

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After the wedding I had the opportunity to ask Marissa and Pietro about their day.

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. Seeing everything all come to fruition. The final product was amazing!

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A. Standing up at the alter at our wedding ceremony looking at my husband, knowing all eyes from our families were on us. Knowing that even though my sister was not physically there, she was in spirit.

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. We sat at our table together and took the advice a friend gave us a few days before the event. We took it all in. We took a couple of minutes to look around, see the smiles, the decor, and the whole party just come to life. It’s important to remember those moments because they go by so quickly. Also we were glad to have done our Evolution of Dance, which we barely practiced and somehow pulled off!

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
A. Make sure to not sweat the little things. Take time to enjoy the day, and no matter what make sure to say something to each person at your wedding. They are all there to celebrate the joy of your marriage. Let them know how grateful you are to share it with them!

That is some great advice! Thank you Marissa and Pietro for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

Getting up really early at the crack of dawn, actually before the crack of dawn is not something anyone likes doing, but as you can see in these pictures it is totally worth it. I think if more of my clients were willing to get up early I would do nothing but shoot at sunrise everyday. Thank you, Elizabeth and Jamie for getting up early!

This session was photographed at very low light during sunrise using my new Nikon D750 camera which is soon to be my go-to camera replacing my much more expensive D3s.

Technical note: I’m really sorry to all my Canon friends for geeking out about this. I know you probably hate me right now but please tolerate a little geeking. The debate between whether Canon or Nikon is better is an old one that has plagued humanity since the 60s. I’m going to preface some of this with the words “in my opinion” just to placate the Canon crowd but I really want to say “in fact”. Nikon, in my opinion, has always been better in low light, high iso scenarios that wedding photographers face often such as the inside of a dark church or reception ballroom. Nikon was also better at getting amazing dynamic range, that is the ability to capture great detail in both the highlights and shadows. Canon just can’t keep up in those areas and to me those are handicaps that I just can’t live with as a photojournalist. Weddings are not studio sessions in which you can control every little detail. Most of the time, I am photographing in less than ideal conditions yet have to produce amazing results and that is why I have always used Nikon.

One of the only benefits, in my opinion, that Canon had was the gorgeous colors that Canon cameras could produce. Canon had creamy, silky skin tones that made us Nikon fans jealous…that is until now. It used to be that I could never get these colors with Nikon. To me these colors were only possible with Canon. Keep in mind the color palatte of the sunrise here and that I am photographing two different skin colors. I’ve read all the reviews of this camera and yet what I haven’t heard anyone talk about is the color. I am loving the color this camera produces. Its like having the benefits of Canon without any of the drawbacks of Canon. Also look at the insane dynamic range of having the sunset right behind the couple and still have great color and skin tone in the foreground.

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