Mirtica and Sergio had an amazingly beautiful wedding at the Coral Gables Country Club. The day started out at the Hyatt Regency in Alhambra.

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The wedding ceremony took place in the Coral Gables Country Club’s Atrium room.  The Atrium room provided beautiful window light and vaulted wood ceilings.

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During cocktail hour, the staff at the Coral Gables Country Club flipped the decor of the Atrium room in order to accommodate the reception.  It was a gorgeous transformation!

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During the mother and son dance, Sergio’s mom broke out into a surprise dance routine including Gangnam Style and rap music.  It was great!

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After the wedding I had the opportunity to ask Mirtica and Sergio a few questions.

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. Our favorite part of our wedding was finally marrying one another. A dream we had looked forward to, and worked very hard for these past seven years together. The anticipation that built up to that moment- taking every effort not to see each other until we arrived at the ceremony, knowing we were next door to one another in the hotel, the ride over in the car; all these moments built up everything we had been waiting for. That moment we finally saw each other and knew what was to come, finally being married, that was the best feeling we have ever shared.

GROOM: One of my favorite parts was dancing with my mother and seeing everyone’s reaction.

BRIDE: One of my favorite parts was being able to enjoy our cocktail hour and say “hello” and take pictures with family and friends before the reception, allowing us to experience our entire wedding.

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
GROOM: The most emotional part for me was watching Mirtica walk down the aisle toward me.

BRIDE: I have to agree. The most emotional part was walking in, finally seeing his face, and all the emotions he was expressing with just a single look at me. I am not a crier. I am a laugher. But I had to fight back the tears at my first glance at him. That raw emotion we experienced was surreal.

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?

BRIDE: I am glad that I stayed in the hotel room alone and woke up on my own with no alarm or noise. It set the day up for peace and tranquility. Everyone who walked into the hotel room- from my family to his, to the hair and makeup artist, the videographers and photographers- everyone had a calmness in the way they went about things that really played a role in my peace and happiness, which carried on to the wedding.

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
Do whatever you have to do to be calm the day of the wedding. Workout, eat, drink tea- whatever it is, just do it! Everyone told me the day would pass by in a flash, but for me it truly played out slowly. I enjoyed and soaked up every second. I think staying in a hotel nearby and getting ready in the hotel played a huge role in setting a stress-free environment. Every detail, every emotion, I will always remember and cherish because I made it a point to do so the day of our wedding.

This wedding was a beautiful combination of two different cultures, languages and families. So proud to have been able to photograph it.

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I was able to ask Annica some questions after the big day…

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. We loved that we were able to combine four different cultures at our wedding. Omar is Dominican, Annica is German, we had American guests & during the hora loca we played Brazilian music!! We had a blast!!

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A. Exchanging gifts/letters before the wedding! It gives a personal touch.
During the ceremony!! It was just beautiful.
Bride: Dancing with my dad! It made me cry!! I picked the song: I loved her first!

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. We are glad that we did the first look because it gave us the chance to spend more time with our guests during the reception.

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
A. If you can afford a wedding planner for the actual wedding day – go for it! We worked with Eric Trelles and he helped us so much!! He created the actual timeline of our wedding day and he made sure that all vendors were on the same page. Great help, especially when everything comes together.
Head count: Take in account that you’ll have no-shows. Plan with less people, it will save you money.

Special thanks to Eric Trelles from ET Events for providing day of planning services and to the Coral Gables Country Club for the hospitality.

Fabiana and Jose Antonio had an intimate wedding with about 20 close friends and family witnessing. These are a few of the photos we captured telling their love story.

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I really enjoy taking wedding pictures at St. Hugh. I like to observe the couple and wait for those little moments where you just know they are in love.

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After the ceremony we went to Grove Isle for dinner. We managed to sneak a few quick portraits prior to going in. I enjoy the challenge and intimacy of night portraits.

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Photographers: Alex and Paul

Karyn and Iker started their wedding day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickel, where they prepared for the day’s event.

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The wedding took place at St. Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove, Miami.

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The reception took place at the beautiful Rusty Pelican, which offers the best view of Miami’s skyline anywhere.

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After the wedding, Karyn had this to say to all future brides:

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. My favorite part was walking into the church and seeing Iker for the first time. Even before we got engaged, I knew I would marry him, but I couldn’t haven’t felt it more when I walked into the church.

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding day?
A. When I told my dad before we walked down the aisle- I’ll always be daddy’s girl.

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. I’m glad we didn’t go to the cocktail hour. It was really the only time we had alone before the reception. We got to talk, take pictures around the church and rusty pelican, eat a little and get ready for an amazing time at our reception.

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning her wedding?
A. Enjoy every single minute of the planning. It might get a little stressful at times, but make the best out of it. You don’t want to feel like you hate planning the best day of your life. You will love your wedding day so much more.

Thank you, Karyn and Iker for letting us be a part of your day!

Special thanks to Marylen Exposito for planning this wedding perfectly.

PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL

Celilia and Adrian got married on a picture perfect day in June at The Deering Estate in Miami’s Cutler Bay. The wedding preparations started at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

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They chose to do a first look before the wedding in order to get as many portraits done before the ceremony as possible.

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One of the most beautiful aspects of the Deering Estate is the long walk as a father walks the bride towards the ceremony. The lawn overlooking the water was gorgeous that day. They were surrounded by close friends and family and it was a wonderful day.

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Celilia and Adrian both play the Cello and they wanted to incorporate that into the details and photos of the their day so we took some time during the portraits to incorporate that personal touch.

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We were honored to spend the day with you both!!

Special thanks to all the amazing vendors that contributed to the success of this wedding:

Bill Hansen Catering
Aloré Events – wedding planning
Alorè Ink – make up and hair
Eddie Rodriguez – officiant

PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEX

Let me just start with this before I say anything…

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I can’t tell you how much I love this picture. I think it captures their personalities perfectly and also incorporates that Key West vibe. Key West is a pretty awesome place to have a wedding specially if you have a bride and groom like Christie and Rex. Scroll down for more pictures.

I had the opportunity to ask Christie some questions some weeks before the wedding.

Q. How long have you been dating?
A. By the time we get married it will have been a little over four years

Q. How did you first meet?
A. We first met at a work Happy Hour. At the time, we both worked for Deloitte (he as an auditor, me as a recruiter). I was enjoying the single life, and also had a strict no-dating-co-workers policy. Rex is incredibly persistent, though. He kept inviting me to parties that he had at his house (he throws a mean St. Patty’s Day and Halloween party) and I kept not attending (whoops). However, he also kept talking to me via our work instant messenger, and occasionally stopping by my desk to chat. Finally, it just clicked (two years later) that he was perfect for me. Looking back I don’t realize why I was so stupid!

Q. When did you first realize you were in love?
A. Shortly after Rex and I started dating, he decided that he wanted to go to business school in a different city. After a weekend visiting a school, and still not really knowing what would happen with our relationship (we’d only dated 6 months at this point!) we decided to call it off. We were both miserable for about a month, and then decided to reconnect and grab a drink at our favorite bar. It just came out that we both loved each other and that we would do whatever we had to in order to stay together. We’ve been together ever since.

Q. What made you choose your venue?
A. We decided on the Florida Keys because we have a LOT of friends and family that would have to travel and we wanted everyone to have a vacation! We specifically chose the Ocean Key resort, because the pier sounded like an amazing way to incorporate the water without everyone getting sandy – plus, the food looked phenomenal!

Q. What are you most looking forward to on the wedding day?
A. Celebrating with our friends and family who have done so much for us!

The entire wedding from preparations, to wedding ceremony to reception all took place at my favorite Key West wedding venue, the Ocean Key Resort.

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Christie and Rex really wanted to be a part of their cocktail hour and get as many pictures done before the wedding as possible so they opted to do a first look.

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Christie had a special gift for Rex before the wedding, an oil painting of their dog!

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After the first look we went across the street from the Ocean Key Resort to capture some of the Key West ambiance in the pictures. We had a lot of fun just walking around the streets of Duval.

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The wedding ceremony took place overlooking the water on the West terrace of the Ocean Key Resort.

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Just as the wedding ceremony was about to end, it started to rain. The officiant had to do a hurry up of the formalities but the best man had it covered!

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Key West has some of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen. The pier at the Ocean Key Resort has a totally unobstructed view.

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Coordinator – Simply You; Erica Fuhrman
Florist – Milan Events
Video – N/A
Make-up Artist – Studio Marie-Pierre
Hair – Studio Marie-Pierre
Dress Designer – Essence of Australia
Shoe Designer – TBD
Bridesmaid dress designer – J. Crew

After the wedding Christie had this to say:

Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. Bride: There were so many parts. Seeing him tear up at the wedding when I’ve never seen Rex cry, my friends being so fantastic as bridesmaids, my family being there, the sunset, the food, everything…it was an awesome day.

Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding day?
A. Right before I went down the aisle. There is so much emotion that you aren’t totally prepared for that all of a sudden it hits that you are about to marry this amazing person that you’ve loved for multiple years.

Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. I am so happy I waited to give Rex his groom’s gift of the painting of our dog until the day of the wedding. I think having that moment immortalized by Alex is going to make it even better.

Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning her wedding?
A. I didn’t follow this advice – but don’t stress!! Also, it’s everyone’s day; not just yours. They all want to be there for you – let them.

Thank you, Christie and Rex for letting me be a part of this amazing day!