PHOTOGRAPHERS: ALEX AND PAUL
When Luciana called me to photograph her wedding she gave me the best compliment ever. I had recently shot her sister’s wedding the year before. She said, “I purposefully did not want to hire all the same vendors my sister hired for her wedding because I wanted each wedding to feel unique, but after looking and looking at other photographers I really have to say that you are the best I’ve seen and want you to photograph our wedding too!” Hearing that just made my day. I had had a blast working with Luciana’s sister, Ana, the year before and now I couldn’t wait to photograph this one.
Luciana and Matt planned almost the entire wedding from out of town but you couldn’t tell by how well this all came together. It was gorgeous. For their wedding venue, they chose Estancia Culinaria, which is a real working avocado farm with a beautiful setting for a wedding. The Estancia Culinaria has a very picturesque, rustic home in which brides can get ready and the family is treated in vip style prior to the ceremony. The wedding itself is held in front of a very cute wood and stone chapel that sits amidst the avocado trees. The reception took place under a decorated tent complete with chandeliers.
While Luciana and the family got ready inside the house, Matt and his family played dominoes on the upstairs terrace.
Luciana and Matt decided to do a first look before the actual wedding. Most of the portraits were done at that time. We were able to take advantage of the property without guests having to wait on us.
The weather could not have been better for this outdoor wedding.
Estancia Culinaria prides itself on their amazing hospitality and service which included curb side drop off to the aisle with horse and carriage.
Thank you Luciana, Matt and family for allowing me to capture these amazing moments in your life.
After the wedding, Luciana and Matt had this to say:
Q. What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A. Both Together: Getting to party with so many family and friends that came from all over and marrying my best friend.
Q. What was the most emotional part of the wedding for you?
A. Bride: Listening to Matt read his vows.
A. Groom: When it was all over.
Q. What was something you are glad you did on your wedding day that not everyone may realize?
A. Bride: Turn my phone off! (and sip on champagne)
A. Groom: I actually had fun dancing and I showed teeth in some pictures.
Q. What is one piece of advice you would give a bride planning for her wedding?
A. Bride: Enjoy every minute, it goes by so fast and you miss so many of the details you worked so hard on planning. Also get a good team behind you, we were so lucky to work with so many amazing vendors!
Q. How did you make decisions about how to distribute your budget to get the wedding you wanted?
A. Both together: We weighed many of our decisions on how our guests would experience our wedding and worked from there.
Q. What song played during your first dance?
A. Ray Lamontagne- You are the best thing
Q. Who is one person (or persons) without whom you couldn’t have done this wedding? How did they make it possible?
A. Bride: My mother and sister. My mom was so supportive in the planning, not living in Miami made the planning a bit more challenging and she was always there to help us out. My sister because she recently got married and shared many contacts with me. She was also my idea sounding board.
A. Groom: My wife and father in law. My mom also helped us out with her artistry.
Q. How much did your feet hurt after the wedding?
A. Bride: They did not hurt at all! I brought 3 pairs of shoes to alternate.
A. Groom: Mine hurt more after I stepped on a sea urchin on our honeymoon.