Of a recent bridal portrait session. A beautiful bride, a beautiful photo, and a nice lunch to boot!
I knew from previously meeting Manny and Krystal for their engagement session that their wedding day was going to be pretty fantastic. To say that these two put a lot of time and effort into planning their day is an understatement. Manny and Krystal made sure to secure the best vendors and locations for their wedding, and the result was a flawless celebration.
Let’s start with the photos and give credit where due:
Pelle Moda heels and Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb. Check.
Krystal got ready at a beautiful suite in the Grand Beach Hotel on Miami Beach. The beautiful ocean view provided a super relaxing atmosphere for all the girls while they got ready together. Another important item to note is that Krystal’s makeup (along with all the bridesmaids and family’s makeup) was done by the incredibly talented Gina Paredes of GP Exclusives. I could not get over how awesome Gina was, both with her super kind demeanor, but also in how talented she is. She made every single woman look her absolute best, which brings us to an important and sometimes overlooked point- do not hire just anybody to do your makeup on your wedding day. Get referrals, check reviews, do your homework, because the difference between someone who does this full time and someone who dabbles is night and day.
I’m getting down from the box. Just a moment. Okay, rant over.
We did the first look at the gorgeous Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Manny waited on his beautiful bride as she stealthily approached him.
Please note the polka dotted pocket square for the win.
Then, as we proceeded to ride to the church, I saw this in front of me: a rainbow (top left), high-rises, lines of palm trees, taxi cabs, giant yachts and the waterway. I feel like this photo could be a postcard for every day of the year in South Beach!
Then we arrived at St. Patrick Church in Miami Beach. How in the world I have driven by this church so many times and had not known how absolutely beautiful it is, I’m not sure. Upon walking in, I realized this church is something that you’d see in Rome- gorgeous marble, pipe organ, incredibly tall ceilings, wooden beam arches, and then some. It is simply one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding ceremony in Miami.
Krystal’s grandfather walked her down the aisle:
I love Manny’s big smile as they gave each other their first husband-wife hug:
Then a celebratory toast of champagne just before getting back into the Rolls and heading for the reception.
I raced back to the Botanical Gardens where I walked into the reception room, which was absolutely gorgeous, and so full of charm. This was the first wedding I had photographed at the Botanical Gardens and I just loved how friendly the staff was and how beautifully they had set everything up.
Please check out the cake:
And the cake topper:
Call me a sucker, but I this cake goes down as my favorite ever. I love that the top tiers of the cake look like the back of Krystal’s dress, while the bottom two are very symmetric. Kudos to Krystal for thinking outside the box!
Oh the tables. I figured I was in for a treat given Krystal had Brigette Vichot, wedding planner extraordinaire, on her side, but I was blown away by how gorgeous she made the space look.
Please note how fantastic Manny’s mom is. I’ve never seen a mother-son duo have such fun during their dance.
After dinner, DJ Zim was let loose and the partying started. Out there on the dance floor were moms and daughters:
Granddads and granddaughters:
the young and the well-seasoned:
and moms and dads who, after decades of being married, still look at each other like this:
Manny and Krystal, you guys are beautiful people, both inside and out. Your external beauty is evident, but watching you both interact with your wonderful and supportive family and friends throughout the day was what made it clear that you are both so loved by so many people. I’ll never forget your reception as the most vivid mix of every kind of person, all dancing together.
Thank you for the effort you put into this day. Your hard work was obvious, and I’m so glad to have been a part of your day.
Loves Couples Who Truly Enjoy Each Others’ Company,
Where to begin?
Have you ever met someone who just has it all?
I was introduced to Andrea through a mutual friend, and I quickly came to understand that beautiful, intelligent, kind women are not just written into Hollywood scripts to make the rest of us feel inept. Oh no, beautiful, intelligent, and kind women exist in real life. They walk amongst us and they reproduce. Andrea is a trained ballerina, has a graduate degree from an Ivy League University, holds a high-powered man job, and just happens to be beautiful and extremely kind.
Yeah. It’s okay to cry. I just did.
Anyway, Andrea got married at the Church of The Little Flower, which is just across the way from The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables (you’ve got to love convenience and no fear of cars breaking down). As with everything, she meticulously planned every detail of the day, and I’m happy to share some of her bridal portraits:
Loves All Things Wedding,
I have a good friend who is an amazing writer. She used to travel a lot (primarily through Asia), and she would send email updates about where she was and what she was doing. I always looked forward to seeing her email show up in my inbox, knowing it would be wonderfully written and full of stories from far away places.
Somehow, a while back, I got into the habit of emailing her when I got home from a wedding, while I transferred the photos onto their new permanent homes. While I inhale whatever leftovers are in the fridge (carrying heavy gear on my small frame works up a hunger), drink a liter of water (I am paranoid about not stepping out of a wedding reception because I fear that when nature calls, everyone will start dancing to Gangnam Style), and download the photos from the day, I open up my email and I send her an update of where the day took me, and what little nugget of knowledge I was able to glean from the day’s adventures.
Today, as I started culling the photos from Charles and Soy’s wedding, one of those nuggets jumped right out at me: don’t forget that your wedding day is about getting married to the man of your dreams. Things WILL go wrong, you WILL (most likely) be late, the makeup probably WON’T make you look like Scarlett Johansson, and all those little details that you meticulously planned out over hours of perusing Pinterest probably WON’T be set up the way you want them to. You’ll then be staring down 2 roads you can take: freak out, cry, and go Bridezilla on those around you, or, alternately, realize that it doesn’t really matter. Today is about marrying The Man Of Your Dreams, and even if you wanted real votives and the reception planner used LED votives (egads!), at the end of the day, you’ll still be married to the man who will one day be the father of your children. You’ll still get to go on an amazing honeymoon that you’ll recall when you’re 80. You’ll still get to wake up tomorrow morning next to the man you love, his last name now yours.
Never has this nugget been more well exemplified than with Soy. Some people were late, some things didn’t get set up the way she wanted, some parts of the venue were smaller than she’d imagined. But aside from all that, the wedding details were still beautiful:
and she was still elated to be married to Charles:
So, though my emails to my Wanderlusty Friend will never be quite as eloquently written, I’m still happy to send her a story about a couple who chose to enjoy their day, regardless of errant plans.
Will Work For Travel,