anna & danny- mazel tov! turnberry isle : miami wedding

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Some couples in particular stand out to me… the ones who you see looking at each other in such a way that it gives you pause, and somehow you just know- “they are perfect for each other. This what love can be.”

Anna and Danny are one of those couples. :-)

          Anna is a joyful, kind, and vivacious spirit. Her excitement is so contagious that I wager I’ve been just about as excited about her wedding as she’s been! Danny is more quiet- at least at first- but he has a ridiculously poker-faced sense of humor that is absolutely priceless. Together, they simply light up and come alive.

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                    The bride & groom got ready at Turnberry Isle- a hotel & golf resort in Miami which rightfully warrants every star in it’s 5-star rating!- followed by a ceremony at the nearby Temple Beth Torah. They were married after dusk in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, surrounded by friends & family from across the globe. Even Danny’s 92 yr old grandmother, Marika, came all the way from Israel. (They hadn’t seen in each other in the 14 years since Danny moved to America- but she had promised Danny that she would be there for his wedding, and she was!) The entire day was a celebration of their love, families, cultures, and most importantly, their continued faith. Their family members- both those present, and those there in spirit- were honored throughout the entire day, in little details that held deep meaning. Anna’s wedding ring & rhinestone broach had belonged to her grandmother, Mari; the tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) used in the ceremony belonged to Danny’s grandfather; and for her “something borrowed,” Anna pinned a gold brooch from Danny’s grandmother onto her bouquet, musing that Marika “was very happily married, and I wanted to borrow her happiness in my marriage as well.”

                    They chose to forego the “traditional” wedding reception, opting instead to have a high-energy, non-stop celebration that left me thinking “man, do they know how to throw a party or what?!” The unbelievably good music was by a live band featuring Israeli, Russian, Latin, and American singers (plus a DJ!), and Danny’s dad sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” -better than Elvis himself!- while inviting the new Mr & Mrs up to dance. Dinner was served family-style, “the Russian way,” featuring both traditional Russian and Israeli foods, while a delectable Viennese dessert table appeared out of nowhere just in time for the cake-cutting.

All in all, it was an amazing day, perfectly befitting this amazing couple. <3

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hotel: turnberry isle miami  /  ceremony: temple beth torah  /  bride’s gown: justin alexander  / birdcage veil: sara gabriel  /  bride’s earrings: kate spade  /  swarovski crystal hair comb: BHLDN  / bride’s shoes: badgley mishka  / custom cake topper: jolie en rose vintage designs  /  band: tal productions  / 

kickin’ it with Kicklighter

This is Kameron: America’s Next Top Male Model. (Ok, fine- he’s not. But he could be.) Kameron is a spirited, goofy guy, incredibly giving, incredibly talented- and while he may just be one of the most gorgeous men you’ll ever lay eyes on- who he is as a person is even more beautiful <3

Since we’re both photographers, we decided we would photograph each other- me, at the beach, and Kam at Riverbend Park. It was silly, and fun, and we laughed a lot- at both ourselves and each other! Good times & good photographs- what could be better than that? :-)

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anna & danny : a great gatsby engagement shoot

I’ve been wanting to do a styled / themed editorial shoot for oh.. only about forever now! When I met Anna, we basically became best friends in about 2 secs flat, and Danny is utterly charming- and likes to have team huddles!- so I thought… hmmm, wouldn’t it be fun to give them their very own styled engagement shoot?

I told Anna almost nothing about this shoot, except for the theme- Great Gatsby! I had a surprise planned- of course I told her I had a surprise planned, ’cause I get way too excited planning surprise and giving gifts!- but they didn’t know anything except for my request that they show up looking dapper with some champagne in hand.

My goal while getting this shoot together was to do all for under $50. That was a feat in itself! So, I borrowed vintage dresses from friends and consignment stores; I ransacked people’s houses for vintage items; I even went on quite a quest to find a ring similar to what Daisy wore in the latest film version! The book and the movie are so breathtaking that I knew a needed a special place to reflect that, so I choose with my favorite spot in what I consider the most magical place around- Riverbend Park (during magic hour)!

Anna & Danny- thank you for being who you are. To say I’m excited for your wedding is an understatement! <3

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IMG_2371-2After surprising them in the most ceremonious way possible, we got the party started 1920′s style with champagne and poker :-)
(The playing cards belonged to my grandfather- my sister and I grew up battling him at black jack as children… he was a notorious cheater at cards lol!)

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anthony, kate & sawyer : family portrait session

This is Sawyer. Sawyer is a wiggly, smiley, bundle of joy, delivered 5 months ago to his happy parents, Anthony & Kate. We all met up this past Sunday for a family portrait mini-session over in Lakeside Park.

 

 

Anthony & Kate were so at ease with each other, and so obviously head-over-heels in love with their new baby boy! And to make things even more exciting… I’m shooting Anthony & Kate’s wedding this weekend! It’s on the beach. At sunrise. On the winter solstice… sigh, can you say romantic?

 

 

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Amy Lou : a jewelry designers Fall 2013 lookbook

Amy Lou is an emerging jewelry designer full of sass and sophistication. Take my word on this. I’ve known her since the 1st grade!
We set off on a bright & sunny day in October to shoot her latest collection. A sofa with a vintage vibe was both loaned and delivered to us on location for the shoot, courtesy of Skeffington’s furniture. A chilled bottle of white wine, edgy jewelry, and golden fields all combined to make this a fun and beautiful shoot :-)
You can see more of the jewelry (and get the goods for yourself!) on the official Amy Lou site.
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