Their love story is the epitome of serendipity; and begins in December 2007 with a soccer scarf on a chair at a bar in midtown Manhattan.
As Will described in our questionnaire, he “was instantly smitten by Andrea’s confidence, sharp wit and smile. Ignoring conventional wisdom, he asked Andrea out that same night, in an e-mail sent at 2:40 a.m. After the holidays, they met up at the Museum of the City of New York and got along well … but the timing wasn’t right. They quickly fell out of touch.
Six months later, they randomly encountered each other among the 78,680 other people filling the New Meadowlands Stadium for a friendly match between the USA and Argentina. Will bought Andrea a beer and chatted with her for 15 minutes before rejoining his friends in the upper deck… but the timing wasn’t right.
Two years and one month after that, on July 10, 2010, they randomly encountered each other among 16,239 at Red Bull Arena, the place Will had recommended (way back in 2007) that Andrea go when the stadium was completed.
Will had just gotten back from 24 days in South Africa, promoting MLS to media covering the World Cup. This time, the timing was just right…”
We had the honor of spending some time with Andrea and Will while they visited Florida last month. They endured summer’s grueling heat and humidity- still managing to look stunning and have fun in front of our camera. Collective Creations did a fabulous job on Andrea’s hair and makeup. Khaled and I can’t wait to document their upcoming wedding day at the stylish Postcard Inn.
Here’s a few of our many favorites from their Ybor city session:
That one time our groom-to-be convinces a man on the 2nd floor of a building on 7th avenue to let us come upstairs and use his private balcony for some romantic portraits!
Within the first few minutes of my phone call with Liza, I was smitten. With her make-it-happen energy and zest for life, I just knew that Khaled and I would have an unforgettable time capturing this intimate wedding story.
I’ll never forget our first meeting with Liza and Jon. Their love story is hollywood-worthy, seriously. Let me set one of the many romantic scenes for you: A tall handsome man sits at an Olive Garden in Seattle, glances at his watch, opens his laptop and prepares to have a scheduled Skype date with his love- thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico. After a few moments, he looks up to find his beautiful love…standing there…in Seattle. Yes, I’d definitely watch this film on the big screen.
Listening to them laugh together as they conversed with us and seeing the way Jon lovingly glanced at Liza from time to time, it’s certain that many more beautiful memories are in store for this special couple.
Liza and Jon shared with us that their plans were to have an intimate wedding inviting the family and closest friends that had impacted their lives throughout the years. It was important to this couple that their cherished loved ones had a great time and an unforgettable experience celebrating their unity.
They married in the church that Liza had been attending since she was 9. Her pastor, who also did Liza’s sweet fifteen, married them. It was such a sentimental touch, and the perfect way to start Liza’s new journey with Jon, as husband and wife.
Besides being spontaneous and determined, Liza loves to shake things up and dance to the beat of her own drum. She nixed the idea of including a maid of honor, flower girl, bridesmaids and best man. Instead, the wedding party included their parents, her two brothers and Jon’s two beautiful children, Cierra and Kade. I must give Liza kudos. Channeling her project manager skills, Liza planned her wedding day timeline perfectly to include ample time for all the details and special moments of the day. The day transitioned smoothly and almost effortlessly- a photographer’s dream.
We can’t thank Jon, Liza, and their family enough for trusting our vision and allowing us to spend such a wonderful time documenting their memories.
1947 Cadillac Convertible: Coles Classic Cars
Bride’s wedding gown: The Dressing Room
DJ: Kustom Karaoke
Cinematography: Life Highlights
Reception Venue: Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Fl
Linens: Kate Ryan
One of my favorite details (besides the luscious succulents in Liza’s bouquet) is the delicate lace on her invitations and how it compliments her stunning wedding gown.
This vintage brooch, belonging to Liza’s grandmother, gave her bouquet the perfect touch.
Liza’s grandmother was too fragile to travel from Puerto Rico, so she gave Liza her bible to symbolize her presence.
I’m obsessed with Liza’s stunning bracelet.
While selecting the images for this stunning wedding feature, I was again reminded of how privileged we are to work with such talented and wonderful vendors, who help bring our couples’ dream weddings to life. The three days that Khaled and I spent at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida for Anjali and Sagar’s Memorial Day wedding weekend will always hold a place in our hearts.
The wedding’s details, colors, events and emotions were mesmerizing; from the smooth transitions from the welcome party on Friday evening, to the vivid colors of the Mehendi and Sangeet. The wedding reception was absolutely magical, brimming with beautiful white flowers and candles. The atmosphere was alight with the warmth and happiness of family and love.
Feast your eyes on this preview of Anjali and Sagar’s magical weekend.
A huge thank you to the amazing team behind this event:
To respect our client’s request for privacy, we have limited the images featured online. Please contact us directly to view more images from this wedding, thanks.
We met Leila over Pinkberry last July and it feels like it was just yesterday. I absolutely adored Leila within a few seconds of digging into the delicious frozen yogurt! She has such a warm and contagious smile. We didn’t meet Jio that day, but by sheer serendipity, I ran into Jio months later while picking up an air filter from my leasing office. From our brief encounter, I could see that Leila and Jio were meant to be and I couldn’t have been happier to be able to document such an important part of their love story.
Before writing this blog post, I went back to my notes from our meeting with Leila and I realized that every single wedding detail she envisioned during our first meeting became a reality on her wedding day. Her wedding timeline was a photographer’s dream, including a bonus of a few hours between the ceremony and reception to sneak away with the lovely couple and capture some romantic portraits.
On the wedding day, we arrived at Leila’s mother’s estate and instantly felt like part of the family. Everyone was so kind and you could see how much love surrounded this sweet couple- from the amazing and fun bridal party to the close family and friends. Jio was also getting ready on property, at the mother-in-law house. The party bus quickly whisked him away with his groomsmen before he had a chance to sneak a peek of his gorgeous bride. Shortly after, Leila’s grandfather drove her to the ceremony and it was such a special and emotional time.
There are so many details and beautiful moments from Leila and Jio’s wedding as you’ll see in a selection of some of our favorite images below. We are so grateful for their trust on such an important time in their lives.
I’ve been known to get emotional at weddings, but I was fighting back the sobs during Leila’s and Jio’s parent dances. It was one of the most emotional moments I’ve captured.
Days after their wedding, I mentioned on our Facebook that with every wedding, my passion for what I do magnifies. Just when I thought I couldn’t love what I do more, I do.
A million thank you’s, Leila and Jio.
One of the many blessings of being a family photographer is that you get to see the wonderful changes that happen over time to the sweet families you document. I was stunned to see how much Madi and Bree had grown since their last session with us! They have grown to be such beautiful young ladies, and if that wasn’t enough- super talented as well. We had such a wonderful time creating some portraits at their new home and then headed out to a nearby park. Once there, these girls dazzled us with their talents and their unbelievably charismatic personalities- see the results below!
We finished the evening at one of our favorite places, California Pizza Kitchen, and to say that there were lots of laughs is an understatement! Besides showing Cynthia’s family how to “bump” we realized our families have so much in common. We’re thankful that Cynthia and Bryan trust our vision when documenting their family, but even more grateful for the beautiful friendship we share.
P.S. A little birdie told me that Cynthia and Bryan are celebrating their wedding anniversary today! Be sure to leave them some love in the comments below!