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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.
Molecule centerpiece, periodic table seating chart, & electric cake? This “Science of Love” wedding editorial has been under wraps for over a year, patiently waiting to inspire science lovers and even those that skipped the class. I am thrilled to see it recently featured on Every Last Detail, and to feature some of our favorite images here for your pinning pleasures!
Here’s some inspiring details about the shoot from Staci of Unique Event Design,
“Annie & Adam” met in college. As scientists, they wanted their wedding to represent the story of their relationship, hence “Science of Love” was created. A metallic color scheme combining copper, gold, and silver was set.The venue’s metal, glass, and concrete interior created an amazing contrast against the elegant bride. The bride carried an avant garde bouquet, combining orchids, lilies, and scabiosa pods. The exotic florals and frayed wire accents created an asymmetrical shape and loads of dimension. The groom’s boutonniere kept a masculine edge by combining the flowers with wires. For a unique take on a unity ceremony, the bride & groom poured vinegar over baking soda creating an overflowing, scientific reaction. A periodic table seating chart was used to guide the guests to their seat. Cocktail hour centerpieces incorporated dry ice and fire, and hors d’oeuvres included tomato soup served in test tubes and shrimp with sauce eyedroppers. Beakers and glass containers of floating candles led the way to the table setup on the first floor of the museum. A linen, replicating liquid copper, framed the tablescape beautifully. The table centerpiece was reminiscent of the design of DNA, with hexagon shapes and connecting tubes, atop a metal mesh runner. The table number looked like a typical piece of notebook paper and broke down multiple math problems with x = the table number. The stand alone menus were the major highlight of the tabescape resembling miniature 3-sided science project boards. A copper colored calla lily graced each napkin and hexagon placecards had the guests’ names noted like periodic table elements. For dessert, the mysterious chocolate balloon was featured. Warm liquid is poured over an edible sphere and as it melts, a chocolate dessert is revealed inside. The wedding cake was kept all white with metallic frayed wire accents and a wire heart topper. It had a backdrop of metal slats and was highlighted with exposed light bulbs above.
A HUGE thank you to the stellar team behind this editorial:
Models: Grace and Johnathan / Event Design & Planning: Unique Event Design / Flowers & Decor: The Bride’s Bouquet / Invitations & Stationery: A&P Designs / Catering: Puff ‘n Stuff Events & Catering / Cake Baker: It’s Icing on the Cake / Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Artist Group / Bridal Salon: The Dressing Room/ Linens: Connie Duglin Linens Venue: MOSI
Judy of The Dressing Room brought a few gorgeous gowns and Grace looked absolutely exquisite in all three!
There are so many special moments during a wedding event but one of my favorite times is during the speeches. At that time you get to see a different side of your couple. You get to know the bride and groom through the eyes of their loved ones. Besides the laughs and tears, you can feel the power of love with every word. Morgan and John’s wedding weekend started with their rehearsal dinner and after hearing their family and friends express such beautiful words about this happy couple, there was no doubt this would be an unforgettable weekend.
We already knew how awesome Morgan and John are together (as you can see here) but spending the weekend with their family and friends was an incredible experience. They were such a fun-loving group and boy, do they know how to party! We even grabbed some great shots of Aunt Debbie breaking it down on the dance floor! :)
Morgan and John’s wedding ceremony took place under an oak tree on the golf course with beautiful Cypress trees surrounding them. Morgan looked absolutely radiant in her lovely wedding gown. They integrated a wine unity ceremony and their family and friends enjoyed the string quartets. After the ceremony, everyone mingled and toasted champagne on the green.
Thoughtfully, instead of registering for gifts, Morgan and John had their guests make donations to ASPCA, a wonderful organization fighting against animal cruelty.
Now, unto Morgan and John’s wedding reception details…be still my heart. Let’s just say that since Morgan’s wedding in December, I’ve
needed wanted a monogrammed chevron-print ice sculpture table, an a la carte cappuccino station, and a caricature station in my home but Khaled keeps telling me that’s crazy talk.
There’s no way that I can choose a favorite detail (as you’ll see below). The food stations were mouth-watering (there was sushi, center seafood bar, Cuban, Asian, and cheese/bread stations) and the center pieces and Nuage linens were stunning! Morgan and John’s guests enjoyed a cigar station, two live bands while dancing or relaxing in the lounges or cabanas, took some candid fun shots in the photobooth (Khaled and I may have joined in on the fun for a few seconds) and celebrated the night away! There was something to do for everyone!
MMD did a gorgeous job on the black and white chevron main bar and Morgan and John’s letterpress invitations, created by the talented A&P Designs, were drool-worthy. Morgan and John had an amazing team of vendors and we were honored to be a part of such an important day in their lives. They have become dear friends to us and we couldn’t be more excited to share some of our favorite images from their special day. Enjoy!
Wedding Venue: Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort
Wedding gown: Anne Barge
Boutique: Malindy Elene Couture for the Bride
Tuxedo rentals: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s Wedding shoes: Tom’s
Hair/Make up: Indaba Spa at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort
Catering and Cakes/Dessert: Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort
String Quartet by: Alafia String Quartet
Caribbean Music by: Caribbean Crew
Booked through: D. Bailey Management
Reception Music by: Ace Factor
Booked through: D. Bailey Management
All decor by: MMD Events
Limo/Transportation: Skyline Limousine
Stationer/Paper Products: A&P Designs
Cinematographer: Lucky Lemon Films
Caricatures by: Dave Smith Caricatures
Cigar Rolling by: Long Ash Cigars
Photo Booth by: Shutterbooth Tampa
There is so much that I love about traveling to document weddings in different states and countries. One of my favorite parts of destination weddings is shooting in unique locations and different weather that you normally don’t experience in Florida. One of my goals is to shoot a wedding or portraits in snow and it seems every time we are in NY or NJ we miss the snow by a few days, but I won’t be discouraged. It will happen!
Cindy and Rob had a beautiful waterfront wedding with the New York skyline as a backdrop and we were excited to take some time the morning after for some new Mr. & Mrs. portraits. It was chilly but the light was absolutely delicious and we found a beautiful area with a waterfall backdrop. I’ll never forget the gorgeous fall colors mingled with the sounds of the rushing water behind Cindy and Rob, it was mesmerizing.
We had so much fun with this sweet couple and thank Cindy and Rob, their friends and family, Kathy Romero and her amazing team for making us feel at home and part of the family!
Here are a few of our favorites from that day. Be sure not to confuse Cindy and Rob for Jennifer Lopez and Van Diesel…we teased them enough about that! ;)
I am obsessed with everything about this editorial. The gold, glitter, nail glam, gorgeous downtown Tampa venue, everything! When Amanda from MMD asked us to collaborate for this exclusive Ruffled shoot, I was beyond thrilled and when she mentioned chevron, animal prints, paisley, butterflies while describing her vision, I couldn’t sleep just thinking about how gorgeous this shoot was going to be! This editorial is filled with inspiration for the modern bride. One of my favorite details is the wedding reception lounge area. Every wedding needs one of these, an area where friends and family can gather and enjoy the ambience.
It was such a pleasure working with an awesome team of vendors. You can read all the details on the Ruffled feature, but here are some of our favorites images from the day. Khaled also surprised us with an awesome behind-the-scenes video you can catch below!
Shoot Location: Tampa, FL / Event Designer, Florals, Lighting, Draping, and Decor: MMD Events / Photographer and Videographer: Kismis Ink Photography / Shoot Venue: The Vault / Event Planning and Custom Favors: Confetti Events/ Custom Lounge: Amanda Allen Designs for I HEART Vintage / Custom Bar, Table, and French Bistro Chairs: I HEART Vintage / Wedding Gown and Accessories: The Dressing Room / Hair and Nails: Makeup & Hair by Monique / Sherry Bae Restifo: Make Up Artist Bridesmaids’ Attire: Influence Style / Men’s Attire: The Met / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Nomeda / Napkins, Napkin Cuffs, Sequin Pillows, and Cake Linen: Nuage Designs / Back Bar Linen: Connie Duglin Linen / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: A & P Designs