One of the things we love about client referrals is that sometimes we recognize a few people at a wedding. Even better? When a bride of ours from a couple of years ago refers her brother and future sister-in-law and we recognize half of the family at the entire event. This would lead to a very relaxed feeling to the day in general, but Mindy + Anthony’s wedding was even smoother than we’d expected. The perfect South Florida winter weather certainly didn’t hurt! Picture this: an intimate garden courtyard fenced by towering trees, sparkling sunlight filtering through the leaves that flutter with a light breeze. A fountain trickles quietly in the center, droplets catching the sunbeams and glistening like diamonds before plunging into the waiting pool. This was at the Mango Inn, where Mindy chose to get ready with all of her ladies, and where Mindy + Anthony had their first look in private before the ceremony. Idyllic, no? And then we all went to the beautiful nearby beach, where their guests looked on at the ocean while they said their wedding vows. The indoor reception at the Lake Worth Casino Ballroom overlooked the ocean, but we barely noticed– everyone was too intent on dancing up a storm.

Check out a few of our favorites from the day below, and leave some comment love for Mindy + Anthony! We can’t wait to show you the rest soon. xoxo–Em + Stevemindyanthonywed-01 View full post »

One of the best things about our chosen path in photography is getting to meet new people and make new friends. You may recall Megan + Glen and their beautiful daughter Gabby from family portrait sessions we’ve published here; we actually met them at the wedding of their besties Nicole + Scott two years ago, and we were beyond thrilled when they asked us to be their photographers for their own wedding day. In what ended up being one of our longest shooting days ever, we laughed, cried, ate spectacular food, and rediscovered the sparkle and wonder of Disney World, all with people we have come to love and care about as if they were our own family.

Those of you who are familiar with visiting Disney will understand that there’s something special about the place and the people who choose to work there; a wedding at Disney is even more special because of the dedicated team of wonderful “cast members” who have made it their life’s work to create magical days. From the exhilarated laughter of their first look before the ceremony at the Wedding Pavillon to the incredible tasting menu at the California Grill (where Mickey + Minnie Mouse made a cameo appearance for photos with the kids) we capped the evening with Megan + Glen and their loved ones watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle from the top of the Contemporary Resort. (And after everyone said goodnight we got to do something amazingly fun… but we’ll get to that at the end of this post.) 

Check out our [soooo many] favorites below, and please leave some comment love for this amazing, talented, kind, and loving couple. We are so honored and happy to have shared this day with them, and we’re delighted to call them friends. Cheers to Megan + Glen, we can’t wait to go back to Disney with you soon!

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And now for something completely different. As you may or may not have figured out already, we traveled for no reason other than fun and a love of adventure to Iceland last November. Why? Why not? It’s been on our bucket lists for years, and an insanely good deal on airfare and a hotel sealed the deal for us. While we eagerly awaited our departure date, Iceland seemed to pop up everywhere. Photographers we know and admire photographed clients there (we can’t wait to do that some day!), we watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and drooled over the incredible scenery, and friends mentioned in passing how much they wanted to go there some day. Every time a friend mentioned they wanted to go we eagerly shared our travel dates and encouraged them to join us for at least part of our trip. And suddenly someone said yes.

Thu Tran is a photographer in Atlanta; we met her four years ago at a huge photography convention in Las Vegas. (Part of what we love about going to conventions is how many awesome friends we make from around the country and around the world! Such a wonderful community.) We’ve remained in touch through Facebook and we were so excited when she said she and her boyfriend, Alek, were also planning a trip to Iceland, and that we’d overlap by a few days. We made plans to spend a day together, which turned into nearly three days together; a road tripping group that worked flawlessly and left us begging for more, with one certainty: we will travel again together, and hopefully soon!

We took turns taking photos of each other on the first day as we explored some of the southwest of Iceland, including the waterfalls Selandjafoss and Skogafoss, ending at the black beaches of Vik just before dusk. Thu had the foresight to bring along a packable wedding dress, which made for some gorgeous contrast against the lava sand! See a few of our favorites from the day below, and stay tuned for a personal blog post with photos of the Pogos traipsing around the incomparable Icelandic countryside very soon.

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  • Stefani TjinFebruary 12, 2015 - 6:25 am

    Omg….soooo nice!!! Beautiful couple+Beautiful place+Awesome photographer=Perfection!!

  • Senda TranFebruary 12, 2015 - 8:28 am

    So beautiful photograph , lovely couple wish your love forever. Love

  • Nicole DavisonFebruary 12, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    Wow, these are breathtaking! Great job :)

  • Sandy Sudlow ClarkeFebruary 13, 2015 - 10:39 am

    These are incredible.

  • Ted JeromeFebruary 13, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    Wow, what an exotic locale! Love the basalt pillars. Great portraits!

Tiffany + Jonathan are the kind of clients who make us feel like this is the easiest job in the world. We get together for their engagement session in Jupiter: they laugh, chat, run around, cuddle, play, jump, laugh some more… and they look so effortlessly awesome the entire time. (To say that we had a great afternoon with them would be an understatement.) We are so looking forward to their wedding later this spring! Check out our favorites below.

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Christine + Diego’s wedding day was bright and beautiful; one of those days that reminds you of why everyone loves living in South Florida (especially in the winter). Their wedding day was filled with personal touches: from the Miami University campus chapel for their ceremony to the care they took to include their families’ diverse customs and heritages, each part of the day felt personal and inspired. The cocktail hour and reception were held beneath the soaring trees of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, where guests mingled with myriad tropical plants, studded with enormous Chihuly glass sculptures (which are really worth checking out if you’re in the area).

Family was obviously hugely important to this wedding celebration. Diego’s family imported traditional Spanish jamon iberico (a cured pork delicacy that puts Virginia ham to shame) and Christine incorporated many Vietnamese traditions at the tea ceremony the night before, where family of all ages gathered at her parents’ home to celebrate… and cook and serve an enormous amount of delicious food. (There may be another blog post for that night later.) During the reception Christine’s sister and brother invited her to join them in singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” to the delight of everyone who watched; no one who has a sibling had a dry eye after that one!

Thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome! Click below to check out favorites from the day; the full gallery will be available soon.

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  • Ted JeromeFebruary 2, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Beautiful photos, as always, Em and Steve!

  • Sherry Jo CastilloFebruary 9, 2015 - 6:54 pm

    Like a fairytale!!

  • Phuoc NguyenFebruary 24, 2015 - 2:45 am

    The pictures are so beautiful. Congratulations Christine.

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