I will be thinking fondly of Emma and Baer’s wedding weekend for years to come. Not only were we fortunate to film in one of the most beautiful venues in the country, but we worked with one of the sweetest, most genuine couples in Baer and Emma. Their weekend was full of laughter, love of family, friends and the love between our adorable couple. Try watching their highlight without being thrilled for them, it’s impossible! These two knew they perfect for each other from the jump and we’re so grateful to have gotten to know them. Their day was stress-free and flawlessly executed by Jennifer Laraia Designs and it was a real pleasure to shoot alongside Natalie Watson Photography for the first time. We thank Emma, Baer and their wonderful families for their kindness and hospitality and wish this amazing couple continued love and happiness.
Janelle and Monica are two truly special women and it’s difficult for me to put into words how I feel about their story, but I’ll do my best. When I first met them via Skype, we hit it off right away. We laughed, traded travel stories, talked music and our mutual affection for dogs. I remember thinking to myself how happy I was for them…same-sex marriage hadn’t been legal for very long in Florida and they must have endured so much to get to this point. I truly didn’t know the half of it.
Janelle and Monica started dating long-distance back in 2011 while Janelle was living in DC. Three years ago, they met each other’s families, and though they were concerned about how their relationship would be received, their loved ones on both sides were accepting and wished them well from the very start.
But announcing their relationship to their conservative Hispanic families would be the first of many challenges. In the midst of their blossoming relationship, Janelle received a devastating cancer diagnosis. Since then, Janelle and Monica have not only displayed incredible fearlessness while fighting through to Janelle’s remission, but together they’ve proven what true love and unconditional commitment looks like.
After all they had been through, Janelle and Monica knew that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and that they wanted to start a family. While she was sick, Janelle tried time and time again to have her eggs extracted with the hopes of one day bearing a child. After over a year of trying, Monica was able to successfully carry Janelle’s embryo!
Baby Olivia Sophia’s due date is coming soon and both of their families are over the moon.
It is honestly overwhelming and humbling to think of what love can endure: the challenges of a long-distance relationship, the fear of familial and societal acceptance (not to mention the US government), cancer and fertility complications. We know being married means a lot to all of our couples…but I couldn’t help but feel that for Janelle and Monica it means so much more because of the odds they’ve overcome. My smile was truly from ear-to-ear watching these two finally make it official and we hope yours is, too.
Monica and Janelle, we wish you a lifetime of love, health and happiness!
We’re thrilled to share the highlight from Nicki and Carlos’ gorgeous interfaith wedding at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA. Nicki is of Indian descent and Carlos’ family is from Puerto Rico, so their wedding was not only about two people becoming one, but two cultures as well. We were fortunate to spend three days with the Shah and Rivera clans and loved seeing these families grow closer together over the weekend. Each family was exposed to new and exciting traditions (and food!) from a culture different from their own and by the end of the weekend, they were one family. It’s always a pleasure working with our talented friends at Engaging Affairs, who made sure everything looked amazing and ran smoothly. We are grateful to Nicki and Carlos and wish them many years of love!
A little over two years ago, Jessica was in a panic because her four-month-old French Bulldog, Tux, had gone missing. She called everyone she knew, posted on every social media channel and had every neighbor on the search for Tux. A few hours into the search & rescue, a firefighter named Jason arrived to lend a hand. Jason grew up in the area and has some mutual friends with Jessica and her sisters. After a few minutes of trying to console Jessica, they went into Jess’ house for some refreshments. Much to their surprise, Tux was waiting for them at the top of the stairs! As it turns out, he had been sleeping under Jessica’s bed the entire time. This chance encounter, with the help of a mischievous French Bulldog, was the beginning of Jessica and Jason’s beautiful relationship. These two complement each other perfectly. Jason brings out a sillier side of Jessica while she motivates him to achieve his goals. Interestingly, our friend Tux had one more contribution to Jessica and Jason’s wedding (he swallowed her engagement ring!).
We had such an amazing time being a part of this special day. Not only because of our wonderful couple, but because we got to work alongside some of our favorite friends in the wedding industry. Jackie Ohh… Events executed everything to perfection (Jessica is Jackie’s sister after all) and we always love shooting with Unique Design Studios and Gloria Pelo. Congratulations Jessica and Jason, we wish you all the best as you continue your adventure together and look forward to hearing stories of Tux’s shenanigans for years to come.
Venue – St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Event Design – Jackie Ohh…Events
Photo – Unique Design Studios
Florals – The Gilded Group
Music/Lighting – Sarz Entertainment
Band – The Clique
Beauty – Gloria Pelo
We’re excited to share the highlight from Anicia and Carlos’ beautiful South Florida wedding. Much like our own personal story, their relationship started when they were children. Anicia and Carlos met in elementary school, shared the same circle of friends and kept in touch as they grew up together. Even though they started as friends, it was evident to their family and friends that they were meant to be together. Carlos admits that even before they were in a romantic relationship, Anicia was always special to him and that he’d always envisioned continuing to grow together. We congratulate this beautiful couple on solidifying their lifelong relationship and wish them continued love and happiness.
Priya and Peter’s wedding was the uniting of two people, two families and two cultures. This couple are warm, funny and a pleasure to be around (bonus: Pete’s a NY Jets fan!). They wanted to observe traditional celebrations of both cultures, so there were two beautiful ceremonies with the same message; a wish for a lifetime of love, health and happiness. Their day on the Chesapeake Bay was perfectly executed by our friends at Engaging Affairs and it was a blast working with this awesome couple. Enjoy their film!
Hindu Ceremony Venue – The Westin Annapolis
Western Ceremony/Reception Venue – Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Event Planner/Designer – Engaging Affairs
Photo – Connor Studios
Florals – Blush
Beauty – Carl Ray
Music – Marquise
We’re excited to share the wedding highlight from our friends, Karla and Ryan’s intimate Palm Springs wedding. We’ve known Karla for over 5 years and for about as long, she’s been saying “When Ryan and I get married, you guys are doing our film!” We couldn’t happier that day finally arrived and that we were there to capture this dynamic and hilarious couple’s beautiful and creative wedding. They truly complement each other perfectly! When Karla is stressed or overwhelmed, Ryan gives her confidence and reassurance, while Karla motivates Ryan to travel outside of his comfort zone and try new experiences. They’re warm, funny and value their relationships with family and friends. Their wedding consisted of about 35 guests, which traveled 3000 miles and were incredibly pumped to see these two exchange their vows. The entire wedding was DIY, planned by Karla from Miami and everything was flawless despite there being no prior site visits or tasting! Her brother was the DJ for the night, and being an amazing photographer herself, Karla trusted her incredibly talented friend Gabriel Sanchez to capture the day. We had a blast being a part of this special moment in Karla and Ryan’s life and we’re excited to see what the future holds for this awesome couple. Enjoy their film!
We had such an amazing time filming Kavya and Robert’s wedding in Williamsburg, VA. Theirs was a joining of two families and also two cultures. I know Rob was excited to wield a sword while riding a horse during his baraat, surrounded by his friends and family dressed in traditional garments of Indian culture. Kavya’s amazing spirit and sense of humor was on display all weekend. She was unable to speak because she was “attacked by a gang of ninja pirates before the wedding and fought them off with Rob’s katana”. What actually happened is she had become ill in the days leading up the wedding and broke a couple of ribs from coughing! She still had a huge smile on her face and enjoyed their wedding weekend to the fullest despite not feeling 100% well. The entire weekend was beautifully orchestrated by our friends at Engaging Affairs, which ended with an awesome fireworks display. Thanks to Kavya and Rob for sharing their special weekend with us!
Venue – Kingsmill Resort
Event Planning & Coordination – Engaging Affairs
Photo – Connor Studios
Florals – Amaryllis Designs
The Flower Cupboard
Music – DJ Michael Cruz
Beauty – Desire’e: Salon Vivace Williamsburg
We’re excited to share the highlight from Roxy and Rodney’s sweet backyard wedding in Miami, FL. Rodney and Roxy met at a bible study and credit their faith with bringing them together and strengthening their relationship. They’re funny, sweet and generous people that love to host parties for their friends, so celebrating their nuptials in their backyard made perfect sense. They spent weeks shopping for antique furniture, finding the perfect decor accents and deciding on their favorite cupcake flavors to share with their closest family and friends. Rodney’s daughter Brianna plays a huge role in their relationship as well. Roxy and Bri get along so well that you’d think they’ve been family from the start! Rodney’s only complaint is that he’s constantly being excluded from their girl talk sessions. It felt amazing to be a part of such an intimate event, surrounded by love and the best vibes. As the evening went on, it started to rain just as their reception was about to kick-off (which would typically put a damper on the party). After waiting about 2 minutes for the rain to stop, everyone just shrugged their shoulders and danced in the rain for the rest of the night. We’re so happy to have met Roxy and Rodney and hope you enjoy their highlight as much as we enjoyed making it!
Recently, I had the honor of acting as both filmmaker and best man at my brother’s wedding. Bryan is the baby of my family and he is someone that I find fascinating. He’s a sweet guy who not only sees the glass as half-full, but overflowing with possibility. He’s got big dreams and plans to pursue each and every one of them. He and Joselyne currently own a gym and a very popular Paleo-friendly bakery (yes, they deliver). He also dabbles in painting and just about anything else that someone might find interesting (including poetry, which you’ll hear in his vows). What makes Josy such a perfect partner is that she quiets the noise and brings focus to his life. She has a calming strength and maturity that complements his extroverted goofiness. They met in high school and have been together for over 8 years, so I’ve considered her a sister for a long time now. These two have accomplished so much in such little time and we’re excited to see what’s next for them. Congratulations Josy and Bryan, we love you both!
We’d also like to give a major shout-out to all of the wedding vendors that contributed their talents to this event. They made my little brother and his wife very happy and for that, we are eternally grateful. Elaine and Mike, the photos are awesome! Hopefully this video will make my family stop talking about how much they love the photos for a few minutes ;)…That stunning flower-wall featured in their ceremony was created by Rick and his team at Avant Gardens. Reverend Eddie Rodriguez often appears in our films because he’s one of the greatest officiants and he gave us a beautiful ceremony. Their wedding planner Sari made sure that everything went flawlessly and Vanessa from Ohh My Sweetness created an amazing/delicious dessert station that all the guests raved about. Lastly, I’d like to thank the video team. While I was running around doing best man stuff, I was at ease knowing that Jessica, Evan and Idalia were capturing everything beautifully.
Venues: The Biltmore Hotel / Coral Gables Country Club
Event Planning: Sari Sosa Events
Photography – Elaine Palladino
Florals – Avant Gardens
Officiant – Rev. Eddie Rodriguez
Desserts – Ohh My Sweetness
Music & Lighting – DJ Ubi
Beauty – I.M. Hair
Wedding Gown – Chic Parisien