Brian + Olivia / wedding in Villa Woodbine

If you thought the only love you could find at a Publix deli counter would be a sub, you’d be so wrong.

Brian and Olivia ran in the same UCF circles but only met on a serendipitous day at their local Publix deli. They hit it off and a few years later Brian took Olivia to the spot where they had their first date.

They dreamed of having a wedding in Italy but decided it was more important to have all their loved ones present so they went to the next best thing: Villa Woodbine. The envisioned a whimsical, classic wedding inspired by the mediterranean waters and lemon trees of Capri.

Come their wedding day, we were #blessed with amazing weather and thanks to Olivia and Brian’s eye for detail and the styling gifts of Veronica from Anthology, Co, their wedding vision came to life. Their guests were greeted by limoncello bottles and the citrus theme carried on to the tablescapes. Olivia’s dress along with her bouquet full of daisies were perfectly whimsical.

Their wedding day was filled with lots of laughter and dancing and I’m honored they picked me to tell their story.

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Venue: Villa Woodbine | Florals: Anthology Co. | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Video: Chris Snyder | Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier | Band: 30 Vice

Arturo + Scarlet / Rancho Santana

Arturo and Scarlet were unknown neighbors in LA. He lived on the 14th floor and she on the 9th. After a chance meeting at the clubhouse, they became fast friends. Time flew by and Scarlet moved away, but serendipity brought them together again and this time, they started dating.  After a few years, Arturo proposed in the coolest way,  with a helicopter ride to Catalina Island.

Scarlet, like most of us ladies (no shame!) already had a vision for her wedding day. She knew she wanted to get married somewhere exotic and tropical and Nicaragua, her birthplace, was the perfect spot.

Friend and family flew in from Mexico and all over the States to celebrate. On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, Scarlet walked down the aisle hand in hand with her mom and dad. She radiated joy. Arturo smiled from ear to ear and vowed, in Spanish, to love and protect her and sneaked a hilarious apology to his mom for not marrying a Mexican girl after all (“but Nicaragua is close enough, right mom?”)

After dinner and cake, guests were led to the coast overlooking the ocean and were showered by the sparkling light of fireworks. It was magical.

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Venue: Rancho Santana | Video: Artisan Production| Invitations: Minted | Wedding dress: Martina Liana | Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss | Band: Grupo Chereke

Juan and Monica / Central Park engagement session

Sometimes serendipity works in our favor and we find ourselves at the right place, at the right time. For Monica, Juan and I, we all found our South Florida selves in the Big Apple on a perfect September weekend. We met as the sun was rising over a near-empty central park. The slight chill of Autumn was in the air and soon we were bathed in glorious morning light. We strolled through the Bethesda terrace, made our way to the mall and ended up on 5th Ave just as the city began to wake up. It was the perfect central park engagement session.

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Rob + Rachel / Wedding at Snug Harbor

It was a crisp and overcast autumn day when I pulled up to Rachel’s parent’s home in Staten Island. The party was already swinging as bridesmaids ran around with champagne, the family dog looked for back scratches and Rachel as calm and radiant as ever finishing up her make-up.

Rob and Rachel met freshman year of college back in 2005. It was a quintessential college love filled with dorms, frat parties and school spirit. Ten years later, as they dined in their favorite restaurant, Rob took Rachel by surprise and asked her to marry him. They decided to marry in Snug Harbor, a few minutes away from her parent’s home which held sentimental value to her family since they helped establish the gardens.

After an intimate first look and a long stroll around the Snug Harbor grounds, Rachel and Rob exchanged vows in the Tuscan-inspired garden of Snug Harbor. They were cheered off by friends and family who then made their way to the reception after a leisurely walk through the grounds. The newly-weds danced to “In my life” by the Beatles (which is honestly the best Beatles song ever). They and the bride’s brother surprised everyone with a special toast to Rachel’s late grandfather. As he began his toast, the band began to play the Addams Family theme song which was composed by him many years ago. Soon everyone was singing, snapping along and wiping tears.

Before the night was over, Rob and Rachel decided to do an intimate sparkler “exit” with only their bridal party. It was a lovely way to spend a few minutes alone before going back to the party which I was told later, was one for the books.

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Venue & Catering: Snug Harbor | Wedding Planner: Whimsy Weddings| Florist: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Invitations & Paper Goods: Confetti Grey | Music: Times Square Orchestra | Cake: Palermo’s bakery | Videographer: Joel Kuhn Creative