Posted on March 28, 2017
Wedding Cooper Estate – We want to extend a huge congratulations to Iris + Jasen on their fabulous Cooper Estate Wedding in Homestead, FL. Iris and Jasen planned all the details of their wedding to perfection. They added just the right touches of elegance to enhance an already beautiful wedding venue.
We have been looking forward to Iris and Jasen’s wedding since the day we met. There was an instant connection with this couple and were so thankful to have the opportunity to capture their sweet story. We were also excited to get to work once more at the Cooper Estate – one of the most intimate and lovely wedding venues in South Florida. Cooper Estate is an ideal location to whisk your guests into a romantic state of mind. They offer a gorgeous sunken grotto with a waterfall backdrop for the ceremony that is straight out of a fairy tale, an outdoor cocktail space surrounded by majestic trees and bistro lighting, and a rustic farmhouse that is exquisitely charming. As always, the staff at the Cooper Estate did an incredible job with the event.
The Cooper Estate boasts a lovely cottage on premise. With a private bedroom decorated in the same rustic look the venue is known for – the cottage is a great option for the bride to get ready. As photographers, we love shooting the detail shots and getting ready shots there as it offers a pretty backdrop for photographs. This was exactly the case with Iris, who used the beautiful room to slip into her gown with the help of her bridesmaids. There, she put on her shoes, earrings and touched up her makeup just before she prepared herself to walk down the aisle. All the while, Jasen was anxiously waiting to see his bride!
Often times, the bride and groom decide to do a first look – this is when the couple sees each other prior to the ceremony. Iris and Jasen decided not to do this and opted for a traditional first look instead – with a twist! As guests gathered in the grotto, the bride and groom snuck away and had a little moment where they held hands – back to back with a wall dividing the two – no peeking! This was just about the moment Jasen lost it. The happy tears flowed and we were just ecstatic to be able to witness it all with our lens. This touch gave both of them the positive energy they both needed to get through the upcoming ceremony.
And what an emotion filled ceremony it was! Iris and Jasen’s love was so apparent. When Iris started her path down the grotto steps, Jasen lost it once more. In his defense, Iris could not control the happy tears either! As previously mentioned, the ceremony setting at Cooper Estate looks like a picture in a storybook. Guests feel like they are in a different world as they witness the exchange of vows. With its waterfall trickling in the background and exotic plants peeking through the rocks, it is a picturesque and peaceful setting. We love capturing weddings here for the simple fact that it makes for stunning photos. It was the perfect spot for Iris and Jasen to say “I do”!
While their guests enjoyed cocktails, we were kept busy with the newlyweds capturing their portraits around the property. One of our favorite spots for pics at the Cooper Estate is the front of the manor. Those big wooden doors are everything! We also love taking the bride and groom into the reception space for the first time. It is always a magical moment seeing their vision come together. All the vendors did a spectacular job and makes our job just a bit easier! We made sure to capture every detail so that it will never be forgotten.
The rest of the night was their story to tell. We did not want to miss a beat -from the first dances to the cutting of the cake and all of the partying in between. The DJ was awesome and knew just the right song to keep the dancing going. Everyone was having an amazing time! The night ended with a sparkler exit as Iris and Jasen’s guest wished them a lifetime of happiness. Please join us as we wish them the same!
Venue: The Cooper Estate
Hair and Make-up: Sissi Ceballo Make Up
Dj: SCJ Event
Videographer: Love Squared
Photographers: Santy and Annie
Posted on March 15, 2017
Wedding Postcard Inn Beach Resort – We have shot so many gorgeous weddings back to back in the past few months that it was tough to choose one that was going to go up on the blog. With the “chilly” weather in Miami today, it made us reminisce of a more tropical climate… and you don’t get more tropical than the Florida Keys! So today we are taking the initiative to virtually transport you to a place synonymous with paradise – Islamorada, FL, with a glimpse at Desiree and Seth’s beautiful beach wedding.
We would like to start off by saying that Desiree and Seth are perhaps the sweetest people on the planet. You may have seen their engagement session photos on the blog back in September. We thought back then that they could not have looked any happier than they did the day of their engagement shoot – we were wrong! They outdid themselves on the day of their wedding with the biggest smiles we have ever seen! Their happiness just shone extra bright that day.
It all took place at The Postcard Inn located on Mile Marker 84 in Islamorada. Many of their guests joined the couple in staying on property and partied together in anticipation of the big day. This recently updated resort was perfect for their destination wedding that was not too far for these Miami locals but far away enough from the city to feel a world away! Home to the world famous Tiki Bar, this oceanfront playground was simply fitting for such a fun couple to say their I Do’s.
We arrived to the venue early to catch all the preparation that went into their wedding day. This allowed us time to capture all of the details that make a wedding unique – the dress, the shoes, the gifts, etc. Desiree was surrounded by her girls as she got primped and prepped while Seth hung out with his friends right before he got suited up. We just love catching all these little moments!
The ceremony was held ocean side – right on the beach. Guests gathered as they witnessed the two tying the knot in the most beautiful way. These two couldn’t keep their eyes off each other! Shortly after Desiree and Seth exchanged vows, we were there – list in hand, to document their formal family photos. Even their fur babies got in on the family shots!
The newlyweds were able to mingle with their guests at cocktail hour as the sun went down. Dinner and speeches followed right before the party got started…and once it did, it was non-stop fun! It was no wonder that with such an outgoing couple, they would have an equally fun bunch of friends and family. They danced so much!
In addition, we set up our open-air Photo-Booth near the dance floor and it was a huge hit all night! There is something about handing someone a funky hat or a Super Mario Brother mask that transforms them! Everyone was getting in on our Photo-Booth and taking home a 4×6, high-resolution keepsake photograph. It makes the perfect wedding favor and the best part with our booth, the photographs are unlimited so guests can come back for more photo fun and the bride and groom receive all the digital files. This is awesome because they get to see all the fun (and sometimes crazy) photos their guests took home with them at their wedding.
Overall, the whole day was magical and we would love to be back at that beach just to do it all over again. We hope that this blog brings you a little warmth on this “cold” Miami day (not to mention our Northern friends experiencing snow!) Please join us as we send our best wishes to a lifetime of happiness for Desiree and Seth. Enjoy!
Wedding Postcard Inn Beach Resort
Photographers: Santy + Annie
Venue: Postcard Inn Beach Resort
Videographer: Love Squared