Posted on June 1, 2017
Jessica and Jesse’s Engagement Session
Engagement Session Key Largo Florida
How We Met
A Little About The Couple
We are so pumped to shoot their wedding later this year! If this session was any indicator of the fun we will have, than we know it’s going to be a blast. We hope you enjoy their photos!
Engagement Session Key Largo Florida – Engagement Session Key Largo Florida
Posted on May 17, 2017
You will love this park engagement session!
We first learned about Yvette and Diego back in December when we were running our Complimentary Engagement Session contest. We found out quickly that they have a strong network of friends and family. They received tons of votes daily! Although the outcome was not in their favor. We made sure to give perks and incentives to all of the couples. Yvette and Diego luckily did not hesitate to use the perks. We say lucky because it was really a delight to meet these two and we are really looking forward to their wedding. Their wedding date is in November of this year (2017) and it was smart of them to book right away as it was the last Saturday in November we had available!
We have had too many sad encounters with couples who contact us for their wedding date and we are already booked. We only shoot one wedding a day and limit the amount of weddings we shoot in the year in order to bring our clients the absolute best experience we can provide. It is our goal to do this for each of our clients. It brings us so much joy to know that we will be able to offer this experience for Yvette and Diego.
Meet the Couple!
A little about the couple – Yvette recently moved back to South Florida after living in Atlanta, GA. She is now continuing her career as a news producer at WPLG Channel 10. Diego is a co-owner at Temple Street Eatery in Ft. Lauderdale where he is also chef. As you scroll down you may notice Yvette brought her vintage typewriter and Diego brought his notepad of recipe ideas. We used these as props to express their interests. Individually, these two are just cool, interesting people. Together, they are the couple you want to hang out with and not want the evening to end! There was so much laughter during their engagement session that we can only imagine how much fun these two must have on a daily basis.
Their session took place at the beautiful Hugh Birch Taylor State Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This park offered a gorgeous backdrop for their photographs. This state park is an oasis of preserved tropical hammocks just steps from the buzz of Ft. Lauderdale Beach. It is a perfect little escape for any nature lover or anyone just looking for a bit of tranquility. It is always exciting to shoot in a new location. We were pleasantly surprised at all the pretty spots there were to shoot at this park. As lovely as the setting was, the focus of each session is always the couple. Catching their personalities and love for each other in every image is the goal. It wasn’t too difficult to do during this engagement session as it is clear that Yvette and Diego are crazy about each other!
We are so grateful that they took the time to enter our contest and reach out to us to shoot their wedding. As we just closed another contest, we have started communications with our most recent contestants that are also looking into locking in their wedding dates. We can’t wait to learn more about them and capture their love story too!
We hope you enjoy the following preview of Yvette and Diego’s engagement session as much as we enjoyed capturing them.
Posted on May 11, 2017
Miami Firefighter Engagement Session – We are really excited to share another engagement session with you today! Meet Gennipher and Chris. If you follow us on social media, you may remember their faces as they were one of the many couples that entered our annual Engagement Session contest during the Holidays. We have been running this promotion every year since 2011 and it’s always a lot of fun! This contest has allowed us to meet newly engaged couples. We were incredibly humbled to see how many couples entered the contest and wanted to work with us…. but we will talk a little bit more about that later.
Shortly after they won the contest, Gennipher contacted us and we set up a meeting in our studio in West Kendall to go over the details of their engagement session. We fell in love with them immediately! They came ready with ideas and tons of enthusiasm about their shoot. We always advise couples to include their personalities into their sessions and these two have plenty of that! We learned that Chris is a firefighter as well as an artist. We also learned all about Gennipher’s adorable proposal and how their puppy, Hendrix, was an integral part of the master plan to woo her into saying yes! We were given a task to incorporate all of these things into their session and, of course, we were up for it.
We have shot a good amount of firefighters’ engagement sessions and weddings and every time it’s been a blast. (Keeping an eye out for other firefighters pulling pranks the day of the shoot is always a fun!) It’s almost guaranteed to be a good time and this engagement session delivered. We began the shoot at one of the City of Miami Firehouses that happens to also showcase Chris’s murals. (As aforementioned, Chris is an artist and you may check out some of his impressive work at www.duwerks.com)
The firehouse was a fun place to break the ice and get to know Gennipher and Chris in front of the camera. It didn’t take long at all before these two felt really comfortable – Gennipher looked absolutely stunning all dolled up by Chris’s side. Chris brought all his firefighter gear and it was a great opportunity to have Gennipher wear it for some fun shots! It was also a great time to introduce Hendrix in a couple of pictures. After all, Hendrix was there from day one of their engagement! He was perfectly behaved and was a cute addition to the shoot. Shortly after we took a ride to the beautiful Matheson Hammocks Park where we completed their session.
We are so excited for Gennipher and Chris. During our initial meeting about their engagement session we found out we had their wedding date available. This added excitement to the meeting and we couldn’t stop talking about their wedding day plans. Gennipher and Chris are having a destination wedding in the beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They felt comfortable with us and with continued with the booking. We have experience traveling and covering events in Mexico among other destinations. There’s a good amount of couples nowadays that decide to go with a destination wedding but do not consider booking a photographer from the states. We highly recommended it! After the wedding, the only thing you keep is your memories and it is important to have someone close to home to contact and keep in touch during the process of receiving your images.
We are so happy that Chris and Gennipher entered our contest! We are also very happy to announce we have decided to open a new contest today!
Please use the link at the end of this blog post if you would like to enter or share with someone that might be interested in entering the contest. All details can be found in link.
I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as we enjoyed capturing the session!
Posted on April 26, 2017
Beautiful Wedding St Hugh Catholic Church
Spring has been a wonderful season for us at Photography by Santy Martinez and we are ready for more. We have had the pleasure of capturing quite a few “I do’s” in the past few months including these two – Jessica + Danny. We are pretty sure their friends and family would agree with us when we say – you really won’t find a cuter pair of newlyweds than these two! Let’s find out more about this beautiful wedding St Hugh Catholic Church.
Their wedding day began at The Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove. We love that this location provides the option of getting ready in a large meeting room with cozy couches and pretty décor rather than the bride’s suite. This is a great option for brides with a big group of bridesmaids as there is plenty of room for the girls to spread out as they wait for hair and make-up. Jessica had quite a few bridesmaids along with moms and her adorable flower girls. The space worked out perfect. They were able to mingle over mimosas and giggle as they each got prepped to get in their gowns. During this getting ready time, we were there to capture all the details – shoes, wedding dress, the rings – as well as the little moments of laughter in between!
Let’s not forget about the groom… Danny was having his own getting ready event at his suite. The guys’ idea of getting ready is less of a production than the girls but just as noteworthy! Danny’s groomsmen were making sure he was ready and looking sharp.
The Ceremony – Wedding St Hugh Catholic Church
That big moment took place at St. Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove. We have captured countless weddings at St. Hugh and every time has been just as beautiful. Jessica rolled up with her father in a white Rolls Royce as Danny anxiously waited inside. In their case, they did not have a “first look” prior to the ceremony so this was going to be the first-time Danny would see his bride. The moment did not disappoint as he could not hold back those happy tears and a result allowing is to create beautiful memories.
After a beautiful ceremony and family portraits the couple allotted time for photos so we were able to take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings of the next destination – the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne. While guests arrived for cocktail hour, Jessica and Danny followed us around the property for some beautiful scenic shots before we took them into their ballroom for a photo with their décor and details. What we most love about the Rusty Pelican – that Miami skyline view. Visible from their reception space, we know that their guests enjoyed taking that view in! Once portraits were complete, we allowed the story to unfold. And we were there to witness and candidly capture all of those moments!
We would like to thank Jessica and Danny for being part of our Spring line up of weddings! We send them all of our love and well wishes. Please enjoy a sneak peek of the first day of their marriage.
Wedding in St Hugh Catholic Church and Reception at the Rusty Pelican – Miami Wedding Photographers
Posted on April 4, 2017
It’s only April 4th and this month is already bringing in great news!!! We just received The WeddingWire Rated™ 100 Review Club Award for Wedding Photographers in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach area.
The WeddingWire Rated program recognizes professional wedding photographers across the U.S. and abroad for commitment to providing quality service by allowing them to showcase different badges based on their number of wedding reviews. Photographers who make it into the 100 Review Club are part of an exclusive group of premium Pro Wedding Photographers who have worked hard to earn more than 100 wedding reviews while maintaining an average rating of 3.5 or higher. We are always “shooting” for 5 stars and we are happy to report that we have consistently achieved it!
We would like to say THANK YOU to all the couples who have trusted us with their big day and have taken their time to review us on WeddingWire. As our clients know, we only capture one wedding a day in order to give you the boutique service you expect from us. That means reaching over 100 awesome reviews is an accomplishment we are proud of!
The reviews you write create consumer trust for our potential clients and allows us to continue to grow our small business. In fact, 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. We are honored and happy to know that our services have given our clients great memories to cherish for a lifetime.
We take a lot of pride in what we do and the customer service we provide. This has allowed us to have a high average rating showing consistency in our work.
We also want to say thank you to WeddingWire for recognizing our accomplishment. We know there’s a good number of talented wedding photographers in South Florida and this recognition allows us to stand out a little bit more and we have our previous clients to thank for it.
As a member of WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews, Photography by Santy Martinez advancement to the Rated™ Black Level is considered the ultimate milestone, illustrating our business’ commitment to regularly providing quality service to our clients. As a WeddingWire Rated™ Black badge-holder, Photography by Santy Martinez has reached the highest level of achievement on WeddingWire.
We have won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are selected solely based on reviews from newlyweds and are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating, total number of reviews, review performance from the previous year, and consistency of reviews from year to year.
The combination of many years winning WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award has brought us to this new milestone. We want to thank our couples once again for trusting us and taking the time to put into words their gratitude with the amazing reviews they have been so kind to give us.
We are super excited on what this beautiful business of wedding photography has in store for us. We are looking forward to all the upcoming weddings for the rest of 2017 and the ones already booked for 2018. We promise to continue to provide top service and preserve your memories for years to come.
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
Wedding Cooper Estate – Wedding Cooper Estate – Wedding Cooper Estate
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