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Urban Graffiti Engagement Session

When it comes to incredibly cool engagement sessions, Jordan and Matt take the cake. Because honestly, what’s cooler than taking your lost-in-love picture in front of some crazy cool murals? Uhm, nothing that’s what. See it all captured by Allen Tsai Photography in The Vault!

From Allen Tsai PhotographyWe really wanted to capture a mix of modern, whimsical, and romantic engagement photos for Jordan and Matt. Miami was the perfect city to photograph them offering a diverse range of environments. The Wynwood walls served as a perfect modern backdrop with it’s vibrant colors and modern art, and was the perfect complement to their wedding venue the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas which is known for its amazing art exhibits. We then headed to South Beach to not only capture their fun and whimsical side, but also to create relaxing images with an intimate feel. We were able to end this wonderful trip with some romantic seaside sunrise images, and can’t wait for their fall wedding with the talented Keestone Events!

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Location: Wynwood Walls | Location: South Beach

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A Typical Sit-Down Reception Wouldn’t Do for This Laid-Back Couple

This right here is my kind of couple. For a normal sit-down reception just wouldn’t do for this laid-back duo. Their choice of celebration? A Mediterranean cocktail party complete with a wishing booth that acted as their interactive guestbook, Brigadeiros in lieu of a wedding cake, Beauty in the Making at the helm, Love in Vintage rentals, and Ozzy Garcia behind the lens. Overall, it’s wedding day perfection. See it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Daniel proposed to me while we were in Brazil visiting his family on the rooftop of the world famous Hotel Fasano, at sunset. Besides the beautiful scenery of Rio de Janeiro, what made the moment even more special is that we were surrounded by family and friends. I remember all of the girls gathered together to take a photo (pre-planned but unknown to me) Daniel came up and grabbed my hand, got down on one knee and I thought “what in the world is he doing”. I was so surprised that I have no idea what he said after that… but I do remember saying yes!

The wedding was Mediterranean cocktail inspired. I wanted the entire vibe to feel warm, inviting and super laid back. As if we were having a small outdoor gathering at our own home. Everything from the seating layout, to the music and the way we planned the food was designed to encourage guests to explore, mingle with each other and feel the love. It was a very intimate, small wedding so we were really able to focus on laughing with friends and family, enjoying the live music and beautiful Miami night, not an evening fixed around a traditional wedding agenda.

I loved our “wedding aisle” that we walked down, it was a combination of vines that fell from the sky. I also loved the “Wishing Booth”, it was sort of an interactive guestbook. Instead of wedding cake we did Brigadeiros which are a traditional Brazilian dessert (since the groom is from Brazil).

Daniel’s favorite moment was seeing the bride for the first time. And Kelli’s special moment was that kiss at the end when they say “you may now kiss your bride”

An advice for future Brides & Grooms: Don’t stress too much. The best advice I got was from Daniel when I was having a freak out moment leading up to the wedding. I was worried that things weren’t going to be “perfect”. He said to me – “Babe, no matter what happens that day, if it rains, if it snows, if the flowers don’t show up, if spill wine on your dress (almost happened), in the end we will still be marrying each other and that’s all that really matters”. I pretty much melted in his arms when he said that.

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Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Event Planning: Beauty in the Making | Floral Design: Divine Design Flowers | Wedding Dress: Yolan Cris | Invitations: Karmomo | Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Venue: Royal Palm South Beach | Wedding Venue: Royal Palm South Beach | Rentals: Love in Vintage | Rentals: Wood That Works | Wedding Dress Shop: Chic Parisien

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Miami Destination Wedding from Shaun Menary + Pieces of Dreams

This beautiful bride right here?  She wore five inch suede heels on her Big Day.  Five inch suede heels in a gorgeous pink hue with a stunning Anne Barge gown from Lovely Bride that will sort of take your breath away.  In other words, she’s awesome… and her wedding to her dapper Mr.?  Just as amazing, with a whole host of pretty styled by Pieces of Dreams and one crazy beautiful moment after another captured by Shaun Menary.  See them all in the full gallery.

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From Shaun Menary Photography… Scott and Samantha are so kind and quite possibly the most FUN couple we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. I mean, you don’t do a destination wedding in South Beach unless you’re down for some serious celebrating! Scott and Sam are NYC residents who will take any excuse to head to the beach and knock back a couple of mojitos. So after seven years of dating, when the couple decided to make it official, they seized their opportunity for a beach bash wedding weekend, and with the help of designer Susan Jaffe of Pieces of Dreams, they put together one of the most beautiful and vivacious weddings we’ve ever witnessed!

It could have gone either way, given that it practically monsooned the morning of the wedding! We thought the nuptials would be moved indoors, but, almost serendipitously, the rain subsided just as we arrived, and the in-house coordinator and Susan Jaffe mustered up their magic and got the venue ready just in time!

Sam was absolutely s t u n n i n g in a lace Anne Barge gown, and that girl rocked some 5″ pink suede wedges. Scott was incredibly dapper in his custom suit from Custom Men.

Scott and Sam tied the knot in the Raleigh’s “Oasis” space, which is like a miniature Eden, with lush tropical greenery along the flanks, and the beach and ocean just beyond the tree line. Petal Productions erected a custom 10-ft. backdrop with an beautiful ombre floral design. Directly following the ceremony, the couple and their guests mingled during the cocktail hour. The reception took place in the Raleigh’s modernized art-deco ballroom, where the couple and their guests danced, drank and dined.

Once the sun set and the drinks really started flowing, the party animals came out! Pieces of Dreams and the Raleigh arranged an after-party in the hotel’s penthouse, so while the ballroom closed and the couple took a break, the Raleigh staff moved the party upstairs, where there was a bar, dessert table and a DJ. Those who wanted a tamer experience could enjoy their drinks on the rooftop lounge area overlooking the ocean.

So Sam, Scott and all their guests spent the entire day against the striking backdrop of the Raleigh’s art-deco brilliance and the sweeping sights and sounds of the ocean just yards away… not too shabby! We had so much fun being part of the Stringfellow wedding weekend, and we wish the happy couple all the best!

P.S. What’s up with those axes, you ask? They’re only the most awesome groom’s gifts we’ve ever seen. Scott went to Best Made Co. and had axes customized with paint jobs in each groomsman’s heritage. So neat!

Photographer: Shaun Menary Photography | Floral Design: Petal Productions | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Rings: D. Sachs & Co. | Hair + Makeup: Kiss This Makeup | Groom's Attire: Custom Men | Wedding Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Cake + Catering: The Raleigh Hotel | Ceremony Singer: Ken Stringfellow | Custom Pillows: Susan Jaffe, Pieces of Dreams | DJ/Lighting/Production: Rock With U | Designer + Coordinator: Susan Jaffe, Pieces of Dreams | Dress Retailer: Lovely Bridal Shop | Groom's Gifts: Best Made Co.

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