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Boho Road Trip – Cory, Lisa & Cooper Plus One

I don’t even know where to start writing this post today. I first met Cory at Orange Theory Fitness a while back, he was one of my instructors and I hated him so bad, LOL (Seriously Cory but you know I love you now, hahaha) Anyway, his tough love made me get in the best shape of my life and after a while I kind of started liking him a little bit more… Ok fine A LOT more, except for running with incline days, those days I still don’t like him at all! Then I met Lisa, Cory’s LOVE and better half, who is that kind of person that you instantly like no matter what… They’re truly a perfect match! Well, fast forward to this past December when I wanted to give them a special “Thank You” photo shoot gift for helping me achieve my fitness goals, and so we started planning what became one of the most fun projects I’ve done lately. It was one of those dreams that you start building from scratch, all of the pieces start falling into place and all the right people show up to make it happen. Out of all the many incredibly wonderful things that happened while planning this photo shoot, it was to learn that Lisa and Cory are actually expecting a baby this coming August, a miracle baby that against all medical odds decided to make his appearance on this world! I am BEYOND happy and excited for them and can’t wait to start taking pictures of that baby-belly soon! I hope you all enjoy this ride to Boho Road Trip and wish the couple many more blessings in their lifetime together.

With Love, Lara

THANKS TO THIS INCREDIBLE TEAM THAT BROUGHT THIS IDEA TO LIFE:

CONCEPT, STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Lara Rios Photography

FLOWERS: The uber, out-of-this-world-talented Angel Rodriguez of RodriStudio

HAIR AND MAKEUP: My girl Selena of Makeup by Marz

1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER: The muscle man with the muscle car, Patrick Trepanier, THANKS again and again!

CLOTHING: Swell

JEWELRY: Swell, TJ Maxx, Lucky Brand, Forever 21, Vintage

ACCENTS: TJ Maxx, Pier 1, Vintage

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Sarah - Such a fun shoot! Very pretty!

Adeline - Ahh! Lara! These are beautiful <3 I love the colors!

Roxy - Stunning

Vanessa - Lara Wow this shoot has your name all over, specially the jewelry, hahaha! I LOOOOOVE IT ALL AND EACH SINGLE PICTURE!!!!!!!!

Sheryl Sanchez - Wow…what a beautiful ’70s throwback. Beautiful photos, beautiful couple!

Paul Kissinger - Stunning images!!! Simply awesome and the couple, plus one looks so very happy!!!!

Jules Greenaway - WOW Lara, these are just amazing!! And your words at the beginning made me cry!! But what doesn’t these days w/my lil one arriving in 2wks. time!! By the way, I’m the very pregnant one from OT… Hope you’ll wanna do pics of my lil angel & some family ones, cause you are so very talented!!

Ashley Mitchell - All of these are so beautiful but the first picture really took my breath away, it’s like you’re entering an enchanted forest or something. Love their outfits and the jewelry Oh my!!!!!

Federico Armas - Impeccable work Lara, the composition and lighting is amazing. I hope I can shoot like you one day. I admire your work big time.

Catalina - Lara when I get married you’re going to be my photographer. I was talking to Xime the other day about that, I just need to find a boyfriend. Can you help me with that too? LOL

Daniela Lopez - I’M IN LOOOOVE

Valerie - These are simply breathtaking. Lara you’re the most incredibly talented photographer I’ve ever met. Out of all my great wedding decisions, hiring you was by far the best. We totally love you! :)

Tania Harris - Wow, wow, wow! Love it <3

Diego C. - That orange car is so cool, it’s perfect with the whole thing :) Nice job Lara.
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Karen Strauss - I’m speechless, this is so beautiful. Congratulations to the couple

Gianni - What a beautiful setting – love the trees and the light and all the props and boho feel is stunning! XO

Nicole M. - Your ability to perfectly compose a photo… and pose a couple… and capture their essence is amazing. Love this!

Jamie Aquino - love these! they look like such a real couple lovin life! All the style and the colors and that bohemian look is incredible. Love it, Love it!

Stephanie - Truly stunning photos as always Lara, you sure have an eye for this =)

Vivian Guerra - I have no words, Perfection! Spectacular Lara!

Bonnet House Museum Wedding : Meredith & Richard

Today’s blog is super special because this family is very dear to my heart. Bruce, the father of the bride, was my son’s tutor and he made such a positive impact on my son’s life and academics that I will always be grateful. And of course, when I met his beautiful daughter, Meredith, I knew we were going to click right away! Working with these two families was really awesome and what can I say, when your bride and groom look this good it’s really impossible creating bad pictures. We had a really great time and everything was flawless!

Meredith and Richard’s wedding day took place in two different locations. First, the ceremony was at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Now, if you’re looking for a true Florida style venue this is the place to go. The colors, the vegetation, the flowers, the artwork all over, the lighting, everything in this place screams tropical destination wedding, it’s simply beautiful and very Fort Lauderdale. Then, to keep their guests entertained, the reception was at Pier Sixty-Six, a circular restaurant on top of the building, with panoramic views, and it rotates 360 degrees to show the beautiful marinas, the inter-coastal and skyline of Fort Lauderdale. It’s really spectacular! Please enjoy this little wedding story.

With Love, Lara

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Meredith and Richard’s Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Thanks to my wonderful friend and second shooter Andreina of Creativa Photo!

Wedding Ceremony: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Wedding Reception: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Bride’s Gown Designer: Pronovias

Groom’s suit Designer: Vera Wang

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bhldn

Groomsmen Suits: Vera Wang

Hair and Makeup: F2F Studios

Florist: Tony O Events

Catering/Linens: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Cake: Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets

DJ: Patrick Manfredi

Transportation: Millenium Limo

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Catalina - Gorgeous wedding Lara, the dress is to die for :)

Vivian Guerra - Perfect from beginning to end. What a beautiful bride and groom :)

The Raleigh Hotel South Beach Wedding : Glorie & Arturo

When I first met Glorie and Arturo I knew theirs was going to be a dream wedding to photograph, but when I met Glorie at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church to preview the site I almost died. Speaking of perfect location for a catholic wedding. This church is surrounded by the most gorgeous jungle-like garden where Glorie and Arturo decided to celebrate their ceremony. It was just perfect and when I can spend an hour with the bride and groom taking their portraits in such a beautiful place, it was truly a dream come true. The reception was equally amazing. They chose The Raleigh hotel in South Beach and the style was also a tropical outdoor paradise, so South Beach. I’m super excited to be sharing another one of my all-time favorite weddings everrrr!

With Love, Lara

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Glorie & Arturo’s Raleigh Hotel Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Wedding Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Wedding Reception: The Raleigh Hotel South Beach

Hairstylist & Make up: Josie Miller

Catering: Restaurant Michael Schwartz – Raleigh Hotel

Production and Reception Florist: Le Basque Catering

Bouquets: Kitanim

DJ: DJ Shlomi Cohen

Invitations: That Invitation Place

Videographer: Delio Photo Studio

Photo Booth: Capture POD Professional Photo Booths

Transportation: Meilan

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Stacy Squires Photography - wonderful wonderful photos

Denver Photographer - Beautiful series! I especially love the environmental portraits of the bride and groom. So pretty!

Caro S. - Esas niñas del cortejo son una BELLEZA! Me muero con los detalles, divinas tus fotos como siempre Lara <3

Kate - Magnificent*** Love love love the details shots and table design. You continue to inspire me, always =)

Vivian Guerra - Simply perfect, absolutely stunning, all of them!
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Palm Beach Engagement Session : Carolina & Stephen

As most of you already know, I’m a major slacker when it comes to keep this blog up to date in the middle of wedding season. But this engagement session in Palm Beach I had to share. When Carolina told me we would be taking her engagement pictures around Tiffany, Gucci and Chanel I said count me in. We spent an afternoon of clicks and quick window shopping and since these two are so totally into each other my job was a breeze. Of course when it came to select the images for this post I took the entire afternoon, not an easy task. I can even imagine how gorgeous Carolina and Stephen are going to look on their wedding day this September. Have fun and enjoy!

With Love, Lara

Jennifer - Wow what a beautiful couple! Looks like true love. That green dress is perfect and hes a hunk. These photos are incredible… Lara you have a special talent. Never stop!

Katie - Seriously gorgeous! I absolutely freaking LOVE it. Where is this, such a beautiful location!!

Fabiola Jimenez - Demasiado espectaculares los dos, parece que los hubieran sacado de una revista! Hermosas todas las fotos Lara, tu trabajo es impecable, te juro! XOXO, Fabi :)

Michele A. - Such an inspiration! what a lovely engagement session, I want one just like this =)

Kristina - Oh my goodness, how cute are they! I love their outfits, that green dress is so so nice! <3

Vivian Guerra - Wow this is so glamorous and dreamy, I love it!

Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Wedding : Kristine & Jorge

Kristine and JJ’s wedding was truly amazing. First of all, she had two Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns, not one, TWO! There was a mix of sweet & sexy with a touch of chic! And although this blog post was supossed to be a little preview, it ended up a little bit longer than expected. I still haven’t seen all of the pictures but while I finish, here’s a little taste for the bride and groom whom I know are super excited to see them. I hope you love them too!!!

With Love, Lara

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Kristine & Jorge’s Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Videography: Merge-Social

Bride & Groom’s Getting Ready Location: Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

Wedding Ceremony: The Church of the Little Flower, Coral Gables

Wedding Reception: Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Hairstylist & Make up: Makeup by Marz

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Ashley J. - Wow! You captured their wedding in such a beautiful way! I love her second look, so glamorous :)

Amanda - Simply Beautiful!

Vivian Guerra - I absolutely love this wedding, all of it, she is stunning and the 2 dresses are gorgeous. Beautiful Lara.

Jillian Tree - Gorgeous pictures!! Love the stationary pic, sleeping ringbearer & flower girl (so cute!!), the cake & her hair accessory at the end! <3

The Alfred Dupont Building Wedding : Nikki & Jon

I’m super excited to share this wedding on the blog today. About three months ago I had the incredible honor of photographing the wedding of Nikki Stecich and Jon Jay, a St. Louis Cardinals player! It was one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever done and working with Nikki and Jon has been awesome!

The wedding was going to be late in the afternoon so one of the things we decided in advanced is that they were going to have a portrait session a few days or weeks after the wedding, so they could dress up again as on their wedding day and take pictures. They selected one of my favorite places in Miami, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens where we spent a couple of hours on a very cold afternoon on early January. We had a great time and it was the best way to capture those beautiful portraits with natural lighting and outdoors without all the stress of a wedding day.

Nikki and Jon’s wedding ceremony was at Saint Jude Melkite Catholic Church and in my opinion one of the churches in Miami with best lighting to shoot. The reception was at The Historic Alfred I Dupont Building where the celebrated with family and friends and partied all night long! So much fun and beauty! I hope you enjoy it…

With Love, Lara

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Nikki & Jon’s Dupont Building Wedding:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography (Thank you Miranda for helping me out!)

Videography: Diego Pocovi Event Cinematographer 

Wedding Planner: The Agency Events

Bride & Groom’s Getting Ready Location: Fontaine Bleau, Miami Beach 

Wedding Ceremony: Saint Jude Melkite Catholic Church, Miami

Wedding Reception: The Historic Alfred I Dupont Building, Miami

DJ: Power Parties

Bride’s Gown: Modern Trousseau

Gown Boutique: Fleur De Lis Bridal (St. Louis, Missouri)

Bride’s Shoes: Nike

Veil & Hairpiece: Erin Cole

Wedding Bands: Michael Herr Jewelers, David Yurman

Hairstylist & Make up: Lutz Karpf

Groom’s Wear: Pepi Bertini

Bridesmaids gowns: The Dessy Group

Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse

Florist: Fiction Events

Caterer:  Mena Catering

Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs

Rentals & Linens: Fiction Events

Invitations/Calligraphy: M. Haley Design (St. Louis, Missouri)

Band: The Valerie Tyson Band

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Danielle J. - What a beautiful wedding and couple, these pictures are incredible.

Julie Rogers - Amazing and breathtaking as always Lara. Love, love, love your work.

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Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Wedding : Natalie & Charlie

From the moment I met Natalie (via Skype) and her adorable mom I knew we were going to be the perfect match! Yeah yeah, Charlie might be her better half but Natalie and I just clicked INSTANTLY, like a Polaroid picture ;-) I’m going to assume that anybody that meets her clicks too, I mean, she’s the kind of girl that’s always smiling, super light and so full of life. No wonder Charlie fell crazy in love with her, seriously, he couldn’t stop looking at her all day long, it was awesome.

I really knew from their engagement session that photographing these two love birds was going to be a breeze, and well, Natalie loooooves the camera, yeah she’s one of those, so my job was extremely easy; You could tell she’s been ready for this day all of her life! The day of the wedding was perfect, you know those days that nothing goes wrong, and with wedding coordination in the hands of (Natalie’s mom) Alore Event Firm everything went without a hitch! And of course Natalie is naturally beautiful but what bride is not happy while being prepared by my gorgeous friend Maritza of Makeup by Marz, the perfect team!

Charlie you’re super handsome too (let’s throw something to the groom, LOL :) but you’re really the luckiest man ever, please take care of our girl and I hope to see you guys back in Miami very soon! With Much Love and Appreciation ALWAYS!

Enjoy…

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Natalie & Charlie’s Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Videography: MIB Films

Wedding Ceremony: The Church of the Little Flower, Coral Gables

Wedding Reception: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Hairstylist & Make up: Makeup by Marz

Wedding Planning: Alore Event Firm

Bride’s Gown Designer: Justin Alexander

Bridal Boutique: J. Del Olmo Bridal Coral Gables

Wedding Rings: Ascot Jewelers of Atlanta

Jewelry: Nadri

Shoes: Bagdley Mishka

Linens: Leyanis Inc.

String Ensemble: Serenade Ensemble

Invitations: Susan McGrath By Invitation Only

Florist: Bayfront Florals

DJ: Ubi’s Music & Lighting

Hora Loca Entertainers: Black & Wine Events

Transportation: Meilan Limosine Services

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Denver Photographer - So much love there. Great captures!

Claudia A. - My goodness this is just gorgeous and breathtaking!! I love the lighting

Stephanie - These are BEAUTIFUL!!! Gorgeous Light and Gorgeous Couple!

Isia Albert - Lara,

Thank you, thank you, thank you,for such beautiful pictures. You were such a pleasure to work with. I love the pictures and your kind words.

Love,

Isia

Michelle O'Brien - Your work is always so beautiful and the bride is really, really gorgeous <3
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Vivian Guerra - Totally and absolutely STUNNING! Like everything you do Lara, you know I’m your #1 Fan :)

Miami Beach Engagement Session : Leslie & Mike

If I was asked to define “The Golden Hour” with pictures, this would be it, WOW! Leslie, Mike and I decided to do their engagement session at South Pointe Park in South Beach, a mix of green from the park and blue from the ocean and the sky, and while the sun was absolutely amazing that day, it was also the windiest day of the year. Somehow Leslie’s hair went from perfectly straight to wild in a matter of two seconds, ha! Well, it worked out perfectly fine in my opinion, she looked STUNNING, with that free spirit feel! Mike had no problems with his hair though ;-) So, you see? This is my job, spending time with amazingly fun and beautiful people while taking their pictures at magical locations… Not bad at all!

Happy Holidays to you all and I promise to start blogging again more frequently this year. It’s my number one New Year’s resolution, but unlike all my diets in the past, this one I’m keeping ;-)

With Love, LARA

 

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Colleen - Your pictures are stunning! Not only a great looking couple, but you can see the love in every picture!

Lauren Benoit - Beautiful. I’m Leslie’s sister and will be maid or honr in their wedding. I am so excite for you to capture some beautiful moments. My son is the ring bearer as well. Your work is wonderful. See you in June

Lesli - I LOVE each and every photo. You made us feel comfortable and allowed us to be relaxed and have fun! We are blessed to have you take our wedding photos as well and document that most memorable day in June! Thank you again!!!!!!!
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olivia - Wow, she told me you were great, but you are amazing!!! I did the hair and makeup for leslie and Im so glad you photographed this!! Would you mind if I used for my site :)

Carla F. - Beautifully photographed as always Lara! What a stunning couple and your ability to pose them and capture light is really amazing <3

Vivian Guerra - Wow this is truly beautiful. You had the best lighting in the world, love all of them and her outfits are so pretty too! I’m glad you’re back, I was wondering :)