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The Raleigh 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

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!

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



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

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



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

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.

Willie - What a great wedding and a honor to rock the house!!!!

Thalatta Estate Wedding : Adriana & Danny

Today I’m posting one of my favorite weddings lately… It was fun from beginning to end and Adriana and Danny were simply AMAZING to work with. They were getting ready for the wedding at the Biltmore hotel, and because of time constrains we decided to have a first look right there! We took all their portraits and family formals at the Biltmore and then we headed to Thalatta Estate, the venue were the wedding ceremony and reception was going to take place. For those of you that follow my blog, you know that outdoor weddings at the end of the afternoon are my cup of tea and with such a gorgeous couple and beautiful details, this was a dream come true for me!!! Lots of eye candy and romance here so enjoy!!!

With Love, Lara


Anita - One of the prettiest Brides I have ever seen, and I’m not just saying it because I know her..Great shots love the Photography everything looks amazing

Cindy J. - One word: STUNNING!

Jillian Tree - Gorgeous photos! LOVE her dress!!

Michelle Martin - WOW! What a stunning set of images, you captured the emotion of the day so well. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE THEM ALL!

Andreina - These are beautiful! I love all the detail shots and such a sweet couple!

Vivian Guerra - Gorgeous venue + gorgeous couple! You did a fabulous job as always Lara Rios :)

Vizcaya Museum Engagement Session : Natalie & Charlie

There is something about taking pictures in Vizcaya that never gets old. And when the couple you’re photographing is this gorgeous and as fun as Natalie and Charlie are, everything is perfect! Maritza (of Makeup by Marz) always make my brides look gorgeous of course, I mean, seriously the makeup is flawless and the dress… Aaaaah!!! We had a wonderful time taking their engagement pictures and now I just can’t wait for their wedding day in June, I can only imagine how stunning these two are going to be! Enjoy!

With Love, Lara


Natalie - We had soo much fun!! Thank you Lara! Love love love you!!

Nicole Aquino - AAAAMAZING!!!! Your ability to compose a photo, play with the light and pose a couple is just so incredible. Love these so much!

Isia - Just beautiful! Thank you so much Lara for making their day so special. The pictures are just gorgeous!

Amber J. - Beautiful images! So much love!

Veronica - This is just breathtaking Lara… She is STUNNING wow! Love them all as always =)

The Cooper Estate Wedding : Daphne & Bobby

I’m super excited to share this gorgeous outdoors wedding at my now favorite venue in South Florida, The Cooper Estate in Homestead. From the moment I met Daphne I was fascinated by her fun and outgoing personality, totally type A, I guess that’s why we clicked right away :) Her vision for the wedding was like music to my ears… She and Bobby met at a hot party in New Orleans while they were both attending college at Loyola University. So Daphne wanted to somehow bring that New Orleans southern charm and what a better place than The Cooper Estate with all the Oak trees and so much vegetation, the jazz music during cocktail hour and all the details and decor were the final touches. They opted to have a First Look, which means they saw each other before the ceremony, to take advantage of the beautiful lighting and take their portraits and pictures with their family and bridal party, my way to go! I can say this wedding was perfect from beginning to end… The end when they were sent off with sparklers by all their guests, can I say PERFECTION?

Daphne and Bobby’s outdoor southern-style wedding was fabulous from beginning to end and did I mention that Daphne designed everything herself? Yeap, what a talented girl!!! Enjoy their wedding day story…

With Love, LARA



Daphne and Bobby’s Cooper Estate Wedding:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Videography: Diego Pocovi Event Cinematographer 

Bobby’s Getting Ready Location: The Biltmore Hotel, Miami

Daphne’s Getting Ready Location: The Cooper Estate, Homestead, Florida

Ceremony & Reception: The Cooper Estate, Homestead, Florida

Bride’s Gown: Essence of Australia

Gown Boutique: Merlili Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade

Veil & Hairpiece: Twinkle Twinkle Bridal

Wedding Bands: Aurelian New York

Hairstylist & Make up: Karla Lola - Facebook

Groom’s Wear: Joseph A Banks

Bridesmaids gowns: Amsale – Daisy Tarsi

Florist: Yira de Oro Floral Design

Caterer: The Cooper Estate, Homestead, Florida

Cake: Ana Paz

Rentals & Linens: The Cooper Estate, Homestead, Florida

Officiant: Rev. Charles Daniel Harden

DJ: DJ Hurricane Rey

Carolina - Nice job and what a breathtaking place. I love them all :)