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The Cruz Building Miami Wedding Venue : Sneak Peek

A few weeks ago I covered a wedding at The Cruz Building in Coconut Grove, Miami and I fell in love right away. The lighting in the place is so amazing, the pictures look more like a painting than a photograph, kind of surreal. It has so much character and richness, I think is perfect for a Miami wedding with a little New Orleans flavor. And although this is not a full blown post of the beautiful Veronica and Jerry, I just couldn’t wait to share a few of her getting ready. Their wedding was spectacular but I’m still working and editing the pictures so this is all by now :) I hope you like the style, it’s a little different from what I normally post but very unique in its own look and feel. I loved it. Enjoy!

With Love, Lara

 

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

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

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

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!!!! http://www.powerparties.com

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

 

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!!!!!!!
Mike and Leslie

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 :)

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

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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 :)