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Beach House Chic : Kierstin & Fernando’s Engagement Pictures

I love stories, specially Love Stories, so when Kierstin told me what she had in mind for her engagement session I jumped right in. The storyline was simple, a girl planning her wedding with the love of her life, spending a romantic afternoon in a beach house,with candlelights, drinks, planning their future together… My kind of afternoon precisely – minus the wedding planning, I’ve got that out of the way long time ago. And the perfect setting for all of this was our beautiful backyard of Miami Beach, of course.  This is why I think I’m never going to leave this town. I couldn’t live without the eternal sunshine (and occasional thunderstorms) and everything beach, sand, ocean and beautiful and hip people. Kierstin and Fernando were amazing to work with, super nice and don’t they look gorgeous together? I can only imagine how much fun we are going to have creating more beautiful pictures next year at The Miami Beach Edition Hotel for Kierstin and Fernando’s wedding. These are my favorite one!

With Love, Lara

 

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Credits:

Photography: Lara Rios Photography

Makeup: Selena Aguilera

Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session : Sophie & Anthony

Sometimes I feel like pinching myself because I can’t believe I get to do what I love and have so much fun while at it. Throughout the years as a wedding photographer I’ve worked really hard to define my style and make it look not only beautiful, consistent but also real. One of my most important goals as a wedding photographer is to make sure my pictures look natural, spontaneous, I want to capture the real essence of my couples and their love for each other. It’s not so much about posing them perfectly, it’s more about making them interact! That’s why I don’t care much about the “where”, it’s more about the “how”. The background can be anything, a park, a beach, a street, anywhere, my focus is more about interacting with them, making sure they have a great time and get the best out of them. So I couldn’t show a better example of this than with these two love birds. Sophie and Anthony are picture perfect, but for real. I think they arrived to their engagement session kind of like, alright let’s just get this over with and let’s just have a good time, lol. No better way to do it by the way. No over-thinking much, and the result, delightful! A bunch of super natural, super spontaneous and fun set of pictures. Needless to say, I was totally in love with her dress, as you’ll see there are details in every single angle :) I’m so happy and so grateful to have amazing people like these two in my life. I can’t wait for their wedding later this year at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami, it’s going to be spectacular! I hope you guys love your pictures as much as I do :)

With Love, Lara

 

Vivian Guerra - These are sooo beautiful!

Sophie - Lara – you are AMAZING!! We can’t thank you enough for making that day as fun and easy as it was. I can’t wait for the wedding!

Romantic Sailboat Engagement Session : Christina & Leo

The places and the experiences that my photography world takes me are so amazing. Today I’m sharing this oh-so-romantic engagement session sailing the peaceful waters of Coconut Grove Bay in Miami. I couldn’t have asked for more, a beautiful couple, a spectacular vintage sailboat in a fresh December afternoon, the lighting was spectacular and even the captain was the best! We had such a nice time creating these moments and I just LOVE the romantic and soft look we’ve got! Thank you Sissi Ceballo for making Christina look even more beautiful, I can’t wait to see you all on their wedding day!

With Love, Lara


 

 

 

Sophie P. - Wow these are so beautiful. The colors and the light so nice!

Angela - Shoots by the water are the best! ;) She’s really pretty <3

Carolina Mesa - Absolutely breathtaking, OMG These are a dream

Boca Beach Resort & Spa Wedding : Caitlin & Chris

I think you could define the words classy, timeless and elegance by looking at Caitlin and Christopher’s wedding photographs. It was the most perfectly flawless wedding I’ve ever covered. and it’s probably because it was planned by the amazingly talented Liz & Lex Events! Caitlin wore a stunning blush wedding gown and heels by Monique Lhuillier that I couldn’t get enough of. And I couldn’t have thought of a better backdrop for such a wedding than the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The different tones of ivory for the flowers and the gold accents gave this romantic night the final perfect touch of elegance and glitz. Photographing this wedding was a delightful experience because not only everything was so beautiful and tastefully done but because working close to Caitlin and Christopher’s families was my absolute pleasure! I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed capturing them!

You can see more pictures of this wedding featured at Elizabeth Ann Designs! Thank you for the honor!

With Love, Lara

Caitlin and Christopher’s Wedding Details:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Wedding Ceremony:  Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church

Wedding Reception: Boca Beach Resort

Flowers and Linens: Xquisite Events

Day-of Coordination – Liz and Lex Events

Favors – Macarons

Videography – Reinhardt Productions

DJ – Mike Sipe Entertainment, Events & Productions

Transportation – Molly’s Trolley’s

Hair and Makeup – Team Beauti

Bridesmaids Dresses – Amsale

Bridesmaids Shoes – Steve Madden

Gown – Monique Lhuillier from The Collection Bridal

Jewelry – Maria Elena Headpieces

Bride’s Shoes – Monique Lhuillier

Suit – Alton Lane

Tie – Carrot & Gibbs

Groom’s Shoes – Ted Baker

Groomsmen Suits – Calvin Klein

Cake Topper – BHLDN

Caroline Ojeda - This wedding is sooooooooo beautiful! Just love your work so much. Outstanding wedding photography!

Denise Harris - LOVE! Everything is gorgeous! You got an eye for details. So bright and vivid =)

Carol Feldman - Simply classy and elegant. Nice

Rebecca Colmenares - That dress is absolutely gorgeous, the color is perfect. I love your work, I follow you on Instagram!

Vivian - What a beautiful work Lara, as usual :)

Anais & Omar’s Engagement

So this week is the turn of one of ours to tie the knot. And when I say “one of ours” I refer to my dear friend from this amazing wedding industry, make up artist extraordinaire, Anais Guerra! I’ve known Anais from the very beginning of my photography career and have crossed paths with her many times :) Now she’s the one sitting on the makeup chair and I am extremely happy, honored and excited to be documenting her wedding with soulmate and best friend, Omar Babun! I’ve seen them for a while the way you do it these days, through Facebook of course, and I had the feeling he was the one, haha, I don’t know why :) Let me tell you, I know about these things :-) Anais and Omar are one of the good ones ;-) After spending an afternoon of photos, laughs, hugs, walking, climbing, and even negotiating with spiders & other creatures, I know these two are perfect for each other! I’m sure this weekend is going to be a great celebration with a looot of people super happy to see them commit to each other.

I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and love (and many more kids) I can’t wait for Saturday! XOXO

With Love, Lara

Anais Outfit is by Sabby Girl, Miami

 

Caroline Ojeda - These pictures are amazing too, Wow! Gorgeous couple

Samanta - Perfection!

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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Charlie Films - Wonderful pictures specially the black and white ones!

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

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