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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



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



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!




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


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.



Michelle O'Brien - Your work is always so beautiful and the bride is really, really gorgeous <3

Vivian Guerra - Totally and absolutely STUNNING! Like everything you do Lara, you know I’m your #1 Fan :)

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


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



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!

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!!!!

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


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 :)