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Las Olas Blvd. Engagement : Erin & Erik

From the moment I opened my house door and I saw Erin and Erik I though “WOW!!!” What a gorgeous couple. She has the most beautiful eyes and after photographing them for almost two hours I still can’t tell if they are green or blue or gray or purple… but Wow eyes for sure!

Erin and Erik just got engaged on October 16th in the Sinatra Park on the Hudson overlooking NYC, now can we say ROMANTIC? They have been living on separate cities – him in NYC and her here in South FL – and the day of our engagement session Erin told me that it was her last day at work because she is moving to New York to be with him… at that moment he proudly said “We can’t stay without each other anymore” Ahhh… That is S-W-E-E-T! at that moment I knew, these are two love birds!!! I LOVE IT.

There is some special glow in couples that just got engaged, it’s like they radiate love all over the place. The day of our session they came directly from the airport where Erin was picking him up after not seeing each other for 5 days… Oh Boy! they were totally all over each other, it was perfect! So I decided from this moment I’m going to ask my couples to not see each other for at least 3 days before their session, you’ll see how they react! It was awesome. Of course, the fact that she looks like a Victoria’s Secret model and he seems like came out of a GQ magazine helps a little but it’s really their love and their expressions and emotions that make these pictures what they are… so real! We had a great time shooting and just walking the streets and alleyways around Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, I hope you like them as much as I do!

With Love, LARA

Luz - love these pictures. when i look at this awoseme family i can’t help to smile with them. You guys did a great job capturing that bubbly personality there whole family has. love love love these.

Emily Baer - Hi Lara! I’m always stalking your blog but it’s the first time I leave a comment. Just wanted to say that I absolutely love your work. I don’t know what you do to always have such beautiful people but besides that, your pictures are STUNNING and real and very artsy… Thanks for the inspiration. This e-session is precious!

Tiffany Jordan - OMG! I wish I would have known you when I’ve got married! Your pictures are so beautiful, the way you capture every moment feels so real and so artistic at the same time. This couple is stunning of course but you have a special eye and a superb talent!
Many blessings to you, Tiff :)

Courtney Maki - Hi Lara, first time visitor! Love your work and the blog, great personality in your shots! Keep up the good work!

Alicia P. - AWESOMENESS! They look like such a fun couple and so in love. Beautiful job Lara as usual!
XOXO
Ali

Anna Dattalo - What a gorgeous couple. Great pics. Thanks Cuz for sharing them with me. Congrats Erin & Erik. Your mom is so excited for you both.

Nicole - I love these street-urban style pictures! And the ring is to die for, I would have liked to try it on too :) hahaha
Love
Nicky

Vivian Guerra - Love every single one! :) What a fabulous couple! They look SO in love too.

Aida - That girl is go-go-gorgeous! Beautiful pictures as always Lara!! I’m your fan #1.

Erica M. - OMG! These pictures are so beautiful and the lighting is breathtaking! Love them all!

Michele Caridad - Lara:
As usual you amaze me with your eye for detail, your composition and amazing ability to just capture the moment, the people and their beauty…

Girl, you’ve got talent!

love-
michele

Jessica Fieser - Love it! These are great pictures!

Shannon - Your pictures pop off the screen, so pretty, the composition is awesome. Great location too ;-) Love it!

Jessica Wagner - What a cute couple and beautiful images! I can’t believe how natural you get your couples to look in your sessions!

Lilita Santander - OMG Lara! These pictures are stunning, I love the colors and what a beautiful couple, they really look like models!

Sarah Kate - Wow! Beyond gorgeous – what a handsome pair! ;)

Marriott’s Harbor Beach Wedding : Megan & Kevin

October 23rd was the date Megan & Kevin chose for their wedding… The day started with a weather report of 0% precipitation – Wow – and a room full of ladies filled with emotions and excitement! Megan was calmed and very sure she wasn’t going to cry although she usually cries in other people’s wedding :) They picked the Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale as their secluded paradise to get ready and celebrate afterwards.

From the moment I met Kevin and Megan personally I felt right away we were going to click! They both told me though that they weren’t the kind of people that like to pose in front of a camera. Well, that’s ok because my kind of photography is not so posey either but I have to tell you, they made me proud, they did everything I told them and they both look ABSOLUTELY STUNNING in their pictures!

Everything went so smooth, the ceremony was held at Saint Anthony Catholic Church and we even took an hour afterwards to go to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts to take some extra shots of the bridal party and the newlyweds. It was PERFECTION and a lot of fun.

All I can say is that everything was so beautiful, Megan and Kevin are such really nice and loving people and they were obviously surrounded by so much love from everybody. It was a real honor for Edward and I to be there for them! I send them my Love and my wishes for a marriage that will last forever!

With Love, LARA

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kristy - Amazing pictures!!!!!!! what a beautiful couple.

Kim - Oh my… Breathtaking pictures! Love everything, the dress, the shoes, the colors, the bride. Simply stunning :) Love following your blog!

Tracy Motte - Oh Gosh Lara I love your pictures! What a beautiful wedding. love the navy blue and yellow, so elegant!

Kevin Quinn - Lara- you and Edward did the impossible…Make me look good the in the pics! Megan looks amazingly beautiful as I knew she would. I can’t wait to the see the rest of them.

Rebecca - Lara, You absolutely, never disappoint! Beautiful! I wonder how come your clients look always so happy :)

Elizabeth Lamas - Stunning as always! Such a beautiful wedding captured amazingly!

Jessica Wagner - If I was that bride I would be crying tears of happiness! What a beautiful wedding story… you captured it so well, as always! I totally love the B&W from the first look where he’s kissing her chick, Ohhh!!!!! Stunning!

Megan Quinn - Wow Lara!! These are absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much for everything. You and your husband are extremely talented. I can not wait to see the rest!!!

Angel R. - These pictures are amazing. We need to schedule our engagement pictures soon. Can’t wait.

Sarah Kate - What beautiful, elegant wedding!

Aida F. - Seriously? These images are Oh-So-Gooorgeous!! Love them all! You have some talent girl! XOXO

Catherine Richards - Amazing as usual, what a beautiful wedding and gorgeous couple. You really captured their emotions and happiness! I love the pictures of the dress and the shoes in the door, that’s really cool!

Karen - BREATHTAKING Lara!!! I think these are my favorite of them all, and trust me I’m a big fan of yours!!! I want to get married again and hire you as my wedding photographer, you and your husband are very talented! :)

Michele Caridad - Gorgeous! i love the detail of the high heels and the door hardware…as an architect/interior designer, that touches my heart!

as always Lara…you put your all into the pictures and it shows everytime!

Jennifer Fergang-Gill - I LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE THESE PICTURES! Wow Lara, Amazing! What a nice couple.

Stephanie - What a beautiful bride and gorgeous wedding! Lara you are one incredibly talented photographer! And so is Edward!

Vivian G - OMG Lara! These ARE SSSSTUNNING!!! You never stop surprising me with your Fabulous pictures.

Timeline : Create a Wedding Schedule

HAVE A SMOOTH WEDDING DAY BY CREATING A TIMELINE!

Since every wedding is different and some couples opt to have a first look and others don’t, what I’m going to do is give you a reference of what amount of time each block of the wedding day take, specially when it comes to TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS! If you are the kind of bride who believes photography is a priority, it is very important that you schedule enough time for them! Of course there is always going to be some level of chaos, that’s kind of fun actually, but the more organized and the more time you allocate for pictures, the more abundance of them you will end up having.

WEDDING TIMELINE / SCHEDULE:

• Arrive at bride’s getting ready location and greet!

• Gather and start photographing details: the dress, shoes, rings, jewelry, garter, bouquets if available, etc.  { 30 Minutes }

• Bride getting hair and make up done, with some make up already on (of course) and candids  { 30 Minutes }

• Bride puts her dress on with the help of bridesmaids/mother  { 30 Minutes }

• Pictures of bride alone and bride with bridesmaids { 30 Minutes }

• Pictures of bride and bridesmaids { 15 Minutes }

• Bride and groom first look pictures (if chosen by the couple) followed by portraits  { 30-60 Minutes }

• Bridal party pictures  { 15 Minutes }

• Immediate family pictures  { 15 Minutes }

• Ceremony

• Family pictures/formals right after the ceremony  { 15-30 Minutes }

• Optional photos of bride and groom if they didn’t opt for the first look  { 30-60 Minutes }

• Second shooter takes candids of guests at cocktail hour { 60 Minutes }

• Reception details: Ballroom, table tops, cake, stationery, lighting logo, specialty drinks, etc.  { 15-30 Minutes }

From this point there is no need to allocate time for pictures since everything is covered as it unfolds…

• Bridal party announced

• Bride and groom grand entrance

• First dance

• Optional dance with parents

• Dinner served / Food stations open

• Toasts

• Dancing

• Cake cutting

• Garter & bouquet toss

• Bride and groom’s exit (if applicable)

I hope this helps you design your wedding leaving enough time for everything. We know we don’t necessarily live in a perfect world but if we plan ahead we have better chances to cover every little detail so you will be super happy with all of your wedding pictures! You can always contact me with questions or if you need help figuring this out!

With Love, LARA

Sarah Mercer - Fabulous!!!! I like schedules!

Tamara Mateu - Having my schedule when I’ve got married was what kept me sane!

Angel - Thanks for the timeline, Lara! We will definitely need to use this at our wedding.

Georgina Simmons - Oh my God! that pictures should be in a magazine! I love the movement of the dress…

Featured : The Wedding Chicks

I am excited beyond comprehension! I visit the Wedding Chicks blog for inspiration almost daily and for Brigitta & Adrian’s Vintage Glamour photo shoot to be featured in there was such a huge honor for me! It looks so simple but it’s unbelievable the amounts of work and planning involved in a shoot like this. I’m so lucky to have the greatest team around and after so much effort, it was definitely worth it! Go visit it, here’s the link

With Love, LARA

Danielle - Absolutely beautiful photos Lara!!!! Congrats!

ray santana - Major congrats… Goodtimes

Tami - The pictures are breathtaking! Congrats on the Wedding Chicks post, it’s fabulous!!

Feuza - so beautiful, congrats!!

Laurie Bracewell - So awesome Lara! Congratulations on the feature!! You deserve it. :)

Wedding Styled Shoot : Brigitta + Adrian

You might all remember Brigitta and Adrian from the vintage photo shoot at the “Vintage Emporium” back in May. Probably you already read the story but I literally “found” Brigitta eating at a Mexican restaurant. I was planning this vintage photo shoot in my mind and I just needed the model. The perfect girl with that beautiful, vintagy, almost angelical kind of look. Not an easy task, right? Well, when things are meant to be, the Universe conspires with you and everything happens like magic. There she was, eating in front of me waiting to be discovered and voila! You be the judge yourself, she is scandalously beautiful… Oh! Thank you Maritza for introducing me to my new favorite word: SCANDALOUS!!! LOL. Brigitta and Adrian, thank you so much, you guys are beautiful people inside and out. I’m so grateful I met you both and I hope we’ll keep hanging out in the future.

As you can imagine a photo shoot like this takes a lot of time of course, lots of planning, shopping, sketching, visualizing and most importantly: COLLABORATION. I’m lucky enough to have met the most wonderful team of professionals in the last months that helped me make this vision a reality, my girls: Maritza of Makeup by Marz, the most talented and sensitive makeup artist I’ve known. Claudia from The Art of Hair, who by the way was due to have her baby in less than 2 weeks and she’s such a trooper she committed no matter what. And last but definitely not least, my dear friend, wedding cake baker and event coordinator, Gabriela Jimenez who not only volunteered her gorgeous house for the shoot but she did all the flower arrangements and beautiful bouquet and also was the best host in the world (not a surprise there). THANK YOU SO MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. The three of you are the best of the best, you all rocked and I couldn’t have done any of this without your valuable help. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We make a fabulous team and that’s for sure!!! And now, without any further ado… The incredibly fabulous: Brigitta & Adrian!

With Love, LARA

 

 

Colby - Any idea where her dress is from? I’m in love with it and looking into having a vintage wedding.

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Marietta Carter-Narcisse - Brigitta is my son’s friend and he pointed out the photos to me. I am a makeup artist and I love the look. Beautiful photos. I love the setting, especially the tea settings amongst the roses. Love it. I also love a few of the other very interesting shots you have posted below. I appreciate the texture and depth of your artistry. Beautiful work.

Darling - “AMAZING” – way to go Lara. I hadn’t seen these images “WOW” – love the attention to detail, the setting, the crystal clear images, and the spark on the subjects eyes. Love them all!

Laurie Bracewell - LOVE these!! And love the light! So beautiful!

henry - What can I say Lara, LOVE IT!!!!!

sharon snow - Yikes! This is AMAZING Lara! I love your vision and creative ability, and Brigitta is perfect for these shots. I love the one of her laying down looking back at the camera, GORGEOUS! You just happened to nail the exposure as well. Seriously Girl, you are on. your. way.

Michele Mallet - For sure I will let you know about my renewal of wedding vows! Your creative talent is unquestionably what we want! Keep blessing all of us with your amazing skills. Love the whole Antique look…totally exquisite!

Cinthya - Great Pics Lara! Beautiful wedding!

Edward Rios - Wow! You just keep getting better and better! I love this pics and you! Besos~

Charlee - Applause!!! Also love the tablescaping!! Very very nice! Who are you using for makeup?

Maria Brito - Simple, Elegant and AMAZING.

Michele Mallet - Simply Gorgeous! Great job Lara!

Sara Bell - Simply beautiful!!

maritza - Oh Lara! I have no words to describe how lucky I feel to have met such a talented and genuine individual as yourself who shares the same artistic vision as me…truly a match made in heaven<3 It was so awesome collaborating with you on this project…and of course, once again you delivered jaw-dropping images!!

Epiphany Catholic Church Miami Wedding : Olga & Jose

Last Friday I was fortunate enough to go with Ray Santana to the most gorgeous and sophisticated wedding I have ever been. Over 1500 guests gathered in to celebrate Olga and Jose’s nuptials. The setting was a spectacular lush garden where no detail was overlooked. It was like being in a party at a Resort more than a wedding: I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E to say the least. The bride, the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, wore an Oscar de la Renta gown and Christian Louboutin shoes. It was simply amazing, glamorous and so elegant.

With Love, LARA

ashleigh - these are beautiful lara!! what raw talent you have ;)

Luisana Roncajolo - Me encantan las fotos,la de la novia y el vestido quedó espectacular,te felicito!!

-brittany- - These are so awesome Lara! I am in love with that dress shot! What a fabulous fabulous opportunity!!!

D - you got skills my friend! and hello, what beautiful shoes!!!

Jennifer Brotchie - soo beautiful and cute! Love the sneakers! Keep it up girl!

Regina - Very nice work. Keep it up love em all.

Gavin Wade - Hey Lara!

Yeah…I think after that wedding we are ALL spoiled! It was so much fun seeing you again and hanging out! Great photos! It was such a fun day :) Hopefully Ray has me out again soon! Keep up the amazing work. I’ll say it again…I wish I had your eye and technical abilities when I was just starting out….sheesh!! Great work :)

Sara Bell - Beautiful – you have a natural eye – the technical will come – “little by little” :-)

Maria Brito - VERY NICE WORK. Looking forward to meeting you in April.

Vintage Styled Shoot : Karen

My beautiful French friend Karen and I took a vintage trip to Sunrise Blvd where I found this old abandoned train in the middle of the city. And since today I had to return the rental camera :( we had exactly 45 minutes to finish this shoot. It was a little CRAZY!!! I was sweating and rushing like a mad woman – not that I’m not usually like that already. Sadly this was my last shoot until I rent the camera again in February. I still have a lot of pictures to upload but because yesterday I had the Portfolio+Workshop all day, today I’m exhausted so this post is a short one and to the point.  Tomorrow I need to be inspired to write about my experience with this INCREDIBLE group of photographers!  That’s going to be a good one but now I’m going to sleep because I don’t even know what I’m writing anymore… Oh! by the way, isn’t she gorgeous?

With Love, LARA

Maria Brito - I love this place. I did my nephew’s 3rd Bday photos here. Very nice shots!!

anna kim - WOWZERS!!! Nice work Lara!

Regina White - Very very nostalgic. Love em. So fun and bright.

ashleigh - wow lara!!! i’m impressed!!! these are stunning!!! you go girl ;)

D - STUNNING!

Kirk - Une telle beauté ! Karen est étonnante – elle est futée, douée, gracieuse et élégante, et absolument belle.