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Magic City Inspired Engagement Session : Stephanie & Alex

A few months ago my dear friend and wedding planner/designer, Miranda Estes of Sugar(ed) Occasions, came to me with the idea of doing a styled engagement shoot contest where the participating couples had to create their own concept using Pinterest. The winning couple was Stephanie and Alex that came up with a fabulous idea based pretty much in the new Starz show “Magic City”. The concept was old glamorous Miami in the 60’s with a hint of this century. Stephanie wore a black vintage dress for the formal look but the cherry on top was a 1960 red Corvette that belongs to Stephanie’s dad. She was styled by the very talented Sandra Ferrin of Runway Bride who worked closely with the couple to find the perfect outfit for each look. We also had to find a Miami’s landmark that was maintained in a way that would depict this time frame and what better than the classic National Hotel on South Beach. We were received and assisted by the amazing Beth Halm who was a real pleasure working with :) Thank you!



I couldn’t have ever imagined a better idea, photographed a most beautiful couple and worked with a better team! Thank you MirandaSandraMaritzaClaudiaMaria Elena & GiselleBeth and last but not least Stephanie and Alex, you guys were all simply PERFECT!

I LOVE you all…


Stephanie and Alex’s Styled Shoot:

Photography: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography

Design and Planning: Miranda Estes of Sugar(ed) Occasions

Styling: Sandra Ferrin of Runway Bride by Sandra

Make up: Maritza of Makeup by Marz

Hair: Claudia Cuevas of Art of Hair by Claudia

Jewelry: Maria Elena Headpieces

Outfits: Nordstrom

Venue: The National Hotel

ROSALIA - Espetaculares, Lara. Esta pareja es muy sexy!

Gabriela Lizarraga - This is by far the most beautiful engagement session I have ever seen. I’m simply in love =)

Lissette - Congratulations to every talented artist who created this stunning sequence of gorgeous images. Each detail was captured with style & elegance. They are all truly fascinating. Much love to Steph & Alex.

Stephanie Alvarez - Lara, you are such an artist! Alex and I are in love with all of the pictures. You truly have such a gift and eye for beautiful pictures. All the girls (Marz, Claudia, Sandra, and Miranda) were so incredible to work with. I will always remember this experience, thank you for selecting us!

Daniela Ferrer - Ohhh so Sexy!

Amy - I think that your work has taken on a life of its own. It was always gorgeous and beautifully well done…But it’s like now seems to have many more layers to it, as if you’re looking through something much more deep as you capture. Gorgeous…

Paula - WOW! Your images told such a fabulous story and what a perfect couple for the idea. Amazed!

Jennifer Williams - I’m obsessed, so different, love them!

Sara - You ladies have outdone yourselves…absolutely gorgeous!!! I am in awe of each and every picture!! Muah!!

RAQUEL Perez - Oh-Em-Geeeee… This is STUNNING, I’m dying!
<3 <3 <3

Carola - ESPECTACULARES TODAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW

Liza - I’m in love with this set, the feel and style, the clothes, so sexy… They are gorgeous too ;)

Miranda - Absolutely beautiful work, Lara! I love how they turned out!

Megan - Absolutely gorgeous, each and every single one of them! Love, Love.

Featured : The Knot Magazine

There’s nothing sweeter than seeing Erin and Erik’s beautiful wedding featured in the Summer 2012 Special Edition of The Knot magazine! Yay!!!




Aviva Samuels - Congratulations Lara! Very exciting to have a spread like this published! Looking forward to getting one published together!

Vivian - OMG How exciting is this? Congrats my friend your pictures are breathtaking :)

Katherine - Wow congratulations, you deserve all that and more!

Epic Hotel Wedding : Michelle & Jorge


Michelle and Jorge’s Epic Hotel, Miami Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography (Second shooting by my two favorite people in the world, Sweet Adeline and my husband Edward)

Ceremony: Church of the Little Flower

Reception: Epic Hotel, Miami

Dress: Vera Wang from Ever After

Shoes: Vera Wang

Makeup: Lily Rasco

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bary Jay from Daisy Tarsi

Florist: The Flower Mart

Invitations: Leston

Cake: Cake Designs by Edda

Rentals: Hitched Events

Linens: Leyani

Entertaining: DJ Ubi

Coordinator: Maria Rodriguez of Simply Perfect Events – 786-246-4395

Transportation: Melian

Donuts: Donut Divas

Photo Booth: Color Me Photo

Andreina - Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous! Oh and Gorgeous too! :)

Kat - OMG!!!! your pictures are amazing! No matter how many times I come back to your blog, I always find incredible inspiration!

Fabiola Guzman - Que parejita tan bella con ojos verdes los dos, wow, les van a salir los bebes bellos :) Y las fotos ni se diga, que talento innato tienes amiga y que carrera tan especial. El compartir un día así con novias debe ser lo máximo! Muchos éxitos y que sigas con ese talento infinito.
XOXO, Fabi

Eva - I absolutely loooove them all.

Carola - Beautiful couple, beautiful dress & shoes, beautiful pictures, beautiful everything!!! I heart this wedding <3

Ana Daniela - Breathtaking! Yes it helps they’re both so good looking but the pictures and the composition the colors everything perfect! You ROCK!

Melissa - Love this wedding! Amazing pictures! If you don’t mind me asking, who did your hair and makeup?

Johanna - Classic and elegant, just the way I like it. Extraordinary work of art Lara, you’re amazing and a real pleasure to work with =)

Erin Dickerson - Lara what an artistic eye and attention to detail. You have such a feminine style that is different from everything I’ve been seeing lately. <3 them all… Congratulations to the newlyweds

Vivi - SIMPLY SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! I can tell these two are going to have gorgeous babies :)

Sofia Brunicardi - oh-em-gee… This wedding and these pictures are gorgeous from the first one to the last. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! What a beautiful couple <3

Melanie Fernandez - Lara, these are beautiful! All her friends have been waiting for you to post them! we love them – thanks for sharing in her special day! xo

Spanish Monastery Wedding : Ashley & Jay


Ashley and Jay’s Ancient Spanish Monastery, Miami Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography (Second shooting by Adeline Ramos)

Ceremony & Reception: Ancient Spanish Monastery

Bride’s Getting Ready Location: Turnberry Isle Country Club, Aventura

Gown: San Patrick by Pronovias

Boutique: Bellissima Bridal, Coral Gables

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Makeup: Maritza of Makeup by Marz

Maria Gabriela - Oh my God I love this wedding so much… Beautiful work of art Lara!

Cici - More more more please!

Cici - More, more, more!

Megan - How nice, I’m in love with this wedding. That place is where I got married and I love it! Gorgeous dress by the way!

Carolina - So, so gorgeous, that dress is so beautiful, this entire set belongs to a magazine :)

Vivian - Beautiful! Love the sparkles’ shot!

The Biltmore Hotel Wedding : Sandra & Chris


Sandra and Chris’s Biltmore Hotel, Miami Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography (Second shooting by my favorite person in the world, Sweet Adeline)

Getting ready bride, reception and catering: Biltmore Hotel, Miami

Ceremony: Plymouth Congregational Church

Make up: My dear friend Maritza of Makeup by Marz

Hair Stylist: Claudia Cuevas of Art of Hair by Claudia

Dress: Lazaro from Chic Parisien

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Headpiece and earrings: Maria Elena Headpieces

Coordinator: PattyPozaz of My Event Boutique

Flowers: Avant Gardens

Decor: Elements & Accents

Band: Son Tres

Decor & Lighting: Eventus Productions

Linens: A.B Cover Designs

Biltmore Wedding » You Look Lovely, Dear - […] Photographed for the amazingly talented Lara Rios Fine Art Photography […]

Sandra + Chris Wedding, Biltmore Hotel, Miami | Avant Gardens Weddings - […] Photographer- Lara Rios Fine Art Photographer  […]

catherine - Wow! what a gorgeous couple. Sandra as a wonderful, sweet bride. Thanks for sharing!
Chic Parisien Team

Halberg Photographers - GREAT collection of images!

Diego pocovi - Beautifull Work, very touching..!! nice photography and attention to the light.

Fabiola Puma - Lara I found you in Style me Pretty and I felt in love with your pictures. And when I thought it couldn’t get any more stunning you share this wedding. WOW! is all I can say! Keep up the fabulous work.
Love, Fabi :)


Paola P. - Lara you are such incredible artist, this is the most beautiful set of pictures ever! I love them all <3 <3 <3

Sandra Ferrin - Lara, words cannot describe how thankful Chris and I are for our beautiful photographs. You have such an amazing essence and your work exudes just that. You made our wedding day extra special. Love, Chris & Sandra

Miranda Garrido - Nice job Lara, I’m looking at all these one by one and each one of them so beautiful, soft, romantic! Your composition and exposure are PERFECTION. That’s it, I rest my case :) Love you my friend!

Marivi - Absolutely gorgeous photos, the bride, the dress, the venue, the couple, everything! Breathtaking really…. Better than any magazine!

Stacy - All gorgeous but my favorite is the black and white of the two of them inside the car. SO MUCH PASSION – WOW!!!!

Alexandra Arcay - You knocked it outta the park as usual! What a beautiful love story told through photography. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Valentina J. - Laaaaraaaa que belleza de fotos, es incredible. Se siente el amor y el romance, ESPECTACULARES amiga!

Erin - It is a stunning couple and venue indeed! Fabulous

Kate - What a fabulous variety of photographs, all of them stunning.

Mariana Vitale - Breathtaking…!

Susana V. - The picture of the bride getting in the car is incredible! So Evocative :)

Viviana Borges - WOW she is stunning and the pics are so romantic and sweet ^.^ Nice job Lara, your brides are so lucky :)

Giselle - Gorgeous!!

Jackie - Just beautiful Lara as always. You blow me away with how you tell a story and how you capture the essence of a couple. It’s remarkable!

Andreina - Absolutely obsessed with these pictures. There’s nothing I don’t like about them!

Caro - Oh! Never mind… Lazaro, of course :)

Caro - What a gorgeous couple! I love her dress. Who’s the designer?

Vivian Guerra - Wow Lara, I’m looking at these pictures over and over and over and over… Ahhh! I’m in love! All of them, gorgeous <3

Jennifer Franco - OMG… This is simply breathtaking. She’s gorgeous and the dress so dreamy! L-O-V-E

Pinterest Giveaway



1) Create a Pinterest board with 20 to 50 images with your vision and concept for the styled shoot.

2) Visit our Facebook pages and LIKE them all. Links below:

Lara Rios PhotographySugar(ed) Occasions – Runway Bride –  Makeup by MarzArt of Hair by Claudia

3) Send us an email to with subject: “I’m In”

4) Tell your Facebook friends about it.

You only have a month to do this so hurry up and start daydreaming!
Let your imagination go and leave us all the logistics and planning…


• All boards must be finalized by April 15th.

• Judging will take place April 17th and the winner will be announced via Facebook and personal email on April 18th.

• The styled shoot will take place on May 10th, 2012 so, make sure you’re available!

• The couple must be engaged!

• The photo shoot may take place anywhere in the tri-county area of Dade, Broward or Palm Beach.

• We’ll provide you with all the props that your design may need!




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Vivian Guerra - Humm… Can my hubby and I pretend that we are still engaged? We won’t tell anyone :) What a super idea, LOVE it! <3

Cata - Wow what a great idea… I’m on it!!

Equestrian Engagement : Yenni & Henry

I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time… When Yeni told me she and Henry wanted to have an engagement session at a ranch and surrounded by horses I started jumping up and down. I knew I would like it but the peace and happiness I felt was just incredible. Somehow I felt right at home. Horses are such special creatures, there’s something about them that I can’t quite explain but that I LOVE so much. Now, that doesn’t mean they were waiting for this photoshoot picture-ready to model, ah-ah, not at all, they wouldn’t stop moving and keeping these lovely animals in the positions and places we wanted, not so easy. It’s almost like photographing kids. Still, it was an amazing experience and I would – and hopefully will soon – repeat it any day any time. And what about my other two perfect models? Yeni is to die-for-gorgeous, and Henry, he learned to ride horses before he started walking in our beautiful country of Venezuela. This was – for many reasons – a very special photo shoot. I really enjoyed it and I’m going to be anxiously waiting for their wedding next year! You guys are so sweet, thank you!!!

By the way, Yeni was dolled up by the also very talented and super fabulous hairstylist and makeup artist Karla Lola… AMAZING job as always!

With Love, LARA

Jessenia - Amazing! Love the way you capture each moment. Excellent!

selma - really nice

Adeline - Lara!!! These are so incredible!! Your talent is so emense!! I am so grateful to know you! These are so beautiful!

ray santana - Niiiice shots dude… Goodtimes

Susana Mendoza - Fantastic pictures & beautiful models!

Katherine - Luv them so much… XOXO Kat!

Yeni - OMG!!!! Lara you are amazing, I have no words. They are beautiful, you really captured the magic of the moment. Henry and I could not be happier!!!

Jeniffer G. - I think I’ve seen these like 5 times already. Love the feeling and the lighting, just gorgeous. The green dress is so romantic, perfect for the occasion… Nice!

Amy - Ohhh So Sweet, breathtaking images and she’s gorgeous!


MICHELLE - I absolutely and positively love all of these, and her two outfits PERFECTION :)

Vivian Guerra - Wow how amazing is this, I have a thing for horses too and they’re so cute OMG! LOVE LOVE LOVE