Engagement, Fort Lauderdale

Engagement Session at Las Olas Riverfront, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What is sweeter than a couple in love? Well, nothing is, unless they bring bubbly and rosé to their engagement session. Also, the gazebos around Las Olas Riverfront are to die for and I can’t wait to be back.

Join me in congratulating Caitlin and James in their recent commitment. We had a blast during their Fort Lauderdale engagement photo session and I am beyond excited to share a bit of their gallery.

Until the next cheers-venture,

Diana

 

Beach, Families

Adorable Family Photo Session at Boca Inlet Beach, Boca Raton, FL

Last year I met this wonderful little family of three visiting from Vancouver, Canada; they were on a sunshine-state vacation celebrating Stephani and Sean’s wedding anniversary and Mila’s first time at the beach.

Mila is the most adorable baby I have met to date; she was all smiles after her nap and couldn’t keep her eyes from the embellishment on my sandals {young fashionista?}. We started our session at the luscious gardens and pavilion area at South Inlet Park, Boca Raton, where the light was soft and the breeze delightful.  After  a few shots by the pavilion we walked down to the beach using a pathway that was just perfect for photos.

We spent the rest of the afternoon by the shore photographing Stephanie and Sean’s love and Mila’s endless cuteness. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to capture such a lovely family moment.

Until the next giggle-venture

Diana

 

 

 

Beach, Engagement

Nautical Themed Engagement Session. Lauren and Edward, Jupiter, FL.

Nothing warms my heart more than when couples choose intimate places to photograph their love story. Lauren and Edward had the pier in their Jupiter community as background for their engagement session; and it made all the sense in the world as next year they will be hosting a nautical wedding at Out of the Blue Waterfront in Jupiter, FL.

The second thing that absolutely speaks to me is when couples are so in love that you can feel it in the air. Lauren and Edward’s engagement session was effortless; I only had to say “Look at each other” and an abundance of smiles and sweetness would come flowing. They are both adorable, and tender with each other. I honestly have the best clients in the world, who, if you ask me,  might {secretly} be models.

Third are vintage engagement rings. Lauren’s ring had me at HELLO;  the elegance and timeless style is an eye catcher, every time  {maybe I should update my ring collection, being that it’s the holidays and all}.

After photos at the pier we headed to Jupiter Beach, where despite a rough tide and strong winds we managed to capture beautiful moments. I even succeeded {in post-production} at giving them a blue ocean to match their nautical wedding theme.

Wishing this loving pair a joyful life together, and until the next seaside-venture,

Diana

 

 

Bride, Weddings

Miami Tropical Wedding. Glenda and Alexander, Longan’s Place, Miami FL

These love birds tied the knot this year at Longan’s Place in Miami, FL. We had worked together before during their engagement session at Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL so I knew it’d be a fun day.

I met Glenda at her hotel room where she was getting ready surrounded by her family. We decided to do a first look with them because, let’s face it, what is sweeter than having grandma, mom, sister, aunt and cousins seeing you for the first time in a beautiful white dress?

After a few minutes of portraits with the bride, we headed to the ceremony site. Longan’s Place is the perfect venue to host a tropical themed wedding. Between the huts, the waterfall and endless palm trees you have found yourself in tropical paradise.

The ceremony was sweet, and Glenda and Alex couldn’t stop holding hands. Then, one of my favorite parts of the evening: portraits with the bride and groom in front of a grandiose Rolls Royce; our background, a gorgeous Florida sunset. After their first dance, it was time to let loose and celebrate with family and friends. The day went by surprisingly quick {possibly because of all the fun we had}.

Until the next tropical-paradise-wedding,

Diana

The creative team:

Dress and Veil Designer: David’s Bridal

Shoe Designer: Nina Shoes

Bride’s Jewelry: Givenchy fashion jewelry from Macy’s 

Ring Designer: Richard’s Jewelry

Hair: Noris, Bless U Beauty Studio

Make-up Artist:  Simonet Makeup

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Wear: Tommy’s Tuxedos

Venue: Longan’s Place

Officiant: Padre Molina from El Rincon de San Lazaro

Videographer: 212 Media Productions

Entertainment: Hora Loca by Sunflower

Cake Designer: Ana Paz Cakes

Florist: Divine Creations by Judy Sun

Party Favors: Beau Cup

 

 

Beach, Travel

California Adventure. San Diego and Joshua Tree National Park.

A few months ago I booked a yoga retreat at San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center in Santa Ysabel, California. As I was making flight arrangements, it became obvious that this would be the perfect opportunity to also explore the city of San Diego and Joshua Tree National Park.

So there I was a few weeks later, camera in hand and ready for an adventure. My first stop was Balboa Park. The park is fascinating; its magical recipe for beauty goes something like this: two parts Spanish architecture, one part gardens and lots of bright light {the glue that holds it all together}.

The pleasant park stroll opened my appetite, so I Googled “best donuts in San Diego” and found Donut Bar in the downtown area. Parking in downtown San Diego is, like in many downtowns in the country, a whole experience in itself. After circling the block a couple of times, a few car honks and a shameful parallel parking maneuver, I made it to Donut Bar. Then and there, one of the universe’s biggest questions dawned on me:  which donut should I try? Yes, it was almost impossible to choose just one when they all looked this yummy. So I opted for a Raspberry Pistachio… to go.

My next stop, La Jolla. I drove to the Children’s Pool to live my own version of “Cake by the Ocean”. I parked my car, this time at an angle which made me feel a lot better about my parking skills, and sat on a bench overlooking the cove. My sweet raspberry-pistachio treasure was still hidden in its recyclable box, I put it on my lap and closed my eyes while breathing in all the salty goodness in front of me. The time had come to savor the first bite, I opened the box and it was everything I’d hoped for. I was caught in a moment of pure enjoyment when something struck my hand. It took me a couple of seconds to realize a seagull had stolen my donut. I swear I had a total Gollum/My Precious moment, but then I let it go, knowing the first bite was mine.

Down into the little cove I went, donut-less but happy to be there photographing the seals. Seals are far more adorable than seagulls, but then again, I might be biased by my recent experience. They bounce their heads up and down in what seems like an infant’s peek-a-boo game, and I couldn’t help but feel like a child again. Children get hungry, and so it was time for me to eat.

I drove to a nearby restaurant, Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar for zucchini and cactus tacos {crispy melted cheese, calabacitas of zucchini, corn and tomato, cactus, avocado, cilantro-tomatillo} paired with a Piña-Melon aguas frescas. My lunch was heavenly and my craving for Mexican goodness was well satisfied. It was time to walk off the feeling of fullness with a visit to the famous San Diego Zoo.

It ended up being a short zoo visit mainly because as usual, I wanted to fit too many attractions in one day and I didn’t want to miss a beautiful sunset overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sunsets are so romantic, and I don’t mean in the amorous sense of the word, but more in that they present an idealized view of reality. Must be the light, fading behind the ocean as seagulls fly and people lose track of time. The Sun was gone and I was starting to feel tired, I headed back to my hotel to rest before another adventure day.

The next day I woke up around 4am, which was too early by my standards of decent times to wake up, and started my drive to Joshua Tree National Park. The drive was long but worth it. Joshua trees are out of this world, their branches bend in all sorts of mysterious ways as if defying gravity. I enjoyed driving through the desert before arriving to my retreat. It was then time to put my camera down and unwind.

Until the next adventure,

Diana

Bride, Weddings

Rustic Wedding. Kaitlin and Andrew, Flamingo Gardens, Davie, FL

Kaitlin and Andrew had a rustic wedding ceremony and reception at the beautiful grounds of Flamingo Gardens, FL. This place is magical, with lush vegetation and peacocks wandering around the property. The bride and groom share a special connection and as a wedding photographer, I was very lucky to capture their love story through my lens.

These two lovebirds couldn’t take their eyes off of each other while exchanging their vows; one of my favorite moments during their wedding ceremony was when Andrew reached to kiss Kaitlin’s forehead in the most endearing way possible. I’ve never witnessed anything more romantic.

After the “I dos” we wandered around the gardens to capture their portraits; I swear I could’ve wandered all day long around this wonderful wedding venue. After portrait time, we headed back to the reception area for their first dance as husband and wife, followed by a fun cake cutting ceremony {YAY is right}. They ended the night dancing with family and friends in a  conga line {YAY again}.

Wishing them many more sweet kisses and until the next garden-venture,

Diana

Bride, Weddings

Backyard Florida Wedding. Karina and Rodney, Juno Beach, FL

I’m so excited to share Karina and Rodney’s fun wedding in Juno Beach, FL. I met the stunning bride at a hotel suite nearby where she was getting ready. Her mom, sister and nieces helped her with the finishing touches.

The handsome groom waited at the ceremony venue, accompanied by his stylish groomsmen. Karina’s two fur-kids walked down the isle, which made for lots of smiles among their guests. I always think pups make for the most adorable flower girls and ring bearers, but I might be biased as my little Lana was my flower girl.

After exchanging their vows, we headed to a nearby park to take the couple’s formals.  These lovebirds couldn’t have been any cuter, and it shows in their pictures. I leave you with a few of my favorite photos from their fun day.

Until the next pup.down.the.isle-venture,

Diana

Bridal shower, Party, Uncategorized

Bridal Shower Session in Palm Beach, FL

There’s something special about a group of ladies that come together in celebration. Catherine’s bridal shower was no different, here’s the story:

Catherine is the sweetest bride-to-be and she has, by far, the coolest {and prettiest} group of friends. Gathered in a beautiful home, and joined by the magical bond of friendship, they celebrated her upcoming nuptials.

Catherine’s dress and flower crown were princess-worthy and they matched to perfection her Bride-To-Be wine glass. A beautifully arranged table filled with refreshments was the ideal excuse for friends to gather around. The tuxedo and gown cake-pops were my favorite {seriously, I could eat those for breakfast, lunch and dinner}.

You know you are in for a fun time when everywhere you turn you see a giggling gal {it reminded me that the laughs of those you love are the best gift of all}. I spent a delightful afternoon photographing their smiles. Here are the results.

Until the next shower-venture,

Diana

 

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A Styled Bridal Session in Palm Beach, FL

This styled bridal session was so much fun to put together, here is the story:

The Palm Beach area is full of inspiration; every courtyard, door and fountain is truly unique. A few weeks ago during an afternoon stroll, being mesmerized by the Spanish-style architecture, I started planning for a styled photo-shoot. Soon after, I met  Johanna.

Now that I had met my model, the logistics were very simple: find a dress, buy flowers and set a date. I needed to keep my adventure budget friendly so I did most of the work myself {bouquet and flower-crowns included}; and although I am not a floral or hair/make-up expert, I was pleased with the results.

Johanna and I met at my house were we completed her look over a girly chat. She was an absolute pleasure to work with, and it shows in the pictures. Her radiant personality and positive attitude filled the space. After a few bridal portraits, we drove to our location. We started photographing in front of a magnificent wooden door and continued our adventure through alleys and balconies.

The soft light and warm vibes completed my vision, here are the results.

Until the next wander-venture,

Diana

Until the next wander-venture,

Diana

Session details:

Model: Johanna Yunda

Flowers: The Fresh Market

Bridal Gown: Solovedress

Accessories: Francesca’s

Location: Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

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The adventure begins

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Today is a great day. Not only do I wake up to my {woof} baby Lana Banana licking my arm and wagging her tail, and my husband with his soft eyes and sweet smile by my side, but I also launch my website … life couldn’t be better!

It’s been long hours behind the scenes making business decisions, designing pages and choosing images but it was all worth it!  I learned so much in the process about my business and the industry, but most importantly about myself and how I can bring joy to my clients. The best part of it is that it doesn’t stop here or now; I will continue to learn and develop my website, filling it with beautiful images {of you}.

Wishing myself new challenges and lots of success.

And wishing you Romance and Light,

Diana