As a professional wedding photographer based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am the most trusted wedding photographer brides and grooms to be choose for their big day. My photography style is elegant, romantic and timeless using a blend of wedding photojournalism (candid photography), Illustrative photography (direction when needed) and editorial Photography (Fully posed) style that is fashion forward and artistic. This blend of wedding photography styles to capture a bride and grooms wedding day has made me photographer of the year, in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by The Knot.com, Weddingwire.com, Bestthreerated.com, and expertise.com
I founded Couture Bridal Photography in 2008 as a life long avid photographer. I had over 25 years of advanced photography study when I began my photography studio in Fort Lauderdale. I became involved with wedding photography, when a co-worker discovered I was a photographer and was having trouble finding a wedding photographer for his wedding day. As a wedding photographer based closed to Miami, I accepted his request for me to photograph his wedding for a small fee and this was the moment where I became a professional photographer. Until this first wedding at the The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building with over 200 guests, I have never photographed a wedding day.
The day began with me arriving at the Intercontinental Miami, located at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131 for their getting ready wedding portraits while also capturing all the special moments taking place with wedding photojournalism (candid wedding photography) as they prepared for their wedding day. They had two separate rooms so I did quite a bit of running around but complete all the wedding portraits of the groom and groomsmen before heading over to the bride and spending the rest of my time with her and the bridesmaids.
I arrived at The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building to prepare for the arrive of the bride and groom with their wedding parties and I was incredibly nervous. This would be the very first time shooting a real wedding. At this moment and time, I never imagined I would end up shooting weddings, being photographer of the year and receiving awards for my wedding photography. The bride and groom arrived and I began photographing the wedding ceremony as it was taking place. I moved carefully from pain to point to get all the best angles making sure that I would be able to deliver the most amazing wedding photos this couple could ever imagine. This was my first real wedding, but I slowly became excited and the nervousness and anxiety went away. I was confident I was doing a great job shooting this couples big day.
The wedding ceremony concluded with the brides and grooms first kiss and they walked down the isle to cheers to the back of the room. I gathered the family and bridal party and began to photograph the couples wedding portraits that including the brides and grooms family, bridal party, siblings and some friends. When we were done with the bridal portraits the couple and I went on a little adventure to create their brides and grooms wedding portraits. We then found scenic locations within the The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building for photos including their historic safe room and then took to the streets during the cocktail hour to photograph the couple in Miami. We drove to various locations in Brickell and downtown Miami creating spectacular wedding portraits the couple would want in their wedding album and wall art they would hang in their home or office.
So by the time the wedding reception was to begin, I was tired. I had never worked under such stress as a photographer, but the end was nearing and I was determined to continue to shoot this wedding to the end, in my own photography style. So the wedding procession began with the DJ announcing the parents, bridal party and then the bride and groom. I was photographing everything that was happening and really focusing on capturing the emotion, excitement and love story that was still unfolding before my eyes.
The bride and groom reached the middle of the room and they danced their first dance while kissing, embracing and whispering sweet nothings into each other ears. As a wedding photojournalist, my job was to constantly move and capture every candid moment to tell the grand finale of their wedding day. When the brides and grooms finished their dance they each did a dance with each of their parents.
Upon the completion of the dances every one sat and speeches took place by the best man and maid of honor. After the toasts, the grooms brother said a prayer and the guests began to eat their dinner.
After the guests completed their dinner, the DJ announced that the dance floor was opening and the party began. I photographed the bride and groom as they interacted with their family and friends and took random group photos of the bride and groom, guests and members of the bridal party. I made sure to also capture the couples parents dancing and celebrating the marriage of their children. The party went on for hours, but was amazing. The party came to an end around 12am and everyone lined up outside the wedding venue for a sparkler exit to their Rolls Royce classic limousine. The couple exited with the guests cheering couples and waving of the sparklers.
This story is about my first wedding as a professional photographer in Miami. Since then I have photographed 400+ weddings, travels to Beverly Hills, Dallas, Charleston and Puerto Rico to photography destination weddings and have received amazing reviews. Now I have a wedding photography team that is as passionate about shooting weddings for brides and grooms throughout Miami and Miami Beach.
I hope that you like my website and find my story on my first wedding photography assignment funny or inspirational if you're a photographer yourself.
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