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Andrade Wedding | Casa Monica | St. Augustine Wedding Photography

December 7th, 2014

There is quite the European feel when you enter St. Augustine; driving over the Lion’s Gate Bridge into the heart of the oldest city in America was exciting and very romantic. The spiral turrets atop the castle like buildings and the detail carved into the nooks and crannies lured and sang to us as we […]

 

There is quite the European feel when you enter St. Augustine; driving over the Lion’s Gate Bridge into the heart of the oldest city in America was exciting and very romantic. The spiral turrets atop the castle like buildings and the detail carved into the nooks and crannies lured and sang to us as we traveled their streets.

We arrived in awe at the historic Casa Monica and observed the many Spanish influences incorporated throughout the great hotel. The wedding day of Meredith and Anthony was upon us; it was overcast and windy, but as the gorgeous bride said, she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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The knock upon the bride’s room was greeted with hair curlers and a perfume of hairspray. It was hours before aisle time and the room was in a calm flurry of dresses, makeup and hair. When a stopping point was reached, Meredith reached for a small box that contained a token from her beloved. In anxious curiosity she opened her final gift before becoming Mrs. Andrade. Surrounded by her very best friends she was adorned, zipped up, and pampered into the most stunning bride.

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Anthony and his merry friends were excited for their brother to walk down the aisle and say I do. Before all the merriment could commence they were rewarded with beautiful boxes filled with liquid courage, cigars and customized cuff links. The final touches of Anthony’s grand suit were adorned by his father as the room bantered in playful tones before leaving for the church.

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On the way to St. Augustine, we received an urgent email stating we would be in a different church venue tomorrow afternoon. Meredith and Anthony had planned on saying their vows in the oldest catholic church in the country, but due to drastic remodeling and scaffolding covering a huge part of the venue they decided to switch at the very last minute. You can only imagine the stress this placed on our dear bride and groom as texts, calls, and emails were sent to both guests and vendors alike. It seemed as though everyone got the message in time and the gorgeous new church held just as much grace as it’s predecessor. The ceremony was simple and unique, tailored perfectly for our sweet, adoring couple.

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We were able to take a few beautiful photographs at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, where Meredith and Anthony were originally set to be married.

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After the ceremony, Meredith, Anthony, and the entire bridal party hopped on the most adorable trolley to tour the city and take some truly incredible photographs. We stopped at the fort and Magnolia Street, which was lined with these ancient oak trees before heading back to cocktail hour.

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Upon entering the reception we were wrapped in warm pinks and purples. Diamonds dripped over the centerpieces and delicate orchids were scattered around. The night was filled with dancing, and celebrating with the new Mr. and Mrs. Andrade. The end of the evening was marked with a grand exit with guests wishing goodnight while lighting their path with sparklers.

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We sincerely thank our wonderful bride and groom, Meredith and Anthony, for making us a part of their gorgeous wedding day, and for their support and trust as we captured these one-of-a-kind wedding photographs. Here is to your happily-ever-after!

Love,
Ashley & Jacqueline

It’s all in the details! The vendors and designers who created Meredith & Anthony’s dream wedding day.
Dress Designer: Lozaro

Bridesmaids Dresses: Demetrios

Flowers: 57 Treasury

Hair/Makeup: Paulina Perez

Bride Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Tux/Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Cake: Sweet Weddings

Catering: Casa Monica

DJ: Skip Kelly Productions

Lights: St. Augustine Lighting

Décor: Kate Ryan Linens

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complementary. | Engagement Photography | Parkland, Fl.

August 6th, 2014

If you know John the way I do, he was always a popular ‘kid’ with friends of many avenues surrounding him. I will spare you all of his wonderful qualities since there are too many to dispel, but I will admit that he is one of the most considerate and sincere guys you will ever […]

 

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If you know John the way I do, he was always a popular ‘kid’ with friends of many avenues surrounding him. I will spare you all of his wonderful qualities since there are too many to dispel, but I will admit that he is one of the most considerate and sincere guys you will ever meet. I can guarantee it. My husband and I are so fortunate to have made a lifelong friend out of our childhood comrade who was and still is both loyal and kind with a grand touch of respectfulness and polish.

Naturally, we became vested in his life (he was one of our groomsmen) and the softhearted, beautiful flaxen lady he introduced to us before our wedding day several years ago. Instantaneously you could see that together John and Lindsay both contributed a beautiful peacefulness and radiance that complemented each other. Where one was sweet the other was tender, where one was shy the other was gently amiable and though they were uniquely different they were so supportive of the whole.

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Reciprocal encouragement, appreciation, patience and love are so evident in the way John and Lindsay relay their adoration. Having had some years to witness their love grow and flourish, we’ve been lucky enough to observe that this recipe of theirs just works. And I have no doubts that in their presence you too would feel that ever-sweet comfort and inspiration. Being bystanders and cheerleaders on their journey is truly wonderful as these two just tug at your heart strings. What’s more… they are incredible friends!

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“Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things work. Love makes all things beautiful.”

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A love like theirs, with deep roots in family (their little man was featured HERE too) and faith is not only a rare find but an uplifting one. They have made the decision that their marriage will take refuge in God where their hearts and souls can rejoice as one. Above all else that intensity and unfailing passion they share, as a foundation to their relationship, will surely enfold and bond them.

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We are so excited to witness how John and Lindsay’s love will continue to strengthen and grow in the years ahead. For, when placed with the demands of commitment, we hope that they always find happiness and never lose sight of their tender devotion to one another.

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Thank you, John and Lindsay for trusting us to photograph these amazing moments in your lives. We are truly blessed and honored to call you great friends.

You can see even more images of this amazing couple HERE.

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you make me smile. | Engagement Photography | Tallahassee, FL

July 21st, 2014

We met Michelle and Charlie as the sun was going down on an ever-so-hot summer evening in July. This couple is very special to us, as they are officially the first couple that neither Jacqueline nor myself knew either the bride or the groom before this session. Before this historic landmark in our company’s brief […]

 

We met Michelle and Charlie as the sun was going down on an ever-so-hot summer evening in July. This couple is very special to us, as they are officially the first couple that neither Jacqueline nor myself knew either the bride or the groom before this session. Before this historic landmark in our company’s brief history we have had at least a friend-of-a-friend introduction. As we love getting to know our sweet couples, we asked how these two met. Michelle replied, “We walked down the aisle together at a mutual friends’ wedding.” Jacqueline and I stole a look at one another, relaying with our eyes the mutual agreement of this romantic and truly charming introduction.

The idea for the session was to walk around downtown Tallahassee and stop here and there as we went, to capture a unique and contemporary feel for this lovely engagement session. The result is full of color and textures and such unique locations. Of course, this pales in comparison to love and endearment we see between Michelle and Charlie. I love how Charlie makes Michelle smile. In almost every image you can see this sweet smile—not only on her lips, but in her eyes as well.

As we are walking along, Michelle casually states that she may have an idea for a location, one that she had not previously relayed to us. As we waited with anxious ears, she continues, “I work at the capitol and we could use the 22nd floor if you would like.” We tried to contain our excitement, but I still think a squeal might have escaped my lips. We couldn’t believe the amazing views the tippy top of the capitol building held.

Both Michelle and Charlie graduated from FAMU–Florida A&M University. We had talked about including the campus somehow in their images but the locations didn’t fit with the style they had wanted. BUT we love how this turned out. These two high above and their alma mater far below. It could not have been more perfect.

The day was soon approaching it’s spectacular finale as we completed our circle of downtown. We absolutely adore the sweet and lovely Michelle and Charlie. We will be bringing you more amazing pictures soon…as we will be capturing their wedding day as well! Eeepp!
Thank you both so much for allowing us to photograph these amazing moments. We are truly blessed and honored.

You can see even more images of this darling couple here.

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Haro Wedding | Hillsboro Lighthouse | South Florida Wedding Photography

May 12th, 2014

All little girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day. Some more than others, but still the same, you have an idea or two before you ever get the proposal. Living in Florida the dream day is usually imagined with blue waters, white sand, a crisp sky, a colorful sunset and the picture perfect moment. […]

 

All little girls grow up dreaming of their wedding day. Some more than others, but still the same, you have an idea or two before you ever get the proposal. Living in Florida the dream day is usually imagined with blue waters, white sand, a crisp sky, a colorful sunset and the picture perfect moment. The Haro wedding checked all the boxes and then some. Mother Nature dealt us quite the hand this beautiful Saturday… except maybe the wind.

We could have done with a little less hurricane-force gusts that day, although when you are looking through the following images you will have no idea that we were battling it. The wind is definitely something most people do not think about when planning any sort of outdoor event. It sneaks up on you the moment of the big day and suddenly you are concerned about this particular force that you hadn’t even known was charted on your weather app. But I digress.

We arrived on the shores of Hillsboro beach, at the very point where there sits a lighthouse. Lighthouses are particular meaningful to Lisa and Kenny as they promised they would wed each other in front of one. <3 As our groom is a member of the United States Coast Guard, the house guarding the coastal shores also serves as a protecting beacon and symbol. We would like to take a small moment and thank both Kenny and Lisa; Kenny, thank you for serving our country and for the personal sacrifices you make to keep us all safe.


This very special day was filled with so many smiles, so much color, and many, many cheers. As we gazed back at this absolutely perfect day for Lisa and Kenny we both couldn’t help but smile to ourselves. These two are so in love and so perfect for each other. They truly are meant to share their lives together.

Happy Wedding Day Lisa and Kenny! Enjoy!

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Summers’ Winter. | Holiday Mini Session | Tallahassee, FL

November 23rd, 2013

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you […]

 

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you ask for your story to be told next) we will try to catch up on a year’s worth of writing. Now for Summers’ Winter…

Northern Florida has long been considered part of it’s neighboring states, due to the different change in climate from its Southern brethren and that most folks around here have more of an accent. The oak laiden roadways and the visual change of seasons, is one of the countless reasons I love this area. Jackson and Nikki have a charming, newly bought house, which they have quickly turned into their loving home. Its nestled on a quiet street and surrounded by a shady grove of trees. It is to no wonder why they chose to have their Christmas photos taken in this charming place.

Christmas is Jackson’s favorite holiday. FAVORITE. Their home was transformed into a spectacle of colored lights, wreaths, and garland. Stockings were hung, poinsettias were placed, and the tree stood bold and proud. As an added touch, these two lovebirds drank hot cocoa in their mason jar glasses topped with a heavy dose of whipped cream. They playful enjoyed their beverages, hardly noticing we were in the room at all.

Nikki and Jackson radiate light. Their home is filled with laughter and love. The genuine gestures and beautiful embraces wrap around you as you watch them. It makes you smile and yearn for more.

This home would not be complete without a four-legged companion–or three! A family of 5 includes the adorable, Maggie, Duke, and Bully. Bully is quite the charmer, with his facial antics and cuddling capabilities. He took complete advantage of the empty chair and curled up next to the fireplace.

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Meet me under the mistletoe,
Midnight Christmas Eve
Your sweet kiss is the first gift
I’d like to receive.

Snuggles under the blanket, to keep us warm outside. This unpredictable weather may even bring a surprise! Look up! Look up! And there, right there; snowflakes travel down to grace the excited flesh of those all around.

Inside we went to get out of the cold. Pajamas and a movie in bed never sounded so fun. And it wasn’t just the two-legged beings, but the entire family up on the bed to enjoy this remarkable Saturday.

Thank you Nikki and Jackson for opening up your home to us and so graciously allowing us to capture your family during one of the best holidays of the year. We had so much fun entertaining the pups and playing in the “snow!” Looking through the images you would never know that it was actually 80+ degrees outside. 😀 Enjoy these memories.

Love, Ashley & Jacqueline

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September 2013 Photo-a-Day Challenge | Wedding Theme

August 20th, 2013

We have had such a fun time these past few weeks as we search for and create these ideal photographic moments inspired by a random word generated by The Idea Room‘s monthly photo-a-day challenge. We have received wonderful feedback from fans and have been able to reach amazing new people around the globe! To commemorate […]

 

We have had such a fun time these past few weeks as we search for and create these ideal photographic moments inspired by a random word generated by The Idea Room‘s monthly photo-a-day challenge. We have received wonderful feedback from fans and have been able to reach amazing new people around the globe!

To commemorate the 2nd busiest time for weddings (especially here in Florida) we have decided to create our own photo challenge surrounding one of our favorite romantic moments…marriage. We want you all to play along with us, using your own wedding images, or if you are a fellow photographer share some of your favorite correlating pictures with us and the world! We will be sharing these images on Instagram and ask that anyone who would like to play add the hashtag #slweddingchallenge to your photos so that we may all ooh and ahh! :)

We will not be sharing to Facebook this month so if you would like to stay in the loop make sure to follow along @solisluxphoto on Instagram. We love connecting with our followers and enjoy seeing the amazing photographs from every one of you! So break out the wedding discs or pull out the camera and participate in the Solislux Wedding Challenge!

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Remotti Wedding | Casa Marina: a Waldorf Astoria Resort | Key West, FL

June 3rd, 2013

It seems the modern bride wants to capture the ever romantic sunset ceremony for her wedding day. And why not? The background shimmers in magnificent colors, blending with the white sand. The music is a soft hum of waves petting the shore. A breathtaking, soul soothing ground on which to intertwine two lives. Add Key […]

 

It seems the modern bride wants to capture the ever romantic sunset ceremony for her wedding day. And why not? The background shimmers in magnificent colors, blending with the white sand. The music is a soft hum of waves petting the shore. A breathtaking, soul soothing ground on which to intertwine two lives. Add Key West to that mixture and you have Giovanni and Liz’s incredible wedding.

The Casa Marina sits behind the busy Duval street, tucked neatly next to the shoreline. It boasts deep wood tones and white walls and enough windows so you never loose sight of the blue water. Simple, understated (but in a good way) and glamour only a Waldorf could pull off.

Yes. Those are TOMS wedding shoes.

The handsome Giovanni as he dons his wedding day attire. Quiet, and oh so fond of his Liz, Gio, gracefully puts on his vest and jacket. His eyes escape the room and travel to the very spot that he will be meeting his bride shortly.

Meanwhile, in the bride’s chambers, utter chaos and beautification has fully commenced. Liz compliments Gio perfectly, as she brings such an amazing energy to every person and place she encounters.

Beautiful Bride.

Liz and Giovanni were open to a first look, as they would be seeing each other before the ceremony. We found a quiet area, towards the back of Casa Marina, and fell in love with the architecture. It served as the perfect backdrop to the beautiful and emotional moment of seeing your love for the first time.

There are simply no words for this image. The thoughts that must be running through his mind are to personal and beautiful to pen to paper.

He turns and wants nothing but for her to be in his arms.

As we promised, a perfect setting for the perfect beach wedding. Slight shade for the guests, and an affluence of beautiful stimuli…oh and a violinist. Can it get more perfect?

A tender moment between father and son, shortly before the ceremony begins.

The bride chose to have both her father and step-father walk her down the aisle. There were no attendants, no bridal party. Simple. Bride and Groom.

An emotional response as they gaze at each other once again, in the last moment they will be single. From hence forth they shall follow a religious ceremony to bind them as husband and wife.

Father of the Groom hands his son the wedding bands.

You may kiss the bride.

All the guests gather for champagne and chatter as soon as the ceremony ends. The signing of the marriage license and many congraulatory hugs and kisses are in order.

The creative session was spent along the shore. The neighboring resort held a gorgeous pier over the water’s edge. Liz simply had to have a few images taken there! Once we saw the amazing structure we of course agreed readily. We then trickled down to the sandy shore where there was a beautiful tree providing much needed shade.

The classic shot in front of the Casa Marina.

Mr. and Mrs. were welcomed into their reception with a standing crowd of close friends and family. There was only one dance that night, a sweet tune translating all the wonderful characteristics of Giovanni and Liz’s relationship. They smiled and laughed amongst each other, and the end of the music met with an unexpected dip. :) The rest of the evening was one of pure enjoyment and celebration. The dance floor was never empty and the room was filled to the brim with smiles.

As Giovanni is quite the musician, he had to finish the night with his guitar in hand, his band playing with him, and his bride rocking beside him.

Of course, this did not stop us from stealing the couple for one last shot outside the Casa Marina. The darkness and the lights changed the look of the beautiful resort. We wanted to capture their last dance in this quiet, gorgeous place. Thank you Giovanni and Liz, we had a grand adventure with you both and cannot wait til the next one!

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Dana & Chris | Bradenton Beach, FL | Wedding Photography

February 11th, 2012

Warm air, crisp sea breeze, sunshine filled day while relaxing on the sandy shore in front of your favorite beach hide-away. That is how most people dream of our beloved Florida; it is the perfect setting for any beach wedding. How unfortunate Dana and Chris were, when they awoke Saturday morning only to find heavy […]

 

Warm air, crisp sea breeze, sunshine filled day while relaxing on the sandy shore in front of your favorite beach hide-away. That is how most people dream of our beloved Florida; it is the perfect setting for any beach wedding. How unfortunate Dana and Chris were, when they awoke Saturday morning only to find heavy storms and wind were in the forecast. We soon found that this omen could be one of luck instead of misfortune! According to the mother of the bride, bad weather was an issue at her wedding and her eldest daughter’s as well. We took this as a sign that this marriage would be just as long and loving as the brides’ of the family’s past. Although stress levels were a little higher than what everyone would have liked for them to be, the bride and groom simply focused on this being the day they would celebrate their love with their friends and family… and it didn’t matter if they had a sunset beach wedding or not.

The love was felt in every word and touch during the ceremony. The winds swept through the crowd and through the sheer fabric of the bridal party’s dresses but watching Chris and Dana truly warmed your hearts.

Congratulations Chris & Dana! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this spectacular day! We truly appreciate your love and support! Happy Wedding Day!