Thank you Tuesdays | Melissa and Carlo

It is always the best feeling for every photographer to receive and hear appreciation straight from the clients after working for them on their special day. I feel so blessed to have great couples who appreciate the hard work and artistry that I had offered them. Their words and opinions are highly important for me and for my future clients. They are the reason why I always try to achieve the best experience and perform the best for them. It is definitely overwhelming and humbling on my part when people remember me and let me know how they appreciate my work. It makes me more motivated whenever clients take their time and sends sweet notes. Over the years I have a handful of them but let’s start with the most recent one that I got from snail mail, Melissa and Carlo.

Melissa and Carlo had me to do the cinematography on their wedding at Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa and we totally had a blast!

Thank you for entrusting us your wedding day!


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Cherline + Adli | Miami Beach Resort and Spa Wedding

Happy Wedding Anniversary Cherline and Adli!

On a hot and breezy day  in June 23rd of last year, Cherline and Adli tied the knot at Miami Beach resort and Spa. 366 days since I have witnessed  one fabulous wedding which I will not forget.

Theirs is a gorgeous wedding with fuschia and silver color palette as an inspiration and motif and oh boy did they run with it! What a perfect theme to go with the posh carpet of petals, crystals, glasses, silver chiavari chairs and stunning table set up. Miami Beach Resort and Spa’s Starlight Room and its elegant ceiling which looks like having a million of tiny bright lights made the mood even more romantic.

Fuschia being a bold color has to be accented and paired with another color that could create a perfect contrast. Using it with black or silver (as used in this wedding) really made the look of the entire event chic and sophisticated.

Cherline and Adli- I hope you have an amazing day celebrating your love. I hope your wedding was everything you hoped and dreamed of. It was such a great honor to celebrate with you and watch you tie the knot. Cheers to many more marital bliss and anniversaries to come!

Venue: Miami Beach Resort and Spa
Wedding Planner: Sandra Elidor of Wow Factor Weddings and Events Inc.
Wedding Dress: Kleinfield Bridal
Make Up: Ms Kay of Hot Looks Studio
Design Production and Florist: Decoral Productions
Catering: Bleu Flame Catering
Cake: Ana Paz Cakes
DJ: Mike Dro
MC: Lance Hunt
Officiant: Charles Taylor
Steel Drummer: Peter Zack

and of course thank you so much to my friends Gil Purcil, Arturo Lorde, Mark Janeski who helped me out on documenting and creating artistic memories for this day.

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Fathers Day

With Father’s day just around the corner, I guess almost everyone are busy preparing something special for that one special man of their lives. It’s a time that we honor our Pops, Dads, Papa, baba, or papi! Here’s a quick post joining everyone in celebrating this day with our wonderful fathers.

As I have witnessed a lot of weddings, there are those moments that make people let their guard down and enthrall the family and friends around. One of these moments is when we see the connection and relationship of dads with their daughters as they do the father and daughter dance. Capturing each genuine emotion as it unfolds is one of the reason why I love what I do.  It is a very special moment for all present during the celebrations but most of all to the dad. A chance for daughters to honor their fathers and a chance for fathers to remind their loved children that they will remain special even in a time of transition.

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As a tribute to dads, I would love to share this awesome article entitled 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters by Michael Mitchell. Here is a list of things dad can do to build a wonderful relationship with their daughters ( and definitely with their sons too!). Here are some of my favorites:

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

So to the fathers of my brides, my grooms who are now dads, my Papa and to ALL dads out there.. Happy Father’s Day to Us!

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Tampa Engagement Session | Jenn + Jimmy

After years of hiatus and procrastinating blogging, I finally decided to give this blog a refresh and do my best to share with you stories, some random thoughts and of course beautiful imagery. I just felt reminded that the reasons I am staying really in love with photography are the people that I get to meet and knowing them better and their stories. Exquisite, beautiful and fun filled creation of this art is what draws us to the captured image but most of the time there are quite so much story behind the art pieces that my subjects co-create. I regret for not sharing with you so many amazing shots and Images and probably will have to do lots of throwbacks to relive and tell those wonderful stories.

For my blog comeback, let’s restart with Jenn and Jimmy’s engagement shoot.

I have personally known and have been friends with Jenn for more than three years now as we attend the same Church, Southside Baptist Church in Tampa. She is such a sweet lady who has an outrageously funny family!

Way before she met the lucky guy, she made a deal with her dad regarding her future wedding. She explicitly told him that she ONLY wanted two things: a very nice dress and Jeruel to take her photos for that special day!! awww :D.

She really wanted to wait for the right guy and all of our friends have been rooting for her to find that special one. One day, Jenn and a common friend were at Starbucks and they were talking that there were no guys out there that met all her standards. The friend scoured her facebook and there she showed Jimmy’s profile (who lives in New York) and Jenn thought that he was hot. Their friend took it upon herself and messaged Jimmy about Jenn so the two started to get acquainted through facebook. Jimmy knew he couldn’t miss the chance of knowing Jenn more so he made trips to come down to Florida.

Jimmy’s first visit was an unforgettable one. Doubtful on whether things between them two will work out or not, he decided to just drive from New York to Tampa so he could easily go home just in case things would get unfavorable. However, when he saw Jenn for the first time, it was like one of those eureka moments. In his own words, “her photos does not even justify how beautiful she is” and the days he spent there made him realized she is the kind of girl he had prayed for.

Anyhow, I’m I am definitely humbled of their appreciation of my art and I really do value the trust of having me to capture their wedding. I am looking forward to witness and snap wonderful memories on their special day on October!

As for now, I am delighted to share with you some of their engagement shots that we took around Tampa. What a joy it is to be able to spend time people in love and call it work!

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Bianca+Elisandro E-Session

Bianca and Elisandro are such an easy going couple! The moment I met up with them I immediately felt we had a great connection and I just love the vibes and aura of this sweethearts. Both of them are so hilarious and I could feel the ease and comfort being around them and so we were able to talk more about their love story and how it all began. I just don’t get bored hearing those love stories!

Both Bianca and Elisandro work on the health care field which made the scheduling for the Engagement Session was a little bit of a challenge. But amidst all we were able to pull it through and had a fun filled shoot!

After the shoot we headed out to Thai House in South Beach for a stomach filled ending!

Can’t wait for their wedding in just 2 days! I know Bianca is uber excited she been doing a countdown on Facebook!

And of course this shoot would not run smoothly without my buddy Gil Purcil 🙂

Do you want to have fun on your engagement shoot and have us captured those precious moments? Don’t hesitate to give us a call and ask for our Year End Special!

– Jeruel Garado
Jeruel Photography, Wedding Photographer Miami

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