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http://www.santymartinez.com/img/s/v-5/u511127769-o822120923-50.jpg 2017-11-16T20:17:00Z (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-at-the-coral-gables-country-club Wedding at The Coral Gables Country Club - Alisan + Robbie

We always get excited when we get a message from a wedding planner asking, "Do you have this date available?" We love it because we know that if a couple is referred through a wedding planner there's a great chance they are recommending us because we have worked together in the past and they liked our style and service. They contact us because they already know we will be a good fit with their client. We get excited because working together with one of the many fantastic wedding coordinators in South Florida means that everything is sure to look amazing, the day will be organized, and even the smallest details will be handled with professionalism.  We get excited because it means collaborating with a colleague in the business and sharing a laugh or two. We just get excited! Now- we triple that excitement when the question comes from one of favorites - Events by Gigi!  This is exactly what occurred October of last year when Gigi simply asked if we were available to shoot a wedding on November 11, 2018 for a sweet couple - Alisan and Robbie.  It turned out that we had the date free and we are grateful that we did or not we would not be able to present this beautiful couple in this blog today. 

Alisan and Robbie had such a spectacular wedding day. It was truly one of those perfect Fall days in Miami with blue skies and just enough coolness in the air to let you know it's not summertime anymore.  The sunny weather must have been a delight to their 200+ guests who all arrived from the Northeast to celebrate with the happy couple. The whole event took place at the Coral Gables Country Club.  This is where the two first saw each other in their wedding attire during an intimate first look and portrait session right before the ketubah signing ceremony. Just as the sun began to set, all of their guests awaited to witness the two exchange vows under the chuppah - symbolizing the home they will build together. And by the looks of all the friends and family surrounding them, they will be building a home full of love.  Once the marriage was made official, it was time to drink, eat, and dance the night away!

The ballroom was impeccable! It was clear that their vision was perfectly executed into a sea of white floral arrangements with hints of gold.  We were just as blown away with the decor as the bride and groom were! It was the perfect setting for Alisan and Robbie's first dance as man and wife. No Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance. In this tradition, a few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of "Hava Nagila" played by the amazing band. It was so much fun! And the fun continued through the night.  What a fantastic way to start a marriage! 

So, to say that we were excited for this wedding is an understatement - and now we are excited to share some of our favorite highlights with you.  Please join us in congratulating Alisan and Robbie as we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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Venue: Coral Gables Country Club

Getting Ready Location: The Hyatt in Coral Gables

Event Planner: Events by Gigi

Make Up Artist: Crystal Cadahia

Hair: Glammed by the Gods

Flowers: Geranios Flowers

Band: Bay Kings Band

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http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-ritz-carlton-coconut-grove Wedding - The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove | Melody + Peter

Even before guests arrived, Melody and Peter’s wedding invitation set the tone that this was going to be an extra special event.  From her jewelry to his socks – every element seemed to be hand-picked to perfection.  As photographers, we love photographing all these special details throughout the day – they help make the wedding as unique as the couple! 

The day started out at the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove where we captured both Melody and Peter getting ready.  When we first arrive, we like to set enough time to sneak away for the detail shots – the dress, the shoes, the rings.  If it’s there - we shoot it!  It’s always sweet when the bride and groom exchange a gift on their wedding day. Melody and Peter added this little detail to their day and we thought the moment was just perfect.

The bride and groom made it official with a touching ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church before heading back to the Ritz Carlton for a night to remember.  They were surrounded with love and blessings from their family and friends.  It was beautiful!

They say it’s all in the details.  Florals with a rich color palette, gorgeous textured linens set the stage for the gold rimmed chargers and candle scape, a dance floor with a wow-factor, our photo booth set up for some picture-taking fun, DJ’s music on point and Hora Loca to get the party going - and we can go on and on.  Please make sure to check out all the vendors below as they were the force behind the magic.  All of the details from this past weekend came together flawlessly to create one big, beautiful picture for Melody and Peter’s special day!

Event Planner: Sari Sosa Events

Venue: The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove

Church: St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church

Flowers: Avant Gardens

Music: Event Factor

Hora Loca: Black and Wine Events

Furniture: Nuage Designs

 

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-11-08T22:43:28Z 2017-11-08T22:43:28Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-church-of-the-little-flower-miami-wedding-photographers Wedding - Church of the Little Flower - Rania + Andy - Miami Wedding Photographers

If you live in South Florida, you know how crazy and unpredictable our weather can be.  One day is a sunny, beach-ready day while the following is a tropical depression - literally.  Last Saturday's wedding day was the latter.  Now, before you start with the "It's like raaai-aaaain on your wedding day" lyrics by Alanis Morissette, let me make one thing clear: October 28th was the single most perfect, fun, and love-filled day for Rania and Andy - and I don't think they would change one thing about it, even the rain! 

We arrived at the Trump National Doral with the same enthusiasm we do when we are about to start a new wedding day.  This day we decided to step it up a notch, we knew that we needed to keep the energy level high as our first goal was to reassure the bride that a little rain wasn't going to get in the way of her special day.  This task was not difficult to do - when we walked into the bridal suite, Rania was already surrounded by positive vibes with her sister, cousin, mother and bridesmaids by her side.  Right away, we let her know not to worry about her outdoor portraits. Because the rain was out of anyone's control, we told Rania if she is willing to get dolled up in her wedding gown once more, we would be willing to come out another day to capture the outdoor portraits she envisioned.  We hope this put her at ease and helped her focus on her wedding day festivities.  Our mission as wedding photographers is to deliver a beautiful final product.  We not only document every detail of your day, we want to capture wedding portraits worthy for display.  During our final meeting with our couples, we always discuss factoring in time for portraits into the timeline.  Some couples opt to do a "first look" where they do portraits prior to the ceremony, some allocate an hour after ceremony for pictures, while others simply plan the post-session ahead of time because of the logistics of their wedding day.  In Rania and Andy's case, we offered to do a post-session by circumstance, but we think they will be happy with the option. 

Both Rania and Andy got ready at the Trump National Doral - the same resort that would later host their reception.  Every aspect of Rania's wedding attire was on point.  From her makeup to her unique dress to the red bottoms of her shoes - she was beyond stunning!  On the other end of the resort, Andy was anxiously waiting to see his bride.  He too was surrounded by positive vibes as he put on the finishing touches before heading to the church.  The ceremony was held at The Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables. The pews were already full of friends and family when we arrived.  The rainstorm subsided long enough for the bride to make her grand entrance and the look on the groom's face was priceless.  The traditional mass was classy and touching - it was evident throughout the ceremony that these two were truly in love.  It was perfect.

A short drive led us back to the hotel where every detail in the ballroom was set to perfection. We always like to take the bride and groom into their venue space for portraits with their decor.  We feel that this is a special shot to capture.  It's a private moment before they are reunited with all their friends and family.  As wedding photographers, we make it our duty to sneak little moments like this in - we did it at the church once the family portraits were over, we did it on the way up the stairs that led to their ballroom and we did it once again before the reception commenced.   We do our best to pull our couples aside in a way that doesn't take away from their day.  We like to think it helps them slow it down and take it all in!  And once that party got started - there was a lot to take in! Everything was wonderful.  Their guests were treated to heartfelt speeches as they enjoyed their meal followed by a party to remember.  Once dinner was over, friends and family had a blast grabbing a prop and showing their best poses at our open-air photo booth.  Rania and Andy got the party started by tossing the bouquet and garter! But wait, there's more. The crowd really got into it when to everyone's surprise the dance floor was visited by dancers, a drummer and stilt walkers during the exciting Hora Loca.  The best part was seeing how happy the bride and groom were from start to finish.  This was an event to remember! 

I started this blog discussing the crazy weather - but as you scroll through the following images you will see that it had no negative effect on this perfect day. As I previously mentioned, I am confident in knowing that Rania and Andy would not have changed a single thing.  “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Greene. And dance while it rained they did!

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Make Up Artist: Sissi Ceballo Makup & Hair

Church: The Church of the Little Flower

Venue: Trump National Doral

Event Planner: The Ideal Day Planners

Flowers: Nevot Flowers Design

Videography: Cutting Desk Productions

Music: Event Factor

Hora Loca: Black and White Events

Car/Limo: Aralimo

 

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-11-01T19:28:13Z 2017-11-01T19:28:13Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-secrets-puerto-vallarta-mexico-miami-photographers Wedding - Secrets Puerto Vallarta - Mexico - Genni + Chris

We fell in love this weekend – over and over again.

We fell in love with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  It’s a vibrant, beautiful place filled with friendly people, a vibrant energy and amazing scenery.  With its golden beaches situated alongside the Pacific Ocean and majestic mountainscape, Puerto Vallarta served as the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding. 

We fell in love with the resort.  The bride and groom stayed alongside their guests at the spectacular Secrets Vallarta Bay where they were pampered from start to finish.  From hanging out at one of its many sparkling pools to relaxing at their world class spa.  This all-inclusive resort offered their guests unlimited spirits and gourmet dining.  They could not have picked a more perfect location for their wedding day.

We fell in love with Genni and Chris.  From the moment we met this couple we were excited to shoot their wedding story.  These two exude love and we were happy to first capture it during their engagement session.  We love this couple so much that we traveled across the sea to shoot their big day! Genni and Chris have a zest for life that is contagious.  We know we are not the only ones that think they are great. They traveled with a whole crew of their friends and family that know how terrific these two are.

We fell in love with their wedding.  This wedding was a dream come true.  They made it official overlooking the Pacific Ocean as their guests witnessed the exchange of vows.  The ceremony was sweet and romantic.  Once the “I do’s” were official – the party was ready to begin right on the beach! Guests had no issue sinking their toes in the sand.  Sparks were literally flying as the two danced their first dance as husband and wife on the dance floor! After dinner and toasts – dancing ensued and did not stop until the end of the evening. Which by now, if you have been following the love story along, you would know that the end of the night would not be complete without a grand exit!  70+ people on the beach with sparklers surrounded the beautiful couple as they watched an impressive firework display burst into the starry night sky.  It was a perfect ending to a perfect wedding day.  Can you see why we were in love?

Finally, we fell in love once more with our photography business.  We were reminded this weekend why we do what we do.  Yes, we love photography and the art that we produce.  But the real reason we love being wedding photographers is because we love the happiness we can preserve for our clients.  We know that the photos we take today will outlive us one day and will be enjoyed by generations to come.  This is a wonderful feeling!  This weekend was nothing short of amazing and we were able to capture it for Genni and Chris. 

So we fell in love this weekend – now you all know! If you would like more information on our services, we would love to hear from you by filling out our contact form.  Please enjoy the following highlights from this beautiful wedding and join us in congratulating Genni and Chris.

Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-10-26T16:25:54Z 2017-10-26T16:25:54Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photographers-st-patrick-church-miami-beach-resort Wedding - St Patrick Church - Miami Beach Resort - Denisse + John - Wedding Photographers

There’s a lot to be excited about over this Miami Beach wedding.  Every detail was impeccable and every moment was meaningful.  Guests drank, dined, and danced the night away under the most beautiful ballroom ceiling in town – all in celebration of the union of Denisse and John.  Anyone who knows this couple can attest that their love is certainly worth celebrating!

Getting ready to say “I do” – Denisse and John both got ready at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa.  This portion of the day is one of our favorites! There is a lot of preparation that goes on before the big show and we love being there to capture it.  It’s important for us to capture all of the details in addition to snapping all of those candid shots. We carefully stage the dress, the shoes and of course, the rings! Makeup shots are a wonderful way to focus on the bride’s beauty as she glams up for her groom.  And there is always a bit of raw emotion the moment the bride steps into her gown and is seen by her mom and bridesmaids for the first time.  We like to think of the “getting ready” as an event of its own before the main event. 

Saying “I do” – The ceremony took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  This was the first Catholic parish on Miami Beach and has a beautiful history with the city.  The ceremony was both traditional and heartwarming.  Having two photographers is usually recommended as it allows us to capture two angles simultaneously. In this case, we were able to catch Denisse as she anxiously waited to enter the church along with her father while also being in place to capture John’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time in her dress.  After the ceremony, we had a very short window of time to take family formals and portraits.  It rained a bit while Denisse and John were busy getting married inside – it’s a good thing she found herself a husband willing to help her with her dress so it wouldn’t get wet! We made the best of it and even got some fun shots out of the scenario.  Luckily, these two had already pre-planned a post wedding session so a little rain wasn’t an issue for them.  They were just ready to get to the party!

They said “I do” – Now that it was official – it was time to celebrate!  Back at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, guests were already enjoying cocktail hour as the couple snuck into the ballroom to view their exquisite décor.  The resort’s famous starlight room was simply spectacular, the floral arrangements were breathtakingly beautiful, the up-lighting provided by the DJ company helped set the stage for what was to come, and it was all seamlessly executed by one of the best event planners in the business. We make sure to capture all the perfectly selected details – but the ballroom shot is not complete in our eyes unless the couple is in it.  This is their day, their moment, and their décor before it’s touched by guests. 

Every wedding, every reception is different.  However, this celebration had a few “extras” that put it in a class of its own.  We try to expect the unexpected at all weddings so that we are prepared for anything yet it was difficult to be prepared the moment Bernie from the Miami Heat joined the party!  Couple his appearance with Hora Loca dancers, a confetti canon shooting 50 lbs. of confetti onto the dance floor and some of the best music mixing in Miami, this was a celebration for the books! Everyone was having fun!  It was clear that all their guests were over the moon for Denisse and John tying the knot.  We hope you enjoy this sneak peek into their wedding day and join us in congratulating them! 

Contact us if you have any questions about our photography services – we would love to capture your next event!

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Church: St. Patrick Catholic Church

Venue: Miami Beach Resort

Make Up Artist - Marz Makeup and Hair

Wedding Planner - Events by Carmen

Florals : Vivian Colls Events

Music and Entertainment: Infinity Sound Production

Videography: MIB Films

 

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-10-11T23:24:44Z 2017-10-11T23:24:44Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/10/miami-wedding-photographers-winter-break Winter Break from a few years back! - Miami Wedding Photographers

In between editing and planning for our upcoming weddings and holiday sessions, Santy and I have been making plans of our own for this year's Winter getaway.  Every year since we met, we have traveled out of town during this time and this year will be no different.  It's fun to make these memories and of course take lots and lots of pictures! This blog is dedicated to our 2014 Winter trip.

We started this fun road trip in Amelia Island, located right off the coast of Northeast Florida.  This barrier island has all the charm you would expect from a historic town and one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited.  After dining and a little shopping, we took it back to 1864 with a visit to the historic Fort Clinch as soldiers reenact life during the Civil War. Bobby had a blast exploring all the rooms and chambers! 

Next stop - Hilton Head, SC.  A few years back we became Disney Vacation Club Members and just love staying at the DVC resorts.  There is always something for kids to do for fun while also providing serenity for the adults.  Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort provided the best of both. It was a great stay on the path to the following stop.

Our adventure took us north to Boone, NC where I reunited with my sister and her adorable family.  They also drove all the way from Tampa, FL to meet us.  It's always fun to spend time with loved ones! Being Florida natives, I recall the cold weather being slightly over our comfort level - but that did not stop us from having some fun!  Once there, we all did a bit of exploring of our own by visiting the majestic Grandfather Mountain!  Grandfather Mountain has been an icon in North Carolina’s landscape for generations, offering stunning scenery and unmatched ecological diversity. Here you can see that we were extra brave and crossed the mile-high swinging bridge - not a small feat for anyone that fears heights!  Leaving this area took us on a sightseeing drive through the famous Blue Ridge Parkway that was simply breathtaking. 

If you are up in North Carolina, don't forget to check out Blowing Rock.  It is a neat little town that makes you feel like you are in Europe. The stunning views you get from the actual blowing rock will take your breath away while enticing to explore the surrounding mountain’ trails and waterfalls. Such a fun experience!

We love capturing your most precious moments - we've made it our business to do so! But we also love creating our own memories with our loved ones.  Spending time with family was the best part of the trip!  We hope you enjoy this peek into our life.  Now back to planning this year's vacation...

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-10-06T15:52:49Z 2017-10-06T15:52:49Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/10/miami-wedding-photographers-wedding-church-of-the-little-flower Wedding - Church of the Little Flower - Jocelyn + Andrew - Miami Wedding Photographers

They did it! Jocelyn and Andrew tied the knot! If you keep up with our blog, you may remember these two from the photos of their engagement session at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.  We are excited to announce that they are now husband and wife.

Their day could not have been more incredible.  It was an early start at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables as they each got ready in their respective rooms.  It is so important for us to capture this stage of the day and all the details that go into getting ready – the dress, the shoes, the rings… the cuff-links, the shot glasses! If an item is prominently in the room, we like to assume it has a special meaning.  We will take its picture!  All of these things contribute to making the day unique.  There are also special moments that we don’t want to miss – the first time mom smiles as she buttons up her daughter’s bridal gown or when the groom has a last toast with his groomsmen before he is off to see his bride.  These are moments we, as wedding photographers, know to anticipate yet have to be quick to capture. 

We took advantage of the gorgeous day and the Biltmore’s iconic architecture for portraits of the couple prior to the ceremony.  They had had some practice at their engagement shoot and by their wedding day, these two were experts at posing!  This helped a lot as we were able to get through the photos of the two of them in minimal time so that they could freshen up before they said “I do”!

Jocelyn and Andrew’s ceremony took place at The Church of the Little Flower Catholic Church, also in Coral Gables. The church is built in a Spanish Renaissance style with a majestic domed ceiling.  Jocelyn looked absolutely stunning walking down its long aisle as Andrew had one of the best grins we’ve ever seen on a groom!

Once these two were officially married, it was time to party! They reunited with all of their friends and family just a short drive south at Vista Lago Ballroom.  As guests enjoyed a cocktail (or two) outside, the couple took a moment to themselves to admire their ballroom décor.  (Some of our readers may recognize the Game of Thrones inspiration!)  The rest of the evening was one big celebration.  Jocelyn and Andrew were surrounded by so much love and happiness – what a fantastic start to a marriage! Please join us as we send our warmest wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Make up artist: Make up & Hair by Elvi

Getting Ready Location: The Biltmore - Coral Gables

Church: Church of the Little Flower

Reception Venue: Vista Lago Ballroom

Photographers: Santy and Annie - Photography by Santy Martinez

 

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-10-04T23:33:55Z 2017-10-04T23:33:55Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/9/miami-wedding-photographers-santy-martinez-st-louis-missouri Our travels to St. Louis, Missouri - Miami Wedding Photographers

Happy Fall Y'all!  Ok... so living in South Florida, we have to get a bit creative when describing our Fall season.  There are no colorful leaves or a crisp breeze in the air.  Cute boots make our feet extra sweaty and there is really no need for flannel or wool.  Want to wear that cute knit hat while sipping your Pumpkin Spice Latte?  You better be sitting under the A/C vent at your local Starbucks because that's as cool as it's going to get.  Do I love South Florida and our Faux Fall? Yes, and Yes!  I am a fan of palm trees and the ocean.... and soon those Fall days when the weather turns slightly less humid than our Summer months.  I live for those rare Fall nights when we can sit outside without the assistance of a fan. It means Hurricane Football Season and pop-up pumpkin patches. Florida Fall equates to Epcot's Wine and Food Festival and Disney's Not-So-Scary-Halloween! As South Florida wedding photographers, it also means Wedding Season in Miami, with snowbirds and locals alike exchanging vows.  It's truly a beautiful time of year in Florida - even if for different reasons than the traditional Northern standard of Autumn.  It's not a surprise that we are such a popular destination this time of year.  Now that I have established my love for Florida Fall, I can acknowledge the other version....

Today we would like to blog about the time we experienced this mysterious Fall season that growing up, I only read about or have seen in movies... A few years ago, Santy and I traveled to St. Louis, MO to capture an engagement session to a couple of awesome Miami transplants.  I really did not know what to expect as I had never experienced a true change of season (#miamigirlproblems - read above for clarification).  I can say with confidence that I was not disappointed!  The colorful leaves were unreal! I saw yellows and reds and oranges that looked like they were painted onto the leaves - if I had not touched it myself I may not have believed they could exist in nature.  The chill in the air led to the need for leather boots and scarves, it was almost a comforting feeling that made the grey St. Louis sky seem bearable.  Our first stop was Forest Park. Once home to the 1904 World’s Fair, it is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It attracts 12 million visitors a year with world-class attractions and scenic walking and biking trails.  It provided a stunning backdrop for the engagement session and our couple was awesome enough to even snap a few rare photos our way.   Our trip to St. Louis also included a visit to the famous Saint Louis Zoo -one of the city’s many free attractions, this zoo has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading zoological parks.  We had a ton of fun there and even made friends with the big apes! We of course took a trip to see the city's iconic Gateway Arch. I took the 630-foot ride to the top of this world-famous stainless-steel monument while Santy safely stayed on the ground!  The views from the top were quite breathtaking.  From there, we took a short stroll to see where the St. Louis Cardinals play at Busch Stadium.  A visit to Saint Louis would not have been complete without checking out the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where you can visit the famous Budweiser Clydesdales! 

Please enjoy a glimpse of our "real Fall" trip to St. Louis, MO.  We hope to visit again one day!  In the meantime, I will go paint my nails in a darker hue and order an Autumn-flavored iced coffee to beat the heat and get into the Florida Fall mood!

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-09-27T21:45:13Z 2017-09-27T21:45:13Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/9/miami-wedding-photographers-vizcaya-museum-and-gardens-engagement-session Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Engagement Session - Rania + Andy

This year has been a fantastic one so far in so many ways.  As we are geared up and ready for a very active wedding season, we would like to take a moment to reflect on what has made 2017 such a success.  Simply put - our clients!  We have gotten to know and photograph so many wonderful couples such as these two featured on the blog today.  Having clients like Rania and Andy is a huge part of why this year has been so amazing!   This is the kind of couple that every wedding photographer dreams about - a warm and happy pair that exudes joy.  We can't begin to express how grateful we are for our clients - like Rania and Andy - who trust us in documenting their love story.  From their engagement to their wedding day ...and beyond.  Our clients are the best!

We have carefully selected some of our favorite images from Rania and Andy's Miami engagement session to share with you today.  Engagement sessions are wonderful because they are much, much more relaxed than the wedding day. We have a chance to get to know each other and have fun as we’re taking photos and establish a connection that will enhance the wedding day.  It’s what establishes the bond between our couples and their photographer enabling us to relax and allow us to capture the organic emotions of the day.  Rania and Andy's session is a perfect example of how this works.  The whole session took place at the beautiful Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coral Gables, FL.  For the couple, it was a relaxing stroll through the gardens full of fun and laughter.  For us, this stroll is also a learning curve to study the couple - which poses work, which is the "real" smile or simply an observation of how the two interact in order to catch that perfect image.  A professional wedding photographer understands posing and all the tricks and techniques that naturally comes from experience.  We are able to give the couple direction without it feeling too stiff.  The flow of the session feels seamless and by the time their wedding day comes along - they are pros at being in front of the camera!  We like to think of the engagement session like a dress rehearsal for the big day.

We hope that you enjoy the following images and get inspired to have an engagement session too! If you are searching for a wedding photographer we would love to chat with you.  The year is not over yet and we are excited to meet our future clients! 

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-09-26T21:25:10Z 2017-09-26T21:25:10Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/9/miami-wedding-photographers-morikami-japanese-gardens-engagement-session Morikami Japanese Gardens Engagement Session - Miami Wedding Photographers

We have another fun engagement session featured for you today! Jocelyn and Andrew chose to do their shoot at the beautiful Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens located in Delray Beach, FL.   We love shooting at Morikami, with their lush landscaping and cool architectural details, it's a gorgeous backdrop for photographs. According to their website, Morikami’s gardens, named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, were designed to be a living exhibit complementing the museum. It's designer Hoichi Kurisu sought to create a garden complex for the new millennium. Its six distinct gardens are inspired by, but are not replicas of, famous gardens of Japan. If you live in South Florida and have not visited, we highly recommend the trip to this hidden gem.  We were sure happy to drive up for this beautiful engagement session! These two are just the sweetest couple and were a joy to capture.

We met Jocelyn and Andrew over a year ago when they came to our Kendall studio. They came to us referred by a recent bride and groom whom we also had the pleasure of photographing their wedding. During our meeting, we got to know each other better and chatted about their future wedding day.  Fast forward to today, we are only a couple short weeks away to witnessing their vision for their big day transpire. It's sure to be an awesome event! We often get asked how soon is too soon to book your wedding photographer.  Our recommendation is to book us as soon as you secure the date with the venue.  We often, as in Jocelyn and Andrew's case, get booked up to a year in advance.  Contacting us as soon as possible will increase the chances we are available for your wedding date.  Not only will you secure us as your wedding photographers, it will also allow you to lock in the current pricing and take advantage of our different finance options.  Additionally, booking your photographer early will allow you plenty of time for an engagement session such as this one- these photos can be used for save-the-dates, the engagement party, bridal shower and/or sign-in book for the wedding.  Engagement sessions such as the one in this blog is a fun way to celebrate the love between the couple before they make it official - And Jocelyn and Andrew had tons of love to celebrate! 

Please enjoy the following images and don't hesitate to contact us with your inquiries!

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-09-18T21:59:50Z 2017-09-18T21:59:50Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/8/engagement-session-vizcaya-museum-and-gardens Engagement Session - Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Yadira + Ross

Miami Wedding Photographers - If happiness is being married to your best friend, then these two are setting themselves up for a lifetime of smiles! Yadira and Ross have a natural chemistry together and truly complement one another.

We had the honor of shooting their friends' wedding and now we have the distinct pleasure of preserving memories for them as well!  Their South Florida wedding is set for February and is sure to be an event to remember - however, we want to take a moment with this blog to celebrate this special time in their lives, that is, their engagement! 

Their engagement session took place in Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and at Key Biscayne - both picturesque locations in Miami.  These are popular spots to shoot at for a reason! Although we have worked at these locations countless times, they never get old! For example, we have a clear advantage at Vizcaya having the experience to maneuver around the property with ease - knowing all the best nooks to shoot at.  South Florida is hot, especially in the summertime, which is why it helps to be able to shoot efficiently while covering the most ground.  This is where knowing where to go comes in handy!  As with any place we have shot at many times, we always go in with the mentality that it is our client's first time taking photos there. We truly do our best in creating a unique experience for them. There are many reasons we can list as to why we love shooting at a new location - the obvious being that it is a new canvas for us to work with.  However, it does give the photographer an edge if they are familiar with the property. Having been in the photography business in Miami for almost ten years, we know a lot of these popular locations well! No matter how many times we shoot at a venue, the one thing that is guaranteed to always be unique is the couple- And Yadira and Ross certainly brought their own flair to their engagement shoot!

The engagement session was perfectly timed in the afternoon so that the natural light was just right.  As aforementioned, the second location of the shoot took place in Key Biscayne, overlooking the Miami skyline.  It was a great fit as Yadira and Ross looked amazingly classy in their attire which only accentuated their good looks.  It was a beautiful day and they were just so happy from start to finish.  We love keeping our couples smiling throughout the shoot - smiles always make for better photos! Being engaged is such a fun chapter in their love story that smiling just seems more natural than looking serious.  We hope you enjoy a peek at their engagement session and hope these pics make you smile too! Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami Engagement Session Vizcaya MiamiEngagement Session Vizcaya Miami

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http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/8/wedding-first-miami-presbyterian-church Wedding First Miami Presbyterian Church | Alejandra + Anthony

Miami Wedding Photographers - As wedding photographers, we take our role as photojournalists pretty seriously.  We know that on wedding day, we are not only hired to take gorgeous portraits, but also to capture the events as they unfold naturally.  We are artistic storytellers.  Our hope is that our images may one day bring our clients back to the moment – as they happened.  And with so many special moments that occur during a wedding, our experience allows us to anticipate them.  Special moments like the ones on Alejandra and Anthony’s big day. 

As with most weddings, the event actually starts way before the guests arrive to the ceremony.  With a room full of bridesmaids and make-up artists on one end and groomsmen at the other, the bride and groom begin their day prepping for their big moment with friends and family by their side.  It’s the bride slipping into her white gown and the groom buttoning up, in this case, his uniform.  These moments are just as important for us to capture – it sets the stage for what’s to come.

Their friends and family gathered at First Miami Presbyterian Church in the heart of Downtown Miami to witness Alejandra and Anthony exchanging their vows.  It was full of traditions and sprinkled with personal touches – such as their vows.  The ceremony was simply perfect.  Accompanied by their military court, their exit from the church was nothing short of spectacular. 

After the ceremony, the couple allowed time for us to capture their wedding portraits.  This is perhaps one of the only times during the day where we, the photographers, give our couple direction on how to pose.  It’s not every day that couples are in front of a camera so it’s important that we make them feel comfortable and have a rhythm of poses so that the images look candid and happy.  Our goal is to keep our couples smiling so that we can deliver natural looking photographs that document the first day of their marriage.

Once we were done with portraits, their classic getaway car whisked Alejandra and Anthony just across the bridge to the beautiful Jungle Island where they continued the festivities.  There, we continued to catch those special moments – the first dance, the toasts, the dancing! All the elements that make their wedding story special… we were there with camera in hand. Please join us as we wish this special couple a lifetime of joy!

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-08-10T15:18:59Z 2017-08-10T15:18:59Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/7/wedding-at-douglas-entrance Wedding at Douglas Entrance - Natalie and Ariel

We, at Photography by Santy Martinez, are always thrilled to be able to shoot a wedding at the gorgeous Douglas Entrance in Coral Gables, FL.  Being Miami wedding photographers means we get to shoot at amazing locations, and this one is up there as one of our favorites for it's beautiful design and architecture.  With its stunning stairway leading up to the grand ballroom, this venue feels like it is straight out of a fairy tale book for Natalie and Ariel.

 

The day started at the Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove.  Watching Natalie get prepared for the big event surrounded by her bridesmaids, the moms and adorable flower girl was just the beginning and an event in itself. She was a stunning bride and we just knew Ariel would be blown away at her sight! Of course, Ariel cleaned up pretty nicely himself with a little help, and a lot of laughs, with his groomsmen. His grin showed his love for Natalie as they exchanged vows in an intimate setting surrounded by so many people that were wishing them a happily ever after.

 

Once they officially tied the knot, it wasn't long after the formal dances and delicious sit-down dinner that this husband and wife team showed their guests how to party! It was a night of endless dancing, smiles and celebration.  Natalie and Ariel also hired us for our fun photo-booth and their guests took advantage of all the props and unlimited printed photographs.  Not only was this a great way to get friends and family to act a little silly in front of the lens, it also made for a perfect party favor.  As an added bonus, the couple got a copy of all the digital images taken at the booth so that they could laugh along with their guests long after the party was over. 

 

We love happy people.  That is why we love shooting weddings.  It is weddings like Natalie and Ariel's that keep us motivated in continuously perfecting our craft.  We hope they enjoy reliving their big day through their wedding photos for years to come.  Join us as we wish them a lifetime of joy!

 

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-07-06T15:41:55Z 2017-07-06T15:41:55Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/6/engagement-session-key-largo-florida Engagement Session Key Largo Florida - Jessica and Jesse

Jessica and Jesse's Engagement Session

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When it comes to celebrating the most precious moments of your life, choosing the right location is extremely important.
Imagine a romantic evening with your significant other in a picture-perfect setting as the mesmerizing blue backdrop gradually melts into the marvelous hues of red and orange. That was just one of the reasons why the newly engaged couple, Jessica and Jesse, chose this magnificent boating dock in Key Largo, Florida as the site for their engagement photo shoot. The majestic ocean and the multi-hued sky provided a perfect backdrop for the delightful session.
 

How We Met

Jessica and Jesse have decided to go for a cool wedding in December, and were looking for a photographer to preserve the beautiful memories of their big day. This couple came to visit us at our Kendall studio back in January. They found us by the recommendation of Nicole of Nicole Joy Events. Nicole is great friend and no doubt one the top wedding planners in South Florida. A huge shout out to her for bringing this lovely couple into our lives. It is always a joy to work with her.  It was such a fun time chatting at the studio and we felt the instant connection. We are overjoyed that they are inviting us to be a part of the wonderful journey they are about to embark on.

 

A Little About The Couple

Living in Miami Jessica and Jesse’s fondness for boats led to the selection of this location. This venue holds a strong sentimental value for the couple. They frequently enjoy boat trips with family and friends to the beautiful sandbars around the Keys and beyond.

We also have to mention their love for the University of Miami Hurricanes!  These two bleed orange and green and know that it's All about the U! That being said, we couldn't continue taking photos without incorporating a little Hurricane pride.  It was only appropriate to bring a little of their personality into the shoot.  It brought a little extra fun to their session!
 
 

The Session

Jessica and Jesse are one of the most exciting couples we have worked with. The day of the session, we met the adventurous souls at Jesse's family home in Key Largo before we got on the boat and headed out to sea.   Complementing each other, the blue sky and the vast ocean gave us a perfect background to work with.  The couple had a brilliant time and they didn’t shy away from telling us their ideas for the shoot as well as giving us creative freedom.  The collaboration made it even more enjoyable for everyone present there that day. We love the way their personalities shine bright in each photo we clicked.

 

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The Keys boasts some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. This is why Jessica and Jessie chose to end their session at one of their favorite rendezvous, Snook’s Bayside Restaurant and Grand Tiki. This ocean-side restaurant offered front row seats.  So as the sun set on their soon-to-be new beginning in Key Largo, the gorgeous sky painted the perfect picture for an unforgettable end to a beautiful. The horizon provided just the right lighting, adding to the enchanting glow that was already present on their beautiful faces.

We are so pumped to shoot their wedding later this year! If this session was any indicator of the fun we will have, than we know it's going to be a blast.  We hope you enjoy their photos!

 
 
 
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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-06-01T15:52:33Z 2017-06-01T15:52:33Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/5/our-little-savannah-is-one Our little Savannah is ONE
Our baby girl just turned one! To say that she brings joy and love into our lives is an understatement. We could never have imagined how this little human could change all of our lives in such a beautiful way.  The past year and nine months has sure been an adventure.  We would like to take some time to thank all of our friends, family, and clients who have supported us and have been part of Savannah's life!  For some of our clients, Savannah was at your wedding (in the belly) as Annie captured your big day.... for other clients, Savannah has given you her big grin at the studio as we capture your little ones too! Many of you have followed her #first365daysofSavannahMarie on Instagram and have not missed a day of her smiles! We would also like to send a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and all that were involved at South Miami Hospital  and South Miami OBGYN to bring our angel into this world.  You are all amazing! 
 
She touches our life in a positive way every day and we hope she has brought a little bit of sunshine to yours too! Please join us in wishing Savannah a happy first birthday! The following images are from the past year and nine months of her existence with Mommy, Daddy and big brother Bobby by her side ...and of course a little Disney here and there! Enjoy! 

Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-05-25T18:08:15Z 2017-05-25T18:08:15Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/5/engagement-session-hugh-taylor-birch-state-park-fl Engagement Session Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, FL | Yvette + Diego

You will love this park engagement session!

We first learned about Yvette and Diego back in December when we were running our Complimentary Engagement Session contest.  We found out quickly that they have a strong network of friends and family. They received tons of votes daily! Although the outcome was not in their favor. We made sure to give perks and incentives to all of the couples.  Yvette and Diego luckily did not hesitate to use the perks.  We say lucky because it was really a delight to meet these two and we are really looking forward to their wedding.  Their wedding date is in November of this year (2017) and it was smart of them to book right away as it was the last Saturday in November we had available!

We have had too many sad encounters with couples who contact us for their wedding date and we are already booked.  We only shoot one wedding a day and limit the amount of weddings we shoot in the year in order to bring our clients the absolute best experience we can provide.  It is our goal to do this for each of our clients. It brings us so much joy to know that we will be able to offer this experience for Yvette and Diego.

Meet the Couple!

A little about the couple - Yvette recently moved back to South Florida after living in Atlanta, GA.  She is now continuing her career as a news producer at WPLG Channel 10.  Diego is a co-owner at Temple Street Eatery in Ft. Lauderdale where he is also chef.  As you scroll down you may notice Yvette brought her vintage typewriter and Diego brought his notepad of recipe ideas. We used these as props to express their interests.   Individually, these two are just cool, interesting people.  Together, they are the couple you want to hang out with and not want the evening to end!  There was so much laughter during their engagement session that we can only imagine how much fun these two must have on a daily basis.

Location!

Their session took place at the beautiful Hugh Birch Taylor State Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  This park offered a gorgeous backdrop for their photographs. This state park is an oasis of preserved tropical hammocks just steps from the buzz of Ft. Lauderdale Beach.  It is a perfect little escape for any nature lover or anyone just looking for a bit of tranquility.  It is always exciting to shoot in a new location. We were pleasantly surprised at all the pretty spots there were to shoot at this park. As lovely as the setting was, the focus of each session is always the couple.  Catching their personalities and love for each other in every image is the goal. It wasn’t too difficult to do during this engagement session as it is clear that Yvette and Diego are crazy about each other!

So Happy!

We are so grateful that they took the time to enter our contest and reach out to us to shoot their wedding.  As we just closed another contest, we have started communications with our most recent contestants that are also looking into locking in their wedding dates.  We can’t wait to learn more about them and capture their love story too!

We hope you enjoy the following preview of Yvette and Diego's engagement session as much as we enjoyed capturing them.

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-05-17T16:22:51Z 2017-05-17T16:22:51Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/5/miami-firefighter-engagement-session-matheson-hammock-park Miami Firefighter Engagement Session - Matheson Hammock Park

Miami Wedding Photographers - We are really excited to share another engagement session with you today!  Meet Gennipher and Chris.  If you follow us on social media, you may remember their faces as they were one of the many couples that entered our annual Engagement Session contest during the Holidays.  We have been running this promotion every year since 2011 and it’s always a lot of fun!  This contest has allowed us to meet newly engaged couples.  We were incredibly humbled to see how many couples entered the contest and wanted to work with us…. but we will talk a little bit more about that later.

Shortly after they won the contest, Gennipher contacted us and we set up a meeting in our studio in West Kendall to go over the details of their engagement session.  We fell in love with them immediately! They came ready with ideas and tons of enthusiasm about their shoot.  We always advise couples to include their personalities into their sessions and these two have plenty of that!  We learned that Chris is a firefighter as well as an artist.  We also learned all about Gennipher’s adorable proposal and how their puppy, Hendrix, was an integral part of the master plan to woo her into saying yes!  We were given a task to incorporate all of these things into their session and, of course, we were up for it.

We have shot a good amount of firefighters’ engagement sessions and weddings and every time it’s been a blast. (Keeping an eye out for other firefighters pulling pranks the day of the shoot is always a fun!) It’s almost guaranteed to be a good time and this engagement session delivered.  We began the shoot at one of the City of Miami Firehouses that happens to also showcase Chris’s murals.  (As aforementioned, Chris is an artist and you may check out some of his impressive work at www.duwerks.com)

The firehouse was a fun place to break the ice and get to know Gennipher and Chris in front of the camera.  It didn’t take long at all before these two felt really comfortable - Gennipher looked absolutely stunning all dolled up by Chris’s side.  Chris brought all his firefighter gear and it was a great opportunity to have Gennipher wear it for some fun shots!  It was also a great time to introduce Hendrix in a couple of pictures.  After all, Hendrix was there from day one of their engagement!  He was perfectly behaved and was a cute addition to the shoot. Shortly after we took a ride to the beautiful Matheson Hammocks Park where we completed their session.

We are so excited for Gennipher and Chris. During our initial meeting about their engagement session we found out we had their wedding date available. This added excitement to the meeting and we couldn’t stop talking about their wedding day plans. Gennipher and Chris are having a destination wedding in the beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They felt comfortable with us and with continued with the booking. We have experience traveling and covering events in Mexico among other destinations. There’s a good amount of couples nowadays that decide to go with a destination wedding but do not consider booking a photographer from the states. We highly recommended it! After the wedding, the only thing you keep is your memories and it is important to have someone close to home to contact and keep in touch during the process of receiving your images.

We are so happy that Chris and Gennipher entered our contest! We are also very happy to announce we have decided to open a new contest today!

Please use the link at the end of this blog post if you would like to enter or share with someone that might be interested in entering the contest. All details can be found in link.

I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as we enjoyed capturing the session!

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Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-05-09T19:32:18Z 2017-05-09T19:32:18Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/4/wedding-st-hugh-catholic-church-rusty-pelican Wedding St Hugh Catholic Church - Rusty Pelican | Jessica + Danny

Beautiful Wedding St Hugh Catholic Church

Spring has been a wonderful season for us at Photography by Santy Martinez and we are ready for more.  We have had the pleasure of capturing quite a few “I do’s” in the past few months including these two - Jessica + Danny.  We are pretty sure their friends and family would agree with us when we say - you really won’t find a cuter pair of newlyweds than these two! Let's find out more about this beautiful wedding St Hugh Catholic Church.

The Bride

Their wedding day began at The Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove.  We love that this location provides the option of getting ready in a large meeting room with cozy couches and pretty décor rather than the bride's suite.  This is a great option for brides with a big group of bridesmaids as there is plenty of room for the girls to spread out as they wait for hair and make-up.  Jessica had quite a few bridesmaids along with moms and her adorable flower girls. The space worked out perfect. They were able to mingle over mimosas and giggle as they each got prepped to get in their gowns.  During this getting ready time, we were there to capture all the details - shoes, wedding dress, the rings - as well as the little moments of laughter in between!

The Groom

Let's not forget about the groom... Danny was having his own getting ready event at his suite.  The guys’ idea of getting ready is less of a production than the girls but just as noteworthy! Danny's groomsmen were making sure he was ready and looking sharp.

The Ceremony - Wedding St Hugh Catholic Church

That big moment took place at St Hugh Catholic Church in Coconut Grove.  We have captured countless weddings at St. Hugh and every time has been just as beautiful.  Jessica rolled up with her father in a white Rolls Royce as Danny anxiously waited inside.  In their case, they did not have a “first look” prior to the ceremony so this was going to be the first-time Danny would see his bride.  The moment did not disappoint as he could not hold back those happy tears and a result allowing is to create beautiful memories.

The Reception

After a beautiful ceremony and family portraits the couple allotted time for photos so we were able to take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings of the next destination - the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne.  While guests arrived for cocktail hour, Jessica and Danny followed us around the property for some beautiful scenic shots before we took them into their ballroom for a photo with their décor and details.  What we most love about the Rusty Pelican - that Miami skyline view.  Visible from their reception space, we know that their guests enjoyed taking that view in!  Once portraits were complete, we allowed the story to unfold.  And we were there to witness and candidly capture all of those moments! 

We would like to thank Jessica and Danny for being part of our Spring line up of weddings! We send them all of our love and well wishes.  Please enjoy a sneak peek of the first day of their marriage.

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Photographers: Photography by Santy Martinez | Annie + Santy

Church: St. Hugh Catholic Church

Reception: The Rusty Pelican

Event Planner: Elite Planning Firm

DJ & Lighting: Event Factor

Videographer: Cutting Desk Productions

Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-04-26T14:43:42Z 2017-04-26T14:43:42Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/4/wedding-reviews-photography-santy-martinez Wedding Reviews Milestone - Photography by Santy Martinez

It’s only April 4th and this month is already bringing in great news!!! We just received The WeddingWire Rated™ 100 Review Club Award for Wedding Photographers in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach area.

The WeddingWire Rated program recognizes professional wedding photographers across the U.S. and abroad for commitment to providing quality service by allowing them to showcase different badges based on their number of wedding reviews. Photographers who make it into the 100 Review Club are part of an exclusive group of premium Pro Wedding Photographers who have worked hard to earn more than 100 wedding reviews while maintaining an average rating of 3.5 or higher.  We are always "shooting" for 5 stars and we are happy to report that we have consistently achieved it!

We would like to say THANK YOU to all the couples who have trusted us with their big day and have taken their time to review us on WeddingWire. As our clients know, we only capture one wedding a day in order to give you the boutique service you expect from us. That means reaching over 100 awesome reviews is an accomplishment we are proud of!

The reviews you write create consumer trust for our potential clients and allows us to continue to grow our small business. In fact, 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. We are honored and happy to know that our services have given our clients great memories to cherish for a lifetime.

We take a lot of pride in what we do and the customer service we provide. This has allowed us to have a high average rating showing consistency in our work.

We also want to say thank you to WeddingWire for recognizing our accomplishment. We know there’s a good number of talented wedding photographers in South Florida and this recognition allows us to stand out a little bit more and we have our previous clients to thank for it.

As a member of WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews, Photography by Santy Martinez advancement to the Rated™ Black Level is considered the ultimate milestone, illustrating our business’ commitment to regularly providing quality service to our clients. As a WeddingWire Rated™ Black badge-holder, Photography by Santy Martinez has reached the highest level of achievement on WeddingWire.

We have won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are selected solely based on reviews from newlyweds and are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating, total number of reviews, review performance from the previous year, and consistency of reviews from year to year.

The combination of many years winning WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award has brought us to this new milestone. We want to thank our couples once again for trusting us and taking the time to put into words their gratitude with the amazing reviews they have been so kind to give us.

We are super excited on what this beautiful business of wedding photography has in store for us. We are looking forward to all the upcoming weddings for the rest of 2017 and the ones already booked for 2018. We promise to continue to provide top service and preserve your memories for years to come.

Here are just a few of the 100...

 

Read all of our wedding reviews on our Photography by Santy Martinez Storefront at Wwlogo 83x19
Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-04-04T13:42:09Z 2017-04-04T13:42:09Z
http://www.santymartinez.com/blog/2017/3/wedding-at-the-cooper-estate-homestead-fl-photography-by-santy-martinez Wedding at The Cooper Estate - Homestead - FL | Iris + Jasen

We want to extend a huge congratulations to Iris + Jasen on their fabulous Cooper Estate Wedding in Homestead, FL.  We were simply blown away with how every detail of their wedding was planned to perfection.  They added just the right touches of elegance to enhance an already beautiful wedding venue.  Even with all of that planning, I don’t think either one of them could have anticipated just how happy they were from the beginning to the end of their day! 

We’d like to start by saying that we had been looking forward to Iris and Jasen’s wedding since the day we met with them in our Kendall studio.  We felt an instant connection with this couple and were so thankful to have the opportunity to capture their sweet story.  We were also excited to get to work once more at the Cooper Estate - one of the most intimate and lovely wedding venues in South FloridaCooper Estate is an ideal location to whisk your guests into a romantic state of mind.  They offer a gorgeous sunken grotto with a waterfall backdrop for the ceremony that is straight out of a fairy tale, an outdoor cocktail space surrounded by majestic trees and bistro lighting, and a rustic farmhouse that is exquisitely charming.  As always, the staff at the Cooper Estate did an incredible job with the event. 

The Cooper Estate boasts a lovely cottage on premise.  With a private bedroom decorated in the same rustic look the venue is known for - the cottage is a great option for the bride to get ready.  As photographers, we love shooting the detail shots and getting ready shots there as it offers a pretty backdrop for photographs.  This was exactly the case with Iris, who used the beautiful room to slip into her gown with the help of her bridesmaids.  There, she put on her shoes, earrings and touched up her makeup just before she prepared herself to walk down the aisle.  All the while, Jasen was anxiously waiting to see his bride!

Often times, the bride and groom decide to do a first look - this is when the couple sees each other prior to the ceremony.  Iris and Jasen decided not to do this and opted for a traditional first look instead - with a twist!  As guests gathered in the grotto, the bride and groom snuck away and had a little moment where they held hands - back to back with a wall dividing the two - no peeking! This was just about the moment Jasen lost it.  The happy tears flowed and we were just ecstatic to be able to witness it all with our lens.  This touch gave both of them the positive energy they both needed to get through the upcoming ceremony.

And what an emotion filled ceremony it was! Iris and Jasen’s love was so apparent.  When Iris started her path down the grotto steps, Jasen lost it once more.  In his defense, Iris could not control the happy tears either!  As previously mentioned, the ceremony setting at Cooper Estate looks like a picture in a storybook.  Guests feel like they are in a different world as they witness the exchange of vows.  With its waterfall trickling in the background and exotic plants peeking through the rocks, it is a picturesque and peaceful setting.  We love capturing weddings here for the simple fact that it makes for stunning photos.  It was the perfect spot for Iris and Jasen to say “I do”!

While their guests enjoyed cocktails, we were kept busy with the newlyweds capturing their portraits around the property.  One of our favorite spots for pics at the Cooper Estate is the front of the manor.  Those big wooden doors are everything! We also love taking the bride and groom into the reception space for the first time.  It is always a magical moment seeing their vision come together. All the vendors did a spectacular job and makes our job just a bit easier! We made sure to capture every detail so that it will never be forgotten.

The rest of the night was their story to tell.  We did not want to miss a beat -from the first dances to the cutting of the cake and all of the partying in between.  The DJ was awesome and knew just the right song to keep the dancing going.  Everyone was having an amazing time! The night ended with a sparkler exit as Iris and Jasen’s guest wished them a lifetime of happiness.  Please join us as we wish them the same!

Venue: The Cooper Estate

Hair and Make-up: Sissi Ceballo Make Up

Dj: SCJ Event

Videographer: Love Squared

Photographers: Santy and Annie

Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers (C) Santy Martinez - Miami Wedding Photographers 2017-03-28T15:44:21Z 2017-03-28T15:44:21Z