Spring has been a wonderful season for us at Photography by Santy Martinez.  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!

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 for the whole bridal party to get ready.  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 as 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! When it was time to get into her dress, Jessica was able to leave the chaos behind and sneak up to her suite which was nice and tidy and perfect for capturing that moment mom helped her little girl get ready!  During this whole event, 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 also had quite a few groomsmen by his side making sure he was ready and looking sharp for that big moment he would see his bride for the first time.

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!  We always try to give couples the best advice for their day in regards to photography.  Sometimes we advise on the option of a “first look” in order to have enough sunlight to take pretty bridal portraits.  In other cases, as in this one, the couple had allowed time for the ceremony to take place early enough so there was still plenty of natural light for pictures after.  Either way, we make sure that we work with the couple so they are sure to get the best images of their wedding day.

As mentioned, after the ceremony 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.  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