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Sabrina & George’s Wedding at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

2015 March 2
by rickyste

If it seems like I spend a lot of time at the MBBG lately, it’s because I have been. It’s obvious why couples love it – it offers a ton of natural beauty, cool features like the ubiquitous red bridge and access to more urban-y locations nearby. So how do I keep it fresh? It’s easy – focus on the couple.

A bride and groom like Sabrina and George makes wedding photography a breeze because they provide so much emotion. This wedding ran the gamut from laughter to tears of joy and no one was safe from the excitement of the day, not even me. It also helped that they and their bridal party clearly loved pictures and patiently agreed to assist me in whatever idea I cam up with next.

I really enjoyed spending their big day with them and I hope you enjoy checking out the pictures :)

Ashley & Miguel’s Wedding at the Ancient Spanish Monastery

2015 March 1
by rickyste

No one at this wedding is from Miami. Ashley did a search online for a location with beautiful gardens and gorgeous classic architecture and she found only one spot that lived up to what she had envisioned, and it was the Spanish Monastery down here in sunny Miami.

Of course, the nice thing about getting married down here, apart from the weather and beauty, is that I’m here, and Ashley wisely decided to have me capture her dream wedding photos. It’s no small sense of pressure to produce the glorious photos that led a bride and groom to come in from across the country, guests in tow, to a remote location with the sole requirement that the pictures be fantastic and then some. She didn’t put that pressure on me – there was no mention of a fantastic photo requirement – but I put it on myself, because come on. How could I have her go through all that planning and traveling just to leave without the memories? No chance.

Maria and Miguel’s Engagement Session at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens

2015 March 1
by rickyste

Beautiful location and beautiful couple, that’s a recipe for beautiful photos! I got some interesting light conditions to play with and I spent a really great day with these two.

Katie and Brian’s Wedding at 7th Circuit Productions

2015 February 17
by rickyste

So this wedding had everything you definitely want as a photographer, but none of those magic ingredients is more magical or more necessary than true, unadulterated, full-throated love between the bride and groom. That was fortunately provided in spades by these two, who literally never stop looking at each other, or touching, or embracing, or celebrating, or doing awesome high-five routines, or laughing . . . they do it all together. And smiling.

But then, on top of that, I was graced by the wedding Gods with a party bordering on the insane. And nothing brings out the Ricky more than generalized insanity. As the party ramped up, I ramped up, until we were all at an 11 (and that’s around when the balloon shower started – and right before the chicken head hit the dance floor). At the center of it all was Brian, who is just a typhoon of energy, whipping us all into a frenzy. What a glorious frenzy it was. Enjoy – I definitely, definitely did.

Allison and Adam’s Engagement Session at Joe’s Stone Crab

2015 February 16
by rickyste

. . . and South Pointe Park! This couple is all fun, all the time. They wanted a shoot that wasn’t the usual flowery romance – they wanted it to be funny, creative and awesome, just like them. They also wanted to include their dog. And some lawn flamingos. And Joe’s Stone Crab!

So, with those parameters in mind, we set out on a session that more than lived up to its billing in the fun department, and exceeded my (high) expectations for beauty. Win for everyone – especially the lovely couple who got to eat crab on top of getting beautiful photos. Lucky!

Jennah & Jared’s Wedding at the Rusty Pelican

2015 February 9
by rickyste

In my previous life, I was an attorney – a criminal attorney at that. I sometimes have the pleasure of working with people who I knew from the courthouse, and on one of the (unfortunate) occasions when I had some business there a few years ago, I ran into Jennah’s mom who told me she was following my photos on facebook and wanted to hire me for Jennah’s wedding, whenever that was. I thanked her very much and went on about my day.

About 18 months later, I got an e-mail from Jennah asking for a meeting because she was engaged. We quickly set it up, met and she told me there were no other choices for a photographer, just me.

That’s what I like to call the right kind of pressure; a family deciding on me as the photographer before the engagement? You know I’m coming full bore at that one. And sure enough, Jennah’s wedding was great. The photos do the talking, really, so I’ll turn over the stage to them, but let’s just say it was an exercise in lighting that I passed, with relief. I really wanted to do a very good job :)

Aileen and Michael’s Wedding at the Doral Park Country Club

2015 February 5
by rickyste

Aileen and Michael are a super sweet couple. I knew going in that photos were important to Aileen, so that worked out perfectly because her photos were just as important to me. Even better, I knew from the engagement session that most important thing to Aileen is Michael and vice versa, and that’s the best kind of wedding there is.

The couple had wintry touches throughout and I personally took full advantage of the Christmas lights – I really love Christmas lights – but the wedding itself was nothing but warmth. I loved the enthusiasm everyone showed for these two, and hearinf their rokmantic story I was caught up in it myself. Like always :)

Congrats to the wonderful bride and groom!

Cristina & Daniel’s Wedding at Comber Hall

2015 February 4
by rickyste

What a beautiful couple I had in Cristina and Daniel, and not just their outward appearance. These two were fun, excited, in love and always willing to hear me out on my (many) photo ideas throughout the night. I had a tremendously good time with them because when I really like a couple (and I usually do) it brings me a lot of joy to make them happy :)

The wedding was a good exercise for me in that the portraits were all taken either in a dark interior space or outside at night. It’s important when looking for a wedding photographer to not get caught up in the gorgeous natural light outdoor photos because, well, any idiot can take that picture. It’s the stuff that’s actually difficult that is very hard to find on websites or promotional materials, and that’s because not very many people are any good at it. A wedding like this challenged me to create beautiful images throughout the evening, and with the aforementioned patience displayed by my wonderful couple, the results came regularly.

Jamie + Michael’s Wedding at the Polo Club of Boca Raton

2015 January 26
by rickyste

The majority of weddings that I work are mid-sized affairs, and I do my fair share of small, intimate weddings, but I’m also just as good as anyone else at the big, fancy wedding. Better, actually. This kind of wedding takes advantage of several of my strengths, including my efficiency, speed and decisiveness. At a wedding like this, with lots and lots of people, tons of family, planners, florists, band, it can be overwhelming for a bride and groom, and with the wrong photographer, the rails can fall off a wedding in a hurry.

I take it as part of my job to keep everything going in the direction it needs to, which is why I can be friendly-forceful when it’s required. I was happy to play that role at this one because I genuinely like the bride and groom and wanted them to enjoy their day as much as possible, and the venue / decor took care of a lot of the photos anyway. It was just a lovely day with a great couple and I was very proud to have been a part of it!

Shot with Michelle from Minerva Photography.

Melanie & Jason’s Engagement Session at Bill Baggs Park in Key Biscayne

2015 January 15
by rickyste

Melanie and I go way back to the days when she was my daughter’s pre-school teacher, so it’s always fun to see someone you know from real life in engagement session mode. Going from “we’re having some trouble getting your daughter to eat saltines at snack” to “OK, SMILE AND KISS” could be a difficult transition for some, but neither of us is much for formality anyway :) As I came to learn, neither is Jason, so the wedding promises to be a lot of free-wheeling fun for us all!