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Miami Sunrise Engagement Proposal

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Miami Sunrise Engagement Proposal

I smile thinking back to this surprise engagement proposal session. The plan was perfect: he told her we were going to meet up for a photo shoot. She loves taking pictures, so she wasn’t suspecting at all. She also told me later that he’s always surprising her and planning things so this wasn’t out of the ordinary for him.

We were to meet at sunrise on the beach near the South Pointe Pier in Miami Beach. He told me we should start off just taking pictures of the two of them in different poses, then at some point I would set up a pose where she would face the water. After about 15 minutes or so of taking pictures, she nonchalantly was facing the water and fixing her hair. He got down on one knee and she was still facing the water! I don’t know what he said, but she turned around and had the best expression on her face! Completely shocked, surprised, and overcome with emotion, she said yes.

Her surprise instantly transformed into excitement and giddiness. She couldn’t believe it!  We took more photos afterward and of course, a close-up of the ring as well. I am so happy for these two and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love!

I’ve photographed quite a few surprise proposals and they’re one of my favorite types of sessions! It’s a moment you’ll always treasure and her reaction will be priceless! I use natural light so I photograph outdoor engagement proposals. I often meet people either at sunrise or before sunset at the beach when the light is beautiful (not too harsh so you end up squinting).

Some people have chosen to have dinner or drinks beforehand (for example, at Smith & Wollensky which is in South Pointe Park) and then I follow them afterward to a spot we’ve decided on prior to the shoot, such as the beach. You can either not tell her anything and I will follow from a distance and capture the proposal, or you can tell her that you set up a photo session with a photographer in Miami. Do what works best for you! Fill out the contact form or email me at info@tovaphotography.com to set up a session.

Backyard Wedding Ceremony in Palm Island, Miami Beach

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Backyard Wedding Ceremony in Palm Island, Miami Beach

I photographed this couple’s wedding in the privacy and comfort of their own backyard. There was just the wedding officiant, the couple and myself. In a matter of minutes they were married! I loved the quietness and intimacy of having a simple ceremony. It doesn’t take away from the emotional weight of the occasion, it just simplifies what it’s really all about – committing yourself to one individual.

The best part for me was having time to photograph the two of them after the ceremony. They are extremely kind people and extremely smitten and in-love with one another! Looking at the photos you can see the joy radiating from their faces. Capturing that emotion is a huge part of why I love photographing people, both couples and families.

Thinking of getting eloped? This site has “All the things you need to know about eloping“. While I don’t photograph most weddings (i.e. all day events 6+ hours long), I love photographing small, outdoor weddings or ceremonies (max 2 hours coverage) where it’s either just the two of you, or a small number of family and friends present.

Even if it is just the two of you with a minister, it’s still nice having the memory recorded for personal reasons. It’s probably one of the few times you’ll set aside time to photograph you and your partner together, and what better time to do that than on your wedding day 🙂

Wedding Officiant: Madison Pinder (from Wedding Officiants of South Florida)
Location: Palm Island, Florida (Miami Beach)

Small, Intimate Outdoor Miami Wedding Ceremony at Sunrise

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Small, Intimate Miami Wedding Ceremony at Sunrise

While I specialize in family and couple photography, on occasion I’ll photograph very small, intimate outdoor wedding ceremonies that are usually no more than an hour or two long. I love the intimacy of just having close family members present, or sometimes it’s an elopement with just the couple, minister and myself. There’s no chaos involved, no crazy stress, no wedding planner, no hall, no intense planning. Just the couple committing themselves to each other. Saying their vows, declaring their love for each other, in an intimate ceremony with no additional bells and whistles to distract from what a wedding is really about.

This wedding took place just before sunrise at 6:45am on a cool Miami morning. Their closest family members were present, dressed in mostly white and cream colors. It was a beautiful ceremony, when the vows were said there were tears and smiles. After they were married, there was a palpable sense of joy and love. After taking some family portraits, we spent the remainder of the time capturing just the two of them under the golden glow of the rising sun.

The location for the wedding was on the beach behind the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, Florida.