I so loved photographing these two and their family on their wedding day! We met at Bill Baggs State Park, which is at the very end of Key Biscayne. It’s located close to the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse. Lisette mentioned to me that they were hoping to get a beautiful sunset for their ceremony.
I anxiously looked at the weather, which had been cloudy all day. I know from the past that the weather can change in a short time, so it’s best not to worry about it (still hard to do). As I drove from Miami Beach to Key Biscayne, the weather began to change. The clouds opened up to a beautiful blue sky, and the sun cast its bright light over the island.
it was a very small, intimate ceremony. They chose to wear jersey tops and casual bottoms – my kind of people! They are so down to earth, warmhearted and loving people. Since I arrived a bit early, I had the chance to photograph the girls – I adore the photos of them hugging! They are incredibly sweet and charming kids.
Once the wedding officiant arrived and the papers were signed, the ceremony began. It was a beautiful and emotional moment. We took advantage of the warm light from the setting sun, photographing the four of them just before the island would be engulfed in the blue cast of twilight.
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 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.