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Category Archives: TRASH THE DRESS PHOTO SHOOT

Congrats to Sarah and Lee – a wedding at The Bourne Mansion, Oakdale New York

We met Sarah and Lee through Kathleen and Bryan, whose wedding we did a few months ago. We are very excited to be part of their special day at the gorgeous Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, New York. It’s going to be a beautiful wedding!

Check out how we got them wet during our fun engagement session along the Hamptons Beach….

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Congrats to Vanessa and David – a wedding at The Trump National Golf Club

…our second wedding for the weekend is of a gorgeous couple – Vanessa and David at at The Trump National Golf Club. This is the same venue where Ivanca Trump got married. It’s an amazing wedding venue!

Check out their engagement photos we shot in the Jersey shore…

Vanessa is a fashion model and she does really great in front of a camera!

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Congratulations to Carol and Brian – Aruba Destination Wedding

We had a blast shooting the wedding of Carol and Brian last week at our favorite wedding destination – The Island of Aruba. It was a pleasure documenting the wedding of one of the coolest couples out there. Carol and Brian, thanks for treating us like your own family during your wedding week. From the snorkling trip to the wedding day, you and your family and friends became so close to us. We will never forget you guys…check out these images from their wedding day at the THE MANCHEBO BEACH RESORT & SPA.

Carol’s wedding dress sparkling under the Caribbean sun.

Gorgeous bride on her wedding day…

Love this shell stuffed with white rose petals that the flower girl is carrying…

Carol is escorted down the aisle by her two sons…

The sunset hour makes a good background light during the wedding ceremony at THE MANCHEBO BEACH RESORT & SPA.

Fun bridal party against the Aruban sunset…

And who could not resist going back to my favorite  ”trash the dress” locations…first I took them to the famous Quadiriki Caves located in ARIKOK NATIONAL PARK in Aruba. Many locals believe that these bat caves used to be a place for pirates to hide their treasures.

Then took them to get wet at the Boca Prins Beach

And in honor of Shark Month here’s a little fun, photographer Edwin Ochoa and I put together, all in the name of fun in photography…

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Cindy - Is that Shark real? Or was that a photo shop?October 27, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Happy Wedding Anniversary Carelle Jade & Nelson! – Maui, Hawaii Destination Wedding

Happy Anniversary to one of my most favorite couple! We miss everything about your Hawaii wedding!

Bride and Groom: Carelle Jade and Nelson. I was introduced to Carelle Jade by one of our previous client. When we met with  Carelle Jade and Nelson, and her mother Eleanor, we all immediately clicked. We were so excited about their ideas, most especially their plan on fulfilling their dream wedding in Maui, Hawaii.

Ceremony and Reception: White Orchid Wedding Beach House, Makena, Maui, Hawaii. Nothing can beat this place for wedding location. The ceremony and reception are held next to the beach and the magnificent view of the sunset is just amazing! The black volcanic rocks blocking the giant waves near the beach house gives you a spectacular viewing experience of the beach in Maui. And of course, It’s a perfect background for any wedding shoot.


Event Planner: White Orchid Weddings. The wedding coordinators that day, Jacqueline Uilani Ishikawa and Linda Santos, were one of the best I’ve ever seen. They are so accommodating and very good in what they do. They turned the beach house into a very romantic and elegant-looking wedding venue. Kudo to you guys for making Carelle Jade and Nelson’s wedding the best!


Spa: Trudy’s Fountain of Youth. The girls went for an amazing massage and spa, the day before the wedding. Trudy’s staff are pretty amazing and very professional!

Video: Derek of Lavon Films. I introduced Derek to the bride and groom during our engagement shoot in NYC, and they got to like him. Derek is very talented videographer with a cinematography style. He also have the “photojournalistic” style that I have that’s why I love

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS from the day…more to come in a few weeks. You will find them at www.pictage.com

To welcome their guests, Carelle Jade and Nelson, treated everyone to a Luau dinner in the Lahaina area in Maui, Hawaii. Here’s a little something about Luau:

luau (in Hawaiianlu‘au) is a Hawaiian feast. It may feature food, such as poikalua pigpokelomi salmonopihihaupia, and beer; and entertainment, such as Hawaiian music and hula.

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Before the Luau started, the k?lua pig, was dug up from the Imu (an underground oven). This way of cooking dates back from the ancient Hawaiians:

Traditionally, extremely hot volcanic (lava) rocks were placed in a hole approximately 6′ by 4′ by 3′ and the hole was lined with vegetation such as banana leaves. A salted pig was placed inside and covered with more banana leaves to preserve theheat and flavor. Then, it was covered with burlap and soil, and left to steam all day. Once removed from the imu, the pig was ready to be served.

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And ofcourse, the highlight of the Luau – the gorgeous hula dancers…LOL


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On the wedding day, I found some spots around the hotel that shows the beauty of Maui, while shooting detail shots for the wedding – a small waterfalls at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.

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Tatay and Nanay, escort Carelle Jade as she walks down the aisle. Tatay and Nanay (dad and mom in Filipino) are Carelle jade’s grandparents, who have a big role in raising her before she migrated to the US to join her mother when she was nine years-old.

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Tatay cannot control his tears as he witnesses his baby get married.

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One of the most fun wedding group I ever photographed!

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Gorgeous sunset and strong winds on the beach helped create this amazing image of the bride and groom.

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And the following day….we trashed the dress!…it’s actually her reception dress. =)

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Getting married in Maui was a dream come true to this couple. And I thank them for choosing me to document their special day.

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Carelle Jade - Thanx ron & bless for documenting our day :)August 29, 2010 - 8:26 am

Congrats to Rada and Konstantin – a Russian wedding at The Vie

I am very excited to be part of Rada and Konstantin’s union at The Vie this weekend. One of the coolest couples you will ever meet, Rada and Konstantin are so much fun to photograph. Until now I still cannot believe they got into the water while shooting at a fountain in Philly under the 40 degree weather that evening. I love it when my couples are that fearless! ;) Check out these awesome images and see how much fun we had during their engagement session-

Very romantic moment between Rada and Konstantin with the Swann Memorial fountain and the Philadelphia City Hall in the background.

Gorgeous view from the rooftop of this Philadelphia luxury apartment.

Love it when my couples bring these cute little props for their engagement shoot….

What you don’t notice here is it;s 30-40 degress F…and this Rada and Kons are freezing…LOL

So much fun during playtime that evening! Got to be like kids sometimes..

And ending the series with this daring shot…Congrats to Rada and Konstantin, so excited and honored to be documenting your big day!

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Iron Man 3 film set in Miami, a popular place for wedding shoots

If you have seen Iron Man 3, the scene where Tony Stark stormed the hide-out of “The Mandarin” was a scene shot at a very famous museum in Miami called VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDENS. Vizcaya was the winter residence of American industrialist and billionaire James Deering from Christmas 1916 until his death in 1925. After his death, his huge estate was turned into a museum for the public to enjoy (click here to see more of the history of Vizcaya).

Not only this place is popular for many film sets, but it is also very popular for fashion and wedding photo shoots.

I’ve done a few photo shoots at the Vizcaya in Miami in the past and the experience is always unforgettable. Check out these images…

Heather and Diego’s engagement shoot at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This massive structure was built in the early 1900s.

We shot their wedding at the ONE & ONLY OCEAN CLUB in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Had so much fun with this couple and their family!

Julia and Jim’s “Trash the Dress” at the Vizcaya…

Love this shot infront of the dock overlooking the Vizcaya’s Stone Barge.

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Aruba picture in Four Major US Bridal Magazines

Make sure you check out my image shot from a destination wedding in Aruba in the recent issues of these four major bridal magazines in the US – New York Weddings, Brides Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Bridal Guide.

Special thanks again to Kara and Anthony for letting me capture this moment in the beautiful Boca Prins beach in Aruba.

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Featured on Style Me Pretty – Snow White Winter Wedding Inspiration

We are so excited to announce that our work on the Snow White winter wedding shoot was recently featured on Stylemepretty.com ‘s “Little Black Book” – The Best of Wedding Vendors. Style Me Pretty is one of the Top wedding blogs in the USA that features the best wedding photography in the world. Click on the teaser image below to see more from Style Me Pretty gallery…

Kudos to Lauren Ricciardelli of Private Receptions for gathering the best wedding vendors in NYC to put this shoot together. And a million thanks to the following, who made this shoot a success -

Coordination, styling and design: Private Receptions / Venue: Top of the Garden, New York / Floral design: Violet and Verde/ Make-up and hair: CLM Makeup / Second Shooter: Photographer Edwin Ochoa/ Stationery design, Lucite design accents & lamps: Astrid Mueller/ Bridal Gowns: Marchesa (ballgown) and Anna Maier (fitted gown) via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Fine Jewelry: Tejani / Lucite Jewelry and hairpieces: Possibility / Stationery printing and laser-cut lamp production: Printicon New York

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Congrats to Melissa and Adam! a Puerto Rico Destination Wedding

I met Melissa and Adam at the Great Bridal Expo in New York last year. After they booked us for their Puerto Rico wedding, they treated us just like one of their close friends. They are one of the nicest people you will ever meet. And before they moved from NYC to Ohio for Melissa’s new job as a doctor, we got the chance to shoot their engagement session at Central Park in New York. Check out these images from that fun day…

Now, you have to love, love, love her engagement ring….shot here at the Strawberry Fields in Central Park in New York.

Good looking couple under the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park.

I love this shot at Strawberry Fields in Central Park. The exact location where Adam asked Melissa to marry him, was very close to this special monument…

Here’s a little something about this memorial that pays tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist:

“John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived in the Dakota Apartments adjacently located to this area of the park.  It was here, walking into his home, on December 8, 1980, that John Lennon was murdered and shot dead.


Strawberry Fields in Central Parkby mlattari

To commemorate his life, talents and memory, on March 26, 1981, City Council Member Henry J. Stern designated this area, the couple’s favorite in Central Park, as Strawberry Fields.  Named after the title of the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the teardrop shaped region was re-landscaped by the Central Park Conservancy with the help of landscape architect Bruce Kelley and a generous $1 million donation from Yoko Ono.

The iconic black and white Imagine mosaic, designed by a team of artists from the Italian city of Naples,  lies in the center of Strawberry Fields.  Named after another famous song by John Lennon, “Imagine” evokes a vision and hope for a world without strife, war and conflict. Additionally, there is a bronze plaque that lists the more than 120 countries that planted flowers and donated money for the maintenance of the area; they have also endorsed Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.” (from www.centralpark.com)

Romantic shot New York City style…

Congrats to Melissa and Adam! We are so excited for your wedding at the beautiful Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa in Puerto Rico. We are going to have so much fun on Saturday! And we will have a blast on our “trash the dress” session at Old San Juan and the beaches of Puerto Rico on Sunday!

For those of you thinking about getting married here, click on the image below to see how wonderful this place is….

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admin - Thanks Jessica! We are going to have so much fun!January 19, 2013 - 4:21 am

Jess - I am so excited for Saturday as well! You and your team do a phenomenal job catching moments and bringing out the beauty into great photographs! You make my sister, who is already wonderful and gorgeous, shine radiantly through your work. I have no doubt in my mind you and your team will be able to capture how much Melissa and Adam truly love each other into wonderful photographs. Your dedication, enthusiasm and wonderful talent does not go unnoticed in my book. Thank you so much. Sincerely, JessJanuary 19, 2013 - 4:19 am

ARUBA IN TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE

I guess you can call it  ”an image that went viral”…LOL – another use of this Aruba image was recently spotted at one of the best travel magazines in the world – TRAVEL + LEISURE. Check it out! Stay tuned for more announcements..

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