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Happy Anniversary to Linda and Samir – Kenya, Africa Destination Wedding

Just want to re-post this to celebrate Linda and Samir’s first year wedding anniversary of their Hindu wedding in Africa. Thanks again for making me and Bless a part of this adventure…

Kenya, Africa – a dream come true for me. When I was working as a photojournalist for the newspaper, It has always been dream to land a jackpot assignment and travel to Africa to photograph a story. That dream never become a reality. I never thought that it will happen now that I am a wedding photographer. Last February we travelled to East Africa to cover the union of an amazing couple from New York City – Linda and Samir. Check out these images from their Hindu wedding in Kenya. The whole experience was incredible, but the best part of this trip is we made so many good friends that we will treasure forever.

The amazing scene of Kenya!

Linda and Samir’s ring on the gorgeous African “birds of paradise”…

Linda gets ready for her Indian wedding at the Sportsman Club in Nairobi, Kenya.

Gorgeous shot of the bride’s henna by Bless Soliman…

The Hindu ceremony was filled with solemnity…plus laughter…LOL

Gorgeous bride…

Love this hanging bridge we found in the middle of the Kenyan jungle…

Linda and Samir are honored by the Masai tribe of East Africa during their wedding reception… Congrats to Linda and Samir for two amazing weddings in Kenya Africa and New York!

Special thanks to Lyna of KasalNY.com for introducing us to this amazing couple! Can’t wait to work with your team again today at their wedding at The Boasthouse. I know you guys will rock this wedding!

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Queen - Linda and Samir, your wedding photos have left me speechless. They are gorgeous and you two look amazing. I admire the courage you got to pose on the bridge. Personally, it would take ages to do that. Hanging bridges are not my best. Of all the Indian weddings I have seen, this is my best.February 5, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Congrats to Lisa and Mark! – a wedding at The Prado at Balboa Park

Just literally came back from our European trip. It was a great short break after a busy first part of our wedding season. Now we start again the second part of the season with Lisa and Mark’s destination wedding at the beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego, California.

Check out Lisa and Mark’s engagement pictures we shot at San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs-

Can you spot the couple in this picture…

Love this couple…very relax but fun!

Gorgeous sunset over San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs.

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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 Erin and Ryan! The Center, Cincinnati, Ohio wedding

We are now here in Cincinnati, Ohio enjoying the beautiful city and its architecture and getting ready for the BIG day for Erin and Ryan. They are going to get married at The Center in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

Erin and Ryan currently resides in Philadelphia where we also shot their engagement session last fall. Check out how much fun we had at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Got to do the “Rocky” pose infront of the  famous Rocky statue at the Art Museum.

We are so excited to be part of your special day…wishing you Erina and Ryan a blessed marriage!

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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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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

Breaking News! We won the 2013 Bride’s Choice Awards

We did it again…with the HIGHEST REVIEWS on WeddingWire.com. We owe it all to all our clients…You guys are part of this award!

(please click on the the image below to see our recent REVIEWS)

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Congrats to Angela & Andy – Aruba Destination Wedding

So excited for today’s wedding of two wonderful people. Angela and Andy’s story first started when they met while attending the American Bar Association Employment Law Continuing Legal Education Conference. Though they live in different states,love and fate brought them together, and the rest was history….and today they will be tying the knot at the La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant against the backdrop of a gorgeous Aruban sunset.

Here are some images we shot at one of their trips to Washington DC last summer….check them out -

Angela and Andy in their fashion mode…

Love this shot against the falls at the Ben Franklin Memorial

And can you say WOW to the ring!

Love this shot at the Washington DC Union Station…

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Aruba Tourism Ad in Canada features Ron Soliman’s Destination Wedding Photo

..we are proud to announce that our Aruba wedding image has made it across the borders to Canada, here’s one that ran on Toronto Daily Star recently…

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