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Cathedral Basilica St. Louis Wedding

October 22, 2016

Missy & Ryan | Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis & Marriott St. Louis Grand

Photography | Leonardo Volturo Photography
Florist | Steven Mueller Florist
Ceremony Location | Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Reception Location | Marriott Grand St. Louis
DJ | Complete Weddings and Events
Dress Designer | Allure Bridal
Dress Salon | Mia Grace
Cake | MacArthur’s Bakery
Ice Sculpture | Ice Visions

1) Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

We almost met in 2007 in the parking lot at Kaufmann Stadium after a Cardinals vs, Royals game. Good thing we didn’t because the timing would not have worked out for either of us. Fast forward to July 2012, we met at a happy hour that extended into dinner. The next day I called one of my friends whose brother knew Ryan and asked for any insight. I knew that the night had gone really well but wanted to get the inside scoop. She said Ryan was always a nice guy and had a great sense of humor. I was the one to make first move…kissed him on the cheek as we parted ways that night. I had stood up my friends…we had made plans for later that night and he went up to meet with his friends at a bar near by.

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2) Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)
I had no idea…granted we had been talking about marriage for a few years…I had no clue. I had the day off and was finishing up Christmas shopping and getting my hair done (and luckily a manicure—thanks groupon). We met up for dinner at Gilt Bar and afterwards went for a walk. Ryan asked if I knew of any Christmas lights around but the only lights nearby were on Michigan Ave. It was unseasonably warm for Chicago on 12/23 so we went down to Riverwalk. We were just chatting and stopped under one of the renovated bridges and he stopped and said I have a treat for you …I was so full from dinner so I told him that I was good. Thats when he got down on one knee and pulled a ring box from his work bag. It was good work on his part….excellent atmosphere, beautiful ring, and the best guy.

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3) Besides getting married – whats the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Missy- Celebrating with family and friends. Ryan- First dance
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Cooper Estate Miami Wedding

October 15, 2016

Emily & Duncan | Cooper Estate Miami Wedding

Miami Wedding Photographers | Leonardo & Melissa Volturo
Florist | Designs by Darenda
Make-up Artist | Get Gorgeous by Kelly
Hair Stylist | Get Gorgeous by Kelly
Ceremony Location | The Cooper Estate
Reception Location | The Cooper Estate
Wedding Planner | Dona Ingram
DJ | DJ Hurricane Rey
Dress Designer | Kenneth Pool
Dress Salon | The Sample Room: Melbourne Beach FL
Other Details/Vendors: Davids Bridal – veil

1) Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

We first met on a boat on Peanut Island. I was dating someone at the time, but Duncan was super cute and I remembered his name. A year later, once I was single I creeped him on Facebook and started a conversation with him. We went on a date the next day…  Now we are married 6 years later :D

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2) When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

I knew he was the one when my Mom fell in love with him Thanksgiving 2010.

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3) Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

We were snowboarding on Aspen Mountain, I had no idea it was coming! He pulled over to the side of the mountain and said he broke his snowboard, I was half way down the mountain and trekked back up to him to see what was going on… that’s when he pulled out the little black box and got down on one knee! I was completely shocked. We sat on the mountain hysterically crying for 30 minutes! When we got to the bottom of the mountain my mom and his son Dylan were there with champagne!!!

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4) Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

I love everything about him – I love his passion for suffering, and I love watching him surf. I also love that he gives me foot massages on the couch when he really doesn’t want to!
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5) If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky  the other person does.

When we play fight he comes at me hopping on one foot with his other knee up, and for some odd reason it makes me hysterically laugh and then I’m absolutely defenseless. He’s also the most ticklish person I know!

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6) Besides getting married – whats the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Our first dance. We drank lots of wine and practiced that dance in our kitchen for a few nights before the wedding, those were some good laughs!
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Alice in Wonderland Wedding

October 8, 2016

Alice & Jeff | Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Photography | Leonardo Volturo Photography
Florist | Troy Flowers and Gifts
Make-up Artist | Ninfa Govero, Strands Salon St Louis
Hair Stylist | Ninfa Govero, Strands Salon St Louis
Ceremony Location | Studio Inn at St Albans
Reception Location | Studio Inn at St Albans
Wedding Planner | Carleen Kramer, Catering St Louis
DJ | TKO DJs
Dress Designer | Allure Bridal
Dress Salon | Pure Luxe Bridal, Allen, TX
Catering | Catering St Louis
Groom’s Attire | Dobell
Wedding Cake | Whole Foods

1) Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

So both being Marines, we met at work…(read: on deployment) and then ran into each other again back in the states. (Jeff would tell you our first interaction was actually a conversation about coffee and that my office was an absolute wreck! Piles of paper. Everywhere.) Jeff became one of my “go to” Marines to bounce ideas off of. When he left the Marine Corps, we went on a date which turned out to be many dates which lead to now.

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2) When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

Ali: I’m still working on figuring that out.
Jeff: *denotes vacant stare*

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3) Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

Jeff says he wasn’t nervous…much. He contacted a friend of mine and asked about romantic spots in the area. After walking through the Arboretum for several hours, with a ring box stuffed inside his sock, Jeff finally found a quiet bench off one of the walking paths. We were sitting for about 6.4 minutes when Jeff ended up on one knee in front of me. I had NO IDEA what was happening. It actually took me a few moments to catch up to what was happening (this is apparently normal if you ask Jeff.) I’m pretty sure I asked him if he was crazy. Then I said yes.

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4) Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

Jeff: I truly like that she still allows me to be her advisor even though my role as a military advisor has ended.  It’s difficult to step out of the “she’s-only-talking-to-me-because-she-needs-me-to-help-her-with-a-problem” role and into the “I’m-only-telling-you-because-I-need-someone-to-listen” role.  It’s an adjustment.  She puts up with it.  I love that.
Ali: His sense of humor. If you ever meet him, you’ll understand.

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5) If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.

Jeff: Ali, a recent immigrant to the United States, still struggles with the English language.  Instead of anyone “always” doing something, it’s “oh-ways”…it makes me giggle.
Ali: Jeff, who has apparently memorized the entire dictionary, likes to say things incorrectly to see if I catch it. He’s a strange bird. (Also…I’m native Texan…so sue me if my accent gets me every now and again!)

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6) Besides getting married – what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Ali: Spending time with our friends…and champagne.
Jeff: Asparagus salad. It’s legit.

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Coral Castle Miami Engagement Photos

September 3, 2016

Hey everyone! Thank you for checking out our Coral Castle Museum Miami Engagement Photos of Kate & Chris at The Coral Castle Museum in Miami Florida. We hope you enjoy them! Please contact us for all of your Miami Engagement Photo and Miami Wedding Photography needs. For more info on Coral Castle Museum click here: Coral Castle Museum

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Rusty Pelican Miami Wedding

August 6, 2016

Amos & Alexandra | Rusty Pelican Miami Wedding

Photography | Leonardo Volturo Photography
Florist | Ala Flowers
Make-up Artist | Miami Glam Girls
Hair Stylist | Miami Glam Girls
Ceremony Location | First Presbyterian Church of Miami
Reception Location | The Rusty Pelican
Wedding Planner | Liz & Lex Events
DJ | DJ Chris
Dress Designer | Kitty Chen Couture
Dress Salon | Brides of Florida
Uplighting | Rent my Wedding
Linens | Over The Top Rentals

1) Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

Amos and I met shortly after I moved to Miami from Trinidad. One of my friends from medical school was in town, and he happened to be one of Amos’ closest childhood friends. Amos brought him to visit me and we soon found out that our parents’ had grown up together, that we had the same circle of friends and our that homes in Trinidad were just minutes apart. Yet we never happened to meet until that point in time.

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2) When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

There was one week early in our relationship when Amos literally did something special for me every single day. It was so romantic, and being with him felt so natural and comfortable – it was as if I had known him for my whole life! The actual moment I knew though, was when he asked me to go to church with him. Our personalities are so different, but yet we share many common interests. At that point, I could see him fitting into every aspect of my life effortlessly and happily.

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3) Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

I had no idea!!!! It definitely was a complete surprise. It was our third anniversary and I had just come off a 24 hour shift, but Amos made dinner reservations for that evening. I should have known something was up when I saw him wearing a jacket to dinner lol, but I just thought we were going to a fancy place. We went to a rooftop restaurant in Miami beach opposite the place where we had our first date. After dinner he went down on one knee, in front of a gorgeous scenic backdrop at sunset and asked me to marry him. I had no idea he arranged everything with the waitress, who was taking photos and capturing the moment.  I was so overwhelmed and excited, that I cried through the whole thing! Of course I said yes! He definitely is one romantic guy.

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4) Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

I love how he smells! I can honestly smell him all day… and I do lol. Seriously, though he’s such a gentleman. He always puts the needs of others before his, and will not hesitate to go out of his way to help anyone he meets.

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5) If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky  the other person does.

He can fall asleep on command… in a sitting position, maybe even standing, and can sleep through anything!

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6) Besides getting married – whats the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Having all our friends, family and loved ones from around the world together in one place.
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