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Monthly Archives: June 2009

paulina + david {getting ready….}

If you missed the first part of our story of David and Paulina, click HERE to read about it.

We all woke up and had a beautiful morning at the Costa d’ Este resort before the big wedding.  Since almost everyone who attended stayed at the resort, people were relaxing at the pool, on the beach, and hanging at the restaurant or bar most of the day.  Of course the groom and the guys can take things a little more slow than the girls, so Brett hung out with David as he swam with friends.


I was with Paulina as she began the process of getting beautified!  She had such an AMAZING team of stylists to work with…it would make almost any girl jealous.  I am still trying to find out his name, but this makeup artist was SO GOOD!!  I guess that is why he works on such notable faces like Gloria Estefan:)

**EDITED to ADD** Found out he is Sidney Jamila, and he’s a pretty big dang deal.  Like I said, he was so amazing…I just love watching artists at work.


The dream team at work!! Here is  Rodney Cutler -celebrity hairstylist extraordinaire.  He turned Paulina’s hair into HOTNESS.


I love how Diva she is here.


While Paulina was getting done up, David and the boys got ready.



Here is her engagement ring, and the bands which belong to their parents. :)


David writes up a little something…..


And when it was delivered Paulina just giggled and smiled and said, “He just always thinks of these little things.”


Glamour hair was kicking in full force….


The flowers in her presidential suite were sent from her love, who would be joining her there that night. ;)


These were her ceremony shoes for the beach….


and the DRESSS!!!  Wowza!!!


For her hair….



What did I tell you??!  Flipping HOT!!!


Upon arrival I heard of this little thing called “Cuban Time.” :)  I became acquainted with this saying when the rehearsal was running 2 hours late, and I am sitting there wondering, “What’s going on?  And why is everyone just having fun and ignoring the CLOCK??!”  The response was, “We’re running on Cuban Time.”  So I looked it up, (in the Urban Dictionary of course), and sure enough, it was really a saying.  And trust me, it is really a way of life too!!

So we had a bit of “Cuban Time” on the wedding day as well.   While the girls were running a wee bit behind, Brett took the guys out and got some great shots!


The boys!  (Minus Emilio who was naturally running on Cuban Time as well!) :)


David had each of the guys’ Guayaberas monogrammed.  It was such a sweet personal touch.


David’s Dad is so precious, and David and his Dad love each other so very much!


Then Emilio showed up!  As I mentioned in the post before, David has worked very closely with the Estefan’s for years now, so he is pretty much part of the family. :)


David’s little cousin was the adorable ring bearer.  I loved how the rings were carried in this shell.



Meanwhile the girls were getting their dresses on…..


They looked GORGEOUS.


Paulina’s beautiful mother and sister helped her into her dress.



She tried on her reception shoes for me….I LOVED them.


Her Dad helped her with her veil.


A final word of prayer right before the ceremony…..


At the same time, a little surprise from David was practicing in the ballroom. ;)


And the ceremony was getting ready to start….


Please check back in for the final installment of their wedding later this week. :)  You won’t want to miss one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies I have EVER seen!

July 1, 2009 - 1:25 am

Ellee - BAH! More! Post the next set of pictures….!

July 1, 2009 - 5:01 am

Alex - Did we already say that we´re amazed that you´ll be OUR wedding photographers on the Gulf Coast :-) ))))))))))) Outstanding location and shots! Best, Alex & Sanne

July 1, 2009 - 1:04 pm

jason - jerry gave me the makeup artist’s info:
sidney jamila – http://www.sidneyjamila.com/

July 1, 2009 - 1:15 pm

jason - they look GREAT (of course).
i love the shot of her reception shoes with the subtle reflection from the floor. and the black and white of here towards the end of the post is SO hot.

July 1, 2009 - 1:52 pm

betsy - Holy SMOKES! This is AMAZZZZZING! That chuppa is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 1, 2009 - 2:22 pm

Amber Braisted - I cannot wait to see more pictures of this wedding! Everything about it is beautiful!

July 2, 2009 - 9:01 am

Bonnie - I can’t wait to see the rest!

July 4, 2009 - 2:36 pm

Amanda - Can’t not leave a comment, but I also can’t come up with anything to say…except WOWSA!!!! =)

July 4, 2009 - 9:06 pm

Alba Vasquez - The pictures are beautiful, you guys did an answome job. Thank you and I also want to thank the flower designer for a great job. http://www.mistiqueflowers.com
Alba Vasquez (Wedding Planner from Costa)

paulina + david {the night before}

We were honored when David called and asked us to come to Vero Beach, Florida to document his wedding to his beloved bride, Paulina.  Brett met David years ago when visiting his big brother in college.  Brett’s brother Jason (who lives in LA) was going to be in the wedding, so we were very much looking forward to a fun weekend!

David and Paulina were just adorable the night of their rehearsal….so incredibly excited that their day was nearly here.


David is the Director of Media Relations for Estefan Enterprises, owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  So, it was rather fitting that they were married at “Coste d’ Este,” the Estefan’s resort on Vero Beach.  It was beautiful!


Upon arrival, each guest was given a cute little burlap bag containing 2 oranges.   Their good friend did the design for their wedding, including these adorable tags.


They had a wonderful Cuban meal in the Grand Crystal Ballroom of the resort.  Surrounded by many friends and family, they listened as people stood up and shared their love of the couple.




David’s brother and his wife had such sweet words to say to them, as they welcomed Paulina into their family.



Then David and Paulina thanked everyone for coming to celebrate with them for the weekend.  Many people had traveled far for this special day.

David and Paulina exchanged very heart-felt words with each other, as they discussed how they had waited for this someone, and this day to arrive…..


Seeing as we spent the weekend with them, I have broken the celebration into 3 posts. :)  Please check back tomorrow to see the beginning of their GORGEOUS day!!

June 29, 2009 - 7:52 pm

Briony - what a beautiful night.

June 30, 2009 - 2:13 am

Anneke - What a wonderful pictures I’m looking forward to see the others!!!!

April 21, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Rahmad - Paulina, your being used in so many ways. If any of this bothers you when your sober, and you have to light up or drink just to coiunnte the Party Girl Image then your not having the right fun, and your circle of friend that post photos of you and their leaked out in the public, where many of people see, like you parents, your next employer, you ex friend who no longer wants to be associated with you anymore. The dmage has been done, but the good thing is you can stop living this way, let the waters calm down. And think about your siblings who have to go through, thier days with..people, friends and lost friendships, teachers, employers that will see these photos, and they will sadly have not respect for them, because sadly people JUDGE and Judge by association. You clearly. lost respect for yourself, long ago and thats called losing Our Way. but anyone Anyone can be found and live a life of great days, of laughter, love, and yes pain, But when your doing it to yourself .along with life being diluted with poor judgement, weed, drugs, and alcohal .you will see only your embarrassment when you sober up first thing in the morning will be your reminder of poor choices. Please for your own safety sober up, and represent yourself, your siblings, even your parents in a Positive image, Gossip and lies are hard enough to over come daily, but when its the truth..thats really gotta hurt. Praying for you Little sister.

June 30, 2009 - 10:00 pm

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fermata music. {they rock}

A few months ago Brett went up to Columbus, Ohio to help one of our best friends in the world, Mitch, with his booth at the local bridal show.  He owns a wonderful live music company called Fermata Music, that offers many types of music to cover the diverse musical palette.   Mitch himself, is a one of a kind guy….from an amazing trumpet player, to an amazing singer, to an ultra amazing person- if you choose to look into Fermata for your future wedding or event, prepare for a wonderful experience!

Here are some photos Brett took of the live performance at the bridal show.



See that website below??  You can click here as well to check it out.





We are also happy to announce that we will be offering a discount on our packages for couples who decided to book with us, and Fermata:)  (Hearing Mitch’s voice at the reception would just make us so happy!)  Please email us for information.


June 29, 2009 - 1:19 pm

wrecklessgirl - awesome! in italiano, fermata means (noun) “stop” like bus stop, etc. curious how he came up with the name! :)

heather + rodney {are married!!}

You may remember Heather and Rodney from there fun engagement session HERE.  Brett and I went to school with Rodney, and one of our past brides is one of Heather’s best friends, so we felt right at home at this wedding. :)

To top it off, the bridal party got ready and had pictures before at Heather’s parents beautiful farm, which is in the same small town I grew up in.


Rodney getting all snazzy.



I just love this shot Brett got. This may be one of my most favorite ring shots.


The girls help Heather with the finishing touches…


Her beautiful mother helps her with her necklace.  Can you believe she had 7 kids??  And you all flip about me having 4? ;)


Heading out to see Rodney for the first time…..They decided to have photos taken before the wedding together at her parents farm.


They were adorable seeing each other for the first time. :)


Then we went down to the pond for some photos.  I thought Heather was brave being around her doggie…soaking wet.


We took photos at the pond where Rodney had proposed to her.



Then we played around a bit by the horse stalls.


At the church, the girls were peaking out the window of their room as the guests arrived…..




Rodney’s adorable nephew was the ring bearer. :)




They did a unity candle at the reception……


and had a beautiful first dance.


What do you think- nice or smash??


Let’s just say they they “took the cake” on the smash face!!  (bad pun I know.)  It was everywhere!!


Little lovebirds!!!


Heather and Rodney!!!  Thanks guys so much for everything.  We know you are both nervous in front of the camera, but trust me….you guys did great!! :)  We loved hanging with you guys for your engagement session and your wedding day, and we look forward to just hanging for fun really soon.  Let’s make it happen!

You two are awesome, and we know you guys are gonna be so happy together.  You can just see it in each of your eyes whenever the other is there. :)

We wish you all the very best, and the happiest life together.


jess + brett

June 24, 2009 - 8:47 am

Cassidy Dawn - That *is* my favorite ring shot ever. I love it!
Great work as always!!!

June 24, 2009 - 9:30 am

Sara - Such a teaser when we only get to see a sample of the pictures. All the photos are amazing, just as I expected:) HayMae and Rod, you guys both look great! Can’t wait to see the rest! It was truly a great day! Love you both!

June 24, 2009 - 10:27 am

julia - OMG, finally!! Jess and Brett, you guys never cease to amaze with your sweet camera skills, once again capturing every ounce of beauty in such a beautiful wedding! And Haymae and Rod, you two make one stunning pair to say the least…gorgeous! I LOVE the ring shot, love how Joey-dog is sopping wet and still ready for her close-up, LOVE LOVE LOVE the first meeting shot and the one of haymae and rod exiting church. The dress, the hair, and even the frozen flowers were all just perfect. Wonderful couple, wonderful day! Love you guys :-)

June 24, 2009 - 2:47 pm

Maya Laurent - Love these guys! You two are so good with lighting!

June 25, 2009 - 10:46 am

Holli True - Absolutely stunning!! :) I love the pic of them kissing with cake all over their faces! Your work is beautiful!

June 25, 2009 - 8:33 pm

Rod - Jess and Brett… so glad we have friends that are only the BEST photogs in the world! The night went by so fast… glad we have these amazing photos for our memories. We had the best bridal party (like Sara and Juj), great friends, the most beautiful bride, and now some awesome pictures… thanks ya’ll!

July 1, 2009 - 3:44 pm

Vickey Weiss - LOVE that ring shot…amazing!!!