Oh, that South Beach Vibe that happens at a Miami Beach wedding. Ashley and Thomas’ New-Jersey-Meets-South-Beach sure lit up the skies! What a PARTY! These people threw down in every way; with love, with laughter, fun, and dancing. I knew this wedding was going to be epic because I did Ashley and Thomas’ engagement photos in Miami some months before and we had an instant rapport. I love that by the time I got to their wedding, it felt like seeing old friends again.
My trusty second shooter Mike and I started at the welcome party the night before the wedding on the Spa Terrace of Eden Roc in Miami. People were chillin’, drinking wine, and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery that makes Miami Beach one of the prettiest places on earth. Now, I know there’s a long story behind this, but apparently, Thomas has a reputation for breaking plates for no reason. You can imagine, I am sure. So, it was a bit of a surprise to me when after Thomas gave a heartfelt thank you to their guests for joining them that he broke a plate and mayhem ensued! All his buddies dog piled on him, and that’s when I knew this wedding is going to be one for the books, and I wasn’t wrong.
On the wedding day, we tag-teamed photographing the guys and girls getting ready. Sometimes when I walk into a room on a wedding day, there’s some tension. Just that kind of nervy-did-we-remember-everything kind of vibe because throwing a wedding is a lot of work and there are so many moving parts. I never got even a whiff of that during the getting ready, and it was so great. Ashley and Thomas did it right; they hired vendors they trusted and lived their day. I’m telling you that makes a HUGE difference in the photos!
First looks are awesome if done properly. The rooms at Eden Roc Resort were large, which allowed the bride to stay put. We did one with her brothers, and with her dad. Oh, man the emotions. They just flowed on this day, and nobody tried to stop them. You can tell how proud Dad is of Ashley; it just radiated from him. It set the mood for the first look between Ashley and Thomas, too. Nothing but love all around for this great family, and just a reminder that if you don’t hire me as the photographer for daughter #2’s wedding, I might just show up as a guest because you people know how to do weddings right.
Their Miami Beach wedding ceremony was emotional, and I didn’t see any dry eyes at all. You could just tell that even though they had their wedding in a nice venue, it was about the love, man! It’s always better when it’s about the love and not the “stuff” that makes up a wedding day. Ashley’s speech to Thomas was amazing. Flat out. So amazing that Thomas started to read his vows, realized he couldn’t top that, so he stopped and said: “I just love you, that’s all I got.”
The reception was held on the event lawn with a epic white dance floor. The night started in high gear with dynamic entrances by the bridal party and Ashley and Thomas and moved into some very emotional first dances. Watching the love of their parents was just awesome!
Now its time to party! I always encourage my wedding parties to RAGE during the reception and they did just that. A Miami Beach wedding just ups the ante with energy. With a DJ, Sax, and Drummer Trio, the dance floor erupted before dinner and never stopped until the early morning hours!
Venue: Nobu Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort
Photographer: Michael Freas Photography
2nd Photographer: Mike Rodriguez
Video: Andrew Schear
Planner: Events by Janeal
Hair/MUA: Marz Hair and Makeup
Floral: Kish Event
Entertainment: Rock With U
Officiant: Luis Lopez
Wedding Cake Bakery: Todo Dulce
Wedding Dress Designer: Galia Lahav
Bride Wedding Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka
Grooms Designer: Formals Only Tuxedos