Sherif & Daiana | Part 3

When we finished Part 2 of Daiana's wedding, we had just arrived at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina. As the sun set on the grounds, we finished portraits with the newlyweds and prepared to celebrate in style at their lavish reception.

Time to party!!

The couple's first dance under the Prestonwood's giant chandelier was sooo dreamy (it also made Sherif's dance with his mother spectacular to capture!).

We couldn't help swooning when the groom got on the mic and read a poem to his bride -
he wrote it just for their wedding day!

Not gonna lie... it was a little painful to watch the newlyweds cut into that perfect cake!
At least they looked fab doing it...

We're still excited, months later, about the gorgeous images we took while sharing in Sherif & Daiana's special day. We hope you've enjoyed this three-parter - we'll be back soon with more wedding fun we've had since returning to Florida!

Reception Venue: Prestonwood Country Club
Rentals: CE Rentals
Planner: C and D Events
Floral & Design: Creative Touch Events
Cinema: Walk on Water Video
Make-up: Tia Mao

Sherif & Daiana | Part 2

When we wrapped Part 1 of Sherif & Daiana's wedding day blog, we were just about to see the couple's First Glance. Sherif was waiting patiently at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC, for his beautiful bride to join him by the waterside...

We couldn't wait to capture the look on his face when he finally got to see Daiana in all her gorgeousness!

Every moment with these two was so worth the wait! After the big reveal was over, we started the first round of couples' portraits with the bride & groom.

After the portrait session, it was time to transition to our next venue:
The Prestonwood Country Club
Sherif & Daiana had spent months with their wedding planners and designers to create the perfect wedding reception style - they wanted glamorous sparkle and creative floral arrangements to help bring out the auh-mazing chandeliers the Prestonwood has adorning its ballroom. We'd say their design was a home run!

It was a challenge to step away form this gorgeous design. With the lovely orchids dripping over the beautiful candlelit golden place settings... every angle was an exciting work of art!

Not only did Sherif & Daiana have a lovely sweetheart table, they also had a gorgeous vintage loveseat on stage - the perfect place to reside over the reception!

The couple wanted to start the guest experience off right, so they added a festive, expertly designed escort card display. Not only did it help guests find where to sit, but it also set the tone for the decor they would find inside the reception hall!

Gold sequin, clear acrylic hexagons, the same candlelight and dripping floral from the inside room... this display was amazing! You know what paired perfectly with it? The wedding cake!

The same hot pink roses, gold accent, and lovely ivory base made this wedding cake a stunner.

Once the couple arrived to Prestonwood, we continued with their portrait session before the guests arrived. Prestonwood proved to be just as beautiful a setting as the Umstead!

All in all, a lovely day, right? We haven't even gotten to the festivities yet!
Daiana & Sherif wed in a private ceremony prior to the wedding day we captured for them, so our next blog will feature the formal reception (and more portraits!) that had the couple celebrating with their loved ones long in to the night! Stay tuned!

First Glance Venue: The Umstead Hotel
Reception Venue: Prestonwood Country Club
Rentals: CE Rentals
Vintage Loveseat: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Planner: C and D Events
Floral & Design: Creative Touch Events
Cinema: Walk on Water Video
Make-up: Tia Mao

MSP Travels: Sherif & Daiana

We love to travel! Who doesn't, right? We've been lucky enough to capture weddings & engagements from San Francisco, to NYC, to Marrakesh, Morocco! Today's blog features a wedding that we travelled to in Cary, North Carolina - a gorgeous, quiet city close to the Research Triangle.

Sherif contacted us after seeing our work on Instagram, and we fell in love with him from the very first phone call. His kind, gracious personality came across in a way that let us know we HAD to be there to capture the celebration of his marriage to the lovely Daiana. 

We started the day at the gorgeous Umstead Hotel, as Sherif & Daiana prepared to see each other for their private First Glance!

And here is the gorgeous Daiana!

Daiana pairs perfectly with her other half - the amazing Sherif!

We decided to hold the couple's First Glance at the Umstead.  Absolutely perfect landscaping, beautiful water fountains, and long, winding bridged pathways all made it an ideal location for the big reveal!

**Confession: We were a tiny bit late to the First Glance because we didn't want to stop taking portraits. I mean, LOOK at these two! Can you blame us?!

Daiana & Sherif have one super-obvious thing in common: impeccable taste!

Finally, we'd reached our favorite moment of the entire wedding day.

I know! I know! The anticipation, right?! We're going to keep you on the edge of your seats before we continue our trip through the wedding day. The blog returns with MSP Travels: Sherif & Daiana Part 2. Stay tuned!

Venue: The Umstead Hotel
Planner: C and D Events
Floral: Creative Touch Events
Cinema: Walk on Water Video
Make-up: Tia Mao
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Engaged! Maria & Ben in Naples, FL

We're big believers in engagement photography. An engagement session is a great opportunity to spend some time with us (and get used to being in front of the camera!) before your wedding day. Few things can prepare you for your wedding day like this special shoot, and magic truly happens when you see the images that result from our time together. The images will empower you to see how gorgeous you & your beloved are together - because nothing is more beautiful than true love!

Check out this engagement shoot we did for lovely couple Maria & Ben... nailed it!

Maria & Ben met us on 3rd Street in Naples, where we can get a lot of variety into a shoot.
We started in the shopping district, with its gorgeous palms, vines, and charming storefronts!

I know, right? SO cute. We can't wait for them to get married next year! Maria & Ben used their session time SO wisely, changing outfits TWICE - it let us have SO much fun with the changing scenery!

Can you believe we fit all of this in to an hour?
And before we knew it, it was time for sunset. Where could we go, but gorgeous Naples beach!

How romantic is Maria's headband and dress?! We just adore these two lovebugs!

Stay tuned for an update blog on Maria & Ben - they are getting hitched February 2018, and we can't wait to show you what happens next!