Photography/Cinematography | Sky Born Visual | @floridakeysweddingvideo Floral Designer | Key Largo Flowers & Gifts Accommodations | Hampton Inn
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Jessica and Justin had a simple, economical engagement at the Hampton Inn in Key Largo. It was, for that reason, my favorite engagement photographic shoot. When there isn’t a lot going on the essential meaning of what is happening is not drowned out. Appreciating the simplicity of this, is merely a way to say, sometimes, minimal is optimal.
So their story goes like this: I received a call, he was negotiating prices with others and wanted to know my engagement photography price. We settled on a rate close to my typical rate and I promised I’d bring the pink and red bouquet he wasn’t going to have time to order or get delivered. I’m not just a wedding photographer, I’ve been an event planner for decades for not- for-profits in the Florida Keys. I understand when there is a last minute ‘really vital’ need and was happy to source the flowers.
Justin got the Korbel Rose Brut and we met at the front lobby, the ladies there made the glasses and a silver tray happen. All that was missing was to commence the secret surprise plan. She came over on his arm, beautiful and glowing, so pretty in her black one piece and her gorgeous vibrant auburn hair. They wove their way through the large crowd gathered for the sunset. Some had twigged there was a proposal about to go down. I’d asked the manager for a small table and a silver tray – the final presentation was a simple beach front display of glasses, champagne and flowers to Justin’s specifications. He had the ring. He was very nervous. He told me. I told him that’s good, it’s an important question, but don’t forget to breath.
I’d spent a little time warming up the crowd while he was getting the plan in place with Jessica. I’d grabbed some innocent bystanders and made them pose for me to get the light right and the flash balanced. Those shots were all delivered to the people. As they approached the Hampton Inn beach sunset went absolutely psychedelic on us. It was breathtaking so when I stepped away from the designated ‘proposal area’ and finally saw her realize what was about to go down, the sun just burst into color and for some reason the crowd went nutty.
It was one of those thrilling, chilling hair raising moments. For the couple, the crowd behind me and the entire hotel, who seemed to have gathered not just for the psychedelic sunset but to catch a glimpse of love in its infancy. Some tears were shed around the place, I heard sniffles. I fell in love with love all over again. Enjoy the photographs. My first EVER beach engagement shoot in Key largo – right across from this photographers home.
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What do we know about weddings and wedding trends? Wedding make up, wedding hair, wedding decor, wedding planning, wedding dj’s, wedding cuisine, wedding venues, wedding culture! Drone wedding video, weddin film and wedding photography.
We love the world of weddings and if Martha Stewart is focused squarely on it with a magazine. Well what does that say to you! Hmm. Since we stopped scuba diving around the world and stood still long enough. Suddenly the world on dry land makes sense. It seems weddings are the life blood of this crazy human existence. And so we are diving in with both fins on!
SCUBA DIVING INTO WEDDING TRENDS
When you live here, in Florida, you can’t swing a camera without hitting a bride or groom. Best thing is we photograph and film wedding trends as they unfold in front of us. Literally on our doorstep a few – feet from our front door is a wedding venue to the north, south, west, east.
We are passionately enamored by Elopements or Weddings at boutique resorts, large venues or private homes. Drone wedding video soars from secluded beaches. From drones we glimpse a bride as she takes the last meaningful steps to the altar – to her new life – through the tip tops of swaying palms – love is in the air!!!
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Wedding traditions always seem to bring us back to us ancient culture. No matter who we are. Each moment someone says I do somewhere on earth – it’s a moment of connecting them to the first ceremonies between two humans into a single bond of matrimony. And joy!
We love the flow of wedding trends and we follow along within the Florida Keys and far outside our own neighborhood. Because the threads of our wedding traditions extend beyond our personal space.
WHEN WAS THE FIRST EVER ‘I DO’
And how can that single ‘I do’ not affect me and my little place on earth? The butterfly effect. Imagine it multiplied thousands of times over daily, worldwide!
Weddings Today is the global idea that we are all connected. More so by our digital visual content sharing. Than ever before. Photography and film from a wedding in Prague is on Instagram accounts all over the world instantaneously.
When a bride in Russia raises her bouquet to heave it over her shoulder that specific combination of floral elements is absolutely snagged by floral creators worldwide – their inspirations is instantaneously shared!
When a bride in Dubai steps out of a limousine stop the press and crush on the dress.
And when an Irish misty veil is raised from the blush of a brides face as she turns to her betrothed on the Emerald Isle – is the make up and hair styled to perfection copied around the globe – of course it is – do we all fall over ourselves to capture the deep woodland theme of the dark ash grey green of the forest decor on the endless table – of course we do. We go giddy for it!
PERFECT MOMENTS NEED TO BE SHARED – it’s the antidote to bad news
Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest – the list goes on, let us all see the moment they share. Whether it’s the kiss, their trending color choices, the mod setting, their local cultural decor, a style we’ve never seen before. We see it almost immediately.
It’s all about social wedding geeking out! And we love the connectivity presented to us. Weddings Today are amazingly esthetically attractive. All because of a bond. A human exchange of eternal rings so many many of us choose to make. For life. Until death. From whenever And wherever we hail.
Our ancient and human matrimonial bond has been intended in the same way – worldwide – since the beginning of time.
Where two families join together with the intention to create a life long bond. There is a whole new universe of wedding food, flowers, tradition, decor, dress and culture just overflowing…and it’s the same worldwide.
Nada – Weddings Today
This woman owned and operated, woman lead small film photo production studio started life in Europe.
We want to bring international and local weddings together alongside each other. Here. At Weddings Today dot Co dot UK.
As freelance journalists and world wide crusty scuba divers we lived tough and rough and kept ungentlemanly hours.
Since getting hitched in 1996 we have grown accustomed to the same latitude and longitude for sunrise to sunset for about 23 years!
Our family (4 kids 2 dogs 1 cat) waterfront life is lived as wildly as possible. We endeavor to stay within the boundaries.
Wild sometimes finds us in this Florida’s Scuba Diving and Destination Wedding capital of the USA. The Florida Keys.
We thrive on our absolute favorite visual content production projects; luxury waterfront real estate, elegant beach elopements, stunning prom portraits and weddings weddings weddings!
Not always tropical coconut and beach themed we do ultra modern fashion forward and trending Florida Keys wedding styles.
Just a sample of some of the local chefs and professional wedding cuisine vendors can really illustrate that!
Pair tropical and modern European fusion cuisine, super glamorous or laid back and local dining. Bali and Asia with Europe and the Middle East – there simply aren’t any limits when it comes to weddings.
One of my personal fave topics for film and photography is a solid dose of dance and good wholesome partying, fueled by energetic and creative mixologists, dj’s, music. We truly do fight for your right to party. As long as we can keep the camera steady! And there are some exotic cocktails and interesting eats to feast our lenses upon!
PUBLISHED!!!! Yes we publish our wedding photography and film. Worldwide. And it gives the impression that, yes many more are beginning to agree, that the work we do influences peoples choices.
And that would be true quite a few times over. Because we LOVE the world we inhabit. And we do share our work widely, frequently.
When we ‘style’ shoots that are featured what goes around, comes around in an online magazine or website. Sharing influences becomes even more relevant and powerful.
Art and science are rooted in the same library of my imagination: we dream what’s possible, then create it. Look at the geniuses alive today making dreams come true. It’s the same imagination and impetus that fuels us to make what we see around us into a trend, a style, a combined culture, all the American, Middle Eastern, African, Asian and European cities we visit.
How can you ignore the threads of saffron, the bohemian prints, the call to prayer, the patterns of henna, the church bells, the silks and linens, the woodland scents and fresh or dried flowers, the fusion of cultures: we love the collision of worlds.
It’s like the colors have run and blended into something new no one could have imagined.
And the collision of all marriage cultures comes here: to be played out at the beach resorts, private estates and homes, where we host elopements and weddings from around the world, daily in the Florida Keys.