Bride & Groom: Natalia & Matthew
Getting Ready Location: JW Marriot
Ceremony/Reception: Cypress Grove Estate House
Cake Artist: Anna Cakes
Florist: Lee Forrest Designs
DJ: White Rose Entertainment
Hair/Makeup: Once Upon a Beauty
Dress: Hailey Paige
Groom/Groomsmen: Mens Warehouse
Coordinator: RW Events
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies – Juan
Here are some of highlights from Natalia and Matthew’s seasonal wedding! Held in late December, the weather and chill air was perfect for an outdoor wedding in Florida. The ceremony was held in the outskirts of the beautiful Cypress Grove Estate, with an amazing view of the lake behind the wedding arch. Natalia wore a stunning, yet simple, white A-line dress with studded straps to match bedazzled T-strap heels. Meanwhile, Matthew looked sleek and handsome in his traditional black tuxedo. The bright rosewood shades of Natalia’s bouquet, not to mention the scarlet bridesmaid dresses, added a lovely touch to the overall rosy mood of the wedding. The blushing bride stood out among the crowd of monochrome and reds, making Natalia the main attraction!
About 8 to 10 years ago, I worked with Natalia’s sister, Gio, at an Apple store. I had the privilege to photograph Gio’s wedding to her huband, Illich, in October 2015 when their original photographer fell through. Unfortunately, Natalia wasn’t able to attend because the wedding date overlapped with her schedule for medical school in South Carolina. Gio attended Natalia’s wedding as the matron of honor. The two Brazilian sisters are actually incredibly close, so much that they have the same tattoo on their arm: “Sorella,” the Portuguese word for “Sister.” While Natalia is sensitive and has a flair for the dramatics, Matthew balances her out with his rather shy personality. I also discovered that Natalia is vegan, and only used vegan makeup during preparation, and that Matthew is part of the maritime force, and is close with his sisters and parents. Both of them proved to be very sweet people!
The sunset finished off the perfect setting while the beautiful couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves. Natalia mentioned that, despite being young, she’s excited to grow old with Matthew and spend the rest of their lives together as a married couple. They have much to learn from each other, and the first day of their marriage is simply the beginning.