March 12, 2011

Miami Botanical Gardens Wedding: Jill & Russ (Part I)

She sat in the makeup chair with her hands criss-crossed in her lap. She smiled and she took a deep breath. In the background, her bridesmaids chatted and laughed at inside jokes. And they looked at her like they were seeing her for the first time. It was the same Jill they had always known, but today somehow it felt different.

He stood at the bottom of a horizon rising of stone stairs and criss-crossed his feet below him. He smiled and he took a deep breath. In the background, she rounded a corner and he laughed at how nervous he felt. But when he turned to look at her, he looked at her like he was seeing her for the first time. Sure it was the same Jill he’d always known, but today somehow it felt different.

Together they stood in front of their friends & family as a warm Miami breeze sashayed across the front lawn, and they criss-crossed their hands together. Forever. They took turns between smiling and deep breaths. And in the background, everyone they loved radiated out their best hopes for a life filled with love. Together. But she saw only him. Because when he looked at her, when she saw herself in his eyes, it felt like she was seeing herself for the very first time.

Sure she was the same Jill she’d always been, but today somehow she knew it would always be different.

Married: Jill & Russ

Jill & Russ were married exactly a week ago. In a garden in Miami filled with light and laughter. They were the same Jill & Russ they’d always been, but somehow they laughed a little louder. Held on a little longer. And they inspired everyone watching to do the same. To soak in life like that. To not be afraid to shine. To love like you don’t care who’s watching. Jill & Russ, my wish for you is that you love every single day for the rest of your lives just like you did that day. Do that and the rest takes care of itself. Thank you for inspiring all of us to love more. We hope you are having an incredible time in St. Lucia. Drink a dirty banana for Justin!

So much love,

When the day starts out with a sparkly bag and a Monique Lhuillier gown you know it’s going to be fantastic.

Add in some glittery Jimmy Choos and that’s pretty much the perfect combination right there.

Oh wait, a vintage blingity-bling watch? THAT’S the perfect combination!

Russ you were looking so dapper that day. Beyond dapper, it was GQ worthy my friend!

After Russ got ready, he sent a little blue box Jill’s way! :)

LOVED the feather headpieces Jill’s bridesmaids wore. *Almost* as much as I loved her bridesmaids!

It’s go time.

Jill exquisite bouquet courtesy of Dalsimer absolutely blew us away!

Jill, Jill, Jill…..there just aren’t any words! You are iconic.

We had the lovely, lovely Miss Ashley Barnett along to help us out and that stunner of an image on the left is hers! Wowza, right??

Meanwhile, Justin was with Russ getting ready for the first look.


And then it was really GO time. The timeline got a little crunched earlier in the day, but we just rolled with it. I think we had about ten minutes total for pictures of the two of them. So it’s really good to have a game plan in cases like that! ‘Cause we ended up getting some of our favorite images ever!


Another one of Ashley’s shots!

See what I’m saying about how awesome Jill’s bridesmaids are?? Those girls can WORK IT!

Although the groomsmen were giving them a run for their money!

Stay tuned for Part II (and all the jaw-dropping “Black Tie BBQ” details Miss Tamara Cohen put together for these guys) coming your way soon!

  1. Alicia Candelora

    She is wearing my dream dress. And I looooooove her hair! Isn’t it fun/interesting shooting that bright Floridian light?

  2. Clickmama

    I LOVVVVEEEE!!!!! Yaay and first to comment too! :)

  3. Jess F

    What a gorgeous couple! You captured them perfectly, fab job!

  4. Dominique Bader

    Just breathtaking, love them all! Stunning light for the portraits too.

  5. Rebecca

    Holy gorgeous bridal party! And that dress – wow.

  6. Brigid

    Your opener was a tear jerker…so sweet!! …and as ALWAYS…the pics…BREATH TAKING!!

  7. Lena

    I’ve been waiting to see more from this wedding!! STUNNING everything :)

  8. Anna

    Yeah, you guys pretty much rock! What a beautiful set of photos!

  9. Kate Triano


  10. Jackie

    Gorgeous wedding! Beautiful job!!

  11. ashley barnett

    Ah! Color me flattered :) I’m blushing over here! Mary, the one black and white of Jill’s back and dress…you nailed it, she’s iconic. That has to be one of my all time favorite wedding images. So classic and beautiful. Can’t wait for part 2!

  12. Taylor Jackson

    These images are beautiful! I love the colouring and the bridemaids they look like models! :D great shoot I always look at your weddings for inspiration!

  13. Tamara Cohen

    You guys rock my world — I know Jill will love these just as much as I do and thank you again for everything!!

  14. feuza

    love the colors, love the light! and love that dress

  15. Kris Rae Orlowski

    Lovin’ it!

  16. Columbus GA Photography

    What an amazing wedding. You guys are so insane.

  17. Stephanie Stewart

    Wowza! More amazingness! (read Part II before Part I) Love the bridal party photo, and the bride and groom ones—LOVE! Ok, I’ll stop gushing over these now…maybe. Great work!

  18. Deyla Huss Photography

    Oh good grief these are Gorg!!! Love love love!

  19. Laura Gordon

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous… every image is gorgeous! And her dress is absolutely stunning!

  20. Natalie Fowler

    My sister is obsessed with your dress not just because it’s her favorite designer but because you look stunning in it!

  21. Amy Portwood

    Wow!!! Beautiful pictures! And Jill you look AMAZING!!!

  22. Desiree Oftedal

    Jill – you’ve always been a knock out of a lady, but you were a stunning bride! everything was beautiful! congrats!

  23. sam

    Digging the Converse…

  24. avc

    everything turned out so nicely!!

  25. Olivia Territo

    Love the photos of all of the little details…..and the B/W photos are so elegant!

  26. Amy Hecht


  27. BABs

    Most fun wedding ever and beautiful, too!! Jill didn’t miss a detail and the groom sizzles!!!

  28. NM


  29. Anthony

    Looks amazing guys.

  30. Kristin Territo

    Such a gorgeous couple! I love you both and I love the photos!

  31. Michelle Nakasato

    Awesome work!!!! :) I LOVE these pics and the colors are just awesome!

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