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Shores Resort wedding for Marcus + Marie

So, how does a couple get married in Daytona Beach, Florida when they actually live in Sweden?  Well, it actually all started for Marcus & Marie when they met in Lybia in 2009.  There, their Love Story began & cultivated.  I’ll sum it up in Marie’s words, “We continued to meet and date.  Libya was a perfect place for us to take things slow and fall in love, as we really got to know each other before rushing away with our emotions. So now,  here we are, 3 years later… happy, in love, engaged to be married with a baby on the way!”

Now, let’s fast-forwarding to Saturday, May 11th, 2013.  Marcus & Marie became man & wife at the beautiful Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.  They had intended to have an outdoor ceremony.  That plan remained till about 45 mins prior to ceremony.  That’s when the rain began…  That’s also when Wedding Planner extraordinaire Emily Macri, owner of White Blossoms Weddings & Events, LLC jumped into action.  This called for Plan “B”.  Within minutes, the staff of The Shores jumped into action – relocating the entire ceremony set up from outside to inside.  As you can see by the images, their ceremony was very intimate & quite lovely.  The florals & decor was exquisitely provided by Rachael Rollins, owner of Rachael Kasie Designs, LLC.   The music pre-ceremony & during the ceremony was provided by Melody Anglin, owner of Music by Melody.  The reception music provided by Optimal Sounds DJ Service.

We even had to go to Plan “B” for the wedding portraits.  Again, as you can see, The Shores Resort’s lobby is absolutely gorgeous with its rich warmth – it gave us the perfect background.  No, it wasn’t the beach, but it was the next best thing…  Congrats you two!!!

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Wences + Katie = 4Ever

Wences & Katie had the perfect April day for their wedding.  They had their wedding ceremony at Our Lady Of Hope & their reception was held at the Lakeside Center in Port Orange.  I was so honored to have been chosen once again as the family’s photographer.  I photographed Katie’s sister’s wedding a little over a year ago, and will look forward to photographing Katie’s twin sister’s wedding – whenever that day arrives.  Such a sweet family!!!     Enjoy a few of their highlights from their wedding memories…

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Shores Resort & Spa Wedding Daytona Beach

Patty & Marcelo was every photographers dream couple!  Good lookin’, very sweet & obviously in love with each other.  We began our wedding coverage with their Engagement session.  Our original plan was to go to Ormond Memorial Gardens, a gorgeous botanical garden located in Ormond Beach, and do some environmental portraits.  However, the day they had committed for the shoot the rain prohibited that from happening.  Okay, on to Plan B;  time for me to create the same look within the comforts of my Studio.  We placed them on my bridge prop with a green-screen behind them.  After just a few snaps they saw the image they loved!  Later, I clipped them out along with the bridge & dropped them onto one of my botanical garden background images I have stocked just for such occasions.  While we were at it, we shot a gorgeously intimate hi-key image that they ended up liking more than the “traditional” portrait.  Sometimes we don’t know what we want till we see it…

The Wedding Day went without a hitch.  Me & my other 2 Photographers, along with Jan my Lead Videographer for 13 years,  started at The Shores Resort & Spa to begin our pre-ceremony coverage.  Ramy & I were with Patty while Chris was photographing Marcelo.  Next, we all connected at the Church of the Epiphany in Port Orange for their ceremony.  After portraits, we headed to The Shores Resort & Spa for the reception.  The Atlantic Room was beautifully decorated by Rachael Kasie Designs and the couple’s wedding cake was flawlessly designed by The Pastry Studio.  It’s always a great idea to surround yourselves with actual Wedding Professionals!  Marcelo & Patty did and their day was just Picture Perfect!  Congrats you two!!!

Patricia - Hi Michael,

Marcelo and I are impressed and flattered by all the beautiful comments and pictures you added on your website.

We are extremely happy and pleased with the services you have provided. You have definitely exceeded our expectations. All your staff is very professional and they are always willing to help 🙂

Thank you for making our special day an unforgettable one!!!

With love,

Marcelo & Patty

admin - You two were so much fun to work with! Congrats on a beautiful wedding & a lifetime of Love!!

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White-Room-Wedding St. Augustine, Florida Gary & Kamilah

“God gave me you”

Not only are Gary and Kamilah a fun and loving couple, but their deep roots in faith ultimately bonded them together on March 17,2013. Close friends and family gathered at The White Room, nestled in historic St. Augustine to celebrate Gary and Kamilah’s marriage. The White Room‘s rooftop overlooked the St. Augustine bridge and it was a gorgeous sight! The rain prevented us from photographing more outside, but I captured some great wedding shots pre-ceremony and at the reception. Did I mention this family can dance? Oh my goodness, I had so much fun photographing the dancing. Big thanks to Shannon Walters, Event Coordinator from The White Room and Steve Werther, couture cinematographer for Michael’s Photography & Video.

~ Erika Rech is one of the Lead Photographers on staff at Michael’s Photography & Video


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Corporate-publicity-portraits for Security First Insurance Ormond Beach, Florida

I’ve photographed long-standing corporate client Senator Locke Burt, owner of Security First Insurance, for more than a decade.  Fundraisers at his home, to corporate publicity portraits of all of their staff.   This is a snapshot of their website.  I actually brought my lights & background to their Ormond Beach location & photographed everyone in one day of shooting.


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