Lyani & Darren's Wedding Album

Lyani & Darren wedding story is made up of countless beautiful moments and some of my favorite surprises.  Lyani was at the very beginning of being pregnant which only a few people knew.  Right after the ceremony the 2 of them went off for a moment and photographed them from a distance celebrating not only the beginning of their marriage but of their new little one as well. Darren has the gold medal for best surprise as Lyani thought we were going out for night photos and instead there was a surprise fireworks show. Such a beautiful story they will have for a lifetime.  Take a little sneak peek inside just a few of their album pages below.  

Lyani & Darren Featured on Love My Dress

We've been waiting on pins and needles for this one........ and it's here!!! Lyani and Darren's gorgeous Bella Collina wedding is featured on Love My Dress!!  I've loved the style, and content of this blog for a long time now and am so honored they we are featured along with all the wedding professionals that created this prettiness! Stop by their blog to check out the entire feature on Love My Dress!!!!

{Lyani & Darren @ Bella Collina}

Where do I even begin on how to describe the stunning details of Lyani & Darren's wedding? The color palette was white, gold, coral, mint, blush and gray.  Lyani's gown is one of my all time favorites, and in fact, each detail was hand made and designed by the talented Ashaka Givens, who personally made sure every stitch was perfect. The entire day from getting ready through their sparkler exit was so much fun because their joy and love for each other is literally infectious. The girls were in different shades of light blush, ivory and white dresses and the boys in gray suits with cool socks and gray converse. Everything was at Bella Collina which is kind of a hidden treasure in Florida, but looks like scene straight out of Tuscany. As Lyani walked in with her dad and he lifted the veil, Darren might have had a little tear. All the girls can sing, I heard them during getting ready:-) But, her maid of honor belted out a gorgeous song during the ceremony, no instruments needed. After their were the official Mr & Mrs Howard and had just walked out of the ceremony they turned and had the sweetest moment. Darren's son Avery might have stolen the show in his mini converse!  Lyani is a designer, and had her style and details incorporated into each part of the day. I love sineage and stationary and she had all different ones that welcomed guests, thanked them, honored guests who couldn't be there, and sweet treats as everyone left. The tables each different sized glass over a birds nest and florals and the unique lighting pattern the covered the ceiling set the tone. Lyani and Darren each had a surprise up their sleeve that neither of them knew about. Just after entering the reception Lyani and her bridesmaids did the traditional Puerto Rican Bomba dancing for Darren. I already had posted some of Darren's surprise to her, but if you didn't see it I still posted some of his surprise fireworks, seriously I have never seen anyone happier or more surprised than Lyani was, it was awesome! One last surprise Lyani had for her girlfriends was that instead of throwing just one bouquet I think it was actually 7! Good thing too because these girls were serious about that bouquet toss. Each bouquet also had a tag with a little message on it as well. There were so many amazing moments, tears of joy, and laughter! Congrats Darren & Lyani it was the perfect day and we were honored to be a part of it! 
Venue | Bella Collina | Coordination | An Affair to Remember | Florals | Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Gown Designer | Ashaka Givens | Officiant | Pastor Chris Brooks | Videography | Castaldo Studios | DJ | DJ Hard Hittin Harry | Lighting and Audio | Power Entertainment | Draping & Rentals | Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals | Cake | L'Artisan Cake Altier | Fireworks | Pyrotechnico

Best Fireworks Surprise Ever!

Normally I'll post one of our favorite moments right after the wedding, but, last night, Darren's surprise to Lyani is worthy of it's own blog posting!  A few days ago Darren emailed me and said Lyani LOVES fireworks (he in fact said she's like an 8 year old when she sees them:-) and he wanted to surprise her during the reception. So, we planned to "take them outside for some photos at night" and then the fireworks would start.  It was definitely my favorite moment to capture yesterday! Lyani was SO beyond surprised and just threw her hands up to enjoy it. Darren even stepped away from her for a minute so everyone could just watch her joy and excitement. Just when you thought it was over, the grand finale amazed everyone. Darren definitely wins the best wedding day surprise ever!