LKM Abroad

Patrick + Carly | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Destination Wedding

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VENDORS

Venue: Hotel Playa Fiesta // Photography: Makayla w/ Laura K Moore Photography // Wedding Gown: Rue De Seine Modern Wedding Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Coordinator: Hotel Playa Fiesta (ask for Gabi Gabi@playafiesta.com) // MUAH: Bree Rubin Hair & Makeup // Florist: Flora Art Vallarta // Videographer: Still & Motion Storytellers // His cuff links: Luxe Gifts Co // Bridesmaid Robes: Robed w/ Love // Officiant: Luke Starr // Bride’s shoes: Steve Madden // Groom’s shoes: Aldo // Bride’s gift to groom: LuxeGiftsCo // Groom’s Tie: MyTieShop


LKM & Makayla did an amazing job being present and catching all the important moments for our wedding. She created little scenes we never would have thought about. She is hilarious when you are being awkward and don’t know how to stand or what to do with your hands etc.. She made it so fun and natural. Looking back through there are moments and things she captured that we didn’t even notice she was getting. The whole thing was seamless, she’s a pro with great artistic insights and everything just exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend for any important event. - Patrick, Groom

The morning of the wedding came together seamlessly thanks to Gabi, the day-of coordinator, and all of the amazing staff at Playa Fiesta! We had a blast playing with confetti and watching Bree Rubin, the sister of the bride, work her magic with hair and makeup.

The ceremony space had an incredible view of the ocean where Carly and Pat had their guests toss shells into the ocean. It was such a special moment for their friends and family! Everyone watched in awe at the way Patrick looked at Carly and threw confetti in celebration as they came down the aisle.

After Carly and Pat slipped away for bride and groom portraits they were welcomed back by all of their family and friends in a “ready to party” mode. Of course we had to get all of them squished together hyping up the bride and groom with the ocean in the background.

A shot of tequila for the entrance to cocktail hour followed by an epic dance party. The only thing missing was fireworks….

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… but of course they had already thought of that! Thank you Carly and Patrick for including us in your special wedding weekend. It was a blast of a trip that we will always remember! ~ Makayla // LKM


Working with Makayla is a dream! She photographed our engagement, and we knew we had to fly her to our destination wedding after we had our photo shoot and saw the finished images. She’s very professional and direct, ensuring we got the photos and emotion we were looking to capture. At the wedding, she captured everything from the first looks, to the sunset veil shots, all the way down to the dance floor dips and guests having a blast. We can’t imagine anyone else being there with us, and wouldn’t recommend anyone else to capture such special moments. Laura, thank you for supporting Makayla, your quick response times and attention to detail. You two are a dream team! ~ Carly, Bride

VENDORS

Venue: Hotel Playa Fiesta // Photography: Makayla w/ Laura K Moore Photography // Wedding Gown: Rue De Seine Modern Wedding Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Coordinator: Hotel Playa Fiesta (ask for Gabi Gabi@playafiesta.com) // MUAH: Bree Rubin Hair & Makeup // Florist: Flora Art Vallarta // Videographer: Still & Motion Storytellers // His cuff links: Luxe Gifts Co // Bridesmaid Robes: Robed w/ Love // Officiant: Luke Starr // Bride’s shoes: Steve Madden // Groom’s shoes: Aldo // Bride’s gift to groom: LuxeGiftsCo // Groom’s Tie: MyTieShop

Kyle + Megan | Interlachen Country Club Modern Wedding | Orlando, FL

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Kyle + Megan were a certain kind of wonderful to work with. (See their engagement session here and here) Below is essentially their personal feedback on all the facets of their wedding day — their vision and their vendors. I’ll let their words speak for themselves! For starters, when Megan originally connected with us, she wrote down some of her vision:

I'm calling my theme (for my wedding) "modern tropical". No stereotypical hibiscus flowers, but tons of palms and other touches of Florida in the food. It will be a destination wedding for half (I'm from Kentucky) so I want my guests to feel like they're on vacation. I want a tangible artifact I can take with me from my wedding. I'm most excited about candid moments. I don't like over-posed shots (bridesmaids going gah-gah over my ring, etc.) I want to also make sure everyone who attends get captured at some point, so focusing on the crowd at the ceremony, reaction shots, etc. I of course want gorgeous photos of me and my soon to be husband, too, that we can display in our home.

// VENDORS //

Prep Venue: The Alfond Inn // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Interlachen Country Club // Coordinator: Sonya with Busy Bride Wedding Design // Gown: One & Only Bridal Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie // Bridesmaid’s Gifts: Olive & Piper // MUAH: Makeover Station // Florist: Fairbanks Florist // Caterer: Interlachen Country Club // Cake Artist: Sprinkles // Musicians: Classern Quartet // DJ: Blast Productions // Photo Booth: Blast Booth // Videogrpaher: Gavyn Gates Cinema // Signature cocktail signage: Jes Married // Invitations & Signage: Paper Goat Post // Card box and hexagon ring boxes: West Elm

The Alfond Inn provided our room block for our wedding guests, and also served as our bridal brunch location within Hamilton's Kitchen and our getting ready room. My guests loved the boutique feel of the hotel, and were amazed by the quality for the price! They provided my husband and myself with special surprised along the way, including a room upgrade, free champagne and Winter Park chocolates, and a free one night stay for our 1st anniversary! We cannot wait to relive the memories of our wedding! … Also note…. Fairbanks Florist--what more can I say about Lana that hasn't been said before? My bouquet was insane. I've never seen such a bountiful bouquet, which captured my tastes while presenting a one of a kind work of art. Everything Lana did was first class all the way.
Interlachen Country Club was our dream venue. The staff are incredibly professional. Working in events, I am aware that some food tasting may not be representative of the actual food quality and presentation on the actual wedding day. The food and drinks at ICC were even more delicious and beautifully presented on the day of the wedding!~ Megan

Laura and her team arrived several hours early on our wedding day, which alleviated our time crunch and added more content to our story. She was so generous with her time, and she even presented me with a meaningful gift to remember her and her team by!
Laura was and is truly fearless. She loves to take a chance on what could end up being a perfect shot. She embraced the unpredictable Central Florida weather and found alternatives to our planned outdoor ceremony….Laura is a true professional. A fun, genuine, adventurous one at that! Be open with her about your priorities. She will hone in on those for sure. Be willing to take a photo that you may be originally weary of--it may turn out to be the best one! She has a creative eye and is someone to be trusted! ~ Megan & Kyle

A few other vendor shout outs…. Blast Productions is hands down the nicest, high quality DJ and Photo Booth vendor in the area. I recommend them every chance I can!
Sprinkles Custom Cakes created the cake of our dreams! They cake was visually stunning, adapting a very expensive design into something that fit our budget but still sticking with the look we were going for. Most importantly, the cake was absolutely delicious! We look forward to receiving our anniversary cake and reliving that memory on our 1 year anniversary. ~ Megan & Kyle

“I wanted to have beautiful posed shots of Kyle and myself. Most importantly, I wanted Laura to capture candids of our wedding party and guests. The team photographed us with nearly everyone at the wedding, and I'm so glad we can look back at the photos and remember the support we had from family and friends who were in attendance.” - Megan

Kyle + Megan,

Truly you guys were such a joy to work with. The way you compliment each other and the way you cared for your guests and the caliiber of hospitality—it was SUCH A joy to be part of your wedding day and an honor to tell yoru love story!

// VENDORS //

Prep Venue: The Alfond Inn // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Interlachen Country Club // Coordinator: Sonya with Busy Bride Wedding Design // Gown: One & Only Bridal Boutique // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie // Bridesmaid’s Gifts: Olive & Piper // MUAH: Makeover Station // Florist: Fairbanks Florist // Caterer: Interlachen Country Club // Cake Artist: Sprinkles // Musicians: Classern Quartet // DJ: Blast Productions // Photo Booth: Blast Booth // Videogrpaher: Gavyn Gates Cinema // Signature cocktail signage: Jes Married // Invitations & Signage: Paper Goat Post // Card box and hexagon ring boxes: West Elm

Here is the full highlight video from Gavyn Gates Cinematography — our amazing wedding videographer who globe trots and captures love stories with LKM.

Austin + Stephanie | Carnton Plantation DIY Wedding | Nashville, TN

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This Nashville wedding was one of those treasures. Austin + Stephanie wanted “their people” to be the center focus and they intently set out to create an entire weekend of enjoying friends and family to the hilt. Set at the beautiful historical wedding venue Carnton Planation, A + S put together a delightfully DIY spread of southern chic meets personal touches and nostalgia. Here are highlights from this stormy bagpipe playing, collaborative, southern-inspired, historical-nuanced, DIY sprinkled nashville tennessee wedding. :)

I (Stephanie) had met Laura while a bridesmaid at a different wedding and fell in love with her and all of the beautiful photos we saw afterward. I showed Austin and we both agreed we loved her style the best, as it seemed to always be story-telling focused, which was what we were after. - Stephanie, Bride

// VENDORS //

Venue: Carnton Weddings // Photography: Laura K Moore Photography // Gown: Morilee Bridal Boutique // MakeUp: Sarah Kay Makeup // Hair: Hair by Ashley // Bakery: @redheadedladybakery // DJ: DJ Connection // Catering: Daily Dish Events // Suite: iTailor // Invitations and Signs: Southern Shop Designs // Event Rentals: Southern Events Online // Musicians: Trapped on Earth Music // Uplighting: Bright Event Productions // Bagpipes: Nashville Musicians 

FIRST LOOK….For a year prior, wedding emails were often peppered with conversations about whether or not to do a first look. Going back and forth, A + S finally settled on a compromise — they would do a first look without seeing each other. The blacked out aviator sunglasses with white-out and prior to the wedding did a super sweet exchange of gifts, letters and some super energetic wedding party pictures. We were skeptical about the logistics at first but from head bumps to laughter to “i can’t see you but i can touch you” romance… this was a highlight of the day.

Rain was foreboding. And yet… the ceremony — right before she walked down the aisle — the sprinkles subsided and it was actually a pretty incredible moment.

We were able to swoop away and dodge the rain for some beautiful portraits in Carnton Plantation’s garden. The wedding guests welcomed the two party animals and the rest of the evening moved into a thriving party with live dancing, reunion selfies, delicious food and memories to last a lifetime.

“Our cake was made by @redheadedladycreations (see her instagram!) and it was absolutely beautiful, not to mention delicious! A year later, it was just as good and you better believe we ate every crumb! We also loved having Trapped On Earth play as our wedding band! They helped us tailor a super fun set list that was exactly what we wanted. They’re all amazing musicians, command a wide range of styles and they were willing to learn new tunes for us. They were just awesome and Laura helped capture some amazing photos of them!” ~ Stephanie, Bride

Austin + Stephanie, what a treat to get to know you over the past year and be so moved by your deep affection for your friends and family. Thank you for trusting us with such a special weekend in your lives and letting us “join the family” and capture such precious moments! // LKM

// VENDORS //

Venue: Carnton Weddings // Photography: Laura K Moore Photography // Gown: Morilee Bridal Boutique // MakeUp: Sarah Kay Makeup // Hair: Hair by Ashley // Bakery: @redheadedladybakery // DJ: DJ Connection // Catering: Daily Dish Events // Suite: iTailor // Invitations and Signs: Southern Shop Designs // Event Rentals: Southern Events Online // Musicians: Trapped on Earth Music // Uplighting: Bright Event Productions // Bagpipes: Nashville Musicians


REVIEW FROM THE BRIDE

Jason + Genevieve | Spanish Black Tie | Vermont Destination Wedding

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We were engaged in Monserrat, Spain and wanted to bring that spirit back with us for our wedding day in Vermont. Our theme, “From Monserrat to Middlebury,” came to life as Spanish Black Tie in a Barn. Our priority was blending refined sophistication with elements of nature and summer. Middlebury, with its rolling green hills, mountains and clean summer air was the perfect place to bring it to life.

Jason & Genevieve had incredible taste and a refined pallet both for the culinary and aesthetic experience of their wedding. With incorporated Spanish nuances in thier Vermont countryside destination wedding, the vibrant colors and bold statement pieces were met with a classy entourage of friends and family from all over the world. It was a weekend to be remembered in style. 

VENDORS

Venue: Tourterelle Inn // Event Coordinator: Polka Dot Events // Photographer: Laura K Moore Photography // MUAH: Rakhil S Makeup // Gown Store: Gabrielle New York Bridal // Designer: Marchesa // Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Bridesmaid Earrings: Pear & Shine Jewelry // Bride’s Rings: Anna Sheffield // Engagement Ring: Jangmi // His Suit: Paul Smith // Groom’s Shoes: Awl & Sundry // Invitations: Lion in the Sun // Florist: New Leaf Organics // Acoustic Musicians: Rumba Flamenca

We had been looking for a documentary-style photographer with a sense of magic in the work—which we saw immediately when discovering Laura’s style. It captured everything we were looking for—natural moments that felt dreamy, and above all, romantic.

After a relaxed morning getting ready, a massive tour bus came and picked up the entourage of guests and took a couple shuttles to the wedding venue Tourterelle Inn in New Haven, Vermont. The weather was surprisingly warm and we paced portraits with bouts of AC and cold champagne in the shade.

She was as excited about our big day as we were. She was so thorough and attentive without ever coming across as demanding or intrusive. She was always on the lookout for the right light and mood. She just went above and beyond in amplifying the magic of our day.

VENDOR SHOUT OUT: Tourterelle Inn wedding event staff were incredible to work with. Their sense of class and pacing with food and even gentle attentiveness to nurture the guests on an unusually hot day—it was beautiful working with such a thoughtful team. Polka Dot Events from New York also brought their a-game and thought of the details and changes and obstacles without ever letting the guests feel the behind-the-scene hubbub. I really can’t say enough about either wedding masters. They know their trade and they are genuinely concerned about delivering the vision and beauty they’ve fleshed out for months prior. It was inspiring to see the initiative and endless energy and disposition of the whole event team and collaborative force to be reckoned with.

Our planners, Polka Dot Events, were complete rockstars and helped make our Vermont wedding possible! They were there for us every step of the way and made the day flawless. New Leaf Organics, the local florists we worked with, did outstanding work to create a lush ambiance inside and outside the barn. I still get questions about who did the flowers! And of course, the masters of ambiance: the Spanish Guitar duo Jason and Elysa Hochman. They brought true soul and romance to our weekend.
Laura has a real talent for documenting love. She is passionate about capturing the energy of a relationship and the little moments in the day that create lasting memories. We loved working with her and are in love with our photos!

J + G, what a privilege to have been trusted with your destination wedding in Vermont and storyteller for such an incredible weekend of festivities with friends from all over the globe. We look forward to your future and wish you the sweetest of newlywed seasons :) // LKM

// VENDORS //

Venue: Tourterelle Inn // Event Coordinator: Polka Dot Events // Photographer: Laura K Moore Photography // MUAH: Rakhil S Makeup // Gown Store: Gabrielle New York Bridal // Designer: Marchesa // Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Bridesmaid Earrings: Pear & Shine Jewelry // Bride’s Rings: Anna Sheffield // Engagement Ring: Jangmi // His Suit: Paul Smith // Groom’s Shoes: Awl & Sundry // Invitations: Lion in the Sun // Florist: New Leaf Organics // Acoustic Musicians: Rumba Flamenca

Jason + Genevieve | Day-Before Sweetheart Session | Vermont Destination Wedding

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As traveling wedding photographers, we have had to think through opportunities to create rapport and connection with our couples long-distance. Phone dates and email communication is the guts of our business and when we arrive the weekend of weddings, we carve out space to be there for the rehearsal and hopefully squeeze in a mini “day before” session to just break the ice and connect with bride and groom. Being able to spend a few moments with Jason & Genevieve the day before their elegant “spanish black tie wedding in the hills of vermont” was exactly that breath of connection we had hoped for….also…i had to take a moment to compose myself when I saw Genevieve’s Marchesa rehearsal dress.

The photos are so spectacular--our friends and family can't stop gushing about how romantic and special your shots are from our wedding weekend. Thank you again for making the trip to capture it all and for bringing so much love, light, and joy to the experience. We're so grateful to have met you and been able to work with you. ~ Jason & Genevieve

Llamas & Cocktails | San Antonio Wedding

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San Antonio’s Dominion Country Club was a classy dream of a wedding venue. Between cobblestone , adobe tile and sweeping spanish architecture with domed skylights, the historical location was the backdrop to a lively evening. Below are highlights of this lovely “May the 4th” spring wedding in San Antonio, Texas… oh, and be warned, the force was alive and well with this dance party.

VENDORS

Venue: The Dominion Country Club // Photographer: Laura K Moore Photography // Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal //

MUAH: Jax Studio // Florist: Botanika // Cake: Cakes by Cathy //DJ: Future Sounds DJ

The day began with leasure pampering by the ladies of San Antonio’s well-known makeup and hair team: Jax Studio. We grabbed lunch at Kneaders and then made our way for our traditional mass ceremony at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Immediately following were family portraits before everybody dispersed to the reception venue.

Once at Dominion Country Club, L + V surprised guests with a llama and cocktails while the wedding party did some fancy portraits in the sunbeams around the beautiful wedding venue’s property.

Dinner started promptly and a rockin’ dance party followed quickly therafter.

Luis & Veronica, you and your friends were a hoot and we are honored to have been a part of your love story this past year and capture such fun and energetic pictures that capture the thrill of your day! // Laura & Nikita (p.s. shout out to second shooter Niki who rocked it with her macro and dance floor storytelling skills. It is always both humbling and totally excited to get two artists together and share a whole portfolio of perspective! You are a joy to shoot with friend!)

VENDORS

Venue: The Dominion Country Club // Photographer: Laura K Moore Photography // Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal // MUAH: Jax Studio // Florist: Botanika // Cake: Cakes by Cathy //DJ: Future Sounds DJ 

Parin + Shiragi | Arizona Indian Wedding | Day 3

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The third day of a traditional indian wedding is the most epic and anticipated day! (to see Day One and Day Two go here and here) For our bride and groom, the day started early in the hills of Tucson, Arizona. The girls and guys were getting ready in their separate suits at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resorts where we found them buzzing around sorting ALL the details and grand ensemble that goes into an indian bride and groom’s wedding wardrobe. We grabbed a few details, navigated some drama, flexed the timeline and brushed off the stress. It was time to get married…

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Venue: Westward Look Wydnham Resort Tucson // Photography: Laura K Moore Photography // Videography: Fine Art Productions // Event Design & Decor: MM Celebrations LLC // Grah Shanti, Mehendi, and Garba Hair and Makeup: Blushed by Ish // Wedding Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Wedding and Grah Shanti Outfit: Ekaya  // Reception Outfit: Shyamal and Bhumika // Garba Outfit: Swati Manish // Parfum: Valentino // Shoes: “a random stall in india” // Reception Flats: Keds // Rangoli & Other Design Details: Nisha Tailor Interior Designer // Tesla: Turo // Famous Singer & Band: Bhavin Shastri & Group // Famous Flutist- Anis Chandani // Famous Female Vocalist: Dhara Shah // Famous male singer- Dharmesh Chauhan

BARAAT

The groom and his family came riding in on a horse-drawn carriage with his entire family dancing around like crazy in zealous Baraat fashion. Parin made his way to the entrance of the wedding venue and met the Mother of the Bride who applied tilak and performs aarti to rid him of any evil eyes cast upon him. He then waited under the Mandap for Shiragi to exchange garlands—a lively, fun moment followed by a sudden whooping and hollering. “We got them! we got them” was heard from a cluster of bridesmaids. You’ll see below just WHAT extent the bridesmaids were willing to go to steal the groom’s shoes…

CEREMONY

The actual wedding ceremony is serious, respectful and attended by all. While the groom waited to see as his bride approached, Iwas taken off guard when i noticed dad’s first look of his daughter. Shiragi and Santosh had an incredibly sweet bond and the presentation of the bride was super emotional for everybody in the room. When the curtain covering Parin was dropped, he choked up and the rest of the ceremony was filled with tears and laughter all mixed together.

VIDAI

The Vidai is a goodbye ceremony of the bride bidding farewell to her family and leaving of her maternal home. It was emphasized that “this was going to be super emotional” as it is considered one of the most sentimental outbursts. Santosh was the last in line to hug his daughter. The tradition is for brother and cousins of the Bride help push the vehicle as an indication of their acceptance of the couple’s new life together and adventure forward. The female friends and relatives of the bride playfully stand in front of the car to “keep them from leaving.” All the symbolism was rich and constantly honoring the family and the life being left behind and the joy they anticipated forward. It was crazy beautiful.

RECEPTION

The ceremony was followed by family portraits, then a private lunch and then PREP time for the grand finale — the reception. Set at the Tucson Convention Center, the design and catering team did a phenomenal job serving and keeping the flow of event moving and engaging. With fog machines, light up drums, lazer shows and a massive light-up dance floor…it was an experience for everybody. Bride & groom surprised people with a zealous dance performance but Santosh raise the glass and the bar when the finale included a burst of sparks and fire machines heralded the new life and adventure.

What a privilege to be invited into this crazy intense celebration. Shiragi & Parin, we will FOREVER be greatfull and honored that you and your families trusted the LKM team to come be part of your wedding celebration! What a treasure and highlight of our year! We are excited to see you guys again in July in Chicago!

// BRIDE’S REVIEW //

“Photographers hold tremendously unique roles within a wedding. Typically, they do not personally know anyone on either side, but are still responsible for capturing the most precious moments of two people’s lives. Laura and her team broke this stigma. During our wedding, not only did the LKM team do a fantastic job with their photography, they were family. And when we say “family”, we truly mean some of the most important people at our wedding.

“From Day 1 (and even before the festivities started) Laura and her team showed a supreme interest in (our) wedding. Their excitement and passion only heightened enthusiasm for our special weekend. With every click and with every scream for joy, this wedding hands down would not have been as successful without the LKM photographers. The positivity of the team, the willingness to go above and beyond, and the ability to accommodate all sorts of crazy requests demonstrated professionalism and expertise. Although this was LKM’s first Hindu wedding, they did not show any semblance of confusion and it felt like they had done this type of event a thousand times before…Everyone in both our families has been to hundreds of Hindu weddings in the past, but we can guarantee that no one has ever experienced anything like with Laura and her team. The photographers infused energy, laughter, and vibrancy into every guest. Their aura and presence changed any mood for the better. And do not get us started on the quality of the photos. They are absolutely gorgeous! They embody the true spirit and capture every timeless moment of the weekend. Thank you so much to Laura and her team of excellent photographers for making a huge impact on our wedding! We would highly recommend the LKM team to anyone looking for photographers who genuinely care about their clients and who have the absolute best personalities!” ~ Shiragi, Bride

Amir Thakkar from Fine Art Productions shared this lovely video from their wedding weekend! Enjoy!

Parin + Shiragi | Arizona Indian Wedding | Day 2

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The groom arrived mid-morning on Day 2 of Parin & Shiragi’s wedding. (See DAY 1 here) and the atmosphere was ripe and welcoming. Shiragi, by tradition, was hid by the brothers and men closest to her pretended to keep her and make it rough to get to her. I legitimately teared up when they finally hugged. 24 hours of pre-celebrating without him had made everybody so eager for his arrival and for them to finally be together.

Now that both families were together, the time melded together into the flurry of family laughter, reunions, everybody wanted a picture with a loved one ALL the time. it was awesome. Pulling away to get a few quick portraits with the bride and groom became less about what time it was and more about how sneaky we could be. It became a game…lots of intuitive eye contact with Shiragi and Parin and keeping a pulse on family. We also had to be fast both because relatives would start hunting us down AND because it was the first triple digit day in the desert and we were SWEATING bullets.

GROOM’S PITHI

As Parin and his family collected onto the terrace of Westward Look, the music and dancing began and ushered everybody into an energetic and playful Pithi ceremony while they blessed and prayed and laughed over Parin. Best moment was when aunts got fiesty and demanded he strip down and the haldi got crazy. Mom and dad got flanked too. It was fantastic.

RAAS GARBA

There was an interlude in the afternoon for reprieve, showers and primping for the Raas Garba (i.e. the coolest, loudest, most vibrant dance party you’ll ever go to). Once refreshed and ready, we grabbed some moments alone with the couple for a few sunshine desert portraits…and of course a cohort of friends insisted on coming to cat call and join in :)

There is a an indian art form called rangoli where a relative or loved one created an intricate pattern drawn by hand an then filled with powdered rice, flower petals, chalk powder and coloured sand. It’s a form of blessing and expression of celebration. A close relative of the bride and groom was interior designer, Nisha Tailor Interior Designer, who lovingly shared her heart and her art in these designs all over Westward Look’s property. Her particularly eye-catching peacock piece was center stage in the massive ballroom for the Raas Garba.

During cocktail hour and through the evening, our photography team took turns running an open air personalized photo booth. It was a fantastic way to be part of the welcoming experience for guests. We got to meet each couple, take more portraits, connect personally and were welcomed warmly.

MM Celebrations LLC was ON FIRE all weekend long. The event design and planning company from New Jersey had driven in a massive UHAUL cross-country packed with all the treasures to transform each ceremony into an explosion of festivity. Raas Garba was said to be a crowning jewel of color and dancing for the weekend so we came with energy drinks, extra manpower and eye wide open. Santosh flew a band of famous musicians from India for the weekend and they treated guests with lively music until midnight. Sticks were passed out as part of the traditional dance, Dandiya Raas, and EVERYBODY got in on it — old and young — men and women. The energy (and sweat) and fun in that room took “how to celebrate” to a whole new level. Here is a little youtube clip of the BEGINNING of their 45 minute Raas where two circles are formed and start with a first dance of bride and groom. If you can imagine all 400+ guests ending up in that room, dancing in circles faster and faster for 45 minutes.

Midnight came quickly and the party did not peter.

Day 3 coming soon :)

// VENDORS //

Venue: Westward Look Wydnham Resort Tucson // Photography: Laura K Moore Photography // Videography: Fine Art Productions // Event Design & Decor: MM Celebrations LLC // Grah Shanti, Mehendi, and Garba Hair and Makeup: Blushed by Ish // Wedding Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Wedding and Grah Shanti Outfit: Ekaya  // Reception Outfit: Shyamal and Bhumika // Garba Outfit: Swati Manish // Parfum: Valentino // Shoes: “a random stall in india” // Reception Flats: Keds // Rangoli & Other Design Details: Nisha Tailor Interior Designer // Tesla: Turo // Famous Singer & Band: Bhavin Shastri & Group // Famous Flutist- Anis Chandani // Famous Female Vocalist: Dhara Shah // Famous male singer- Dharmesh Chauhan

Kyle + Megan | Kraft Azalea Garden Engagement Session | Winterpark, FL

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These florida sweethearts got fancy and grabbed their favorite luxury champagne Veuve Clicquot for a finale of their Orlando Florida Engagement Session in Kraft Azalea Gardens, Winter Park. By this point Megan & Kyle had gotten comfortable with me and the camera. We had all laughed a little, shared more of our stories and bonded a bit. Truly, it is this point in LKM engagement sessions that I (laura) settle in and breathe the best parts of romance. The goal in all our sessions is to ultimately find a natural, authentic stride where the attention is on each other and not the awkwardness. These two leaned into that and it was such a sweet place of comfort with each other. The backdrop of the gardens was exquisite and we ended on such a note of celebration. Highlights below! (if you didn't see the first part of their engagement session, here is Part 1)

Park Ave + Winter Park Engagement Session | Kyle + Megan Love Story Session Pt 1

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I was drawn to Laura's previous work with its dreamy posed shots and lively candids. Once I reached out to her, Laura showed a genuine excitement to shoot our wedding in Winter Park. We instantly clicked over the phone. She took interest in Kyle's and my story, and wanted to document our engagement and wedding--her first in Central Florida! ~ Megan, Bride

Megan + Kyle wanted their engagement session in Orlando to be classy, shnazzy but personal and authentic.  Kyle is a chef and culinary teacher and Megan is Rollins College Associate Event Director. With their refined taste and Megan's acute sense of planning, we were able to meet for coffee the morning of their session, cover a few details, talk timeline, catch up on a bit of their love story and prep for the evening's engagement session around winter park. We grabbed a few casual shots with their fur baby in the rain in the courtyard of Barnie's Kitchen and then reconvened a few hours later all gussied up and ready to strut their stuff in Winter Park. Shout out to Armando's for graciously letting us get cozy in their classy restaurant and messin' with their wine glasses. 

“We had several highlights with LKM and they started at our engagement photo shoot. I highly recommend arranging one prior to the wedding so you can get to know your photographer and learn how to pose you and your partner's bodies for the best shots. Laura took us under her wing, and by the end of that day, we were completely in sync with each other!” ~ Megan + Kyle

We couldn't have asked for a classier couple to be our very first #LKMorlando lovebirds! Thank you so much! See PART TWO of their engagement session in Kraft Azalea Garden's here! 

// NOTE TO OUR READERS & NEWLY ENGAGED //

Hi! If you are newly engaged, take note! LKM has officially launched LKM in Orlando! We are providing wedding and engagement session packages for Central Florida couples at no extra travel cost! It is our new travel hub -- our new place of adventure and plan to be out once every fall/winter and spring and summer seasons! Inquire HERE to check on dates for our next Orlando visit!