A Backyard Wedding in North Miami

When people think about their wedding day they think of bright, sunny skies and perfect conditions, but for Dean and Jenean they literally had to weather the storm before they could say, “I do.” Knowing these two, nothing was going to stop them from becoming husband and wife not even a South Florida afternoon storm that dropped a copious amount of rain onto their outdoor wedding. You could have them run through hurdles, around obstacles, over mountains and through the woods and they would end up where they both belonged, together with each other.

Their wedding was special from the start. Not only were they picked to be on TLC’s show called, Four Weddings, but everyone involved in the wedding from the catering to the photography were family and friends of the bride and groom. Their wedding was truly a family affair. You could shell out tons of money to have strangers plan your wedding, but it means more to have your friends and family there helping out. We had a week long celebration leading up to their nuptials. I must of have averaged about 3 hours a sleep a night, if that, for the entire week and I would do it all over again. It was an amazing week for such an amazing couple.

The weather on the wedding day started out to be glorious but quickly soured when the skies opened up and just dumped buckets and buckets of rain upon the guests. My gear was soaked and I was left with one dry lens, the 24-70, and my flash was acting up the rest of the night. I had to bring all my gear into the house to air dry. That had to be one of the most challenging aspects of the wedding for me, but we pulled it out. As for the guests who were huddled under the tents to escape the rain, their joy never wavered. Thanks to the quick thinking of the Alex, Adam and Ali from Miami Prime who were there working the bar at the wedding, the guests had margaritas, beer and appetizers brought to them in the pouring rain. That act of unselfishness single handily kept the spirits up of everyone and let everyone know that nothing was going to stop this wedding.

The skies cleared, guests took their seats and the wedding was back on. The ceremony was brief but the party lasted into the wee hours of the night. I think I speak for everyone when I say that the food prepared by Alex Benedict and his fiance, Hayley Palma Booker was absolutely amazing. Music and entertainment were on point thanks to the Brass King and Ed the World Famous. Even Dean morphed into the SilverFoxx and spun for a good portion of the night accompanied by purveyor of party entertainment, the Stone Groove.

I was honored to have been a part of such an amazing experience. I wish Dean and Jenean nothing but a lifetime of love, happiness and clear, sunny skies.

Jenean getting ready at the Nue Studio in Midtown Miami

Even through the darkest skies on her wedding day she maintained the same beautiful smile.

Jenean’s dress made by hand by her aunt.

Getting last minute help from Jenean’s mom.

Even on her wedding day as she walks down the aisle, she is friendly with everyone.

Who ever layed out all those rose petals had some serious skills, *cough*Vince*cough*

You will always find a smile on Jenean’s face, always.

Here is to a lifetime of happiness together.

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