Briza on the Bay Wedding

Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

We met a week before my 18th birthday. We met at Hooters and we exchanged phone numbers. As soon as he found out I wasn't 18 he refused to speak to me until my birthday. On my birthday he came to see me with a huge Hello  Kitty stuffed animal and he came to see me at work every day after that.

When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

I knew he was the one when we would go to Walmart at 3-4am to grocery shop and it was just a ton of fun. He made simple little things a ton of fun. 

I knew she was the one when I realized there was no one more fun than her.

Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

I honestly had no clue. I always wanted to go to ZWF Miami, he asked me randomly to take a day off the week of my birthday to go and that alone was amazing to me. When we get there he surprised me with the tiger encounter which meant one on one time with some baby tigers. I cried without knowing that wasn't even the real surprise. During the encounter he proposed and caught me completely off guard. 

Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

I love how laid back his personality is. He just has so much faith that everything will be fine and turn out the way it's suppose to.

I love that I can spend the whole day entertained with her talking, doing nothing and it never gets old. 

If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.

He makes jingles for almost everything. 

She has special dances for her favorite foods. 

Besides getting married - what was the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Having all of our family and friends in one room. It's something we always wanted to do but couldn't make it happen.

If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say?

My best friend already wants to book you guys. She loved your attention to detail, how fun you guys were and none the less your work. 

Funny or Memorable Moments while working with Lenny & Melissa?

It was fun to watch Melissa make Rich laugh. 

Looking back, is there any one piece of advice that you would give to couples who are getting married?

Don't lose track of what the wedding day is really about. Everyone is there to celebrate you both and nothing else really matters once that day comes. 

Miami Opa Locka Executive Airport Engagement Photography

Kristina + Pedro

Click below to go behind the scenes on this awesome Miami Opa Locka Executive Airport Engagement Session!

Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

Pedro and I met through the dating app, Plenty of Fish.  He initiated communication, after he noticed how similar our first date ideas were... I think he saw mine, and stole it ;)  In all seriousness though, we hit it off from the get-go.  After about a day of chatting, we started talking over the phone, and talked for hours over the next several days.  For our first date, Pedro took me to World of Beer.  To this day, I still have that visual of when he first pulled up in his white BMW wearing a purple polo (he's a die-hard Lakers fan), and I remember thinking how handsome he looked! After World of Beer, we went to Tom's NFL, and he introduced me to PB&J Vodka... that was the first, and the last shot I've taken!  LoL  Our first date was actually capped off by Pedro unintentionally meeting my two kids... I knew that when he showed up for our second date after that having happened (and didn't run the opposite direction), he was serious about dating me!

When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?

A pastor once told me an experience she'd had with asking God for a sign of confirmation.  After Pedro and I had been dating for a little while, during a brief moment of doubt, I thought back on that conversation and her words of wisdom, and I spoke with God, I asked him for a sign... a sign of confirmation that Pedro was the man God had predestined to be mine - the man that He had predestined to be my husband- the man I'm meant to grow old with.  That sign I asked for was yellow roses.  After several months, and after a couple times of having been given roses of various colors except for yellow, I received my sign, my confirmation from God... On Jan. 23, 2014- albeit that was coincidentally the day we were going to see the Lakers play the Heat, I nonetheless accepted that as my confirmation from God.  It was then that I had no doubt that Pedro was the one for me!

Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

I had been hoping for a proposal for quite a while, and was growing impatient!  LoL  Unbeknownst to me, Pedro had apparently been planning the proposal for some time.  I had no clue how he would propose or when it was going to happen!  On our four year anniversary, Pedro told me we were going out to dinner, but did not tell me where.  I knew that my gift involved our scrapbook, because he told me that he was going to take it and wouldn't tell me any more beyond that.  I also knew that Pedro's sister was going to take care of the kids while we went out to eat.   First hint I got about where we were going was when we pulled into Matheson Hammock Park.  I soon learned that we were going to Red Fish Grill.  When we were taken to an outside table with the best view there, I had an inkling of what was going to happen.

But, as the night went on, my hopes for the proposal started dwindling, because of things Pedro was saying to throw me off.  Little did I know that he was purposely delaying things because he was waiting on the scrapbook we was planning on giving me before proposing.  Apparently, after we dropped off the kids with his sister, his sister filled the kids in on Pedro's plan to propose and took a picture of the kids holding signs that said "Marry Me"... that pic was going to be the final page in the scrapbook!  Pedro's sister brought the completed scrapbook to the restaurant, and shortly after that Pedro gave me the scrapbook.  As I was flipping through the pages, he started playing our song "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, and as I got to the last page, Pedro got down on one knee!  My heart melted!  Here's a link to a video I created of our scrapbook proposal :)

If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.

Pedro has a sense of humor unlike anything I've ever experienced before... there are so many silly stories to tell about him!  He brings laughter to our house any chance he can get.  The first thing that comes to my mind (and my son actually incorporated this story into his speech at the wedding) was when Pedro put on his Spiderman undies, grabbed a maraca and reenacted the Puppy Monkey Baby commercial!

What do you think our future clients should know about the experience you had with us?

Working with Lenny & Melissa was without a doubt an amazing experience! Our wedding day would not have been the same without them. They were such a pleasure to work with and helped us navigate through all that we wanted captured with such ease! This all is of course in addition to them being genuinely an overall amazing couple to work with!  They are great people and we definitely look forward to keeping in touch with them. I would hands-down recommend Lenny and Melissa to anyone.  Their work is truly gorgeous and the effort they put into their work is unparalleled!  Looking back at the amazing photographs they took for both our engagement shots and our wedding day, it is clear that this duo has a talent unlike anything we've ever personally experienced.  

Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Stephanie & Ricardo

Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.

We met a week before my 18th birthday. We met at Hooters and we exchanged phone numbers. As soon as he found out I wasn't 18 he refused to speak to me until my birthday. On my birthday he came to see me with a huge Hello  Kitty stuffed animal and he came to see me at work every day after that....

When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

I knew he was the one when we would go to Walmart at 3-4am to grocery shop and it was just a ton of fun. He made simple little things a ton of fun. 

I knew she was the one when I realized there was no one more fun than her.

Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

I honestly had no clue. I always wanted to go to ZWF Miami, he asked me randomly to take a day off the week of my birthday to go and that alone was amazing to me. When we get there he surprised me with the tiger encounter which meant one on one time with some baby tigers. I cried without knowing that wasn't even the real surprise. During the encounter he proposed and caught me completely off guard. 

Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

I love how laid back his personality is. He just has so much faith that everything will be fine and turn out the way it's suppose to.

I love that I can spend the whole day entertained with her talking, doing nothing and it never gets old. 

If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.

He makes jingles for almost everything. 

She has special dances for her favorite foods. 

Besides getting married - what was the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

Having all of our family and friends in one room. It's something we always wanted to do but couldn't make it happen.

If you were to recommend us to your best friend, what would you say?

My best friend already wants to book you guys. She loved your attention to detail, how fun you guys were and none the less your work. 

Funny or Memorable Moments while working with Lenny & Melissa?

It was fun to watch Melissa make Rich laugh. 

Looking back, is there any one piece of advice that you would give to couples who are getting married?

Don't lose track of what the wedding day is really about. Everyone is there to celebrate you both and nothing else really matters once that day comes. 

Riverside Park NYC Engagement Photography

Mandy & Marvin

What do you think our future clients should know about the experience you had with us?

It's ok to be nervous but truly believe the anxiety falls right out the window shortly after meeting with them. They want what you want. They want for you to be happy and love your photos and if you trust them, they won't disappoint you! They're also very open to your ideas and will do their best to meet your needs. 

What specifically was your favorite part about your engagement session with Lenny & Melissa?

Both of us loved how careful and creative they were during the shoot. Nothing was rushed or done carelessly. 

Funny or memorable moments during your engagement session?

Lenny has a pretty cool sense of humor and Melissa encourages/feeds into it.  They compliment each other and work well together. They've created such a great team amongst each other its contagious. 

What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about prior to your session and what was the outcome?

We were most anxious about how to pose, what it will look like, and how to smile. WE LOVE OUR PHOTOS!!

Do you feel more relaxed and prepared for your wedding photos after your engagement session? Tell us all about it

We are absolutely confident our wedding photos will be gorgeous. Both Marvin and I love candid photos. Lenny and Melissa exceeded our expectations. We're really looking forward to the wedding photos. 

Liberty State Park Engagement Photos

Shalanda & Kelvin

What do you think our future clients should know about the experience you had with us?

I found out about Lenny and Melissa on Instagram. They were giving away an engagement and wedding photography package. I signed up hopeful but, with no expectation to win. I didn't even tell my fiance much about the giveaway at all.  Although we didn't win the giveaway Lenny and Melissa reached out to us interested in working with us.

We did a video call and both my fiance and I vibed with them from the beginning! They were lighthearted and funny and interested in us a couple and not just securing a job. The engagement shoot only cemented our feelings about Lenny and Melissa. They kept us going! They made us so comfortable that we laughed pretty much throughout our entire session. Not only that but they were able to capture our true essence as couple in each photograph. We are anxiously awaiting our wedding day to shoot again with Lenny & Melissa and create new memories with them.

Future clients should know that they can be at ease when working with Lenny & Melissa. You are in perfect hands! They will encourage you to be yourself and bring out the best parts of you and your partner through their photos. While looking at our photos again at home both Kelvin and I agree that you guys were able to see us completely! They all look so natural, happy and in love. Be prepared to be blown away!

What specifically was your favorite part about your engagement session with Lenny & Melissa?

Lenny & Melissa made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire session. We are a really upbeat couple and they were able to keep us laughing and smiling. It was honestly like a group of friends going to hang out for the day sharing inside jokes with one another.

Funny or memorable moments during your engagement session?

To be completely honest the most memorable part of the session had noting to do with Kelvin and I. At the last minute our babysitting plans fell through and we had to bring our youngest child with us. Melissa kept our little one occupied; played with him and kept an eye on him when we were shooting. In between takes Lenny would run with him and snap pics of him. What we thought would be an annoyance for our photographers they handled with no issue at all. They embraced our overly energetic (almost) 3 year old with no problem at all and still made us feel comfortable and made us laugh. They cared not just about the work but about our family as well!

What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about prior to your session and what was the outcome?

I just hoped that I didn't spoil the pictures. I (Shalanda) don't think that I'm that photogenic so I was terrified that the pictures wouldn't look good. In fact, I think that's one of the first things that I told Melissa when we started shooting. I didn't expect much of the photos  at all I just knew we had a good time while shooting so that was fine with me. When we walked into the studio the first picture on the screen blew us both away. Shalanda literally squealed with excitement. Our photos were AMAZING! This is no exaggeration. They were absolutely amazing! Every angle, every shot all of it was just amazing! Seeing the engagement photos have us soo excited for our wedding day!

Do you feel more relaxed and prepared for your wedding photos after your engagement session? Tell us all about it

After the session and photo reveal we are over the moon excited for the wedding day to take pictures! Kelvin is more interested in the wedding photos than going cake tasting.