Amanda + Mike


Some people are superstitious about rain on a wedding day, that it’s bad luck (or maybe just inconvenient) — good thing I’m not some people, and neither are Amanda + Mike.


Amanda contacted me just a couple weeks before their big day, after months of going back-and-forth about hiring a videographer — booking with such short-notice was actually a huge breath of fresh air, not having to wait months or even years to finally meet and celebrate with a couple. Though she was a tad apprehensive about telling Mike (totally understandable, being on video can be daunting at first), I’m so glad that she decided to go for it… because they’re absolute naturals on camera.

Miami Florida Skyline
Bride and Groom Hold Hands
Bride and Bridesmaids Laugh
Beautiful Wedding Floral Arrangement

I arrived in Miami to some pretty big clouds forming over the ocean, which was no surprise to this Florida native, as it’s about as normal as sand on the beach. To my delight, it made for some really soft, gorgeous light to shoot prep and the first look. Additionally, it’s not like the Vizcaya Museum could have been any more beautiful — it completely exceeded my expectations as far as it’s robust beauty, and just straight up class.

With each passing hour, the sky got progressively darker (which again, no complaints here… moody portraits are my jam), and everyone got progressively more nervous as to whether the rain would hold off until after the ceremony, set against the most lovely of private gardens. As family and friends from around the globe were seated, a light sprinkle quickly turned into a downpour. The bride and groom began to chuckle through their vows and ring exchanges, surely knowing that this would truly be a moment they’d remember and laugh about for the rest of their lives.

Stunning Wedding Table Design
Bride Looks into Distance in Miami
Bride and Groom Kiss at Vizcaya Museum

As the ceremony concluded, the downpour continued; everyone swiftly made their way back into the main building, having developed a sort of camaraderie from the shared moment. Despite the unforeseen circumstances, Amanda and Mike remained in high-spirits and stunning as ever, and continued on to have an incredible evening, wrapping up with fireworks and a performance by Brazilian dancers.

I’m so thankful to have been able to be a part of capturing this wonderful couple’s wedding day, rain and all, and I wish them only the greatest of joy moving forward in their marriage!


Aaron Rolston