Sam + Angel | Cruz Building Wedding | Coconut Grove, Florida

by Emily Pogozelski

When we first met Sam + Angel, they told us about their love story; how they started as friends, but became so much more. When we photographed their engagement session in May (click here to see) we loved that they recreated their fateful first date, finishing up at Lulu, the restaurant where they realized they had something special. During that time we were also able to check out their wedding venue, just steps away from Lulu; we knew then that the Cruz Building had the potential to be an incredible location for a wedding, and wow… we weren’t wrong!

The entire day was a visual and emotional feast; from the stunning light in the bridal suite to the heartfelt and beautiful ceremony performed by Sam’s father, everything was perfect. We loved the beautiful details the couple designed for their day (see their stunning wedding website here… can you tell that Sam is a gifted designer?), and we were absolutely thrilled by the energy and enthusiasm of all of the wedding guests! Moving through the Cruz Building gave the wedding a definite vibe… not only is the building a stunning backdrop for the day, it also lends itself to a smooth flow: ceremony and cocktail hour on the first floor; transition to the second floor for dinner and speeches; then on to the third floor for dessert and dancing! (And a custom espresso bar… Em was delighted.)

After a sparkler exit on the front steps of the building, Sam + Angel hopped into her Mini Cooper convertible and zoomed away into the night, so much more than just friends. We wish all the best to the new Mr + Mrs and can’t wait to show them the rest of their wedding images! Click below to see our favorites from the day and click here to sign up to be notified when the rest of the images are available.


Em instagram’d Steve taking the above shot: check it out hereThey chose not to see each other before the ceremony… but they did spend a few moments holding hands.

Many thanks to our fellow vendors:
Makeup by Alicia Couri of AC Beauty 
Hair by Todd Jameson of Nue Studio
Videography by Lindsey Croston and Julien Senderey of Senderey Video
Catering by Toss Catering
DJ by DJ Connection
Venue: The Cruz Building (Coconut Grove)

Please feel free to leave a comment below! We love hearing what everyone thinks of the day! xoxo Em + Steve




William Figueras III September 22, 2012 - 2:24 pm

So PROUD of the two of you! Now I really got to ramp up the prayers for you!

Nadeige Roseline September 23, 2012 - 2:38 am

Absolutely beautiful, breathtaking, I can see the love and joy in your eyes. I pray that you will find continuing guidance in the word of God. Make God the Head of your home together. Be blessed and prosper.

Alicia Couri September 29, 2012 - 3:29 am

Great album, love the pics can’t wait to see more.

Tina Hofer Medico October 10, 2012 - 8:04 pm

These are GORGEOUS Emily & Steve. What a beautiful couple. Congrats to the newlyweds. :)

Kathy Flynn October 16, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Beautiful setting, great looking couple. You always amaze me how you find the most unusual setting to display the rings. Wow!

Emily Pogozelski October 10, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Thanks sweet pea! So excited to show you your own wedding! <3 <3 <3

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