Miranda Lawson Photography » Naples Wedding Photographer

In a world of FL beach weddings, this stunning celebration most definitely takes the cake. The ceremony planned by I Dew Events was set at the beautiful South Seas Resort in Captiva, FL. The sun was shining, there was a light breeze and there were birds, birds, birds, everywhere! And please, take a look at that bouquet! River District Florist did an incredible job with the arrangements.

The reception location was under a gorgeous white tent and the giant full moon took this wedding to a whole new level of breathtaking.  I have so many favorite moments from the day because the bride did not allow the stress of the day to negatively impact her personality and it really shows in her photos.  She is smiling and laughing in literally every photo! From the brides contageous laugh, to the birds and the full moon, this wedding was one of my all time favorites. This personalized beer mug from Groovy Guy Gifts was one of my favorite groomsman gifts!  They really nailed the custom engraving too.  And as you know, the best gifts are ones that come personalized, as that personal touch stands the test of time. This fantastic mug can be engraved with one single initial on the outside for the entire world to see. But the really unique feature of this stein is you can also engrave the inside with your favorite catchy phrase. This makes it literally good till the last drop!

You don’t have to take my word for it, go visit Groovy Guy Gifts and get one of your own!River District FloristRemember those birds I mentioned? 

Yes, I am a Naples wedding photographer but once per year I offer mini sessions for holiday family photography in Florida. As most of you know, Southwest Florida doesn’t get the winter season. As a result, I find it difficult to get into the holiday spirit when we are surrounded by palm trees, beaches and 80+ degree weather year round. (In all honesty, I’m not complaining about FL, I love it here!).  In SWFL we also do not have rustic Christmas tree farms that so many (not so) creative photographers use as a quick and easy holiday backdrop.

I wanted to create a holiday feel, to make up for the lack of winter weather. And this was the perfect year to make due with what I’ve got. After Hurricane Irma took down many of the trees in the Naples FL area, I had an abundance of Australian pine tree limbs– everywhere!  Why not recycle and reuse these tree limbs for holidays minis while also helping with cleanup? After much planning and hard work, I was able to create this woodsy pine tree teepee! From the cypress tree flower crowns (also crafted by your truly), the gorgeous long sleeve lace wine colored gown I found here and the beige tan crochet dress here,  these holiday mini sessions are my absolute favorite.

This years holiday mini photo sessions are scheduled on November 11th. $200 includes up to 30 minutes of photos, 20 edited digital high res images, and print release. To select your time slot, email mirandalawsonphotography@gmail.com

When my cousin Ella announced she was engaged to marry her long time boyfriend, Mark, I was so excited!  In the ultimate show of DIY, they decided to build their own venue in THE WOODS! (btw, we don’t have “the woods” as a venue location for weddings in Naples, Florida!) It was no surprise because Ella is also a creative photographer and artist but I was blown away by the final result! The natural surrounds with an artistic edge were stunning. Whats better? She documented the entire wedding on her blog and titled it, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”! Check out part 1 here AND part 2 here! 

From the bride: “cutting paper for decorations, shoveling mounds of wood chips, and planting hundreds of succulents. My then fiancee helped my dad build a bridge, and he whipped up a beautiful arch only a couple weeks before our big day. Everything that went into the day was a project–and I loved it.

While I wasn’t home, my parents worked so hard to make my dream a reality. One of my best friends took charge as a wedding coordinator and another girl organized all the food/ food related tasks. Over the weeks, groups of kids worked in the woods, getting dirty, wet, and tired. All for this day. I am still overwhelmed with gratitude…”

Word of advice from a wedding pro, make some sanity saving decisions and go with an elegant but simple wedding invitation. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with what feels like never ending invite options. Do you really need all those extra pieces of paper? Should I go with letterpress or foil? The truth is, simplicity is best.  I’ve got you covered because Basic Invite has a hundreds of simple yet elegant invitations One of the things I love the most about Basic Invite is their Custom Samples. Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. This is what I feel sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what I feel is their biggest draw.  If you feel like you want more creative control, Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it.

Be sure to also check out their wedding save the datescustom wedding guest book , bridal invitations and name cards!


Nautical always makes incredible wedding photography. But a nautical wedding surrounded by docks and chic style in South Florida on the Gulf? Next level. This Cape Coral bride and groom wanted a fun wedding with artistic wedding photography in the sunshine. This wedding definitely has the “wow” factor. See some of my favorites below.