It’s Spotlight Day, where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding vendors and share the stories behind these companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
Hiring the right wedding vendors is so important on your wedding day. The photography is there to capture every special moment and create forever memories.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s vendor spotlight, Kara Rebello of Embrace by Kara.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
I photograph couples in love. As a wedding photographer, I have the honor of preserving some of the happiest moments of your life. It’s kind of the best actually.
What did you do before you did this?
I have a background in accounting and office management. Pretty much the same thing as weddings, right?
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
I love making someone’s love story into art. The art you put on your wall, look at, and fall in love all over again.
What motivates you to do this every day?
I love what I do! I love helping my couples before the wedding, getting to know them at their engagement session, and spending their day watching them get married through my lens. My couple’s memories become my memories. And it’s heartwarming to have so many happy moments to look back on.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
Every compliment makes my heart sing, but probably when my bride saw her photos and just started crying non-stop, then hugged me.
How did you decide on the name of your company?
Embrace is the act of holding someone close to you, sharing your affections, and feeling loved. These are the emotions I strive for in my photographs and what I want my couples to feel.
What types of events do you specialize in?
Anything “couples.” Besides wedding photography, I also photograph proposals, engagements, anniversaries, and more. I also love working with brides for their boudoir and glam sessions.
Tell us about your favorite type of engaged couple.
Real couples. The brides and grooms that are excited to get married because they are in love and can’t wait to spend forever together. It doesn’t matter if they are having their wedding in their backyard or in a grand ballroom. Love is love.
Why do couples hire you?
Because they trust me. Because I am invested in their special day. And because I truly care. I’m the kind of photographer who wants you to be happy. I will take whatever situation you give me and do everything in my power to make magic.
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
The most common question I get is actually more of a “we don’t know what we are doing.”
Couples don’t know how to act in front of the camera. Don’t worry! I got you. I help guide poses so they flow. You won’t look stiff or feel like you are suffering to smile. We play games, laugh, and have fun. That makes for the best photos.
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why.
I’m a huge fan of Mission Inn. The whole property is lush and beautiful with multiple choices for any bride. From their polished courtyards and grand ballrooms to their rustic marina, Mission Inn has it all. Best of all they have an amazing staff! I know my couples are well taken care of when they have their wedding at Mission Inn!
Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant is by far my favorite unique wedding venue. Just minutes from Lake Eola, it’s nestled in the heart of downtown Orlando and offers exquisite Spanish charm. Kelly and her team perfect every wedding day down to the last detail. Another amazing feature is they serve the best food! You and your guests will be very happy at Ceviche!
The Royal Crest Room was already a stunning venue, but they’ve been adding even more beautiful features for their couples. I love this versatile venue. It offers that perfect clean canvas for any couple to design their dream wedding. And the sunset is always epic there!
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“Kara shared in our vision and with only a few conversations, she exceeded all expectations. I was a very reluctant bride, with little to no knowledge of what to expect during the whole process. Kara reassured me and helped in all the ways she could. The best part was when I thought she had left, but she actually was setting up to catch the sunset shots I really wanted and ended up capturing the most beautiful photo any of us could have imagined. If you are on the fence of whether or not to use Kara, believe me when I say you will not be disappointed. She is extremely professional, personable, and truly puts herself in the moment, laughs with you and even cries in the genuine emotion of the moment. Thank you, Kara, for making our dreams come true and making our memories everlasting.” – Tiffany & Christopher, Sydonie Mansion
“Finding a photographer was one of the hardest things for us. To balance the budget with finding a style that you like, you look through a lot of photos! We are so happy that we went with Kara! She is so spunky and creative, and she will keep you laughing the whole time! Our engagement shoot with her was wonderful, and her eye for detail is truly evident in the photos she takes. People were drooling over the photos she took and I couldn’t wait to get to our big day just to see what other amazing photos she would capture! Kara was super understanding that my husband’s parents had recently divorced and helped make everyone feel like they were special. She knows just the right things to say to get even the least flexible people posed just right, and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to get all the important shots. She is absolutely amazing!” – Jen & Preston, The Royal Crest Room
“Kara single-handedly saved our wedding day! I was a very nervous destination bride, planning a wedding in six weeks from four states away. When I decided to reach out to Kara after reading an online review, it was the best decision I made in our planning process. Kara was able to make arrangements over the phone and through Facebook and was INCREDIBLY responsive. When I found myself stressed and unable to find the vendors I needed, Kara made wonderful suggestions and truly helped it all come together. Not to mention, I was blown away when I saw our photos! These are memories to last the rest of your life, and I am so glad we chose Kara to capture them.” – Samantha & Derek, Cypress Grove