Victoria Morais was the perfect bride for her dream-come-true wedding at
Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens.
in the special moment.
“As soon as his bride walked down the aisle,” says Aligata,
“Gustavo gasped and said, ‘You are so beautiful and I just
love you.’ ”
Since the groom’s family wasn’t going to be able to be there
in person, Aligata, who also works in collaboration with
Eighth Avenue Studios doing video production, was able to
capture the moments when the newlyweds connected with
the family in Brazil via FaceTime, so everyone could share in
the memorable moments.
Aligata says the entire day was filled with so much love
and gratitude from the couple and the whole family that it
was a beautiful and memorable event even for the photographer,
the florist and the designer who had put it all together
and helped make it come to fruition.
“I think the simplicity helped make it perfect,” she says.
OPTING FOR OUTDOORS
So many similar scenarios have played out for couples
during the past two years that Aligata says around 80 percent
of the weddings she books are held outside, and many are
smaller, more intimate affairs, too.
“It’s always so nice to be able to shoot an outdoor wedding
because it gives you a chance to be so much more creative,”
she says, though she is quick to point out that even most
couples who choose outdoor venues are opting for locations
that also provide a ‘Plan B’ in case of inclement weather.
Because of travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, the groom’s family
was unable to attend in person. But thanks to FaceTime his parents were
able to participate and even walk down the aisle with the happy couple.
“There are so many beautiful settings on the Treasure
Coast, and I really love them all,” she says.
For Aligata, shooting a wedding, garden or otherwise, is all
about the relationship she develops with her clients.
“I love being able to grow with my clients,” she says,
“From engagement photos to weddings to pregnancy and
baby photos, and so on, it seems it’s all about trust. Once we
get to know one another, I can capture their inner light, I can
see their heart smile. They trust me, and I trust them, and that
makes all the difference.” E
Surrounded by family members, the newlyweds pose in the garden that
proved the perfect background to begin a lifetime of love.
14 Port St. Lucie Magazine