Mariana & Marcello
“You never understand life until it grows inside of you”
It’s been said that you don’t know true love until you become a parent, and I’ve seen this incredible love grow in my dearest friend Mariana since the day she found out she was going to be a mom. This past weekend, with the help of the incredibly talented Michell, a dear friend, and founder and owner of Cherry Blossom Studio, I had the honor of doing Mariana’s maternity pictures. It was truly one of the best days of my life.
We spent an afternoon strolling around Palm Beach island, looking for hidden corners to snap the perfect shots—and boy did we find some really good ones! Those who know me closely know that, for as long as I can remember, photography has been a passion of mine, and this year, I finally decided to start dedicating some time to it.
Mariana, thank you for allowing me to be a part of something so special. You know how much your happiness means to me, and I’m so happy to have been able to share this with you.
Michell, I can’t thank you enough for always pushing me to chase my dreams and goals, your support, and your inspiration. I couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart. You continue to inspire me in ways I can’t even put into words.
Bellas, here are some of my favorites, along with a fun questionnaire I had the parents complete for us. I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.
About The Parents To Be
What are your names?
Mariana & Marcello Mattos
How did you tell the new dad to be about the new family member?
Well, I had plans to surprise him, but I was so surprised myself and excited that I ran out of the bathroom yelling “I am pregnant!”
Do you have a baby name, if yes how did you pick it?
Yes, his name will be Pietro Mattos. I (Mariana) wanted to honor my grandfather whose name is Pedro. However, in my family there are so many Pedro, so Marcello had the idea of keeping our kids name Italian, that way we could still honor him but just in a different language. My grandfather cried like a baby when he found out
What do you love most about your partner?
Mariana – I love how he is very supportive, always taking care of our plans and future, and since day one never letting a day go by without saying I love you
Marcello- I love her excitement, morals and family values.
What do you want to remember about you two, right now?
We want to remember that all efforts right now will pay off down the road
Describe your perfect Saturday together
Call us old fashion, but there is nothing we like more than making a nice breakfast, do our gardening around the house, and enjoy our fur babies. To top it off a night out or dinner at home with a nice bottle of wine.
Tell me about yourselves. What are your hobbies?
Marcello loves Working out, cycling, motorcycling, and droning
Mariana enjoys swimming, cycling (due to the obsession of Marcello), photography, and a nice bottle of champagne
What is one fun fact about each of you?
Marcello is a compulsive online shopper
Mariana is the biggest goofball ever
What do you like to do together?
Travel, we love taking road trips across the country and trips around the world
Places you like to go?
Favorite place Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg)
If you could pick one word that describes you as a couple, what would it be?
Honesty – We are very honest with each other, with our goals in life, and with what we believe will make our relationship stronger