German & Lisa

Can’t wait for these love birds wedding in May!

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Kevin & Stephanie’s Wedding

 

Some favorites from Kevin & Stephanie’s wedding at The Summit House

 

Walked into the room with all smiles from the bride πŸ™‚

Going over her vows πŸ™‚

Stephanie looked Stunning!!!!!

Kevin lookin’ handsome too πŸ™‚ (Rebeca took this shot)

She got him GOOD!!!!!!!

Last photo of the night πŸ™‚ Congratulations Kevin & Stephanie!

Wyatt & Angie’s Wedding

Wyatt & Angie’s wedding was at The Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook and it was absolutely a perfect day.

 

Here’s some of my favorites πŸ™‚

Angie & her mama!

Even Wyatt was a photographer for a bit πŸ™‚

as I shot Angie and her dad walk down the isle…

Rebeca got Wyatt’s reaction to seeing Angie for the first time

A moment to themselves right after the ceremony πŸ™‚

Mr & Mrs!

Wyatt surprised Angie with the location of their honeymoon. I think she approved!

Congratulations Wyatt & Angie!!!

 

Nick & Ali’s Wedding

Some of my favs from Nick & Ali’s wedding…

 

Ali you are gorgeous! Look at those amazing blue eyes!

Nick lookin’ handsome too while getting ready πŸ™‚

All ready to walk down the isle!

Thank you Megan for second shooting with me and getting this awesome shot of Ali & her dad as he walked her down the isle πŸ™‚

Congratulations Nick & Ali!!! Thank you so much for letting me photograph you big day πŸ™‚

Sharif & Melissa’s Wedding

Just some of my favs from Sharif & Melissa’s wedding :)…

 

Since I was a guest/photographer I was ever so thankful for Rebeca for coming and second shooting with me.

We’ll start it off with one of her images of the beautiful church πŸ™‚

And another shot of Rebeca’s!

I can never stress enough the importance of having two photographers. Thanks again Rebeca for being in the right place at the right time.

I on the other hand waited patiently on the other side of the church to get this shot. Then….

like a stealth bomber I flew to the other side of the church to get this shot of Melissa looking at Sharif πŸ˜‰ ok, maybe not that fast!

The beautiful bride…

and the handsome groom

Gotta love a laugh πŸ™‚

And the’re off to the reception site!

To take some photos as Mr. & Mrs πŸ™‚

They had an amazing belly dancer at their reception

Once again, the wonderfulness of having a second shooter. While I was snapping away shots of people dancing Rebeca got this photo of my grandma smiling at Melissa. Love it!

Congratulations Sharif & Melissa!

 

Ken & Jessica’s Engagement

It was such a beautiful evening photographing Ken & Jessica’s engagement session πŸ™‚

Their wedding is September is going to be AMAZING!!!

 

They didn’t even know I took these next two shots. I was changing lenses…looked up and just saw them being them πŸ™‚

 

Kevin & Stephanie’s Engagement

After many emails, a meeting at Coffee Bean, and some more emails. Stephanie said it was official and would love to have me photograph their wedding!

We went to Fullerton for their engagement session. The city where it all began! πŸ™‚

 

I’ll start it of with some good old black & white’s…

Such a good looking couple!

(BTW,Β  that window behind them was a public bathroom and every few second a toilet would flush. SO ROMANTIC! lol)

It made for a beautiful portrait though!

 

Alex & Shannon’s Wedding

Alex & Shannon got married at the Barcelo Resort in Cabo San Lucas. I was so thankful to be able to photograph their wedding. You can’t beat being at a wedding in Cabo! Everything turned out beautifully. With only close family and friends it was a perfect way to celebrate their big day πŸ™‚

 

Let’s start it off with the groom! Alex relaxing before the ceremony πŸ™‚

And the beautiful bride soaking up the sun while looking lovely in her dress πŸ™‚

The ceremony site was Gorgeous!

Loved this shot that my handsome second shooter (my hubby) got of Shannon and her dad looking at each other

And a close up of the beautiful flower girl walking with her mommy and grandpa πŸ™‚

One happy family!

 

Dinner on the beach! Oh my that dinner was delicious and the creme brulee was to die for!

father daughter dance πŸ™‚

Alex takes his dancing seriously…Shannon on the other hand thinks it’s hilarious!

 

The day after the wedding we took some more photographs of Alex & Shannon…

Thank you Shannon & Alex for letting Will & I be apart of your big day!

Adam & Katie’s Wedding

Adam & Katie’s wedding was at Big Horn in Palm Desert. The most amazing golf course I’ve ever seen and the best staff to work with πŸ™‚

A big thanks to Steve Cenicola, general manager at Big Horn for being so amazing and I’m sorry I almost ran over your foot in the golf cart!

Thank you Adam & Katie for letting me photograph your big day! You are truly an amazing couple and I had so much fun with the two of you πŸ™‚

Loved the amazing view during the reception

 

Melissa & Sharif’s Engagement

I swear it was poison ivy that has Melissa and me itching the whole time but I also thought we were sitting right where a bear took a nap and was just waiting to get bitten by a snake. Sometimes my imagination gets the best of me πŸ™‚

Melissa & Sharif, I’m so excited for your wedding next month! Thank you for finding this amazing new spot to for me to photograph at πŸ™‚

 

 

Sharif, your eyes are AMAZING!!!!!

Did I mention that Melissa is my cousin???? Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL πŸ™‚

Take a break and shake your booty!

ok…back to business πŸ™‚

You two are going to make some good lookin’ babies πŸ™‚

 

Chris & Dyanna’s Wedding

Chris & Dyanna’s wedding was atΒ The Queen Mary in Long Beach. I’ve never walked so much at a wedding before. That ship is HUGE!!!! A big thanks toΒ Rebeca for second shooting with me πŸ™‚

 

Even though Chris had pink eye and wasn’t feeling very well, the day unfolded beautifully…

Dyanna you look BEAUTIFUL!!!

Pink eye and feelin’ crappy…Chris is still lookin’ like a stud πŸ™‚

The first look…peeking around the corner to see her man!

Dyanna told me that they do not dance. They were even thinking of not doing a first dance at their reception. Ummm…really?!?!?!

You two dance like you are pros!!!

So glad they decided to do a first dance! even if they weren’t the only ones on the dance floor πŸ™‚

Brittany & Justin’s Wedding

Brittany & Justin’s wedding was atΒ Padua HIlls Theatre in Claremont. Let me tell you…the staff there was on top of everything! You can’t go wrong booking a wedding there. Seriously it’s my new favorite venue.

 

My day started off with the girls πŸ™‚

Buttons, buttons, buttons! Brittany waits patiently as her mom buttons ALL the buttons!

Check the hair one last time before the veil

 

Brittany’s nephew waits patiently to deliver her wedding gift from her future husband πŸ™‚

It was her something blue!

Praying before they headed outside

Meanwhile…Justin looking handsome

All the guys! Shot by my second shooter Megan

Loved the detail in Brittany’s dress and her beautiful flowers

Brittany!!! You are GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Seeing her dad for the first time!

Love it! πŸ™‚

Big brother you can’t see this kiss!

Mr & Mrs πŸ™‚

The first dance

Justin was not embarrassed at all during his brothers speech!

Justin danced better on his knees than I could ever try to do on my feet!

Was Brittany’s garter glued to her leg?!?! Justin is having a mighty hard time getting it off!

Grandpa Joe! I loved watching grandpa Joe. He made me smile the whole night πŸ™‚

Yes…Brittany thinks her friends are hilarious!

Glow sticks!!!

A hug for her momma πŸ™‚

Last photo of the night!

Congratulations Brittany & Justin!!!

A wedding from a different view

It was such a different way of being apart of a wedding. I’m usually there from start to finish documenting the day as it unfolds. This time around it was my turn to wear a different pair of shoes.

My friend Holly was marrying the man of her dreams and I was honored to be her matron of honor. The day unfolded beautifully πŸ™‚

Thank you Megan Siana Rebeca Irene & Dan Rarela for teaming up and photographing Holly & Erik’s wedding so beautifully.

Here’s some photos showing the many roles I played…

 

Hairstylist… (thank you angry birds for making my 3 year old sit still for me)

dress tier-upper (why can’t wedding dresses have zippers!)

Nose picker πŸ™‚

Photographer! Only for about 5 mins 😦

Two of my images from my 5 mins of shooting…

videographer…

(side note…look at my back! No butt crack baby!!! If you follow my blog you will have read that my dress was too tight and made me have a butt crack in my back. Thanks to Cage fitness I got rid of it :))

I lost 3.2 percent body fat from the middle of January to the end of April!

Before and after photos! Thankfully nobody had to see that nasty crack at the wedding!

My BEAUTIFUL kids…

being a mom never stopped that day…

I was so proud of Travis & Danyka. They did an awesome job being the ring bearer and flower girl.

I love how Danyka is looking at my mom in the isle. She loves her grandma!

Drink getter for the bride and groom (dan is focused!)

Shoe putter-oner…(I know my words are not real but I like it)

Speech time!!! I didn’t realize I talk with my hands πŸ™‚

Dancing with my sweet boy!

Seeing this melted my heart! It made me think of her wedding day dancing with her daddy.

Will & I with the newlyweds πŸ™‚

 

Aiden

This is the second time I’ve photographed Aiden. He’s such a sweet boy πŸ™‚

Look an airplane!

Jenny, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek. Your little boy is an angel πŸ™‚

Maggie & 2 out of 4

Maggie wanted to give herself and early birthday present and have photos taken of her and her kids. Well, life happens and only 2 out of her 4 kids could make it. That didn’t stop Maggie from giving herself her present and we went on with the show. Of course she would have loved to have them all there but wouldn’t you rather have these photos vs. nothing? Good choice Maggie!

Maggie, you are beautiful! Inside and out πŸ™‚

My absolute favorite from the session! You can just feel how much Rachel loves her big brother AND look at that smile on Josh’s face! I think that was the only photo he smiled in that wasn’t forced. LOVE IT!

Shannon & Alex

Their wedding is coming up in May and Shannon & Alex will be Mr. & Mrs!

They’ve let me photograph their lives since their baby girl was a newborn a little over two years ago. Thank you Shannon & Alex for trusting me and letting me document your journey together πŸ™‚

My Valentine’s Day present

I burn myself EVER time I use the oven. There’s no way around it. It just happens!

I loved my present. Most women would have wanted chocolates or roses but not me. I would much rather have oven mitts πŸ™‚ Thank you Will for buying me something that is going to protect me rather than add inches to my belly or die in a few days πŸ™‚

Katie & Adam

They didn’t want to regret not having any engagement photos. Katie & Adam, you made a great decision! Not only will they have their engagement photos to look back on years into their marriage but it was a great opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other at their session. Being photographed can be nerve-racking! Not knowing what to expect or better yet not even knowing the person who’s photographing you. That’s gotta be awkward right? Katie & Adam we no exception. I am however happy to say that I got a lovely email from Katie after their session saying this…”Thanks for making us so comfortable on Saturday and it made us so confident that we have the best photographer for our wedding”. That makes me smile πŸ™‚

Katie & Adam I’m super excited to photograph your wedding at one of my favorite venues in May!!!

Ali & Nick

Ali & Nick=one sweet couple that I adore πŸ™‚

Their wedding in July will be at the La Canada Flintridge County Club and I can’t wait πŸ™‚

This is the best shot from the day!!! No I didn’t take it 😦 I saw the look on Ali & Nick’s faces and RAN FOR MY LIFE!!! While I was too busy screaming and running away from the massive wave coming to swallow me up,Β Rebeca remained calm and kept snappin’ away. As you can see on Ali & Nick’s faces, I am not lying that this wave was MASSIVE!!!!!! Thankfully nobody had a camera pointing at me cuz I’m sure that would have been hilarious!!!

After a few laughs, we continued on…

Taylor

Taylor is going to be a famous actor one day. Β He promised that he wouldn’t forget me when he made it to the top πŸ™‚

His not so casual way of getting down from the ledge!

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Angela’s 16th Birthday

As I drove up the 5 fwy I was a little nervous. Why? 1. it was super windy. 2. I was on my way to photograph 13 teenage girls!

Angela didn’t want to have a normal birthday party. She wanted to have a fun day with her friends looking fabulous in front of the camera. They spent the morning getting their makeup done and met me after for a few hours of shooting. Thankfully the wind died down and the girls were the exact opposite of what I expected them to be. I couldn’t have had more fun shooting them πŸ™‚ As I drive to Vegas today to photograph my cousin Alexa’s sweet 16 birthday party, I will think of these girls and how easy and fun it was to hangout and shoot them and cross my fingers that the kids in Nevada are just as good to me πŸ™‚

The gorgeous birthday girl! πŸ™‚

And the rest of the beautiful girls…

Angela’s mom set everything up and she did an awesome job making the day just right for Angela.Β 

Thank you girls for such a fun day!


Cage Fitness

I regret that I never took before photos of myself before I started Cage Fitness but you can take my word for it that it’s a perfect way to help you loose weight and gain muscle. Which I had non of when I started. Muscle that is…I had plenty of weight to loose! Β So, I’m using my blog as a way to keep myself accountable. Here’s the deal…I need to loose a few more pounds and tone up to fit into a bridesmaids dress for my friends wedding in March. I am embarrassed to admit it but when I zip up my dress it looks like I have a butt crack in the middle of my back because my dress is too tight. Nasty I know! My plan is to show you my butt crack (before) photo right next to my NO butt crack (after) photo and prove to you that Cage Fitness is amazing and works. In the mean time, meet Brandi. She is a mom of handsome boys who kicked booty to get her body back into shape after having her second son.

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Jason & Jenette’s Wedding

My last wedding for 2010! What a way to end the year with such a beautiful couple! πŸ™‚

Jenette’s dress was absolutely perfect for her.

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Yup, fit her like a glove!

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Beautiful πŸ™‚

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I always try to make my couples laugh. I’m not sure if Jason was laughing at me or with me on this one???

Oh well…he’s laughing so I guess it doesn’t matter πŸ™‚

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The ceremony was in Jenette’s parents backyard. It was such a perfect day considering it was crazy weather the day before.

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Jenette and her dad were doin’ their thing to the macarena. Jason on the other hand was a bit confused!

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So like a loving wife, Jenette showed him what to do πŸ™‚ I think he was still confused but he tried!

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Congratulations Jason & Jenette!

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Jaiden & Jakob

Jaiden & Jakob’s dadΒ emailed me desperately wanting to get away from the department store portrait studio which he had been going to for years.

Well, HE DID IT!!!!!

Victor, I hope I did my job and opened your eyes to a whole new world of photography πŸ™‚

Your kids are adorable and I hope when you look back on these photos you will not only remember what they looked like but be able to feel the love and joy of who they were at this time.

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Donal & Jillian’s Wedding

Donal & Jillian’s wedding was at the Clark Estate in Santa Fe Springs. It was a beautiful day for a perfect wedding πŸ™‚

Thank you Donal & Jill for allowing me to be apart of you special day!

Will got a beautiful wide angle shot of the ceremony…

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and I got the close up πŸ™‚

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I LOVE the smiles on couples faces when they are announced as Mr. & Mrs.

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I pay extra close attention to the speeches during the reception. It’s going to be my turn standing up there saying my speech in March so I like to get inspiration πŸ™‚

Jillian’s sister’s speech was perfect. I loved it!

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Donal and his mom have a way that the look at each other. It’s so loving and heart felt. This is how I want Travis to look at me on his wedding day πŸ™‚

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TheΒ photo booth at their reception was perfect. It was so fun!

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Henry & Veronica’s Wedding

Henry & Veronica have been married for 6 years. They wanted to get married again but this time in the church πŸ™‚

It was a beautiful ceremony! Even though it was in spanish and I didn’t understand most of what they were saying I still felt the love πŸ™‚

Thank you Henry & Veronica for letting be be apart of your special day!

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It was a group ceremony…the first row were all the couples

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While I was in front of the church…Will (my hubby) got this shot of Henry & Veronica’s girls waiting to walk the ring to their parents πŸ™‚

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Looking at their beautiful girls:)

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Cecy & Eric’s Wedding

On a beautiful October day Cecy & Eric said “I DO” Β at theΒ Etiwanda Gardens.

Of course Cecy looked radiant while in her bridal room before the ceremony

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Eric was well rested and handsome…he had no problem sleeping the night before. His mind was peacefully dreaming about the Lakers!

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Congratulations! One of the first photos as Mr. & Mrs and Eric can’t take his eyes off of his beautiful wife πŸ™‚

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Can’t help it! I have to post more pics of Cecy πŸ™‚

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I’ll end it with their first dance πŸ™‚

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You can breathe now Eric…picture taking is done!

Thank you Cecy & Eric for letting me be apart of your big day!

Alexa

Alexa is my BEAUTIFUL cousin who lives way to far away 😦

She was visiting a few weeks ago and I was able to take some photos for her sweet 16th birthday.

Love you Alexa! You are amazingly beautiful and I hope we can get together for you senior pics!!!! πŸ™‚

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Charissa & Jerry

Charissa said she was up for anything…really??? Anything??? That’s when I knew this shoot was gonna be FUN!!!

I photographed Charissa & Jerry’s wedding last October. They were the PERFECT couple for this shoot!

We met them at Ruby’s and took a few shots there…here’s my fav πŸ™‚

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Then headed to the beach…

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Charissa actually thought of this…she worked it up on those stairs. GREAT idea Charissa! I loved it!

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Thank you Charissa & Jerry for being so perfect for this shoot!!! You guys ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What an end to such a fun day. Yes, I was wet, sandy and exhausted but it was well worth it!