Shot some quick Head Shots of the very beautiful and talented Norteño Singers: Paulina and Joanna Marii. Soon we will be shooting their CD cover.
You can hear them sing here! Paulina and Joanna Marii
They were hanging out with their own group of friends at Roscoe’s in downtown Fullerton, when one of Nicolas’ friends pushed him towards Robin. They hit it off, exchanged numbers and then… Nicolas lost his phone. Robin was about to give up on him, when his call came through four days later.
Nicolas made it up to her taking Robin on their first date to Newport Beach where they rode bikes, went kayaking, and grabbed some beers at Sharkeez. There, they found out they had the same favorite beer.. Sam Adams, Boston Lager! They ended with Dinner at Wood Ranch.
Robin really did not want a boyfriend, but she soon found that she could not stay away. Nicolas was so much fun to be around, outdoorsy, and always made her laugh. She knew within the first weeks she had found a game changer.
Nicolas original plans for proposing changed when Robin had begun to figure out his plans, so the engagement came sooner. They and another couple went on a hike in Aliso Woods Canyon. They hiked to the “Rim of the World,” overlooking all of Laguna Beach and the ocean. There with the beautiful view, Robin began snacking on a granola bar while the other couple took pictures. While Nicolas and Robin posed, her face stuffed with a granola bar, Nick dropped down on one knee and completely shocked her. It was the most perfect proposal Robin could have asked for.
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It is the gift exchanged during the ceremony. They wear them acknowledging to the world that they are taken. Long before, he picked the engagement ring, carrying it nervously in his pocket, offering it to her with the most important question he would ever ask. It deserves its own picture. We always do our best to be creative when shooting the rings incorporating colors and decorations from the reception. I love shooting the rings!
Andrew’s sister started working for Elias. Soon she was hanging out with him. Like others, she knew that Elias and Andrew would be amazing together. Andrew was eventually hired in the same company. Elias became his boss, but he soon learned that Andrew would be the boss of his heart. Andrew’s 18th birthday party came around and their friends used it as an excuse to get them together. And so, as it was destined, Andrew and Elias became a couple. They worked hard, bought a house and built a foundation for a family. A little boy who needed care, love and a rescue from the situation he was in, found his way to them. They became parents. It would only be a month later when the social worker would inform that the toddler they had adopted had a newborn brother that needed to be placed. That night, they bought diapers, a bassinet and everything they did not have to welcome a newborn into their home. While others had nine months to prepare they had 4 hours. Two beautiful, healthy, well mannered, adorable little boys with dads who loved them, completed their family. Elias proposed and Andrew said yes to the man who had captured his heart years ago.
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“A soulmate is person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet… a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep.. so strong…so complex.. that you begin to doubt that you ever loved anyone prior.”
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A few months before, Victor and Carlos celebrated with the nation the Supreme Court Ruling allowing them to marry. Now, on their wedding day, they celebrated with their family and friends. As Carlos said, “I never could have imagined that one day we would get married and if I could imagine that, I really never imagined that my family and my friends would be here.” They were. And time and time again they kept saying that Carlos and Victor were the example of what a marriage should be.. devoted, unselfish, and caring.
The words from the Supreme Court Ruling were read…
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were. The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Tears rolled as Carlos and Victor exchanged vows, not just by them but by every person present. Victor, promised, “We will grow old together and I will look at your face and it will still be beautiful.” Their forever had begun.
Venue: The 1909 of Topanga Canyon
Florist: Brynne Heatley
DJ: Christina Castorena from DJ Legacy kept us partying!
Photography: A Story in Time– Jessie Cadenas, Tyler Wadsworth with the photography assistance of Stephanie Arellanes.
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It was a USC themed wedding with a touch of Mexican spice… and a bull dog. Even though there was lots of messing around and fun with the largest bridal party ever…. it always came back to love… love of family, love of God and of course the love that Marina and Rich have for each other. This wedding was an emotional roller coaster. Rich smiling one second in anticipation waiting to see Marina dressed as a bride and the next wiping tears away. Marina’s eyes watering as she walked up the aisle to Rich and then making everyone laugh by saying “I got him!,” seconds after putting the wedding ring on his finger. Tears from a flower girl moments before the First Kiss and then guests shaking maracas as Rich and Marina exited. The most emotional moment was when Marina danced with her Dad to Come Holy Spirit.
The dog paid attention and the kid dug in the dirt!
Wedding Venue: The Hotel Maya
Wedding Coordination: Jenny from At Your Door Events
DJ: Ray from Ultimate Music Entertainment
Hair: Yuri Gonzalez – IG yurigonzalez23
Make up: Nikki Napalm- IG NIKKINAPALM
Florist: Yvette Banuelos- IG BANVETTSIE
Cake: Rossmore Pastries
Photography: A Story in Time Photography – Jessie Cadenas, Tyler Wadsworth with the photography coordination of Stephanie Arellanes.
“A picture captures a moment in life, a reason to remember, holding the ones we love… forever.. in a Story in Time. “
To see all pictures from this event or to order prints click here: The Matas Wedding Gallery
Usually when a family contacts me for a family session, there are weeks of planning. A nice location is chosen, the perfect coordinating outfits are worn, time is taken for hair and make up and we have time. That would be any other family. Mine got notified an hour before, the location was down the street and around the corner and our outfits consisted of what we were wearing at the time. Also… time? Um that would be 15 minutes literally. 15 minutes because my brother had to run to the airport.
Thankfully, my best friend, Stephanie Arellanes from Save the Date Photography, is a photographer who was willing to put up with the insanity. (I guess she is used to mine, and figured my family couldn’t be worse.)
Maybe one day, I’ll get the beautiful location, the beautiful light two hours before sunset, the time, the coordinated outfits, the time… the dinner afterwards.. But no matter, I got the memories.
Blessed to do what I love! Blessed to have family.