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Vintage Engagement-Danielle and Sifa

Danielle’s friend was dating Sifa’s cousin. They had the amazing idea that Danielle and Sifa would get along. And so this love story began with a phone call. Sifa dialed the number and looked down at the list of topics he had made in case the conversation stalled. He never needed that list. Danielle was the girl he could talk to, the one he could laugh with, the one that listened to his poetry, the one that made him smile… just thinking about her. Then came the first date and both Danielle and Sifa worried if they would like each other. Danielle’s mom drove her to meet him and teased her all the way there. Danielle looked at the boy  who years later would be the man that proposed on a beach and thought…”Thank God he’s  hot!” They watched a movie and Danielle cried during a sad scene. She feared Sifa would laugh at her, but he instead comforted her. She knew then that the sweet boy who could up put with her at her worst, had to be the one. She was in love… Forever.

 

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  • JacobI felt like I went back in time! These are beautiful Jess.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky DowntainLuv this photographer! Danielle and Sifa’s pictures are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • MonicaThese are so amazing! Love the ones in the alley!ReplyCancel

  • VanessaSuper cute!!! Love the theme and overall look and feel of each image!ReplyCancel

  • NatalieLove this vintage shoot!ReplyCancel

  • DerekSuper cool shoot! Love their outfits and gorgeous couple!ReplyCancel

  • SofieAmazing vintage shoot! Love every image!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal's Elegant AffairsFrom the moment I saw Danielle get out of the car, I was in shock. She was breath taking and the location for their engagement shoots was perfect! It was such a pleasure to be a part of this couples session and I am looking forward to their wedding day! Amazing Job Jessie 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Ksexy time!! what a session…I know they loved them so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • Veronica VarosVery cute theme. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AnjaOh, I love their styling! What a fun session and great portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Darin CollisonReally awesome clothes. And hair. And photography. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsie Taylorgreat work! love the contrast in your black and whites.ReplyCancel

  • Lucas DowntainI cherish my sister and soon to be brother-in-law, They hold a very special place in my heart! Good luck on life’s endeavors. I’m very proud of you guys.
    Love, “Big bro”ReplyCancel

  • SheilaI never thought Danielle , that you could get any more BEAUTIFUL !! But you, with your Sifa and these photos… Stunning. I know, that is such a Nanny word , but it is so true. You both are awesome and perfect for one another. Happy, Peaceful Joyful Ever after. I am so Happy for you both. Your eyes, Dani, have always spoke volumes from your Soul and the Photographer captured that. Love you , aunt SheilaReplyCancel

  • SheilaSpokeN … your eyes have always spokeN volumes from your Soul. dang keyboard… love youReplyCancel

  • LoniBeautiful! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • OliviaAmazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • FregosoYou two are gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Daytonah500Like the part where it says “Sifa’s cousin..” that’s me everyone…lol…nice pictures n ofa atu to you both..ReplyCancel

  • Julia SotoI literally showed off these pics to my friends. They are timeless and awesome. My cousin Danielle looks B-E-A-utiful.ReplyCancel

  • James DowntainMy Beautiful “Peapod” and her great fiance’ Sifa!ReplyCancel

  • RobynThe pictures are beautiful!Congrats to your new chapter!ReplyCancel

  • kat lairLove and miss u. U guys look sooooo good!!! Lovin the style of the shoot.!!!!! Congrats xoReplyCancel

  • JeffroBest wishes on your happiest of days!ReplyCancel

  • janell lairOh my stars!!! I’m soo happy for both of you. My words of advice are: do not fall in love…grow in love. best wishes to you and yoursReplyCancel

  • Pat ZavellaYou two look so happy. It was meant to be.ReplyCancel

  • Connie ZavellaWhat a great story, I know you will live happily ever after. I love the pictures great idea. Love uReplyCancel

  • JessicaSo glad that I can be a part of your special day. Can’t wait! Love you both.ReplyCancel

  • LauraThese came out great! What a gorgeous couple! Love you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Mary TitusWhat a beautiful couple! Love the black & white photos, they’re gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • debbievery unique and beautiful but there must be a problem with my computer as the pics are a little blurry oh no wait its still just my darn teary eyes. what on earth am i going to do at the wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Marci SerranoAmazing photos!!! Absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • JessWow Dow you look beautiful! And Sifa you look very handsome! I know you guys will have many many happy years together full of laughter and love ! Love you guys <3 the best sister ever 😉ReplyCancel

  • mollyBeautiful BeautifulReplyCancel

  • PaeaLike the mcdonalds jingle say im lovin it haha happy i could be a part of the ride yall took to get to this point in life love yall deeply an sincerely oh an danielle welcome to family, there gone be some crazy ish goin on but we mean the best hahahaha ofa atuReplyCancel

  • NancyI have known you your whole life Danielle and you are so beautiful and Sifa you are so handsome. I love these pictures and want to wish you all the love and happiness in the world. Love you both!!!ReplyCancel

  • M CorralI love the Noir feel to these shots. Danielle and Sifa made the best decision choosing you Jessie, And Sifa I have to know where you buy your hats.ReplyCancel

Crystal’s Elegant Affairs- Wedding Planning and Coordination

A beautiful wedding is not something that easily comes together. There are details that must be put in to place, vendors that need to be informed and kept on a timeline, family members with special needs, last minute emergencies…etc. Crystal makes sure that a bride’s wedding day is as flawless and smooth as any Elegant Affair.

Crystal is an excellent wedding coordinator who truly cares about her clients and their special day. She ensures that every detail is put into place. She works along side the bride to put together a time line and to tie in all of the details. She also works closely with all of the vendors the day of the wedding. She over sees setup and the events, as well as be on site at the reception to make sure the events go off without a hitch ensuring that one of the most memorable days of a couple’s lives- their wedding- is an amazing day.

I had the opportunity to document Crystal during a wedding. Please note that I was not the wedding photographer for this event.

Ensuring that the layout is exactly the way the bride wanted it…. Greeting the Pastor and going over specifics of the ceremony. Greeting the Pastor and going over specifics of the ceremony. Talking with the DJ… Music for the Ceremony, names for the Grand Entrance… Making sure everyone knows where to go… Cuing everyone as they go down the aisle. Last minute reminders to smile and of course… fixing the bride’s dress.  One last peek as the bride makes her way down the aisle… While the Ceremony occurs a wedding coordinator continues to work. In this venue, tables were going to be moved into the ceremony site during Cocktail hour. 
There are a list of family members who need to be at  in the Family Pictures.
It is the smallest details that make a bride happy and comfortable… Crystal went to find the bride after her pictures ensuring that the timeline went on schedule.  Making sure everyone is ready for the Grand Entrance. 

The Amazing Bride and Groom: Jonathan and Denell Payne
Wedding Coordination for this Event: Crystal’s Elegant Affairs.
The Beautiful Venue: Franciscan Gardens , San Juan Capistrano
The flowers: The talented bride herself.
The Fun and Moderen Dj: Elevated Pulse
The Delicious Catering: 24Carrots
Cupcakes: Goodie Girls from TLC Cupcake Wars!!!
The Wedding Photographers: Captured Moments

Photography Documenting this event: A Story in Time Photography

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  • Cristina BarraganGreat photos!! I just love this blog about Crystal. Wedding planning is not easy and I am so glad you outlined how much work is involved. What a great team you two are! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DenellThis blog is amazing! It is such a great idea to show people all the things a wedding coordinator does! Crystal worked hard the day of the wedding and I appreciate that so much!! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal's Elegant AffairsThank you again Jessie! It’s never easy to understand what a Coordinator does , or why it is worth the time and money a couple will spend working with one. Thank you for taking the time to capture the in’s and out’s of a wedding! I am truly honored to work with such a talented and loving photographer 🙂ReplyCancel

  • NarrelleWhat a great idea, and a wonderful way to showcase all the work the wedding co-ordinator puts in. I love her having that one last peek as the bride walks down the aisle.ReplyCancel

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  • Leslie VelazquezAwesome blog! Great way to showcase everything that a coordinator does. Yes, there is so much more that goes into all the details of coordinating a wedding. I completely understand and I don’t see in any way that this is pushing or forcing brides to hire a coordinator. It’s just a helpful blog to let people know what it takes to coordinate a wedding. Nice job!ReplyCancel

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  • NatalieSuch a great blog post! Wedding coordinators do so much behind the scenes!ReplyCancel

  • Albert PalmerGreat to see some behind the scenes photos 😀ReplyCancel

  • Ryan BrenizerGreat idea for a post. A good planner goes a really, really long way.ReplyCancel

  • Teegreat idea, i love the behind the scenes love to the coordinators. very refreshing!ReplyCancel

  • Dacia RolandoWhat a neat perspective on a wedding coordinator’s efforts.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia CrabtreeLooking for the name of the venue you used in corona. Someone’s house?ReplyCancel

Coco Palms Wedding- Tayo and Kemi Okusanya

Sometimes love is within our reach and we do not see it…or know it is there. So God makes sure that love travels and follows us waiting for that moment to be known. They both lived in Nigeria…in the same city, but there paths never crossed. They both moved to the United States and lived on opposite sides of the country. She was in Florida and he was in California. A mutual friend insisted, Tayo called Kemi. That first phone call lasted 3 hours! For Kemi it was a magical conversation and she didn’t want it to end. Obviously Tayo didn’t either because he kept calling her back..everyday..sometimes four times a day. They fell in love…and loving each other was effortless. Within a month she was for the first time in Tayo’s arms. Five months later, Kemi moved to California. Tayo asked her to marry him. “God blessed me and hand picked him solely for me…I truly believe that.” Love had crossed a continent, a country…It was all God’s plan.


The Beautiful Venue with incredible views for a large or an intimate wedding: Coco Palms
The Delicious Cake: Porto’s Bakery
The Photographers: A Story in Time PhotographyJessie Cadenas and Veronica Goltz

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  • Crystal's Elegant AffairsSuch a beautiful love story! I just love reading about all of your couples, brings a tear to my eye’s every time.ReplyCancel

  • SaraWhat a touching story! and beautiful couple! Great work, I love the photos of them holding hands underneath the lamps!ReplyCancel

  • SebaWhat a inspiring story. I love the shot of her eyes. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • melisa silvaLove it! The vibrant colors of the flowers and decor really jump out amidst all of the greenery. The sand is beautiful, a fresh change from candles. Very well done!ReplyCancel

  • NancyLove the set where the bouquet is on top of the angel pillar…. beautiful! And their love story is amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • AdonyeJajaAwe yeah you got to love Nigerian Weddings. Great work here!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherWOW these are fabulous. I love love love her dress.ReplyCancel

  • Jared TsengBeautiful couple! Great coverage.ReplyCancel

  • Marc Raymond PhotographyGreat job on capturing their special day! Very beautiful…ReplyCancel

  • AndreNice couple!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shiprawhat a sweet, sweet story 🙂 You rocked the portrait session. She’s a beautiful bride!ReplyCancel

  • DerekGorgeous wedding! Love your eye for details and your portraits are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Super Bim!Ladies,these are lovely pictures!Thank you.A happy and blissful married life to Kemi and Tayo.They are lovely people; inside and out. God bless!ReplyCancel

Sarah and Tim’s 50’s Engagement- San Dimas

Things are important. Things like green trucks and pretty rings. They are important because they are part of a love story. A truck that belongs to your grandfather and ring on the girl who said, “Yes,” and will love you forever. Love is timeless.

To see Sarah and Tim’s other engagement session and read their love story click here.

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Mission Inn Wedding- Liz and Kevin Griffin

A week before their wedding Kevin posted on Facebook, “Tomorrow marks 1 week til I get to marry the woman of my dreams. I’m so excited I can’t wait…I love you Liz!!! A smile spread across his face as he saw Liz walk down the aisle of the St. Francis of Assisi towards him. That smile never left his face all night.



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  • JacobWhat a beautiful wedding! As always…you are amazing at capturing details, emotions and incredible moments.ReplyCancel

  • ed peersCaptured so well. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Matthew EvansBeautiful!
    Gorgeous bride, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth GoalbyWhat a beautiful wedding, you’ve done the bride and groom proud!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan BrenizerI love the Mission Inn; my parents went on honeymoon there. Looks like a fantastic day!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Ismael-BennettShe makes such a stunning bride. You really captured how happy they all are!ReplyCancel

  • Joshua GullBeautiful work! She’s a gorgeous bride. I’m loving the prep and ceremony shots, and the portraits are awesome as well. The shot with the fountain in the foreground is especially cool!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Daywhat a beautiful bride! I love the group shot with the bubbles.ReplyCancel

  • Albert PalmerEpic photos on the grass – bet they’d make a great canvas.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Liz GriffinJessie!!!! I LOVE every picture! You did an amazing job! Thank you for capturing such a special day and letting me relive it with your beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Anton ChiaSo cute! Yet so beautiful and elegant. Great story you tell with your photos!ReplyCancel

A picture captures a moment in life, a reason to remember, holding the ones we LOVE... FOREVER.. in a Story in Time.

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