Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope your holidays are picture-perfect!
And may all the magic and joy of the season be yours.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stylish Reception

Chula Vista, California
Mark and Melissa held their reception outdoors in their parent's backyard. Melissa's family did a great job with all of the decorations.

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The couple makes their grand entrance to lots of clapping and cheering.

The benefit of a second photographer is a different viewpoint, in this case the grand entrance from the guest's viewpoint.

Mark and Melissa start the evening with their first dance. I don't know what Mark said to make his bride laugh. I love this photo of the moms.

A kiss during dinner under the night sky.

Congratulations Melissa & Mark!

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rockin' Reception

Avila Beach, California
Melissa and Ryan's reception was held in a big tent at Avila Beach Resort. One of their unique wedding touches was this signature life ring instead of the traditional guest book.

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The newlyweds dance the first song as all their guests look on.

Ryan knows to make Melissa laugh.

Ryan's mom looks so proud of her son.

Melissa gets a little teary-eyed dancing with her dad...

... and so does her mom.

Then everyone joins in the celebration.

Night falls...

... and the party has just begun. Melissa's grandpa jives with his granddaughter.

All the bridesmaids boogie down with the bride.

Then it's time for the bouquet toss.

Melissa congratulates the winner.

Ryan is up next as he removes his new bride's garter...

then winds up to toss it to the men...

... who are all looking in the wrong direction.

Ryan and his groomsmen close the night with some cigars.

The last dance, last chance for romance.

The night is over, but Melissa and Ryan's married life has just begun.

Congratulations!!! Thank you for a lovely time!

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Beautiful Day on the Fairway

Avila Beach, California
Melissa and Ryan had their wedding ceremony and reception at Avila Beach Golf Resort.

The bride pauses with her dad before walking down the aisle.

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The mountains make for a majestic backdrop.

Melissa looks so serious in this photo.



More kiss...

The newlyweds!

I love this moment - Melissa & Ryan both look so happy.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bride Getting Ready

Avila Beach, California
Melissa decides on an updo for her wedding day.

The bride wrapped this rosary around her bouquet.

The groom's mom stitched Melissa's initials and wedding date on the bridal gown in blue thread.

Melissa's dress is gorgeous! I love all the buttons.

Finishing touches...

Melissa is ready! And simply beautiful might I add.

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Groom Getting Ready

Avila Beach, California
Ryan's mom adjusts his tie. He's ready for the big day.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Salt On C

Salton Sea, California
Michael and I went on a day trip and stopped by Salton Sea. I wish we had more time here - we will definitely be going back. Salton Sea is a former resort area, now abandoned. There are still some people living here, but most of the streets we saw had no houses. A ghost town where the dead fish are the ghosts.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Watching History

Culver City, California
I watched President Obama's inaugural address with a diverse crowd at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church. The crowd cheered and clapped for the new President.

I was particularly struck by Elizabeth Alexander's inaugural poem.

What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.

And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations,
help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate;
on the side of inclusion, not exclusion;
tolerance, not intolerance.

- from benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Little Fishing Village

Sausalito, California
My favorite cookies used to be Sausalito by Pepperidge Farms. Now I just look at one cookie and go up a dress size. Our calorie-free indulgence for the day was a quick trip across the Bay to Sausalito.

The streets were overflowing with tourists and lacking in parking. Even the seagull parking was full.

We made another quick stop at the Gates Cooperative house boat community.

The old bohemian neighborhood is characterized by its bright houses, many decorated with artwork from calaveras to what looked like nursery rhyme characters.

What all the houses had in common was that they were wearing down.

This boat and smokestack reminds me of Popeye.

I didn't want to intrude for too long. The residents seem tired of tourists coming by - and I don't blame them. It was time to get out of Dodge. But not before I took a photo of the coolest muscle car. Time to drive back.

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