Saturday, January 9, 2010

That's Amore!

Huntington Beach, California
I met my husband a week after the start of the new millennium. We celebrated ten years (!!!) of knowing each other with a romantic and relaxing gondola ride through the canals of Huntington Harbour. Thank you to our awesome gondolier and to Sunset Gondola.

Sunset Gondola photographer

Sunset Gondola imports their vessels direct from Venice, Italy. This gondola was crafted by hand. The details, like this seahorse, are gorgeous.

It's a bit surreal floating in a boat that could have been made centuries ago, passing by modern day cruisers.

Happy Anniversary to us!

If you're interested, Sunset Gondola can be hired for proposals, weddings and vow renewals. And of course anniversaries!

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Congratulations Roxana & Claudiu!

Anaheim, California
Fall weddings are different in Southern California. For one, the days are often still sunny. And warm. Roxana and Claudiu had just such a day for their nuptials.

Orange County wedding photographer

But I'm getting ahead of myself. First things first. In this case, that would be the getting ready.

Claudiu makes sure his bowtie is just right.

Roxana holds in her dress as her mom and bridesmaid tie the corset back.

Almost done...

Roxana's mom puts in the bride's veil. Both the bride and her mom look so serious in this picture.

The couple said their vows in an outdoor ceremony at Kindred Community Church.

Roxana's mom and stepdad share a laugh before escorting her down the aisle.

He returned to walk Roxana down the aisle.

The ringbearer

The flowergirl is so focused!

Love the polka dot dress.

Michael went around the side to get another view of the ceremony.

Then he took this photo of me.

The ring

Sand ceremony


First Kiss


The new Mr. & Mrs.

Now it's on to the reception...

The bride requested a quick stop at her parent's house. She wanted a photo in front of the American flag. Both she and Claudiu emigrated here from Ireland, although they are originally from Romania. Their friends and family traveled from all over to attend their wedding.

And of course we had to include Winston the dog.

Then we went running to the reception at Anaheim Hills Golf Course.

Quick touch-ups before their grand entrance.

Roxana's mom toasts the happy couple, and all the attending family and friends.

The flowergirl's sister took photos all night long.

This salad looks so pretty!

But cake is my true weakness.

Mmmm cake!

First Dance

It's party time!

The ringbearer is getting sleeeeepy.

This is my favorite photo moment of the night. The bride and groom steal a kiss on the dance floor as if no one's watching.

Many thanks to Roxana and Claudiu and your families! We had a great time at your wedding and you made us feel like family. All the best to you both in your new life together.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sailor Takes a Wife

Mission Viejo, California
I'm designing an album for Ashley and Brian. They said their vows at Mount of Olives Church, where they met, in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends. I thought I'd share some of my favorites from their day, like this moment after the ceremony when they didn't know I was looking.

I shot a few getting ready photos. Ashley looks so serious as her sister helps her put on her grandmother's necklace.

The lovely bride holds the flowergirl's hand as they walk into the church.

Ashley and her dad share a laugh before they walk down the aisle.

The groomsmen and bridesmaids all look lost in thought and a bit nervous right before the processional.

Here comes the bride!

Michael took this awesome photo from the balcony.

There was no flash photography allowed during the ceremony, but the church did have spotlights around the altar.

One of the messages I took away from the minister's words on marriage was about service. The Bible talks about serving the Lord. The minister suggested we ask ourselves how to be of service to our spouses.

The Vows...

The Rings...

And of course - The Kiss.

Brian is smiling in every photo. He is one happy groom!

Some of my favorite moments are after the ceremony when everyone wishes the couple well.

Brian gives a smooch to his grandma.

Brian's brother and best man is very wise for his years, but he's still his mom's baby.

The bridal party chat with the bride and groom.

Brian's brother borrowed his sailor hat. It looks like a good fit!

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