Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Congratulations Christina & Zander!

Santa Monica, California
The one word that sums up Christina and Zander best is Fun (with a capital f). Their beautiful and elegant sunset ceremony at Shutters on the Beach was punctuated with laughter from the couple and their guests. What a great way to start a marriage!

Santa Monica wedding photographer

I start the day taking some photos of the couple getting ready in their gorgeous suite in Shutters. Christina is a picture of calm.

She's also ready early. Final lipstick touch-up by make-up artist extraordinaire Poneh Kamrani.

Quick shots of the rings...

Dress and suit jacket

It's go-time. Christina puts on her gown.

Last-minute phone call.

One of the bridesmaids sprays the bride's hair one last time.

A spritz of perfume.

Almost ready...

I love Christina's hair!!!

Zander is running a little bit behind...

He brought their dog Einstein for some photos.

The groom gets ready in a jiffy.

Almost time for the ceremony!

The bride is ready...

Both Christina and her dad fight off the tears.

Walking down the aisle...

One of the couple's friends performs the ceremony. He tells everyone how Christina and Zander met years ago and slowly became friends. They started dating but for years there was no proposal. At one point the officiant asks the guests who thought the couple would never get married - and most of the guests, as well as the bride, raise their hand.

The bride is so radiant.

The sun is setting quickly which always presents a photographic challenge.

The bride and groom laugh with each other...

...and with their guests.

The Rings

Christina can't contain her excitement...

and neither can Zander!

The sun's last rays shine through.

The Kiss

More Kiss

Michael does a great job getting this wide shot of the couple's first kiss.

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.

One last kiss before the party starts...

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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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