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I know, I know! It’s been over TWO months since my last blog post! As my last blog post mentioned, it was going to be my last one until I became Mrs! Well, here I am, as a MRS!! Hehe!

The last two+ months have been caahhh-raaazzzyy!! I know I’ve been busy this whole year, but these last two months have been the craziest I have ever been. (I think it was all our own wedding stuff and then getting right into prime wedding season) I couldn’t be anymore thankful for the craziness though.

I have SO much to blog and catch you all up on, but I thought I would start with sharing our OWN wedding day photos (on our two month anniversary) and how the week/day went! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am so excited to be sharing our favorite wedding day photos with you all!! Yes, this is our “favorites.” We received so many and it has been so hard to bring down. So, bare with me & enjoy them! ;P

I plan to share why we did certain thing for our wedding, on a series of blog posts (soon!), so my brides can get some insight, but for now, I plan to just share a peek into the week and the big day. ๐Ÿ™‚

My last blog post went live, on my last work day before our wedding week started. I took that Tuesday as a half day. I worked and then as soon as I put on my automatic email response on, I went straight into wedding mode. I organized all of our things for the rest of the week.

I took Wednesday, Thursday, and of course Friday off. (Our wedding was on a Friday.) Wednesday was a pampering day for me. I got all my “beauty things” knocked out of the way. This included hair removal, lash extensions, and nail appointment with my girls and the ladies in my family. I hoped that night, I would be able to fall asleep early, but NOPE. We were up late figuring out all the errands and details for the rehearsal and big day. On top of that, one of my maids of honors (I had two), was traveling from Arizona and not only got stuck in completely stopped traffic for hours, but her car acted up and couldn’t finish the last 1.5 hour drive to our place. All this happened at 4AM. BUT, that was the only bad thing that happened!! Phew!

Once she finally arrived (thankful for my mom and step dad for picking her and her boyfriend up, so David & I could get a little more rest!), we started the day! We went onto all of our errands (dropping things off at the venue, shopping for our AirBnB stay, & getting ready for rehearsal) and got it all done in a timely manner. We got to the AirBnB, unloaded the groceries, and got ready for the ceremony rehearsal. As we got ready, the rest of the girls started coming in and we left to our rehearsal at the venue and rehearsal dinner.

The ceremony rehearsal was short & sweet. We had family meeting for the first time, we got to practice, and enjoy everything. All with GORGEOUS weather. The sun was shinning with such pretty golden light with the perfect breeze. (I have to mention the weather, because our wedding day was well.. gloomy! haha!) We then went to a pizza place down the street to have a laid back rehearsal dinner. We all got to hang out, chat, and go over the wedding day schedule. We all stayed later than planned, but it felt nice to see everyone having a blast.

David and I said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. The girls and I went to the AirBnB, while David went to our apartment.

As soon as we got settled into the AirBnB, I gifted my girls their thank you gifts and thought we would try to sleep. NOPE. Of course, us girls (most of us) stayed up chatting. Luckily, I got the chance to take a bath to relax! (Which as a huge accomplishment! haha!)

I thought (the fact that the “I thought” is becoming repetitive, just shows weddings can always change! haha!) I would be able to sleep fine, since I was tired and I already know how weddings go, since I am in the industry. Again.. NOPE. It was hitting me at 1AM, after laying in bed with my cousin (my maid of honor) for a little bit, that it was about to be mine and David’s turn. It wasn’t a client’s day, it was going to be OUR DAY. I stayed calm, but my mind started to race. I wasn’t nervous, but my mind just wouldn’t let me sleep. Finally, sometime after 3:00AM, I fell asleep. But only to wake up at 6:30AM, with a phone call that our beauty team was here to start the day!

I let them in, brought them to the room where we wanted to get ready (& where it had pretty natural light), started my coffee, and started to wake the rest of the girls up.

“You’re so calm!” “How are you feeling?” “Is it hitting you yet?” “Are you scared it’s going to rain?” All the questions I was getting that morning. Yes, I was calm. I was excited and ready to continue on with the day and soak it all up. I didn’t get the butterflies until I saw myself all fully dressed to do my first look with my bridesmaids AND then right before I walked down the aisle. I wasn’t scared. It was gloomy, yes, but in all honesty, the weather was the last of my worries. I mean, I was a bit sad we weren’t going to have a pretty sunset during our ceremony and have our golden hour portraits. But, I was just ready to have a blast and be MARRIED to David and let what I couldn’t control, go. ๐Ÿ™‚ (It did rain, but during our indoor reception, so no one got wet.)

Our day had moments that weren’t fully planned, had our own touches that made it that much more special, and had our guest talking about how much they had (which is exactly what we wanted!) I simply went with the flow of the day, had fun with our loved ones, and tried to enjoy every single second of it all. ๐Ÿ™‚

This blog post can go on and on, but I will go ahead and start sharing photos and little caption snippets in between the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here goes!


I love this one. I chose to only keep it to my mom, sister, and niece in the room to help get me ready. Lyla, my niece/jr. bridesmaid, watching my sister/her mom just melts my heart. She waited to patiently for it to be her turn to help.I will forever love this one. Her helping me put on our grandmother’s bracelet.

Another favorite! Wiping away her tears with the hanky I got her (it had a small letter sewed in for her)

These girls SCREAMED SOOOO loud when they opened those doors to see me. Definitely helped hype me up and make me feel beautiful for the day!

Proof of the only time a tear ran down my face the whole day (I did well keeping in those tears most of the day!! haha!) Hearing my dad read a letter I wrote him and have him choke up and then burst out into more tears when he saw me made me lose it. Instant tears!

For mine & David’s first look, my eyes watered, but I was just SO happy to finally see him!! & I think since I knew he would already cry, it wasn’t a shock to me! ;P

Get yourself a husband that instantly looks at your behind when you tell him to check out the detail on your back! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha!!

Wouldn’t have been the same with out this awesome group!

Other than each other, these are our best friends. I am definitely a daddy’s girl and he is a momma’s boy! <3

The creators! haha!!

Our siblings! I gained 2 more sisters and he gained another 6 siblings!

The love they have for each other will forever be my favorite!

I am SO happy we got some moments of my grandmother and the veil. She has made so many precious things in our family, it was only fitting that she helped make my veil. It is something I will forever treasure.
& They officially call him their “Uncle Dave Dave” (though, that’s already been happening for years haha!)

We had ring “security” and one of them ran around the WHOLE ceremony area instead of down the aisle with the second ring security! haha! It was hilarious and the perfect touch to start our ceremony.

These two photos are a true representation of our ceremony. Tears AND so much laughter! ๐Ÿ™‚

It meant so much that David’s dad officiated our wedding, even with those tears he didn’t think would come. “No, I will be fine. I got it!” as he would continually say during the planning process. He may have not known he was going to tear up a few times, but it sure helped make the tone of our ceremony. Full of love!

When we were planning our ceremony, we couldn’t decide on who we wanted to go first for the vows. So, we did Rock, Paper, and Scissors. David and I BOTH did scissor, then paper, then he lost when I pulled out rock! ๐Ÿ˜›

We wanted to do something different and unique. We decided on doing our thumbprint on a canvas, so we can add a quote around the thumbprints and hang it in our home. (Unfortunately, that can’t happen due to a staff member throwing the canvas away, but that’s for a different story. But there was a reason behind doing the canvas! hehe!)

I am going to be making that black & white one HUGE for our home!! It is a definite TOP favorite!

Ever since David and I started dating and being in the wedding industry, I have seen so many unique ways for the groom to be involved in the decorations. I once saw the idea of the table names/numbers be named after Super Heroes. So, with the love David has for super heroes, it was going to happen for our. We then wanted our cake topper to be unique to us. We go to the gym 4-6 times a week, it’s how we first started talking, and it was only fitting that we picked one with a barbell. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was the BEST game! We only had the time frame of ONE song (about 3 minutes) to go to ALL of our tables for a photo. It was a “selfie challenge.” We were out of breathe by the end of the song, but it was so fun to RUN to each table, see what they did, and quickly snap the photo before the next table. Seeing the final result/photo(s) was hilarious!!David got me so good with the cake, that he got some in my EAR! Our sweet (& AMAZING) coordinator help get it out!


& Here is our video!! ๐Ÿ˜€

It was the BEST day! If we could do it over again, I TOTALLY WOULD!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Thank you to our awesome vendors!

PHOTO: Jaime Davis Photography
VIDEO: Motivity Films
VENUE: Alta Vista Country Club
FLORAL: Victorias Garden – Anaheim
MAKEUP: Emilee
HAIR: Mariana & Marisa
DRESS: Panache Bridal – Costa Mesa
ALTERATIONS: Meral Kaya Couture Signature
CAKE: Creative Cakes
DJ: Station Identification

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I am a wedding & portrait photographer based in Southern California and beyond!

I started at the young age of 16 in my hometown of Orange in Orange
County, California. As my photography business grew and I got married,
life took me to the Chino Hills area, making me more centered to all
major Southern California counties.

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