Tuesday, June 24, 2008

J'aime & Chris ~ Married

Valencia, California
Hyatt - Valencia

Calm. Patient. Serene. All these words describe J'aime. As she was getting ready she chit chatted with her bridesmaids, checked her makeup, helped her bridesmaids with their dresses. It seemed like it was any ol' day, except for the fact that J'aime was wearing a gorgeous gown and looked absolutely stunning!

Chris and J'aime's ceremony was so touching. I'll tell you guys a little secret, Chris got chocked up...just a bit...okay, okay, he got choked up big time! It was really sweet to see a guy that is not shy to show his emotions. J'aime and Chris are awesome together and really compliment each other.

J'aime and Chris may be awesome, but their family and friends are not far behind! As soon as we met the bridal party we knew to expect a real par-tay! We were right! Jaime and Chris' entrance was unique, their toasts were touching, yet funny, the dance floor was rockin', and everyone was having fun! One of our favorite things from their wedding was that basketball and the Lakers were a big part of the wedding! You'll see what I mean when you see the photos ;)

J'aime & Chris: Art and I loved getting to know you when we photographed your engagement session, but photographing your wedding was a true honor and we ABSOLUTELY enjoyed every minute of it!

J'aime's Mom: Thank you for the compliment on my work! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as you enjoyed their e-session! :) I made an extra long post especially for you.

I could not decide between the following two so I blogged both ;)

Art caught this quick moment as I was running to catch them walking down the aisle. Can you tell Chris was happy?

This one is specially for Chris. We know he loves his J's!

The Father-Daughter dance is always one of my favorite moments to photograph. It was such a special moment for me in my wedding so it's nice to see it's just as special for others :) This photo is really sweet, if you ask me! You can tell that to J'aime's dad she is still his little girl :)

J'aime and Chris, thanks for allowing us to photograph your wedding!

Here is a photo of Art, it looks more like "Where's Waldo?" :P This was definitely the wedding with the most guest with nice SLR's...

...but our biggest competition was J'aime's dad! He has style!

I am sorry for the long wait for this post, but I have been sick, dehydrated and simply out of it! Now poor Art is not feeling well :( I have a lot of posts coming up including a few weddings!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My thoughts...

...on the Lakers game.

Arrrgghhhh! I kept begging Art to change the channel, but he insisted on putting himself through that massacre! I, on the other hand, opted to not put myself through that! Don't get me wrong, I love the Lakers, but that game was just way too harsh for me to finish watching it! Deep inside I had an ounce of hope, but I guess it was just not meant to be :( I do look forward to next year when Bynum is back! I think we will be way stronger than this season. That is going to be off the hook, considering that we were really good this season! I can't wait!

I still love my Lakers through it all :)
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Feliz Dia Del Padre, Papi!

Every day I thank the Lord for blessing me with an exceptional Father. No matter how hard I try to repay my Dad for everything he has done, I feel like it will never be enough. When my Mom passed away my Dad was left to raise a 12 year old and a 2 year old all on his own. A pre-teen and a baby...WOW! I can only imagine how tough it was, but he never gave up, never complained, never left us alone. He has always been there to give us love, talk to us about our Mom, discipline us, stand up for us, protect us, give us advice, pick us up when we are down...he has been there for everything. Through the good times, bad times, happy times, sad times, out of control times, he has been there.

There were so many things I did not understand when I was a child (like getting punished for getting detention), but now I do and I am extremely grateful for the involved and caring father my Dad has always been.

I come from a humble home where there were not many luxuries, but there was an abundance of love. Thanks to my Father I've never had to wish for anything because all that was necessary was given to me. My Dad is my guide and because of him I am who I am. I am not scared to speak my mind and I am not afraid to be who I am. Because of my Dad I know how to value all the special people in my life and not minimize anyone else. My Dad has taught to be open and to never be afraid to try new and, sometimes, scary things.

My Dad is seriously who I look to for advice, for comfort, for reassurance. Every day I call him just to say hi and chit chat. I know that whenever I have great news he is there to celebrate with me and when something is bringing me down he is there to lift me up and say everything will be okay. That's why he is my hero, my confidant, my protector, my teacher, my inspiration, my strength, my rock and my guide.

The other day something really frightening happened to Art and me on the freeway. I called my Dad in a panic and he soothed me with calming words. The next day I called him to say hi and he sounded really tired. I asked what was wrong and he said he barely slept worrying about us and about us getting home safe. Only a Dad could worry that much. Although I am already a grown woman who is married, I think to my Dad I will always be his little girl. Although today as we were walking to the store he put his arm over my shoulders. All of a sudden he says, "you know, you're not that little anymore..." I think he might have meant my height :P

Thank you, Daddy, for being you and always giving us more love than anyone can imagine. I am so proud to call you my Father. I love you!



Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers out there!!!
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Need some cheering up?

I know I sure do! Ah, those Lakers! I am still proud of them, but, man, oh man! What in the world happened?! They need to make history in order to win! I believe it's possible, but I hope they believe it's possible!

Well, enough with that because I will seriously get even more sad :(

On a happy note, I have a wedding to share with you! :)

This was a very small wedding in Orange County. I had a lot of fun photographing their special day. They requested a lot of candids and black & white. No problem! :) Here are some of my favorites:

I love this moment Art caught right after the ceremony.

Yours truly in action :)

So what's coming up next? Here's a sneak peek of one of the teasers to come!

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