Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fave Vendor - Tina Molina - Coordinator

I'm sure you've heard it before, wedding coordinators are life savers when planning a wedding. They are like fairy godmothers without the funky clothes and 10 times more efficient. They are the ones that swoop in to make your day come together exactly how you dreamed...even when unexpected things happen.

I'm not even going to get into how much I love coordinators, because I am sure you already know from prior posts!

I am however going to introduce you to one of my very favorite wedding coordinators! If you don't know her yet, please check out her website:


I honestly don't know where to start with Tina because I think she and her team are absolutely amazing. I've had the honor to work with her at a few weddings. Every time she has helped put together all the amazing details our brides have worked so hard on, the wedding comes together without a hitch. Not only that, but the extra attention to detail adds that extra touch of beauty and thoughtfulness that you couldn't get unless someone is carefully taking care of all the details, a detail at a time. As much as brides would want to take care of all that stuff on the day of their wedding, they can't. They have a little something to tend to that I like to call "getting married!" That's when Tina and her team step in! They each pull at a different string to bring it all in beautifully and tie it with a perfect bow.

It goes beyond details, though. At a wedding it is always a given that unexpected "issues" will arise. More often than not, you will not be there to fix it, won't have the time, or simply don't want to deal with it. That is when a planner/coordinator will become your absolute wonder woman. That is when you will be the happiest bride just enjoying your wedding. Sometimes brides rely on the venue coordinator. Ladies, let me tell you, they are there for the venue. They will look out for the venue first and foremost, so you need someone who is on your court!

Don't get me started about timelines! As much as I love weddings and all that goes with it, I am no coordinator. Sometimes clients look to me to tell them what should be done and at what time, but I am a photo girl. I can give my input as to how long family photos will take, what time is better for portraits, etc., but I can't lay out a timeline for you. That is why, I breathe a sigh of relief when my brides have a coordinator. It lets me focus on what I do best, which is photography. It also liberates our clients from having to oversee everything and lets them focus on their family, friends and of course taking beautiful pictures :) Many times brides will rely on a DJ to take care of the timeline and while that is not a bad thing, I totally believe that you should only focus on one thing to be efficient. I focus on photography. DJ's should focus on music. Coordinators can focus on your timeline because they are pro's at it.

Anyway, sorry I just wrote a whole mini-novel here! As you can tell, I am very passionate about this :) If you are looking for an amazing day-of-coordinator or an all-inclusive planner, Tina Molina is the girl for you! If you are one of my brides/grooms, please give them a call! I can't tell you how seamlessly the day goes by when you have vendors who have worked together before. It's like we can communicate, without having to communicate :P

You can click on the link above to go to Christina's website or you can e-mail here at:

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Happy planning!
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Debra & Greg ~ Married!

Hi Internet! It seems like it's been forever since I last blogged. I guess it's because it has been forever! Not to worry, though! I came back with A LOT of images!

Debra & Greg tied the knot last month. You might remember them from their engagement session at the LA River. If you haven't seen it, click here. I have to say right off the bat that Debra and Greg made me extremely happy! Even while editing their photos I couldn't stop smiling. You see, the day of their wedding the assigned a HUGE amount of time for photos. I can't put into words how awesome that is. It seriously makes a big difference when couples allow enough time for photos. For one, it's less stressful on everyone. Also, I have enough time to get my creative juices flowing. It makes a world of a difference all around. So Debra & Greg, thank you guys for that! I think that when you see the huge amount of amazing shots we were able to achieve thanks to you guys having trust in us and allowing us to do our thing, you will be so thankful you made more than enough time for pictures :)

Greg giving his brother/best man the rings

I LOVE the shot below! I guess Greg had been holding his breath as he waited to see Debra come down the stairs. This is the moment he sees her and lets out his breath :) I am glad I was positioned where I was because I was able to get it without being in the way or anyone else being in my way. So incognito! That's the awesome part of journalistic shots :)

I couldn't decide between color & black & White so you get to see both :)

What a beautiful girl!

Art's favorite

I'll leave you with the father/daughter & mother/son dance. I hope you enjoyed all the images. It was sooooooooooooooo hard to narrow it down to these images. If you follow my blog regularly then you know that I normally don't post this many!

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