Ever since photographing their Malibu beach engagement session and witnessing their adorable chemistry, I was absolutely excited to document their golf course wedding that overlooked the Pacific ocean. Having moved to Texas recently and being nowhere near the ocean, I inhaled the salty air with nothing but fond memories. Both got ready at the Courtyard Marriott in Torrance and traveled to the beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes Golf Course for their wedding ceremony and reception.
Without fail, there were moments where I was close to tears and there were moments where there was definitely something in my eye. Both times occurred during the vows (I wasn’t alone in this – caught some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen shedding tears as well!) and the toasts. These guys were hilarious, and they were surrounded by hilarious friends and family. Oh, and their bridal portraits overlooking the ocean during sunset is just stunning!!!
Norma and Jose initially contacted me earlier this year about their Spring 2019 wedding. I could tell they were really excited to get the ball rolling with their wedding plans. We scheduled their engagement session for August, but before the session, I received two amazing emails from them. The first was announcing that they are pregnant and I was the first to hear about it! To say that I was very honored is an understatement. The second was announcing that they had a civil ceremony and are now newlyweds! Oh, what joys they must be feeling right now.
I tell you this because it explains a lot about the photos featured in this post. Norma and Jose’s first outfit is what they wore to their civil ceremony. How gorgeous is her tulle dress! The second outfit is a beautiful burgundy dress that accentuates Norma baby bump and makes her pop against the amazing San Diego coastline. By the way, apparently the baby is set to be born on Christmas! And if that happens, he/she and I will be sharing the same birthday!
It’s always a pleasure seeing familiar faces, and this was the case when I photographed Natalia’s first birthday event. The first time I met Natalia’s mom, Melissa, she was officiating her sister Alex’s wedding, to which I was the photographer. And now, I had the honor of capturing another one of their family’s milestone events.
Natalia’s birthday party was held at her aunties’ beautiful backyard in Santa Clarita, California. The weather was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Just prior to the start of the party, the family held a small ceremony in the living room and announced Alex and Lucia as Natalia’s godmothers. The celebration continued with close family and friends, and a rather cheerful birthday girl.
What’s a better way of celebrating getting a Master’s degree than getting married to your high school sweetheart? That’s just what Heidi did and she looked absolutely beautiful doing so! I remember during her and Carlos’s engagement session at Kenneth Hann Park, she mentioned just a tiny bit of stress because of how much was going on in her life because of the wedding and school, and I’m just so glad she came out of it with shining colors.
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Harlyne J. Norris Pavillion in Rolling Hills Estate. It’s originally a venue for the performing arts, but wow, it makes for a great wedding venue. Heidi and Carlos looks just stunning throughout the day, especially with their two boys in the party.
Just a few months ago, Rachell, Jonathan, and I went out to Malibu on a particularly windy day to take their maternity portraits. Fast forward to the present, and they made their way to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where I got to meet the very adorable Arabella! I mean, just look at those cheeks! And can I just say that I hope she inherits Rachell’s beautiful freckles?!
We spoke about doing a milk bath for their semi-newborn portrait session (Arabella is almost two months), I am so happy that we were able to make that happen. I absolutely love the dark lace dress that Rachell wore to contrast the milky white water and the soft pastel florals, as it also accentuates Arabella in so many ways.
Among my group of close friends, Rachell and Jonathan are the first to get pregnant, and judging by these photos, parenthood looks really good on them! For the longest time, Rachell would tell me how much she wanted to start a family, and I’m so excited she finally got her wish.
We photographed their maternity portraits on a Malibu beach where the glow of the sunset just helped in radiating their inner glow in becoming parents. By the way, as of posting this blog post, they have given birth to their adorable daughter Arabella! I will be posting their newborn milk bath portraits very soon (I may have posted a couple of images already on instagram, hehe).