Balboa Beach Wedding

The weather for our couples wedding day here on Balboa Island (Newport Beach) was pouring rain, and with the ceremony to be held outside I was ready for plan B.   I had my rain proof plastic camera sleeves ready to go and the groom's family had purchased a few dozen umbrellas for the guests just in case.  Miraculously, 30 minutes before the ceremony was going to take commence, the rain stopped and the sky cleared!  The sun light was perfect and beautiful which only complemented the intimate wedding and the lovely bride and groom, Ryan and Nadia.  It was such an honor to be a part of their wedding day.

A quick back story on Nadia and Ryan.  Nadia is originally from Chile where she met her husband Ryan while he was down there on a surf trip. Although he only was expecting to catch some good waves he ended up meeting his future wife who then moved back with him to California.  Imagine leaving your family, friends, country, and coming to a brand new place where you only know your future husband and where you are still learning the language. Yes love is wonderful but at the same time there are sacrifices that have to be made to keep it strong given all of life's surprises and challenges.  I'm no expert at love or with relationships but that's been a realization I've had by just getting to know Ryan and Nadia.  Both of them are now my friends.  We will hang out and do a beach day or just hang out and eat bomb homemade Chilean food at their place.  ūüá®ūüáĪūüĆ∂ūüíô

5000 miles from home to marry her husband.

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Family Portrait Fun in Fullerton

Who would've thought we were in Fullerton on some dusty hiking trail for this family portrait session?  The vibrant greens almost looked like we could have been in Ireland (now accepting applications for Ireland on that note ;).  Well maybe not quite so Ireland, but compared to the browns us Southern Californians are used to seeing anything green couldn't possibly be down the street. So just a note for the non native Southern Californians, Winter in California actually means everything is green! Yes we have our seasons all mixed up! ūüćÉūüćÄūüĆ≤ūüćŹūüíö

It was a nice change of scenery seeing true, rich greens around here, plus the golden hour sunlight was transforming our little hiking trail into the Enchanted Forest.  Some unnamed individual wasn't too thrilled about our little portrait session at the start, but he quickly warmed up to it once he discovered some amazing sticks (see pics below).  Our other little subject was quite the photogenic cutie pie.  Every glance and expression she gave was filled with wonder and innocence.  There's way too many great shots to pick just one.  You'll have to check them out for yourself.

Here's to a beautiful afternoon with the DeJesus family :) Don't forget to take time to smell the roses today (or leaves ;) ūüćÉūüćÄūüĆ≤ūüćŹūüíö

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