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Citlali and Daniel's downtown LA Session

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The moment I met Citlali and Daniel I knew this shoot was going to be so much fun!  Besides greeting us with one of the warmest hugs, they carried a smile of excitement.  The light was shining, the day was filled with golden rays, and Citlali and Daniel were ready for an adventure.   Daniel kept his eyes on Citlali constantly telling her jokes, just to see her beaming smile.  Some of  the many features he loves about her.  They danced, held hands, and kissed as the last rays of the sun hit the treasured city.  Keeping each moment as a cherished memory and a reminder of them becoming husband and wife. The last part of this session took place in a parking lot overlooking the city.  It was the best way to catch the sunset!

Citlali and Daniel, we had a blast with you two!  Thank you for being so adventurous and laughing throughout your session.  By the way, that wind gave you such a Beyonce moment! I can not wait for your fall wedding in Springville Ranch, The Big White Barn.   

 

Mariachi Wedding

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Gabriela wedding was so different I fell in love with all the vibrant colors they used in their wedding.  The couple infused their culture to their wedding day, I was surrounded of mixes of bright colors.  They even incorporated Mexican attire to their wedding dress and he was dressed up as a true charro.  

I have never seen the use of the zarape so elegantly used.  This was one of the weddings I was able to be part of and capture back in October when I was still working as a second photographer for Rosalina Suarez Photography.  

 I am completely fortunate for everything I learned from my mentor, and I will never forget how much she helped me .  She pushed me to start this new journey in my life.  At times (which is a lot) when I am feeling low and insecure about my business she is the person I call.  She is one of the few who understands how difficult it is to start a business.  I think she believes in me more than I believe in myself.  Rosa, I can not thank you enough for being such an incredible mentor!

This new journey has really forced me to dig into who I really am, and I love every second of it.  Yes, like I said before there is days I want to drop the towel, but there are other days especially when I see the gratification of my clients when I think I love my job!  

The Jones Wedding

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I have never had a groom write me such a beautiful love story of how he met the love of his life, till Kam came along. Usually, the bride is the one thrilled to email me about their love story, but he wanted to make sure I got his side of the story. Without further ado, I will be giving you a glimpse on how Kam fell in love with Nayeli.

Nayeli is the kind of girl who goes after what she wants. She is a goal oriented kind of girl full of energy and spunk. This is the reason her clients love having her as their trainer because she pushes them to their unknown limits. She was in search of herself the year she met Kam and in no way looking for love. But even though she did not know it, love was going to come to her heart.

It all Started at the Umma Gym where they both worked as trainers. The first time they met it was very casual. Kam had heard of Nayeli before she officially introduced herself to him, but without knowing her name Kam knew he was talking to the girl his best friend had been talking about. Even though he thought she was cute, he tried to keep his distance, keep his conversations short, and not break guy code.

After trying his best to stay away and his best friend getting turned down by Nayeli, Kam decided to ask her out. Sparks flew during their first date with endless hours of conversations, they did not want their date to end. As a way to spend more time with his future wife, he decided to invite her to his family's UFC party.
After weeks of getting to know each other, and endless misunderstandings of who is in the friend zone. Nayeli being the go-getter that she is held Kam's hand and wanted them to define the relationship. In Kam's words, "Everything after that I suppose you could say is one huge messy (but wonderful) history. smile emoticon the end"

Nayeli and Kam you are the type of couple who light up the room with your humor and love for each other it was honor capturing such an important moment in your life.

Update* In less than two weeks they will both be welcoming their baby boy!! I am excited to meet baby Jack!

                                

LA Vintage Wedding: Angie+Marco

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Angie & Marco's November wedding had perfect touches of vintage and romance, it was the first wedding I had captured in the city of Los Angeles.  

Angie's day started by her putting on her final touches to look simply breathtaking on her wedding day.  She spent her last moments at her parents home waiting patiently for her big reveal to Marco.  

Before the ceremony, they met in an LA hill top to finally get a chance to see each other for the first time before their life changing ceremony started.  

They decided to write a love letter to each other and read it moments before they were able to see each other for the first time.  Marco was actually blindfolded to hold back any peaking urges. He was extremely excited to see his future wife, his reaction to seeing Angie for the first time, is a look to this day I still remember.  

Angie & Marco thank you for the honor of allowing me to capture your first day as husband and wife.  Your love for each other is truly magical.  I hope you guys continue to have magical days in Disneyland!

 

 

Vday Surprise

I love Valentine's Day and I mean LOVE! One of the many reasons is besides the obvious is because I enjoying giving gifts. Do you guys remember as kids how excited you would get to receive valentines cards from your classmates? Well I get that giddy and then some! I wanted to give my lovely 2016 brides a little surprise for Vday and just simply show them how much I appreciate them on this special day.  

I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's day weekend!  I sure did Edgar Surprised me this by taking me to one of our favorite locations in LA the LACMA.  Ladies get this, he actually cooked an entire meal for us! I was so amazed by the amount of time he took to have this day become so special to us.  He even baked a huge heart shaped chocolate chip cookie! which I am still dreaming  about.  It was soo good! So good I forgot to take a picture of it! We ended our day by taking a walk by the Light Structure and playing with our cameras. (how typical of photographers)  It was simply perfect because it reminded me of our high school days.

Congratulations to all the lovely ladies who are newly engaged, I hope you all had an amazing Love day full of love and kisses.  

Nayeli and Kam's Engagement Session

It was no surprise when Nayeli said yes! to Kam's marriage proposal. He planned weeks in advance for the perfect way to ask Nayeli for her hand in marriage. He knew her love for the sunny beach and planned a lunch and walk by the beach. Nayeli had no idea what was awaiting at the end of the their walk, he kneeled down(in a very Kam's style) and asked her for her hand in marriage. She is really hard to surprise, so this was completely unexpected for her. Her friends cheered her in the background as she nodded her head and uttered the words "Yes"

They plan to get married in December! What a more perfect to end this year and ring in the new year! I can not wait to spend more time with this amazing couple and I can not wait to capture their very first moments as husband and wife.

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Thank you so much for your support! I would love to hear feedback and comments about this lovely shoot. 

Lily Tapia