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Born on opposite sides of the globe, Melissa & Sayanan found each other at UCSD.  They had become good friends, but it wasn’t until Sy came to visit her during her study abroad in Argentina that she realized there was more than a friendship brewing.  Four years later Sy brought Melissa to the bridge in San Diego where he first told her “I love You”, but this time it was to ask for her hand in marriage!

It was a celebration like non other!  Two families brought together by their children could not get along any better!  Their was so much love in the air and I could tell that these two families coming from different cultures had become one that night at the wedding.  I just loved seeing the Armenian and the Sri Lankan dance moves come together in pure awesomeness on the dance floor!  Such a blast!

They did everything as one that day, including walking down the aisle.

Best cake cutting ever!  I did not seeing it coming at all!

From the Groom: Growing up in the small town of Gilroy, it is not hard for your paths to repeatedly cross. We both went to the same elementary school and high school, but ironically did not meet until we left Gilroy. Our paths crossed once again in the hallways at San Jose State. Recognizing a familiar face from the past, we exchanged numbers to start a friendship. Within a year of myspace conversations (hahahah), texting, concerts, and movie nights, a spark was lit.

Finally realizing that there was something more than friendship going on between us, I mustered up the courage to ask her out on a dinner date. IT WAS THE MOST AWKWARD TIME EVER!!! Even though we had been casually hanging out, there was something different about this night. Nervous laughs, sweaty palms, and general first date jitters filled the air that night. Although we had already built a solid friendship, we both knew that this date was the start of something deeper.
Eight years of more movie nights, dinner dates, and deep conversations, I knew I had found my soul mate.

Christina and Steven have a spark to them.  I just love being around them because they are so happy!  I love their energy and the way they don’t take life or each other too seriously.  It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of their celebration and witnessing all the amazing love that filled the barrel room that special night.  Cheers to You!!

Looking at Steven at this very moment caused a tear to fall down my cheek. He was just taken by the feeling of seeing his Love walking toward him.

I loved that the veil flew up and over her face just perfectly leaving her smiling face to be highlighted!

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There was a definite brotherhood between all the groomsmen…the kind you just look at with envy.

So. Much. Fun!  Love you both!

Wedding Venue: Leal Vineyards https://www.lealvineyards.com

Wedding Coordinator: Kendra Saenz with Leal Vineyards

Flower Desginer: Geiselle with Leal Vineyards

DJ: Mario Tavares with Leal Vineyards

Cake Designer: Icing on a Cake http://www.icingonthecakebakery.com

2nd Photographer: Wade Tanev

Meet Carson!  He’s 6 months old & his parents are awesome!  I photographed their wedding in my 1st year of photography & am still so grateful they gave me the opportunity when I had so little experience!  We have been friends ever since!  Hangin’ with Carson at our session was so fun as I was learning all the things that he could do on his own like sitting up, posing like a pro on his belly, and drooling of course!  I personally loved his Gymboree half zip…the girl who designed it is pretty cool;) Hope to do many sessions with you guys in the future & of course shoot his wedding;)

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One of the best parts about doing photography full time now is that I have more time for Family…my family of course, but other families too!  I was introduced to the Penney’s through a bride and groom of mine!  It had been a while since I had done a family session with older kiddos…and by older I mean everyone has learned to walk. I forgot how fun pulling together so many personalities into one shoot can be.  I loved the chaos of getting everyone together in a photo and instead of trying to control what happened I just photographed all the funny moments between the poses!  Getting the kids to hug reminded me soooo much of me and my 3 brothers.  Hugging was totally EWWWW!  (if you haven’t seen Jimmy Fallon’s EW! skit go to Youtube right now and watch!  I had a blast with this wonderful and very beautiful family!  I hope to do many more sessions and get to see these kids grow into young adults!

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And now an out take!  Olivia did a running jump in front of the camera during her Parents’ segment!  Hilarious!

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It all started online…not what your thinking though.  The conversations they had back and forth from their computers were of the more serious type…work related.  It was like a modern day “You’ve Got Mail” situation with a twist…Ahhh, their story has me hoping it rains today so I can cuddle up to that movie and wish for the 90′s to come back.  Anyway, ‘Pinging’ someone from your desk if you had a quick request was the most efficient way of communicating.  Now I realize some people might be worried at this word “Ping” that I am using.  It is not some weird thing that young kids are doing these days…it’s just a way of sending a note to a coworker that pops up on their screen.  Totally safe, 100% professional…kinda.  Sophie, curious whose face belonged to these quick witted words that often popped up on her computer screen, looked Ryan up in the company directory.  There He was.  The face to the name that she would some years later take as her own.  Suddenly urgent business needs turned into just about any excuse to Ping each other.  She had to meet him…in person.  Luckily the company party rolled around and there they were together face to face for the first time with a room full of people.   They were hitting it off and the attraction for each other was growing.  They laughed and had moments where they looked into each other’s eyes and saw a future of…

WINE….Red Wine all over Ryan’s WHITE suit.  Someone had bumped Sophie and inevitably her wine flew out of her glass and found it’s new home on the whitest surface.  Obviously, Sophie immediately started to pat down Ryan with a cocktail napkin, (insert awkward moment number 2) but her efforts were lost as the moment was gone and the wine had made it’s lasting impression…and so had Sophie.

I laughed so hard I cried when I heard their story.  I will never forget it and will most likely tell it every time wine spills…Sorry guys;) Sophie and I were in the same Club (dare I say Sorority) in college and was a year behind me.  I always thought she was super stylish and funny, but never really got a chance to get to know the extent of all her awesomeness until her wedding.  She has an eye for details, a sense of humor that is priceless, and found a man that is just perfect for her.  I adore these two and found myself laughing behind the camera the whole night!  Congrats Sophie & Ryan!

Loved the nods to their shared love of sailing…in fact, instead of a Honeymoon they sailed the British Aisles with all their friends on a “Friend Moon”

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I mean…these two are just a cup full of joy!

That moment you realize your brother/officiant is not joking when he tells you he does not have your wedding vows, and yes, you are going to have to wing it.

Venue: Rancho Soquel http://weddingconnection.net/sites/rancho-soquel/

Coordinator: Denise Addesso, Wedding Connections weddingconnection@gmail.com

Flower Designer: Amanda Seely amanda@laughingalfloral.com http://laughingalfloral.com

Caterer: Feast for a King Kim Santia Dunn kimberly_dunn@sbcglobal.net

DJ: SC Live Music & DJ Nick Handley Nick@sclivemusicdj.com

2nd Photographer: Rochelle Mort http://rochellemortstudio.com

Dress: Allure

Shoes: Sarah Jessica Parker

It’s oozing with beautiful details and priceless moments! See the whole story below!

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