Ana + Tim | Cordiano Winery | Escondido | Wedding

She quoted “You don’t marry someone you can live with… you marry someone you cannot live without.”  I see it, I see that. It’s in your photos, your expressions, your touch and your love for each other.  It is undeniable. Congratulations Ana and Tim.

Here is their beginning: Ana and Tim met through their persistent and mutual friend. He was eager to get the two of them together, knowing they would be perfect for one another. And he was right. It happened over a bbq and an instant attraction for one another… and a quick “let me fix myself up” before they began their first conversation.

And 2 years later, they stand together on top of the hills San Pasquel Valley, at a beautiful venue with a panoramic view of the city below. Now. Married. With family and friends from Romania, San Francisco and all over to celebrate their special day. To never living without one another.

A beautiful choreographed dance.

Photo credit: Chelsea Radzik

Photo credit: Chelsea Radzik

Cheers to the both of you. To love, wine, good food and life… and a happily ever after.

Thank you to all the vendors that assisted in putting this beautiful event together:

Photo assistant:
Chelsea Radzik

Wedding Venue:
Cordiano Winery
15732 Highland Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 469-9463

Signature Events
Kien Nguyen
818-625-5752 cell
760-994-0309 office

Michelle Gallagher

Claudette Bulaclac

Stephanie + Nicholas : Maui, Hawaii : Destination Wedding

After my session with the groom and his men (such a photogenic group), I walked into Stephanie’s hotel room and she looked absolutely stunning. I could not stop gushing and smiling, smiling and gushing. In fact, I was gushing so much, Stephanie had to put a stop to it, her eyes a little watery. “You will ruin my makeup if keep this up.” My apologies, but how do I hide my annoying grin?

Up until the moment they exchanged vows, I could tell they were both excited and nervous at the same time. But after she walked down the aisle, said their I do’s and became husband and wife, the nervousness subsided, their eyes continuously locked with one another, and there was this instant glow around them. I saw Stephanie and Nick’s true expressions. Love and happiness. Tears and smiles. I could not have asked for a more perfect day, even with the strong winds, and overcast day. It was the perfect day.

Here is a look at your perfect day.

From I just woke up…

To happy little girl, she just needed 10 minutes. So do I Sophia, so do I!

She was the perfect maid of honor..

And he was the perfect best man.

I love wedding speeches.

Aloha from the wedding party

Congratulations Stephanie and Nick, I wish you so much love and happiness! LOTS of IT!
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The Mack Family : Maui, Hawaii : Destination

It was such a smart idea, why not? We are in Maui for goodness sakes! The island of happiness, it is not disneyland. It is Maui. An absolutely beautiful island with so much to see, do and EAT! Gemini sent me an email to set up a family session since we were both there for a wedding for a special couple, I was very excited to be given such a wonderful opportunity!

Upon meeting them, Dominic had just woken up from his nap, and Liana was like me, “Island of paradise, come to me!!!!” She just couldn’t wait to get in the water. Neither could I. I don’t blame you for being a kid at a candy store.

So the goal was to get everyone to look at me, I just needed a second of their time, maybe even 2. It was fun, but we all know what my favorite images are: Just the way they are. Moments captured. Not picture perfect but picture worthy – full of personality and life.

Gemini, John: Thank you. Thank you so much.

Here is a look at your session with me.

Liana amuses me. Ha!

One out of 4. Getting so close.

Just because Gemini looks great. =)

See.. Liana loves Maui. I love Maui too. Liana, you can hold my hand anytime and we can run up and down the beach kicking sand and water.

This is my fav.

Last, this is just funny. I wanted her to do whatever she wanted.
This picture is for you Liana. This is one you will share with your friends, Lil’ Miss Independent.

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Ashlee + Sean : Engagement Session : Old Town San Diego

Prior to the shoot, Ashlee was so nervous about being in front of the camera. Nervous because she dislikes having her picture taken. Fidgety, nervous, but stunningly beautiful Ashlee. Less than halfway through the shoot, both Sean and Ashlee were posing like they were on a cover of a fashion magazine but the best shots captured were taken during their moments of silliness and the comfort of being themselves and with each other.

You did it and you both are PROs!  And you two are great together, I like that you two only want the best for one another.  No argument there Sean.  =0)

Here are my picks from your shoot. Enjoy!

I had to,  you two look cute.

The Parris Family

Can I just say how nice it is to be able to grow with your family?

The news of your first child, meeting little Savannah, having baby # 2 and now, here we are together again.  I feel like a part of your family.  As Savannah would say, where’s Thina?  I am very much enjoying my Auntie Thina moment.

I know you think I say this to all my friends and clients.. well… maybe one, two, or three other.  But I do mean it.  I love your family.  LOVE!

Here is your sneak peek.

Shella saw these: Wow, what a perfect looking family!

Of course, please feel free to copy and paste the these photos to your online albums, facebook and/or myspace to share and enjoy with your family and friends. More to come, I promise.

Tamra + Ben : South Lake Tahoe

Sweet. Simple. Intimate.

A secluded venue, overlooking the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe made perfect for a private wedding.

We love Rockie.

She took her steps down the aisle to the melodic compilation of Metallica’s“Nothing Else Matters.”

Ben’s father, chosen as their minister, stood proudly next to his son.  So ready to marry the two of them, the ecstatic father drops the rings and forgets to ask his son to take Tamra as his wedded wife. Ben looks at his dad and asks, “What about me?”

Dad, you just made this even more memorable.

As Tamra and Ben walked up the stairs as the newly bride and groom, Ben trips and spills his beer.  All I could hear…. That is so Ben.

The father of bride, could not stop using his card “I am the father of the bride.” “Would you see if you could bring up a bottle of white wine, I am the father…” I am onto you but you are a wonderful father of the bride, so in that case… yes.

Thank you for risking your lives on this narrow bridge just for one more picture.

Sweet. Simple. Intimate.

Thank you Tamra for allowing me to share this special day with you. Amanda, you are so sweet, it was wonderful meeting you. Josh and Gina, I love your banter and booty shake dance to the get down, get down music. Liz and Bri, you two are just fun. FUN! Of course Ben, I have to say, ” One more!!!!!!!”

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Flowers set up by Jolene Ormonde, Cherylee Lomax, and Raydeen Gilles.
Catering managed by Andrea Rodriguez and team from Lake Tahoe Catering Company.
Music provided by the cool, sexy hipster, Jen Lucas from Venice Beach, CA. 310.916.7154/

(Side note: With a late night arrival back into San Diego, Scott picked me up and surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of red roses…. AND he fixed my right passenger window, the darn window would not roll all the way up and had been stuck for weeks!  I was so excited, first thing to mind:  HOLLA!
This made a red eye, eyelid stuck to contacts, sleepy girl smile a big smile.)

MaryAnne & Rey T {E-Session}

Penny marks the spot. Uhmmm… MaryAnne, your thumbprint does not count.

When I first met MaryAnne, she said, “Sina, you know Rey and I. We are just not people that like the hand holding, the kissing, and the engagement pics you see nowadays.” “We are 2 awkward people that have a hard time with the camera.”

“No problem MaryAnne, I got this.” “None of that stuff.” “Don’t worry, I’m not that kind of girl.  I don’t fall for every chick flick trailer that comes out and say out loud how badly I want to watch it.”

Did I make them do it…. Absolutely.

I know they asked for non-cheesy but the more my brain wanted the cheesy photos. They were such a great sport about it. I mean, come on, who doesnt love a photo of a man running to his woman.
Baby, I’m coming and I am here.

I fell in love with this image. I did not realize how vocal I was about it until Rey pointed out that he was not even in the picture. MaryAnne, your smile is absolutely adorable here.
An image that describes these 2 that words cannot.  This is exactly what I have been aiming for.

Plus what makes a great picture is capturing them just the way they are. Full of giggles, even Rey was full of giggles. I was a bit worried that the images would come out a bit blurry cause I could not stop laughing. I even convinced them that Blur is the new Black. It is making a comeback.

Thank you Bon Bon for allowing us to photograph your store. I am in love your store.

MaryAnne, it was so much fun and Rey, please come again.  I should have more by next week but here is your sneak peek.  Please free to copy and paste these images to your online albums to share with your family and friends. Check out their video montage.