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
http://www.cordianowinery.com

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

Hair:
Michelle Gallagher
760-707-7752

Makeup
Claudette Bulaclac
916-308-9777

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Serena + Josh : San Diego Weddings : MCRD : Old Town

Who’s the new guy in town? Inquiring minds want to know.

And that is how it all started, AN inquiring mind wanted to know. This office romance turned into something more… they became each other’s best friend. Shared interest in sports, life, karaoke nights, and of course, each other.

For as long as I have known Serena, she loves to have a good time with her closest family and friends. You are invited, he is invited, we are all invited. She sets up the best: Ugly Sweater Parties, Costume Parties, the Wear All White Parties, Lets-Get-Together Parties, After Parties… it runs in her blood, and it also runs in his blood – they make a great team. I was able to witness it the night of their wedding.

With families and friends, bride and groom strutting their moves, you can’t help but want to jump in and dance around with them, even with a camera and tripod wrapped around your neck. Watch out, I may be hazardous. Josh, I can see the attraction and the magnetism she has on you and on all of us. She does this with her love for life and with the biggest smile on her face. 🙂

Josh & Serena: I wish you two the best, and lots and lots of love and hugs. Congratulations!!!



The garter that was passed down from her grandmother.












The wedding ceremony and reception was held at the MCRD overlooking the Bay. It was the perfect day to say “I do”

I believe, Josh, I caught a half wink… oh yes, indeedy.








The speech and this image that made me cry over and over again.


Oh plane, you made this day extra memorable by flying over every 5 minutes… during the ceremony.

You 2 are gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

Vendors:
DJ: Jeremy Smith 619-606-2582
Ceremony Coordinator: Laura Bissonnette 619-994-3989
Flowers: Corie Sonnenberg of Elegant Touch Floral Designs
Click here to check out their engagement session

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!
Family, friends, vendors:  You may copy and use the images above to share with others.

Flowers for Mom

It has been awhile since I wrote about my mom on here but I have to share this.

My father has not been able to catch on that you buy your wife something nice on V-day, to him its just another day. Growing up, we didn’t celebrate birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.. well until my sister was born, they made more of an effort but they ran a 24 hour business so it was difficult. Now both are retired, and my mom reminds us of her upcoming birthday, mother’s day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year (in fact, she took the bedazzled party hats she received, and decorated her dining room table), Chinese New Year, Full Moon.. well you get the idea. These not so important holidays are now important, so how do you tell your husband?

You don’t. Every now and then, I buy her something nice to recognize these yearly holidays, even if there is one every month. It’s a reminder that we love her, care about her, and truly appreciate her.

But the best part… is this

She planted the calla lilies outside and left our card in the soil.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! Take a moment to share this holiday with someone special or the friends and/or family in your life. It’s another day to celebrate LOVE. Make a date with friends. Cook dinner with your kids. Bring your mother flowers. Wait in line at Sprinkles with your husband. Love & Pay it forward to those around you. (This is my love face.)

I also wanted to share this with everyone:

So there was an ad in the Poway News Cheiftan and it asked readers to submit your love story in 300 words or less on how you met and your secrets to a successful relationship. They also asked for a high resolution photo. I, of course chose one you took from our engagement session which all came out sooo perfect. I picked up a copy of the magazine today and they not only chose to run my article, but they chose your photo to be on the February 2011 issue of Rancho North Inland Lifestyle Magazine!!! I was so excited to see it because I had no idea they would chose my article let alone put our photo on the cover! Thank you so much Sina for being my photographer, you are the best!

Love,
Serena

Thank you Serena, I am very happy to see the both of you on the cover of the magazine!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

If you want to know how they met, check it out on the Knot or their blog here.

An extremely fun and cute couple.   Love the both of you!

If you have stories to share, email me and we can post your stories here, along with any special photos you have.

Baja Trek

A 3 day weekend getaway into good ‘ole Baja.

Away from electronic devices. Placed into a bus full of perfect strangers. Coolers filled with Tecate and gallons of tequila. It was the perfect weekend getaway.

As soon as I approached the gates of the Tijuana border, instantly the smell of car exhaust filled my nostrils and I knew I was on vacation. We all met at the border, jumped onto Gus the Bus, traveled to Ensenada for the best fish & shrimp tacos and beers. And back onto the bus to our surprise destination – a secluded getaway into Erendira, a hostel and campground called Coyote Cal’s which sits on top of the cliff, overlooking Barney’s Cove.

There were 17 of us, some paired up and some that trekked alone – from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Pomona, San Francisco and San Diego. We were our own little community, a family that sat together for breakfast, lunch and dinner.. and shots!

Thanks Lulu for perfect tasting waffles. Beccah and Liam for being such a wonderful host, and playing a darn good game of poker. Nicco, what can I say? You are awesome!




Sand Dollars for Luck!

Check out Baja Trek for an inexpensive, quick weekend getaway to meet wonderful people and for a much needed stress relief, its recommended over tylenol and aspirin.

Here is a look at our little vacay!

Beauty & the Beach

After days of rain, we were blessed with a beautiful day at the beach. I feel very lucky to be able to have lunch with good friends and also take in the San Diego beachy air.

After finishing our yogurt, I looked over at the ocean, and at T, who was smiling from ear to ear. “It’s beautiful isn’t it?”

“Ooooh YES it is!”

Only to see she was watching a half naked guy wearing a teeny weenie bikini run in her line of sight.