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Jean & Justin : Married

All of his groomsmen insisted. During their 10-man joint toast to their friend Justin, they stood up and proclaimed that she made him the happiest they’d ever seen. That she put the biggest smile on his face. And that, no matter what, she’d always have free dental coverage. You see, Justin is a dentist. And aside from having ridiculously perfect teeth, Jean and Justin just have it. You know, it. That thing. That, for lack of a better word, ness. You know, calmness, fabulousness, sweetness. It was just so easy. The day. The love. The celebration. It all came together, so smooth and naturally. And like Jean and Justin, the day was beautiful.

At our initial consultation, Jean brought along her sister and her parents. By the time the wedding day rolled around, I felt like I was part of the family. I helped her mother with her dress, I danced with her father and I had a very girly conversation with her sister. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It’s people like Jean and Justin (and their family…and friends!) that make me adore my job. At the end of the day, as I was giving Jean & Justin my final blessings before leaving, Jean hugged me and said Ala, I’m so glad I met you. And my heart melted a little because in all honesty, I am the lucky one. Thank you both so much for letting me share in your day. I hope you’re enjoying Maui as a married couple. Please get a massage for me!

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I have to say a huge thank you to Diandra Ann for coming along to shoot with me. And another huge thank you to Terre from Marry Me Lounge. She kept me fed AND helped keep the day right on schedule.

Jean got ready at the Temecula Creek Inn, the same location as their reception and their engagement session.

Jean is so stunning. She slipped into her dress and everyone, including me, lost their breath. Jean and her sister Joan waited in the limo before the ceremony started. They couldn’t help but say hello to arriving guests. I think this photo sums them up perfectly.

Love when couples steal a silly glance or share smiles during the ceremony. It’s like they’re in their  own little world. Swoon!

After the ceremony, Jean took a few seconds for a touch-up. Love this image!

We were pressed for time when we started taking couple portraits but you couldn’t tell with these two lovebirds. They were so happy.

Sitting in your wedding attire = definitely my type of bride!

I’ll end with one of my favorite reception shots. While Jean & Justin shared their first dance, I caught their guests in the same moment. Love all the different things going on here. So much.

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  • AlexandraJune 3, 2010 - 12:17 am

    These shots are so beautiful. I love your photography!

  • Kelly Lane LuskJune 3, 2010 - 7:24 am

    LOVE the Dior make up one and the b/w under the tree!

  • JudieJune 3, 2010 - 7:44 am

    Love them!!

  • Gladys JemJune 3, 2010 - 7:59 am

    holy gorgeous. she’s stunning. the light is stunning. beautiful photos friend!

  • CherisseJune 3, 2010 - 8:01 am

    Beautiful work as always Ala! I love the one of the groom and father of the bride, what an emotional picture, while the bride is full of happiness 🙂

  • Lora AyersJune 3, 2010 - 8:30 am

    These are gorgeous, I especially love the one where he is holding her dress, and she is turning around. And the one where they are sitting on the grass! 🙂

  • Tira JJune 3, 2010 - 8:52 am

    Gorgeous work Ala!!!!

  • BeaJune 3, 2010 - 8:59 am

    3 words: Ga. Ga. Gorgeous.

  • AllisonJune 3, 2010 - 9:16 am

    Sooo Beautiful Ala… Love it gorgeous work!

  • Joe+KathrinaJune 3, 2010 - 9:46 am

    GAH! gorgeous!! And you’re right–that last image is priceless.

  • Meredith PerdueJune 3, 2010 - 10:56 am

    Wow! Love the shots of Jean & Justin together outside- it looked like the light was magical!

  • DiandraJune 3, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    YOU ARE SO FAST! Maybe its because every image you took was stunning right out of the camera!!! You are awesome! I had so much fun!

  • ElenaJune 3, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these photos! Jean is amazingly beautiful! The dress, the shoes, the makeup…everything! And your right about the last photo. You could tell that everyone in the room was taking in the love from the first dance…..♥

  • Harmony LovesJune 4, 2010 - 7:48 am

    just stunning! I love the image with just her feet and dress. Ala, amazing work as always 🙂

  • MadelineJune 4, 2010 - 7:53 am

    Hi Ala,
    Wow, these are amazing! You rock! I am so excited you are our wedding photographer. I can hardly wait until September 24th!

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