I’m very excited to finally be sharing Paola + Miguel’s gorgeous Long Beach wedding. Adam had the pleasure of doing a really unique Engagement Session with Paola and Miguel a few months before their wedding in Joshua Tree (to see their Engagement Session on our blog click here). And, their wedding was just as unique and special.

With the help of their good friend and wedding planner, Megumi Kaminaga, Paola and Miguel went with a Latin theme for their wedding. The day started at the Hotel Maya where Adam got some absolutely beautiful Bridal Portraits of Paola. She looked radiant in her wedding dress (which is still one of my favorites I’ve ever seen on a bride). The ceremony took place at St. Anthony Catholic Church where, instead of an organ or other wedding music staple, they had a mariachi band for the service. It was fantastic! Lastly, the reception took place at the Museum of Latin American Art (or MOLAA), which is such a cool, colorful wedding venue. The party started early and went late into the night with a second mariachi band during the cocktail hour and a live band during the reception that was perfect for dancing.

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In our line of work, we’re so fortunate to be part of many different cultural variations of the wedding tradition. It’s always an honor when a couple trusts us to document this special day in their lives, despite the ceremony being performed in another language, or unfamiliar traditions. Our job is to observe and creatively capture and tell a couple’s story, and it’s even more fun and exciting when we’re experiencing something unique and new to us. Thank you, Paola and Miguel for the opportunity.

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For dessert, guests were treated to some of Paola’s favorite Mexican sweet breads and hot chocolate. Not only was it delicious, but it looked great, too. I just love the desert-themed box that held the guests’ table numbers (and later, my hot chocolate). =)

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Thanks again, Paola and Miguel, for inviting us to share in this colorful celebration of your love. It has truly been a pleasure to know you and to work with you. We wish you all the best!