Living the dream

I grew up in Southern California and when you grow up there, the beach is where you spend your summers, winters, falls, and springs.  All year round the beach is a beautiful place to stroll, go for a swim, and enjoy beautiful pacific ocean sunsets.  And the cool laid back vibe is pretty great.  Which is why it's no surprise that I said often, "When I grow up, I want to live on the beach."

Well people, I grew up! I live 4 blocks from the beach now.  Like my husband has said since we  moved here a couple weeks ago, " When  you have a goal in mind, you gotta set the gears in motion to make sure it gets checked off."  Our family goal was to live so close to the beach we could walk.  Took baby steps by settling in Tepic Nayarit first.  Which was 3 hours away.  And now, we are 15 minutes walking.  

Bucerias is one of the most prettiest and cleanest beaches in this area.  The town is quaint and has all of the essentials for tourist attraction.  Lots of Canadians and Americans live here year round.  And the water is lukewarm all year round.  

It has been my life's dream to live by the beach.  And we have finally achieved our/my dream.  I couldn't have done it without the undying support of my husband.  He's always so positive and makes moves so that we get closer and closer to our goals.  

So I say to you: Go for your goals, no matter how small or big or maybe trivial they may seem to some.  There is no magic to it, just get started and make moves so that little by little, you get to where you want to be.  And being where you want to be is where you achieve HAPPINESS.

P.S. Have your wedding down here, it's got the most beautiful sunsets you ever did see ;).  Perfect for destination weddings!

6 Months with Leon

Motherhood.

Never thought I'd say that and I am glad to know what it feels like to be a mother.  I would go so far as to say that it is one of the most complicated words to define.  However different each mother would describe it, I know for a fact, that there is nothing more amazing than watching a little human grow.  Live and experience everything for the first time.  Even watching them sleep is marvelous.  

Pure love.  That is the only way to describe what being a parent is.  I am blessed to marvel at such a beautiful being.  

And we took these as a celebration of his 6 months! Which flew by so quickly and yet we are eager to get to know Leon's personality more.  

Thank you Leon, for teaching us what being a parent is about! 

 

Monica + Paul Puerto Vallarta Destination Couple's Session

Monica had contacted me a couple weeks into December asking for a portrait session of her and her husband.  Monica revealed to me that on her wedding day back in August, everything that could go wrong, did.  It rained, her bouquet was wrong, her hair style didn't last, and as a result, they got very little photos of the two of them.   So while she and her husband, Paul, were on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, they took advantage of having a session done to make up for all that happened on their day.   After hearing everything that had happened, I wanted to make sure we got some killer photos of the two of them.  Never did I think she would bring a gorgeous wedding dress to the shoot!!!

It was absolutely fantastic and even though it was a bit cloudy, we did get a little sliver of sunset.  And a whole lot of beautiful photos!  Enjoy!

 

Roxana & Mario Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

I feel that every time I write a post about a wedding I've photographed, I don't know where to begin because all of my clients take my breath away.  Each couple is so unique and most importantly, so in love!  However, Roxana and Mario are different, because they are real friends.  The kind we ask to be a witness when we got married through the courthouse.  

The same great friends that insisted we have a reception during our wedding and didn't hesitate to give all they could at a moments notice.  That is just who Mario is.  He is sweet, noble, and definitely a giver.  In short: A great friend.  When he found Roxana, we all rooted for him to put a ring on that finger because she is just as great!!!  Two great souls who have found each other.  Nothing more beautiful than that!

So, needless to say, this was one for the books.  Because  great friends are few and far in between and they deserve all the happiness in the world.  

This was a beautiful and intimate destination wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta with a beach ceremony and light up dance floor!  A great background to dance the night away listening to the waves break on the shore!  My favorite!

Joana + Herminio La Mansion Puerto Vallarta Destination Wedding

Wow, these two wear their hearts on their sleeves.  It was apparent during the whole day that Joana and Herminio are well loved and hold a special place in each of their guests' hearts.  Both are sweet, fun, lively, and love hard and deep.  They also love to get down on the dance floor!  

With an ocean view and underneath cafe lights, guests from near and far came to witness their beautiful vows at La Mansion Villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The entire day was vibrant with laughter, heartwarming hugs, and beautiful personal details throughout the entire event.  Planning was done by Rebeca from The Wedding Mexico, and I think she did such a great job bringing Joana and Herminio's wedding to life.

Jo & Jg:  Thank you so much for honoring me with the opportunity to photograph your special day.  You guys made me feel like a part of the party and your guests were the most fun! I'm sending you lots of hugs and will see you next time I'm in California for sure!

*Day after session coming tomorrow!