Jan 8, 2014

Carina + Daniel ~ When Love Blossoms | Long Beach, CA Wedding

Having been a wedding photographer for a little over three years now, I’ve come to realize that there is nothing more gratifying than being approached by couples who from the moment they meet you or see your images, want nothing more than for you to document their Wedding Day — no questions asked. Being entrusted to solely be responsible for capturing one of the most important days in a person’s life is such an honor and one that we are countlessly grateful for each time we pick up our cameras. 😉

It was back in early 2010 when Carina saw some of my portrait images when I was just starting out through her longtime friend Beulah, who also happens to be my fabulous cousin 🙂 I remember getting a Facebook message on my wall from Carina asking for a list of my wedding photography packages, to which of course, I happily obliged. More than a year later, Carina contacted me asking for my current wedding packages, and in just a few emails, we sealed the deal — no questions asked. My cousin later told me that, Carina said she always knew that someday, I would be her wedding photographer and I can’t really explain how amazing it feels to hear something like that.

From the moment we captured our first image on Carina + Daniel’s Big Day, Tommy and I knew instantly how special this day would be. You see, these two have been a pair for more than 10 years, first catching each other’s eye when they were at Artesia High School (also my alma mater *woot woot*). As young sweethearts, they watched each other grow but most importantly they did it together while their love continued to blossom.


Carina + Daniel, thank you so very much for letting us be a part of such a beautiful day. We wish you both nothing but the very best that life has to offer and of course love that will last a lifetime!

Wedding Ceremony Venue | St. Peter Chanel – Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Wedding Reception Venue | The Grand — Long Beach, CA
Wedding Photographer | MarieSam Sanchez Photography
Caterer | Choura Events
DJ | Station Identification Entertainment
Bakery | Rossmoor Bakery
Florist | Cristina’ Flowers
Hair/Makeup Artist | Sweet Fuss Hair and Makeup Artistry
Wedding Dress | Jinny’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes | Macy’s
Veil | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit | Ben Sherman
Groom’s Shoes | Original Penguins
Wedding Favors | Beau Coup


2014-01-08_00022014-01-08_00012014-01-08_00032014-01-08_00042014-01-08_00052014-01-08_00062014-01-08_00072014-01-08_0008St. Peter Chanel happens to be one of the Catholic churches I went to as a kid growing up, so being able to photograph a wedding in this bright and beautiful space for the first time was really special to me!

2014-01-08_00092014-01-08_00102014-01-08_0011I will never tire of the groom’s reaction when he sees his gorgeous bride for the first time on their Wedding Day!2014-01-08_00122014-01-08_00132014-01-08_00142014-01-08_00152014-01-08_00162014-01-08_00172014-01-08_00192014-01-08_00202014-01-08_00212014-01-08_00222014-01-08_0018Cutest mini-bridal party. EVER!!!
2014-01-08_00242014-01-08_0025Carina has a large and wonderful family, including two loving parents and her three beautiful sisters!2014-01-08_00262014-01-08_00272014-01-08_0028Couldn’t have envisioned a prettier bride …2014-01-08_00312014-01-08_00322014-01-08_00332014-01-08_00342014-01-08_00362014-01-08_00372014-01-08_00382014-01-08_0039This is one of my most favorite images of all time because it encompasses pure joy between two people who love each other … oh and incredible light 🙂2014-01-08_00412014-01-08_00422014-01-08_00452014-01-08_00462014-01-08_00472014-01-08_00482014-01-08_00492014-01-08_00602014-01-08_00502014-01-08_00512014-01-08_00522014-01-08_0053Couples who make cake cutting a frosting fest don’t happen often, but when it does … we are there to capture all the laughter 😀2014-01-08_00542014-01-08_00552014-01-08_00562014-01-08_00582014-01-08_0059There’s just something out breaking out cigars that makes all weddings instantly cool (hey, we did it at our wedding too!!!!)2014-01-08_0062

Carina + Daniel, once again much love to you both and congratulations!!!





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