Kelly & Mike: Mesa, Arizona Wedding

That little folded note you see up there?  That's a note from Mike's children letting Kelly and Mike both know that they will always be together.

And while we see a bold red, construction paper heart coming together as one - there are actually little hearts involved as well.

Little hearts that are at the core of this love and marriage... Kelly & Mike.
Over and over... one of my favorite moments.  A mom seeing her daughter in her dress for the first time.  I can recall this exact moment with many of my past brides.
I mean.... right?! 
Thank you Kelly and Mike for the beautiful night :)

The Sweet Wedding: Johnny + Criselda - Gilbert, Arizona

With a last name like "Sweet" there are so many perfect, double meaning, sentences I could say about this wedding.

But their love, Johnny and Criselda's, is more than simply sweet.  It's the kind of love that takes the time to personalize gifts for their bridal party, the kind where tears fall out with laughs, the kind that charges people to be better, a love that has been nurtured from its start, where the celebration is hearty and the love is... well, sweet.  Those who know Johnny and Criselda waited anxiously with them because everyone had been waiting for this day, too.  Because this wedding was not simply a dedication to their life together, but a dedication to be something better together than they could ever dream on their own.

There's nothing quite like watching the groom fight back tears when he sees his bride for the first time :)

And that is the sweetest thought of all.  These two, together.

A special thank you to Denise Saucedo and her talents, who I knew I could trust to assist me on this wedding as my second shooter :)

A Magnetic Love

He had eyes for absolutely no one else.

I posted on my Facebook yesterday that I may have just edited one of my most favorite films -- mostly because of the people in it.  Amanda and Brian.  They had no idea that I was filming pieces of their day to create a highlight film.

An elephant ring on her finger, three brilliant stars in the sky, and two hearts that were devoted to love each other like Christ loved the church.  I can guarantee you have never heard an engagement story like Amanda and Brian's (this is your cue to read it ;).

And in that moment as they made their vows to each other, shared their first kiss (literally their first kiss), I had never witnessed such magnetic, thrilling, and inspiring love.  I get to capture this?  Yes, yes, yes.  What a gift.

Amanda and Brian..

p.s. Guess who was my assisting videographer? My husband.  And guess who was BLOWN AWAY? This girl right here.  I watched what Jose captured and I just shook my head in awe that this was his first time.  Oh, and don't you worry -- the second I said this to him, he let the whole world know (as in, that's all I heard about that afternoon).  Totally deserving.  He snuck this talent on me for sure, and I absolutely love it ;)

Daniela + Cris: McAllen, Texas Wedding

As I darted up the stairs and walked into the dressing room, Dani's mom met me with a church's chicken finger.  How does she know me so well?! I love fried chicken.  "Eat Alejandra!"  Needless to say, I felt at home.

I absolutely adore Dani, Cris, and their family.  The day was brimming with emotion, Daniela laughing through the tears of such an overwhelmingly beautiful day at Quinta Luz Ranch.  

And this my friends is called the Hora Loca (Crazy Hour) that is full of colors and music.  Streamers, hats, masks, and whistles are passed out to guests so that they literally create a celebration as the bridal party makes another appearance with their Hora Loca attire.  

Um, in other words, one heck of a party.

Thank you Dani and Cris for sharing this day, your family, and your friends with me.  You both are so special and so incredibly loved.  It was easy to be around such an amazing group of people who were clearly ready to celebrate your love.  Gerardo (my amazing second shooter) and I had the best time at your wedding!

I went home wearing a tiara and my hair covered in silly string.  Need I say more? ;)