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There’s 20 cousins just on my dad’s side of the family. I’m number 6 and Raul is number 7.

Being just a few months apart, we spent a lot of time playing when we were younger. We would get together with other cousins to play Power Rangers ( The Power Rangers were so in back then! ) or run around our neighborhoods on the weekends.

When I witnessed Raul seeing his bride for the first time on his wedding day, those memories of us goofing around started playing in my head. “weren’t we 8 years old yesterday? When did we get old enough to get married???”

We definitely aren’t 8 years old anymore. And so on a pretty Saturday in the mountains of our hometown my cousin, the Blue Ranger, got married and I was privileged enough to document it.

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Documentary photography was my first love. Something about being a fly on the wall and people watching through my camera makes my heart sing.

One of the reasons I love weddings so much is that they give me a chance to be that fly. To buzz around and observe. A few months ago I decided to bring that same philosophy to my family sessions. As much as I enjoy a pretty styled family session, nothing beats capturing a family just as they are in their own home.

I’ve been blessed to be a part of Kristel and Alex’s life for a long time.  I was even there when Isabel was born. I went over to their newly purchased home and spent a regular Saturday morning with them and their two kiddos. I captured the laughter, the tantrums, the hugs and the playfulness between the four Acevedos. It was wonderful and real.

And when Liam and Isabel are grown and living adult lives, these photos will remain as a witness to their love of superheroes, their excitement for a simple walk to the park and their love for each other and mami y papi.

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Jorge and Natalie were the best of buddies back in their middle school days. They went to Junior prom together, hung out with the same friends during high school and kept in touch as they both went their separate ways for college.

As fate would have it, Natalie came down to visit family a few years back and she ran into Jorge. The spark finally ignited.

I heard from Natalie two weeks before the big day. She and Jorge decided to get hitched before her summer break ended. They planned everything in a span of two weeks and on a Monday, we all headed down to Key West to celebrate their long-lived friendship turned to love. Best Monday ever.

Published on Junebug Weddings. 

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When I got the email that Melissa and Jake chose me to photograph their wedding, I was more than excited. I loved the vision for their wedding day and we bonded on our love of music and art.

The big day finally rolled around and it was such a lovely reflection of their families traditions as well as their own unique style. Little succulents for guests to take home? Yes! A traditional cake as well as a vegan side cake? please! Flower crown and oxfords for a church wedding? Double yes and double please.

As Melissa and Jake danced their first dance and husband and wife, I couldn’t help getting choked up as the lovely Melissa wiped her happy tears and handsome Jake tried to hold it together.

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