From beginning to end, this wedding, which I second-shot with Sorella Muse Photography in Los Angeles, was all about joy and love and happiness.  The bride and groom were consistently so sweet, so appreciative, so loving — and not only with each other, but all of their guests and strangers they passed on the street.  It was a real treat just to be near these two on their big day.

It’s the kind of celebration that kind of knocks you over — I laughed — and occasionally cried tears of joy — through the whole event.

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Leiba, my nearly-ten-month-old niece, is an absolute light in all of our lives. When my husband and I go to Denver to visit family, we all want pictures with the baby.  Formal portraits.  Aunts and uncles, grandparents, parents.  We all want in with the little one.  Here are a few of my favorites (including one of me with Leiba, taken by my lovely mother, Deanne!).  As you may notice, Leiba just learned how to clap.

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Maria and James come from two totally different worlds: one from a family of Filipinos, and one from Guam.  Surrounded by their tremendous families and friends, the two tied the knot in a traditional Catholic ceremony in Rodeo, California, and finished the evening with dancing and dinner in a neighboring town at the Crocket Community Center.

The priest began the ceremony remarking on how totally detail-oriented both bride and groom are, and it showed — from the shoes of the ring bearers to the handmade birch wood wedding favors.

The playful couple first met, appropriately, at a Gamer MeetUp in Berkeley five years ago, and the wedding reflected that joy and lightness throughout.

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