Picture this: A couple with two kids, five years of togetherness under their belt, and a deep well of love. Sounds like the recipe for a fabulous wedding, right? Well, Perla and Kevin certainly knew how to throw a celebration to remember! As their trusted wedding photographer, I had the privilege of capturing their whirlwind of a wedding day, filled with laughter, chaos, and unforgettable moments. So, grab a cup of coffee and settle in as I take you through the colorful journey of their matrimonial extravaganza.
Our adventure began at the historic St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Pasadena. With its towering arches and breathtaking stained glass windows, it provided the perfect backdrop for Perla and Kevin’s sacred union. As I set up my equipment, I couldn’t help but feel the buzz of anticipation in the air. The day was not one for slow moments, so this was probably the only breath of fresh air in the day. The priest’s bilingual service was a loving admonishment to keep living life hand in hand, a message that served the couple well when moving on to the brief hour scheduled for portraits.
If you’ve ever been to Pasadena City Hall, you know how absolutely insane it can be to try and get great photos with so many other groups present in a public space. Perla and Kevin impressed me by working as a team and being vocal on their goals, asking others to respects us as we worked, and keeping each other smiling even through the rush. Their wedding day was like a marathon—events were squeezed together like sardines in a can. But instead of crumbling under the pressure, this dynamic duo embraced the chaos and made the best of every moment. From a lively cocktail hour to a mad dash for sunset portraits, they proved that nothing could dampen their spirits.
After the heartfelt ceremony and scramble to get portraits, it was time to let loose and celebrate. We made our way to the dazzling Imperial Palace Banquet Hall, a venue that exuded elegance and grandeur. As the guests arrived, the hall came alive with music, laughter, and the clinking of glasses. The rest of the night made the insanity of the day’s beginnings feel minor. The John Cena groomsmen entrance, the speeches given for bride and groom, and lively baile del dolor were just some of the moments that stuck out in my mind.
Perla and Kevin’s journey as a couple was not without its fair share of laughter and adventure. With two rambunctious boys in tow, their wedding day was a testament to the joy that comes with embracing the chaos. The heartfelt speeches, the goofy dance moves, and the raucous laughter—all of it painted a picture of a life filled with love, laughter, and the beautiful chaos that is parenthood.
Rolling on a wedding day with kids can be difficulty, which is why Perla made the wise decision to bring an extra change of footwear for the reception. To top it off, the bridesmaids also had matching Vans in a powdery blue to compliment their gowns and Perla’s shoe choice.
Amongst the whirlwind of activities, there was one particular moment that stood out—a heartfelt interaction with the beautiful bride herself. As I assisted Perla with her underskirt, a sense of calm enveloped her. In her own words, I had magically whisked away her nerves, leaving her feeling comfortable and ready to take on the world. Moments like these remind me why I love being a wedding photographer—the ability to make a difference, no matter how small.
From the hallowed halls of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church to the lively celebration at the Imperial Palace Banquet Hall, every element came together to create a day that was uniquely theirs. It’s a reminder that love doesn’t always follow a perfectly scripted plan; it’s about embracing the twists and turns, finding comfort in the chaos, and making the best of every single moment.
So here’s to Perla and Kevin—a couple who knows how to make magic out of mayhem, laughter out of chaos, and turn a wedding day into an unforgettable spectacle. May their love continue to grow, their laughter never cease, and their journey together be filled with countless adventures.