From the moment I met Marisa and George I knew that they were such a special couple! They had such an awesome connection! They've been dating for five years and they still make each other blush! After shooting their engagement session (here) I couldn't wait for their wedding! Marisa was so detail oriented I knew that it was going to be an affair to remember! And you betcha it was!!! From the Gorgeous Estate that they rented from the Sunrise Locations -to the custom tux that George had made just for him -it was all fabulous!!! We were all wondering what the weather was going to be like for this winter wedding, but thankfully it was gorgeous! No rain!! Woo hoo! Just a little wind -but that doesn't hurt anybody! :) It actually came in handy for the portraits -giving Marisa a gorgeous wind blown editorial type look! Loved every bit of it!!!!
I feel so grateful to have shared this special moment with Marisa & George, and I cant thank you enough for allowing me to be apart of your special day!
Marisa got each one of her bridesmaids a fancy designer bag! Can you say Michael Kors :)
Checkout this totally cute sister moment!
Im loving her BCBG heels!!! Gawgeous!!!!
Marisa you are STUNNING!!!!
Every wedding needs Gold Sequence!!! Marisa's party dress that she changed into during the end of the reception. LOVE!!!
On the other side of the house my friend/second shooter Adam was catching the guys getting ready!
I was thrilled that Marisa opted for a "First Look"! She wanted to enjoy some alone time to soak up this awesome moment with her handsome groom before their big day began!
You guys look like your straight out of a magazine! So fierce!
Its sooo awesome having my second shooter Adam there to capture a totally different angle during the same moment!
Im dying over the back of her dress!!! Breathtaking!
Did I mention how handsome George looked in his custom suit! He was rockin that suit!!!
Such a fun wedding party!!!
Get it girls!!!
Rockin their "Respect the Classics" hats!
The Guest Book...
Wedding Venue | Sunrise Locations
Photographer | Janelle Marina Photography
Associate Photographer | Adam Nauta
Wedding Coordinator | Christine Lalonde
Dress | Winnie Couture
Catering | Summit Event Catering
Floral | 800Rosebig Florist
Makeup | Alana Dawn
Hair | Stephanie Ramirez
Dessert | Melissa Dunn
Lighting | LA Christmas Light Installers
DJ | Dj O.N.E
Rentals | Modern Rentals
Photobooth | Creative Photo Booths
Valet | AA Valet
I was so excited to second shoot with my friend Marina ! Heather & Greg were such a sweet couple! I had a blast shooting the groomsmen at English Springs Park in Chino Hills, they were hilarious!!! I love seeing two awesome people madly in love promising forever to each other!
Thee coolest ring bearer everrrr!
Heather looked like Cinderella walking down the stairs to see her Prince Charming! Greg was soooo nervous! It was the cutest thing ever!!!
Isn't she adorable! Makes me want a little girl!!! :)
Somebody pinch me -I must be dreaming! I've already gotten 10 wedding inquiries for 2014!!! That might not be a lot to some people -but its a heck of a lot to me! My goal is to shoot 15 weddings per year -it might happen sooner than i thought!
None of this could of happened without your support & referrals! I am very grateful! Ya'll ROCK!!!
I have invested so much time, training, & $$ (not to mention the sweat & tears -no blood) into this dream to make it a reality. So its time to take my Business to the next level! As of Jan 1st. my prices will be changing -this is the last month that my Wedding packages will start at $1,500!
I still can't do this without you guys! All the love, support, referrals, comments, Likes, hugs + high fives are always appreciated! So please keep em coming :)
I dont know why but i feel the sudden urge to give a few shout outs to some special people that have dealt with me during this milestone :)
My husband for putting up with countless boring convos about photography settings, equipment, workshops, idols etc. Thank you my love for believing in me and being the supporter of our family so I can follow this dream in hopes to build it into my career! I promise to continue to rub ur back with my free hand while I'm editing on the couch whenever you want! One day babe Im gonna take you on a trip to paradise. Just u & me with our toes in the water, ass in the sand -without a worry in the world! ;)
My family and friends who have been supporting me through this -mentally, physically, emotionally! I can't tell u how special it is that you read my posts! You've had faith in me when I didn't even have faith in myself and I love you guys so doggone much! You know who you are -I just want to pinch your cheeks n give you a slap on the butt!
My business wouldn't be a business if i didnt have Awesome Clients that allow me to be apart of one of the most important days of their lives! They put their trust in me to deliver and that my friend is golden! It's also great when they are so willing share their images & refer all their family & friends to me! Gotta Love them!
My amazing photog friends who have given me the opportunity to second shoot or assist them at their weddings! You trusted me to represent your business while gaining experience to build my own -and that is why I love this industry!
None of this would be possible without the grace of God! Thank you!
From the bottom to the top of my heart,
Here's a sneak peak of what's coming next week! :) love Thank You signs!
It's always nice when you can work with your friends -especially while doing a job that you both love! Katy Perez was there with me to shoot my first wedding HERE, so it was so nice to be able to be there to second shoot at one of her weddings! Chris and Jennifer were such a fun couple! They didnt want a traditional wedding, they just wanted to have a good time with their friends and family! Jennifer had a friend at Luxe City Center hotel who was able to pull some strings to have their wedding held on the roof top -which has never been done before. It was spectacular! You felt like you were on top of the world and at night the ceremony was lit up by all the beautiful city lights!
Isnt she STUNNING!
Chris waiting to begin the First Look ! His reaction to first seeing his bride is priceless!!!
The Best Man handed over a ring pop when it was time to exchange rings! Awesome Idea! Everyone was crackin up!
You can definitely see this couple is excited to be husband and wife!!!
Lets get this party started!!!
This wedding gets the award for Best Female Dancers!!!
My favorite moment of the night -Sparkler Time!!!
Joel gazed at his wife with so much love in his eyes! He already had that proud papa grin! Maritza has been blessed with the beautiful pregnancy glow! They have been married for two years and are so thrilled to be expecting their first baby girl Mariah -yes she is named after her mamas idol Mariah Carey! I had such a nice time capturing their excitement of becoming parents! Mariah even started to dance around in her mamas belly! So much fun!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.