Jr and Gema fell in love their early years of high school. Six years later Jr purposed to his beautiful girlfriend. They planned their wedding for spring of 2012, just a few months after he proposed.
The sun was shining brightly on the morning of the Wedding. The weather was perfectly
warm as we approached the home of the bride. Gema looked stunning! She was so calm, patiently waiting to marry her prince charming.
Just across town, her handsome groom was having some good times with his groomsmen. When it was time to finally line up to begin the ceremony, the anticipation got the best of Jr and tears of joy rolled down his cheeks.
As Gema walked down the aisle her serenity soothed Jr and they approached the altar hand in hand. Love and support filled the air while Jr and Gema whispered their private “I love you’s” to each other!
Mr & Mrs. Byrd, I can’t thank you enough for inviting me to be a part of your special day! I know this is totally improper but You both are the Chillest people I've ever met! I’m so honored that I was able to capture these moments of pure happiness. May God send you many Blessing! Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon this summer!
I have to say that I was partially responsible for these tears... I had just told Gema that I saw Jr outside and he was very excited! It was as if I had turned on a faucet because the tears just started rolling out uncontrollably! I was apologizing behind my camera while shooting this awesome moment!
Jessica Zermeno did a beautiful job on the bridesmaids makeup. This group of girls were so awesome! They were so attentive and supportive of Gema through the whole process.
My lovely second shooter Katy Perez captured this awesome moment of Jr praying right before the ceremony was about to begin...
The Wedding Ceremony was held at the beautiful St. Paul Apostle in Chino Hills.
Katy caught this "Pound it" moment as they were leaving the church!
Special thanks to Chino Country Florist for the beautiful bouquets!
We headed over to a beautiful little Park by a Golf course in Carbon Canyon Chino Hills, with these pretty purlple trees.
They are such a fun cute couple! Luv them!
Jr surprised his bride with this cool old school Woody! I was so excited to be able to roll around town in it with them!
Only a cool guy would write on his wedding shoes! Awesome!
The Reception was held at Jr's parents beautiful home in the Canyon. Thanks to Lalli's Party Supplies for the rentals and Susie Molina for the beautiful linens. The theme of the night was Enchanted Forest and Katy captured the details perfectly. Yes, there were even Horses!!!
Gema's uncle brought dancing horses and the courageous couple hopped on! It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen! This photo is when Gema reassured Jr, "It's ok, I got this!"
Thanks to Jodi Calderon the wonderful bartender who did an awesome job!
Katy had this awesome angle capturing this romantic rim light...
and this is from my angle :)
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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.