Inland Empire Weddings

The Story Behind the Image - Ep. 003

"For the Love of Life, Art and Memories"

I am grateful that my weddings span Cultures. It is exciting because LOVE, the kind that unites those in love is Universal.

This amazing Habesha Wedding, rich in African culture and tradition, spanned two full days. In the midst of family reunion and marital union, there was the Regal Grandmother of the Bride (who flew in from East Africa). I was smitten!

I know my assignment: my Bride and Groom. But how could I resist getting an elegant portrait of my Brides 90+ year old grandmother - I couldn't! With moments to spare, I waited patiently. This portrait WAS NOT POSED by the way. I just sat across the room and waited...

Within that moment, I captured a memory and a moment that will last generations. The expression and skin tone. Her wedding day attire and the texture. And the stories in her face. By far my most precious Portrait of the Year - at a spectacular wedding. Oh, wait a minute! Almost forgot. And there there was the wedding...

EPIC! Engagement: Robert & Ashley

What an awesome day in San Diego, CA at BALBOA PARK. I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph this Beautiful couple: Robert & Ashley. And thank you Mr. Terriss Brown of Tb1 Photography for your assistance with this session.

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This beautiful bride to be, Ms. Ashley, I’ve known her since she was a little girl. And now she’s about to be married… sniff, sniff. And she’s also a “Bad-Ass” BASS Player! And this young man, Mr. Robert, is respectful, Hilarious and handsome. He’s also a Veteran of these United States! In addition, his chest is bigger than my body.

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Needless to say, I am happy and excited for this Couple. Robert & Ashley… Blessings.

Wedding: John & Cheryl

I love photography, weddings and stories. My newest couple John & Cheryl gave me all three! Great images, the coolest wedding (Castaway San Bernardino) and a Love story.

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A storm on Friday cleared the air for a Beautiful Saturday wedding at the Castaway Restaurant San Bernardino. Surrounded by family and friends, John & Cheryl tied the knot: and oh, how Beautiful a Bride was Cheryl.

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The flowers were beautiful thanks to the wonderful designs of Flower Fairy Wings. The weather held and we had a wedding. My really cool groom John, pulls out his cell phone and shows me a prom picture from back in the day. Guess who went to Prom together in the 80's and were high school sweethearts? Yup, John & Cheryl! Just about 25 years later... they were married!

Congratulations John & Cheryl!

30 Days of Beautiful: Heidi

This 30 Days of Beautiful brings us to the "Beautiful HEIDI". Hairstylist [Extraordinaire], Artist, Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend and the Coolest Lady in the High Desert!

30 Days of Beautiful: Heidi

What does beauty mean to you? Beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. But I believe it encompasses not just how your hair and makeup are done or what you're dressed in; but a state of mind. I believe it starts with knowing the Lord, then knowing who you are in Him. After you can grasp that, beauty radiates from within. Then you can wear what makes you feel your best and jazz up the hair and makeup, and let your beauty shine.

When do you feel most beautiful? Taking a selfie. Lol, yes I can get the best lighting and grab my best angle. Angles on a fluffy girl is our friends. Filters help ease signs of age. And then when all distractions are erased I see me. Lol

What does being a woman mean to you? These are hard to answer, lol, ok I'll try....... Wooooo-Men, yes breaking it down we are life-giving, strong, fierce warriors. We are soft, gentle, and kind. We are seductive, teases, and admirers of the male physic. We may be physically weaker but we are strong in almost every other way as a man. Some of our greatest assets (emotion) are our greatest weaknesses. But I'm grateful I am counted for one of the Woooo-men!

30 Days of Beautiful: Heidi

What do you love about yourself? I'm proportionate. From my facial features to my body, I'm well proportionate. I also love my artsy creative side.

Tell me your story: This may take awhile I'm a women and we love to tell our story's there's not much summing up. Lol, I was raised in a Christian home with loving parents. I grew up in my early years in Anchorage Alaska. I went to a Christian School, was athletic, loved people and was always considered friendly. I moved my senior year to California. I couldn't wait. Beaches, sun, palm trees, but quickly realized people were not the same. I tried to remain myself while being surrounded by very rude people.

I married at 21, had kids cared for a step-son with cerebral palsy. I grew up quickly. 10 years later my hubby decides he doesn't want me anymore. Rough doesn't underestimates the world shattering event. At this point my life takes a radical change. But through it all I learned how incredibly resilient I was with Christ as my Rock and center. Resilient is me through and through.

What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life? My divorce in 2006. It shattered my world and myself. Thank God, He takes what's shatters and remolds it to Beautiful!

30 Days of Beautiful: Heidi

Please finish the statement – I am a person who…: Defines herself as resilient, creative, brave, strong, determined, artsy, kindhearted, and fierce.

Tell me about a goal you are working on: At this very moment I'm working on a 21-day-fix, my health. I realized if I want to continue to do what I love (being creative) I need to take care of myself. I'll focusing on the 21 days but I'm sure I'll be doing it again. I believe this is the beginning of a life changing event for me. To eat cleaner, exercise and live a long happy life.

From there I would love to start selling my art work. 
But I'll need to figure out how to fit this in my schedule. My favorite time is doing my art work. I also want to continue to be the very Best Wife to my hubby, and Mom I can for my daughter who's 16 and my son who is in boot camp for the Marines.

Bonus Portrait: Sister's - Heidi & Charity

30 Days of Beautiful: Sisters - Charity & Heidi


September 18, 19 and 20, 2015

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