San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

while vanessa and tom are away on the honeymoon of the century, taking in some european history in france and italy, i thought i’d post their wedding at one of california’s historic buildings, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. not many americanos can say they got married in a building that is 7 years older than america, but now vanessa and tom can.

i may be biased, because i love Mission San Diego, but this wedding was absolutely incredible. we had sunshine, california’s first mission, a sweet view of the sunset from high above san diego bay on the balcony of the manchester grand hyatt, and of course, we had this awesome couple.

some of you may recognize vanessa. she was a beautiful bridesmaid for her sister karmina’s wedding. tom is new here, but we love him just the same. these two are a load of fun. at first, they were acting like they didn’t know what to do in front of the cameras, but as soon as i raised mine to my eye they both busted out some pretty legit model poses. you’ll see what i’m talkin about in just a minute. they looked amazing!

vanessa and tom, i hope you guys are loving it over in europe, and taking lots of pictures. we can’t wait to see you and hear all about it when you get home. well, maybe not all about it. happy honeymoon!

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Spanish wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Latin wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Glam Dolls Hair and Makeup for wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

vanessa’s dad, who is the coolest dad in the world by the way, told me this little wooden carving of don quixote came all the way from spain. i love it!

Don Quixote wedding ring shot for wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Glam Dolls Hair and Makeup for wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

vanessa wasn’t even done getting ready yet and she already looked amahzing!

Glam Dolls Hair and Makeup for wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

it’s no mystery where karmina, tanya, and vanessa got their beauty. they’ve got one smokin hot madre! happy mother’s day! you too tanya.

you can’t help but to smile whenever you are around this familia. they are genuinely the happiest, kindest people on the planet. from day one they welcomed us in to their lives and their home as if we were related. we’ve now been lucky enough to be a part of two weddings with them and we absolutely adore all these girls, and dad! even their tiny ewok dog is cool.

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

vanessa’s lazaro wedding dress was exquisite!

Lazaro wedding dress for Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

it looked even more beautiful on vanessa.

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Lazaro wedding dress for Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Ivanka Trump wedding shoes for Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

it’s all about the shoes. vanessa’s mom helped her slip into these sparkly ivanka trump wedding shoes for her ceremony and later that night…

Ivanka Trump wedding shoes by Ohana Photographers in San Diego California

Lazaro wedding dress by Ohana Photographers in San Diego California

vanessa changed into these slinky little vera wang lavender shoes for her reception. these were kim’s favorite.

Vera Wang wedding shoes by Ohana Photographers in San Diego California

Vera Wang wedding shoes by Ohana Photographers in San Diego California

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Lazaro dress for wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

is this girl gorgeous or what? she makes disney princesses look like street rats.

historic California wedding venues Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

san diego sunshine. drink it in.

historic Southern California wedding venues Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

historic California wedding venues Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

i get all happy just thinking about how proud i will be to walk my daughter down the isle. i can’t imagine how blessed vanessa’s dad must feel to have done it for all three of his beautiful daughters.

traditional Catholic wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

i LOVE this church. every time i walk into it i think of what san diego must have been like when this church first opened it’s doors 243 years ago. i wonder how many couples have been married under this roof.

historic California wedding venues Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

traditional Catholic wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

Southern California wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

multicultural Catholic wedding at Mission San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

we saw this car when we first pulled up to the church and kim and i both said “ooh, sweet car!” after the ceremony we found out it belongs to tom’s dad. had to get a picture of tom and vanessa in front of it and the mission.

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

just as i found myself in the right spot to get some post-nuptual portraits of tom and vanessa the shrub security showed up and asked me to move. of course i still got the shots. a bird in the hand is worth david in the bush.

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

are you believing how amazing these two look?

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

one word, stunning.

Latina Bride at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala wedding by Ohana Photographers

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

for those who don’t habla, the mosaic says “pray for us.” we pray that you have a long and happy life together.

fun California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

California wedding at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala by Ohana Photographers

after the portraits it was time to head downtown for tom and vanessa’s reception at the manchester grand hyatt. the sweet view of san diego and the bay from the balcony was the cherry on top.

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

when the elevator doors opened on vanessa and tom’s reception floor we saw this painting on the wall of the old point loma lighthouse. kim and i both stopped in our tracks for a minute and smiled. that lighthouse is where i proposed to kim.

San Diego wedding at the old Point Loma lighthouse by Ohana Photographers

vanessa and tom had a favorite places / travel theme going for their reception. as the guests walked in, they found their seating arrangement cards hanging from the eiffel tower. not the real one. it would have never fit in that room.

Paris themed wedding at the Manchester Hyatt San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Paris themed wedding at the Manchester Hyatt San Diego by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

flowers d cache for San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

travel theme wedding at the Manchester Hyatt San Diego by Ohana Photographers

classic San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

you can’t have a party in san diego without some mariachis. problem solved, said mariachi pacifico.

Mariachi Pacifico at Manchester Hyatt wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

tom and vanessa lit up the dance floor all night long with moves like this.

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

vanessa’s dance with her father had everyone in tears. except me. i don’t believe in tears.

seriously though, it was the most touching father daughter dance i have ever seen.

father crying during father daughter dance at Manchester Hyatt wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

tom’s dance with his mom was super sweet.

mother son dance at Manchester Hyatt wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

ok, enough of the sappy stuff. time to have some fun on the balcony with tom and vanessa.

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

vanessa was brighter than sunshine. muy bonita!

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

we could have taken pictures of these two all day long. well, we kinda did, but i mean seriously, all day long. they both just looked so amazing.

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

beso! beso!

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

i love both the shot above and below.

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

vanessa’s beautiful cousin sonia caught the bouquet, so you know what that means.

she actually is getting married next… year.  see you soon sonia.

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

and now… we dance!

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

so cute!

Manchester Hyatt wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

Manchester Hyatt wedding in San Diego by Ohana Photographers

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

tom and vanessa make the best la paloma!

San Diego wedding at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

the rings got to paris before tom and vanessa did.

Paris theme wedding in San Diego at the Manchester Hyatt by Ohana Photographers

 

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