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Jason & Virginia’s Mission Inn Wedding

Sometimes inclement weather can actually make a wedding more interesting. Southern California has hundreds of sunny days per year, most of those weddings take place under the blue skies, and a bright sun. But Jason and Virginia took places at one of the most beautiful venues under dark clouds and some downpour.

Things may not fall into place beautifully, though. Situations get hectic and sometimes chaos takes over, but then right when the weather seems its darkest the clouds part and moments just seem to magically work themselves out.

The way we see it, bad weather isn’t something to frown about during a wedding. Although it may seem like it’s destroying your wedding, but it’s actually creating a more interesting wedding story for your children.

 

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Kevin & Britney’s First Grade Crush

While we were photographing Kevin and Brittany’s bridal prep photos we noticed a photo in a frame of two little kids standing next to a drinking fountain, the little boy had a smirk on his face and was looking at the girl next to him. Later on in the day our Associate Photographer, John, asked them how they met. Apparently Brittany and Kevin met at during first grade, we were shocked, we’ve been to numerous high school sweetheart weddings, but it’s very rare to see a couple who had seen eye to eye since the first grade.

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After the stunning wedding at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, on the way to our romantic session with the Brittany and Kevin, we passed by the Elementary School where they first met and we were able to reenact the photo that was taken so many years ago.

We saw sparks between Kevin and Brittany during their first look. From the moment Kevin first saw her in her dress, his eyes teared up. He walked briskly and nervously and tapped her on her shoulder. As soon as she turned and saw him, it was like we stopped existing and time slowed down, we don’t intervene during moments like these and we gave them their privacy and the intimacy that only a first look can give them.

 

 

 

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John + Shelly

 

John and Shelly had their wedding at the Beautiful, Robinson Ranch in Santa Clarita, Ca. With Guests coming to their wedding from all over the continental US. They said their vows in front of the most important people in their lives.   While Enjoying their day under the sunny California blue skys.   They ended their gorgeous day with a sparkler dance with everyone honoring their love for each other.

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Fernando + Marlene

When Marlene & Fernando got married it was all about tradition. One of those traditions being not seeing each other prior to the ceremony. The nice thing was that they allotted plenty of time after their ceremony for their romantic session together. We started out at Union train station for some of their pre wedding photos. Then after the ceremony were ran over to the Disney Concert Hall for their romantic session. I’ve been wanting to have an all B&W post for a while. So here it is. Please feel free to leave comments. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

 

 

 

Coodinator: Jacqueline Vo ~ (310) 619 2537 Music/MC : JR Productions~ (626)251-6163 talk about a fun DJ! He was funny as heck! Reminded me of George Lopez.

 

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Wedding Guest’s Secret Gripes

Last night while surfing the web, Amelia ran into this little article on MSN’s home page. I thought it was a nice bit of information to consider while planning your wedding. The article was written by the Knot.

Wedding Guests’ Secret Gripes

You’ve been to a few weddings yourself, so you know there are just some things that can rub you the wrong way. Here are a few helpful reminders about what guests can’t stand.

You may think your wedding is all about you and your groom (or maybe just you) but, hello, you’re hosting a party! If your guests are miserable, your wedding will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. So we talked to dozens of frequent wedding guests — from always-a-bridesmaids to recent brides to guys in their 20s and 30s — to find out what they hated about the events they’ve attended. We’ve kept the guests’ names secret just in case they’re coming to your wedding!

Your Timing Stinks

Huge time gaps between the ceremony and the reception — the ones where the ceremony starts at noon, but the party isn’t until 7 p.m. — are annoying because you’re often leaving us in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing to do. We don’t want to kill time at a restaurant because we’re hoping you’ll feed us well at your reception. And there’s only so much lingering we can do at a coffee shop or a bookstore … in our dressy clothes! We’d much rather head straight to the party after the “I dos.”

You Picked a Bad Day

We’ve had weddings on every holiday, from Mother’s Day to Super Bowl Sunday (yes, that counts as a holiday). You must realize that we’d rather be with our moms or watching the game instead of going to your wedding on those days. And please don’t ruin our holiday weekends. We get it; you can save a bundle if you get hitched on the Sunday before Memorial Day, but maybe we’d like to take our vacations then. If nothing else, please don’t get married on some random Tuesday night. That means we have to take off two days from work just to go! Let us use our vacation days for vacations.

You’re Boring Us

The ceremony may be the most important part of the day to you, but the reception is what we’re really looking forward to. When it takes forever to get dinner served, each speech is 25 minutes long, and you play a string of songs that are all inside jokes with the same group of friends, there isn’t much time for getting our groove on. Uh, and if the band’s so bad that no one’s dancing — including you and your groom — we just think, Why are we even here? Showing us a really good time is the least that you can do to thank us for giving up our free day, traveling, and getting you an expensive gift.

The Food Isn’t Great

Why would you bother spending thousands on your flowers if your food is going to taste terrible? We want a delicious meal way more than we want pretty centerpieces. You don’t know this, but we actually think of that $200 gift as a contribution to a great meal. If it’s not as good as something we’d have at a restaurant, we’re going to be disappointed. Even if the food is tasty, don’t make us go hungry. We don’t need an eight-course meal, but we don’t want to have to push through other guests just to get to the tiny hors d’oeuvres you’re calling dinner.

You Make Us Pay?!

Treat your guests like guests; don’t make us bring our wallets whenever we want a drink! When you have more than 300 guests and a cash bar, we wish that you would’ve just cut the list and paid for our drinks instead. How exactly are we supposed to feel when we paid for flights, a rental car, a hotel room, and a gift, and then you make us pay at the bar? So not cool.

You Sat Us Here

We want to have fun at your wedding, believe us, but it’s pretty tricky when you seat us right in front of giant speakers. We won’t be able to talk to anyone at our tables or enjoy our dinner if you’re blowing out our eardrums. Before you book your venue, make sure there’s enough space for tables without having to make us sit in the DJ’s lap. And don’t make us suffer in the heat. If you’re having a summer wedding, do it somewhere with air conditioning!

Also, if you want to be outdoors, don’t make us rough it: Walking around in the mud, swatting bugs, or using porta-potties is even less fun in formal attire. And please give us plenty of places to sit. Cocktail hours are great, but it’s pretty tough to balance our plates, drinks, and purses while standing — in heels no less!

You Don’t Invite a Plus-One

Nothing reminds us of our dating status like a wedding. No need to rub it in our faces with even more reminders. The garter and bouquet tosses are like saying, “Hey, look at them. They’re single!” Could you blame us if we hide in the bathroom as soon as the DJ announces it? And, come on, even if they did honestly predict we’d be the next to marry, do we really want some cheesy guy slipping garters up our legs? Of course, we’d prefer to be invited with a date, but we get why you may not be able to give us that, especially if we’ll know lots of other people there. But if everyone we know is making out with their significant other all night, we’re going to be pissed that you couldn’t include one extra person to make us feel a little more comfortable.

You Put Us to Work

We know we’ll have to help out with some tasks when we agree to be in the bridal party, but it’s insulting when you consider a task like manning the guest book table an honor. We’d rather just be a regular guest at the wedding than have some silly duty like that. At the very least, give us a heads up if you’ll need our help. Don’t spring flower girl babysitting duties on us minutes before the reception.

You Don’t Say Thank You

It’s frustrating when we fly all the way to your wedding and you don’t take the time to thank us for making the trip. Even if we haven’t come a long way, make an effort to thank us for coming anyway. We know it’s hard to talk to every guest at the wedding, but that’s why, at the very least, we better get a thank-you card from you when you get back from your honeymoon!

 

 

 

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