i hate that i have to write this.
no, not because it’s late and i’m working. if i hated that i’d have to choose a different profession.
i’ve actually been looking forward to this for 2 years, but now that it’s here part of me wishes it wasn’t.
i hate that i have to write this because it means that marissa and paolo’s wedding day is over, and i don’t want it to be.
about 2 years ago, during julia and patrick’s wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum, kim and i fell in love with this family. of course, we already knew by then how awesome julia and pat were, but meeting everyone that is related to them by birth, marriage, or friendship really made us understand how very special this group of people are. no matter what is going on in your life, it’s better when they’re around you.
marissa and paolo contacted us shortly after julia and patrick’s wedding. their smiling faces gave nothing away.
were we being punk’d, or were they just smiling like they always do? they always smile. we couldn’t tell what was going on!!!
as it turned out, there were no hidden cameras, no pranks. they got down on one knee and asked us to photograph their wedding. we were blown away.
because they hadn’t actually gotten down on one knee?
no. i just made that part up for dramatic effect.
it was because they booked us like 1 1/2 years before their wedding. that had never happened before.
after numerous toddler-like squeals and 18 consecutive cartwheels (a new personal best), kim and i sat down and realized just how humbling their decision was. we hadn’t known them long, but in that short time powerful bonds of mutual admiration, trust, and happiness had formed. we were, and always will be, thrilled that they chose us to share this day with them, their families, and their closest friends.
as you may already know, our whole family is… how does julia say it?… hella-big Disney fans! we watch his movies, go to his theme parks every chance we get, wait in stupid long lines for dole whips, and we even put a daughter to work in the disney artist salt mines. soooo, when marissa and paolo told us they were having an UP themed wedding we nearly popped. we were all in!
first up was marissa and paolo’s Disneyland engagement session.
next was part two of their engagement session at the Disney Concert Hall.
anyone that is lucky enough to know marissa and paolo knows that two days is not nearly enough time to hang out with them. lucky for us, they like our two favorite places (san diego and disneyland) as much as we do, so we got to see lots of them while we counted down the days to their wedding together. in fact, we spent so much time together that by the time their wedding day rolled around i felt like i was their slightly whiter than average brother and kim was their… well… kim was their sister that doesn’t speak tagalog.
marissa and paolo, we LOVE you two like family. maybe more than family because we’ve never fought with you.
i feel confident that everyone you know will say with me that you have brought more joy into our hearts than we could ever possibly return. we’ve looked everywhere, from here to paradise falls, but there is no other couple quite like you.
every time we hear about what you are doing, you inspire us.
every time we see you, we smile.
every time we think of you…
we get hungry! you’ve spoiled us with too much good food.
while i hate to write this, knowing that your wedding day is over, i am happy that you two get to start filling your adventure book together. we can’t wait to see what’s next for you two. whatever it is, i know you will both have a smile on your face, and so will everyone that knows you.
we love this face with, or without, makeup.
love Leica, almost as much as these Choos.
just the sight of paolo’s letter to marissa caused audible gasps in the room. we all knew what was coming. tears of joy.
after drying the tears away, marissa made all the girls smile when she busted out these super cute personalized name necklaces from Rona Los Angeles. they are sooo fetch!
we love when hot girls aren’t afraid to make funny faces. clearly marlene has been practicing her church face with marissa. nailed it!
when marissa came through that door everyone was either smiling, crying, or cryling. it was an awesome moment.
who has two thumbs and just got married?
this is what pure happiness looks like. LOVE these smiles!
after a shot like this, you know marissa and paolo’s bridal party ranks in the top 3 of all time! it’s no wonder they were a part of this wedding. they were so much fun to be around! they kept us smiling all day!
paolo hooked all his boys up with NIKEiD shoes (custom socks not included).
the ellie badge!
seeing paolo with his brothers made us smile big smiles. you know these three had to be big time trouble when they were kids (or last week). they just have shenanigans written all over them.
marissa and paolo hired april to do a little UP inspired artwork for them. we love it, and their mini wolf, kicks!
lovin all the UP stuff!
loveEmsweet cupcakes were bomb! especially the ube ones… (plural). as rain would say, #filipinoweddingsdoitright
bottoms up, bottoms up, throw your hands up, tell security we bout to tear this club up
i have to say that the speeches given at marissa and paolo’s wedding were some of the most heartfelt we have ever heard. good thing paolo’s dad was on tissue duty because every speech had people crying, including the people giving the speeches. patrick, p-jay, kirstie, marlene, and nicole, you all did an amazing job. we really loved all of your speeches. how could we not? you were talking about marissa and paolo.
these two look familiar. oh yeah. now i remember where i’ve seen them before. here. here, and here. it was so good to see you guys again. thank yo so much for the doggie treats for Kodak, Toby, and Bosco the Labradummy. i’m not gonna lie, they smelled so good we had to sample one.
once again, russell john films was by our side to get all the awesome moments from marissa and paolo’s wedding on video. we LOVE working with them! just like the video he did for julia and patrick’s wedding, russell knocked another one out of the park for marissa and paolo. their love story was an UP themed wedding video and it had everyone at the reception bawling. lucky for us, we had cameras to hide behind so nobody saw us crying. russell was kind enough to let us share it with you. grab some tissues from paolo’s dad and check it out.
Marissa & Paolo-UP Love Story from Russell John Films on Vimeo.
the time paolo surprised marissa at the airport and asked her to marry him in front of everyone. classic paolo.
marissa surprised paolo with a little song, then paolo flipped the script and surprised marissa with a little dance. these two are so perfect for each other!
dj p-jay on the ones and twos! thanks for giving him the night off power 106. note to future couples, if you want to keep your dance floor jumpin all night long, hire this man. we gotta give big props to dj ren and mc eljay andal also. they held it down while p-jay was walking around getting everyone hammered on patron.
the p in p-jay stands for photobomber.
the world’s most dangerous group
for some reason i feel like i haven’t said everything i want to say to you marissa and paolo. it’s late and i’m beat. brain no work right now. i’ll just have to tell you in person next time we see you. just know that we love you both to pieces. you have touched our hearts and we feel hella-blessed to have you in our life. now that we’re family, we’re going to start with the full-court press to get you down here. you need to move to san diego… stat! patrick and julia know what’s up. tell em guys. you too rachelle and phoenix. lets do this!
love you all! see you soon!
we want to send out a big thank you to all the vendors that helped make marissa and paolo’s wedding awesome.
Church – Holy Family Catholic Church
Venue – Pandora on Green
Photographer – Ohana Photographers
Videographer – Russell John Films
DJ – DJ P-Jay / DJ Ren / MC Eljay Andal
Flowers – Flowerblush
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaids Dresses – Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaid Necklaces – Rona Los Angeles
Bride’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Groomsmen’s Shoes – NIKEiD
Hair – Arlyn Aquino
Make up – Nancy Deluna
Wedding Coordinator –Fab Four
thank you for visiting our wedding photography blog
check out our portfolio.
contact us by phone at 858-663-3283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ohana photographers | san diego wedding photographers | hawaii wedding photographers | orange county wedding photographers | los angeles wedding photographers| new york wedding photographers
She’s gorgeous and these photos made her (and him) look even more so. So much love in their eyes in these pics. You made some wonderful art here.
P.S I loved their engagement pics and that art drawing of them is phenomenal! I would LOVE art like that!
This wedding needs to be in that Top 5 list you have up on the top of your page! I can’t get over how awesome this wedding is! Ya’ll are so creative and you always have such gorgeous and fun couples!
Is it me or does the groom look like Bruno Mars??? It’s not, right? ;)
So jealous of this wedding! Love everything about it! May I ask, where did the couple get the fingerprint sign in board!?! So cute!
Is it weird that I just cried through their whole video and through all their pictures!? These pictures and that video tell an amazing love story of this couple that I am positive they will cherish forever. I am in absolute love with these photos, I can’t stop scrolling and tearing up. You seriously have an amazing relationship with your couples, because your photos are so emotional and telling. I know I’m rambling, but I am obsessed with these! Congrats to this beautiful couple! May they have many Happily Ever Afters.
I can look at each picture…close my eyes and i feel like im at that exact moment in time that you captured. I love each and everyone of the photos. It took a few minutes to scroll down after reading your entry, i had to clear the tears from the face..we were truly touched by your kind words. Thank you our everything Ohana!
OH MUH GAH! feels for days. I’m a wreck looking through these pictures! How many smiles and cries can one person take! So much love with this couple, captured perfectly.
Thanks Ohana for the link of our website! Beautiful pictures :)))
My goodness that bride and her girls are gorgeous! I’m in love with those necklaces and their dresses! Simply stunning all around!
The first look was so touching! I love what you wrote about the couple, such a sweet thing to write, it’s apparent that you love this couple and it shows in their photos. Beautifully done.
You’ve convinced me, I want to be best friends with this couple. Oh my gosh how much fun are they and these pictures! I really love the bride in the black and white pic, so fee-yarce! <— excuse that, I'm just blown away by how awesome this wedding is!
You may be a stalker if you recognize a lot of the people from previous weddings. *guilty* lol! I loved all the engagement pics and weddings from the couples in this post. The balloon ring picture, an hello gorgeous to that wedding ring! You guys = awesome
How is it possible to be so pretty while still making a goofy face? Jealous of those girls! Love all the pics! Looked like fun was had by all!
I officially have a new favorite wedding of yours.
I don’t know how else to describe it, but your photos show what a great deal of love you have for your clients and that is a beautiful thing
GAH! I totally felt bipolar looking at these photos. I laughed, I cried, I laughed, and cried again. Repeat. Kim and David, you truly are amazeballs. You capture the emotions in photos like no one else we know and your talent shows in each and every picture you guys put up in your blog. We love you guys! And yes, Pao and Marissa should totally move to SD!!! We need more foodie buddies!!!!
Hands down, the best photographers around!! You guys are truly amazing, stunning shots, and you made the day so fun!!
OMG!! Amazing moments captured, incredible images and so much emotion in this post! I love it! Thank you Ohana for your being so dang talented! And Pao and Marissa need to move to SD FO-Real!
This whole wedding! Her shoes! I die!!!
You brought it. Wow, this wedding is packed with love and emotion!
Ahhhh! I’ve been waiting for this wedding! Knocked it out of the park again!
SO in love with wedding! The smiles, the love, the fun, and of course Disney, it’s all here. Total love!
Freaking amazing. Great coverage all around!
I love the style and details behind this wedding, you captured it perfectly. So many great photos Ohana…I’m consistently blown away by your work. Bravo!
Is it weird that I teared up reading your words to this couple? aaand then again when I watched that video? Lol. Beautifully photographed as usual :)
I bet their wedding album will fill their hearts with love and emotion every turn of the page for years to come. Wonderfully captured!
I’ve been dying to see this wedding! I fell in love with their engagement sessions and were my favorites, now this is my favorite wedding of yours!
Be still my Disney loving heart! I’m obsessed with this wedding! Really love the bride in black and white, stunning. The ring pictures and the portraits just make me smile! =)
What a lovely couple. So fun, sweet, emotional and so gorgeous all at the same time!
These make me happy just looking at them. Wonderful work as always.
So many real wedding moments here! I can’t love this more!
I love the way you see moments. So fun, romantic, sweet and so in the moment.
Simply amazing. I’m in love with every single one, and I adore the black and white of the bride! Such a fun and gorgeous couple!
from start to finish, perfect capture of this wedding! congrats to the beautiful couple!
[…] I hear this all the time! The hard thing about committing to a Disney wedding is that it does mean you’re having a very specific kind of wedding in a very specific place (even though you can put your own personal spin on it). Destination weddings are a lot of fun, but if all of your family/friends are already in one place or if you grew up being very involved in your place of worship, it might not be the best option for you to get married on Disney property. That’s why I LOVE to see Disney weddings at home – so many people do really creative things to incorporate a little pixie dust into their big day! Check out our other off-property Disney weddings or hit Pinterest for inspiration. Location: Off-Property – Pasadena, California Photography: OHANA Photographers […]
Oh my gosh these are just amazing! They look like such an incredibly fun couple! I loved everything about this wedding! Your work is incredible and you really know how to capture love and fun all in one day! Congrats to the lovely couple!
I found you from the Disney Wedding Blog and I had to come over and comment. I really love your photography, I’m blown away by the creativity, the fun, the romance and apparent love that you capture of your couples in the pics you take. The moments, the stolen glances and tears tell a perfect story for each of these couples and would translate so beautifully in their slideshow, wedding album or wall collage. Bravo and congratulations to this amazingly fun couple! I also looked at their engagement pics, and my goodness does your creativity know no bounds?
The emotion and the beauty just jumps out at you in every wedding you shoot. I adore these!
In love with all the stolen moments in these! Perfect way to capture their day! Congrats to the lovely couple!
Came by way of Disney Magical Weddings and I am in LOVE with this wedding! Everything about it is perfection!
The details and fun exuded here are amazing! You really can see their love shine, especially in the first look photos. My goodness, I would die to have my hubby look at me like that again! hehe :-) Congratulations to the lovely couple, may they have many, many first looks like that one!
My goodness, I am so in love with the details of this wedding! Up is one of my all time favorites! Kudos to couples who go against the “traditional” way of weddings to do their own thing and make their wedding truly “theirs.” Beautiful photos of loving and fun moments captured in time to cherish for a lifetime.
I can’t love these more! I feel like a guest looking through these! I will admit it would be amazing to have been a guest at this wedding! It looked like such a blast!
Everything about this wedding is perfect! So much love and emotion!
Stunning photos all around, and so much fun too!
Oh my perfectly captured. I love, love how the groom is crying. You don’t see that often, well, I don’t. I admit that photo made me tear up. You really can see the love in his face.
This post is all about the feels bout the feels. Love it!
See, another example of above and beyond you guys go to make your couples photos absolutely perfect! These are simply amazing! Promise I won’t go on and on like I did on the other post lol!
Found you from Magical Day and I am loving all the romance, fun captured in these! The Disney details are so magical!
First, oh my gosh her Mickey and Minnie bag and that painting! This couple really looks fun. I’m in love with the group pictures. So much fun! The b&w pictures of the bride are stunning! Wow. Love all the details and the theme is perfect!