wedding fiesta with maria and jose

everyone has a story.
every life has a path.
sometimes the stories and paths intertwine and amazing things happen.
jose and maria’s paths crossed while they were both attending california western school of law in san diego, but jose’s amazing story started well before that. when maria told me about it i was so inspired that i had to share it with everyone. please take a moment to read about jose in this link to the san diego union tribune. here’s an excerpt – The journey to law school for Jose Orozco began at a Jack in the Box when he was plotting his promotion from cashier to shift leader.

If he worked hard, he could make the move in six months, he was told. And why not? His job kept him off the streets of Logan Heights, where he was teetering on being “jumped into” one of the gangs that controlled the neighborhood.

The fast-food joint is also where he met Kevin LaChapelle, a former police officer who frequented the restaurant. LaChapelle, a youth mentor, saw in Orozco what he didn’t and helped him turn his life around.

“I had that strong, strong feeling that this guy wanted to change,” LaChapelle said. “When I worked with gang members, we would have to beg them to change. Jose was different.”

Today the high school dropout is incoming president of the Student Bar Association at California Western School of Law in San Diego and is planning a career as an employment lawyer.

Law school wasn’t always an option for Orozco.

He had already been beaten into a tagging crew. Joining a gang was the natural next step – if he could only make time.

Fortunately for Orozco, 27, the fast-food restaurant consumed his time, and his buddies began to disappear.

“Every time I went back to hang out, they were locked up,” he said.

That shift-leader job was looking better all the time.

Orozco was orphaned early in life. He was 8 when his mother died of skin cancer. Five years later, his father died of prostate cancer. For a year he bounced around between his grandmother’s home in Nayarit, Mexico, and his stepsister’s place in National City. Eventually, Orozco settled with his aunt in Sherman Heights, where he grew up. .
jose and maria graduated from california western school of law, got married, and will soon be taking their bar exam. they don’t like sleep. :) maria once told me that they don’t have a life, but i think they have a wonderful life that is only going to get better.

maria had so many incredible details that i have to share them with you.
her beautiful wedding dress was by Rosa Clara,
shoes by alfani,
and the pretty pretty flowers were done by manuel chavez in chula vista,

isn’t maria THE most stunning bride you have ever seen? muy bonita!

maria and jose had a beautiful wedding at our lady of angels catholic church in san diego.

jose and maria looked amazing! what a beautiful couple.

after their ceremony, jose and maria emerged from the church and were greeted by their family, friends, and the ice cream guy. mmmm, ice cream.

after the ceremony we made a stop for some wedding portraits at balboa park.

the only thing better than the san diego skyline is maria and jose in front of the san diego skyline.

with the delicioso cake by sumi’s oven in place, it was time to get the reception at the san diego hilton harbor island going.

two bands turned the reception into a fiesta: kanari and vientos del sur.
the corona played a minor supporting role.

congratulations maria and jose! we are so happy for you. good luck on your upcoming california bar exam. we know after you clear that last hurdle you are both going to do great things.

L.T. and the chargers are working toward getting a super bowl ring, but i don’t think it will be as amazing as maria’s beautiful ring.

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LOOOVEEE IT!! She is one breathtaking bride!!

Stunning photos! I love her dress, and the photo of her with her veil, and only shows half the face. Gorgeous!

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is one gorgeous wedding Baxters! And OMG that dress is to die for!

Stunning photos! I am in love with these! The picture of the bride walking into the church is to die for! As always amazing job guys!

I adore this wedding! Amazing looking couple, amazing dress, amazing details, I could go on ;) My favorite is the picture of the little girls spinning! It's precious!

Lovin' that skyline shot!

These are breathtaking photos! Amazing work!!

Hi I'm an avid stalker of your work and I HAD to comment on this wedding. Stunning bride and groom, your details are unmatched and the emotion you always capture melts my heart. The shot of the couple dancing is so touching, you can really see the love in their body language there.
That ring shot is mouthwatering (=

she looks dreamy! I love the cake shot!

That is a great story with a beautiful happy ending. The bride looked amazing. Loved the vintage portrait shots. You guys did it once again!


That shot of the bride and groom with the flower girl running around in the background is AWESOME!!! I love the diptychs are great also. Nice work my friend!

You guys seriously rock constantly. Great shots, great story telling :)

I love the motion blur of the little girl in the background. just gorgeous images :)

Wow!!!! Wow!!!!! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Ohanas!!! I have to say, with the introduction, this set of Wedding shots were captured beautiful and just breathtaking. I hope to be as GOOD as YOU guys are….sigh.

I love, love, love the photo of her looking out the car window. Gorgeous wedding!

soooo many yummy pictures!!!!

"Love-ly means never having to say you're sorry"… and you guys never have to because your images consistently rock!! Stunning bride and your photos are just dripping with awesomeness here. LOVE that antiqued over-the-shoulder shot of the bride!

WoW! Amazing wedding guys! LOVE.IT!

wow! things have been bizanely busy & i haven't been able to do my normal blog roundabouts — so MAN do i have a lot of catching up to do! you guys rocked this one as usual. :) Maria is one beautyFULL, incredibly photogenic bride. absolutely gorgeous moments captured! (ps.hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!!)


So many amazing shots! LOVE the one of her looking back after the ceremony and of course the ring shot! And her dress is to die for!

aw! goosebumps on the story! your style is constantly evolving, that's one of the many things i love about ya'll!!! :) and her ring is gahhhhh-orgeous!!

oh these are soooo beautiful! i LOVE all of them, the details are fab and what a gorgeous couple! awesome

I run out of words when I see your guys work…So once again…love em!

Um. Wow. That's all i'm gonna say! :)

Love all your detail shots in this post & the shot of the B&G with the moving bridesmaid in the background is great!

Are you guys going to Vegas in March? We've booked flights & hotel …. you'd SO better be going!

I so want to be like you guys when I grow up! Am I grown up yet?

Wow! I LOVE the way you edited these. Amazing wedding, great job!!!

wow! I love Rosa Clara and I love her ring!!!

dear ohana,

you guys kick ass and take names. the end.

ps, i think maria looks a wee bit like audrey hepburn. :D

Wow!!! you all amaze me everytime I come to visit! Story brought tears to my eyes!!! Love, Love, Love!!!

Beautiful bride and gorgeous details!

It's been so busy I haven't been able to stalk you guys in a while and BAM! I get hit with these bomb weddings! In love with your processing, so romantic and beautiful. Just when I thought you couldn't get any better :)

What a beautiful collection of wedding images for this couple. I'm speechless.

Well, ALMOST speechless. That couple shot with the little flower girl running in the background: priceless!

You guys are totally amazing! Awesome photos..GREAT story about Jose and now he's living the fairy tale. Her dress is stunning..Ok, I can go on and on…You guys inspire me..nuff said!

Of course, as always, I am moved by your images. However, the words in this post are equally inspiring. Congratulations to Maria and Jose! Especially to Jose for all you have overcome. I (like I'm sure a lot of people) am very proud of you and your accomplishments.

Welcome to the ohana!

Stunning photos! I am so having you all shoot my wedding, when I get married of course! Got to find a man first hehe! When I do, you guys are it!

Rockin' photos!
especially ring shot!

Love the half face bride shot, intense!

amazing shots! love the ring shot!

It's a real life princess! The shot with just half her face is stunning.

OMG! These images are breathtaking! Seriously!! I realy don't know how you do it! Your phenomenal! Your posts share so much and I enjoy EVERY freaking image!!! Keep rocking it into 2010guys!!!

Absolutely beautiful photos and the bride is stunning!

Love the image of the bride looking through the veil!

So beautiful!! I love all of them! Great job!

Another beautiful wedding. Her whole get up makes me want to sing “Ave Maria” she looks so Angelic I just love the lace. Very beautifully captured as usual.

Stunning pictures!!! She is absolutely gorgeous!