Today I had the honor of helping Martin Ngo Photography be a part of Nico and Nacho’s big day in Mission Viejo! The bride from Argentina, the groom from Spain, both united in love! Well, united until party time, when both sides started singing their national anthems, louder and louder! So much fun!
I started off with the guys at Ayres Hotel, where Nacho’s family was having heartfelt family time, yet they still welcomed me with open arms. Amazing! After loading up into the school bus (mom is a teacher), we headed to the cozy backyard home for his first look of his beautiful bride. It is so touching to see a TRUE first look, and TRUE love and admiration of each other. It was clear that the world melted around them, and for just a few minutes, nothing else existed on this planet. Just Nicolette and Nacho. Magic.
For wedding party portraits, we went to Oso Creek Trail, a place that has meaning for Nico and Nacho. Perfect. It was when I was having fun shooting the groomsmen and bridesmaids when I realized I was in my element, in my groove. I know that I get there at every wedding, but I don’t always realize the exact moment when I go into hyperdrive super focused, can’t mess anything up, photographer mode. Life is awesome.
After portraits, back to the house to get ready for the ceremony. By this time, most of the DIY details were put up… absolutely stunning and perfect for them! The ceremony was thoughtful and beautifully personal. Fantastic when a couple strays from the norm and just does what THEY want.
Next was the reception festivities.. lots of tango dancing (obviously), lots of delicious food, lots of toasting, lots of laughing. If I could describe in one word how the reception felt for me, that word would be: warm. It feels like everyone there is part of their close family, including me. I’m part of the family and I have been for all of my life. That’s how it felt being there on their day.
And I believe my photos reflect that feeling to you, so that you are also part of our family now! Welcome!
Photography: Martin Ngo Photography
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