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tina + junior’s bicultural san diego wedding | sheraton harbor island, san diego bay

beautiful bride and groom dance together during portraits at balboa parkIt’s finally happening! After seven years together, Tina and Junior made it official and had a really special day during their gorgeous bicultural San Diego wedding! bride gets hair done before her bicultural san diego weddingYep, no pressure doing a talented hairdresser’s hair, right? But it turned out AMAZING! Love all those variations of color and the huge swoop Tina went with. Tina leads the team at Chez Rouge Salon in Normal Heights and does great work! bridesmaids put on fangs for this bicultural san diego weddingNow, this is NOT something you see everyday at a wedding… the girls putting on fangs since it was Halloween weekend. LOL!
Meanwhile, the guys were cracking jokes and pretty much busting Junior’s chops. You know… the sign of good friendships 🙂 bride and groom getting ready before bicultural san diego weddinggroom hangs out with guys before his bicultural san diego weddingbride puts on her exquisite wedding gown before her bicultural san diego weddingThen it was time to get Tina into that EXQUISITE gown! Um, I pretty much swooned when I saw it, and I’ve see a lot of dresses! close up detail of bride touching the fabric of her gown before her bicultural san diego weddingTADAAAAAAH!!!!!!bride exclaims excitement before her bicultural san diego weddingbridesmaid fluffs wedding gown before this bicultural san diego wedding
WOOOWOOOO! All aboard the tux jacket train! Seriously, these guys were such a hoot! funny groomsmen line up in a row to get the groom in his jacket before his bicultural san diego weddinggroom buttons up jacket before his bicultural san diego weddingbride awaits groom in first look before their bicultural san diego weddingTime to get these two connected for the day. First looks are really all about that…
Take a moment to stop, breathe, and remember why you’re here today. <3 <3 <3 groom smiles at bride during wedding couple sees each other at first look in their bicultural san diego weddinggroom smiles at bride during first look before their bicultural san diego weddingbride smiles at groom during first look at this bicultural san diego weddingThe wedding party hopped on the party bus and met us over at Balboa Park, which was a bit of a zoo that day, but they were all good sports about finding a tiny sliver of a space where we could sneak away from the 10,000 people at the park. The girls had a little fun with those vampire fangs. Teehee!!! bridesmaids wear fangs for halloween weekend weddingLove how glamorous AND silly these gals are. That’s a great combo in my book! tina-junior-bicultural-san-diego-wedding018These guys are really too much. They made us laugh so much!!groomsmen laugh with groom in wedding party photos at balboa parkBonus shot of the guys who had a special request to include the hot dog in the background of at least one shot. BOOM!
You’re welcome 🙂 hilarious groomsmen joke with groom in wedding party photos at balboa parkWith the wedding party on a brief break, we swept these two away for a few minutes for some casual relaxed portraits and a little more time for just the two of them. bride and groom smile and laugh together at balboa parkTina, you can be such a goofball and I love it!! But seriously, judging from that last photo below, I think Junior loves that about her too. bride and groom share some goofy and sweet moments at balboa parkgorgeous bride spins in beautiful wedding gown at balboa park
JUST STUNNING, Tina, STUNNING!! glamorous bride with purple highlights profile portrait at balboa parkportraits of handsome groom in modern tux at balboa parkAnd how charming is Junior’s modern tux. Both of you guys looked amazing!

tina-junior-bicultural-san-diego-wedding026beautiful wedding couple look at each in portraits at balboa parkwedding photos of bicultural san diego wedding couple at balboa parkwedding photos of bicultural san diego wedding couple at balboa parkDodging the crowds and working various angles, we created these and these make me very happy. I love how these two can really make each other smile like that. bicultural couple dances together in balboa park before their san diego wedding couple at balboa parkAs the sun went down, as it does early this time of year, their Chaldean Catholic ceremony brought everyone together. tina-junior-bicultural-san-diego-wedding031bridebicultural san diego wedding catholic ceremony detailsI do believe I spy with my little eye a brief game of “thumb war”! 😉 closeup of bride and groomgroom smiles at bride in catholic ceremony couple exchanges rings and vows in bicultural san diego wedding ceremony

The crowning ceremony. So many layers of symbolism here, representing the crowns that await us in Heaven as well as the celebration of the bride and groom becoming the King and Queen of their newly created family.

bride kisses crown during this old world catholic ceremony in a bicultural san diego weddingMARRIED!! bride and groom walk down aisle together in old world catholic ceremonybride and groom walk under arch of flowers as they exit their bicultural san diego weddingBrace yourself for an orchid explosion! How beautiful and decadent was their decor? So many orchids and beautiful details. Loved the purple, pink, gold, and white combination. So glamorous and clean! gorgeous wedding details of dripping orchids, big floral, purple, pink, gold, white bicultural san diego weddingThe happy couple kicked off the traditional Zeffa dance surrounded by all the guests and that REALLY got things going for sure! couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingcouple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingcouple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego wedding

The challenges of cutting the top layer of a 4-tier cake 😉
NAILED IT!! couple cuts 4-level cake at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingTina, you slay me! bride gets goofy and ready to party at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddinggroom is lifted up during zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingAnd this is how you celebrate, friends!! tina-junior-bicultural-san-diego-wedding047Love this tiny moment between Junior and his dad! dad embraces groom at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingguests dancing and laughing during zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingguests laugh and dance during zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingAnd a good time was had by all! bride and groom dance zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingWell, almost all 😉 Just kidding!
The Zeffa goes on for over an hour, so breaks are necessary. It’s quite an event!! cute kid sitting out dancing at couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingcute little girl dancing in zeffa line at couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingall the guests dance together in zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingThen the line dance snaked its way throughout the entire ballroom, interweaving throughout the tables. It was pretty awesome! all guests dance together in zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingguests dance around tables in zeffa couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingguests dance throughout room in zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddinggroomguests dance together in zeffa at couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingThere are kind of phases and chapters to the dance which is cool to see. When the men all got together the footwork changed up a bit as Junior’s mom cheered them on. men do traditional dance at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingguests dance zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingfamily dances together in zeffa at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingAfter a few toasts, the Lion Dance began with a deep drum and the entrance of the Lions into the crowd. This was so much FUN to watch! vietnamese tradition of lion dance at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingAnd fun to see guests interact with them too. I think everyone really guests interact with lion giving gifts of cash in vietnamese lion dance at this couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingvietnamese dragon dance at couple dances together in zeffa at this bicultural san diego weddingTina and Junior, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your special day and sharing that with us! You did a great job of bringing together several elements to honor your lives individually and now together. Wishing you all the best! XOtraditional vietnamese lion dance at bicultural san diego wedding To Tina and Junior’s family and friends, be sure to sign their gallery guestbook so that you’re the first to know of the gallery release {in 3-4 weeks} and print specials! 

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