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Ahmad & Fathma’s traditional Afghan wedding was a truly spectacular event for me to capture. Set in the backdrop of the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park, California, family and friends gathered on a summer Friday evening to celebrate these two love birds. Delicious food, immaculate traditional garb, dances, and the like were in order and I’m so thrilled to share some of the great moments of this particular wedding story.

  

I always take full advantage of ANY amount of time I have with the bride as she’s preparing. We had a mini-shoot in the hotel room and it was a success – if I might say so myself 🙂

  

And luckily, I had ample time to just shoot with the bride and groom before their wedding celebration started. These two looked stunning together and made it look effortless.

Y’all see that stage?! Y’all see that food?! And again, that STAGE.

And the moment all the guests were waiting for: the grandest of grand entrances.

The couple lookin’ all regal. So are those kids. And so is that stage.

(Okay – I’m going to try and stop gushing over that stage now…)

Speeches n’ smiles.

When the dance floor officially opens and he doesn’t want to dance.

  

Watch him whip. Now watch him nae nae.

  

Honoring the bride and groom with a traditional dance.

Groom: “When blowing out the candle doesn’t work, just pinch instead.” (Brave man, by the way).

Andddd now, things are official after the ring ceremony.

  

CAKE. Enough said.

The night capped off with Ahmad and Fathma’s first dance and as you can see, it was a fun one. I was honored to shoot such a love-filled event! Major thanks to Ahmad and Fathma for bringing me on board – may you dance through life together with just as much ease and joy. Blessings to you both!

 

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Photographer: Charles Maceo Photography

Venue: Knotts Berry Farm Hotel

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Adam and Kimberly…what can I say? A one-of-a-kind, sweet, genuine couple whose love for one another pours out with ease. A beautiful wedding day was in order in the gorgeous city of Laguna Beach, California. Within walking distance of and practically on the California coast, nuptials and celebrations took place at Seven4One, a small boutique hotel and breathtaking wedding venue. Between the intricate details, amazing views, extravagant festivities, partying, and of course, a beautiful couple…it was a breeze capturing so many great moments.

The venue. The flowers. Decor. All the small and big details were immaculate. So much love, thought, and care went into this day.

Loungin’. Nothing but laughs and smiles among the bride, sister, and mama’.

Soooo, I had such a hard time selecting what to share because there were so, so many great captures. Kimberly looked FLAWLESS. And guess what? She has the heart and spirit to match.

“I am my brother’s keeper.” Ahhh, gotta’ love the brotherly love. Fellas’ were looking clean – especially the groom.

Final reflections before the big “I Do.”

 

When the groom finally sees his bride. This moment NEVER gets old.

Daddy’s girl.

Everyone, including me, was beaming the entire ceremony. I may have *almost* shed a tear. Almost. 😉

 

 

It’s a family affair.

  

 

Snuck these two away down to the shore for a few shots before the sunset. I love getting the couple by themselves – even for just a brief moment. Gives them a chance to connect on such a busy day…and gives us an opportunity to capture some intimate shots.

Reception setup was nothing short of amazing.

You know this part. The “dances”. The “First”. Daddy-Daughter. And Mother-Son.

The best speeches/toasts should make you laugh, smile, cry…and absolutely should include embarrassing stories of the newlyweds.

Kisses n’ Selfies.

Yes. That is a camera attached to a wine bottle.

Movin’ n groovin’.

A moment of celebration and cheers for the couple.

Loved ones partied all night long with this amazing duo. It was truly an honor to capture this occasion and I wish you nothing but the best, Adam and Kimberly. Major blessings to you two!

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Photographer: Charles Maceo Photography

Venue: Seven 4 One (Laguna Beach, CA)

Wedding Planner: Events By Robin

Decor & Floral: Events by Robin

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Kojo & Onikah are nothing short of pure royalty in all of its glory. It was a hot, beautiful day in Anaheim Hills, California where folks gathered at the breathtaking Copo De Ora Estates. Gorgeous views, a plethora of unforgettable moments, stellar eats, and partying to the late hours of the night were all on the menu for this special occasion. But most importantly, loved ones from all over the country and WORLD gathered for the union of these two dynamic souls.

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The fellas’ , especially the groom, were looking mighty dapper. They did nothing but make fun of one another as they got dressed – and that’s exactly what best friends are for, right 😉 ? They buttoned things up (pun intended) with the best way possible: prayer.

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Onikah looked stellar. She embodied everything that is regal, classy, and elegant.

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The intimate ceremony space. The flowers. The decor. The views. All so beautiful to match the bride and groom.

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Not quite the traditional “first look” where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Rather, Kojo & Onikah wanted to lock hands, back to back, and share a quiet moment before they officially became one. 2016-07-19_00052016-07-19_0006 2016-07-19_00072016-07-19_00082016-07-19_0009Kojo & Onikah Wedding -284Kojo & Onikah Wedding -337 Kojo & Onikah Wedding -340 Kojo & Onikah Wedding -349

The ceremony was filled with love, LAUGHTER, and sealed with a kiss. And thank God for Best Men who wipe your sweat away while you say your vows. Southern California summers are no joke but we all more than endured 🙂 .

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Family and loved ones gathered out in the courtyard for some post-ceremony photos. I particularly love capturing the candid moments – the kisses, playfulness, inside jokes, etc. It’s precisely why I love being a wedding photographer.

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The reception area was a dream. Classic and clean -accented by plants and pools of water. And ummm…did you read what was on the menu?! INCREDIBLE.

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Their first entrance was indeed grand. Their first dance garnered loud roars and applause. And the speeches were all rooted in appreciation as love poured from the many kinds words spoken that evening.

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Dessert was DELICIOUS. And y’all…those cupcakes? Let’s just say I had like 1…or 4. Something like that.

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::: Cue the Beyonce ::: “Wuh uh oh uh uh oh oh uh oh uh uh oh.”

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Sunset kisses.

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I actually stayed a little longer than anticipated because the energy on the dance floor was off-the-radar. It was the perfect way to cap off a glorious celebration. Peace and blessings to you, Kojo & Onikah!

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