Drewb and Family!

July.27.2010 | Rascals

So that last time I “officially” photographed my friend Drew & her little family was nearly two years ago. Looking back on it now, I can’t believe how much little Brayden has grown up! It is unbelievable how fast time flies! Now he is a grown little man that knows how to talk..and navigate an itouch to find his fav “tv shows”. Potty training is next..isn’t it funny that he knows how to use an itouch before he knows how to use his potty? LOL..the wave of the future :-)

So, officially this was more a photoshoot for Drew since she will be debuting her new website very soon and needed some up-to-date headshots. We threw in some family shots because hey..her family is ridiculously adorable and you can never have enough pictures when you are all that cute :-)

Here are some of my favs from the day..there were lots to choose from!

Drew rockin’ her new Loubie’s that Chuck got her for their anniversary..I’ve always said Chuck was a wise one..

Drew had the idea to hang frames from a tree..too cute!

She is beautiful..plain and simple :-)

I wasn’t lying when I said her family was adorable, right?

Hot Mama!

So cute..I love this one!

Awww..they still look at each other with googly eyes..I love it!

Chuck & Drew were so good at getting Brayden to smile..it looks easy here but trust me..getting a kiddo to not only look at your camera but also smile is a miracle in itself!

michelle: Wow Trista, these are so great!   July 30, 2010 10:02 am

Tonya Goettsche: Drew looks incredible and you shot these so great!  I love the colors and can´t wait to see the launch of the new site! July 29, 2010 6:55 am

Lauren R.: Adorable pics! Drew you are one hot mama in those heels! July 29, 2010 5:32 am

Gena: So stinkin gorgeous! Drew looks awesome too...glowing! July 28, 2010 12:38 pm

kristin @ the treasured petal: Drew B really is gorgeous, with such an adorable family!  Can´t wait for you to take my family photos someday :) July 28, 2010 11:30 am

lroah: Gorgeous!!!!!! July 28, 2010 10:51 am

hope: love these...epec the one of her and brayden July 27, 2010 10:35 am

Bobbie Brown: LOVE these! Drew, you look amazing girl! July 27, 2010 2:51 am

alice: soooo cute!!! what a stunning family :) July 27, 2010 2:38 am

Kristi Davis: So beautiful! Drew, your whole family is amazing. Trista you did a wonderful job! July 27, 2010 2:32 am

Paige Elizabeth: Fabulously GORGEOUS photos!!! You really captured their personality and true beauty!! :) July 27, 2010 1:28 am

Kate Triano: LOVE THESE! Drew, your hair is gorgeous by the way! :) July 27, 2010 1:25 am

Jasmine*: SO FLIPPING CUTE!!!  Drew and her family look amazing!  Lah-lah-lahve it!  :) July 27, 2010 1:08 am

DrewB: Trista!  They are amazing!  Thank you times a million!  We LOVE them! July 27, 2010 1:00 am

Well..if you read the title of this post you’ve probably already come to the conclusion that there was a blackout. Here is the story of how the day unfolded:

The day started out like any other wedding day. I arrived at Alyssa’s hotel room to capture her getting into her dress..of course she was beautiful and so ready to see her groom-to-be Eric for the first time! They had their first look which was so sweet and emotional..I tried my best to hold back my own tears but I couldn’t! Then off to the church we went..Eric, his groomsmen, myself, and my awesome assistant Gabriel! When I arrived at the church, I was greeted at the door by Eric. I was all happy and smiles until Eric said “Did the coordinator tell you what happened?” “No” I said in confusion..”what happened?” Apparently, earlier that day someone got into an accident, hit a pole, which then caused a blackout on the ENTIRE block, church included. It wasn’t until Eric told me what happened, that I looked up and realized that the church was completely dark and with no air conditioning. Mind you it was one of the hottest weekends of the year so this whole blackout thing couldn’t have come at a worse time..well aside from the fact that it happened on Alyssa & Eric’s wedding day!

For a second I thought “this is terrible!” But I quickly realized that we could make this work and with the help of Alyssa & Eric’s AMAZING wedding coordinator Michelle, the ceremony would go on as planned. Now normally, churches do not let you use flash during the ceremony but of course this was an exception and the rules no longer applied here..thank GOD!! I really commend Alyssa & Eric for their ability to just “let go” & enjoy their ceremony despite what had happened. This truly is what the wedding day is all about..letting go and embracing the reason of why everyone was at the church in the first place…to celebrate their love and each other! It really couldn’t have been a more special day and I feel TRULY honored to have witnessed this moment in Alyssa & Eric’s life.

Alyssa & Eric..thank you so much for not only reminding me of what’s really important in life & marriage, but also reminding me of why I love what I do! You two are the best and I KNOW that you’ll walk through life together conquering all obstacles with a few tears but also with smiles and a lot of laughter!

I LOVED Alyssa’s shoes!

Alyssa has such a warm, vivacious smile :-)

During their first look, Alyssa was giggling and smiling as she made her way to Eric..

It wasn’t until they saw each other for the first time that she broke down into tears..I was caught completely off guard by this and totally cried too! Sometimes I just can’t help myself..it was really such a sweet moment!

I love this series..look at how happy they are!

Okay, so despite the whole blackout thing, there was also the issue of the seriously hot weather! Alyssa & Eric were troopers though and tried to stay happy and dry during the portraits together..thanks guys!!

They really are adorable together :-)

The details Alyssa & Eric planned were INCREDIBLE! Eric is a die-hard Lakers fan so their theme was purple & gold..executed to perfection!

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One of the most memorable wedding moments I’ve ever had in my career. Alyssa & Eric were going to do a “reveal” of the ballroom once everything was set up. There had been some difficulties getting all the uplights to work but the lighting technician finally got all the lights up & running (the irony of the lights not working at the reception as well is not lost on me!). I’m sure Alyssa & Eric were anxious to see all the hard work they had put in during this whole process so once the doors finally opened, Alyssa just burst into tears and exclaimed “everything looks so beautiful!” Eric embraced her and whispered to her something I can only assume was sweet and romantic :-) I’m sure the stress of what had happened earlier in the day had just been pent up inside and just seeing it all come together allowed them to just “let go” and enjoy this moment..I love it!

LOL..check out Eric’s “Championship” trophy :-)

This picture sums them up in a nutshell :-)

Thanks to the following wedding vendors for going above & beyond to make Alyssa & Eric’s wedding magical!

Michelle Tortuya from the Charming Little Event Company (seriously..Michelle rocks! I’ve worked with her several times and everything always come together so beautifully!).

Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church – thanks for bending the rules for us!

Westin Hotel, Long Beach

Rossmoor Pastries

Commerce Flowers

Cheesy Photobooth

Fusion Linens

Studio West Video

Atmosphere DJ

T. Reed: This was the most beautiful wedding of all time.  There was a reason we had no music or lights, it allowed everyone to just focus on the glow of Alyssa and Eric´s love! Alyssa, my dearest friend, I´ve never seen you happier or more beautiful than the moment you took Eric´s hand.  I love you both. August 6, 2010 9:48 am

cheryl and lennie watson: WOW...beautiful photos for a beautiful couple and one of the most beautiful weddings ever!!! Every detail did not go unnoticed.  Congratulations again and may the happiness you felt on your wedding day last your lifetime together. We LOVE YOU both! August 6, 2010 9:26 am

Alyssa Cruz: We love the photos!!! Thank you for being a part of our special day. Later in the evening, I requested a New Kids song to be played. There were a few of us dancing to "My Favorite Girl." It was great!! July 29, 2010 9:01 am

DrewB: What a beautiful story and beautiful pictures!  The best weddings are those that the couple doesn´t lose sight of what´s really important.  Congratulations to the happy couple! July 26, 2010 2:49 am