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Disneyland + The sweetest Canadian Family = Perfect setting for the most magical family session ever!

I cannot remember exactly how Julie and I first connected. I think it was in a photography forum online, or maybe it was back in the MySpace days  (the world wide web is a crazy yet amazing place) that brought together two photographers from two different countries who would one day connect in real life. We have a lot in common, we both have two boys, we are both photographer’s and we both have a strong love for Disney, our family and all things art. I was trilled when Julie reached out asking if we could possibly connect when they flew out to California for their summer vacation. After a few emails we locked down a location, time, and ultimately decided on the perfect spot to shoot, Disneyland.

Disneyland is truly one of the happiest places on earth so I saying I was beyond pumped to shoot at a place where millions of people travel to experience a glimpse of the magic it has to offer was an understatement. Disneyland is also symbolic to Julie and her husband Travis. For the Jackman’s , Julie shared that with me that Disney has always been a completely magical experience for them. “As a child I only went to Disneyland once. Our honeymoon was my husbands first time on a airplane and we went to Disney world and on a Disney cruise. Our initial hope was to get married on a disney ship, but 17 years ago that wasn’t offered. There are hard to find words to describe it to someone who has never set foot in the parks. Its like eye candy and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. So much of it is the experience and how you feel while your there.”- Julie

As mentioned above they have two sweet boys, Coen and Carson. Carson their youngest son has Autism and I really wanted to capture some amazing lifestyle photos for the Jackman’s . Julie gave me some wonderful tips of how to connect with Carson sharing his interests of puzzles & other popular little boy things he would enjoy talking about. He did amazing during our family session, laughed, played and enjoying the magical day with his loving family.

One thing I noticed was the strong support and outpour of love that Carson had from his parents, and his older brother Coen. Coen never once hesitated to slow down to ensure Carson had a buddy to walk with, he guided him to rides, he encouraged him when Carson was unsure of riding something that was slightly scary (Pirates of the Caribbean)  and was just so patient with his younger brother. The Jackman’s are such an encouraging family and truly rally around Carson which is why I feel he will thrive far in life. I wanted to share some of Julie’s own words regarding what is is like having a child with Autism and tips of how to travel to crowded places yet still make amazing memories so other families can enjoy all that Disney has to offer.

“When we first heard that we had a child with autism I never thought we would be able to travel as we do. Disney makes it easier too. There are quiet spots in most of the parks and the disability pass allows up to wait in the shade away from the crowds for rides. There have been many times too when characters have gone out of their way to approach my little man when he was having a rough day. One day it was raining and a cast member took Carson shoes and dried them because it was upsetting him that they were wet. We also make an effort to travel off peak season through the parks because we know that lines too long will lead to meltdowns. I just want Carson to experience life just like any other child. Sometimes that looks different for us, but you learn to adapt and it just becomes your normal”- Julie Jackman

Jackman Family, thank you so much for having me take these for you, I will never forget the short time we spent together and I loved being able to document a small piece of your Disneyland moments!

 

Location: Disneyland Parks, Anaheim California

MUA: Crystal Rodriguez

Clothing:

Julie’s dress- Banana republic

Boy’s clothing-Zara Boys

Travis- Shirt- Ralph Lauren

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Humberto & Kayla’s love story started nearly a decade ago when they first met freshmen year in p.e. at North High School in Bakersfield, Ca. They were in the same class and didn’t talk the entire year until the last day of school freshman year. Humberto signed Kayla’s yearbook they took a pic together on the last day of school, Kayla said it was so random considering they had not spoken all year but she shared she knew they both had little spark for one another. Summer passed and they crossed paths again Sophomore year when she saw him during p.e. Kayla happened to run into him the next day at North high and nudged him asking him why he didn’t say hi to her? After that day Humberto walked Kayla to every class carrying her books like a true gentleman and would even miss the bus on some days just so he could walk her to her Mom’s work after school ensuring she made it safely. Kayla admitted that she actually was the first one making all the moves by asking him for his number  and initiating their first date. They shared their first kiss in front of the soccer field at north night before his soccer practice. 

First photo ever taken of the high school sweethearts 
 Flash forward to 11 years later on Kayla’s 27th birthday along with close family and friends Humberto surprised Kayla with a heartfelt and intimate proposal at sunset. He spent weeks preparing a meaningful proposal plan, making sure her family had a hand in this epic day & last but not least shopping for the perfect ring for his soon to be finance. The plan included convincing Kayla that the solar eclipse (which was actually historically occurring the following day) was happening 24 hours prior on her” birthday” night just as an excuse to get her out to the proposal location with a reason to photograph the proposal. After Kayla’s birthday dinner at BJ’s Brewery her family all hurried over to Riverwalk park to photograph the “Solar Eclipse”. Little did Kayla know her entire family was in on the secret and when it was Kayla & Bert turn to take their “Solar Eclipse photo” that was the cue for Kayla & Humberto’s brother’s (Matthew & Junior) to hold the huge sign up behind the pair asking ” Will you Marry Me Kayla?” for the photo. After snapping the photo with the proposal sign in the shot I hurried over to Kayla to show her the epic “Solar Eclipse” (not really Solar eclipse shot) photo that I captured aka the proposal sign in the back & at this point Kayla had realized what was happening and was flooded with an abundance of emotions. Humberto then got on one knee, open her beautiful ring box, and asked his bride to be to marry him in front of family and friends.
I don’t think there was a dry eye  in the crowd. Kayla said YES and was full of joy, she has waited so long for this moment and it finally happened. Their love story is nearly a decade old, their love has stood the test of time, they have grown up together, and are high school sweethearts and are truly meant to be together forever. Let the Wedding plans officially commense!
Enjoy some photos from their beautiful proposal!
Bert and Kayla during her High-School/BC/Cal-State graduation (they have taken the same pose all throughout her journey of schooling)
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Dillion and Katy’s outdoor wedding on her parents property was full of love, laughters, tears and beautiful moments. Their love story all began when Katy took a road trip to see family in Arkansas. Katy’s cousin Josh had a friend named Dillion who he really wanted Katy to meet. At the time Katy was totally not seeking a relationship and certainly not a long distance one at that. After a long and hot Arkansas day of traveling, sight seeing and visiting family the only thing Katy wanted to do was relax and cool off with her sister in the hotel swimming pool. Josh asked Katy’s Mom if it would be okay to invite Dillion over to swim, ignoring Katy’s facial expressions of disinterest Shari her Mother said yes, invite him over. Little did Katy know Dillion had his reservations about meeting her as well, assuming she was some stuck up “Cali girl” the two finally met with the help of their family and the connected was instant and so strong. All it took was three days for Katy to realize that Dillion was unlike anyone she had never met before. Katy shared that Dillion was, “Nice, funny, cute and unlike anyone I had ever met before”. Katy and Dillion remained in contact, traveling to see each other on holidays trying to make a long distance relationship work which ultimately blossomed into the birth of their daughter Hannah followed by a heartfelt proposal. The rest is history and the pair tied the knot with their sweet baby girl Hannah, family and friends present from all over to witness and celebrate. Their wedding was beautiful filled with so many details representing how perfect their were for one another.

Wishing the Harrington Family a lifetime of happiness and love!

 

In loving memory of The Father of the Bride: Stan Benson

 

Vendors:

Photography: J.Michelle Photography

Second Shooter: April Salazar

Hair and makeup: Bonnie Fortson

Dress: Enchanted Bridal Boutique

DJ: Crown Entertainment

Cake: Tastries Bakery

Flowers: Loretta Waddle
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Wesley and Blanca met in Utah where they both attended college. Wesley was preparing to depart for his LDS mission in Mexico and Blanca just so happened to be in the same Spanish club that Wesley had joined. Little did they know that a few short years later their paths would cross again only this time as husband and wife. Blanca shared me with that she thought to herself after first meeting Wesley first met that she “Wanted to marry a guy like Wesley someday”. As fate would have it on May. 28, 2017 the couple exchanged vows and said I do at the Elegante Junior League  in downtown Bakersfield with family and friends from all over to witness. It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by a reception with a beautiful sparkler exit honoring the pair.

 

Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness! Thank you for having us apart of your special day!

 

Vendors:

Photography: J.Michelle Photography

Videography: ME videography

MC/Entertainment: Roger the Lounge Guy
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