Marissa & Josh’s Mexican-American / Los Angeles-Lovin’ / Joint-Birthday Wedding!

♥︎♥︎ This wedding is after my own heart ♥︎♥︎

Marissa is a Mexican-American who grew up in Tijuana, Mexico (and now lives in Los Angeles). Her mother, father, & extended family often make the commute north and cross the US-Mexican border, and this celebration was no exception. Marissa’s birthday is on the 15th of July, and Josh’s birthday is on the 17th of July, so why not get married on the 14th and combine all the celebrating to make one perfect party? (My birthday aligned with these dates, on the 16th, which has got to activate some kind of cosmic power-party mode, right?).

Instead of one cake, they had two, and blew out their candles at midnight while holding hands, as their family and friends wore party hats and sang Feliz Cumpleaños (heart explosion -here-). AND OF COURSE there was a piñata. This was the quintessential Los Angeles wedding, which meant getting married at the Heritage Square Museum (a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California) beside a Queen Anne style Victorian home from a Los Angeles of yesteryear, and having the reception at Marissa’s sister’s artist studio alongside the LA River. Marissa grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, but has a deep affinity for LA history, which only leaves me with one question… Marissa & Josh, will you marry me? 💍

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*WINNER*: 2019 WEDDINGWIRE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS!

Thank you, thank you! For the 3rd year in a row, I have been selected as one of the winners of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards!

My clients are so good to me and their kind words blow me away every time. I am so lucky to be able to collaborate with such beautiful humans.

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“As both a photographer and a human, Gina is amazing. It was such a treat to fly her out to my hometown and have her capture the charm of the small coastal town where I grew up. In all honesty, I cried when I looked through our photo gallery. Our wedding venue and the surrounding area was hit hard by a hurricane just a month after our wedding, so having this moment in time—with the landscape captured so gracefully in pictures of those closest to me—is something my family and I will treasure forever. Thank you, Gina. Brian and I are so grateful.” — Lisa & Brian (married September 8, 2018 in Panama City, Florida) 

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*WINNER*: 2018 WEDDINGWIRE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS!

YUSSS! For the 2nd year in a row, I have been selected as one of the winners of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards!! Thank you, to all the awesome couples who have reviewed me in the last year!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are determined by 2017 reviews from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

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Clockshop Event: Hear Sunday, Patty Schemel & the Ladies of the Canyon

I was asked to photograph Clockshop’s most recent Hear Sunday event with Patty Schemel the last weekend of October.

Patty Schemel was at the epicenter of the Seattle grunge scene in the 1990’s. She is best known as the drummer of the alternative rock band Hole. For this special Hear Sunday event, Schemel read from her new memoir Hit So Hard (Da Capo Press, 2017) and performed covers of favorite songs with Nina Gordon, Louise Post and Eva Gardner as the Ladies of the Canyon.

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Discovering the Motherland: Cuba

I’m finally doing it, I’m visiting my motherland! Corey & I booked our tickets to Cuba for mid-November and I’ll be shooting photos along the way for a photo essay feature on CheapAir.com‘s travel blog! I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do more than document my first-time in Cuba and share it with people who also are eager to discover more about this beautiful and isolated place.

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