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Sean & Rieko | Wedding Reception at The Hacienda

You may remember Sean and Rieko’s engagement shoot at Laguna Beach from a couple of weeks back? Well, after an intimate and heartfelt wedding in Hawaii, they returned to their home in Orange County to celebrate their nuptials amongst friends and family at a delicious and beautiful brunch reception at The Hacienda in Santa Ana.  Lucky for me, I not only got to photograph this momentous occasion, I also got to celebrate with them (and we all know how much I love me some brunch and mimosas!). Sean is my husband’s cousin, and so I know from personal experience that Rieko married in to the warmest, most loving family I have ever known.  And after spending time eating sushi and laughing with Rieko, I can tell you, they are incredibly lucky to have her!

As long as I have known Sean and Rieko, I have been in awe at their love for each other.  They both light-up when you mention the other, and I swear I’ve never seen them not smile when they are together. It was such an honor to photograph their wedding reception, not only because they are absolutely adorable and perfect for each other, but they are also family.

An added plus: I am also shooting a wedding here in March, so it was really cool to be able to scope it out ahead of time!:)

How cute are Rieko’s shoes? LOVE!!!

Rieko, I cannot get over how gorgeous you are! Sean is one lucky man.

Work it Sean!

Rieko wore her wedding dress, and as you can see, Sean was casual cool in his airy threads.

Toasting to the happy couple from up in their balcony…

Sean’s mom, Kimber (below), was the amazing woman behind this celebration.  She was also the talent who did all of the flowers for my wedding! She never ceases to amaze me, and one day I can only hope to be half the woman she is.

Of course I had to include a photo of my hubby…and Grandpa Bill and Randy (Sean’s dad), three totally awesome dudes.

Sean and Rieko decided to do a traditional Japanese candle lighting at each table.

Cake time!!!!

The three of us snuck away later in the day and took some sweet portraits in front of the Hacienda.

Congratualtions Sean & Rieko!!! We love you both and wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

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