Irene and Sam | California Coast Wedding

This April I had another wonderful opportunity of capturing one of my favorite kind of weddings – global weddings! That, plus I had the sweetest opportunity of shooting my dear friend, Irene’s wedding! Irene and I have been friends since college days and have shared: a genuine love of God, free-spirited souls and independent hearts. There has always been something so special and unique about here. One of the things I have loved and appreciated most about her is that she has never chosen to take the easy road in life. Little did I know just a few years later I would do the honors of capturing her beautiful day! After travelling up there through the San Marcos Pass and past Santa Barbara on a roadtrip with a car full of old college girlfriends – I was completely ecstatic to capture their beautiful day!

Travelling all the way from Spain, Irene and Sam had their second wedding ceremony in Irene’s hometown at the Atascadero Lake Park which is just 20 minutes north of San Luis Obispo. Together with Irene’s American family and friends, they extended their joy and celebration after their initial ceremony in L’Escala Espana, a beautiful fortress off the Costa Brava, the east coast of Spain.

Irene has lived in Spain for over 4 years now teaching English and leading a language school and Sam is a Catalan by birth. I have pretty much always envisioned her marrying a Spanish man, so it wasn’t a surprise to find out he was a Catalan! Though their story began as a love hate connection on a South African missionary trip their story has now become a fiery bed of hot love.

Irene & Sam’s California coast wedding was topped off with special highlights including a handicapped choir and a mariachi band. Her dress, shoes and sleeves were special pieces of heritage worn by her mother in her mother’s wedding. This day brought me so much joy and I am completely excited to see what the future enfolds for these dear friends of mine! A HUGE shout out and thank you to my talented second photographer and friend, Christina Cho!

Don’t you just absolutely adore the one on the top right that Christina took??


And of course I had to save the best for last….:-)

Venue: The Pavilion on the Lake

Wedding Dress & Shoes: Irene’s mother’s wedding dress

Flowers: Jodi Bloom

Caterer: The Pavilion

Thank you so much for stopping by! Feel free to leave me some comment love :)

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Maritha Thanks so much Patti! Irene and Sam were full of smiles and laughter the entire day. It filled me up with so much joy to capture it all :)

patti clewett Great eye…the wedding just looks so happy!

Maritha Mae Photography Thanks so much love!!! You are the best!!! *hugs*

Christina loooveeeeeeeeee YOUR WORK MARITHA! SO sweet, and catches their hearts!

Maritha Mae Photography Mark – Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words!

Mary – I will e-mail you about purchasing those.

Mark Winkler Beautiful work Maritha!

Mary Frances Vigil Trevino Liked the pictures a lot. I would like to buy the on of you and the groom standing in front of the railing (Colored). Please let me know how to go about purchasing that one or the one of just the bride, that is next to it. Your Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe.

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