Mr & Mrs Navarrete

I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t sure this wedding was ever going to happen. Their first wedding date was September 5, 2009. And they actually did get married that day. But, not at the beautiful church that Cristina has been attending since she was a child. And they did not get to have the lavish reception that they had planned. That first wedding was held in the ICU at UCLA so that Cristina’s dad could witness his little girl get married.

They pushed back the wedding date once again to Thanksgiving Day weekend in hopes that Cristina’s dad would be well enough to attend that wedding. But, just a week before the wedding I got the call that he wasn’t going to be well enough so they asked if they could push it back one more time. April 10, 2010. To give her dad lots of time to recover. Cristina couldn’t imagine getting married without her dad there.

I got an email from Cristina in January confirming the April date for their wedding. I asked how her dad was. Almost knowing in my heart what the answer was going to be. Cristina’s dad passed away in early December. I was so sad for Cristina and her family. But, she assured me that they were doing fine.

The days leading up to Cristina and Mike’s wedding the weather forecast called for rain. Then the rain disappeared from the forecast and it was supposed to be cloudy and cold. All I wanted for Cristina and Mike was a perfect wedding day after everything that they had been through. And the weather ended up being perfect. Sunny and warm. I can’t help but think that was Cristina’s dad had something to do with that.

Cristina didn’t want to get to married without her dad there, and she didn’t have to. He was there the whole time. From the poem that was found in her dad’s desk and read by Cristina’s sister, to the amazing and emotional toast that Mike gave, and the first dance with her mom to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” he was there celebrating with his amazing family that has been through so much in the past year.

Congratulations, Cristina and Mike! I’m so, so, so happy you were finally able to have your dream wedding. It was an amazing day and I was so happy to be apart of it! Here’s your slideshow.

PS Thank you to the awesome Denise Bovee for referring her cousin to me!

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The reception was held at Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank.  Beautiful venue and great staff to work with!

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I love happy accidents!

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Very, very emotional toast by Mike.  Not a dry eye in the room.

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One of the best toasts I’ve ever heard by one of the Maids of Honor, Cristina’s sister.  The toast included the Eight Clap.  If you don’t know what the Eight Clap is then you’re not cool :)

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Cristina’s mom and sisters found a poem in Cristina’s father’s desk that he intended to read at the reception.  A very special and very emotional moment.

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I can’t get through the mother/son dance without crying.  I lose it EVERY. SINGLE.  TIME.  Can’t help but think that will be me and my little boy one day.

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13 Responses to Mr & Mrs Navarrete

  1. Kimmie says:

    I.Am.Crying. My tears are creating a puddle on my desk.

    What an amazing story. So tragic. So sad. So encouraging. Their love was strong enough to keep them all together through everything. How beautiful. And to continue to push back a wedding rather than call it off- how incredible.

    You captured the love, Drew. You can SEE it. You can see it in their smiles. In their families’ and friends’ laughter. You can see the amount of love that this day celebrated. Beautifully done.

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

  2. andrea says:

    Beautiful Images, and what a sweet story. So amazing that you could capture all that for them on their special day!

  3. Candace says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Drew, love every single one, even the mistake. :)

  4. Leslie says:

    This couple is simply fabulous! They are friends of my brother and sister in law- totally generous and loving. I’m so glad they had the wedding that they deserve. Cristina and Mike look amazing to boot! Great job Drew (your post made me cry!). :)

  5. Drew, O-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! What at touching story and you totally captured it… Love the slideshow song too, totally got choked up! ; )
    Can’t wait to help assist at one of these wonderful weddings!
    Laycee Lemons

  6. Tracy Blake says:

    drew these are beautiful and you explained their story so perfectly. the ring shot is great :-)

  7. Keri says:

    Beatuiflu. i love coming here and being amazed. such talent. such a sweet wedding and love the dance and toast pix.

  8. Amanda Quintero says:

    Just stunning, these photos are beautiful!!!

  9. Emily (Sasha's friend) says:

    Wow….unbelievably beautiful bride, wedding party, dress….and pictures! These could all be in a bridal magazine!!! I’m so happy had such a beautiful wedding day!

  10. Ki says:

    That just gave me the teariest eyes….and i don’t even know these people! You are such a beautiful photographer! What a gorgeous couple and wedding!

  11. Kayla says:

    SO gorgeous!!! Love these! Great lighting!

  12. denise bovee says:

    drew!! you did an amazing job!!! love them :) ))

  13. I just shot my first wedding and I wanted to let you know that the wedding dress shot from this wedding is what inspried me to shoot the way I did. Thank you for sharing you ideas and inspriing others ideas.

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