Zahra + Julio’s Bright Celebration

Feb 28, 2014

0001 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerZahra and Julio’s wedding in Balboa Park was…well, perfect.  The weather was gorgeous.  Zahra and Julio were just glowing. Their guests were excited.  The wedding party was energetic  And the colors…oh, the colors! My favorite part.  They planned a wedding that was bright and brilliant, and it really set the tone for the day. This was a celebration.  And the colors were a visual representation of that.  It wasn’t just a celebration of the marriage of Zahra and Julio but of the union of their families and friends, as well as their cultures. The clothing, music and traditions added so much to the colorful day.  I hope you enjoy seeing come of our favorite moments from the day…0002 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographer

Bouquet in the window0003 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographer

Portrait of Zahra0004 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerZahra in the light
0005 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerFinishing touches for Julio
0006 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerKeeping it classy
0008 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerJulio in the light

0009 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerThe gentlemen looking dapper in the Plaza0010 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerSari in the wind
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The lovely ladies0012 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerBright and beautiful in the Alcazar Gardens0013 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerThe henna. The sapphire. So strikingly beautiful.0014 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerAdmiring the henna.0015 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerStealing a kiss0016 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerBeaming bride0017 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerVows0019 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerJulio’s gentle gesture towards his beautiful wife is just so beautiful. 0020 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerOne of the guests during the ceremony, blocking the sun, with no idea they were displaying this beautiful and fitting quote.0021 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerTime to celebrate0022 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographer0023 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerCleaning up the last petal0024 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerBright and brilliant0025 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographer

Right after the ceremony, there was this beautiful ray of sunlight coming through the trees.  We had to snag the rings from the newlyweds and get a shot of the rings in this gorgeous light.0026 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerZahra and Julio steal a sneak peek of the ballroom before the reception.0028 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerI love the brilliant jewell tones…0029 San Diego photojournalistic wedding photographerThe Sapatia Ceremony:  Covered clay plates (filled with symbolic items) are placed in front of the couple. The couple must break the sapatia by stepping on them, thereby releasing the gifts they contain.  It is said that the first person to break the sapatia will rule the household…And Zahra made sure to break hers first!
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Venue  |  The Prado

Coordinator  |   Courtney Dahl Carcioppolo, Breezy Day Weddings 

Makeup and Hair  |   Haim Limited Salon 

Florist  |   Organic Elements

DJ  |  Injoy Entertainment

Bakery  |  Flour Power

Bridal Party Wear  |  Borrow It Bindaas


  1. Mr Faizal says:

    That sapatia photo of just the feet needs to be framed and put up on your wall immediately!

  2. Hanif says:

    Amazing photos.

  3. Adam says:

    These are all beautiful. Although the 1st, 3rd and the “Time to Celebrate” are particularly striking to me. The last photo is awesome as well.

  4. Neena says:

    I completely agree with Faizal, the picture of the feet is just wonderful! Zahra is such a beautiful bride and these photos captured that so well. My favorite one of Julio getting dressed is so special. Thank you for sharing and so glad that I got to be a part of this joyous occasion.

  5. Nazlin says:

    The photos capture the essence, beauty and joy of the day and of the beautiful couple

  6. Jaime Peterson says:

    Ahhhhh amazing!!! You have captured the spark and beauty that is Zahra and Julio! And thank goodness you captured zahra cheating to win the house hold power!!! Can’t wait to the see rest of them!!

  7. Zahra says:

    Cheat?? I anticipated! And yes that’s my favorite picture….that or the one of all of the handsome gentlemen. I love them all and how they portray the happiness of the day. Thank you Rick & Bernadette!

  8. Jenna says:

    Fantastic photos, brilliant wedding, amazing couple!!

  9. Florida aunty says:

    Lovely wedding!

  10. Adam says:

    Totally agree! The Sapatia Ceremony photo is amazing and must go on the wall! I like the shot of the rings as well–beaming!. These are all wonderful and they commemorate the bright and beautiful couple on their absolutely picturesque wedding day. So glad to have been there! Love!

  11. Mayra says:

    You guys look amazing. I am very happy for you!

  12. Alba says:

    Las fotos estan muy bonitas. Me gustaron mucho. Buen trabajo.

  13. Mayra says:

    These pictures are amazing. I can’t wait to see the rest!

  14. Mary Anne Hegedus says:

    Stephen & I enjoyed looking at all the wonderful photos. It reminded us of the happiness & joy we shared on this special day. The narratives bring life to the pictures. They are a unique addition to the wedding album. The pictures remind us how fortunate we were to be a part of the wedding. Our wish is many years of future happiness.

  15. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful day and beautiful photographs to remember!

  16. Julie says:

    These are absolutely amazing! My favs are the first and last…plus sari in the wind. Z you look magical in that one! The last one is a pretty perfect summary of your relationship :p

  17. Edwin Martinez says:

    These photos are amazing! The silhouette photo of Adam keeping classy and the Sapatia Ceremony photos are some of my favorites. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. Awesome Wedding!!

  18. shamim aunty says:

    What wonderful memories these pictures conjure up of your recent wedding. It was truly a magical event, and Zahra, you looked so radiant and beautiful. I am so proud of the lovely, confident yet kind and fun loving young lady you have blossomed into.I enjoyed meeting Julio’s family and am not surprised that you and Julio have such great friends – it reflects on the wonderful couple that you are. Am looking forward to more pictures……..


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