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Hey guys! its wedding planning season and were calling all Wedding couples and also others who simply has that wanderlust!


yep! you read it right, read up folks!

Are you on the planning stages of your wedding already?
Let us help you! Sweetpapermedia is partnering up with Aficial Events and Pixels & Motion Studios
to give you an all in one wedding package - photography, cinematography and wedding planning all in one team!

But thats not the best part yet!

Heres how it works:
All couples who will lock in their wedding date with us and book our premium photo,
video and wedding planning packages between the dates of Jan 11 - Apr 30
will be entered to a raffle and one couple will be selected to win a 7 day cruise trip to
San Juan, St. Thomas, Punta Cana & Nassau.
Dates will be chosen by you as long as its within year 2018-2019.

And not only that!

Whoever shares this blog post on facebook
or share the image below or this (link) on instagram
and then tag sweetpapermedia,  pixelsandmotion & aficialevents
and use the hashtag #weddingcruiseraffle 
will be entered to a raffle and gets a chance to win a
4 day cruise trip to Catalina and Ensenada


Winners will be announced on May 4,2018

heres the link to out Instagram accounts, feel free to give us a follow:







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India, a place teeming with riot noise and colors, where you dodge a perpetual stream of honking tuktuks just to cross the street and the rapid motion of the busy crowd are kept alive by both tourists and locals. Over a billion people live here, from a backward but beautiful colonial possession to a now developing economic super power, over a billion in population and continues to grow rapidly, but no matter how much India have changed economically over the years, India is still breathtakingly beautiful with its distinctly colorful culture. The land of the kings, fierce warriors and feudal kingdoms where streets are painted with lashes of bright colorful saris. Its one of the most beautiful countries in the world, a story book land of ancient tales of kings, kingdoms and fortresses. To be in India is to be enchanted until your senses shut down, theres no place like it anywhere else.

India, 2014

Nicole and Nora mother and daughter portrait session

I have known Nicole Waszak for a couple of years now, a San Diego based artist and mother whose work is deeply rooted to her motherhood. Her main subject, Nicole, is her daughter who has served as her main muse for years now and plans to paint her throughout her life. She paints Nora against bright colored patterns depicting imaginary place children create for themselves, a playful approach that echoes a strong connection between a mother and daughter. 

We dedicate this day to Nicole Waszak a truly wonderful woman,  a great artist and an outstanding mother who dedicates her life to her passion in art and to her daughter at the same time.

All the love for you Nicole and Nora. 


Let’s take a peek inside Devon and Adrienne's San Diego wedding, These two lovebirds sealed their love in a romantic and intimate ceremony in a vintage rustic garden called Green gables wedding estate, Shooting this couple was a sweet treat, they were relaxed and easy going, Adrienne did not seem to be under pressure the entire day and Devon was just as fun as he shown the obvious trace of excitement to see his bride walk the aisle. A gorgeous wedding, a gorgeous venue, gorgeous bride and groom, and pretty much a gorgeous everything, we need more than 10 fingers to enumerate why this wedding is such a treat for us.

shot with Alyssa Morlan



“Antique rustic” is the best wording I’ve been able to come up with to describe this beautiful wedding—a style that fit this couple well! Once you see these detail shots below, you’ll know exactly what I mean! The colors and details were focused around modernized antique at the beautiful venue Giracci Vineyard and Farms, during our gorgeous California summer. With everything in full bloom and green, it couldn’t have been a better day to get married! If you haven’t been to a Californian winery, I completely recommend booking a trip at your earliest convenience to find out just what you’re missing out on! It was obvious Elise worked extremely hard on getting every aspect just the way she envisioned it because everything was perfect. The intensity of seeing all the details she had slaved over and thought over millions of times the last few months was made very real, and it was a privilege to see a dream come true.

I have shot weddings for many years, but I don’t remember having a bride with such a graceful excitement radiating from her. Even her name exudes grace! I had only met them both the day of the wedding, but I’m sure I’ll remember this wedding for long after. She lit up around Derek, and photographing them together at such a special occasion was a true reminder of why two people belong together for the rest of their lives. We shot around the venue for a bit and inside the barn, and I even got to shoot this couple with a beautiful horse! I think it was a perfect touch to a perfect day. It was wonderful seeing how gentle Derek was with Elise while we shot. They were happy, content, and comfortable to be themselves, and that’s what love is all about! I pride myself on capturing a moment in time, and who the person is at the time of the photograph. I believe the Grindles made my job very easy!

Their energy must have been contagious, because it was quite a party! Family and friends chatted and drank late into the evening, and enjoyed the beautiful array of goodies from the candy table! I love shooting candy tables. They are fun and exciting, and they add a splash of color and flavor to any wedding. This specific candy table was perfect! They definitely nailed it, and I had a great time photographing it. This live band was extremely pleasant to listen to, and they kept the party alive and going strong for hours! Perfect for the venue and the setting, the music gathered multiple people up to dance from around the venue. From wonderful music, smiles and laugher, great food, drinks loved ones, selfies, and memories to last a life time, I’d say this wedding was a huge success. Thank you so much, Elise and Derek for having me! Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness!


credit to Christie Berube for the write up, much love dear!



i could paint these pictures

with colors of adjectives of you

but one thing i know is very true,

you're beyond colors, beyond adjectives...

beyond any words


you bear a certain grace

that make people look at you

like you're everything they see



by frame.








to the moon and back


I first met Dawn a couple of years back at a video shoot for her song “All of your days” for the Matt Wadleigh LOVE foundation, it was a very intimate night in a studio dimly lit with candles with few chosen guests and the fragrant scent of incense built up the vibe as Dawn and her band serenaded us with her captivating voice. That was the first time I met and heard Dawn sing and she struck me, she made me loose focus, I usually tend to tunnel vision and focus on shooting every time I have a camera on hand, but her music had me sit down and listen, it was a very lovely night to remember.

Years went by and a couple of portrait sessions after, I received the news from Dawn that she is getting married to Tory. I’ve never met Tory until our engagement shoot and I found out how amazing of a guy Tory is when Dawn told me about their love story, He was friend zoned for a couple of years leaving Dawn oblivious about his feelings for her, so just by being there for Dawn for years, he waited for the right moment, years went by until Tory finally gathered all the guts and told Dawn how he feels… well, it obviously went well.

Their story is a living example of a love story that we only see in the movies, from strangers to friends, to being friend zoned, going against all the odds, then finally, they become lovers, as cliché as it sounds… it’s real, it’s beautiful.

One thing I learned from Dawn and Tory is that no matter what, keep loving, regardless of the odds, whether you’ll live happily ever after or not, never hesitate, embrace it,  LOVE is a beautiful thing, it’s pure… don’t be afraid of it.

Associate photographer – Anastasya Korol

Videographer – Sharisse Coulter

Coordination – Dawn Steel

Flowers – Gaslamp Floral

Make up: Van Nguyen

DJ – Gabe Lehner







Cuba Libre!!!

Havana welcomed me with its golden sunset beaming thru the narrow alleyways pillared by crumbling Beaux art architectures, its gorgeously peeling paints appear to convey charm rather than age, the street resonates to roaring ancient Plymouths, Cadillacs and Buicks... i was told that it is a time capsule of the 50's... it is true and  it is beautiful.

I met Alfredo in the alleys of Plaza Revolucion, a history teacher with an interesting enthusiasm about American culture, we exchanged ideas about socialist Cuba and capitalist America over a bottle of  Bucanero and a plate of rice, beans and lobster, he eagerly asked about what America is like - specifically snow,  i had the impression that his curiosity comes as a result of a more than 50 year economic isolation brought by the US embargo, but nevertheless, he has given me more than what needed to know about Cuba, where to eat, get cigars, what cuban nightlife is like and most importantly, how their socio-political structure has molded a generation based on socialist ideals, Alfredo strikes me as a realistic version of what is called the "New Man" - free from the corrupt moral ideas of capitalism.

Cuba is neither rich nor poor, such concept does not exist in the beautiful country, everyone has a house to live in, they have free and quality education, free healthcare and free food. They don't have high speed internet - they probably have the worse connection in the world and you wont see Maseratis nor Ferraris in the streets - you wont see any form of excess wealth, and most of us, for that reason, would describe Cuba as a poor country... i beg to disagree... i think were just used to live excessively.