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Monday, September 1, 2008

agnieszka and paul's wedding at st. maximilian kolbe church in san diego


hard to believe it all started less than one year ago. our good friend peggy at PERFECT GATHERING EVENTS met with agnes and together they planned out agnes' vision of her perfect wedding to her perfect man, paul. little did i know at the time that we would be blessed with an invitation to photograph her perfect wedding. so much has happened since the day agnes and her sister anna first met with me (see previous blog posts). we've followed agnes and paul on a journey that has taken us from san diego to THE SALTON SEA and ,just recently, brought us to their wedding day. since they had been one of the most amazing and fun couples we have ever worked with, we knew that their wedding day was going to be awesome. we were joined by our friendly neighborhood photo ninja NELY and met up with agnes and her beautiful bride's maids at THE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE to get some pre-wedding shots.







agnes' pit crew was doing a fantastic job getting her ready until...




the sound heard round the room.
you could have heard a pin drop (or my shutter click) when the stitching on the top loop of agnes' dress popped. it was a horrible sound, like teeth scraping on a fork, or nails on a chalkoards, or children in pain, or... well, you get it. maria's eyes pretty much tell the tale of how everyone in the room felt.
with the cinching of agnes' dress rendered impossible the call was put out.




super mom to the rescue! violetta is not only the most awesomely nice mother-of-the-bride EVER, she's also an excellent wedding-dress-emergency seamstress. jenny pitched in with moral support.




with an emergency dress repair already under her belt, violetta added the finishing touch for her daughter, or would it be for paul?... either way, she put the garter on.




agnes looked absolutely stunning.




it was a little warm that day. just ask anna. :)




the father of the bride had one last moment with his daughter before walking her down the aisle.




father jerry and father steve combined to make this a tag-team wedding that kept everyone smiling.




ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE CHURCH was so cool. it was very quaint, and if not for the fact that i don't speak a word of polish, i would have had the feeling that i was in church with everyone i grew up with. such a cool sense of community.




one nation under GOD







after agnes and paul were announced mr. and mrs. we snuck away to a quiet park to get some fun shots of the bridal party. memo to me, get permit next time so the ranger doesn't try to shake me down for $300 bucks.
paul was rockin a beard and looking good as an accessory for the ladies.




if this isn't the best looking bridal party you've ever seen then buy me a drink. if any of them are single a year from now i will be shocked and chagrined.







agnes and paul brought along their own security...




and sirens.




you're with your new spouse on your wedding day enjoying a quiet moment in the woods when suddenly you're attacked from the trees by six ninja groomsmen. what do you do? what do you do?




you stand tall and look fierce. your force field of awesomeness will fend them off.




agnes and paul's travel themed reception was held at the RANCHO SANTA FE GARDEN CLUB. Near the giant canvas from their salton sea shoot Agnes and Paul had a basket of rocks upon which guests wrote nice little messages like congratulations, we wish you the best, and have a rad summer. i don't know who wrote that last one, but i can guarantee it wasn't me.







let me state for the record that the food at the Rancho Sante Fe Garden Club was edible awesome with a side of bombsauce. it was sooooo good! mango salsa on grilled fish can not be beat. period.




prior to the evening festivities there was a little tattoo show at table 9. this has to be the raddest tattoo ever. rock 'em sock 'em robots rule!




following in a very close 2nd place was the paratrooper. the sweetest thing about these tattoos are that they aren't given, they're earned. thank you for your service to our country.




quick check back on agnes and paul. yep, they're still awesome.




and now, the rings.







i know some of the guests were wondering what the heck i was doing walking around with a bottle of brew. like bono said, we don't know what it is so it must be art.




fact, a woman's funny bone is under her dress.




kim took this awesome shot of agnes throwing her bouquet. her actual game-used bouquet! i love it. (that's agnes in the lower left)




do a little dance. make a little love. get down tonight.




the rule is, after their first dance, whenever the bride and groom are on the dance floor, everyone within a square mile of them should be on the dancefloor too. this crowd knows the rules.




by a show of hands, WHO'S HAVING FUN TONIGHT!?




twist and shout




jenny and matt's entry for best dip of all time.




not to be outdone, agnes and paul make their entry into the dipping contest.
WINNER! WINNER! nobody beats the bride and groom on their wedding day.
agnes and paul, we could say it till we run out of breath, but you two are such wonderful people. to say we are thrilled and blessed to know you is a monumental understatement. every minute we have spent with you has been more fun than A WHIPPED CREAM FIGHT ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, well, maybe not that fun, but pretty close. we are so happy for you two and we can't wait to do your day-after session. more agnes and paul awesomeness on tap!





if you're like us you can never get enough of agnes and paul so be sure to play the slideshow below set to their first dance song, over and over and over and over and... :)




106 comments:

Jacob Bergmeier said...

Their e-session was one of my favs of the year from any photographer. I can't believe I am saying this, but their wedding gives the e-session a run for it's money and edges it out as the winner at the finish line.

Nice job Dave and Kim!

Tawny said...

OMG! You guys kicked ass on this wedding! I am green with envy!! Excuse me while I go puke! Hee hee!

Love your shizzit man! Love it to f'n death! Keep the inspiration comin' PLEASE!!!!

Lauri said...

AMAZING!!! That shoe shot at the beginning is killer! These are just out of this world, every single one. So beautiful. And the group shots are sooo creative! My husband just walked in and was like, "Woah, what's this?" - haha, he never does that with my work!! J/K. LOVE IT!!!

micah said...

BAD F-IN ASS!!!

Josh said...

Awesome stuff! That shot with the flare of the bride and groom spinnin' is the shit!

Hanssie said...

That engagement pic of them is the best ever. It looks like a magazine ad. I also always love your ring shots. They are sooo creative. Way to hit this one out of the park guys!

Nely said...

you guys rock! you guys have such great vision for your "formals," and they're *never* boring! awesome, awesome, awesome, as always!

Kelly Park Photography said...

Wow, these are awesome! Love they way you tell a wedding story!

Jinksee said...

Again, I'm over here laughing like crazy about your little descriptions for each photo. :D The ninja groomsmen! Ha!! :D Fantastic photos, as usual.

Melissa McClure Photography said...

Beautimus! She is so smokin! Awesome shots, love the slideshow too.

Chriselda said...

oooh oooh!
in that bridal party shot.
the one were you label them as single...
i'll take the guy right behind the bride!
yeah buddy!!!


RAD wedding you two!

heather said...

That bridal party is most definitely hot!!! HOLY SHIZZ that ring shot of just her lips. HAWT!!! You guys always always always have rockin photos and so much emotion in them it's hard not to fall in love with each couple, family, kids, the beach :) you get it. Love them guys!

Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) said...

Why are you so freakin' rad, dude? These are amazing.
-E

P.S. The signature rocks is brilliant. Looks like a great wedding.

Mary Marantz said...

AWESOME stuff guys!! whoa i can't believe that about her dress! thank goodness for quick saves! I'm loving those ring shots!!

xoxo
M:)

Nina_VK said...

Freakin AWESOME!!! You guys have some serious talent!!! All of your photos are priceless!! :)

Angel said...

Gorgeous dress!!!!! What a great couple! I've loved seeing all the pics leading up to "the day" and these pics are just as great! I really love the one's of the rings! Very cute! Ok, I know I see Kim's handwriting on at least one of those stones! :) Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

Sooo fantastic!!
I am sure you guys are a total blast when you shoot a wedding~ It shows in every shot!!

Maya said...

I am in love with the shot of the groom with the bridesmaids. Love his look!

Orchard Cove Photography said...

Such fabulous energy and enthusiasm in this wedding couple. Love the shoe shot and the fan down the dress - too funny!

Lisa Gisczinski Photography said...

Wow! My favorite blog post so far!!! I loved EVERY picture and LOVED what you wrote about. You are SOOOO talented!

Hybrid Photography said...

Y'know you guys, I'm getting sick of telling you how awesome you are. Take it down a notch, you're making the rest of us look bad! hahaha (Seriously, you guys rule in every way and I <3 yous guys!)

linda said...

Calvin Klein models are back!! =] That is seriously one good looking party! I am in love with all your ring shots (not limited to this wedding) they're so creative! With the rings your ninja shot is my fav and I must admit these are the best formals I have ever seen, seriously. So not boring!

Amy said...

I love the silhouette shot at the alter with the pastor in the middle, my fav alter shot. Also adore the ring shots, nicely done as usual.

Rebecca Tyler said...

Your talent is amazing! I always look forward to seeing what you guys are up to, and this wedding is awesome! So much fun and love captured...what a GORGEOUS couple. My favorite shots are #7 (so beautiful!), #21 with the notes on the rocks (such a cool idea!) and #27 with the rings on her finger (creative and fun!).

Niiice! :o)

Bumatay said...

Totally amazing coverage! You completely ROCKED this one my friend. I love all those fresh groups shots.

katy said...

Oh my goodness you SO rocked this wedding... best... one... ever!

Nice work!

Eric Foley said...

You seriously blew it up man! From beginning to end. Way to get out of the norm for those group shots!

haleigh said...

You rocked the .... out of this one! Love the getting ready shots, her face when her dress popped is priceless. How beautiful is her moms? No wonder she is so gorgeous! Really love this wedding guys! Other favs are 14, 15 and 16 really love the creativeness and angles.

lin said...

What great shots! I love the ring idea. :)

Shyla said...

the ring shot...the ring shot... the ring shot!!!!! l.o.v.e. it!!!!!

oh my, you are wicked awesome.

:)

tisha allen said...

You ain't kiddin' when you suggest we may want more and more of agnes and paul. The pictures are AMAZING! they should model for the kaisers.

brandi said...

You guys are amazing! Every wedding blows me away. This one is no different!
Love the colors and all the rockin creativity!

jeret said...

Man, what a awesome job you did I really like the close ups... Awesome

Beautiful Moments Photography said...

Freak ME! These photos are as smokin hot as the Bride. You guys have outdone yourselves this time, I bow down and kiss your feet. I am not worthy.

xx

agnes (the bride) said...

David,

I absolutely love them!! You did such a wonderful job! And the story along with the pictures is probably the funniest and greatest story ever!! The slideshow almost put me to tears. Paul and our families love the pictures too!!

Dean Ray said...

you da man;-} awesome fotogs dude!!!!!!! a moment in time is your fortey!!!!!! your eye for capturing the moment in time is WoW!!!!! thx for taking a loooook c' at my blog. "I'll B BACK" {A MOMENT IN TIME}

Dawn Malone said...

simply AMAZING!

kymberli q. said...

AWESOMENESS all around!!!! Love the dress shot and the rings shot and the dance shots and the preacher(?) in the middle wedding shot! Their e-session was the "done deal" of booking you two - you rocked that and you rocked this! Love this couple!

erica said...

these are incredible. I especially love the guest tattoo shots. perfect.

metrophoto said...

hey i know this couple! hahaha, i love their e-session and i ABSOLUTELY love their wedding photos! each and every one of the photo posted is great - so inspiring! :)

-oly

madison said...

Are you effin kidding me!? I love the pit crew shot, love every single "formal" shot I use that term loosely, because they are NOT your normal crap formals. Really love the shot from below I think it's #16, way cool. And the slideshow made ME tear up!!! It told the whole story beginning to happy ending!

Nataly Lemus said...

Dude!!!!!! These are out of control great!!!!!!!! I love them all! This is probably my favorite wedding that you guys have shot! Seriously, it's awesome :)

Armin DeFiesta said...

Looked like a fun wedding, great images as always. But I gotta say that pocket-fan-in-the-cleavage shot got my attention, ha!

Desiree Hayes said...

Totally AMAZING!

Cathy and David Photography said...

YAAAAY!!! That closeup with the rings is just rediculous. :)

Jen Beasley said...

ooh! i've been waiting to see those hott faces on your blog again! The pics are amazing, and I dig the narration too :)

Jen

Mark W. said...

great stuff! Loved the play-by-play on the dress rip 'n repair.

patti najbert said...

Now, THIS is what Willis was talkin bout! HA! can't wait for you guys to shoot us!!!

Nicole Liebgott Photography said...

Well Well Well, 48 comments ha. well deserved my friend.. OK let me tell you what a dork I am. Everytime you post I sit at my computer looking in awe and start to right down in order my favorites, (ya know so I could tell you in my comment wich ones I love the most.) Last time I did this I lost count and said never again. I guess I have a short attention spand, cause I did it again.. I had all my numbers picked out and then I got all flustered when I got to that ring \ lip combo you got goin on... Seriously you two AYKM???????? I'm gonna put my vail on, go to the 99 cent store and get myself a big fat rock and my bright red lipstick and head down to S.D. and knock on your door.. I want that picture in a huge canvas right over my bed!!!! That's how much I love it... Nic

Agnes said...

I have to say, my absolute favorites are: the picture of Paul and I at the church holding hands with Father Jerry in the middle; My sister dancing with her hands in the air and wild with excitement! (can't help but laugh every time I see that one!!); and of course the amazing dip that Matt and Jenny did ---- WOW. I told them they have to get that picture, frame it, and show it off to the world.

I can't say it enough; having you photograph our wedding was the best decision we made!

Cheers!

Ricki Ford said...

Very nice David!! I love the ring shots SWEET!

AHS Photography said...

awesome!-Aaron

Lisette Price Photography said...

My word you guys are so awesome! I love the creative shoe shot, and the ring shot with the brides lips. Who would have thought of that?? You guys! Oh and gorgeous couple by the way!

www.fabuluxephotos.com said...

I definitely love the ring shots.... the 1st one is my favorite. I am sooo going to steal that from you next wedding I have. :)

eliesa said...

There are SO many bad ass shots in this post!!!!!! Shit! And the bride is absolutely STUNNING!

Elena said...

When there is no way to make images better you make sure to find how to do that - every single time! Absolutely stunning!

Beadale Photography said...

So many good ones to choose from. But I love the close-up veil shot, and then the brides expression on that 1st one is priceless.

Bradford said...

Holy cow you guys! Love the ring shots!!!

Bradford said...

OH! And p.s. I love how YOUR storms and hurricanes on that side of the North American continent seem to run AWAY from you (i.e. Karina). What's up with that? I don't see you guys in any bathtubs!

PicturesByTracy said...

Not that it's never been said before but you guys ROCK. I LOVE the close-up veil shot...OMG, Anna's fan in the top of her dress is priceless..lol. How about that rock'em sock'em tattoo!!! Great stuff guys:)

p.s. I almost forgot the sexy ring shots

PicturesByTracy said...

Not that it's never been said before but you guys ROCK. I LOVE the close-up veil shot...OMG, Anna's fan in the top of her dress is priceless..lol. How about that rock'em sock'em tattoo!!! Great stuff guys:)

p.s. I almost forgot the sexy ring shots

ksenija said...

okay, so wayyy awesome! talk about a whole lot of fun... & that ring shot with Agnes is beyond stellar! so sexxxy -- looove it. :) talk about a whole group of truly beautiful people!!! oh, & those yellow dresses were just the perfect pop of color. love, love it all.

Blair Van Bussel - So Cal Photographer said...

Okay…. First of all, I am still trying to get over how super hot this couple is. I mean hello, how awesome was that engagement session – its got to be one of the best of all time(Seriously….I am still on a mission to shoot at that location!) . Now to see the wedding, wowzers! I could never pick a favorite, but let me just say that ring shot is sexy. There has never been a more sexy ring shot. Oh and you had me laughing the whole time I was reading it, very well written post :) . And lastly, I LOVED your wedding pictures from the post that you referenced!!! SOOO awesome!

E said...

absolutely brilliant..

Studio222 Photography said...

Could you guys be hotter? I love them all! Come hang out with us in Florida!

Kacie Jean said...

WOW-WEE! This is one HOT HOT HOT wedding! I love all of the creative wedding party shots, and that ring shot is great! Absolutely beautiful work as always

Only Once Images said...

Wow! Great great images! I am so in love with the ring/finger shot.. it seriously rocks!

Adrienne said...

This wedding was awesome from that bright shoe shot at the beginning all the way to the end!! So many creative angles and such awesome capture of all the special moments - makes me feel like I was there! :)

claudia said...

claudia said...
Geeesh are you friggin kidding me?!! Don't you just love it when couples allow you to be creative? These are seriously some of the best formals I've ever seen! DId this couple make you do table shots? HEHE! As always you guys are ridiculously talented!

Hate those!!!

Best wishes & congrats to the hot couple!

neysaruhl said...

I only have one word ... WOW!
There are SO many amazing shots from this wedding ... let's start with the portrait of the bride ... GORGEOUS. Then the shot of the priest ... what an amazing capture - and I LOVE the natural frame you made with the couple. Now let's talk about that RING SHOT... whoa what a cool idea!
There are so many more ... but you two rocked it out! For sure!

Congrats on a job WELL DONE.
neysa

aaina said...

Oh goodness these are amazing! The brides mother is absolutely GORGEOUS!! She looks like she could be one of her sisters! Gorgeous group for sure!
My fav the groom as an accessory. Love how sexy his face is in that one!! And that ring shot. sssssizzle, she has hella sexy lips! I'd have that as a big canvas next to my vanity table!! Rippin pics!

Lorelei Photography said...

wow this set is just too crazy amazing. especially you capturing the emergency in the beginning... the faces of the bride and her bridesmaid.. wow!

Holly Anne said...

Wow, I love the Bono quote... I think it's my new favorite quote! [and I don't even like U2, just Bono in Across the Universe]. Another thing that I really love is the engagement picture that you took that they chose to display. Their engagement photos were really stunning [and so are the wedding ones]. Great job! I really admire your photography.

Val McCormick Photography said...

SO FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!! HOLY ROCKIN' WEDDING SHOTS!!!!! So I started reading then was like, WOW!!! LOVE that shoe shot, mention that, then like #4 Bride close up is totally canvas, then I lost track. Every time I visit your blog it's like it can't possibly get better than this....then it DOES!!! If you can ever you a third shooter and I am in CA, I would LOVE to be able to shoot a wedding with you two.

BTW, Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear DAAAAAAAAAAAAAY- Viiiiiiiiiiid, Happy birthday to you! Tan-tan :-)

Ryel j Photography said...

Pure greatness!!! And HAaaapppppyyy Birthhhhday!!!

aaron said...

Woot woot1

Sweet job, ya'll!!!

ONADA Photography said...

i'm soooo blown away!!! these pictures are INSANE!! love em!!

kristin said...

#7 of her in her veil is A-mazing. Looked like so much fun!

Happy Birthday!!

Sofie said...

Coooooool shoe shot!

cassandra m said...

You guys really out did yourselves if that is possible. These are amaxing & I agree Agnes is stunning. I love thet two shots of the rings with her & Paul. These guys are beautiful to shoot and look like so much FUN! I have so many favorites here.

Chelo Keys said...

That party looked like the place to be!! The dress popping shot- her expression- awesome!!

Candy said...

UNFRICKINBELIEVABLE!! I really didn't think you guy's could get any better! Thats it. If I EVER get married again, I want YOU tellin my story!! ;)
I love you guy's!

brianna said...

That is IT! You guys are taking my wedding pictures!! Now to convince my boyfriend to ask me to marry him =O) Well, it'll give me time to save up for you! But, when that day happens you guys are it! Love your creativity, emotion and fun in your shots every single time!

Sandra Salisbury said...

hang on i had to scroll through the 83 other comments!!! But it was worth it to say:
YOU GUYS REALLY ROCK! love the humor you toss in there as you blog. thanks for the laugh :)

courtney said...

Hey David and Kimi,
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your work, you two are my idols (AND the Kaisers... LOL)

if you two ever need another shooter, CONTACT ME PLEASE!
LOL...

Thanks,
Court

J.Stoia Portrait Design said...

I am in love with the ring shot with the bride's finger up to her lips. Very creative!!!!!!

brenna said...

Does anyone think this beauty looks like Victoria Beckham or Sandra Bullock in these pics? Wow she is gorgeous! He ain't too bad to look at either. These two are burnin up my screen! Absolutely stunning work by you guys. Always amazed by the uniqueness of your pics! Keep on rockin it guys!

Kerri McConnell said...

once again entirely too hard to pick a favorite!!! but i really <3 the shot of her and her veil... simply lovely.

Alisha E. said...

WOWZA these are OUT OF THIS WORLD magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

megan said...

i love them.. and the ring shot is something ive never seen done like that before..nice work!

BeDaZzLeD Photography said...

These were absolutely gorgeous. Belongs in a magazine. I wanna be like you guys when I grow up and I LOVE THE RING SHOTS... ALL 3 of them. HAUTE!!

Shannon Lott said...

Edgy photos for an edgy wedding. Great job. So unique!

hollitrue said...

AMAZING!! You two rock and I wish I could go back in time and have you photograph my wedding! My hubby and I plan to renew our vows on our 20th anniversary on a secluded beach in Hawaii- you should totally be our photographers then! :) (Only 11 yrs to go!)
Agnes & Paul- you are adorable! I loved the engagement pictures and I am a huge fan of the wedding pictures, too! Congrats to you both- I wish you many years of love and happiness!

Erika McCauley said...

You guys keep getting better and better! Seriously - just when I didn't think it was possible, there you go, showing everyone up again! :) These photos are, well, perfect. It's as simple as that!

Amanda said...

WOW!! You. ARE. AWESOME! This wedding is rockin! I tried to pick a favorite or two but I can't! They are all so great!

Peggy Goldsmith said...

You executed with perfection and told the wedding story in pictures with visual accuracy. Only you guys could capture such an amazing wedding and beautiful people! Thank you Violetta, Agnieszka and Paul and Ohana Photography for such an outstanding evening!

lisa said...

These are AMAZING! These are so unique, so refreshing and did I say AMAZING =) Can't choose a favorite, I just can't.

Oh and YOUR wedding post was AWESOME! I wish I could go to a wedding that fun!

Sentimental Visions Photography said...

Perfect. That's all I can say. Perfect.
~christina

Gina Leigh said...

Killer ring shot...with her finger on her lips!! As usual, the whole set is incredible. :)

Zak Schwank said...

Are you kiddin me...those ring shots are off the hook. WOW!!! You guys are amazing, and boy are they beautiful or what? Awesome!

Jen Stewart Photography said...

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING....... these photos are AMAZING!!!!!! And the one with the ring and her finger on her lips............ HAUTE!!!!!!!!!

Ok, I'm officially jealous of your extremely awesome talent :)

Michelle Guzman said...

The shoe shot is so much fun. The bride looks stunning behind the veil.

Tiffany Izatt said...

Oh my 102 Comments??!! You really do rock, but I knew that anyway I am just a late bloomer, Ive been super busy with life...but this wedding is off the hook!!

Staja Studios said...

Love the shot of the bride under the veil and the ring shots. I'm amazed at how awesome your guys stuff has gotten over the past year! Great Work!!!!

Brittany said...

Trash the Dress in San Diego would be so incredible with her! She certainly is like America's Next Top Model! Or at least she should be!
You guys are amazing!

Brittany said...

Trash the Dress in San Diego would be so incredible with her! She certainly is like America's Next Top Model! Or at least she should be!
You guys are amazing!