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Malibu | Engagement Session | Tamara & Shaun

Malibu Engagement Tamara & Shaun | Carlos Valentino Wedding PhotographyI had a good time photographing Tamara and Shaun in Malibu this weekend. They are getting married at the Church of Christ which sits in the heart of the Pepperdine University Campus. The campus is beautiful with tall grass, flowers, palm trees, fountains and it sits on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful scenery was the backdrop for their engagement session.

From Pepperdine we made our way to the “Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel.” Designed by Thomas Schoos, this restaurant is a celebration to all the senses. It’s lounge with beautiful design textures, people and the food is fabulous. As a photographer, light is a big deal and this restaurant didn’t disappoint. The entire joint is surrounded by windows and we were saturated with the golden glow of sunset. We took our seats in a cabana style booth overlooking Santa Monica and continued our engagement session while we waited for our drinks. Later that evening we crashed a group of Argentine Tango Dancers while they danced on 3rd street. Tamara and Shaun shared a kiss while they stood in the middle of all the dancers. I’m looking forward to their wedding in March 2012.

PS. Shout out to Brandon for being a great host, hope to see you again.

Pepperdine University – 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel – 1111 Second Street Santa Monica CA 90403

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Centennial United Methodist | Wedding Day | Jesse & James

Jesse and James Wedding Carlos Valentino Photography Sacramento

I had a great time photographing Jesse and James this weekend. James got ready at his place, he was sporting Transformer cuff link and I think I might need to get Kevin a pair. The Grooms Men were cool, in fact this guys acted more like a pack of brothers than just Grooms Men. Jesse got ready at her mothers place, her bride maids were graceful and cute. When I went to see Jesse she was all smiles but nervous. Her friends had a good time helping her into her dress and when it was all done she looked beautiful. The Centennial United Methodist Church was packed with friends and family and afterward we went to William Land Park for photos in front Vintage 1936 Dodge Coupe.

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Centennial United Methodist

5401 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822

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Tiburon | Bay Area Wedding | Nallely & Erick

Bay Area, Tiburon, San Fransico, Marin County, Wedding Photography, Carlos Valentino

Nallely and Erick have been planning their civil wedding for over a year. Nallely’s plan was to walk from her penthouse suite at the Wharf Inn in San Francisco, to Pier 39 on Embarcadero street, take the Blue & Gold Ferry and meet her Groom in Tiburon a small town of Marin County and she did it but, in the rain. We anticipated rain so we made preparations the week before. We bought the Bride and Groom clear dome shape umbrellas which I thought would be fun for pictures. The camera was in a water proof bag and my assistant covered me and the camera as we made our way to the ferry. It was great to see that tourist and Bay Area Natives clap and cheer as the Bride walked the streets in her beautiful wedding dress in the rain. Nallely and Erick had their hearts set on getting married at the edge of the shore in Tiburon but Mother Nature had other plans. When Nallely arrived we learned that her guest had taken shelter in Guaymas, a restaurant near by. I looked for the manager and explained the situation and she suggested that we use the upper room of the restaurant!!! THIS IS GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE, without taken a dime she offered their room for this special moment. The staff lit candles, turned on the fireplace and created a charming place for family and guest to witness this wonderful event. After they exchanged their vows the rain stopped and we went outside for the family portraits.

Nallely & Erick Wedding Day from Carlos Valentino on Vimeo.


2601 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94133


5 Main Street
Tiburon, Ca 94920

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La Rivage | Melissa & Greg Wedding Day

Melissa & Greg Carlos Valentino Photography at La Rivage

The skies were gray, the wind blew and the rain came but nothing would damped their excitement. They say that rain on a wedding day is a good omen, it could be but I don’t think that any of the guest thought for a minute that this couple needed a omen. The room was full of old and new friends and the guys made me laugh at the toast, some guy said something about “Every flower needs a vase…” something like that, while others just shared about how special Melissa and Greg are. I think it was this expression of love that lifted the gray clouds the let the sun shine through which lead to a great evening in the end. Mellisa & Greg, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to photograph your wedding day, many blessings for years to come.

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La Rivage
4800 Riverside Blvd
Sacramento, CA, 95822, US

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Guy West Bridge | Amalia & Jorge | Engagement Session

Amalia & Jorge Engagement Session Carlos Valentino Photography

Amalia and Jorge were a fun couple to photograph. I met Amalia at the Dream Wedding Show in. As a photographer I am always looking to photograph the engagement session in a location that has meaning to the engaged couple. Amalia said that she has fond memories of walking across the Guy West Bridge, so it was only natural the we begin our engagement session at the bridge. I am looking forward to photographing their Wedding this December at the Santuario De Quadalupe and the reception will be held at the recently renovated Elks Tower Ballroom. It’s going to be terrific!


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Vacaville | Engagement Session | Melissa & Greg

Vacaville Engagement Session Carlos Valentino Wedding Photographer

This weekend I found myself in Andrews Park located in Downtown Vacaville photographing Melissa and Greg Engagement Session, I had a great time. After shooting in the park we walked over to Main Street and stop in front of one the many restaurants and photograph some more. These Old Downtown Streets are great for pictures; it’s also helps when you have a fun couple that is willing to be photographed. The next time I’m shopping at Vacaville Premium Outlets, I’ll make sure I hit up Downtown Vacaville. I’m looking forward to photographing Melissa and Greg at La Rivage next weekend!!!


p.s. Vacaville Premium Outlets
321 Nut Tree Road, Suite 2
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 447-5755

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Funderland Engagement Session | Jesse & James

I met Jesse and James for their engagement session at the Sacramento famous Funderland Amusement Park in William Land Park. I love photographing in places that hold happy memories for my wedding couples and I hope that today we made more happy memories. We were going to have this session a week ago but we were rained out, in fact every single time I’ve met with Jesse and James it has rained and though they say that rain on a wedding day is a blessing, pray for sun.

Jesse & James Engagement William Land Park | Carlos Valentino Photography

Jesse & James Engagement William Land Park | Carlos Valentino Photography

Jesse & James Engagement William Land Park | Carlos Valentino Photography

Funderland Amusement Park

1350 17th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822-1200

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Weddings at Grand Island Mansion

Grand Island Mansion Wedding Carlos Valentino PhotographyGrand Island Mansion Wedding Carlos Valentino PhotographyThe Grand Island Mansion is a beautiful Italian Villa on the California Delta, 30 minutes from Sacramento and east of the San Francisco Bay.  The mansion sits majestically in the center of the beautiful manicured grounds; you get a sense of royalty as soon you make your way through it’s iron gates. This is a wonderful place for a wedding and I’m looking forward to working here this year.

Grand Island Mansion

Walnut Grove Wedding Venue
13415 Grand Island Road
Walnut Grove, CA 95690

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