Rikki Rivera | Photographer » Wedding & Portrait Photography

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Planning a wedding can prove to be quite challenging. Planning a wedding across the country even more so. Then, letting your sister plan all the things proves to unnerve you. Haha. There has never been a time where I was more involved in a wedding than this one. Of course, my brother got married and this is what I do, so naturally… After months of trying to talk him into getting married in Washington, it finally worked, and my new sister-in-law put all her faith in me, but she had her doubts! Thankfully, despite all the traveling and holiday business, the wedding came together so beautifully and I’m telling you, I would do this day over and over and over again if I could. Part 1 today features the sweetest intimate wedding ceremony, my first and only time officiating a wedding. Stay tuned tomorrow for the adventures we went on to take beautiful photos of the bride and groom.

Kicking off little Benny’s birthday celebration with a cake smash, sharing with big brother, and having all the balloons to play with was just about the funnest way to spend my morning! With his first birthday being his Golden one, his mama pulled out all the stops and let the boys go to town with cake, balloons, and one heck of a party coming up! Johnny stepped in as my assistant, and isn’t he darling with his little camera?! I just adore the influence he’s gained from having me around. I just know these boys will have so many adventures together, I can’t wait to see what else life has in store for them. Happiest first birthday Benjamin David. I adore you + your incredible family.

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Almost exactly this time two years ago, I captured this sweet family around their Christmas tree and underneath the Mistletoe. It’s always such a lovely, cozy family time that leaves me feeling all the warmth of the season. It’s been so incredible to watch their family grow from 3 to 4, seeing little Johnny become a big brother, and seeing John and Madi be such wonderful parents. Last year, I was there to welcome little Benny into the family and am so excited to celebrate his 1st birthday with them next month!

It was so fun this time to capture Madi with her beautiful sisters and nephew. Cousins and brothers, growing up as best friends is what family dreams are made of. I hope the boys look back on these photos and have fond memories of their childhood together and all the love they’re surrounded with.

Thank you Johnny and Madi for continuing to welcome me into your home and document your family over the years. As always, I’m so honored and love being apart of the wonderful moments in your story.

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