Twenty Thirteen

In 2013 a lot changed for me. I left my job to do photography full time, I bought my very first car, got engaged and traveled further than I’ve ever been for weddings. Further outside of my comfort zone, which now has become comfortable. The key is growing every day, and with 2014 here, I’m more ready than ever before to live life and laugh even more.

Here are many of my favorite images throughout 2013. Each of them for many different reasons, that are both wedding and non-wedding. Cheers!

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so awesome d-man!!!! every.single.image. raw talent, i tell ya. look at that cute sarina girl! i love it. get married already.

Enaura Bridal for Le Magnifique

Back in December we had the honor of photographing Enaura‘s new bridal couture line at one of the most beautiful venues, the Pasadena Museum of History. We had such a talented team which in turn made the whole shoot turn out beautifully. A huge thank you goes out to Damaris Mia of Le Magnifique for putting this styled shoot together!

Furthermore, we were blessed to have had these images featured on Le Magnifique, Burnett’s Boards, Fly Away Bride and Swooned! DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer001 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer002 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer003 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer004 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer005 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer006 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer007 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer008 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer009 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer010 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer011 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer012 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer013 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer014 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer015 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer016 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer017 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer018 DanielCruzEnauraBridalPasadenaWeddingPhotographer019

Photography: Daniel Cruz Photography // Gowns: Enaura Bridal Couture // Venue: Pasadena Museum of History // Veils: Veiled Beauty // Hair & Make-up: Delia Falls of Platinum Strands // Coordinator: Damaris Mia of Le Magnifique Blog // Assistant: Sarah Sotro

Trisha and Jeremy – The Casino San Clemente Wedding

Trisha and Jeremy’s wedding was one of our favorites from 2013, and one of the easiest weddings to photograph by far. You see, when it’s cloudy outside, it becomes a photographers dream. And with such a beautiful couple at The Casino San Clemente, you just can’t go wrong.

Thank you Trisha and Jeremy for giving us the honor of documenting your day. Also, a very special thank you to the kind Josselyn Christensen for trusting us with your best friend’s wedding. You’ve blessed us beyond measure.
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New York Wedding and Engagement Dates

One of my biggest dreams came to me when I was 5 years old. I was a little Mexican kid with a part in my hair, a striped shirt, short shorts, and some knock off Chucks. One of my favorite movies at the time was “We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story”.

“Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and nonviolent. They agree to go to the Middle Future (this era) in order to grant the wishes of children in New York city. They are to meet Dr. Bleeb of the Museum of Natural History, but get side-tracked with their new friends and run into the Captain’s evil brother, Professor Screw Eyes, who has other plans for the dinosaurs.” -via IMDb.

This was one of the first times I heard of New York City, and ever since then it has been so special to me. But why? Perhaps at the time, to be a part of the dinosaur parade in the movie. Something so simple. And since then I’ve held it close to my heart, and it’s always been in the back of my mind. A child’s dream.

A few days ago we got word that we’ll be heading to NY for a beautiful July wedding! We’ll be there from the 24th-28th-ish and we’ll be staying in Brooklyn. We would love to shoot an engagement session and meet up with anyone that we can. So tell your friends!

I never would have thought I’d be photographing beautiful weddings around the US, 10 years ago. God is good, and I’m so happy to have but a taste of what life has in store for us. Europe, I’m coming for you.

Never give up.

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