May 20, 2008

Sarah and Noah's Wedding in Pasadena

We had a great time shooting Sarah and Noah's engagement session so we knew the wedding was going to be awesome. They had a couple of requests that I was thrilled about: The first was that they wanted mostly photojournalism style shots, which I always look forward to doing. The second was that, because Sarah's parents had been married at the same church, she wanted some shots that looked just like the ones that her parents had taken. She sent me some scans so I can try to match them. This took some preparation but I am so glad that I was able to pull it off because it was important to her. These are some of the shots...

Sarah had such an adorable expression here.

Noah's sisters were celebrating with Sarah the fact that they were soon going to be sisters.

This is one of the shots that Sarah wanted me to replicate. Look below to see my version.

I think it's pretty close.

They had one of the shortest ceremonies I've ever witnessed. This is because they just wanted so badly to be married so they could start enjoying their marriage. That is, after all, what it's all about.

I loved how they had their guests greet them as they came out of the church straight onto a red carpet and into a Rolls Royce. It's so old-fashioned it's beautiful.

Again, a shot of Sarah's parents.

And here's Sarah and Noah. This was such a cute idea!

Another cool thing about the wedding was that they had family and friends perform jazz music throughout the night. They are some talented people!

And finally, Noah sang a beautiful song to his wife, and you can just see how much she loved it.

Sarah and Noah, thank you so much for having us capture your unique and lovely wedding. You are surrounded by great family and friends and we are so glad to have been part of your joyous celebration. Have fun in Portland!

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Nov 27, 2007

Michelle and Hai at San Gabriel Hilton

We met Michelle and Hai through Michelle's twin sister, Marlene. It turned out that I knew Hai from high school, and a couple of his groomsmen are also my friends from Fountain Valley High. They also went to UCLA (as you'll see below) like I did. It's such a small world!

Michelle and Hai had their ceremony in Pasadena and then the reception at the San Gabriel Hilton. I liked the style and design of both the church and the hotel. The weather was perfect considering it was a November wedding here in Southern California.

The stained glass at the church was a beautiful backdrop for this ring shot.

The available natural light worked so well I had to get this shot from a few different angles.

Notice the UCLA Bruin colors on the bouquet.

The upstairs of the church was also a Sunday school for little children, so they had these cute little chairs sitting around. We grouped a few blue and yellow ones to get this UCLA-themed bouquet shot.

The father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle.

The bride and groom standing in this beautiful church.

This will take a while for Hai to live down, and I'm sure Michelle will always remember this. Hai dropped the ring as the pastor was handing it to him and drew a huge laugh from Michelle.

The girls in beautiful UCLA colors.

The guys had a great time throughout the whole thing. Between shots they were goofing around like old college buddies.

The Pasadena City Hall was empty so we got a chance to capture them sharing a little alone time.

It was getting late and there was just enough light to squeeze in a couple of shots that I love.

The building was tall and beautifully designed.

The groomsmen had a special treat for all the Bruins in attendance. They ran through the ballroom waving UCLA flags while the song "Sons of Westwood" played through the loudspeakers. They then dropped the flags and did the "eight-clap." To hear what this sounds like, click here.

There were a lot more great moments from the wedding but I can't fit it all in here, so I'll leave you with the bride and groom in their first dance.

Pure Elegance

Eliza Tsui of San Gabriel Hilton

Jan Clark of Pasadena Trinity Lutheran Church

Click here to view Michelle and Hai's engagement session

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Jul 10, 2007

Lauren and Mike's Wedding in Palos Verdes

Lauren and Mike got married on the special date of July 7th, 2007 at a church in Palos Verdes. It was such a fun wedding to document because the they were relaxed and truly enjoyed the day. As a photographer, I appreciate it when things aren't rushed. I love that it had a casual flow and everyone just seemed to be enjoying the event.

The garden at the church is a beautiful wedding venue.

There were little touches of the family everywhere, including these flowers that the bride's mother tends to.

They had gone through so many hugs and kisses on one side of the family, Lauren led Mike quickly to the other side.

Lauren's tears of joy started flowing after she gave her father and mother a hug.

Just like at the engagement shoot, Mike is constantly making Lauren laugh.

The sign behind her that reads "Westminster House" was made by Lauren when she was younger.

I love Polaroids. They had a great idea of shooting polaroids of guests.

More polaroids that were taken.

The groom and the bride's father share a smile.

Mike does his best Michael Jackson impersonation. He can be so silly around his family.

The bouquet toss at the Palos Verdes Art Center.

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Jun 25, 2007

Marlene and Solomon's Wedding

On Saturday I shot Marlene and Solomon's wedding that took us from a church to an arboretum to the Tournament House and then finally to the Universal Hilton. It was an ambitious itinerary that we managed to fulfill, and I have photos to prove it.

A gentle, soft look for the bride.

Marlene wore a beautifully detailed classic wedding dress.

The church provided some nice locations to shoot.

I like how the sun flares symmetrically across the photo.

When Solomon was standing behind me, he saw the angle that I had. He knew this shot would be a winner and he was yelling out to Marlene to let her know.

That's my focused look.

The younger boy will someday have a better chance at grabbing the garter.

Click here to view their engagement session

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May 7, 2007

Lauren and Mike at The Queen Mary

We met Lauren and Mike at the Queen Mary in Long Beach right before sunset. This was where they got engaged, so we thought this would be a meaningful place for the shoot. They are a really relaxed, fun couple. Most of the time, Mike was making Lauren laugh with something he's saying or doing, which is exactly what I wanted.

This is the part of the ship where he popped the question.

The sun was falling on them just right.

They were looking for their home through the telescope.

Mike has the ability to make Lauren break out in laughter constantly.

There are so many things I like about this photo. The cute expressions on their faces, the color of the sky, the blue waters, the curve of the floor, and how the lines converge towards the right.

Even their shadows are in love.

After a hard day's work, what else is there to do besides sleeping it off?

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Nov 15, 2006

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Nov 1, 2006

Cheryl and Kevin's Wedding

Cheryl had contacted me on short notice and fortunately I was available on her wedding date. I met Cheryl and Kevin at the Universal Hilton where they were getting ready. Cheryl was so sweet and hospitable that I couldn't help but have a great time photographing their wedding.

The maid of honor and bridesmaid helping the bride with her dress.

The groom awaits the moment.

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Sep 15, 2006

Amber and Simpson's Wedding

Amber has a gracefulness about her.

The groom watching the guests mingle before the big moment from inside.

I timed the shot so I can get the bride at the end of her spin.

The bride and groom with their wedding cake.

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