Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Recent Engagement and Couples Photo Sessions

I love doing sessions with couples (whether they’re newly engaged or have been married for quite a while).  Here are the latest engagement and couples’ portrait sessions that I’ve photographed.

Emilie and Tyler, engagement session at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles:

Ashley and Ian, engagement session in and around Pasadena’s City Hall in Old Town Pasadena:

Genevieve and Paul, engagement session in Union Station (they decided to go with a vintage theme for the photos at the train station) and on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles:

Anne and Mike, couples session in the Angeles National Forest near Altadena:

Taline and Ron, couples session on a beach in Malibu:

Lauren and Ryu, Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena

For Lauren and Ryu’s wedding, over 300 guests came from near and far (including a large group from Japan) to witness them tie the knot in the Horseshoe Garden at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.  I probably say this every time I work with her, but Amanda Ma of Fresh Events did a phenomenal job coordinating all the logistics of the day!

There were so many details that I loved about this wedding, I don’t even know where to begin…  First, Lauren was a gorgeous bride (hair by Meiko of Kelly Zhang Studio) and I adored her dress and birdcage veil.  Her flowers were also stunning- I loved the addition of feathers in the bouquets by M’s Flowers.  Lauren is a designer and designed all the amazing graphics (invitations, programs, etc.).  Another fun detail was that Lauren and Ryu had their family and wedding party participate in an on-the-spot music video (filmed by Kyle and Julie of Elysium Productions) that they showed to their guests during the reception.  After the ceremony, guests moved into the Huntington Ballroom and were treated to an energetic Japanese taiko drumming performance by theTaiko Project (the bride’s sister did double duty and also performed as a drummer).  Later, the wedding party had some fun of their own by performing coordinated dances to songs by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson.  One of my favorite moments of the day was when the groom played the piano and sang a song to his new wife- there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd!

Heather and Jamie’s Wedding, Wayfarers Chapel and Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes

I was so happy when Heather and Jamie booked me to photograph their intimate wedding in Palos Verdes – they are such a sweet couple and have an adorable 2-year-old daughter.  I was also very excited to work at Palos Verdes’ newest wedding venue, Terranea Resort, a plush resort with stunning panoramic ocean views.  Heather started her wedding day preparations at the Spa at Terranea and they had their “first look” at Catalina Point, a clifftop setting on the resorts grounds.  Although the day was cloudy, it was a perfect example of how clouds can work to your advantage when it comes to wedding photos.  It’s not just because I’m from Seattle that I love clouds- cloudy days are wonderful for wedding photography since colors really “pop” and the clouds act like a giant studio soft box for evenly lit portraits.

After a morning of photos at Terranea, we headed to Wayfarers Chapel for their ceremony- what a unique location for a wedding ceremony!   The chapel is perched on top of a cliff surrounded by Redwood trees and the interior sanctuary is all glass. After the ceremony, we headed back to Terranea Resort for the cocktail hour and outdoor lunch reception on the Catalina Terrace.  Both Heather and Jamie were so good-natured when the lunch was moved under cover when it started sprinkling (maybe they had heard that it’s a sign of good luck if it rains on your wedding day?).  With all the amazing food, drinks, and cupcakes by Susie Cakes, I don’t think anyone noticed a little bit of rain!