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Kathy & Alex’s Wedding

“How Sweet it is to Be Loved By You!”

Now that I’m getting married myself with my wedding only 40 days away, I’m starting to feel like going thru the motions of planning a wedding and actually getting married yourself should be a requirement for any wedding photographer. Not that I wasn’t before, but I am much more in-tuned to my client’s emotions and look out for even more detailed things they had thought of in their planning process so that I can capture to detail their day.

Kathy and Alex had their wedding ceremony at the Wayfarer’s Chapel located in Rancho Palos Verdes. I’ve always dreamed of shooting a wedding at this beautiful ocean view location so when they walked thru the doors inquiring about us photographing their wedding–I was sooo stoked! I’m so happy they chose us b/c we were able to capture so many great shots for them that day.

Amazing creations out of all different kinds of fruit to depict a dragon.

Check out all that confetti! So much fun.

Love her floral one shouldered strap.

The flowergirl holding a humming bird.

Kathy walks in with her brother.

First kiss as husband and wife! *tear*

The lighting hit her dress just so perfectly here when she exited the chapel.

We emptied out the chapel and had them take a few shots in it.

A view of the Pacific Ocean behind them.

You’ll see by now that Kathy and Alex love to kiss. Not even on command by me.

They also love to laugh–lots of inside couple jokes.

Isn’t this just gorgeous!?! You can see Catalina Island.

Here comes the fun at the reception…check out this sundae of a centerpiece that goes so perfectly with their theme! i LOVE the twirly/twisty straw–soo CUTE!

What’s even better than sundae centerpieces?!? Sundae and cupcake placecard holders!!!

These have got to be the most unique and beautiful placecard holders I have ever seen. And yes, those coca cola cups are real glass! And those flowers are also real!

I had to take individual shots of them. I could not resist.

A candy station is a MUST for this theme.

BEST of all–Kathy and Alex’s creativity took them to grand heights of making their own photo backdrop. You have to see it to believe it. There’s 2 windows at the back where they stand and peek thru while their guests sit and pose at the front. Guests had soo much fun with this. It was definitely something new and refreshing to see. Great job guys!
kathy and alex

Their sweetheart table looks so SWEET. Lovin’ the stained glass vases.

Check out their bobble head replicas as cake toppers. ADORABLE!

The cupcake was so cute I used it to shoot their rings on.

We also used the Hershey’s kisses from the candy station to hold the rings.

Check out the happy couple before their entrance. Yeah, those are 2 sets of dragon dancers behind them–ready to entertain the crowd!
kathy and alex wedding

Stealing a kiss before the entrance. Told yah they love to kiss.

Cake cutting

First dance

Anh & David’s Wedding

We had the best time shooting Anh & David’s wedding down in La Jolla last month at the Hilton Torrey Pines. We are almost at a loss for words–their wedding was really indescribable.  Everything was perfect…down to a “t” thanks to Anh’s awesome planning and detailed eyes. Wynn Austin of Le Chic Wedding Consulting coordinated the day that turned out to be absolutely fabulous.  We already know that pictures say a thousand words and much better than I ever can so I really must let the photos speak for themselves this time.

Don’t miss that chocolate brown monkey tail detail in the bouquet.

bow detail and her ring

Meet the gorgeous bride–Anh.

She can totally model and has a complete way with the camera.

Their first look. Anh’s about to cry.

Tears of joy run free.

David’s one lucky guy and he knows it!

The bride with her parents by her side.

First kiss

i LOVE pin spot lighting. it’s just way expensive to have done but it looks so gorgeous!

Look at how awesome the cake looks!

Rings with their letterpress’ed invitation.
anh and david wedding

I love taking back-lit shots when the bride and groom make their entrance.

Have you seen a happier bride?

Beautiful first dance to Mai Mai (Forever) by Lam Truong.

Father/daughter dance.

Dancing party time!

Anh - June 14, 2010 - 8:11 am

Thao, you are like my vendor soulmate!!! I could have not picked a better photographer. Your pictures take my breath away. I still gush everytime I see these pictures. You and Duy are a dream come true to every bride. I think about you and your upcoming wedding all the time and wish you the best of luck. If anyone deserves the grandest of all weddings, it is you.

With love. Your bride,


Xiomy Duque - June 14, 2010 - 2:55 pm

Anh sent me a variety of photographs of her beautiful wedding on May 15th, which you photographed, since I designed and made the second headpiece she changed into after she removed her full veil. She wanted to let me know that she had included me in her blog, (So, very nice of Anh!). The photographs are true masterpieces,
each one more beatiful than the other. Absolutely amazing, original, and creative. Anh made a most beautiful, classic bride along with her beau. The ceremony, the garden pictures, as well as the reception, are all amazing
works of art! The emotions of both bride and groom, parents, and guests are captured in your work, and will be a lasting, and unforgetable treasure for the newlyweds. Congratulations on your incredible work!
Congratulations, best wishes, and many, many thanks to Anh for allowing me to share in her happiness, and amazing wedding pictures!

Sam & Ella – a mother daughter session

We had such a fun time photographing Ella and her mom in San Juan Capistrano. Ella is the smartest 2 1/2 year old we’ve ever met and the cutest thing to name Duy quite a few names (uncle jeff, uncle sean, and diego to name a few). These photos are a gift for Father’s Day and I’m sure Ella’s dad will LOVE ’em. Her expressions are adorable, especially her contagious laugh and smile. Can’t wait to see her grow up into a beautiful young lady and perhaps photograph her wedding some day. =)

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