Hello friends and happy 2015! I’m so excited for the new year but part of me is missing 2014 already. I hope your 2014 was filled with beautiful memories and that this new year will be an extra special one for you! I’m not a huge fan of resolutions because I often make small goals and try to evaluate them as I go along. I’ve recently started following Mark Zuckerberg, you know, the Founder and CEO of Facebook, and saw that he has made some awesome resolutions throughout the years. This year he is committed to reading a new book every other week, and in previous years he made other commitments such as learning Mandarin, be a vegetarian, writing a thank you note to someone each day etc. That inspires me to try out one big resolution each year…so…any cool suggestions for what I should commit to for 2015? 😉
Let’s start off 2015 with a beautiful wedding at The Vineyards, Simi Valley that I was fortunate enough to photograph with Tin. I grew up in the Valley so this is a mere 15-20 minutes from my parents’ house. To brides looking for outdoor venues, look either North of Los Angeles to Simi Valley and Malibu, or South of Los Angeles to San Juan Capistrano and the Orange County vicinities for some elegant and rustic gems. I love me a wedding with details details details and this one doesn’t disappoint. I adore the white and mint theme and all the thoughtful little touches that ShanShan + Quan thought of. And omg, how gorgeous is that ombre wedding cake? Special thanks to Jenny from Kelly Zhang Makeup Studio for the bride’s beautiful hair and makeup.
Cheers to creating more memories and awesome photos in the next 12 months! <3
Thi & Minh are seriously as sweet and adorable as they come. During our first phone conversation, Thi mentioned that she and her fiancé are also in Thieu Nhi which automatically makes me like them that much more. That’s how I met my hubby years ago so yeah, Thieu Nhi totally rocks! 😉 We had loads of fun connecting over wedding planning and preparing for their engagement shoot. I work very closely with my clients and was so excited to hear about their vision and helping them bring it to life…or through photos at least. Somehow the topic of tulle skirt came up during outfit planning and next thing we know, Thi and I had an appointment to go try them on at Space 46 Boutique and each of us walked away with a skirt. We wear the same size too so there were talks of swapping them to double the fun haha.
Armed with a romantic tulle skirt, vintage bicycle with flowers in basket, golden grass field setting, and of course, a beautiful couple, I was in engagement shoot heaven! Special thanks to Angie Hair & Makeup for Thi’s gorgeous look.
Thi & Minh wanted to incorporate a chalkboard bible verse with their engagement photos so I called up my trusty friend, Mary, who has a gazillion cute signs at her home and she graciously lent us this one. Isn’t her writing beautiful? Thank you, lovely Ms. Mary!
For the second part of the shoot, we headed over to Montage Laguna Beach, a special hangout for the couple. It’s also where Minh proposed to Thi, while on a helicopter nonetheless! So soooo romantic, right? According to Thi, she experienced severe motion sickness during the entire ride and wanted nothing more than to get back on the ground as quickly as possible. As the helicopter was flying over the Montage Hotel, Minh pulled out the ring, made a speech which I’m sure was heartfelt but Thi couldn’t attest to it because the helicopter headsets were faulty and she could barely pick up a word. Thi happily said yes (assuming that he asked her to marry him lol), and as soon as they were back on their feet, they celebrated by heading home to sleep off the motion sickness. Memorable to say the least. 😉
Mad props to Minh for picking out this perfect engagement ring! It’s a rose gold setting completes with an oval diamond, so unique right!?!
Also a shout-out to my hubby, Phong, for accompanying me on this shoot. I don’t always mention him but he’s usually there with me to second shoot and helping me with all the heavy lifting. Congratulations Thi & Minh and we can’t wait for your wedding next year. The countdown has begun! 😉
‘Tis the holiday season which means I’ve been doing a ton of family sessions lately. And seriously, taking photos of kids and families is a whole new ball game! There’s a lot of break time, snack time, sometimes melt-down time (them not me haha), and definitely chasing around time! It’s like a full cardio workout! You may remember Thang + Mary from their anniversary session a few months back, and this time they brought in the troops. And gosh, how stylish and perfect are they!?! Phong and I are soooo in love with Jaden & Nolan, we may have to steal them for our own. 😉