Photographer: Trini Mai Photography // Film Camera: Contax 645 // Film Stocks: Fuji 400h, Portra 400, Portra 800, Ilford 3200 // Photo Lab: Goodman Film Lab // Wedding Coordinator: Kelly Duprat Wedding Planner // Ceremony: St. Catherine of Siena // Reception: Newport Beach Electra Cruises Eternity Yacht // Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal Flagship // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan // Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Angelina // Florals: Flowers by Marina // Entertainment: DJ Tempoe
If I could dream up one word to describe summer, it would be “vibrant.” With a dress so unique that it inspires an entire shoot around it, we set out to capture a bright and happy summer wedding inspiration. Adorned with cheerful coral gems and pretty seashells, it evokes visions of merry days spent on the beach with sunshine on our shoulders and sand between our toes. Add in a charming blue beach house and a row boat covered in summer blooms, this wedding is headed towards total bliss.
This laid back glam wedding inspiration unites my two love of fashion and photography. I strive to infuse the same artful and editorial approach to wedding day images so it’s very important for couples to leave enough time for bridal portraits. A too jam-packed schedule means everyone is always rushing and won’t have time to soak in the little moments and enjoy the wedding for what it is, the most special day of one’s life.
It is such a blessing to work with wedding professionals I know and trust. Flower Allie was our wedding florist and to this date, friends and family still rave about how much they LOVE our flowers. With Allison, I really don’t have to do much besides handing her a simple mood board and allow her complete creative freedom. I can’t get over the colorful bouquet she whipped together to go with this Marchesa wedding dress. And that garland is second to none!
Angie Hair & Makeup did the perfect beach waves, flirty lashes, and stained lips on our gorgeous bride, Jade. When I refer my clients to wedding vendors, I base my recommendation not only on the quality of their work but also on personality and professionalism (hey, no one wants to deal with people who are not nice, right?) Angie is the epitome of all three. She’s so sweet and bubbly, even when you meet her for the first time, she’ll definitely put you at ease and you’ll be chit-chatting for hours on end.
I find great pleasure in doing editorial and inspiration shoots because they challenge me creatively—from coming up with an initial concept to crafting the perfect mood/setting to execution. My hope is that each one I do will be bigger and better than the last. Thank you to all the amazing talents who helped make this happen. YOU are my inspiration!
Photographer | Trini Mai Photography
2nd Photographer | my hubby Phong
Assistant | Terri
Bride | Jade
Wedding Dress | Marchesa
Wedding Shoes | Valentino
Florist | Flower Allie
Hair and Makeup | Angie Hair and Makeup
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! 😉