You know how SoCal has one of the most mild weather year-round right? Well, for the last 4 photoshoots, the weather god has not been on my side! We were constantly threatened by wind and rain and dark scary clouds but thankfully we pulled through anyway. It’s been raining a lot lately so my weather app is being put to good use, with me checking every few hours whenever I have a shoot scheduled. My hubby is becoming an expert at watching dark clouds and making comments like “oh, that’s a small patch of clouds and it’s heading this way but the rain should pass in 15 minutes.” Haha! Although the forecast was nice and sunny all week long, the day before Tuyet & Thuan’s photoshoot, chance of rain suddenly became very high. We decided to move the photoshoot to early morning, and poor Tuyet had to wake up at 3am (gasp!) to get her makeup done. And guess what, there was zero rain that day…zilch…nada. Urghh seriously?!? But thank you Tuyet and Thuan for being so sweet and accommodating and up for anything. Doesn’t Tuyet look so lovely in this Nha Khanh dress?
Special thanks to Duy Ly for doing Tuyet’s hair and makeup and Better Choice Flower for her bouquet. Congratulations Tuyet & Thuan and we look forward to seeing you exchanging vows this summer!
I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last blog post! 2015 has been great on all fronts except for the annoying and stubborn colds that have kept me bedridden for days on end. I am almost fully recovered and can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. Lots and lots of photoshoots coming up for your viewing pleasure. 😉
This engagement session was supposed to take place at Malibu beach but we woke up that morning with wind speed at approximately 20mph. We quickly brainstormed for alternate locations and ended up spending the afternoon in beautiful Palos Verdes. Anashe & Ryan were such troopers with the last minute changes and said they were up for anything. Couldn’t have asked for a more easygoing (and good looking) couple! During our first 10 minutes of shooting, Anashe kept apologizing because she couldn’t stop giggling. Are you kidding me, I adore a bride who giggles! The photo below is from one of the very first takes.
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! 😉