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! 😉
Linda + Peter are self-proclaimed nerds but really, they’re just two goofy smarty pants! They met during undergrad years at UCLA and their love story is pretty much how all love stories go: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl already has a boyfriend…oopssss!!! They maintained a platonic relationship for years while Peter secretly harbored his crush. When Linda was single and ready to mingle again, Peter was sure luck was finally on his side. But nope, Linda had other ideas and wasn’t ready to be tied down to another relationship quite yet. Frustrated but not one to give up easily, Peter kept his eyes on the prize and after giving him the runarounds for another year, Linda finally surrendered her heart to him. Awwwwwwww. On one of their first dates, they went to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth…and so of course they ought to live happily ever after.
I’ve known Linda for years now and I swear we’re kindred spirits because: 1) she loves lists and schedules 2) she imposes self-banned in order to get stuff done (hello…I went 2 years without watching TV while in grad school) 3) she loves food. While we were driving around San Juan Capistrano looking for a scenic photo spot, we decided that we were hungry and ended up spending the next hour pigging out…before ever snapping a single picture! Future clients, please take note haha jk! 😉
Linda + Peter, we are so lucky to call you friends, and we are honored that you have complete trust in us to capture your special day. Now, let’s start counting down to May 23, 2015!!!