Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

{ ann + alex | backyard wedding }

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

You may remember Ann & Alex from their EPIC engagement session at their home in LA. I knew their sweet backyard wedding would be equally warm & intimate, filled with personal touches and oodles of handmade details. These kinds of weddings make my heart so happy – the kinds that are focused truly on the love, the kinds that feel like home. Ceremony music played by talented friends, albums filled with rich film photos from their travels, her mother’s lace bolero… and the cake! In the months up to the wedding, Alex had been practicing his way up to building a 4-tier cake and it came out to be absolutely perfect (and delicious).

It was drizzly all morning but you seriously could never guess from the calm, cheerful demeanor both Ann & Alex carried with them, and of course, as it always always does, the skies cleared just in time for the beautiful ceremony. Special thanks to Amanda Rae for shooting with me!

A cake topper in honor of their joint publication

{ mai + nick | strawberry farms wedding }

Monday, November 1st, 2010

strawberry farms wedding

I first met Mai over the sweetest email.. she wrote that she had been following my blog for awhile and as it would soon be her turn to tie the knot, she was excited to chat about wedding photography. She also wrote how she had recently started a floral business, Bunch Studio, and upon first glance at her website I was speechless. She created some of the most lush & creative designs I had ever seen, especially for someone who was only months (MONTHS!) into ever picking up a flower to arrange.

As the year before her wedding unfolded, I hung out with Mai (and Nick!) at various events & through mutual friends, we worked together on shoots and weddings, and by the time their own wedding (at the beautiful Strawberry Farms) came around, I felt I was definitely shooting the wedding of not clients, but dear friends. Which makes writing this entry almost more difficult.. because how to even describe such a day? A wedding where the bride is one of the most talented floral designers I’ve ever met? A ceremony arch of air plants; homegrown, picked, and potted succulents as favors; bouquets {each one unique!} that Mai handcrafted herself; every rustic & organic detail infused with Mai & Nick and their story..

But even moreso, how to describe the beautiful intangible side of things? A ceremony, officiated by a friend {my favorite type!}, that brought everyone present to tears, music & dance performances by friends at the reception, all the fathers/daughters & mothers/sons being invited out to dance during those respective moments & seeing all the various generations.. And a love between Mai and Nick that is all the right things – warm, silly, confident, and filled with that undeniable feeling of “home”.

A million thank yous to Mai & Nick for giving me the opportunity to document all of this!

This wedding is featured on one of my most favorite wedding blogs today… Green Wedding Shoes! Thank you Jen for the feature! Be sure to head over to GWS to see the post and a lovely description of the details of the wedding by Mai herself!

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strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

My favorite kinds of bouquets – whimsical, eclectic, and filled with unique not-your-typical-floral finds…

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strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

Nick asked all his groomsmen to grow out their mustaches for the wedding… love it!!

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding photo

strawberry farms wedding

A shave ice truck was on hand providing endless refreshment, such a genius (and delicious) idea!

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

The most perfect photobooth setup…

strawberry farms wedding

And the cake! Laurie of I Believe It’s Cake! is a true artist and quite possibly outdid herself on this one… so elegant and beautiful…

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

strawberry farms wedding

Venue, Catering, Coordination: Strawberry Farms
Florals: Bunch Studio & Floral Elements
Cake: I Believe Its Cake
Shave Ice Truck: Tropical Shave Ice
DJ & MC: Playtime Attractions, Andy & Daphne Felicitas

{ Jasmin + Huy | Greystone Mansion Wedding }

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Jasmin & Huy booked me for their July wedding through email, and though we hadn’t met at the time, I had an inkling that they would be amazing to work with. My Jasmin-and-Huy-must-be-awesome theory was supported by the fact that:

(a) they live in Portland, one of my favorite hip/lovely/artsy cities,
(b) they were getting married at the historic Greystone Mansion, &
(c) we were hooked up by planner extraordinaire Uyen of Sassy Girl Weddings.

When we finally did meet over coffee on one of their visits to LA, I was so excited to see my theory proven wildly true – they were all kinds of warm, laidback & fun and their wedding plans, which they shared with me excitedly, sounded phenomenal.

And how perfect it all was! The day was intimate and filled to the brim with love – shared between Jasmin & Huy, and between all the guests there celebrating… an intermingling, blending of families, hugs-all-around type of love. The wedding had a simple vintage French theme that fit in perfectly with the venue, with bright summery accents of color. Love that the bridesmaids all wore different dresses & shoes.. added so much brightness to every photo! And while we’re on the topic of dresses, is Jasmin’s not the most wonderful whimsical beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped completely to the floor when I waltzed in that morning and saw it hanging all flowy & ethereal-like by the window.

But on with the photos – enjoy this peek into their day!

I generally take an inordinate number of shoe shots, but I may have gone especially overboard in this case… so dreamy!

I always love first looks, and this one was one of the most sweet & tender ones I’ve witnessed…

I love this moment.. before Jasmin had been handed her bouquet we snapped just a few and on cue, they all held hands. So sweet!

After wedding party portraits, Jasmin waited in the shade for the ceremony to begin & I couldn’t resist snapping a few (bajillion) shots… love the pastel tones in these!

A quick hairstyle change {complete with the perfect pink rose} before the reception…

And the details! Lush & elegant arrangements, gold vases, a dainty cake topper…

Jasmin & Huy’s perfectly choreographed first dance was amazing! They spun & trotted all the way around the fountain…

And if that wasn’t enough, Huy’s nephew followed it up with a fantastic rendition of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister”. He knew ALL THE WORDS!