Marika + Trinh // Wedding Highlights

1 year ago, Trinh found me through Yelp and asked about our services for his wedding at Soka University. I was thinking, this place must be far because I’ve never heard of it. Little did I know, this little gem has been in Aliso Viejo since 2001! This whole campus rests on top a hill with just 2 entrances to get it making it feel like a castle. It’s surrounded by the gorgeous landscape of Aliso Viejo hills and the inside is even better. The architecture was designed in a style resembling an Italian hillside village in Tuscany. If you haven’t already, check out this campus as I’ve read is being noted for the top three in terms of first year student happiness in the US as measured by retention rates.

We started the day at a local Renaissance Club Sport where they both got ready. It was great, Trinh wanted to capture them at the gym there before the formal attire. We then headed to Soka University for the first look, ceremony, and reception. Again, such a beautiful campus, I was so happy I was permitted drone usage to capture the scene. With so many great shots to choose from, it was difficult to piece this edit together. Marika and Trinh was great to work with, from our talks about cars, to our talks about the shots we were doing, they were both so engaging to do so. As always, we had such great vendors to work with making this day a success! Check out their highlights edit below.

Coordination: Maria Tran @ Top Event PLanner
Venue: Soka University, Aliso Viejo CA
Light: Raul @ Impulse Lighting
DJ/MC: Dean & Samantha @ DJ Droc2pus
Photography: Nicole @ Lin & Jirsa
Make-Up/Hair: Genna Khein Make Up/Hair
Cake: Ellen @ Susie Cakes
Music: Licensed by SongFreedom

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Cindy + Mike // Director’s Cut

It’s almost Thanksgiving and wedding season is coming to an end. I just have one more wedding in December and hopefully its going to be a long chilly season to keep my computers cool while I edit. I’m already loving this weather and my workstation couldn’t be happier! I was able to push this fresh edit today and I’m happy to share it with you all. Congratulations again Cindy and Mike!

If you haven’t already, check out their original post and Same-Day Edit by Clicking Here

Coordination: Michelle @ Aquafuzion
Preparation/Ceremony/Reception: Hyatt Orange County, CA
Light: Jack @ TMMPRO
DJ/MC: Eugene @ ZunoPro DJ/MC
Photography: Erich Chen Photography
Make-Up/Hair: Meiko @ Kelly Zhang

Tony Anderson – “Eyes Wide Open” Licensed by Music Bed
Secret Nation – “Tonight” Licensed by Music Bed
Marie Hines – “My Love Will Never Fail You” Licensed by Music Bed

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Louise + Huy // Same-Day Edit

We got to capture this lovely couple’s wedding yesterday at the Almansour Court in Alhambra. We started the day with Huy picking up Louise in a Tesla Model X! Gotta love those falcon wing doors! Next we headed over to Huy’s place for a Tea Ceremony and some lunch. They had their ceremony at the Almansour court with a dove release that we caught in slow motion! I had a drone in the air hoping I could capture an aerial shot but they flew in a completely different direction =(. They finished the day at Capital Seafood. Cindy (the coordinator) did a great job putting everything together and making the day a success. All of the vendors were great to work with. Although it was a 13 hour day, it felt very calm and relaxed. I was even able to lead the day while editing AND I was able to finish the edit 45 minutes earlier than expected! It was so enlightening to capture Louise and Huy. During their couple session, I felt we caught a genuine glimpse of their affection at 3:39. That’s my favorite shot! Anyway, check out their Same-Day Edit!

Ceremony: Almansour Court, Alhambra, CA
Reception: Capital Seafood, Monterey Park CA
Coordinator: Cindy Wu @ A Touch of Flavender
Photographer: Kevin Dinh @ Kevin Dinh Photography
Makeup/Hair: Monica Duldulao
Linens: Stephanie’s Linens
Lighting: Terry Ling @ InLightLighting
Photobooth: Photostache Photobooth

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Eve + Albert // Highlights

Happy Halloween! I’ve got a “Treat” for you today! What a perfect day captured last month in September! Perfect couple, perfect day, perfect venue, perfect vendors, perfect team! So it was even more appropriate to use The Red Velvet’s song “Perfect 10″. This cute couple found me through one of their guests who also is a wedding coordinator, thanks Jenn! After our initial meeting last year, I was hoping they would hire me and when they did, my team and I was so happy. We’ve never shot a wedding at the Fess Parker in Santa Barbara. If you haven’t already checked this place out, you SHOULD! This place is amazing and its right next to the beach! (As you can see in the drone shots). The weather was perfect too! I just kept thinking, I want to come back here and hang out.

Eve + Albert was great to work with, along with their dog, Pokey! They even strapped a gopro on his back when he went down the ceremony! I really wanted to use that footage but it was just too shaky. Someone should invent a stabilizer that attaches on the dog mount! There was so many great shots to choose from making this edit enjoyable and also challenging. My team was actually at their location the day before for a tea ceremony but we will save that for their Director’s Cut. Anyway, please check out their edit and if you’d like to follow their story, subscribe and check back soon!

Coordinator: Giseli Spera @ Immaginare Events
Venue: Fess Parker DoubleTree, Santa Barbara CA
Photographer: Whitney Turner Photography

Red Velvet – “Perfect 10″ Licensed by SongFreedom

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Dung + Dennis // Director’s Cut

It’s finally Fall/Autumn and I couldn’t be happier! Although the heat is still lingering around, it’s not stopping us from producing amazing edits. What an amazing day and couple! If you haven’t already, check out their original post and Highlight Edit by Clicking Here

Coordinator: Alicia Strom @ Before I Do, Events
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden, CA
Officiant: Craig Knudsen @ Craigdoesweddings
Make Up: Valerie Von Prisk
Hair: Jillian Rae Wedding Hair
Florist: Ashley Tatum @ AE Floral & Design
Lion Dance: Lion Dance @ Three Treasures
DJ/MC: Endless Entertainment
Lighting: Abbe Fagegren @ Bright Ideas Lighting
Cake: Manny @ Edelweiss Bakery
Catering: Christie Gowdy @ Coast Catering
Photobooth: Jenny & Aaron @ Mr. PhotoBox

JJ Heller – “Meant to Be” Licensed by Music Bed
Graham Colton – “Life’s What You Make It” Licensed by Music Bed
The Icarus Account – “Too Young For This Love” Licensed by Music Bed

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