Aurora + Victor // Wedding Highlights

When I first heard they were going to do their portrait/film session at “Descanso Gardens”, it didn’t sound familiar. It wasn’t until I pulled up to the parking lot when I realized I’ve been here before! I shot an engagement here a couple years ago! This place is gigantic and filled with lots of sites for great shots! There’s so many places to capture great shots without worrying about people traffic. With all the great areas here, the permit price to shoot makes it worth it.

We wrapped up the day with the ceremony and reception at the country club! With lots of space on the top of a hill, it marked a perfect spot to fly my drone! Although the venue itself had multiple levels with steep hills, we had the convenience of golf carts to take us (and our equipment) up and down =)
The venue and all the vendors today were so great to work with.

The hardest part of making this highlights edit: too many great shots to choose from! I felt like the shots themselves were having a competition on who gets to make the cut! Anyway, check out which shots made it to the finish line in this week’s Wedding Highlights featuring the beautiful couple, Aurora and Victor!

Venue: La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Session Site: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Photography: Jenny Thai Photography, San Diego, CA
Music: Licensed by Song Freedom

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Josephine + Jason // SDE

Another great wedding day at the Beautiful Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano! Jason and Josephine were so much fun to work with, including Chloe! We had such an amazing event with great vendors making this day such a success! We started the day at their humble abode in Irvine, then we spent the majority of the day at their wedding venue, the Serra Plaza. At first, I told the couple, I’ve never been here but once I got on site, everything looked familiar! (I got to start keeping track of the venues I’ve been to, I know). So we instantly knew where to shoot the best shots. I even got a chance to fly my drone!

Despite the hot weather, our couple and team were great sports to do whatever we got to do to get “the shot” at the Mission. After sundown, the heat went away and the venue lit up. It was beautiful! I love the ambience and lighting. The couple did a great job setting the mood here at this venue. One of my favorite vendors was the live violinist playing music throughout the wedding AND the reception dance floor!

Anyway, check out their SDE! and Reactions!


Coordinator: Cindy Wu @ A Touch of Lavender
Venue: Serra Plaza, San Juan Capistrano CA
Make Up/Hair: Vivian Tran Make Up/Hair
Violinist: Yennie Lam
Officiant: Mack harris
Harpist: Hee Jin Yoon
Caterer: Seafood World
DJ/MC: Let’s make a Memory
Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Music: Licensed by Song Freedom

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Mei + Nick // Director’s Cut

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It has been nearly 4 years since the last time I got to shoot here at the Old Ranch Country Club. Such an amazing space with lots of options for photo session. I was even granted permission to fly my drone! As big as the area was, I still didn’t want to disrupt the golfers…

Today’s wedding was all in the same site! SOOO convenient! To top it off, we got to work with an amazing photographer, Chris Tran! Although it was our first time working together, we clicked so well like childhood friends (at least I felt that way). Getting in tune with the photographer just makes the day flow so much smoother. In addition, Mei and Nick was fun to work with. I’ve actually known Nick since High School, so when I heard he was getting hitched, I was secretly hoping he’d contact me. We have a lot of shared interest like cars and fitness, but that wedding day, his interest was solely on Mei. Such a beautiful bride and dress!

We ended the day with Carmela Ice Cream! Yes, that’s right! It was amazing and there was a never-ending line for it too! In fact it was so popular, we had to close the station so that guests would return to their seats and not miss the events! Anyway, the day turned out amazing as you can see with the edit!

Congratulations Mei and Nick!

Venue: Old Ranch Country Club, Seal Beach CA
Photography: Christopher Tran Photography
Florist: Gloria Smith @ East West Florist
Ice Cream: Carmela Ice Cream
Cake: Great Dane Baking Company
Uplighting: Terry @ In Light Lighting
Music: Licensed by Music Bed
Music: Licensed by Song Freedom

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Christina + Matthew // SDE

So this wedding in particular is a huge milestone for me because this AMAZING wedding I got to capture today was my 100th wedding!! I can’t believe we have come this far and it all wouldn’t have been possible with out my talented team here.

Christina and Matthew’s wedding had a elegant rustic style to it. I’ve actually known Matthew since 2006 ~ at my Alma Mater. I met him in a Pharmaceutical Club called “Pills”. Since then, I haven’t heard from him since last year when I was contacted for their wedding day. And I must say that Christina is an expert crafter! She nearly made all of the props at her wedding. Including this amazing wall of flowers made of paper! There were TWO of these!! Everyone was taking non-stop photos of selfless with it.

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Although it was nearly a 15 hour day, it was exciting all throughout! We started the day at the Wyndham for wedding prep and first look, and followed by a tea ceremony at Christina’s house. We headed over to St. Boniface Church for the ceremony (super beautiful and spacious church) and afterwards we got to capture their couple session at the Crystal Cathedral (Christ Cathedral). I love this place! So many places to shoot without restriction. I can’t wait until the main glass hall opens up. We finished the day at Wyndham Anaheim. This venue now ranks one of my top venues! Or maybe it’s because of the way it was designed by the couple?

All the vendors were so great to work with. We got to show the SDE an hour earlier than anticipated. So right when the photo montage played, the SDE followed and then a SURPRISE performance from a singer from little saigon… and then, Matthew stood up, got his Guitar and played/sang a written song for Christina. There was so many events throughout the day that it was difficult to pick and choose what parts would make it to the edit. Anyway, enjoy!

by the way, Happy Father’s Day everyone!


Check out our their Director’s Cut!

Preparation + Reception: Wyndham, Garden Grove CA
Church: St Boniface Catholic Church, Anaheim CA
DJ/MC: Dzien Nguyen @ DJZ Productions
Photography: Joe Szeto Photography
Make-Up/Hair: Vincent Tran
Florist: Kim Chi Flowers
Photobooth: Drunken Pixel Photobooth
Cake: Queenie @ Final Touch Bakery
Catering: Furiawa Restaurant

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