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family beach portraits

 

Summers were made for splashing around.  When Mimi contacted me about shooting her family and mentioned that she wanted just easy breezy photos, I knew we were in for a great shoot.  I wanted to capture their story and show how they have fun together.  You can also see this session featured on 100 Layer Cakelet!

Fun fact: this is the tallest operating lighthouse on the west coast.

   

Elegant Parisian Wedding | Westgate Hotel | Amorology

Take a seat because this wedding is filled to the brim with some of the most beautiful details and decor.  (Published in the recent issue of Exquisite Weddings!)  Susan and Jade had an elegant wedding at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego,  California. Jade said, “After pure serendipity and 10 years in love with my best friend, I finally married my high school sweetheart. With the help of our amazing wedding designer, planner, and coordinators from Amorology Weddings, we had a Marie Antoinette-themed wedding, accented with whimsical flowers, busts, books, vintage china, and of course, plenty of cake. Supported by the most amazing bundle of friends and family as our bridal party, we had a magical day in so many respects, with fun-filled surprises throughout.”

“In the moments leading up to our American ceremony, we were both so anxious and excited to finally join hands at the altar we had been dreaming of for so long. Susan stuck with the tradition and was able to hide all details of the wedding dress from me, so the moment I saw her in her beautiful flowing champagne dress was truly unrehearsed and breathtaking. The reality of being on the brink of marrying the love of my life made it difficult to remember the words that were exchanged, but the feelings of overwhelming joy will never depart our hearts and minds. Through our vows, we were able to share so much of our history and love story with the world. Our Maid of Honor and Best Man also honored us by conducting the ‘tying of the knot.’ We sealed our personal letters to one another (to be read on our anniversary) and retired our high school promise rings into a time capsule box.”

“After our American wedding ceremony, we then immediately switched into our ethnic/traditional wear made of French and Indian silk and handmade flower garlands for our Thai/Laotian water ceremony. As a symbol of their blessings for our marriage, each guest was invited to pour water from a ceremonial conch onto our hands as they spoke their blessings and wishes of our marriage/love. While staying true to the traditional ethnic ceremony, we incorporated our own unique styles and personal touches as well by adopting a backdrop custom made by Amorology that highlighted the text, “You make my heart flutter.” Our ethnic wedding also featured gifts from Thailand, tagged with our caricatures custom-designed by a professional artist from Thailand – my cousin, Paikaeo!”

“Our reception began with what we remember as a purely magical and fairytale-like moment – our first dance. Atop a custom-designed vinyl wrapped dance floor with the statement, “May I Have This Dance?,” we felt like we were on Cloud 9 and in a world of our own as we danced to “A Thousand Years” – an unexpected, yet truly fitting song given our story. We learned afterwards that our wedding party swayed and sang along with the music as well to further punctuate the enchanted moment. After a round of heartfelt speeches from our Best Man and Maid of Honor, I toasted to my wife and took down my first ever alcoholic beverage – what more fitting than the glass of champagne to honor my life partner?”

The amazing team:

Coordination: Amorology Weddings
Ceremony and Reception: The Westgate Hotel
Florals: Blush Botanicals
Catering: The Westgate Hotel
DJ: Riamu Entertainment
Gown: Kenneth Pool
Shoes: Valentino
Cake: Hey There, Cupcake!
Paper Elements: Brightly Designed
Hair, Makeup, and Styling: Kelly Zhang

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