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trash the dress | irene + jerome


For those who are married, you know how fast the day comes and go.  And like Jonathan did to me before our wedding, he broke down my dress’s hourly rate, which made me really want to do something with it again.  Irene and Jerome understood this well and booked a day after session/trash the dress before their wedding.  Upon their return from their honeymoon, they got all dressed up again and we spent an afternoon romping around!


It was the perfect fall afternoon here in LA.  Since photography, I notice so much more of my surroundings now, like this leaves-covered floor!




Next is one of my favorite shots!  I actually have a canvas of this hanging above my door in my office.  Every time I leave the office, I look up and laugh.




And a stream that isn’t dry!  It was actually a really cold afternoon, so we were all careful not to fall in!




Aren’t they just so sweet?  I love day-after sessions because they’re freshly newly weds.  I love those moments where they realize “you’re my wife (or husband)!  Whoa, weird to use that word.”  Weird in a totally good way of course, but I love the giddiness that usually comes after the realization.






Congrats you two!  Keep adoring each other like you do!  Keep on giggling and having fun together!

Alice Hu - February 11, 2010 - 12:35 pm

This is stunning Caroline!

Briony - February 11, 2010 - 1:07 pm

i have yet to do a trash the dress session, i can’t wait for the opportunity. these are beautiful!

Stephanie Stewart - February 11, 2010 - 1:26 pm

Oh, I adore all of these! They are so beautiful – the couple, the images, the locations, just so perfect! Love that last one with the couple running toward each other, amazing!

jenny - February 11, 2010 - 5:02 pm

haha silly me, I saw that canvas in your office, and now seeing this post, I just realize I met jerome something like 6 years ago 😛 I was looking at the photo, and thinking to myself, that looks like jerome…. teehee

karleen - February 11, 2010 - 6:05 pm

wow- just a stunning set! really love those leaves and those trees – esp that pair of trees! so romantic!

Kayla - February 11, 2010 - 7:02 pm

These are SO pretty! I love them!

Nathan Ciurzynski - February 12, 2010 - 8:21 am

Great set! Love the last one especially.

Camilla Photography - February 12, 2010 - 1:54 pm

Loving those big beautiful trees. Great job!

Tabitha McCausland - February 15, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Super LOVE it!

Esther Kim (My Bride Story) - February 15, 2010 - 9:26 pm

Hi Caroline! these image are stunning! gorgeous couple & beautiful background! LOVE LOVE these images~ great job!!!

Virginia Vo - February 26, 2010 - 10:03 am

I LOVE this shoot! The location, couple and images are just STUNNING!

Linda Vuong - February 27, 2010 - 2:26 pm

I love love the last running shot!

lizet - March 9, 2010 - 11:55 am

beautifull photo’s!! that last photo is so cool put together, love it!


los angeles wedding photography | julie + will

Just a quick update.  Things have been super busy here, so I apologize if you emailed me and haven’t heard back yet.  I just got back from SF and catching up on emails.  I met up with two former students while in SF!  They’re going to college now and came out to hang out for half the day.  It’s so weird to see how much they’ve grown and matured since.  Another great news is that Jen & I received A LOT of entries to our love shoot contest.  We’re still going through them and planning to make an announcement next week.  Stay tuned!


Today, I wanted to share Julie and Will’s cute intimate wedding.  Family and friends flew in from all over the world to celebrate with them.  Will’s brother came from Australia and rented out a cute little house for them to get ready at.






I love that photo above of Julie with her grandma!


And I also love the above photo of Julie with her mom.  Isn’t her mom just the cutest?  Love her outfit!  Susie Chhuor is the one behind the perfect makeup & hair!  It’s always great to work with her.


My favorite flower is now again dahlias.  When I first researched flowers for our wedding, I fell in love with dahlias, but somehow through the process, I forgot about them. When I saw Julie’s flowers, I jumped with glee.  They’re so colorful & happy!  I just love everything about their flowers, especially this bouquet and their centerpieces!  The genius behind the flowers is the brilliant Clover of Dandelion Ranch.


And then the anticipation before the ceremony begins…




After a touching ceremony, they’re officially husband and wife!  Yippee!  You can see how happy everyone is for them.  Love these huge group shots!


Then we headed to Campanile for the reception.  It was an intimate affair with the most darling flowers.


I want my house full of dahlias!



Guests always have such a blast with Polaroid guest books.




Their cake was adorable too!  It was baked in house and decorated by Clover of Dandelion Ranch.




Congrats to you both!  It was a beautiful day full of laughter and tears of joy!

Jessebel - February 9, 2010 - 12:12 pm

This wedding has seriously brighten my day. Beautiful!

This Lovely City - February 9, 2010 - 10:08 pm

What a sweet wedding! You can just feel the love. The cottage they got ready at looks so cute! xo

KIM+PHIL - February 10, 2010 - 1:09 am

It was a really fun wedding and you captured it so beautifully! (You made our Mamiya look awesome).

Stephanie - February 10, 2010 - 4:30 pm

I first saw your photographs yesterday on Brenda’s Wedding Blog, and I thought they were beautiful. Then I came over here today, and I love everything! Thanks for the inspiration!

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level up

Thank you to the 300+ people who came out last night to our open house party!  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Thank you for all the continued support.  I had such an amazing time hanging out with old friends and meeting new friends!  I really don’t even know where to begin to express my gratitude.  There were 100+ more attendees than we expected, so there weren’t enough swag bags to go around.  For the lucky few who did get our bag of goodies, you should have received a calendar I made, shown below.   I printed extra cards, but had ran out of cases.  Since I have extra cards, I will be ordering more cases and would like to offer them for sale.  Profits will go to the American Red Cross.  The calendar starts in Feb 2010 and goes to Jan 2011.  First come, first serve, so get them while you can.


Just click on the above “add to cart” and it’ll take you a paypal page where you can check out. Make sure to give me your mailing address!

And now on with some photos from our open house party.  I didn’t take much though.  I had the camera for maybe 15 minutes, but wanted to talk to all the fabulous people who came instead.  Jonathan ended up taking the camera away from me and I just enjoyed everyone’s company.


For those who don’t know what this event was all about, there are 7 event professionals in my building.  We all joined forces to host a collaborative open house party – all three floors were open to our guests.  I welcome you to the open house of:


The amazing decor & flowers were done by Euri & Kendra of Fleuretica.  I love their welcome sign and the LOVE sign!  Major thanks to Jack from The Music Man Productions for the awesome lighting!  And I’m sure you’re tired of seeing my frame wall my now, but here it is again.


I LOVE these adorable arrangements by Fleuretica!   I want them permanently in my office!


This next photo is a wall that I don’t show very much of.  It’s our TV cabinet.  The decor above was set up by Tracy from The Flower Tray, with fresh flowers added by Fleuretica.  I LOVE the flowers in the coffee can by Fleuretica.  Euri was kind enough to let me rummage through their van for extra flowers and I put together the arrangements in the milk glass!  Not as fancy as theirs, but I had a lot of fun doing it!


And here is our desk area:


I was hoping to get a photo of the space empty, but it never was empty.  I loved what a full house it was!  I also love the new canvas I put up in the office.


A lot of people commented how they hadn’t seen that photo on my blog yet.  Well, I just haven’t blogged that wedding yet.  🙂  I loved the photo so much that I made a canvas of it before I even finished editing the wedding.  lol.  So in case you wanted a better view of the photo, here it is:


It’s one of my favorite wedding photos.


We also had THE BEST macaroons by Joie Pastisserie!  The caramel & sea salt one was AMAZING!!  I took a bunch home and had them for dinner & breakfast today!


We also had super cute & yummy pastries by Lotus Culinary Creations.



I loved how Fleuretica hung the mason jars along the brick wall.


DJ and MC was by the fabulous Eugene from Zuno Productions.  And the endless flow of alcohol & food was by the ever so awesome Huntington Catering.


And finally, the fantastic team of Sky Box Event Productions who kept the party flowing seamlessly!


We really wanted our goodie bags to be filled with great swag, so here are some of the items that were given out:


HUGE thanks to all the people who helped us put this event together:

Ceremony Magazine:  Thank you for sending each of our guest home with a copy of your beautiful magazine and for coming all the way from San Diego to represent!

Huntington Catering:  Thank you for the wonderful food & service!  I wish I got to eat more than 2 bites!

The Music Man Productions:  Thank you for providing the beautiful lighting and for setting up the generator!

Zuno Productions: Thank you for being awesome DJs & MC!

Joie Patisserie:  Thank you for the heavenly Macaroons!

Lotus Culinary Creations:  Thank you for the awesome pasteries!

Sweet Addiction:  Thank you for our lovely cake and the cute minis!

Cakes by the Pound:  Thank you for that awesome strawberry cake!

Instabooths:  Thank you for the photo booth fun!

Sabrina’s Sweetery:  Thank you for the delicious chocolate & lemon cookies!

And lastly, I leave you with this cool video highlight sent to us by Charles Lauren Films.  It was such a great surprise to find in my inbox this morning!  What great turn around time!  Hope you all had a blast at the event too!

Level Up in Pasadena from Charles Lauren Films on Vimeo.

Marissa Rodriguez - February 3, 2010 - 4:33 pm

This is awesome!!! Congratulations! And your work is AMAZING!!!

Jen@GreenWeddingShoes - February 3, 2010 - 5:24 pm

It looked like such a great time! Wish I could have made it out. Congrats on your new amazing space – and now I am craving a macaroon! 🙂

girlrobot - February 3, 2010 - 6:08 pm

i really wish i could have made it to this event…but too far from me for a weekday 🙁 it looks like it was a lot of fun and so beautifully decorated! that welcome sign is awesome…how do you even do that??

marydougherty - February 3, 2010 - 7:13 pm

wow it looks like a huge hit + is inspiring! congrats

prisilia - February 3, 2010 - 7:53 pm

everything looks so great, caroline! was this opened for the public? wish we could’ve seen it! 🙂

Pam Gidwani - February 3, 2010 - 8:27 pm

Oh man, I love those vases! Congrats, it looks amazing!

sandra pan - February 3, 2010 - 10:52 pm

wow, i missed a scrumptious looking party!! congrats, caroline!!

jenny - February 4, 2010 - 12:49 am

It was a great party Caroline !! Thanks for having me !

Pamela - February 4, 2010 - 1:33 am

Everything looked so wonderful, Caroline! Congratulations!! You truly deserve all this good fortune! <3 muah!

Connie Sithi - February 4, 2010 - 10:47 am

Wow, this is awesome! Your office is too cute. I live in nor Cal and wanted to go so bad but couldn’t, so I sent my girlfriend and told her to have a blast! haha She met you and said she couldn’t talk bc she was so excited. We love love LOVE your work, Caroline!

Trude - February 4, 2010 - 11:14 am

Congrats on having such a great turnout! Still super jealous of that amazing space, but I suppose you’ve earned it. 😉 And that “love” sign is gorgeous!!

lydia - February 4, 2010 - 3:19 pm

thanks for the open house! your office is way too cute! i would just come to hang out there all day long.

and thank you SO much for the calendar! i love it!

Cindy - February 5, 2010 - 10:39 am

This is beyond awesome! Your studio is wow, amazing and the party turned out so great! Congrats Caroline! You are so truly talented and I feel blessed to have met you!

This Lovely City - February 5, 2010 - 12:58 pm

Caroline! Your office is officially my new inspiration for what I want to do with our condo. It’s stunning! The event was amazing + it was a pleasure meeting you! Thanks again for hosting.. and for that adorable calendar which I LOVE! xo


ceremony 2010


I am so excited to see my work in print for the first time!  When I first wanted to pursue photography (or anything creative for that matter), my parents just couldn’t understand.  As I juggled photography with teaching, my parents often said, “It’s nice that you like photography, but don’t let it affect your real job.”   When I quit teaching, they said, “You’re just taking a break, right?  You can go back?”  Of course I always just smile and nodded.  With my limited Chinese and their limited English, it’s hard to really talk about things.  It’s hard to express how happy and fulfilled I feel every time I capture the memories and tell the stories of my amazing clients.  When I received a preview of the new Ceremony Magazine a few weeks ago, I bookmarked all the pages I was on and gave my dad a copy.  My dad has always been a reserved man with his emotions and thoughts, so all I got was a slight smile and a nod from him.  From that simple gesture, I know he is proud.


I love that full page spread of Pamela from their engagement portraits!  Pamela, if you’re reading this, congrats!  Email me and I’ll send you a copy!


I had to get Jonathan to take a quick photo of me in our driveway the day before my profile picture was due.  And I love the engagement photo they chose for Ngoc’s article about planning her own wedding.  She’s the owner of Sky Box Event Productions.


Above is the table top shoot I did for Rolling Hills Flower Mart.


Congrats to Betty & Brandon and Pamela & Scott on having their engagement photos featured!


Also congrats to Kristin & Eric for having their wedding featured!


And last but not least, congrats to Angela & Charles for their 3 page feature!!

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Brian Khang - February 1, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Congrats Caroline! Believe it or not, I was in the same boat as you with my parents, so I understand. I’m sure they are proud of you and now they know that our job isn’t just a hobby! 🙂

Jen Arthur - February 1, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Good for you! Congratulations. I’m sure your parents are very proud : )

Lily - February 1, 2010 - 12:16 pm

This looks amazing! Congrats!

Piejie - February 1, 2010 - 12:18 pm

sooo gorgeous:0 you deserve it!

jenny - February 1, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Congrats Caroline!! It’s awesome to see your photos on ceremony magazine!

Susan - February 1, 2010 - 12:43 pm

As your readers and fans, we are proud of you too!

serena - February 1, 2010 - 12:43 pm

that is so awesome, caroline! congrats!!

Alexander Mo - February 1, 2010 - 12:47 pm

Congrats! You seem to be getting published a lot these days. My dad would kill me if I’m anything besides a medical doctor. I’m sure you understand 100%. Even if I become an Optometrist, I would still be a failure to them. Whatever. It is my life, not theirs. Congrats again, and I hope to be published someday, too. alex

nancy {so happi together} - February 1, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Wow! truly deserved – your work is amazing and I can’t wait to work with you someday soon. Congratulations! The spreads are beautiful – a true reflection of your talents!

Nicole Fields - February 1, 2010 - 2:10 pm

congrats on the publication! looks beautiful!

Therese Dozier - February 1, 2010 - 2:32 pm

OH MY!! Even the pics of the pics rock!! You are awesome Caroline, Congrats!

Nhu (Lumiani) - February 1, 2010 - 5:10 pm

CONGRATS!!! So, very excited for you! You make SOOOO (me included) many people happy with your presence and ability to capture beauty, love, smiles, laughter, friendship … list goes on. You’re special. Enjoy every moment!!

Andreanna - February 1, 2010 - 10:41 pm

Huge congrats to you Caroline! What you’ve done with your work is amazing and inspiring 🙂 Much love!!!

Pamela - February 2, 2010 - 3:19 am

OMG! Caroline!!
My friend had facebook’d me lastnight telling me she saw me in a Bridal Magazine, and I was like… “???” Caroline must have gotten published!!

I really cant tell you how happy I am for you!! You truly deserve it!!! Hooray hooray! <3
Again, I cant tell you how thankful I am for the engagement photos you took of Scott and I. We display them all over our apartment and talk about you all the time 🙂 Lots of love to you!!! And conrats again!

Ili - February 2, 2010 - 3:26 am

Congratulations, Caroline! Truly well deserved. You produce such beautiful and inspiring artwork. I’m sure this is the first of many to come 🙂

Van H. - February 2, 2010 - 7:20 am

Congrats!!! I’m excited for you too

Jennifer Petrini - February 2, 2010 - 12:30 pm

Caroline…Your work is incredible and speaks for itself! We are so honored to have you in Ceremony! I wish I could be there for you open house tonight!!! FYI – I can also send you PDF pages from the magazine for your use 🙂

Carolyn Egerszegi - February 2, 2010 - 6:21 pm

Gorgeous work Caroline… all of it! Congratulations. The publication of your delicious work is well deserved. I especially LOVED the engagement session of Betty and Brandon. Still one of my all-time favourites. Huge Congrats!!

jomygoodness - February 2, 2010 - 10:35 pm

isn’t the magazine amazing? your photos are beautiful! totally well-deserved.

jeret slack - February 2, 2010 - 11:50 pm


Bullet Salvador - February 3, 2010 - 10:27 pm

congrats on the 13 page spread. you’re truly an inspiration to many photographers.


Susy - February 16, 2010 - 9:03 pm

Felicidades Caroline! Your confidence, professionalism, faith and creativity are an inspiration! Thank you so much for your sensitivity in sharing these special moments with us.

lizet - March 9, 2010 - 11:56 am

how cool!! congratz 😀

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