Archive: ‘Our Stories’



A VERY HAPPY NEWS!

October 27th, 2012, written by Lucia Li
Found in Our Stories

Henry and I have been thinking about starting a family for a long time, but we kept pushing it off because we have been so busy with work and life.  This year we finally decided that we don’t want to wait anymore,  and guess what?  We are going to have a baby!!!  We are both excited and happy as can be.

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Pink or Blue?  We don’t know yet.
We can’t wait to find out and we are looking forward to meet our little baby!

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Santa Cruz Wedding Weekend

August 21st, 2012, written by Isabella Li
Found in Our Stories, Weddings

Two weeks ago we attended a very special wedding, this time as actual guests instead of hired photographers — which meant we were there purely for a good time, YAY!

Both the bride and groom are good friends of ours. We met the groom Jeremy several years ago through my close friend Jeannie. Jeremy is a Silicon Valley transplant from Canada with the demeanor of a proper English gentleman. He is truly one-of-a-kind, a rare species of man who should be considered an anomaly (in a very positive way). He’s the most smart, kind, gentle, genuine, and loyal friend one can have. A scientist, an aviator, and a mountaineer, he approaches life with an enviable adventurous spirit.

A couple years after we became good friends with Jeremy, we met Angela swing dancing at Lindygroove (back in the days when we used to dance 4-5 nights a week!) There was something about her unpretentious demeanor, uninhibited smile, and natural glow that drew me in and made us close friend almost immediately. Not only is she so cool at dancing (swing, hip hop, you name it!) she’s also impressive at hiking and many other sports. She shares the same smarts, verve, and adventurous spirit with Jeremy, with a bit of playful charm.

2004 - A picture of Lucia, me, and Angela at Jeannie’s engagement party. This was the first time Jeremy met Angela, and he admitted later that he was absolutely smitten the moment he laid eyes on her.

We don’t have a picture of Jeremy and Angela together, but he was caught red-handed making fries:

2006 - Although Jeremy was smitten, the romance didn’t blossom until a few years later during Lucia’s wedding weekend. We had asked Angela to host him since we were all busy with wedding details. Here’s a picture of them teaming up for the scavenger hunt during cocktail hour:

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2008 - Angela and Jeremy were among the friends who joined us for an Ensenada weekend cruise. We didn’t know it at the time, but it was on this trip that they started holding hands and officially became a couple!

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It was also during this cruise that Angela introduced us to the EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE Settlers of Catan. That night we played for 6 hours nonstop! That was the start of our board game fever…

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2012 - Fast forward 4 years, they decided to tie the knot.

We have waited a long time for this and couldn’t be happier for them! Their beach-themed wedding was hosted at the beautiful Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. The weather was in the 70s, which was a much appreciated change from the heat wave down here in Southern Cal. It was just perfect for the ceremony on the cliff lawn of Lighthouse Field State Beach.

Now, I’m sure you have heard of the infamous “Uncle Bob” phenomenon at weddings (if you haven’t, here’s a good read-up). These are pictures Lucia took from her seat without getting in the way of the official photographer:

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Love this!

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Angela walking down the aisle, already in tears (and we couldn’t hold it in either)

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Husband and wife. Congrats Angela and Jeremy! Dream-Inn-Beach-Light-House-Wedding-09

Silhouettes of their pet birds Carmella and Truth on the cake:

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Sweetheart table:

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Angela’s dad made the beautiful centerpieces:

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Father of the bride speech:

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Two of my favorite people on earth! :)
We loved every moment of the wedding, and will treasure these precious memories and our friendship for life.
Congratulations again, Angela and Jeremy! Love Always.

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Birthday Girl Trevona :: Urban Lifestyle Portraits

November 5th, 2011, written by Lucia Li
Found in Anytime, Our Stories

My first job interview.

The trip down memory lane conjured up mixed emotions.  It was stressful as one can imagine, but it was also a day where I gained a lifelong friend.

Having a more introverted disposition, interviews were never easy for me, no matter how well prepared and qualified I felt for the positions sought.  I remember I was only 20 years old, sitting in the lobby, nervously peeking at all these people rushing in and out of the offices, wondering if any of them would turn out to be my interviewer, or maybe a close colleague later on, all the while trying to drown out the startling sound of shrieking phone rings that never seemed to stop.

Then, a beautiful lady with big eyes and friendly smile walked toward me.  “Hi, I am Trevona!”  She greeted me and showed me the way to the meeting room.  Doors were shut behind me, and once again I found myself sitting in a chair feeling alone, and dreading for what I had felt like was an impending doom.  But somehow, that warm friendly smile Trevona emitted worked magic to ease my nerves.  I calmed down and was able to sail smoothly through the interview, consequently landing my very first job and marking the beginning of what came to be a 15-year graphic design career.

Naturally, Trevona and I became close friends. We both worked in the marketing department, and sat right next to each other.  Very often we would stay out late after work, exploring new places to eat and scouring the shops for the next fashion fix.  Life was good and simple, and time passed by as our friendship grew.

10+ years later, both of our lives have had significant changes.  We changed jobs, we moved, but we remained in close contact.  And no matter how time has changed, Trevona stayed the same — she’s that girl with a pure heart — sweet, independent, optimistic and passionate about life.  This year, before her birthday, she asked me if I could do some portraits for her.  I was more than happy to oblige!  Trevona took a day off work, and together we spent one fabulous afternoon being girly — chatting, eating, gossiping ;), shopping, giggling and taking photos — having fun and making memories!

We started off by taking some pictures at her apartment complex :

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Did I mention she’s a great dancer too? :)

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1st wardrobe change:

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Her collection of beautiful shoes deserves to be showcased as well!

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2nd wardrobe change. We moved indoors for a more intimate, softer look:

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3rd wardrobe change.  I told ya we had fun! ;)

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My favorite from the set:

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Happy birthday my dear friend! Wish you joy and happiness always!