Archive: ‘Weddings’

Wedding at Brentwood Country Club

September 20th, 2011, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

Last month I had the honor to work once again as a second shooter for my good friend Gayla from Gayla Elizabeth Photography.  For those who don’t know Gayla, she is not only a talented photographer, but an amazing person with a big heart.  In fact, she is an important reason for the smooth start of my photography career.  It was shortly after we first met that I booked my first wedding. Although I knew all the techniques and procedures, I was still nervous about running into unexpected hitches, so I asked Gayla to shoot with me. She accepted without hesitation even though she was an experienced pro and I was just a beginner.  On the day of the event, she guided me through the whole day by giving me tips on scouting locations, tackling timing and logistics, and interacting with clients and keeping them happy. Since then, we have shot a few more weddings for each other, and each has been a learning experience for me.  I will always be grateful for what Gayla had done for me and treasure our friendship.

Gayla, thank you for everything! Enjoy spending time with your family in Hawaii!  :-)

Here are a few of my favorite images from the most recent event.  Love how happy and excited our bride was:


The groom was having a good time too:


What a beautiful smile! It melts my heart.



The bride wanted a shot of both of them under the veil.  I think it turned out beautifully.


Walking down the aisle with daddy:


Non-stop smiling and giggling the whole day!




Lots of beautiful details.  And the cake was really yummy!  :-)




Jenny and Genaro Forever

October 10th, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Weddings

Ocean Institute Wedding Beach

“Jenny y Genaro Para Siempre”

With these words on the cake of her surprise engagement party, Jenny’s weekend and her whole future seemed sealed with magic.

The couple met through Craigslist (that’s right folks, Craigslist is not all evil!), when Genaro answered Jenny’s ad for a hiking buddy. She was a paralegal working in Downtown Oakland, and he was a transportation engineer who worked just a few blocks away from her. They decided to meet and go for a hike; so one sunny summer day, with his cool pearl blue Subaru WRX, Genaro picked up Jenny and whisked her off to Marin. While Jenny later admits that it may not be a cool idea to let a man you had just met drive you out in the woods, she certainly lucked out that day and found herself chatting non-stop with her new best friend. The next six years of their lives were filled with memorable times both spent together and apart due to schooling and work. However, despite their busy schedules and frequent long-distance status, Jenny and Genaro always found time to see each other and go on adventures together. When Jenny finished her law studies in LA, they took an amazing month-long journey to Asia that included destinations in China, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

Then, the most magical weekend happened.

When Jenny flew down from Oakland to LAX for a weekend of celebration for Genaro’s birthday, she was surprised see Genaro, wearing a suit, waiting in the arrival lobby with a bouquet of roses and a big smile on his face. Tears started streaming down her face, as Genaro got down on one knee and asked, “Will You Marry Me?” — and that’s just the start of an evening filled with surprises — as it turned out, there was a perfectly fitted black cocktail dress waiting for her in the car, and Genaro took her shoe shopping to complete the whole ensemble. While Jenny was still recovering from disbelief and rush of excitement, Genaro proceeded to tell her that they were going to dinner and will be staying at an ocean-side resort in Laguna Beach. That evening, they celebrated the engagement with a dinner of tapas and red wine, and went back to a candle-lit room full of sprinkled rose petals, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of chilled champagne. Now, while most women would feel like they died and went to heaven by this point, Jenny’s weekend got even more magical the next day. Genaro had secretly organized his birthday party at his parent’s backyard to be a surprise engagement party. He even coordinated with Kevin, Jenny’s sister, to make sure Jenny’s family in Oakland would be together that evening to use the web chat feature so that everyone could be part of the event. As the evening wound down and Genaro toasted the guests over his birthday cake, another two-tiered cake was brought out, which included a sign made of white chocolate that says “Jenny y Genaro Para Siempre” (Jenny and Genaro Forever).

Quite a magical love story, right? :)

So there you have it, after a little over six years of dating, this pair of love birds decided to make LA their home-base and got married in Capistrano Beach! And boy did this fun-loving couple know how to throw the party of a lifetime! They had a Mariachi band, a scavenger hunt for kids, dedicated orators at educational exhibits, and toward the end of reception everyone was treated with the coolest Chinese Lion Dance ever! What a fun celebration!


This is such a pretty necklace to go with her pretty gown!


The ceremony took place at San Felipe de Jesus Chapel, Capistrano Beach:


Love the way Genaro wraps his hands around hers:


and Jenny’s expression:



First Kiss:


Husband and Wife!


One of our favorites:

Dana Point Harbor Wedding

Dana Point Harbor Wedding

Dana Point Harbor Wedding

Dana Point Harbor Wedding

Dana Point Harbor Wedding

Dana Point Harbor Wedding

Parading down to the reception site with the Mariachi band:



Genaro couldn’t take his eyes off Jenny:


So full of love and happiness:

Ocean Institute Wedding Cocktail

Ocean Institute Wedding Beach

Ocean Institute Wedding Beach Shoes Adidas

Genaro grew up right here on this beach, so this is an extra special place for him and his family:

Ocean Institute Wedding Beach

Reception at the Ocean Institute:

Wedding Ocean Institute Dana Point Courtyard

Wedding Fall Color Roses Centerpiece

Ocean Institute Wedding Ballroom

Jenny’s brother delivered a powerful speech:

Ocean Institute Wedding Happy Couple

Guess who showed up for dinner?

Wedding Chinese Lion Dance

This is the most amazing Lion Dance! So entertaining and impressive!

Wedding Chinese Lion Dance

Wedding Chinese Lion Dance

Wedding Money Dance

Wedding Money Dance

Wedding Cake Ocean Institute

Jenny and Genaro forever!

Wedding Cake Ocean Institute

And lastly… a special shout out to Photographer friends Nick and Gayla. Thank you guys for coming out to shoot with us!

Angie and Bill :: Waterfront Place Hotel Morgantown

August 26th, 2010, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

It’s easy to say that there is a lot of love at any wedding, but for Angie and Bill, that statement can’t be more true.  I felt SO much love and closeness — between the couple, the families, friends, and all guests.  That close-knit feeling and loving atmosphere was really something special.  I think I am already missing the West Virginia hospitality!

It was also great fun second-shooting for Michelle Waters. I was utterly amazed at how she stayed refreshed and energized enough to make the two hour drive home even after a twelve hour wedding!  She’s sensational as usual, and her enthusiasm rubs off on everyone she meets.

We started the day early to take some getting ready shots:

Bride getting ready picture 1

Bride getting ready picture 2

Bride getting ready picture 3

Wedding dress with bow 1

All ready!

Wedding dress with bow 2

Bill had to do his part too:

Groom getting ready picture

This cute angel kept popping up in front of my lens — she loved to have her pictures taken, and I was too happy to oblige:

Flower girl

The ceremony was held in the cozy St. John University Parish on the West Virginia University campus where Angie and Bill first met:

Church wedding St John University Parish 1

Church wedding St John University Parish 2

Wedding couple portrait

This shot really speaks to me, I just love it:

Wedding couple portrait

ring bearer

Everyone looked pretty and glowy:

Bridesmaids flower girl

And they had fun!

Wedding party fun

Wedding party formal

I love this kind of picture! =) So much fun spirit!

 fun wedding couple picture

Of course, they were equally great at showing their romantic selves!

romantic wedding couple

romantic wedding couple

The reception was held at the Waterfront Place Hotel where most of the wedding guests stayed, and that allowed them to party to their hearts content. (We heard later that the hotel ran out of liquor that night.  =p )

Wedding flower floating candle centerpiece

Yummy cake and snacks:
elegant pink roses wedding cake

wedding reception ballroom

It’s pretty neat to dress up the dance floor with a monogram gobo projection:

First dance monogram gobo projection

And how about sparklers for the grand exit? I absolutely loved the experience!

Grand exit sparklers

Grand exit sparklers

Thank again Michelle, Angie, and Bill for allowing me to take part in this beautiful day! =)