Hanna + Alex :: Saint Finbar Catholic Church Wedding

September 8th, 2012, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

Hanna and Alex began their Happily Ever After on a hot day in Burbank.   (See their engagement shoot in Disneyland.)  The temperature may have been over 90, but not even the brilliant sun could compete against the dazzling smiles radiating from the couple, and the heat outside could not stifle the joy that filled the reception hall.  It was a beautiful and fun wedding, everyone was smiling and laughing all day.  Congratulations, Hanna and Alex!

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First look:

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Hanna has five beautiful bridesmaids:

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The talented photographer Marvin Tsai assisted me and created this shot of Alex and his styling groomsmen.  Thank you Marvin!  :-)

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The ornate St Finbar Church provided a stately backdrop for the ceremony.

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The emotional toast from the maid of honor moved Hanna to tears:

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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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Hanna + Alex :: Happily Ever After Engagement at Disneyland

July 24th, 2012, written by Lucia Li
Found in Engagements

Last Saturday I had the honor to photograph Hanna and Alex’s engagement in Disneyland and California Adventure.  How awesome is that!  When Hanna brought up the idea of shooting there, I was beyond thrilled.  Not only am I a huge Disney fan, but we would be returning to the place where Henry and I spent many of our date nights, and where he got down on one knee and awkwardly pushed a ring onto my finger.  I was very excited to capture another couple’s joy at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Hanna and Alex first met each other on school’s swim team.  Since then, Hanna has kept up with the sport, participated in 2010 Nautica Malibu Triathlon (finished 5th overall in her age group too!)  Her athleticism is so inspiring.  :-)  Alex has a really cool job with Disney where he gets to brainstorm new ideas for others to implement.  Henry’s jealous!  During our half-day photoshoot, we roamed both parks and had an amazing time together.  There were so many photo opportunities with all the colorful and fun backdrops that I felt once again like a kid set loose in a candy shop.  Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy (in Donald Duck’s voice), life is extra jolly when you hang out with the energetic and fun-loving Hanna and Alex!

OK, I better stop rambling now and show some images.  The first image below is one of my favorites. Hanna is absolutely glowing!

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No-stop smiling and giggling the whole day!

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Don’t they look gorgeous?

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Getting hitched?

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We rode the new Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Car’s Land.  It’s such a fun ride!

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Up, up, and away!

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Another one of my favorites from the day:

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Congratulations, Hanna and Alex!  Thank you for such a wonderful time in Disney.  We are looking forward to your big day!

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