Tag: ‘Intimate Wedding’

Chad + Yuko :: Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding

November 15th, 2011, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

Chad is a co-worker of Henry’s from a previous project with whom Henry reconnected when they both volunteered for Special Olympics. When I heard about all the charity work that Chad’s involved with, I thought to myself: “what a nice person, I would love to meet him one day.” When I heard that he’s also one of those aquarium volunteer Scuba divers that I’ve always secretly admired when growing up, I thought: “okay, I MUST meet this cool guy!”

So when Chad decided to tie the knot with his sweetheart Yuko and asked Henry to cover their ceremony in Laguna Hills, I tagged along to meet the cute couple and to find out what a civil wedding looks like. Just as I imagined, Chad is the nicest guy in the world. He’s easy going, always carries a sweet smile, and possesses a special knack for making others laugh. He’s totally smitten with his beautiful bride Yuko (and I totally adore the soft and elegant look of her dress!). With both their families living out of state (and out of the country), Henry and I turned out to be the only witnesses to their intimate and joyous union.

The Laguna Hills Civic Center is a decidedly non-government looking building. The Spanish style complex features a beautiful garden and fountain in front, which makes the place look more like a train depot from a bygone era (and wonderfully rich in photo-ops). On that quiet Friday morning we had the run of the place and posed freely on the grounds. Afterwards we followed Chad and Yuko to the Pelican Hill Resort and snapped a few more shots in their luxurious suite. This young couple may have been shy in front of the camera initially, but in no time at all they had forgotten about the lens and were kissing non-stop without being asked. I was having so much fun that Henry had to drag me out of there and leave the happy newlyweds in peace :)

Here are some photos from the day. Congratulations Chad and Yuko!















Inn of the Seventh Ray WEDDING PREVIEW

February 2nd, 2010, written by Lucia Li
Found in Weddings

I am very excited about our upcoming Wedding this Sunday at Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga. To get prepared for the wedding, Isabella and I went to the venue to check out the site and plan for the shoot. After a short mountain drive up from the PCH, we arrived at our destination nestled in the woods. What a intimate and romantic place filled with charming details – Trellis Entry, Fountain, Christmas-Lights, Tented Patio areas covered with dreamy White Drapery, a beautiful Chandelier, Sweet-Heart-shaped chairs, and a Creek-Side area to transport you from the busy city-life to natural serenity!