About a month ago, I ran into an old friend at a local tea house. It's not random, because he practically lives there. But it is rare that I go, and it was great to catch up since I haven't seen him since his fiance was just about to pop out their baby Zoey.
A few weeks after, Ivy (his bride to be) came over early in the morning to get glammed up for her engagement session she had later that day. They took their photos at one of my favorite venues which is also where Daniel proposed to her. It was such a beautiful day as the weather was phenomenal there (other than the winds), and the view is just breathtaking.
For the full post, visit Janelle Marina's Blog. I just posted some of my favorite ones.
About a month ago, Ryan and I went to help Annie and Eddy with their engagement session. I think I told ya the full story of our day so no need to repeat myself. Though out the day, I was busy keeping an eye on the two to make sure they’re picture perfect, touching them up, helping with their poses, changing outfits, etc. It really just felt like friend hanging out. After seeing the final work, Harmony really captured the true essence of their love that I couldn’t see that day (too busy laughing and working). Here are some of the final work by her wonderful photographer Harmony Loves. I have to say the pictures look UH-MAY-ZING!!!… Way better than my iPhone photog skills.
Just an FYI, I’m a sap! So I’m getting really emotional looking at these pics!
WOW… 80 more days and counting!!! That’s less than 3 months till my bunny gets hitched!!! I’m sooo excited for her but that also means crunch time for me so I can fit into my bridesmaid dress!!! LOL =)
This last weekend, I had quite some work but was able to make enough time to be there for one of my bestest friends engagement shoot.
We started off by lagging on the meeting time!!!…. not surprising considering we’re the 2 out of our group who are notoriously late to all group events!!! We had a lovely dinner at Pete’s Cafe & Bar in DTLA. OH MY… my mouth is water just thinking about those fries!!! Then we hung out and spent the night at the new LA Hyatt Hotel.
The next day, I got our bride-to-be dolled up for her engagement shoot and headed down towards fashion district where she rented a studio for our shoot. Unfortunately, the studio was still in use when we arrived so that did put a little delay. Funny thing… when the owners called to advise us they were running late as they’re doing a shoot. We told her fiance Eddy and Ryan that they’re doing a shoot still and maybe it’ll be like a Victoria Secret shoot. All in jokes as the boys seemed excited! But little did we know, their shoot was literally models in lingerie. HAHA… so the boys sure were in for a treat. I believe they were shooting for an upcoming music video because we heard the intro of the song like 200x’s!!!
Anyways, so our adventure started on the roof top. Oh was that scary or what! We had to climb out a window onto a fire escape and climb a ladder that’s on the side of the building up to the roof. This isn’t those newer buildings, it’s an old old building in LA. But the view was unbelievable! After doing some shooting on the roof, we then proceeded to the studio where Annie and Eddy got to take some glamorous photos of them doing some cool yoga moves!!!
Here’s a sneak peak of what I was able to capture. I can’t wait to see the final work from the photographer!!! Who by the way was sooo sweet and so fun.
Earlier this year, I was asked by Joyce to help style a couple for an engagement shoot that was going to be featured on Bridal Hot List. This was exciting because even though I have worked with Manya for several years, this was the first time I get to see her as a photographer. She’s crossed over!!! =)
I had an amazing time meeting so many new vendors and working with a team to build some amazing images together. The best part, the couple was not some hired models, but it was a real couple that was in love. This made it all more fun and enjoyable.
This was definitely a challenging shoot because I was limited on space and power. The hair and makeup was all going to happen from the parking lot of park we were at. Not only had to pack conservatively, but also tables, chairs, stools, and a power adapter to allow my car to power up my curling irons. Blow dryer was OUT of the question. So we had to make-do w/ what we can.
Josh and Jaquelynn had a nice long time to tell me their little love story. It’s so refreshing to see young love! These two have been together since high school. I know… so rare to see high school sweethearts these days. Watching these two interact and talk about their relationship really brings so much love in the air. My favorite part was when Josh got to sit there w/ us and chit chat but was forced to look the opposite way. So Jaquelynn could surprise him w/ her final look. Like a first look type of deal. And his expression was priceless.
I’ve posted a few photos that I really liked but to see more you can go to Bridal Hot List feature:http://bridalhotlist.com/valentines-day-inspired-picnic-styled-shoot-3016606/
Special Thanks To…
Our models Josh and Jaquelynn! Niloufar Gibson from Perfectly Made Weddings who coordinated the shoot and put together this awesome concept. Hope Stanley with Hope Stanley Bridal Stylist, who put together an adorable and dashing outfit together for the couple. Sarah Toner from Floral Riot, showed up to the shoot with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and the additional flowers in the back ground. Jaquelynn’s beautiful hair piece was supplied by Something Treasured. Joyce Luck with Joyce Luck Style for sending me to do Hair and Makeup. And of course photos by the amazing Manya with Manya Photography.
Oh my! Is it true? We’re only 3-days away from Ying and Kevin’s wedding? I cannot believe the big day is already here.
Ying and Kevin are dear friends of mine that will be tying the knot this coming Saturday, March 15. Technically, they are legally married, but the real deal isn’t till after the wedding anyways, right? I am so honored to be part of their day. Not only will I be dazzling our lovely bride to be up, but I will also be officiating their wedding! *GASP* … I know. I’m definitely not prepared and I really need to crack down on perfecting my speech. But more details of wedding to come.
Before the wedding, there’s always an engagement period. And during the engagement period, there’s a PHOTO SHOOT!!! It was a super early morning and already long weekend. So I was pretty beat. But the good thing is they were a great and fun couple, had the amazing Manya from Manya Photography there to shoot, and I love this job! So it sure didn’t feel like work. It was a day of fun with good friends. Oh I do have to give credit to my boyfriend Ryan for being there to assist me and support me and entertain me during any down time. I lucked out w/ having a free assistant since Ryan is the best man in this wedding. So I told him he had to be there, bestman duties! =) Shhh… don’t tell him that’s not real.
The photo shoot took place early morning on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at UCLA campus. It was such a perfect day! The sun was shining, the sky was so blue, and the temperature was just perfect. A cool breeze would pop up here and there to check in on us, which was so nice. This campus suited these two structural engineers so well. The lovely old buildings, the architecture, the nature, and the atmosphere. Perfect combo for a perfect couple!!
Couple: Ying Xiao & Kevin Yang
Location: UCLA Campus
Hair and Makeup: Sharon Han
Photographer: Manya Kesloff w/ Manya Photography