The day before Alison and Tony’s vow renewal celebration, Southern California was met with a rainy and dreary day. I feared the worst, expecting that the ceremony would be doused in similar weather. However, that was not the case at all. As Alison and Tony’s intimate guests gathered on the lawn of Ponte Winery in Temecula, the blue sky was covered with spots of dramatic clouds. You couldn’t ask for better weather.
With that said, the rest of the celebration was equally as beautiful. After having been married for over two decades, Alison and Tony did something that I think is so romantic – they celebrated their marriage once more in front of close friends and family. This time, their three boys joined in the celebration!
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of second shooting for Kien Lam Photography for the coverage of Jennie and Eng’s wedding. It was such a gorgeous wedding, taking place in a dream location in the mountains of Malibu – Calamigos Ranch. Jennie looked so princess-like, as she wore a tiara, ballgown dress, and sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes. And Eng, I think he was pretty blown away when he saw his princess (soon to be queen) during their First Look!
During my trip to Yosemite (I’ve posted a couple of photos on the Facebook page!), my friend and I tried to take advantage of the beautiful cabin we stayed at as well as the outdoor nature with an impromptu portrait shoot. My friend Anna then ditched her hiking clothes and wore a gorgeous earthy-toned maxi dress.
During the younger years of my life, I had a long lists of possible careers that interested me. I wanted to be a writer, an animator, a restaurant-owner, a cafe-owner, a librarian, a web-designer, and the list just keeps continuing. Let’s just say that so many things in the world interests me. But recently, I’ve obviously become more attuned to the more artistic careers.
However, as I stepped into this particular birthday party of Hunter’s, I began to remember an old dream of mine – to learn how to fly a plane and soar through the clouds. It seems that Hunter had the same dream.
Starting from the airplane balloons strapped to the porch all the way to the gorgeous biplane-topped cake, it was clear that Hunter and his family wanted to take his guests on a ride of a lifetime. As I met the little guy, it was also clear that he was not used to having so many guests staring at him and overtaking his backyard. Apprehensively, he walked around the party floor, greeting many guests with a confused look while holding his darling mother’s hand. But as the party progressed, shy Hunter became as calm and cool as his blue hawaiian shirt.
One of the reasons I love photographing kids birthday parties is because they’re usually decked out with such ridiculously awesome themes! View the photos below to see what I mean, and also to see my favorite photos from his birthday bash:
Remember that one day, some time last weekend, when the temperature was sky-rocket high?! I do, mainly because I was enjoying the hot outdoor weather at Hannah’s bridal shower, which took place at Malibu Wines, a vineyard in the canyons of Malibu. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves irregardless of the heat!
As the guests arrived, they were treated to a ‘Mad Hatter/Wonderland’ themed lunch, with little bowler hats and cute decor. Hannah, with her elegant white dress and diamond-shaped sky-blue earrings, has such a lovely character to her which you can tell with every smile she made (and she smiled a lot!).
View some of my favorite photos from her Malibu winery bridal shower below!
On a beach in Malibu, tucked away in an area known as ‘Paradise Cove’, lies Kaveer’s one year birthday party. It was held in a cabana, surrounded by a white picket fence with gorgeous green plants on one side, and the crashing waves on the other. The sun was just calming down as I arrived on the scene, and Kaveer’s guests, who had previously all been wearing sunhats, began to feel the freedom of having their hair be blown by the sweet breeze of the ocean.
Like many of us when we step foot onto the beach, Kaveer had a fascination with the sand. Whenever he wasn’t being carried off by a family member sporting a yellow outfit, he liked to spend his time on the sandy ground, exploring the wonders of the little gray particles. He also wondered constantly why so many eyes were upon him, smiling with contentment, as he studied the sand.
The yellow bow tie that Kaveer wore loosened as the party progressed. In that time frame, the sun was just setting, birthday candle flames had been blown out, and everyone had eaten either milk or burger. Needless to say, it was a smashing party.
Happy first birthday to Kaveer, who looked just ravishing in his yellow bow tie, fedora hat, and nautical striped shirt!