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An Enchanted Vow Renewal: { Monica + Michael }

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Photographer- Closer to Love Photography | Planning + Design- Lumiani Events | Florals + Design- Deefined Floral Designs | Rentals- Etablir Shop | Cake- M Cakes Sweet | Calligraphy- Art by Sarah Ku | Rings- Star Gem Jewelry, INC. | Shoes- Christian Louboutin | Wedding Dress- Casablanca


This post is dear and near to my heart. It is MY ANNIVERSARY PHOTOSHOOT !

I got married in 2010. At that time I went for more classic theme with my wedding: blushing pink,champagne in Langham Pasadena. It was beautiful and everything I wanted.  

As a professional in the wedding industry, I got to see many many ( MANY!) beautiful weddings. The more I saw the more inspired I became.  When my 5 years anniversary came around, I initially thought to just do a simple photo session for my little family. I mentioned this to my dear friend Nhu, the co-founder of Lumiani Events.  She completely took this idea and elaborate my " simple photo session" into this dreamy vow renewal ceremony that is beyond my imagination. 

I always love Garden and wilderness, since my wedding was hosted in a hotel, I definitely want  to have my photo session in an outdoor setting. Our photography Closer to Love Photography was able to find this perfect location for us where we had the woods and lake. For our vow renewal ceremony, we are going for a " secret garden" theme. Dee from Deefined Floral Designs brought the Garden to us with her magical floral arrangement and a door builded from the ground! The draping was a completely surprise to us. When we arrived to the location, it really took my breath away. The cake with hand painted floral details by M Cakes Sweets , the floral arrangements and all rental pieces from Etablir Shop are pure art in my eyes. This may be bias but It is the MOST BEAUTIFUL thing I have never seen!

The favorite way Mike and I like to communicate with each other  was writing. We used to write each other one letter a day( back in the days...XD).  For the photo shoot, each of us pick one of the most meaningful letters and have Art by Sarah Ku transcribe them in calligraphy. During the photoshoot, we were able to read to each other and relived those sweet memories.

Needless today, I have to have my partner Manning by my side for my makeup and hair! 

The best part of all, is that we get to share this special moment with our little Audrey :)

Words can't describe my appreciation to all the vendors who made this happen, and happen so beautifully. I wish you enjoy all the details as much as I do!



LA Arboretum Maternity: {Marie + Hailin}

Oh, the GLOW! You got the bridal glow, but the "Mommy Glow" is just something entirely different and very very spectacular.

We love doing hair & makeup for maternity shoots, because we get to see the tender love and excitement the couple has for their little miracle. And while we think pregnant women are super sexy, their glow is so special--it's radiant and soft and makes your heart warm..and you can't help but get a little emotional, too.

Photos by Desi Baytan

Lifestyle Photoshoot: Monica Wang

We'll be honest and say that we LOVE it when our brides come back for our services after the wedding. It's the biggest approval stamp we can get! "Our" Monica had the honor of working with Monica for her big day and now again for her lifestyle photoshoot with her handsome man and adorable pup.

Monica is an accomplished interior and wedding photographer. Her works are brilliant--they show us the world in her point of view, and somehow her point of view is always so much more interesting. Her great taste also reflects in this photoshoot. The exquisite art deco dress paired with dark eyes and soft curls makes her look so classy, with just the perfect dash of vintage flair.

Photograher :: Jeremy Chou.