Archive for Jul 2010

Serena Grace Photography was gracious enough to let me tag-team yet another beautiful wedding. This beautiful wedding belonged to a nice and wonderful couple Rebecca and Richard. To see Serena’s photos click here.

We started off our day at the Pasadena Westin where we captured Rebecca and her bridesmaids getting ready. The Westin hosts both a beautiful interior and and exterior. The lobby area boasted tall dark ceilings while the outdoor courtyards contrarily had ample lighting featuring water fountains and colorful Spanish-style walls. It was gorgeous. Rebecca and Richard had their first look here icon smile Meet Rebecca and Richard (Wedding)

Next we traveled to Pasadena’s neighboring city where the ceremony was held at the Glendale Presbyterian Church. Although this church was dark and dramatic, it centered a beautifully well-lit, concave, and giant cross figure. Numerous overhanging colored lights would hover gracefully above where Rebecca and Richard said their vows icon smile Meet Rebecca and Richard (Wedding)

For the couple shots we visited the Los Angeles Historic State Park since it was close to the Empress Pavilion where the reception took place. The park proved itself to be a nice little oasis in the midst of downtown. It probably would’ve been nicer if there weren’t so many flies.  Two flies kamikaze-d into both of James’s eyes (one of the videographers) at which point we all laughed, except for James. I think one flew into my mouth.

Thanks again to Serena, and congratulations once more to Rebecca and Richard.

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Erich Chen Photography. Los Angeles Wedding Photographer. Pasadena Westin Hotel. Glendale Presbyteria Church Wedding Photos. Glendale Wedding Photography Empress Pavilion Wedding Reception Photos. Chinatown Wedding Photos. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

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Yet another chance to second shoot with the talented photographer and my good friend Nathan Nowack . Check out his photos here.

The wedding of Grace and Nick took place in the heart of downtown at the beautiful Kyoto Grand Hotel. If you’ve never been there, the interior of the hotel is gorgeous! It holds different shades of vibrant red chairs, walls, and other decor. While the outside is nested with luscious green plants, peppered with flowers and topped off with a waterfall! It’s crazy to me because all of this sits on the rooftop of a hotel.

So here’s Grace and Nick, a beautiful, sweet young couple. Unfortunately they had some issues with the sound at the reception which put a damper to the mood, but when they got it to work, it was a poppin’!  I give props to Grace for going through the entire first dance without a worry in the world even though the sound system wasn’t cooperating. She had the biggest smile on her face, and they even busted out some fancy moves.

I present to you Grace and Nick’s wedding at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens!

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AHh look who I bumped into unexpectedly at the wedding, Vudoo! I like the little surprises that life throws at me once in a while.

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Kyoto Grand Hotel Wedding Photos – Ceremony + Reception. Downtown Los Angeles Wedding. Los Angeles Wedding Photographer. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

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This is a continuation from, well Part I of course.

Moving on to the bridal party photos, couple photos, and finally the reception photos! I don’t even know where to begin with the reception photos. There were a LOT of people and not a drip of alcohol. For most weddings that would be a recipe for a really bland reception. Contrarily, this is the most EXCITING reception I have ever witnessed. I have never in my life seen such craziness (in a good way.) Now, I’ve been to a number of weddings at this point of my life, but there was no way I was ready for what happened at the reception!

They had dances called “Baile del guagolote” “La vivora de la mar” and “Xochipitzahualt.” These dances are in fact as crazy as they sound. At one point they had rubber chickens and broom sticks and half of the reception attendees on the dance floor. The bride and groom were also tossed REALLY high in the air. I can’t even fully explain to you what was going on even though I was there for hours. But I can tell you that it was a LOT of fun. Congratulations again Diana and Alex!

I’ll let you enjoy the photos now. icon smile Diana and Alex Part II (Wedding)

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Erich Chen Photography. St. Jaoquin Catholic Church Wedding Photography. Catholic Church Mass Photos. Garden Grove Community Center Wedding Photos. Creative Wedding Photography. Modern Wedding Photography. If you are interested in having your wedding photographed by me please visit my contact page through my website www.erichchen.com

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I’m certainly not the funniest person in the world, but I definitely pride myself on being pretty silly. In fact, I think I can be a very silly person. During a lot of my engagement shoots I’ll ask the couple to do some pretty silly things just to loosen up and have fun.

But then there’s Polly and Kwong, and they threw me completely off. Way off.  They came up with their own random things to do, and it’s amazing. They are the god and goddess of silliness. I can’t even compete in silliness, not even close. It’s like thinking you’re really really good in basketball, and then realizing you’re going one-on-one with Lebron James. He then beats you even with both his eyes closed, shoes untied, sitting in a wheelchair faced the other way.  Well, sort of.

Kwong is not only silly, but he is one of the funniest (tied with Matt Parker) people I have ever photographed, and it gets to the point sometimes where my cheeks hurt because I was smiling too much. By the end of the shoot, I was dead exhausted, and not because I was photographing but because I had laughed so much.

Anyways we photographed this session at the Arboretum and the Observatory. I think the Arboretum is pretty fitting just because there’s random funny looking peacocks everywhere. The observatory is where they went on a special date, I think.

Enjoy the photos!

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Erich Chen Photography. Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session with Polly and Kwong. Griffith Observatory Engagement Session. Peacocks. Los Angeles Engagement Photos. Creative Engagement Photographer. Modern Engagement  Photographer. If you are interested in your own engagement session please contact me through my website www.erichchen.com

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