{ Villa Montalvo | Hotel Valencia Wedding Photography } Zhimin + Edward

This was one of the most anticipated wedding of the year, one that I looked forward to for months. I had a stellar team and an amazing couple in Zhimin and Edward. Being able to shoot at two of the most gorgeous venues the South Bay has to offer was such a blessing – Villa Montalvo and Hotel Valencia in Santana Row. We were also able to schedule time for photographs both before and after the ceremony at the two locations, so we were able to get plenty of photos. Petals by Cary also did an amazing job with all the floral arrangements, pulling off a really classical black and red look to the wedding reception.


Ceremony: Villa Montalvo

Reception: Hotel Valencia at Santana Row

Photography Associates: Ryan Tubongbanua & Constance Cheung

Photobooth: PhotoQubes

Floral Design: Petals by Cary

Make-up & Hair: Ann Ho

Coordinator: MB Wedding Productions


{ Half Moon Bay | Ritz Carlton Wedding } Danning + Xiao

Danning and Xiao gathered a small group of close family and friends to witness their marriage at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Their families flew from overseas to attend this joyous occasion and it couldn’t have turned out any better. Although the morning was damp and gloomy, the afternoon skies were blue and the air was crisp.


Photography Associates: The multi-talented Cary Li of Petals by Cary

Make-up & Hair: Christina Chen of Makeup by Quis

Floral Designs: De Young Flowers


{ San Gregorio | Woodside | Chateau La Joye Wedding } Lisa & Travis

Lisa is my third and final Bride with the name Lisa in 2012 (Yep! I had three!). But Lisa and Travis was truely special, and one of the most thoughtful couple I know. Not only were they meticulous about the details of their wedding, they were also very efficient in planning. She was totally on top of every email I sent, including ones about their engagement session planned for Carmel. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to click the link to check it out. I loved it when my couples invite me to their venue walk-throughs, which we did at Chateau La Joye, with them describing their vision for the big day. All the planning showed through in the photos, the amount of joy, laughters, and love that filled everyone’s hearts that day.


Thanks to an amazing group of vendors for making this wedding possible:

Venue: Chateau La Joye

Photography Associates: Gerald Carvalho and Alan Tam

Make-up: Norma Jean Gomez

Florist: Edna Lin of Moonstar Florist

Cake Artist: Tomas of Half Moon Bay Bakery

DJ: Ben Balogot of Autoreverse Productions

Photobooth: PhotoQubes

{ UC Santa Cruz | Engagement Session } Monica + Michael

After this session, I realized how amazing of a place Santa Cruz is for photography – there’re just some really unique characteristics about it. We started off the session in downtown Santa Cruz at the Santa Cruz Roasting Company then headed over to UC Santa Cruz. Although I’ve been to UC Santa Cruz on a couple of occasion, I’ve never had the chance to really drive through the campus and enjoy its beauty.  Maybe it’s also during a time when school was out and all the students were off campus, but the place was so peaceful and serene. The air just smelled fresher in every way. I didn’t have high expectations for the Santa Cruz weather, but we simply had an amazing time exploring the campus with Monica and Michael. On several ocassions, the sunlight peeked through the trees and we took advantage of every bit of it. These two are so darling together – see for yourselves.