The Hoangs are an amazing little family and I am so happy that I got to know them and photograph them for Kyle’s first birthday and for this session we shot recently. Jean and Robert are both so sweet and are the types of people who laugh easily and love whole heartedly. It was such a pleasure being able to capture all that for them. Jean told me that little Lauren recently said she wanted to be a photographer when she grows up so I brought along my rollei as the perfect little prop for her so that when she grows up she’ll be reminded of her dreams.
Andrea and Ken share a love that is so incredibly special. It’s evident in the way they laugh together and in the way he snuggles Andrea as if there’s no other place he’d rather be. I had the honor of photographing these two lovely souls and I have to say it was probably one of my favorite weddings ever. They spent over a year thrifting the perfect details and putting together an amazing day for all. But mostly, I loved photographing their love, the laughter, and their loved ones on their wedding day.
The pink lace wrap on Andrea’s bouquet was cut from her Mother’s wedding dress. A pink wedding dress! How lovely is that? I loved the socks that Andrea gifted to her husband to be with a card enclosed that read, “In Case You Get Cold Feet.” The bridesmaids all wore black dresses of their choosing with custom made statement hair fascinators.
There were chickens (real) and pink flamingos (not real) on site as well as paper airplanes, lawn croquette, giant jenga, funny glasses for family portraits, and food trucks. You really get a sense of Andrea and Ken’s fun loving personalities in their wedding and how important it was for their wedding to reflect that. I loved everything about this wedding! Even the part when Ken dropped the ring when placing it on Andrea’s finger. They laughed it off and took it in stride and I know it’ll make a great story for them to tell their future kids.
You may recognize Gia and Matt as I shot their wedding three years ago at Greystone Mansion. They recently welcomed a gorgeous little baby girl into their family and came down from San Francisco to have me photograph them all together. It was so great catching up with these two and seeing the warm love and adoration they both have for their baby girl.
One of the most gorgeous baby showers I’ve ever attended and had the honor to photograph. I would expect nothing less since the guest of honor was none other than Linda of Grand Soirees. Loved all the sparkle and the subtle winter theme. The florals by Floral Sense were lush perfection! And can you believe how amazing Linda looks pregnant? That’s not even a maternity dress she’s wearing. Linda, Kevin and big sister Sophie welcomed baby Lana into their lives recently and are all completely smitten by her. Can’t wait to meet the littlest one soon!
My sister in law and her family came to visit recently and I couldn’t resist shooting a quick little session for them and their adorable twin girls. My nieces are growing up so quickly! I remember how teeny tiny they were as babies and now they’re toddling all over the place and getting into mischief together. Ellie adores Colbie and Cassidy and loves her Auntie and Uncle so much. I love watching our girls grow up together!
Amy had been following my work when we by chance, ran into each other at Pretend City about two years ago. We hit it off and kept in contact through the year – even hitting up Disneyland with our older girls before I had Emmeline. It was an honor photographing Amy and her family, even if sweet little Madeline wasn’t in the mood for being photographed. I think her crying photos are priceless because it’s a true reflection of her strong personality at that point in time. I know as she grows older she’ll get used to playing the little model, but these candid images of her being herself will be a great story for Mom and Dad to tell her later on. My girls are similar to hers in that Ellie is the sweet, easy going one while the younger girl is our feisty, spirited one. Second baby syndrome?
I just finished designing a gorgeous album for Hilda and John and thought I’d share some of my favorite images from their day. It was a day filled with so much joy, love and laughter. It reminded me of how blessed I am that I get to photograph and capture these moments in time for my couples. Seeing the first look between them still, to this day, tugs at my heart strings. These two… I love them together so very much.
I love a happy, relaxed couple on their wedding day. Every detail had been carefully thought out and planned with the help of Gloria and her team at Grand Engagements and so Karen and Allen were able to just enjoy their beautiful day together as they became husband and wife. It was a brisk winter day with the most gorgeous diffuse light and a gorgeous and happy couple. I really couldn’t have asked for more. A big thank you to Marisa and Luis for second shooting and assisting me that day!
Photographer: Sarah K Chen Photography
Second Shooter & Assistant: Marisa Holmes & Luis Arturo
Coordinator: Grand Engagements
Venue: Skirball Cultural Center
Florals: Heavenly Blooms
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang
Emmeline’s first birthday is fast approaching and it’s making me wonder where the last year went. I’m happy that I had the time to really enjoy and revel in her babyness, but I am going to be so sad to see her chubby rolls go. I’m incredibly thankful to have talented photographer friends like Connie to make sure that I’m sometimes in front of the camera as well. I will cherish these images more than I can say.
Monday, January 14, 2013 Posted in weddings
Stephanie’s dress took my breath away as I stepped into her bridal suite. The beading and ruffles were absolute perfection and oh so dreamy. What I loved most about Stephanie and Rudy’s day was seeing them together with their families. They have such a tight knit, loving group and it was so apparent that everyone was just over the moon happy for the couple. Nothing, not even the rain dampened the mood and as luck would have it, most of the rain stopped before the ceremony and the rest of the day was just gorgeous. Here are some of my favorites from their day.
The rain started to really come down following the first look so we booked it inside for some quick portraits before the ceremony. And as it always seems to, the rain let up and we were able to start the outdoor ceremony in time.
Stephanie and Rudy gave me the full hour after the ceremony for portraits and I am so glad to have had that time. We were able to wander the golf course and chase the gorgeous light for some really beautiful portraits.
Photogapher: Sarah K Chen Photography
Second Shooter & Assistant: Kevin Hall & Luis Arturo
Venue: Trump National Golf Club
Coordinator: CCL Weddings & Events
Florist: La Fleur
Videographer: Studio 205 Films
Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang