i absolutely loved working with amy & wil on their wedding celebration earlier this year. i still remember meeting them both for the first time. when wil excused himself to the restroom, amy whispered to me that i was as good as hired and she was sure wil felt the same. whenever a client has that kind of on-the-spot reaction, i know it is meant to be!! what followed was a fabulous experience working with these two lovebirds in creating a beautiful, joy-filled day celebrating their union.
the wedding ceremony and reception took place at the recently renovated sheraton universal hotel in universal city. i had a great experience with their staff, not to mention i loved the bonus of working at a site that is mere minutes from my home. 🙂 amy & wil shared their vision for a classic, elegant, understated yet unabashedly fun celebration. most of the guests were coming in from out of town (and out of state!), so it was important to them that the guests really enjoyed themselves. the couple also wanted to honor their Chinese and Japanese cultures in the design & styling of the event. after months of planning and preparation, the big day unfolded flawlessly and i am so thrilled to share some photos with you!
many thanks to the dashing & talented men of COBA images for producing such lovely photos! it was my first time working with this photography trio (yep, trio!) and not only were they an absolute blast to work with… they really delivered stunning work. (hi cody, baldemar & sean!) i just picked up my cd of images a week ago (over brie sandwiches with at zinc cafe, no less! thanks, b!) and had the chance to check out some new photos from a destination wedding the guys shot in hawaii. seriously jaw-dropping work. you need to check them out; tell them angel says hello!
looove this pic of amy getting prepped! doesn’t she look so glamorous with the big hair?? in the background you can spy FABULOUS hair & makeup artist, joyce luck.
the lovely amy looking quite ethereal.
the bride’s bouquet, composed of eggplant callas and looped bear grass.
the debonair groom, decked out in his officer’s uniform. wil is a major in the US army, and there were many servicemen and women in attendance that evening. i’ve always had a soft spot for those in the armed forces, as my father is a highly-decorated veteran. wil seriously embodies the word integrity and oozes kindness; he is such a perfect example of the men & women serving our country across the globe. thank you for your sacrificial service, wil!
something about this bridesmaids photo just speaks to me 🙂
wil & his men!
the lovely couple
ceremony florals were clean, crisp & modern: tufts of hydrangea anchoring curly willow and stately calla lilies (not fully seen in the photo).
the ceremony took place in the starview room @ the sheraton, which is a 21st story ballroom with 180 degree views (windows with retractable shades on all sides!).
a military tradition: the newlyweds passed through a saber arch on their way to cocktail hour.
the two pics above are two of my favorite cocktail hour candids EVER. amazing captures that are full of life & emotion.
for the maximum enjoyment of kids & parents alike, wil & amy asked me to help them enlist 6 nannies for the dozens of kids that were to be in attendance. near the end of cocktail hour we made an announcement for parents to drop off the kids with their respective nannies. each child was greeted with a special bag of goodies & toys just for them! 🙂 three adjoining hotel suites, equipped with TVs and dvd players, made the ideal spot for nearby babysitting.
champagne linens and chocolate satin napkins were embellished with gold metallic origami cranes, carefully crafted by the bride’s family. menus emblazoned with the wedding logo (the chinese character for double happiness) were tucked into each napkin pocket.
a stunning display of 1001 origami cranes (carefully mounted and arranged in the form of Chinese characters) was highlighted in the reception room.
a sweet little arrangement of orchids on the sweetheart table 🙂
grand entrance! amy looked incredible in her 2nd dress of the night: an exquisite sequined chi pao
some timeless b&w snaps courtesy of coba
sweet tooths were in heaven at this wedding, featuring both a decadent spread of mini cupcakes and icebox dessert shots from vanilla bake shop as well as piping hot mini donuts à la fry girl!
a packed dancefloor (thanks to my friend tony of red shoe la) and crowd-pleasing photobooth (thanks to cheesy photobooths!) rounded out the evening.
wil & amy: i have the utmost respect and love for both of you!! thank you for inviting me into your lives and allowing me to be a part of this fabulous day. thank you for the many laughs along the way, and for being so easy going throughout the process! i’m saving up my miles and hope i can visit you while you’re stationed out in asia. 🙂
the vendor roundup:
- wedding planning & coordination by love and splendor
- venue: sheraton universal
- photography by coba images
- music by dj tony of red shoe la
- hair & makeup by joyce luck
- florals by bernie at creative floral designs
- cheesy photobooths
- vanilla bake shop
- mini donuts by the fry girl
have a fantastic weekend, everyone! xoxo, angel