Charlotte and David's Culver City Wedding


Charlotte and David's Culver City Wedding

I always get a little nervous when it comes to photographing people that I know (only because I want to do my very best for them, since it's their special day after all!). So when Charlotte asked me to photograph her wedding, and told me that it would be on top of the Culver City Stairs at sunrise, I was super excited and anxious at the same time! 

Looking back at it though, everything turned out beautifully! It was such a great privilege to be able to witness and capture my best friend get married to the man of her dreams in the city where they fell in love. 

Here's Charlotte and Dave's sunrise wedding! 

Charlotte stayed at the Culver Hotel in the heart of downtown Culver City, where the reception was held as well. We were up at 3 AM to get ready the morning of the wedding. 

The theme of the wedding was green and gold. It was so nice to see how she integrated the color scheme in the details of her outfit! Charlotte's gown was also inspired by the traditional Filipino outfit, the Filipiniana, as a little nod to our motherland. 

Have you ever seen a bride getting herself ready for her own wedding? 
Das my BFF!

The venue for the ceremony was insane! We were on top of the Culver City Steps, overlooking the city. The weather was also perfect that morning! 

Guests were greeted with blankets in case they got cold. 
There was also freshly-brewed coffee available for those who needed that extra caffeine boost in the morning. 

This was the moment where I started crying. :') 

Such a sweet ceremony! 

Afterwards, we took some time to take photos of the two of them and take advantage of that awesome early morning light. 

Afterwards it was back to the Culver Hotel for breakfast! 

If you've never experienced a breakfast buffet for a reception, you should! The food was amazing and it was what everyone needed after such an early start. 

Here we saw the couple's first dance, the cake cutting, and hearing the best man's and maid of honor's speech. 

It was a great celebration of love with their closest friends and family. 

Wishing you both the very best! 

Wedding details: 

Venue: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook / The Culver Hotel
Flowers: Stems Floral
Dress: Fernando de Manila
Coordinator: Bowties and Bouquets
Cake: Fantasy Frosting
Rentals: Parlani Party Rentals
DJ: DJ Intrigue 
Coffee: Coffe Cart LA
And special thanks to Sarah Cheng for helping me out with the photos! 


Overnight Trip in Zion National Park

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Overnight Trip in Zion National Park

A couple of days ago, I endured the 7-hour drive to Zion running on three hours of sleep after working three 12-hour days in a row, all for an overnight trip. Some people thought that it was a crazy idea, but I was in need of a nature fix, and tbh nothing's ever too crazy when it comes to being able to visit one of my favorite National Parks. 

The day started with leaving Los Angeles around 4:30 am. After a bit of driving, we made it to Zion around 12:30pm in the afternoon, set up camp, and had a quick lunch. After that, we set off into the park via it's handy dandy shuttle system. 

Our first hike involved the gateway to the Narrows! It was a beautiful experience to be immersed in the canyons with so much green all around us. 

The end of the trail ends where the Narrows begins. We walked in the water for a bit to get the experience of how it is to hike this trail. Needless to say, we came out with very wet shoes. Haha. I'd love to rent waterproof shoes and hike further up the canyon next time though! 

After that, we head back down the same trail and rode the shuttle down to the Emerald Pools where we saw even more of the beauty that Zion has to offer. 
We even had the chance to walk through a mini waterfall! 

Bloom where you are planted.

After that hike, we headed to the Canyon Overlook Trail, which I like to call the safer version of Angel's Landing. The views are great without having to go through an extremely sketchy trail. That being said, the trail wasn't exactly a piece of cake either. A bit of caution is needed but it's definitely something everyone can do as long as they're careful! 

My hiking boots got wet from the Narrows so I had to hike this trail in my Vans... only almost slipped once! 

Making it to the top of the canyon offered breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and of the land below.

It's moments like these that make me realize exactly how lucky I am to be able to do things like this. 

After getting almost 10 hours of sleep that night, we woke up to this view! No one wanted to head home, but we had to eventually pack up camp. 

We decided to stop by a local breakfast place in town before before starting our journey back. 

The chicken fried steak was so good! 

On a side note, for all my camera junkies out there.. I shot all these photos on a Sony A6000. After taking my Canon 5D Mark III on a few trips, I realized that it was just too heavy for me to be taking on hikes. This trip was my first time testing the Sony A6000 on a camping/hiking trip and I'm so glad that I've finally found a camera that gives me both the quality and usability that I need. Such a win! 

And that concludes this Zion adventure! It was tiring, involved a lot of driving, and even more hiking, but man, was it beautiful. 

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Charlotte and David


Charlotte and David

Charlotte knew that she wanted her engagement photos to be where almond trees were in bloom. So one Saturday in February, we set off to find some almond farms which lead us to Bakersfield, California. We found a farm that seemed promising, but after we drove around for a bit, we couldn't find any trace of any person who we could ask if we could have permission to shoot in the area. 

After some more driving, we were able to ask a local who said that it was common for people to just stop by the side of the road and shoot inside the farms, and that no one really cared if they did. So we went back to the first farm that we found and shot away during the golden hour.

It was magical having this whole place to ourselves. 

So here's to two of my favorite people out there. ♡
Can't wait for the wedding next month! 


Ruben & Angie - Save the Date


Ruben & Angie - Save the Date

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to photograph my coworker and his lovely fiancé's save-the-date! We made the trip to Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park in Orange County and everything from the location to the golden light as the sun set was beyond perfect. I'm so stoked with how these photos turned out! 

Congrats Ruben and Angie! 


Snow in Joshua Tree

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Snow in Joshua Tree

I never knew that it could snow in the desert. 

Last weekend, as we were heading down to Joshua Tree, a few showers of rain graced us during our drive. The weather wasn't forecasted to be that cold and there was no forecast of rain either for the rest of the day, so we thought we'd be okay. 

Once we got to the park, we headed straight to Jumbo Rocks campground to try to find a spot. After a few minutes of looking, we found two that we liked, and thought that we'd set up camp early. 

Then we felt it. 

It was a few flakes of snow at first. Then more and more flakes fell. And before we knew it, snow was pouring down on us and it looked like we were in the middle of a blizzard (or at least it felt like we were). After about 10 minutes or so, our entire surrounding was covered in white leaving us with the most breathtaking views of Joshua Tree that I've ever seen. 

The entire snowfall only lasted about 20-30 minutes. After an hour or two, all the snow melted and there was no trace that even the slightest bit snow hit the park.

And that's what makes this experience so special for me. We just happened to be at the right place, at the right time. 

Definitely an experience that I will never forget!

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