Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Photography – Annie + Robin

Annie and Robin’s Los Angeles Arboretum wedding was nothing short of amazing. You may remember this beautiful couple from their Huntington Gardens and Malibu Beach engagement session. I’ve already told you how much fun that session was, so needless to say I couldn’t wait for their wedding!

Cat and her team at Lemon Drop Socials Weddings & Events pulled all of the details of the day together – and what beautiful details they were! I would be remiss in not thanking Jen Berry and Ala Cortez, my second shooters for the day. Thanks, girls!

The other vendors who made the day possible:
Caterer: Grace Catering (who cooked a ten-course traditional Chinese meal on-site!)
Florals: Cat Tuong Flowers
Lighting: Mobile Illumination
DJ: Ernee Felix
Cake: Amor Bakery
Hair and Makeup: Joyce Luck Style

The day started with two Chinese tea ceremonies, which I was excited about. Robin and Annie’s families are fun and rambunctious, but the meaning of the tea ceremony was not lost on them and  I loved watching them start the day with such a beautiful tradition.

Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony photography

Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony photography

Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony photography

Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony photography

Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony photography

Right after the tea ceremonies, Annie prepared for the wedding ceremony.

Los Angeles wedding photography

Los Angeles wedding photography

To say Annie looked stunning would be the understatement of the century. See for yourself.

Los Angeles wedding photography

Los Angeles wedding photography

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Loved, loved, LOVED Annie’s shoes!

Los Angeles wedding phtography

The Arboretum was a great place for wedding party and bridal portraits. There’s no shortage of scenery!

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

The ceremony took place in the Arboretum’s rose garden, which provided a perfect backdrop with gorgeous light.

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

I was standing close to Robin as Annie began her walk towards him down the aisle. The moment he saw her he said, “Oh, wow. I’m going cry.” I turned around and snapped this shot. He managed to keep it together (mostly), but I love how you can see the pride, love and excitement on his face.

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

A Japanese sensei performed the ceremony and it was quite beautiful.

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

After the ceremony I took the newlyweds around for some portraits. These two are seriously fun to photograph, so I may have gone a little overboard. ;)

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

This is probably my favorite from the day. It just feels so quiet and peaceful.Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

The reception was awesome. Not only did Annie and Robin incorporate elements important to their culture, but they also made it very personalized. The place cards were small potted flowers for each guest too keep, which I thought was lovely. Also, I was pleased to find they they got good use out of their engagement photos with a sign-in book, in addition to a photo family tree and a large framed print at the entrance. Perfect examples of ways to utilize your engagement photos!

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

The reception’s kick off was a Chinese lion dance, which was so unbelievably awesome. That’s how you start a party, people!

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Robin is part of a Taiko drumming group who also performed. They invited Robin to join them, who  of course had to show his bride how it’s done! So cute.

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

Los Angeles Arboretum wedding photography

I have to stop myself here because I could go on and on about this wedding. Annie and Robin, thank you for letting me share in this amazing day with you. You are amazing people and I am so honored to have been a part of this chapter in your life.

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  • mo! - As always Heidi great work!
    Love the shots of their cultural aspects of the wedding :)

  • Stacey Young - Heidi these are amazing!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of them!!

  • Vanessa - V3 - GORGEOUS photos Heidi!

  • Adrienne Gunde - Beautiful images! Love all the cultural aspects they tied into the day. And how cool that they had taiko too! I’ve been playing since college.. do you know what group it was? :)

  • Shawn Kloster - Now that is a big blog post! I can understand why with that many incredible photos… very well done, Heidi! =)

  • Ala - You are seriously a ROCKSTAR! Love this wedding (and you) oh so much!

  • Amanda Rae - HEIDI!! You did such an amazing job with this wedding! Oh my gosh, they are so lucky to have had you as their photographer!

  • Cat Pham - Two Words – YOU ROCK!!!

  • Mark Leonard - Fantastic photos, Heidi!

  • jen berry - ok ok ok. i could go on and on about how amazing these photos are. really. was at in the same place as you?!?!? BUT, i want people to know with what ease and determination you captured these photos. Throughout the day you had such a calm, but yet focused momentum. You work with such ease. Stealth like. I can see why people love you; people adore you. xo

  • alisha - As always these are amazing! You will definitely photograph my second wedding. ;-)

  • Jenny - Great job Heidi ! Love your use of light in this wedding. so Yummy and delicious !

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  • Alexandra - Wow :) What a beautiful wedding ceremony! You did a great job with these photos :) Love them.

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  • Zoie - These are some of the best wedding photos I’ve seen. So bright and vibrant. You captured the joy and beauty of their wedding so perfectly. It feels like I was there! So much personality and love. Great work!!

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