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.
Right after the tea ceremonies, Annie prepared for the wedding ceremony.
To say Annie looked stunning would be the understatement of the century. See for yourself.
Loved, loved, LOVED Annie’s shoes!
The Arboretum was a great place for wedding party and bridal portraits. There’s no shortage of scenery!
The ceremony took place in the Arboretum’s rose garden, which provided a perfect backdrop with gorgeous light.
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.
A Japanese sensei performed the ceremony and it was quite beautiful.
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. ;)
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!
The reception’s kick off was a Chinese lion dance, which was so unbelievably awesome. That’s how you start a party, people!
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.
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.