Archive for 2011

Bondi Beach (HDR)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

bondi beach

Weather for surfing at Bondi Beach, Australia? Wicked.

Did you know that this was considered one of the world’s top 10 pools? Imagine how cool it is when Bondi ocean waves crash onto the chlorine water. Fusion. Awesomeness.

Here’s me being shark bait.

surfing

Oh, and yes, it was an HDR image.

Boudoir Photography (black and white)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

black and white boudoir

Who doesn’t want to look their sexiest for their fiances or husbands. Combined with a classic black and white feel and you’re golden … I mean, black and white.

Photo take in Gold Coast, Australia. Ciao!

Great Barrier Reef

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

great barrier reef

Decided to charter a plane over the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia). It was indeed great. What wasn’t great was the nauseous feeling on a tiny plane.

SS Maheno Ship Wreck (HDR)

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

ss maheno

SS Maheno was en route to Japan for scrap metal and ended up on Fraser Island, Australia, in 1935.

Published: Ed Libby: The King of Design

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

“You need air, water and someone to love you; everything else is an option,” concedes designer Ed Libby. Yet, this master of combining diverse and complex elements to create stunning installations is quick to insist that celebrations should be fully loaded. “Life is such a struggle on every level for everyone,” Libby says. Times of intense emotion, of togetherness, of rapturous joy “are far too brief” and infrequent. Celebrating these moments
“on a grand and spectacular level is incredibly important,” he contends. So, when his event designs leave guests agog and asking, “Why?” he invariably responds: “Why not?”

It’s the answer family members might have heard had they asked Libby why, as a child, he’d “make something out of the box,” and ignore the amazing present inside. “I was creating things from a young age. I was definitely born to do this,” Libby says. He wasn’t introduced to the events industry, however, until he took a job as a flower shop driver, while studying art and business. Now, 27 years after establishing his own floral design firm, Libby credits clients with catapulting his career. “Each client entrusted…

ed libby

Cheers to you good friend,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. This photo was taken at Ed Libby’s home in Hollywood Hills. It was only after a couple of martinis did we get the shot. What a fun afternoon!

Published: A Great Empire is Like a Great Wedding Cake

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

Left: Chocolate fondant featuring a blue floral-bird design. NancyKay’s Confections Beverly Hills, CA; Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography Los Angeles, CA

Right: Ivory buttercream and fondant with confectioned bling rosettes. NancyKay’s Confections
Beverly Hills, CA; Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography Los Angeles, CA

great wedding cakes

Published: Mondrian Hotel Wedding Photo

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

Monochromatic table featuring oranges in various forms coiling down the center paired with botanicals and gilded cakes set atop glass pedestals.

mondrian hotel wedding photo

Location: Mondrian Los Angeles West
Hollywood, CA; Table and Floral Design: Ed Libby &
Company, Inc. Los Angeles, CA and New York,
NY; Ghost Chairs: Roberta Karsch-Resource One, Inc.
Reseda, CA; Table Setting: Classic Party Rentals El Segundo,
CA; Candlestick Holders and Vases: Luxe Event Rentals
Los Angeles, CA; Cakes: Vanilla Bake Shop Santa Monica, CA;
Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography
Los Angeles, CA

Published: Enchanted Garden Wedding

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

Enchanted garden tabletop featuring driftwood furniture punctuated with hand-painted fern pattern.

enchanted garden wedding photo

Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
Pasadena, CA; Table Design and Linen: Revelry Event
Designers Los Angeles, CA; Floral Design: The Hidden
Garden Floral Design Los Angeles, CA; Table, Chairs
and Bench: Hire Elegance for Revelry Los Angeles; China: Hermès
at Gearys Beverly Hills, CA; Glassware: Juliska at Gearys; Flatware:
Arte Italica at Gearys; Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting
North Hollywood, CA; Photography: Lawrence Chan
Photography Los Angeles, CA

Published: Ultimate Wedding After-Party

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

Ultimate after-party featuring white leather sofas, handmade flower walls, tree trunk coffee tables and regency bar.

ultimate wedding after party

Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Pasadena, CA; Event Design: Revelry Event Designers Los Angeles, CA; Floral Design: The Hidden Garden Floral Design Los Angeles, CA; Furniture: Hire Elegance for Revelry Los Angeles; Barware: Baroko by Artel; Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting North Hollywood, CA; Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography Los Angeles, CA

Published: Glass and Yellow Rose Pomander Balls

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

Glass and yellow rose pomander balls suspended above arrangements of cymbidium orchids, succulents and hydrangea.

langham huntington hotel wedding photo

Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Pasadena, CA; Table and Floral Design: Shirvan Design Los Angeles, CA; Table and Chairs: Luxe Event Rentals Los Angeles, CA; Table Setting: Classic Party Rentals Culver City, CA; Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting North Hollywood, CA; Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography Los Angeles, CA

Published: Garden Terrace

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

White linen with black pleated edges showcasing arrangements of calla
lilies, lilacs, anemones and miniature boxwood hedges.

langham hotel garden terrace

Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
Pasadena, CA; Table Design: International Event Company,
Jonathan Reeves Beverly Hills, CA; Floral Design: Mark’s
Garden Sherman Oaks, CA; Linen: Roberta Karsch-Resource One, Inc.
Reseda, CA; Chairs: Chameleon Chair Collection Torrance, CA; Table
Setting: Classic Party Rentals El Segundo, CA; Photography: Lawrence
Chan Photography
Los Angeles, CA

Published: “A Royal Flush”

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Editorial shoot published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine Fall / Winter 2011

Black and white décor inspired by Hermès featuring a mirrored tabletop with monochromatic centerpieces surrounded by Pasha chairs.

langham hotel pasadena wedding photo

Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Pasadena, CA;
Table Design and Linen: Revelry Event Designers Los Angeles, CA;
Floral Design: The Hidden Garden Floral Design Los Angeles,
CA; Table and Chairs: Hire Elegance for Revelry Los Angeles; China: Hermès at
Gearys Beverly Hills, CA; Glassware: Muriel Grateau at Gearys; Flatware: Robbe
& Berking at Gearys; Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting North Hollywood, CA;
Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography Los Angeles, CA

Tighter than a Vermicelli Spring Roll

Monday, August 15th, 2011

With the daily grind of a hectic lifestyle, we sometimes get wrapped up in ourselves tighter than a vermicelli spring roll (and you know how tight those can be if you’ve ever had this unique Vietnamese appetizer…yum).

vermicelli spring roll

For those of us who have ever run a business, planned a wedding, managed a classroom of curious 1st graders, or simply gotten through a day of raising children, you know how your day can begin and end in a flash. Sometimes we get so involved with ourselves that we forget to look around us – a bustling community where a million other people are doing their thing each day.

This is one of those moments when you just stop and go, “Hey, there is a world that exists outside of mine!”

During my travels in Sydney, I had this view of an apartment complex just across from my hotel in the CBD (central business district). I stopped to gaze at each little window, saw how each square contained people that were up to their daily shenanigans…and it was so neat to revel in this. I looked from square to square and saw that the people in square 1A were sitting down to a lovely dinner, while the people in square 1B were busting a move on Dance Central on Xbox Kinect. In square 3B, a lady was sitting on her balcony, reading and petting her cat.

sydney apartments

Something about this scene intrigued me. I suppose it reminded me that sometimes we just have to stop and breathe for a moment, so that we can appreciate the rest of the world around us.

As much as we spiral into our own lives, it’s nice to just look outside of our little square, even if just for a moment.

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Just to be clear, I’m wasn’t trying to be pervy. Don’t go there…just in case you did. =X

Sydney Opera House

Monday, August 8th, 2011

For those who know me well, I’m a travel junkie. I’d rather go exploring than to, let’s say, buy furniture. My friends know. Remember the bean bags and giant stuffed animals Julie and I used as pseudo chairs?

Anyway, we’re currently in Australia. The weather is crisp. The meat pies are delicious. Even though the currency exchange is terrible for Americans, I’m still having a ball.

In our quest to learn about other cultures and histories, we decided to visit Sydney’s iconic Opera House. It was breathtaking. And if you know of its history…even more wow.

sydney opera house

sydney opera house

Our guided tour was awesome! Aside from learning about its history and unfathomable architecture, we got to sit in on some behind-the-scenes practice sessions. There were ballets for an aboriginal dance performance, opera for Of Mice and Men, and an orchestra playing a piece. It was like a sampler platter!

Ciao,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Australia’s food portions are significantly smaller. I think I like it.

Meat Pies

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

I can now advocate and tell Americans: don’t be afraid of a meat pie.

I had heard about these little things in America and thought, NO SORRY, fruit goes in pies, not meat (well, maybe with the exception of a chicken pot pie).

Anyway, on my first day in the city, I got out of a train station and was surrounded by meat pies. Meat pie mania! Every little sandwich shop and coffee place offered them. So I braced myself and ordered a beef minced meat pie.

australian meat pies

The girl behind the counter suggested I buy the extra tomato sauce (you mean ketchup, lady?) and I was thinking, hell why not, I’m about to eat a BEEF PIE.

I picked up my little single serving pie and nestled into a station table as everyone else hurried around me to catch the train.

It was certainly a “moment” for me. Here I was, in the midst of Australian culture, isolated in my aura of concentration among the busy people around me. I didn’t care.

It was just me and my pie.

I got my knife and fork and out of habit, carefully cut myself a triangular slice of the pie (keep in mind this thing was about 5 inches in diameter, I don’t know what I was doing), squeezed on some fancy ketchup, and nervously consumed it.

australian meat pies

It was good.

It was savory and salty and the crust was so flaky and buttery.
I repeated the process – cut a triangular piece, add a dollop of ketchup, and consume – until I was done. I continued on in my experience for about 10 minutes until every little bit was gone and I was thinking about maybe getting another.

That was when some dude plopped down next to me with his own pie. He ripped the packet of tomato sauce, squeezed it all in the middle of the pie, picked up the pie and folded it like a taco, and downed it in 4 bites. Talk about making my experience look cheap.

I realize that I’ve written a very long post on meat pies and I don’t know what’s gotten into me. Sorry about that! LOL.

Sending some love from the land down under,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I have yet to figure out whether their meat pie portions are for a snack or a meal.

Hello Australia!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Sorry. I’ve been MIA for a while! Things have been busy, but I’ve got lots of cool stuff to post.

I’m sort of a travel junkie and my current hobby has brought me to Australia. Yes, that’s right… the land down under, but not the Thunder Down Under because that’s a Vegas show where…well you can guess. There’s lots of thunder.

Right now, at this very moment, I’m blogging from a Starbucks. And believe me, it was hard to find! There were only 4 locations that came up in the Sydney city area…all I could think was, pardon? Did I hear that right?

I’ve been here for a few days (in AU, not Starbucks) and already have collected some invaluable experiences and life lessons:

People here yield for pedestrians…they don’t try to race them over.

I’m embarrassed to say, I felt bad for how much drivers were yielding for me. I’ve been trained to expect a flattened toe if I thought I had the right of way in Los Angeles.

So, instead I tried to yield for these Aussie drivers, and it went on back and forth for a couple of hand waves before I just gave up and crossed. Whoa.

I am constantly running up to the driver side of cars expecting a passenger seat.

Everything looks like it’s on the wrong side! I freak out when we’re on the road…I try to advise people who drive me to WAIT!!!! And to NOT TURN HERE!!! Heh.

I am constantly standing and walking on the wrong side of the street, thinking that all these people who keep cutting around me must be in some massive hurry.

I once blocked a long escalator with my stand-on-the-right American-ways… picture me, going up the escalator on the right side, minding my own beeswax. I turn around and EVERYONE else is standing on the left. Hm…that’s certainly enough societal pressure to tell me there’s something wrong with this picture.

But, these Australians were so nice… no one even called me out on it. Maybe they’re used to Americans acting aloof…especially when it comes to international politics.

Havoc

Anyway, throughout my train ride adventures, I stopped off at Cabramatta. It’s sort of a Chinatown, but not the official one. I thought to myself that this would be a good spot to begin my havoc.

cabmaratta tet festival

cabmaratta tet festival

Don’t worry. I did not get in trouble. It was part of the Vietnamese Tet festival they were preparing for.

Ciao mate,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Australians use a lot of abbreviations. For example, a university is called, “uni.”

Wedding: My Friend Who Played Hooky

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

After knowing Andy over a decade, he finally tied the knot. I still recall the days when we were attending the same business academy at USC. We always snuck out to play tennis instead of attending class. Fast forward 12 years and he’s found his wife: Jennie. Fortunately, he did not play hooky. Who would? Jennie is so prettyyyy.

I had to pleasure of working with two friends — Kiera Faye and Katya Nova — on recording this amazing wedding. We started our morning with Jamba Juice and then BAM we’re off.

Fusion Movie

Jennie and Andy got married on the Mercury Sky Deck rooftop in downtown Los Angeles on May 21, 2011. Spec-tac-u-lar view!

downtown la wedding

This was probably my favorite photo throughout the day — reminds me of Marilyn Monroe except with less intention of revealing legs. Oh, and yes, the warm sun lent just the perfect amount of natural light.

downtown la wedding

downtown la wedding

Yes, that’s me.

“Are you two tired? No problem. We could lie on the floor for a moment. Don’t worry about the reception. No one can start eating without you two.”

downtown la wedding

downtown la wedding

Check out that spectacular view! Oh, I mean the spectacular reception table!

downtown la wedding

This was my first time photographing a Korean Paebaek ceremony. If you saw the video above, the parents threw nuts at the newly weds. The amount of nuts they catch resembles the number of kids they will have. According to this game, they’re due for nine children.

downtown la wedding

downtown la wedding

Isn’t downtown LA gorgeous at night?

downtown la wedding

To warm the chilly night, Jennie and Andy had surprise guests. They put on quite a pyrotechnic show!

downtown la wedding

After four ceremonies and a long day, I zipped through the city homebound with my Tron soundtrack blasting. The only thing missing was a light beam trailing my car.

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Jennie and Andy also had this lady as a centerpiece for the hor dourves. For a lack of a better title, I’m going to call her, “Clam Lady.”

clam lady

Various Table Settings

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

What’s there to say? Miami Mandarin Oriental is a super awesome location! I’ve had the opportunity to photograph a number of linen table settings put up by Pablo from Nuage Designs for weddings. That guy is super talented.

Another reason why I love Mandarin Oriental is because it’s right next to the water. The reflection from the afternoon sun makes all of the china, flutes, goblets, etc. sparkle. Definitely pretty neat.

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

CHOMP!

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

CHOMP AGAIN!

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I’m from Los Angeles. So, the first time I touched the ocean waters in Miami, I sort of freaked out! It’s warm like a bath tub. So nice.

New York Central Park

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I was in New York for the 2010 Bridal Market and Wedding Style‘s book launch party at the Plaza Hotel. Just before meeting up with Yanni Tzoumas (Executive Editor), I decided to walk around Central Park.

I did not mean to, but I bought a scarf, tie and a hot dog from street vendors. What? I’m supporting the community. As odd as it was to have a hot dog for breakfast, I sat down and watched the birds harass the horses for a bit.

Out of courtesy, and because I was sitting down anyway, I took an HDR image of the horse carriages queued up for a trot.

new york horse carriage at central park

I ♥ NY…and I love it even more because I love “Sex and the City.”

xo,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. It was freezing in December, but I missed out on the snow. Sad day.

Sunset in Rome, Italy

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Yesterday, I was looking up various destinations for a potential holiday. While on Contiki’s website, I stumbled upon Europe and was reminded of a photo I wanted to enlarge for my wall.

I quickly sifted through my archives and found a sunset in Rome, Italy. I was walking along a bridge when this scenic view melted my heart. It was too bad that the couple I was photographing was not there. Otherwise, I would have loved to take advantage of the golden rays.

rome italy

One of my friends just photographed a wedding in Rome, Italy – with the colosseum, ruins, etc. I won’t deny it…I was a bit jealous. Anyway, until next time…

Ciao Bella,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I’m considering the Outback territory of Australia or an African safari…too bad I can’t just do both!