Archive for the ‘Weddings’ Category

2012 Fall Winter NYC Bridal Market

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

New York. The capital of everything cool.

I had to pleasure of returning to the Big Apple to photograph and film for Grace Ormonde of Wedding Style Magazine. Here is the highlight film I produced that documented a weekend with Grace.

Below are screenshot photos from the video.

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SF Ritz Carlton Wedding: Jane and Jack

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Jane is a foodie. Jack is a techie. The two of them met while working at Yelp. How befitting!

It was just another Monday in San Francisco when Jane was trying to take an artistic photo of her lemon cake dessert at work – a habit she and I aren’t about to kick. After struggling with poor lighting and impatience, she threw her hands up in the air flustered. Jack, bemused the entire time and enchanted by her chestnut hair, mustered up the courage to walk over and offered his help.

A Beautiful San Francisco Wedding

What started as a shared lemon cake led to this weekend’s beautiful wedding at San Francisco Ritz Carlton … Their engagement photographs can be found here.

sf ritz carlton wedding photo

Despite the rain, it did not dampent anyone’s spirit. In fact, just like water, tears of joy trickled in equal quantity.

ritz carlton wedding photo

If one picture could epitomize their union, it is this round lemon cake – coming full circle.

lemon wedding cake

The rest of the wedding reception was full of dancing, laughing and more dancing!

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san francisco ritz carlton wedding photo

san francisco ritz carlton wedding photo

Thanks, Ray, for having me as the second shooter.

Cheers,

Lawrence Chan

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!

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…

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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.

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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

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!

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

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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

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miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

miami mandarin oriental wedding photo

CHOMP!

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CHOMP AGAIN!

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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.

Published with Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

So…today was rather exciting!

I did my normal routine of going to a coffee shop (today was Panera Bread) to work. After I had a delicious sandwich and a bowl of soup for lunch, I just remembered that Grace Ormonde’s new Spring / Summer magazine issue should be in the newsstands.

I did know that my hilarious ad (page 166) was going to be in there, so I decided to visit Borders to see if the magazine has arrived on the shelf.

Upon first glance, I did not expect my photos to be the opening spread to the tabletop section!!! I knew that I will get a copy of the magazine in the mail since I have her subscription, but I JUST HAD TO BUY IT right then and there.

2011 wedding style magazine cover

Page 18 (table of contents)

Tabletop by Golf of Tantawan Bloom taken at The Plaza New York

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Page 86

Food design and catering by Harriette Rose Katz taken at The Plaza New York

Pages 120-121

Tabletop by Ed Libby & Company, Inc. and Roberta Karsch-Resource One, Inc. taken at The Plaza New York

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Tabletop by Golf of Tantawan Bloom taken at The Plaza New York

I’m humbled beyond words. I’ve been published a number of times before but first time by Grace Ormonde.

Thanks Grace and Yanni,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Hope you two are having a wonderful time in Cap Juluca, Anguilla! I am going to shoot a wedding there one day and will be sure to submit it!

Trash The Dress: Tiffany and Le

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The original plan after the wedding in Cancun Casa Magna was to go to Tulum Ruins, Mexico to conduct a Trash The Dress (TTD) session. Unfortunately, when we got there, the security was not very flexible and would not permit photos. Boo on them.

Being the tenacious person I am, I cajoled two locals to take us on boats to go around the ruins and shoot from behind. Surprisingly, the photos in the water turned out to be WAY BETTER than anticipated!

The only downside to doing this was the ocean water washed all of Le’s sunblock off and he got burnt by the end of our session. What a trooper! On the bright side, Le looks like The Most Interesting Man in the World (by Dos Equis).

tulum wedding pictures

tulum wedding pictures

Got to love the turquoise water!

tulum wedding pictures

tulum wedding pictures

This was funny. A group of Italian tourists were so impressed with the lighting gear that we brought that they thought Tiffany and Le were supermodels. Personally, I think the two of them should be (even though practicing marketing and medicine are fun too…I guess).

Anyway, the tourists took out their cameras and started photographing us at work. Then shyly got closer and started photographing them. I just told them with my limited Italian (which is a vocabulary of three words) to sit down and take a photo with the “supermodels.” They were so stoked.

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tulum wedding pictures

tulum wedding pictures

tulum wedding pictures

This photo is one of my favorites. In fact, I have a large canvas of this image. It wasn’t even intentional. Tiffany was walking alone while Le was putting on some sunblock and a gust of wind blew her veil. Luckily, I had my telephoto lens, which created the beautiful blur.

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They look good in white, huh?

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tulum wedding pictures

Whew! What a wonderful time in Cancun! Love it there!

Lawrence Chan

P.S. In the first few photos, two boats were used to make the shots. I was in the other one with a telephoto lens. With the rocking waters coupled with looking through a tiny peephole, the shoot lasted no more than 10 minutes because I started vomiting like a hose. Free fish food?

The following is a new video I made of some of my weddings. You’ll see some clips of the shoot here.

P.P.S. Yes, I bring a butt load of lighting gear sometimes even for a destination wedding.

Wedding: Tiffany and Le

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

What can I say about Mexico? I love it there – food is great, conversion rate is awesome, turquoise water is incomparable.

I already knew that it was going to be an beautiful wedding simply because Tiffany has really good taste. When I photographed their engagement session in New York, the two of them were wearing stunning ensembles – designer labels coupled with sexy smiles. Even if I was out of focus, the photos still came out nice.

What was truly beautiful was the chemistry between the Tiffany and Le. She knew exactly what to say to bring out the fun side in Le. This included innocuous teasing of Le’s infatuation for wearing super low cut socks, which wasn’t exactly appealing in photos when his bare leg was exposed.

*** skip a few months into the wedding

Tiffany couldn’t have picked a better time to have the wedding…except for the short period of super winds. You’ll see in the photos.

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cancun wedding pictures

Right before the ceremony, the girls wanted a group photo. They rocked it to say the least!

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cancun wedding pictures

cancun wedding pictures

And the winds began. Note that Tiffany had her hair curled.

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cancun wedding pictures

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cancun wedding pictures

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cancun wedding pictures

cancun wedding pictures

cancun wedding pictures

Hair’s not so curly anymore, huh? The wind-spell was so strong that I could barely keep my eyes open haha! They’re such troopers.

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cancun wedding pictures

cancun wedding pictures

cancun wedding pictures

That was a fun trip! The remainder of the evening was filled with liquor, dancing and laughs. We all slept in because the next day was our TTD (Trash The Dress) session!

Adios,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. It sounds cliched, but I always have to get a taco in Mexico…and a Corona.

The Plaza New York and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

“If this goes through, Lawrence, I guess they’ll have to shave a few hours from afternoon tea,” giggled Grace.

The air was filled with romance drawn from scenes of The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and other Greats walking through the same opulent lobby. The Plaza Hotel is the quintessence of elegance, which was the perfect pairing for Wedding Style Magazine’s New York party on October 15, 2010.

Ed Libby tweeted, “The who’s who of what’s what in NYC are here!!” I couldn’t agree more – I did a lot of gawking, stalking, and paparazzi-style shooting. Overall, I am humbled and honored that I had the opportunity to partake on this memorable event at such a landmark location.

“I have never seen the Palm Court look so sexy,” was Grace’s opening line. And it was welcomed with unanimous laughter.

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

This beautiful table set was put together by Ed Libby (recently worked on Lala’s wedding) and Roberta Karsch!

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the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

The following table was produced by Golf from Tantawan Bloom.

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This wonderful centerpiece was also by Ed Libby.

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the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

the plaza hotel wedding

“Say Yes to the Dress” Star Randy Fenoli and publisher Grace Ormonde!

the plaza hotel wedding

Pablo from Nuage Designs, Roberta Karsh and Ed Libby!

the plaza hotel wedding

Here is one of my paparazzi shots of Sylvia Weinstock – the queen of cakes!

the plaza hotel wedding

Mike Colon and Yanni Tzoumas were chatting it up with the Wedding Style Magazine team.

the plaza hotel wedding

Others who attended included Colin Cowie, Reem Acra, Ines Di Santo… I was a little star-struck to say the least. Unfortunately, I did not get photos of everyone. It was probably because I was eating…yummy!

The evening proceeded with lots of wine and wonderful conversations. The next morning, I decided to do a little pigeon feeding and HDR fun. Since the Apple store was not too far from The Plaza, I couldn’t resist.

the plaza hotel wedding

Afterward, Yanni, Grace, Tracy, Mike and I went to a few fashion shows for Bridal Market. That was fun!

Yours truly,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. I have been to New York over a dozen times now and I keep FORGETTING to eat a street vendor hot dog!! Until next time…

Boston Mandarin Oriental and Wedding Style Magazine

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I just flew in to Providence, Rhode Island the night before, so my inner clock is still not synced.

It was raining. I stole a glance at my watch and realized that it was time to go. I travel so much, I decided to get a nice wrist watch that had dual times. My girlfriend bought it for me as part of her retail therapy. I didn’t complain. She thought of me!

It takes quite a while to drive from Providence to Boston. Factoring in rain and potential accidents, incalculable. I was getting anxious.

“Grace [Ormonde]! Yanni! Let’s go!” I yelled. Paula, Wedding Style Magazine’s finance manager, was with me.

“Let’s go first,” Paula said. She’s quite talented. She put on makeup while making preparations for the Wedding Style Magazine party hosted at the gorgeous Boston Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Boston Mandarin Oriental Hotel
776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 0219

Okay set! The address was in the GPS.

I was responsible for the marketing and launch of the book parties. This was part of the grass-root campaign for Grace Ormonde’s new book. For this event, I was going to photograph a bit and record video the rest of the time.

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boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

boston mandarin oriental wedding

Wow! On the right was Grace. On the left was the wedding designer for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding!

boston mandarin oriental wedding

The evening ended with a random photo shoot and posh burgers for dinner…

Ciao for now,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Shooting video in the rain was wicked!

Taryne and Nishan – A Wedding Like Royalty

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Let me preface with this fusion movie – watch in full screen and in HD!

I remember Taryne’s first email to me. It started with, “From one Chipotle fan to another…” I had a gut feeling it would be a good match.

We first met in Rhode Island. I was working at Grace Ormonde’s office and Taryne and Nishan were kind enough to meet me there. We chatted for about two hours and looked through a number of weddings. Still having my Europe pictures in storage, I decided to share those too.

That’s when I got a bit embarrassed…then we all did.

The Europe folder contained lots and lots of pictures of food…probably half the folder. They were of delicious European appetizers, cuisines, pastas, desserts…oh the desserts, beverages and more. I tried with all my might to stifle a low growl from my stomach, but the sound ripped through the chatter like a hot blade through butter.

Seriously, what do you do in those situations?

Tee hee was my response. Maybe they were trying to console me, so they let their stomachs growl too. Laughter ensued and…the wedding day.

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first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

They had a traditional church ceremony (First Congregational Church of Los Angeles) followed by a Sri Lankan Buddhist Ceremony held at the beautiful Beverly Wilshire (Four Seasons) in Beverly Hills.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Right after the ceremonies, we had roughly 10 minutes to take some private portraits. My original plan was to photograph it on the rooftop of Beverly Wilshire, but there wasn’t enough time. So we trekked over to the pool and used a cabana as our backdrop.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Since I know Taryne is super cool, I am going to post some cute candid moments :P

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first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Awwwwwwwww…

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

Some mouthwatering cocktail and hors d’oeuvres…

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

And the reception was breathtaking! It had black chandeliers, gi-normous black dance floor, wispy drapes, beautiful lights…

I later learned from Taryne that Sri Lankan people liked to dance a lot. My first impression was – dang that is a HUGE dance floor. Conversely, Taryne’s first impression was – oh no, I hope it’s big enough. It barely contained everyone per the end of the video.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

While everyone was dancing, Julie, Aaron Dieppa and I were in the back frantically editing photos / video and sampling some out-of-the-world-yummy-miniature-donuts-dipped-in-cinnamon. After licking our fingers clean, we put the photos and video onto an iPad for sharing.

first congregational church of los angeles wedding photos

So delicious…

Special thanks:

Beverly Wilshire
Monica Bewak – Associate Director of Catering

International Event Company
Jonathan Reeves, Ross and Mari

Classic Party Rentals
Kyle Hollars – Director of Lighting

Aaron Dieppa Photography – HUGE THANK YOU because doing video and photos by myself was a little crazy, so glad you were with me :)

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine
Thanks Grace – Taryne found me through the Platinum List!

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Taryne makes these interesting cartoon sounds and we all concluded that she should do cartoon voice overs.

Jamaica Me Crazy!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

It’s been about a week and I already feel the tension building up again. In fact, as I compose this post, I am on Virgin Airlines due for Boston to work with Grace Ormonde. The stress free days of “No problem, mon” seem to be a distant past. And being sandwiched in the coach section with a guy who has absolutely no understanding of personal space and drops food on my lap as he wolfs down sunflower seeds do not help…I might as well have him lay on me. (Early P.S. I seriously hope he doesn’t read this).

Last week, Julie assisted me in shooting a wedding in Jamaica at Couples Negril Resort! Couples was nothing like conventional resorts with plush white beds and chairs, but they had a lot more color and culture. It was over a year ago when Helen contacted me about photography services. She’s based in Houston and I in Los Angeles, so we just exchanged emails. I knew that she was going to be a fun bride when she admittedly called herself a dork for packing two weeks in advance. To be frank, so did Julie and I mentally.

Matt – Helen’s fiancé and now husband – is a really tall guy. He even towers over me by quite a lot. He served in the Marine Corps and is now a teacher. Helen and Matt met while working together at a hospital. Their union can be called love at first sight if you believe in that…

One day at work, while Matt was on the phone with his best buddy, he told him, “Hey, got to go. My wife just walked through the door.”

Who knew? Three years later, Julie and I were standing at the altar shooting away. I love stories like these.

Anyway, below I have a “fusion” video where photos and video were combined. As many of you might know, I am a photographer and not normally a cinematographer, but I am fond of both mediums. The decision to make video on Helen’s wedding was actually not planned. It was for kicks.

With the Canon 1D MIV and 5D MII, “easy day” as Matt would put it. To be completely honest, it was not so easy if you’re trying to do both. My brain had to switch back and forth and from looking through the lens and at the LCD. I think Julie and I did a pretty swell job.

Watch in Full Screen HD!

I must admit that the day unfolded rather smoothly, which helped with my new video work flow. Helen’s sleight of hand make-up application allowed me to allocate time to cover Matt’s preparation. During the process, I learned something new! All buttons for a Marine Corps’ uniform must be upright and if anything were to have a single scratch it’s discarded. Strict!

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jamaica wedding picture

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jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

Ocho Rios (Eight Rivers) Dunns River Falls

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

I particularly enjoyed this last section. The morning after the wedding, we thought it’d be cool to jump into the pool. So right before that, I took out my AlienBee800 strobe and took some photos while the sun was at its zenith. The colors are so dark and lovely.

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

jamaica wedding picture

The following image is of me working at Ocho Rios (Eight Rivers) – Dunns River Falls – with Helen and Matt. Yeah, I got chops.

ocho rios picture

Helen and Matt – it was such an honor to have had this opportunity to photograph [and video] your wedding. Hope to see you again soon – perhaps in Houston!

Sincerely,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. Julie bought a lot of Jamaican spices and we barbecued jerk chicken yesterday. While eating, I had a flash of inspiration and took out two strobes and produced my new profile picture on Twitter.

lawrence chan