Mountain Mermaid House Wedding | Topanga Canyon, CA {Tania + Kevin}

July 7, 2014

We are really at a loss for words right now. You see the bride in this post is Tracy’s sister, Tania. After 8+ years of dating and the occasional long-distance relationship, she married her love Kevin, and finally tied the knot. Their beautiful celebration took place nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in the quaint town of Topanga Canyon, California. The Mountain Mermaid House was so fitting for the duo especially with the venue’s laid-back, California vibe and it really reflects on the simplicity that is Tania and Kevin. Family and friends from all over the country and world came to celebrate and it was great to reunite with old friends and meet new ones in the process.

We’ll let the images do the storytelling…but we just wanted to say how honored we are to have documented a wedding so close to our hearts.

Tania shared her ideas to come up with the concept for the invitations while Tracy designed them and matched them for all the signage throughout the wedding.

A huge thank you to our associate shooter for the day, Lizzi! We really couldn’t have done it without you!

We really recommend first looks prior to the ceremony and so glad that Tania and Kevin decided to do one. Since Tracy was off matron-of-honor duties for a bit, she was able to sneak in a few shots of the first look. It was really awesome to have three points of view for this, especially since the venue has various angles to work with.

So stunning, Tania!! 

Another special note here to add. Tracy and Tania’s uncle who is priest and currently serves for the United States Army, was the one who officiated their ceremony. We appreciate him taking time off and flying in from Germany to be here with us! 

Since Kevin is from the East Coast and Tania is from the West Coast…they decided to incorporate freeway and subway signs for their table numbers. Also major props to their dad for doing the calligraphy work on the seating chart. This is probably where the artist in both sisters stem from. 

The awesome thing about Mermaid Mountain House is all the rustic decor that comes with the venue without needing to hire an entire staging company. Suitcases, books, and card house is all from our studio…However, the gorgeous birdcage belongs to the venue and we loved how Tania and Kevin incorporated wedding photos of their immediate family. (see if you can find us in it).

The signature cocktail of the evening was a calamansi mojito that Tania envisioned. After Tracy and Tania’s trial runs on the mix, Cam had to save the day to come up with the right concoction. For those who don’t know what calamansi is, it is a small lime-like fruit that is widely grown in the Philippines and in other parts in Asia.

Tracy was incredibly busy the weeks leading up to the wedding and didn’t have a chance to write her speech until the cocktail hour – hence the classy laptop. However, she ended up not reading her speech that she wrote. Instead, spoke from her heart and did a wonderful job making almost everyone cry.

Tania’s aunt and uncle who flew in from Hawaii have been married for more than 40 years shared some words of wisdom for the couple.
Auntie’s advice, “You have two choices. Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be happy?”
Uncle’s advice, “Listen to your wife.” :)
Gotta love them…they are so funny….


Tania, queen of the robot.
Ending the images with this one here. We love you guys!!!

We know most of you personally and professionally and we want to thank you. Seriously couldn’t have done this without you guys! Thank you for making my sister and brother-in-laws wedding such a huge success.

Wedding and Ceremony Venue | The Mountain Mermaid House
Day of Coordinator | Priscilla de Vera and Megan Jacobs
Floral design | Flower Blush
DJ and Emcee | Nate of NateBoogee Entertainment
Make-up and Hair Artist | Beauty in Motion Studio
Videographer | Rad Media Films
Caterer | 21 West Catering
Mini-Bundt Cakes | Nothing Bundt Cakes, West Hills
Guitarist | David Gibson
Associate Photographer | Lizzi Beduya
Photography and Photobooth | Cameron Leung Photography

 

Santa Clarita Mountains Engagement Session | Lizzi + Paul

July 3, 2014

We’ve known Lizzi for a number of years now and our relationship with her first started out at WPPI. She’s a fellow photographer and our trusted 2nd shooter. Lizzi in a nutshell is super creative, fun, and has this energy about her that makes everyone around her amped (well for us anyway!).  So when Lizzi asked us to shoot her wedding, we were honored and even more so when we knew it meant getting to know her other half, Paul a lot more. :) They are a simple couple who knows exactly what they want.

As we planned out their engagement session, they wanted something different and at a place no one has shot at. Based on this session starting at 8pm (hooray for the sunsetting later) and for some intense off-road travel up the mountains of Santa Clarita, we definitely got our mission accomplished. Stay tuned for their wedding photos next month! We can’t wait for their big day. <3


Redondo Beach Engagement Session | Redondo Beach, CA {Alicia + Oscar}

June 20, 2014

Meet Alicia and Oscar friends! Their love for sports (Go Lakers! Go Dodgers!) and the beach is what connected these two special individuals. Later this summer, they will be getting married at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes and we are more than thrilled to be there to document their celebration. Check out some of their fun images from the shoot a few weeks ago! 

The Gardens at Los Robles Greens Wedding | Thousand Oaks, CA {Patty + Warren}

June 13, 2014

Patty and Warren…two people who are just simply in love. We’ve gotten to know these two over the course of almost two years. From the first time we met at the Phong Diep Fundraiser, to Patty’s surprise proposal, to their engagement session, and to their wedding day. It’s been quite a journey and we’re just in awe of all the DIY touches Patty and Warren incorporated into their wedding day.
A few of our favorite things from this wedding were:
*The DIY Florals…the bouquets were just so unique and so crafty!
*The tree ceremony. We haven’t seen this done at a wedding at all. Patty + Warren incorporated an olive tree that they poured soil in together to plant in their future home. Such a great idea!
In all, this was such a sweet and fun day. We loved hearing their heartwarming vows to one another and left us a bit teary-eyed. Patty and Warren, stay wonderful you two…We’re in such awe of how beautiful you guys are together. Congratulations!

The awesome team that worked on Patty + Warren’s special day:
Wedding Venue + Catering | Greens at Los Robles
Floral Designs | All DIY by Patty’s Bridesmaids
Officiant | Arielle Haze from LA Wedding Woman
Make Up + Hair Artist | Beauty In Motion Studio
DJ + Emcee | Michael Press Productions
Cake | Skiff Cakes + Cheesecake Factory
Videography | RAD Media Films
Photography + Photobooth | Cameron Leung Photography

 

Fashion Island + Corona del Mar Beach Engagement | Newport Beach, CA {Patty + Warren}

June 11, 2014

Oh Patty and Warren you guys are just the sweetest! We shot these a few months back, but promised them that we wouldn’t showcase them until after the wedding. So now that their wedding is now done and we’ll be featuring their photos from that day very soon….we’ve decided to post these in the meantime. :) We started out their session at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and finished off at Corona del Mar Beach nearby. It was a fun morning…especially that we started out with some cupcakes and wine! :) Stay tuned for some of their wedding photos later this week. Enjoy!

Grand Central Market + Union Station Engagement | Los Angeles, CA {Tania + Kevin}

June 5, 2014

This post makes me giddy. My younger and only sister, Tania is finally getting married this weekend! (Some of  you may have remembered her cooking themed bachelorette shower.) So when she and Kevin thought of having their session at the Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles…I was not surprised one bit.  I say, where there is food, there is love. Little did we know there was a festival going happening that same day on Broadway Street, so it made their session a bit more challenging – dodging the crowds and such. But we made it work. Also with Tania and Kevin, having a more bashful personality – this was probably one of the quickest sessions to date.  Even though Tania is my sister, we wanted her and Kevin to feel comfortable as possible in front of the camera before their big day. So that really was my goal, to show them how painless and fun the process is. And I think we achieved this nicely within a 45 minute period….before Kevin’s train departed. :) The train wasn’t staged!!

Anyway, on behalf of Cameron and myself – we are so thrilled to be present and documenting Tania and Kevin’s special day. Also if you scroll to the end, you will see a sneak peek into their wedding venue too! More to come soon!