Cynthia + Heath : Los Angeles Wedding

Cynthia + Heath : Los Angeles Wedding

It was a match made…on the Warner Bros. studio lot. Cynthia and Heath had met through work, but it wasn’t until a fateful night at happy hour that the sparks began to fly. And it culminated on a warm Friday evening, when this California girl and her Texas boy dedicated their lives to each other.

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Terry & Brenden : Wedding

Terry & Brenden : Wedding

When my sister first called me to tell me that her fiancĂ© wanted to get married on a gondola, I laughed. My first comment was, are you going to have one of those guys in striped shirts warbling out O Sole Mio? “It’s not funny!” she wailed. And she was right. It wasn’t funny. It was genius. Well, maybe not quite genius, since I don’t want my new brother-in-law to get a big head, but it was pretty damn memorable.

Terry and Brenden met when I was sixteen. Yes, SIXTEEN, as in about half my lifetime ago. I remember her coming home from a party at her friend’s house and saying that she met this guy who looked like Ethan Hawke (I still don’t see the resemblance, but hey, that’s probably a good thing these days). Amazingly, they kept in touch while Terry finished college and then made the move back to LA.

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Lisa & Tony : Wedding

Lisa & Tony : Wedding

She was beaming with pride. It was like she couldn’t help but smile and enjoy the celebration that was about to commence. And why not? She, joined by so many loved ones, was about to watch her granddaughter get married.

About a month after their destination wedding in Cabo, Lisa and Tony were gracious enough to host a reception locally in San Diego for friends and family who weren’t able to make the trek down south. Among these guests was Lisa’s grandmother, who was overjoyed to see live footage from the ceremony in Cabo. Lisa and Tony’s videographer did such an amazing job with the wedding video that I felt like I was actually in Cabo all over again.

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Anita & Sujit : Wedding

Anita & Sujit : Wedding

The day I met Anita, I worried I had made a horrible impression. Edwin and I had headed up to Boston to visit our good friend Sujit, and by 10pm, we were exhausted. Anita came over to Sujit’s apartment to meet us and hopefully head out for some fun, but instead found us immobile on the couch and half asleep. She was a great sport and sat with us for a bit, chatting and trying to keep us engaged, but she was probably wondering how Sujit could have such boring friends.

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Helen & Keith : Wedding

Helen & Keith : Wedding

“Isn’t Helen and Keith’s wedding over Memorial Day weekend?” I asked Edwin. Memorial Day was now just under two months away, and we hadn’t yet received an invitation.

“Maybe we’re not invited,” Edwin shrugged. No wedding to attend over Memorial Day weekend? Not only would we be able to take a mini-trip to celebrate our anniversary, we could take some extra time and celebrate Edwin’s 30th birthday as well! I started planning the weekend in my head.

And then it happened. Helen and Keith’s wedding invitation arrived – we were invited after all! Along with the invitation was their website information, and on it, I found this when I clicked on the link to Keith’s groomsmen:

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I laughed out loud when I read this. This, I think, explains why the invitation came rather close to the wedding date. Since Edwin is a friend of Keith’s, we were on the slow side of the wedding, and well, as the note says, Keith lags. ;)

Helen and Keith’s wedding was one of the most breathtaking I’ve been to. The views, the location, the food, the drinks – everything was more than I expected. I think I was having such a good time enjoying the food and company that half the time, I forgot to pick up my camera! Plus, among Keith’s friends are quite a few photography buffs, so I may have felt a little intimidated and inadequate. Yeah, I know, something I need to work on.

But I did manage to get a few shots in…

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I love how all the Chinese women are hiding under the fans.
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Helen Laughing

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And this is clearly not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but something about the glow of the light and the blurred shadows makes me feel something for it.

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The best part of the wedding was that Edwin and I experienced our first photobooth! We weren’t being particularly creative, but here’s what we did:

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Someone asked the guy manning the machine how many people they’ve ever managed to get into the booth. He answered nine. The boys then proceeded to cram TEN people into the booth, with the groom right smack in the middle. Overachievers.

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