Wedding At Venue By Three Petals

Jul 24, 2017

FELICIA & LAN

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Introduction:

I want to start by saying that Felicia and Lan’s wedding at Venue By Three Petals was extra special for me as it marked exactly 10 years since I photographed my first wedding back on July 15th, 2007. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect couple or wedding to mark the occasion, set at some of Orange County’s most beautiful venues.

After getting ready at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley, we went to Lan’s parents home for a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony, followed by the western wedding ceremony at Soka University in Aliso Viejo and a fun-filled reception wedding at Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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Lan kisses Felicia’s hand affectionately during their wedding portrait session at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

 

Getting ready photos at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley:

The day started bright and early with my second photographer capturing Lan as he made his final preparations at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley, while I was with Felicia and the girls in their suite. I photographed the bride as she had the final touches done to her hair and makeup and a portrait as she admired her engagement ring, with the light in the suite at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley particularly magical.

I also captured a special moment between Felicia and her mom once she was dressed in her traditional Chinese Qi Pao and a candid shot as her bridesmaids helped her into her shoes.

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Felicia has the finishing touches done to her makeup in the suite window at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

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Felicia admiring her engagement ring as she prepared for her wedding at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

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Felicia fixes her earrings after stepping into her traditional Chinese qi pao at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

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Capturing a special moment between Felicia and her mom in a suite at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

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Felicia’s bridesmaids help to secure her wedding shoes as they were getting ready at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

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Felicia reads a note card from her groom-to-be in an elegant armchair at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

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A black and white candid shot capturing the reactions of Felicia’s bridesmaids at Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley.

 

Tea ceremony photos at a private residence in Fountain Valley:

We then drove over to Lan’s parents home for the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony that began with Felicia being escorted inside by her parents. They were greeted warmly by Lan and his family, then the couple offered tea to their elders in what is considered a sign of respect and gratitude.

In return, their elders offered Felicia and Lan red envelopes to help them in their new married life together. I photographed all the candid emotion of this traditional celebration, including a surprise sculpture gifted to the couple by two of Felicia’s bridesmaids.

 
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Felicia and her parents make their entrance into the home of Lan’s parents for the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony.

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Lan welcomes Felicia’s family during the traditional tea ceremony at his parent’s home in Fountain Valley.

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Felicia and Lan offer tea to her parents in a sign of respect during their Orange County wedding celebrations.

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Capturing Felicia and Lan’s reactions during the Vietnamese tea ceremony in Orange County.

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Felicia and Lan receive a red envelope gift from his parents during the Vietnamese tea ceremony.

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Lan is embraced by one of his aunties during the Vietnamese tea ceremony at his parent’s home in Fountain Valley.

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Two of the bridesmaids surprise Felicia and Lan with a small sculpture during the Vietnamese tea ceremony.

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Capturing Felicia and Lan’s reactions as they paid tribute to their ancestry in a traditional tea ceremony.

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Felicia and Lan leave his parent’s home in Fountain Valley at the end of their tea ceremony.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Soka University:

We then made the journey over to Aliso Viejo and the spectacular campus of Soka University where Felicia and Lan’s wedding ceremony was to take place. Felicia made a quick change into her gorgeous western wedding dress with the assistance of her bridesmaids and we had time for a couple of individual portraits of both the bride and groom.

Although Felicia and Lan had already seen each other, they wanted to have a first look in their western bridal attire, which we staged on one of the elegant paved walkways near their ceremony site. I captured Lan’s reaction at seeing Felicia looking so gorgeous, then a couple of portraits of the two of them in this loved up moment.

 
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Felicia’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding dress as they were getting ready at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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One of Felicia’s bridesmaids secures a bracelet around her wrist as they were getting ready for the Soka University wedding ceremony.

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A portrait of Felicia looking stunning in her bridal gown within an elegant colonnade at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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A sophisticated portrait of Lan leaning up against one of the columns at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Capturing the first look between Felicia and Lan wearing their western wedding attire at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Lan admires his beautiful bride on one of the paved walkways at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Capturing a tender moment between Felicia and Lan during their Soka University wedding portrait session.

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Felicia and Lan kiss backed by the turquoise waters of Soka University’s centerpiece pond.

 

Ceremony photos at Soka University:

It was then time for the ceremony itself, with both the bride and groom being escorted down the aisle by their parents. They exchanged vows backed by the turquoise waters of the centerpiece pond at Soka University, which is such a spectacular setting. We were lucky that it was quite cloudy overhead, resulting in gorgeous diffuse lighting that made the colors really stand out.

I captured creative, elevated shots looking across their ceremonial site and wide-angle photos looking down the aisle, as well as close-ups capturing the reactions of both the bride and groom. After they made their recessional walk as “husband and wife”, we took some portraits in and around Soka University, including within the grand interior of the Founders Hall.

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Lan is escorted by his parents down the aisle at the start of his courtyard ceremony at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Felicia’s parents give her away to Lan during their courtyard wedding ceremony at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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A wide angle shot looking across Felicia and Lan’s courtyard wedding at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Capturing the reactions of Lan’s parents as they watched their son wed in Aliso Viejo.

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Felicia reads her vows to Lan during their courtyard wedding at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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An elevated view looking across Felicia and Lan’s spectacular wedding ceremony at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Capturing Felicia’s reaction as she exchanged vows with Lan during their Soka University wedding.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk as “husband and wife” at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Soka University and Huntington Beach Public Library:

As we drove back up to Huntington Beach where Felicia and Lan’s reception was to take place, we stopped at the Huntington Beach Public Library for some couple portraits and bridal party portraits. The park outside the library has beautiful shady trees that provided an idyllic backdrop for both playful and classic shots.

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An intimate portrait of the newly married couple within Founder’s Hall at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Felicia and Lan look lovingly into each other’s eyes in front of the turquoise pond at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Felicia and Lan walk hand-in-hand along one of the paved walkways at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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The newly married couple embrace in front of their ceremony setting at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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An intimate portrait of Felicia and Lan against one of the elegant columns at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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An elevated, wide-angle portrait of Felicia and Lan surrounded by the turquoise waters of Soka University’s pond.

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A bridal party portrait of Felicia, Lan and their entourage in the park outside the Huntington Beach Public Library.

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A playful portrait of Felicia and her bridesmaids with their bouquets at the Huntington Beach Public Library.

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A creative portrait of Felicia with her bridesmaids in their pink dresses at the Huntington Beach Public Library.

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A playful portrait of Felicia and Lan during their Huntington Beach Public Library wedding photo session.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Felicia and Lan during their Huntington Beach Public Library portrait session.

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A romantic portrait of Felicia and Lan beneath the trees outside the Huntington Beach Public Library.

 

 

Reception photos at Venue By Three Petals:

It was then time for the reception party to kick off, with Felicia and Lan making an energetic grand entrance into the ballroom at Venue By Three Petals. They performed a really impressive choreographed first dance, followed by a Vietnamese tradition whereby the family members are each introduced to the wedding guests.

Speeches and toasts from those closest to them followed, including a surprise song from Felicia’s sister who was also her maid-of-honor. Then Felicia changed back into her Chinese qi pao to go and greet each of her wedding guests and have photographs with them.

Things got quite playful after that, with the DJ/MC leading the wedding guests in a variety of games, including one that involved the men dressing up in Hawaiian hula outfits. Felicia and Lan then made a champagne toast during their cake cutting ceremony, followed by a “thank you” speech that included a special mention for each of their wedding vendors that I found particularly touching.

After Felicia’s bouquet toss and a group photo, everyone hit the dance floor to party. I captured action shots of Felicia getting down with her parents and Lan soaking up the moment with his sisters, as well as some playful moments with the groomsmen and in the photo booth. We ended the evening with some romantic, off-camera flash portraits of Felicia and Lan at their sweetheart table.

 
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Felicia and Lan make a joyous grand entrance into their wedding reception at the Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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The newly married couple on the dance floor, surrounded by their bridal party, at Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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Felicia and Lan perform a choreographed first dance to kick off their reception at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Felicia and Lan’s family are introduced to the wedding guests in what is a Vietnamese tradition.

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Capturing the newly married couple’s reactions during the best man’s speech at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Felicia and Lan were all smiles at their sweetheart table during the speeches and toasts.

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Felicia’s maid-of-honor performs a surprise song for the couple during their reception at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Felicia and her maid-of-honor embrace during the emotional reception at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Capturing a special moment between Felicia and a young wedding guest during her reception at the Venue By Three Petals.

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A playful moment as wedding guests dress up in traditional hula attire during the Venue By Three Petals reception.

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Felicia and Lan share a laugh at their sweetheart table during the Venue By Three Petals wedding reception.

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A romantic off-camera flash portrait of Felicia and Lan at their sweetheart table during the Huntington Beach reception.

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Felicia and Lan make a toast during their cake cutting ceremony at the Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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Lan makes a “thank you” speech during the couple’s glamorous wedding reception at the Venue By Three Petals.

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An action shot capturing Felicia’s bouquet toss at the Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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A group shot of Felicia, Lan and their wedding guests on the dance floor of the Venue By Three Petals.

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Felicia and Lan enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Felicia with her parents on the ballroom dance floor at the Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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Lan embraces Felicia’s dad in a joyous moment on the dance floor at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Capturing a tender embrace between Felicia and Lan on the dance floor during their Huntington Beach wedding reception.

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Lan enjoying the dance floor at the Venue By Three Petals with his two bridesmaid sisters.

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Lan and his groomsmen letting loose on the dance floor at the Venue By Three Petals in Huntington Beach.

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Capturing all the fun and antics of the photo booth during Felicia and Lan’s Huntington Beach wedding reception.

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Felicia and Lan are lifted onto the shoulders of their wedding guests at the Venue By Three Petals.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of Felicia and Lan at their Venue By Three Petals sweetheart table.

 

Conclusion:

I really can’t thank Felicia and Lan enough for selecting Aevitas to capture their wedding at Venue By Three Petals and making my 10 year anniversary such a memorable one. I wish them all the happiness as they embark on this new chapter together.

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