Photographs from the special day of Thuy and Kenny during their private club wedding at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove. After documenting their getting ready at a private residence in Rowland Heights, we captured their romantic first look and Catholic wedding ceremony at Diamond Bar's Saint Denis Catholic Church. This was followed by urban portraits at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and some whimsical shots at Jeffrey Trails before they celebrated with their family and friends during a Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
I first met Thuy and Kenny at my old home studio about a year ago after they’d been wonderful enough to drive over in peak hour traffic. After chatting about their upcoming wedding at Mon Cheri Restaurant, I was honored that they decided to book me to be their Garden Grove wedding photographer.
Originally they’d planned on having a Vietnamese tea ceremony on the morning of their wedding day to pay respects to their parents. But in the end, they decided to move this to the day before, so we had plenty of time to capture getting ready portraits in the lead up to their special day.
Getting ready photos at a private residence in Rowland Heights:
While Kenny and his groomsmen were getting ready at the Fullerton Marriott At California State University, Thuy and her bridesmaids had rented a private residence in Rowland Heights to make their final preparations. I photographed the bride having the final touches applied to her makeup and a playful shot admiring her wedding dress with her bridesmaids, as well as an up-close portrait as she held her Badgley Mischka wedding shoes.
I also captured some portraits of Thuy wearing her traditional Vietnamese ao dai before she changed into her western wedding dress with the help of her bridesmaids. Her maid-of-honor and sister then helped to secure the bride’s earrings while her mom helped with the necklace before the bride offered a jewelry gift to her bridesmaids to thank them for their support.
Pre-ceremony portraits at Saint Denis Catholic Church:
The bride and her entourage then left the private residence in Rowland Heights and made their way over to Saint Denis Catholic Church in Diamond Bar where the ceremony was to be held. We arrived with plenty of time for a first look between Thuy and Kenny, which we held in a shaded colonnade on one side of the church.
I photographed Thuy walking up behind her groom and their emotional reactions at seeing one another, with the bride shedding a few tears in this special moment. After photographing Kenny wiping them away, we used the time available for couple portraits around the ornate exterior of the church, including in front of a stunning arched doorway. I captured portraits of Kenny embracing his bride and a photo showcasing her stunning train, as well as some shots incorporating the beautiful stained glass window on the interior of the church.
Ceremony photos at Saint Denis Catholic Church:
Thuy and Kenny’s Vietnamese Catholic wedding ceremony began with the bride being escorted down the aisle on the arm of her brother before being given away at the altar to her patiently waiting groom. Although there are strict rules about photography in Saint Denis Catholic Church, I managed to capture all of the Catholic rites and rituals that the couple had decided to incorporate into their ceremony.
From the reading of the vows to the lighting of the unity candle and offering flowers to the Virgin Mary, I used my telephoto lens to document each moment. Thuy and Kenny then kneeled before their priest and drank from the goblet during communion before offering flowers to each of their moms. Once officially married, they made their recessional walk down the aisle of Saint Denis Catholic Church, stopping for a spontaneous kiss part way.
Post-ceremony portraits at Saint Denis Catholic Church and Segerstrom Center For The Arts:
After capturing a few quick portraits of the newlyweds outside Saint Denis Catholic Church, we made the drive over to Costa Mesa and the Segerstrom Center For the Arts. It was here that we photographed some creative bridal party portraits in front of the whitewashed architecture, as well some romantic couple shots as Kenny dipped Thuy and they embraced beneath her veil.
For a change of scene, we then drove over to Irvine and Jeffrey Trails for a nature-inspired wedding portrait session. I captured whimsical portraits of the couple embracing on the grassy lawns and beneath the sprawling trees, as well as again utilizing Thuy’s stunning veil to cover the couple.
Reception photos at Mon Cheri Restaurant:
Thuy and Kenny were holding their reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove, so we arrived a bit early to capture portraits of the couple on the dance floor and standing amidst the gorgeous table settings. Once the guests had arrived, the newlyweds made their grand entrance and went straight into their choreographed first dance.
This was followed by speeches from the best man and maid-of-honor before the bride and groom participated in some fun wedding games. They were then treated to a slideshow of their relationship that was prepared by family and friends who came in for a big group hug at the end.
After photographing the couple feeding one another sweet treats from the dessert table, Thuy changed into her Vietnamese ao dai to go around the room for the table greetings. This was when the whiskey really started to flow, with Kenny being encouraged by his guests to do shots straight from the bottle!
I captured an action shot of Thuy’s bouquet toss and a group photo of their wedding party before everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. Things got pretty lively and I tried to document all of the energy from multiple angles as the bride and groom let loose with their family and friends.
Wedding photos at Mon Cheri Restaurant:
Thuy and Kenny’s wedding at Mon Cheri Restaurant was so much fun to capture and I can’t thank them enough for hiring me and wearing their emotions on their sleeves throughout the day. I also want to give a big shout out to their bridal party who treated me and my second photographer like old friends, which we really appreciated!