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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Mon Cheri Restaurant

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.

THUY & KENNY

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Wedding photos at Mon Cheri Restaurant:

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.

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Thuy and Kenny embrace in their gorgeous reception venue at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

 

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.

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A playful photo of Thuy and her bridesmaids getting ready for the wedding at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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Thuy has the final touches applied to her makeup while getting ready for her wedding at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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A portrait of Thuy showing offer her Badgley Mischka wedding shoes as she prepared for her Diamond Bar wedding ceremony.
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A close-up portrait of Thuy wearing her traditional Vietnamese ao dai while getting ready at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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Thuy admires her wedding dress while wearing a traditional Vietnamese ao dai at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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A portrait of Thuy looking stunning in her traditional Vietnamese ao dai as she prepared for her Diamond Bar wedding ceremony.
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The bride steps into her wedding dress with the help of her bridesmaids at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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Thuy’s sister helps to fix her earrings while they were getting ready at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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Thuy’s bridesmaids open a jewelry gift from the bride at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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A portrait of Thuy’s stunning wedding dress in a naturally-lit window at her Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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Capturing a special moment between Thuy and her mom while they were getting ready at a Private residence in Rowland Heights.
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An elevated view of Thuy’s maid-of-honor assisting her down the staircase following a Vietnamese tea ceremony.

 

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.

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Thuy walks up towards Kenny during their first look session in a columned walkway of Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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Capturing the reactions of Thuy and Kenny at seeing one another during their first look session at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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Thuy sheds a few tears during her emotional first look session with Kenny at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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Thuy and Kenny embrace during their first look session at Saint Denis Catholic Church in Diamond Bar.
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Kenny wipes away Thuy’s tears during their emotional first look session at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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A portrait of Thuy and Kenny holding hands outside an ornate doorway at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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A portrait of Kenny leaning against a column during his Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding photo session.
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A portrait of Thuy showcasing her stunning wedding dress at Saint Denis Catholic Church in Diamond Bar.
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A creative portrait of the couple standing in front of an elegant stained glass window at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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Kenny kisses Thuy affectionately during their Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding portrait session.
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A portrait of Thuy and Kenny showcasing the bride’s stunning train in a colonnade at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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Thuy and Kenny look lovingly at one another during their Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding portrait session.

 

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.

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Thuy is escorted down the aisle of Saint Denis Catholic Church by her brother at the start of her Diamond Bar wedding ceremony.
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Capturing Kenny’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle of Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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Thuy hugs her brother as she’s given away at the altar to Kenny during their Diamond Bar Catholic wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of Thuy and Kenny at the altar of Saint Denis Catholic Church with their officiant.
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Thuy and Kenny kneel at the altar during their Vietnamese Catholic church wedding at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle of Saint Denis Catholic Church during Thuy and Kenny’s Vietnamese Catholic wedding ceremony.
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The mothers of the bride and groom light a unity candle during the Vietnamese wedding at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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A candid photo of Kenny reading his vows to Thuy during their intimate wedding ceremony at Saint Denis Catholic Church.
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A wide-angle shot looking across Saint Denis Catholic Church during Thuy and Kenny’s wedding ceremony.
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Thuy and Kenny kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their Vietnamese Catholic wedding ceremony in Diamond Bar.
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Thuy and Kenny light a unity candle together during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Denis Church.
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Thuy and Kenny are blessed by the priest during a reading at their Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
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Thuy drinks from a goblet while taking communion during her Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
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Kenny escorts Thuy down the stairs of Saint Denis Catholic Church to offer flowers to the Virgin Mary.
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The couple offer flowers and prayers to the Virgin Mary during their Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
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Thuy and Kenny offer flowers to the bride’s mom during their Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
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Thuy and Kenny offer flowers to the groom’s mom during their Saint Denis Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the newlyweds during their recessional walk at Saint Denis Catholic Church.

 

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.

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Thuy and Kenny embrace outside Saint Denis Catholic Church after becoming officially married.
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A playful bridal party portrait of the couple kissing while their bridesmaids and groomsmen celebrate.
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Thuy’s bridesmaids blow kisses to her during their Segerstrom Center For the Arts wedding portrait session.
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A portrait of Thuy with her beautiful bouquet outside the Segerstrom Center For the Arts.
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A creative portrait of Thuy with her bridesmaids outside the whitewashed building of the Segerstrom Center For the Arts.
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Thuy and Kenny kiss outside the Segerstrom Center For the Arts during their Costa Mesa wedding portrait session.
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Kenny dips Thuy outside the Segerstrom Center For the Arts during their Costa Mesa wedding portrait session.
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A romantic portrait of the newly weds beneath Thuy’s veil at the Segerstrom Center For the Arts.
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A fun bridal party portrait of Thuy and Kenny kissing outside the Segerstrom Center For the Arts.
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Kenny kisses Thuy tenderly on the forehead during their Segerstrom Center For the Arts wedding portrait session.
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A whimsical portrait of Thuy and Kenny embracing during their Jeffrey Trail wedding photo session in Irvine.
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The newlyweds embrace beneath Thuy’s veil during their wedding portrait session at Jeffrey Trail in Irvine.
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A romantic portrait of Thuy and Kenny embracing beneath a tree in the natural surrounds of Jeffrey Trail.
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Thuy and Kenny look lovingly into one another’s eyes while the bride’s veil flies in the wind.
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Thuy kisses Kenny tenderly on the cheek during their Jeffrey Trail wedding portrait session in Irvine.
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Thuy and Kenny kiss on the grassy lawns of Jeffrey Trail during their Irvine wedding portrait session.
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Capturing a tender embrace between the couple underneath Thuy’s veil during their Irvine wedding portrait session.

 

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.

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Kenny dips Thuy on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant where they held their Garden Grove wedding reception.
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Kenny twirls Thuy on the dance floor during their Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding portrait session.
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Thuy and Kenny embrace between their stunning table settings at Garden Grove’s Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy and Kenny make their grand entrance into the Mon Cheri Restaurant for their wedding reception.
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Kenny lifts Thuy on the dance floor during their choreographed first dance at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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The newlyweds perform their choreographed first dance during the Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
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Kenny dips Thuy on the smoke-filled dance floor during their Mon Cheri Restaurant first dance.
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Kenny’s brother toasts to the newlyweds at their sweetheart table during the Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
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Thuy’s sister and maid-of-honor makes a speech during the wedding reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy and Kenny share a laugh while watching a slideshow presentation during their Garden Grove wedding reception.
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Thuy and Kenny playing the “shoe game” during their reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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The newlyweds laugh while watching a slideshow presentation about their relationship.
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A group of family and friends surround the newlyweds after watching the slideshow they prepared.
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An elevated view of Thuy and Kenny being surrounded in love from their family and friends.
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Thuy and Kenny feed one another sweet treats from their dessert station at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy is lifted into the air by Kenny while wearing her Vietnamese ao dai during the Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
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A wedding guest makes Kenny take a shot of whiskey during the lively reception celebrations at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy and Kenny toast their wedding guests during the cake cutting ceremony at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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An action shot of Thuy’s bouquet toss during the Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding reception.
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Thuy and Kenny kiss while being surrounded by their family and friends on the dance floor of Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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An action shot of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Thuy and Kenny’s Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
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Thuy letting loose on the dance floor with one of her bridesmaids during the Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
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Kenny getting down on the dance floor with a friend during the lively Mon Cheri Restaurant party.
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Thuy is lifted above the dance floor during her wedding reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.
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Kenny’s dad takes a shot of whiskey during the reception party at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy enjoying the dance floor with a friend at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.
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A young wedding guest looks on inquisitively at another dancing during the Mon Cheri Restaurant party.
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Thuy spins in her wedding dress on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.
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Thuy enjoying the dance floor with her in-laws during the Mon Cheri Restaurant reception party.
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An action shot of Thuy and Kenny letting loose on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy and Kenny being sandwiched by their friends and family on the dance floor during the Garden Grove reception.
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Capturing a playful moment between Thuy and her sister during the fun-filled wedding reception.
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Kenny is lifted above the dance floor by his family and friends while wearing sunglasses at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy’s friends give her a shot of whiskey from the bottle during the Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.
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Capturing a fun moment between the bride and one of her wedding guests on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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A playful moment on the dance floor at Thuy and Kenny’s lively Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding party.
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Thuy and Kenny getting down on the dance floor during their Garden Grove wedding reception party.
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A fun moment between Thuy, Kenny and their wedding guests on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant.
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Thuy spins on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant during her Garden Grove wedding reception.
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Capturing all the love and energy on the dance floor during Thuy and Kenny’s Mon Cheri Restaurant reception.

 

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!

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