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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Sheraton Universal Hotel

Capturing Jie and Samuel's stunning wedding at Sheraton Universal Hotel, incorporating a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honor the bride's routes. After documenting the couple getting ready in separate suites, we captured a romantic first look and garden portrait session before their intimate wedding ceremony. The day ended with a glamorous ballroom reception filled with warm moments and a fun donut proposal.

JIE & SAMUEL

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Wedding photos at Sheraton Universal Hotel:

I had the privilege of connecting with Jie and Samuel during their e-session around Malibu and Downtown Los Angeles a couple of months ago and was excited to reconnect with their wedding at Sheraton Universal Hotel.

While they were planning a western wedding ceremony, they also wanted to incorporate a traditional tea ceremony to honor their Chinese roots. With everything happening in the one place, my second photographer and I met up at the Sheraton Universal Hotel to document the couple as they made their final preparations.

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The couple kiss following their first look session in an elegant hallway at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

 

Getting ready photos at Sheraton Universal Hotel:

While my second photographer was with Samuel and his groomsmen as they were getting ready, I was with Jie, her two bridesmaids including her sister, and her mom in their elegant hotel suite. I captured up-close candids as Jie had the final touches applied to her makeup, as well as some shots as she stepped into her gorgeous chi pao in the lead up to the Chinese tea ceremony.

We were planning a more official first look between the couple in their western wedding attire, but I thought it might also be fun to do one while Jie’s was in her chi pao and Samuel in his oriental-inspired red jacket. After documenting Jie walking up behind her groom and his reaction to seeing her, the couple paid respect to both sets of parents by offering tea.

Both Jie and Samuel then returned to their respective suites to get ready once again, this time in their western wedding attire. I photographed Jie and her mom admiring the stunning white gown in a naturally-lit window, as well as grabbing a portrait of Jie in her robe while contemplating her engagement ring.

Jie’s bridesmaids then assisted as she stepped into her wedding dress and secured a pearl necklace before the bride opened a note card and bracelet gifted by her groom. I then photographed Jie as she offered “thank you” gifts to her bridesmaids and we had a bit of time for portraits of the bride on her own incorporating her stunning pink bouquet.

Jie’s dad then arrived for the father-daughter first look and was undeniably proud as he saw his daughter looking so elegant on her wedding day. In addition to capturing the reactions of Jie’s sister and mom as they watched on, I also grabbed a family portrait of them all together in this special moment.

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Jie has the final touches applied to her makeup while getting ready in a suite at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A creative close-up shot of Jie having her lipstick applied while getting ready at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie admires her gorgeous wedding dress while wearing a traditional Chinese chi pao in her Sheraton Universal Hotel suite.
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Jie’s sister and mom assist as she prepares for her traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing a special moment between Jie, her mom and bridesmaids as they were getting ready in a suite at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie walks towards Samuel during their first look session on the top floor of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Samuel turns around to see his bride during their first look session at Los Angeles’ Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie and Samuel pay their respects to the groom’s parents during a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
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Samuel’s parents sip tea offered by the couple during the Sheraton Universal Hotel Chinese tea ceremony.
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Capturing a special moment between Jie and her parents during the traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
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Jie and Samuel offer tea to the bride’s parents during the traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie and her mom admire the bride’s stunning wedding dress in a naturally-lit window of the Sheraton Universal Hotel suite.
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Capturing a reflective moment as Jie admires her engagement ring in a suite at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie admires her gorgeous western wedding dress as she prepared for her special day at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie’s mom and bridesmaids assist as she gets into her wedding dress in a suite at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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One of Jie’s bridesmaids buttons up her wedding dress as her mom watches on in the elegant Sheraton Universal Hotel suite.
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One of Jie’s bridesmaids secures her pearl necklace as they were getting ready in a suite at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing Jie’s reaction as she reads a note card from her groom at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie secures a bracelet gifted by her groom as she prepared for her wedding day at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie’s bridesmaids and mom assist as she steps into her wedding shoes in a suite at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie’s bridesmaids open gifts from the bride as they were getting ready for the Los Angeles wedding.
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An up-close portrait of Jie looking absolutely stunning on her wedding day in Los Angeles.
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A portrait of Jie with her beautiful bouquet looking out the suite window at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie with her stunning bouquet as she prepared for the wedding at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing a special moment between Jie and her dad during the father-daughter first look.
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A candid black and white of Jie’s mom and sister watching on during the father-daughter first look.
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Jie’s father proudly admires his daughter on her wedding day at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A portrait of Jie with her parents and sister as they prepared for the wedding at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A portrait of Jie showcasing the back of her gorgeous wedding dress in front of her Sheraton suite window.
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A portrait of Jie in front of an industrial-inspired doorway at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A creative portrait of Jie standing in an industrial-inspired hallway at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Sheraton Universal Hotel:

It was then time for the official first look between Jie and Samuel and as we made our way down to the bottom floor of the Sheraton Universal Hotel, we stopped to grab a few more portraits of the bride in front of a striking, industrial-inspired door. We were lucky that there weren’t any conferences or conventions taking place at the hotel and managed to find a quiet hallway with old world charm to stage the couple’s first look.

I photographed Jie walking up behind her groom and his reaction as he turned around, as well as a tender kiss on the hand as the couple soaked up this moment together. Jie and Samuel had really prioritized photography and ensured the day was running to schedule, which meant we had plenty of time for portraits beneath the hallway’s ornate chandeliers and in the adjacent gardens.

I photographed the couple looking lovingly into one another’s eyes on a blue sofa and walking hand-in-hand through the hallway, as well as capturing shots of them embracing in the garden’s leafy surrounds. We also used the time available to grab a few more portraits of Jie looking absolutely radiant in her wedding dress and documenting a special moment with her cute flower girl.

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Jie walks towards Samuel in an elegant hallway at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Samuel turns around to get his first glimpse of his bride on their wedding day at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Samuel kisses Jie’s hand tenderly during their romantic first look at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing Jie’s emotional reaction at seeing Samuel for the first time on their wedding day in Los Angeles.
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Capturing an intimate portrait of the soon-to-be married couple in an elegant hallway of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie and Samuel walk hand-in-hand through the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Jie and Samuel share a laugh while seated on a blue sofa at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing a tender embrace between Jie and Samuel beneath the ornate chandeliers of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A creative portrait of Jie and Samuel walking through the old world-inspired interior of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie looking radiant in her gorgeous bridal gown during her Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding portrait session.
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Jie holding her pink-hued floral bouquet during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding portrait session.
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Capturing a special moment between the bride and groom while seated on a blue hotel sofa.
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Samuel embraces Jie warmly in a light-filled hallway at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Jie and Samuel stand hand-in-hand in the leafy gardens of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom during their garden portrait session in Los Angeles.
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Jie and Samuel steal a kiss during their garden portrait session at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A portrait showcasing the stunning back details and train of Jie’s wedding dress.
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Capturing a special moment between Jie and her flower girl in the gardens of the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

 

Ceremony photos at Sheraton Universal Hotel:

It was then time for the ceremony to get underway, which was taking place on the top floor of the Sheraton Universal Hotel overlooking the Los Angeles cityscape. Samuel walked down the aisle on the arm of his parents, followed by Jie being escorted by her dad. I captured the groom’s reaction in black and white as he watched his bride walk towards him, then grabbed a candid as Jie’s father gave her away at the altar.

Jie and Samuel’s wedding ceremony at the Sheraton Universal Hotel was short and sweet, with the couple exchanging vows beneath a gorgeous floral bridal arch in front of their closest family and friends. I captured the reactions of both the bride and groom as they exchanged vows, as well as those of their parents, then photographed them as they made their joyous recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”.

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Samuel’s parents escort him down the aisle at the start of the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding ceremony.
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Jie walks down the aisle on the arm of her dad during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding ceremony.
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A black and white candid shot of Samuel’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle.
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Jie’s father gives her away to Samuel at the altar during their Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding ceremony.
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Jie and Samuel hold hands beneath their gorgeous floral bridal arch at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing Samuel’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Jie at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A creative shot capturing Jie’s reaction as she exchanged vows with Samuel during their Los Angeles hotel wedding.
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Jie slips a ring onto Samuel’s hand during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing the first kiss between Jie and Samuel after officially being pronounced “husband and wife”.
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Jie and Samuel make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle following their Sheraton hotel wedding.
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A portrait of Jie and Samuel kissing beneath their bridal arch, backed by the Los Angeles cityscape.

 

Reception photos at Sheraton Universal Hotel:

While Jie and Samuel’s wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the ground floor of the Sheraton Universal Hotel, the staff performed a “flip” to transform the ceremony space into a romantic reception venue. The newlyweds made their grand entrance and kicked off the reception proceedings with a first dance before performing their respective parental dances.

This was followed by speeches and toasts from the father-of-the-bride and Samuel’s groomsmen, as well as words from Jie’s two maids-of-honor. I documented the reactions (and laughter) from the couple at their flower-filled sweetheart table, as well as the reactions of their parents as they watched on, then photographed Jie and Samuel as they circulated around the tables to personally greet their guests.

After the cake cutting ceremony of Jie and Samuel’s multi-tiered (and flower-adorned) wedding cake, everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. I photographed the couple having fun in the photo booth and Samuel pretending to propose to Jie all over again at their donut station, as well as grabbing a shot as they took over the role of DJ-ing. We ended the night with a romantic embrace behind their sweetheart table, which was framed by their ceremonial bridal arch.

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Jie and Samuel make their energetic grand entrance into the reception at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom during their reception first dance.
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Jie and Samuel perform their first dance during the ballroom reception at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Jie and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Capturing the reaction of Jie’s mom during the father-daughter dance at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Samuel and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Samuel’s dad watches on during the mother-son dance at the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Capturing the reactions of the couple at their sweetheart table during reception speeches and toasts.
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Jie’s father makes a speech and toast during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Samuel’s groomsmen entertain the wedding guests during their lively speech and toast.
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Samuel’s parents share a laugh as speeches and toasts were made at the Sheraton Universal Hotel reception.
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Jie and Samuel watch on from their sweetheart table during the reception speeches and toasts.
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A candid shot of Jie’s parents as they listened in to the speeches and toasts at their daughter’s wedding.
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Jie and Samuel share a laugh during the groomsmen’s speech at their Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Jie and Samuel toast champagne at their sweetheart table during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Jie’s bridesmaids make a speech during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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Capturing the reactions of Jie and Samuel during the bridesmaids’ speech at their wedding reception.
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Jie’s sister makes a toast during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception in Los Angeles.
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Jie and Samuel laugh during the bridesmaids’ speech at their Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.
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The newly weds toast with their wedding guests at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Jie and Samuel perform their cake cutting ceremony during the Sheraton Universal Hotel reception.
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Jie and Samuel feed each other cake during their Los Angeles wedding reception at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Samuel’s parents and two sisters enjoying the dance floor during the Sheraton Universal Hotel reception.
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Jie and Samuel having fun in the photo booth during their Los Angeles wedding reception.
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Samuel pretends to propose to Jie with a donut during their fun-filled Sheraton Universal Hotel reception.
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Jie and Samuel pretend to DJ during their wedding reception at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A portrait of the newlyweds at their stunning sweetheart table during the Sheraton Universal Hotel wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Sheraton Universal Hotel:

I can’t thank Jie and Samuel enough for selecting me to photograph their wedding at the Sheraton Universal Hotel and the priority they put on photography. I know they’re off to the Bahamas for their honeymoon and wish them all the happiness in the world as they embark on this new chapter together.

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