Wedding At Sherwood Country Club In Thousand Oaks, CA | Hao & Peter

Wedding At Sherwood Country Club

HAO & PETER

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Wedding photos at Sherwood Country Club:

I first heard from Hao and Peter just a couple of months before their planned wedding at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. This has to be one of my favorite country club wedding venues, with a gorgeous courtyard ceremony area and lavish ballroom, together with some really elegant rooms for getting ready. The couple had been together for around four years and Peter had proposed to Hao when they had been visiting her family in China.

Hao and Peter were planning a predominantly Western wedding ceremony with their closest family and friends, but with a few traditional Asian rituals thrown in. It was a beautiful day when I arrived in Thousand Oaks at its gated community where the Sherwood Country Club is located. We knew that there was rain forecast later in the day and were hoping it would hold out at least until after the courtyard ceremony!

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A creative, bird’s eye view of the couple during their Sherwood Country Club wedding photo session.

 

Getting ready photos at the Sherwood Country Club:

Hao and her bridesmaids were getting ready in one of the Sherwood Country Club’s suites, with beautiful natural light streaming in through the windows and warm tones. I captured some candid photos as she and her mom admired her bridal gown and the final touches were applied to her makeup, as well as some images as she shared in this special moment with her bridesmaids. Peter was getting ready with his groomsmen and both dads in the Sherwood Country Club’s Board Room which has a really classic feel with its wooden furnishings and elegant paintings.

I photographed Peter’s dad helping him with his bow tie as Hao’s dad watched on, as well as some sophisticated portraits of the groom within the low-lit surrounds. I then headed back over to capture Hao’s first look with her dad, together with her mom’s emotional reaction at seeing her daughter looking so radiant. With Hao all ready to go, I also grabbed some portraits of her in front of the naturally-lit suite window where she had been getting ready for her wedding at the Sherwood Country Club.

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The bride and her mom admiring her bridal gown as they were getting ready in a suite at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Peter’s dad helps him fix his bow tie as they were getting ready in the Board Room of the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao and her bridesmaids share a special moment as they were getting ready for her wedding at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Peter’s dad helps him put on his suit jacket in the Sherwood Country Club’s Board Room.

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Hao having the final touches done to her makeup as she prepared for her wedding day in Thousand Oaks.

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Capturing a special moment between Peter and his dad as they were preparing for the Sherwood Country Club wedding.

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Hao’s bridesmaids help her step into her wedding shoes as they were getting ready in a suite at the Sherwood Country Club.

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A sophisticated portrait of the groom in the Sherwood Country Club’s Board Room in Thousand Oaks.

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A black and white photo of Hao’s sister fixing her bracelet as they prepared for the Thousand Oaks wedding.

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A joyful portrait of Peter in the Board Room at the Sherwood Country Club as he prepared for his Thousand Oaks wedding.

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Capturing a special moment between Hao and her bridesmaids in an elegant suite at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Capturing Hao’s reaction during the father-daughter first look at the Sherwood Country Club.

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A black and white candid photo of Hao and her dad embracing during their Thousand Oaks first look.

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Capturing an emotional moment between the bride and her parents during their first look in a suite at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao’s father admires his daughter on her wedding day in a suite at the Sherwood Country Club.

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An elegant portrait of the bride in her gorgeous wedding gown in a suite at the Sherwood Country Club.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Sherwood Country Club:

The couple had decided on a first look session and we jumped into a golf cart to drive over to a waterfall which is situated on the Sherwood Country Club’s property. It was overcast by this time, but rather than heavy, rain-laden clouds that create dark images, the lighting was really diffuse and absolutely perfect for photography. I photographed Hao as she walked towards Peter right in front of the waterfall, as well as their emotional reactions upon seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

I really appreciated that the couple had made photography a high priority, allowing plenty of time for a pre-ceremony portrait session and enabling me to get the most beautiful images possible. In addition to some nature-themed portraits in front of the waterfall, we also headed over to the entrance gate of the Sherwood gated community and the beautiful Sherwood Lake for some photos. Hao and Peter were great to work with, allowing me to get both intimate portraits and more playful shots, as well as some creative bird’s eye images of them lying on the ground together.

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Hao walking towards Peter during their first look in front of the waterfall at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Capturing Peter’s joyful reaction as his bride embraces him during their Sherwood Country Club first look.

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Hao and Peter glimpse each other for the first time on their wedding day during a waterfall-themed first look.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Hao and Peter during their Thousand Oaks first look.

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Hao and Peter were both emotional during their waterfall-themed first look at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao and Peter both wipe away tears during their emotional first look at the Sherwood Country Club’s waterfall.

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A beautiful portrait of the couple in front of the Sherwood Country Club’s waterfall.

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Hao and Peter share a laugh during their Sherwood Country Club wedding portrait session in Thousand Oaks.

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Peter kisses Hao’s hand romantically during their Sherwood Country Club wedding photo session.

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Hao shows off her gorgeous wedding gown during her portrait session with Peter at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao and Peter kiss beneath an auburn tree during their Sherwood Country Club wedding portrait session.

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The couple embrace outside the gates to the Sherwood Country Club gated community during their Thousand Oaks wedding portrait session.

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Capturing a playful moment between Hao and Peter during their portrait session at the Sherwood Lake in Thousand Oaks.

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A wide angle portrait of the couple during their Sherwood Lake wedding photo session in Thousand Oaks.

 

Ceremony photos at the Sherwood Country Club:

It was then time for their Sherwood Country Club wedding ceremony, with Hao’s parents escorting her down the aisle to a beaming Peter. The courtyard ceremony combined both traditional Western wedding elements with a few Asian rituals, including the offering of tea and monetary gifts to the couple’s parents. I tried to capture each of these special moments, together with the candid reactions of Hao and Peter as they exchanged vows.

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Hao’s parents escort her down the aisle at the start of her Sherwood Country Club courtyard wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Peter’s reaction as he watches his bride walk down the aisle during their Sherwood Country Club wedding ceremony.

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Hao’s parents give her away to Peter at the altar during the Sherwood Country Club wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Peter’s expression as he exchanges vows with Hao during their western courtyard wedding at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao was all smiles as she read her vows to Peter at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

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A wide angle shot looking across Hao and Peter’s intimate wedding ceremony at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Peter receives a red envelope as a gift from Hao’s parents during their wedding ceremony in Thousand Oaks.

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Hao offers tea to her parents-in-law during a traditional Asian wedding ritual at the Sherwood Country Club.

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A candid photo of Hao and Peter during their courtyard wedding at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao and Peter were all smiles during their recessional walk down the aisle at the Sherwood Country Club.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Sherwood Country Club:

After they made their joyous recessional walk down the aisle, the light was starting to get dark, but I managed to squeeze in a group wedding party portrait and a few nighttime couple portraits before heading indoors. As Hao and Peter signed their marriage license I also grabbed a funny photo of their parents playfully covering their eyes while the couple stole a kiss!

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A group photo of Hao and Peter’s wedding party during their Sherwood Country Club celebrations.

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A funny portrait of the couple kissing in front of their marriage license while their parents cover their eyes.

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A creative, bird’s eye portrait of Hao lying on the ground at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Peter kisses Hao on an ornate balcony at the Sherwood Country Club during their nighttime portrait session.

 

Reception photos at the Sherwood Country Club:

Their wedding reception was held inside the Sherwood Country Club’s elegant ballroom, with the couple beginning proceedings with their first dance, followed by speeches and toasts from family members, the maid-of-honor and best man. Hao and Peter then played the “shoe game”, with the MC asking questions about their relationship to see who knew what and how much they agreed with one another! They made a warm “thank you” speech to their guests for joining them to celebrate this wedding at the Sherwood Country Club, before a champagne toast at their cake cutting ceremony.

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Hao and Peter perform their first dance during their ballroom reception at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Hao and Peter kiss during their first dance in the glamorous ballroom at the Sherwood Country Club.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and groom during their Sherwood Country Club wedding reception.

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Hao and Peter were all smiles as speeches and toasts were made during their Sherwood Country Club wedding reception.

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Hao’s maid-of-honor and Peter’s best man make a speech during the Sherwood Country Club wedding reception.

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Capturing Hao and Peter’s reactions during the speeches and toasts of their Thousand Oaks wedding reception.

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Hao and Peter play the “shoe game” during their lively ballroom reception at the Sherwood Country Club.

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The bride and groom make a “thank you” speech during their ballroom wedding reception in Thousand Oaks.

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The couple make a champagne toast during their cake cutting ceremony at the Sherwood Country Club.

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The couple dancing with Peter’s uncle during their luxurious wedding reception at the Sherwood Country Club.

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A romantic nighttime portrait of the couple beneath a fairy-lit tree at the Sherwood Country Club.

 

Wedding photos at Sherwood Country Club:

I want to thank Hao and Peter for selecting me as their wedding photographer and putting such a high priority on photography throughout the day and wish them all the happiness in their married life together.

December 2, 2016

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