Wedding At Taglyan Cultural Complex In Los Angeles, CA | Vi & James

Wedding At Taglyan Cultural Complex

VI & JAMES

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Wedding photos at Taglyan Cultural Complex:

I first met Vi and James at my studio in Downtown Long Beach about a year before their glamorous wedding at Taglyan Cultural Complex. It was such a delight and pleasure getting to know them and I was honored that they booked me there and then! We did an e-session together in Downtown Los Angeles and at the Griffith Observatory, and I was really excited to reconnect when their special day rolled around this summer.

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A portrait of the newly married couple within their glamorous reception ballroom at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

 

Getting ready photos at a private residence in Chino Hills:

While James is Filipino, Vi is Vietnamese, and they were starting the day with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at her parents’ place in Chino Hills. My wife Charlene and I drove over early in the morning to capture the bride as she was getting ready with her bridesmaids, wearing a gorgeous purple ao dai dress.

Her sister then escorted her to meet James and his entourage, and they performed a tea ceremony to honor their elders. James also playfully pretended to propose all over again before securing a necklace around his bride’s neck.

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Vi’s bridesmaids open gifts from her as they were getting ready at her parents’ home in Chino Hills.

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A reflective portrait of Vi in her ao dai as she prepared for a Vietnamese tea ceremony at her parents’ house.

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Vi and her sister meet James and his entourage during the Vietnamese tea ceremony in Chino Hills.

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James pretends to propose to Vi all over again during their Vietnamese tea ceremony in Chino Hills.

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James secures a necklace for Vi during their traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony in Chino Hills.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Paul The Apostle Church:

We then headed over to Saint Paul The Apostle Church which is also in Chino Hills for their Catholic ceremony, with Vi changing into a classic white wedding gown. Her father escorted her down the aisle of this modern and spacious church, and I captured the couple’s reactions as they exchanged vows in front of their friends and family (including one little boy who was obviously being kept awake!).

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A close-up portrait of Vi in her western wedding dress at Saint Paul The Apostle Church in Chino Hills.

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A candid moment between Vi and her Catholic priest at Saint Paul The Apostle Church in Chino Hills.

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Vi’s father gives her away at the altar to James during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Paul The Apostle Church.

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A creative shot looking through the floral arrangements at Saint Paul The Apostle Church during Vi and James’ Catholic wedding ceremony.

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A funny black and white photo of a younger wedding guest yawning during Vi and James’ wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Vi’s joyous reaction as she exchanged vows with James at Saint Paul The Apostle Church.

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The bride and groom kneel at the altar to pray during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Chino Hills.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Vi and James’ wedding ceremony at Saint Paul The Apostle Church.

 

Portraits at Saint Paul The Apostle Church and Downtown Los Angeles:

After numerous Catholic rites and rituals, they made their recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife” and we had a short couple portrait session within the church’s dramatically-lit interior.

It was then around an hour’s drive west into Downtown Los Angeles where we had another portrait session outside the MOCA Building and its iconic fountain, before heading to the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel where Vi and James had a room booked. It was here that they did a gift exchange, with James treating his bride to some gorgeous shoes and a watch, and freshened up before the reception kicked off.

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An intimate couple portrait within the dramatically-lit interior of Saint Paul The Apostle Church.

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The newly married couple kiss in one of the pews during their wedding portrait session at Saint Paul The Apostle Church.

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Vi and James kiss behind a fountain outside the MOCA Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative portrait of the couple featuring Vi’s sweeping veil outside the MOCA Building in Downtown LA.

 

Getting ready photos at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel:

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Capturing a special moment between Vi and one of her bridesmaids during a gift exchange at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel.

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Vi’s bridesmaids help to fluff her wedding dress as they were getting ready at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel.

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The bride opens a gift from her future husband as she prepared for her special day at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel.

 

Portraits at Taglyan Cultural Complex:

I joined the couple in their limousine for the drive over to the Taglyan Cultural Complex, grabbing a couple of creative portraits en route. Once there, we also had time to squeeze in a few more portraits of just the two of them, with Vi and James allocating plenty of time for photography throughout the day. In addition to a bird’s eye portrait of the bride nestled in her white gown against a bright red carpet, we also managed to steal a shot in the middle of their lavish ballroom venue before the guests arrived.

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A creative shot of James kissing Vi in their limousine as they drove towards the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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The newly married couple were glowing as they looked out the window of their limousine en route to the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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A bird’s eye portrait of Vi in her gorgeous wedding gown, lying on a red carpet at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Vi and James during their Taglyan Cultural Complex wedding portrait session.

 

Reception photos at Taglyan Cultural Complex:

The reception then kicked off with the couple’s first dance in the midst of the smoke-filled dance floor, followed by speeches and toasts from those closest to them. I captured Vi’s emotional reaction as her sister gave a touching speech, as well as the parental dances. Vi then changed back into her Vietnamese ao dai and the couple personally thanked each table of guests for sharing in their special day, before changing again into a glimmering silver evening dress.

Throughout the reception, I captured Vi and James popping a bottle of champagne together during their cake cutting ceremony and all the fun of the bouquet toss and garter removal. While the wedding guests hit the dance floor, we snuck outside for a nighttime portrait session around the Taglyan Cultural Complex, utilizing its illuminated trees and fountain features.

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Vi and James perform their first dance within the smoke-filled ballroom of the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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The newly married couple look into each other’s eyes during their first dance at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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An intimate moment during Vi and James’ smoke-filled first dance at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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The newly married couple seated at their sweetheart table during the glamorous Taglyan Cultural Complex wedding reception.

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Capturing Vi’s emotional reaction during her matron-of-honor’s speech at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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James shares a special moment with his mom during the mother-son dance at this Los Angeles wedding reception.

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Vi shares a father-daughter dance beneath an ornate chandelier in the Taglyan Cultural Complex’s ballroom.

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A playful moment between the couple and their wedding guests as they thanked each table individually.

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Vi and James pop a bottle of champagne during their cake cutting ceremony at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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Vi throws her bouquet to an expectant group of ladies on the Taglyan Cultural Complex’s ballroom dance floor.

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James removes Vi’s garter with his teeth during their fun-filled wedding reception in Los Angeles.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait of Vi and James during their Taglyan Cultural Complex wedding celebrations.

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The newly married couple embrace between the illuminated trees outside the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

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A creative nighttime portrait of Vi and James kissing at their Taglyan Cultural Complex sweetheart table.

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An off-camera flash portrait of the couple beside an ornate fountain at LA’s Taglyan Cultural Complex.

 

Wedding photos at Taglyan Cultural Complex:

Vi and James’ wedding at Taglyan Cultural Complex was particularly memorable as they were so sweet and caring towards us throughout the day. Rather than just photographers, they treated us as friends, and it really meant a lot to both Charlene and myself. I was thrilled to be the Los Angeles wedding photographer for this special union and wish Vi and James so much joy and happiness in their life together.

August 29, 2013

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