Wedding At The Houdini Estate In Los Angeles, CA | Phuong & Stephen

Wedding At The Houdini Estate

PHUONG & STEPHEN

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Wedding photos at The Houdini Estate:

Boston-based couple Phuong and Stephen found and booked me online but I had the pleasure of meeting them in person during an e-session last December at UCLA where they’d first met. I was excited to reconnect for their wedding at The Houdini Estate in the hills of Los Angeles where they were planning an intimate celebration with their closest family and friends.

The Houdini Estate is a stunning private estate venue with really classic architecture, leafy garden walkways, and a gorgeous ceremony courtyard. With everything happening in the one place, I met up with my second photographer in the late morning to capture the couple as they made their final preparations.

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Stephen dips Phuong at the Mosaic Driveway during their Houdini Estate wedding portrait session.

 

Getting ready photos at The Houdini Estate:

While my second photographer was with Stephen and his groomsmen, I was with Phuong and the girls as they were getting ready in a light-filled suite. I photographed the bride as she admired her gown and had the final touches applied to her makeup, as well as grabbing a portrait as she relaxed in her gown in front of a rustic wooden door.

She then stepped into her wedding dress with the help of her bridesmaids and mom who secured a necklace around Phuong’s neck. The girls were joined by the bride’s two brothers (who were serving as “bridesmen” for the occasion) and I captured the first look moment as they arrived to see their sister looking so stunning.

After grabbing some shots of the bridal party fluffing Phuong’s dress, we used the time available for some portraits of the beautiful bride on her own before heading downstairs for her first look with Stephen.

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Phuong admires her stunning dress in the light-filled getting ready suite at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong has the finishing touches applied to her makeup as she was getting ready for The Houdini Estate wedding.

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Capturing a special moment between Phuong and her bridesmaids as they admired her engagement ring.

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A portrait of Phuong in her dressing gown in front of rustic wooden door at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and her bridesmaids admire her wedding dress while getting ready for The Houdini Estate wedding.

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Phuong’s bridesmaids and mom assist as she steps into her wedding dress at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong, her mom and bridesmaids getting ready in the light-filled suite at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong’s mom helps to secure a necklace around the bride’s neck while getting ready at The Houdini Estate.

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A candid shot of Phuong fixing her earrings as she prepared for her special day at The Houdini Estate.

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Capturing the first look between Phuong and her brothers (who were also her “bridesmen”) at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong’s bridesmaids and bridesmen help to fluff her wedding dress in a light-filled suite at The Houdini Estate.

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A playful portrait of Phuong with her bridal party as they prepared for The Houdini Estate wedding.

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A portrait of Phuong looking radiant in her wedding dress at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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A portrait of Phuong in the gardens of The Houdini Estate during her Los Angeles wedding photo session.

Pre-ceremony portraits at The Houdini Estate:

As it was quite a warm day, we decided to have Phuong and Stephen’s first look in a shaded area at the base of a stone staircase. I photographed Phuong as she walked up behind Stephen, then the moment he turned around to see his gorgeous bride who tried hard to contain her emotion.

We then walked around the leafy pathways and staircases that lead up and down the private estate, capturing portraits of the couple in this loved-up moment. I grabbed intimate photos of the couple embracing backed by the rustic surrounds, as well as a playful bridal party portrait as they kissed with their bridesmaids and groomsmen celebrating behind.

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Phuong walks down a set of stairs towards Stephen during their first look session at The Houdini Estate.

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Capturing the reactions of Phuong and Stephen during their first look session at The Houdini Estate.

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An emotional moment during Phuong and Stephen’s first look at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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A romantic portrait of Phuong and Stephen in a leafy courtyard at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and Stephen kiss during their wedding portrait session at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and Stephen embrace on a staircase during their garden portrait session at The Houdini Estate.

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The bride and groom embrace on an ornate bridge at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong embraces Stephen warmly during their wedding portrait session at The Houdini Estate.

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Stephen kisses Phuong tenderly on the forehead at the Mosaic Driveway of The Houdini Estate.

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Capturing a romantic embrace between the bride and groom during their Houdini Estate wedding portrait session.

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Phuong and Stephen framed by an ivy-covered archway at The Houdini Estate in Los Angles.

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A portrait of the bride and groom embracing on a leafy walkway in the gardens of The Houdini Estate.

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Stephen kisses Phuong tenderly on the forehead during their Houdini Estate wedding portrait session.

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Phuong and Stephen kiss on a set of stairs while their bridal party celebrates behind them.

 

Ceremony photos at The Houdini Estate:

It was then time for the ceremony to get underway, with Stephen leading his groomsmen into the garden courtyard venue, followed by Phuong on the arm of her dad. I captured the emotional handoff between the two men, then documented the reactions of both the couple and their parents as they exchanged vows.

Phoung and Stephen were getting married in front of a white circular floral feature, which provided a stunning backdrop as they exchanged rings and kissed after being pronounced “husband and wife”. I photographed their joyous recessional walk down the aisle before grabbing another portrait of the newlyweds in front of this floral feature and walking hand-in-hand through the leafy surrounds.

The couple then made their grand entrance into the garden cocktail hour while the staff at The Houdini Estate did a “flip” to transform their ceremony site into a romantic reception venue. Phuong and Stephen used the opportunity to perform their first dance before taking the time to mingle with their wedding guests.

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Stephen and his groomsmen walk into the courtyard of The Houdini Estate for his intimate wedding ceremony.

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Phuong’s father escorts her down the aisle during her intimate courtyard wedding at The Houdini Estate.

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Capturing Stephen’s reaction as he watched Phuong walk down the aisle at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong embraces her dad during the emotional handoff at The Houdini Estate wedding ceremony.

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Phuong’s dad gives her away to Stephen at the start of their intimate Houdini Estate wedding ceremony.

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Phuong reads her vows to Stephen during their courtyard wedding at The Houdini Estate.

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Capturing Stephen’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Phuong at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Stephen’s parents share a laugh during the garden wedding ceremony at The Houdini Estate.

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Stephen reads his vows to Phuong in the leafy courtyard of The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Capturing Phuong’s reaction as she exchanged vows with Stephen at The Houdini Estate in LA.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Phuong and Stephen’s Houdini Estate wedding ceremony.

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Phuong and Stephen exchange rings in front of a stunning floral circle at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong and Stephen kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” in front of a gorgeous white flower circle.

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The newlyweds make their recessional walk down the aisle at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and Stephen embrace in front of their stunning white floral circle at The Houdini Estate.

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Friends and family having fun in the photo booth during The Houdini Estate cocktail hour.

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Phuong and Stephen make their grand entrance into the cocktail hour at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong and Stephen perform their first dance during the cocktail hour on the Mosaic Driveway.

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Family and friends watch on during Phuong and Stephen’s first dance at The Houdini Estate.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at The Houdini Estate:

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Phuong and Stephen walk hand-in-hand across the Mosaic Driveway at The Houdini Estate.

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The newlyweds kiss in front of their white floral circle on The Houdini Estate lawns.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the newlyweds during their Houdini Estate wedding portrait session.

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Phuong and Stephen kiss during their intimate wedding portrait session at The Houdini Estate.

 

Reception photos at The Houdini Estate:

Everyone then made their way back to what was now the reception venue, with long tables set up alongside Phuong and Stephen’s sweetheart table. After a “thank you” speech from the couple, there were toasts from both dads, the matron-of-honor, and best man before Phuong change into a bright red Vietnamese dress to honor her cultural background, going around the tables to greet all of the guests.

Then everyone made their way back up to the mosaic driveway for the parental dances before letting loose on the dance floor. I tried to capture all the action of the dance floor from multiple angles, as well as documenting all the fun of the photo booth and a playful moment as Phuong’s brother tried to steal the wedding cake.

The bride made another outfit change into a white jumpsuit attire that allowed her to really get down on the dance floor with her family and friends. We ended the night by capturing a photo of Stephen as he dipped and kissed his bride, bringing to a close what had been a day filled with love and incredible moments.

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The newlyweds make their grand reception entrance onto the grassy lawns of The Houdini Estate.

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Stephen makes a “thank you” speech for his wedding guests from the flower-backed sweetheart table.

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Phuong thanks her wedding guests for attending at The Houdini Estate garden reception.

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Phuong’s father makes a speech while his daughter and Stephen listen in from their sweetheart table.

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Capturing the reaction of Phuong’s brother during the speeches and toasts of The Houdini Estate reception.

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Stephen’s dad makes a speech during the intimate garden reception at The Houdini Estate.

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The newlyweds kiss at their sweetheart table, backed by a white floral circle decoration.

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Phuong’s matron-of-honor makes a speech during the intimate garden wedding reception.

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Phuong and Stephen share a laugh during the speeches and toasts at their Houdini Estate wedding reception.

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Phuong’s parents listen in to the speeches and toasts from their long reception table.

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Phuong wipes away tears of happiness during an emotional speech at her wedding reception.

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Stephen’s best man makes a speech during The Houdini Estate reception while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table.

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Capturing the reactions of friends and family during the speeches at Phuong and Stephen’s garden reception.

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Phuong and Stephen share a laugh at their sweetheart table during the wedding reception dinner.

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Looking across the romantic garden reception venue at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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Phuong wearing a traditional red Vietnamese dress is escorted into the reception by her brothers.

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Stephen dips and kisses Phuong dramatically in her red Vietnamese wedding dress.

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Phuong and Stephen perform their cake cutting ceremony at The Houdini Estate reception.

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Phuong and Stephen perform their joint parental dances during The Houdini Estate reception.

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Stephen and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the Los Angeles wedding reception.

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Capturing a playful moment as one of Phuong’s brothers tries to steal the wedding cake.

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An intimate black and white candid shot of Phuong and Stephen enjoying their reception dance floor.

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Phuong getting down on the dance floor with her dad and brother during The Houdini Estate reception.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Phuong and Stephen’s Houdini Estate reception.

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Capturing a fun moment between the bride and one of her wedding guests on the dance floor.

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Wedding guests put their hands in the air during Phuong and Stephen’s LA reception.

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Phuong chats with a wedding guest on the dance floor during her Houdini Estate reception.

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An elevated view looking across the dance floor during The Houdini Estate wedding reception.

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Phuong and Stephen enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends at The Houdini Estate.

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An action shot of the dance floor during Phuong and Stephen’s Houdini Estate reception.

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Capturing all the fun and antics of the photo booth during The Houdini Estate wedding reception.

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Wedding guests enjoying the festivities at The Houdini Estate during Phuong and Stephen’s reception.

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Phuong’s new outfit causes a stir on the dance floor during The Houdini Estate wedding reception.

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The officiant performs a magic trick on the dance floor while Phuong watches on.

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The newlyweds getting down on the dance floor during their reception at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong’s brother feeds a friend cake during the lively wedding party at The Houdini Estate.

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Phuong and a wedding guest getting down on the dance floor during The Houdini Estate reception.

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Wedding guests having fun in the photo booth during The Houdini Estate reception.

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A wedding guest takes off his jacket on the dance floor at The Houdini Estate in Los Angeles.

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An elevated view of Phuong enjoying the dance floor with her friends during The Houdini Estate reception.

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The newlyweds surrounded by their family and friends on the dance floor at The Houdini Estate.

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Stephen dips Phuong on the dance floor at The Houdini Estate during their LA wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at The Houdini Estate:

It was a lovely, warm day in the Los Angeles hills capturing Phuong and Stephen’s wedding at The Houdini Estate and I can’t thank them enough for having me as their photographer. I wish them all the best as they return to Boston and I hope these photos bring them warm memories of their special day for many years to come.

June 20, 2018

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