Wedding At The Villa In Westminster, CA | Olivia & Han

Wedding At The Villa

OLIVIA & HAN

Locations:

  • Reception locationThe Villa in Westminster, CA

 

Wedding photos at The Villa:

I first had the pleasure of meeting Olivia and Han around a year ago as they were in the early stages of planning their May wedding at The Villa in Westminster. Han is of Korean ancestry, while Olivia is Vietnamese and they were planning a multicultural celebration with those closest to them. They’re actually based in Chicago, with Olivia having moved there a few years ago, and met through the app “Coffee Meets Bagel” before becoming engaged beneath a waterfall in Iceland!

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A loving portrait of Olivia and Han embracing during their wedding portrait session at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.

 

Getting ready photos at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley:

My second photographer and I drove down to Orange County in the morning to capture the couple getting ready at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley. While my second photographer was with Han and his groomsmen, I was with Olivia and the girls as they were having their hair and makeup done with the highly organized makeup artist Kimmy.

I grabbed some playful portraits of Olivia and her bridesmaids jumping on the bed of their hotel suite and the girls helping to “fluff” the bride’s dress, as well as one of Olivia sharing her cute note card from Han which read “You are my soy mate”. We also used the time available to capture some portraits of Olivia in her stunning wedding dress, taking advantage of the light that was streaming through the window.

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Olivia having the final touches done to her hair in a suite at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach in Fountain Valley.

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A playful shot of Olivia and her bridesmaids jumping on a bed in their suite at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley.

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Olivia’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding dress as they prepared in a Fountain Valley hotel suite.

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Olivia fixes her earrings as she prepared for her wedding at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley.

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Olivia shows off her wedding shoes as her bridesmaids helped her get dressed in a Fountain Valley hotel suite.

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Olivia shares a funny note card from Han with her bridesmaids in her suite at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley.

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A portrait of Olivia in her gorgeous wedding gown as she stood in a suite window at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach.

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A portrait of Olivia with her gorgeous floral bouquet in front of a picture frame at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach.

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Olivia shows off the back of her stunning wedding dress as she was getting ready in her Fountain Valley hotel suite.

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A playful portrait of Olivia and her bridesmaids showing love for one another with their beautiful floral bouquets.

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A sophisticated portrait of Han and his two groomsmen as they made their final wedding day preparations.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley:

It was then time for the first look which we staged in the hotel lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley. I really loved the bright red walls and the blue couch in the background…and that it was a nice and quiet space for us to work in.

I photographed Olivia as she walked up to her awaiting groom, then Han’s emotional reaction at seeing her for the first time on their wedding day. But tears turned to joy as they soaked up this special moment together and it was an honor to be there to capture it.

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Olivia walks towards Han for their first look in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley.

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Han turns around to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley.

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Capturing Han’s emotional reaction during his first look with Olivia at the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach Fountain Valley.

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Olivia and Han were all smiles during their emotional first look in the hotel lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Huntington Beach.

 

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church:

We then drove over to Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim where their Catholic ceremony was to be held, beginning with both the bride and groom being escorted down the aisle by their respective parents. I captured close-up shots as they performed traditional rituals like the lighting of the unity candle and paying respect to their parents, as well as capturing a wide-angle shot looking across their ceremony venue.

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Han’s parents escort him down the aisle for the start of his wedding ceremony at Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim.

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Olivia’s parents escort her down the aisle of the Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim for the start of her wedding ceremony.

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Olivia and Han stand hand-in-hand at the altar during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Anaheim.

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A wide-angle shot looking across the intimate wedding ceremony of Olivia and Han at Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim.

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Olivia and Han exchange vows beneath Christ on the cross during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Anaheim.

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Capturing Olivia and Han’s reactions during their Catholic wedding mass at Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim.

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Olivia and Han light the unity candle during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Anaheim.

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A black and white candid of Olivia’s reaction as she honored her and Han’s parents during their wedding ceremony.

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Olivia and Han make a joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife” at Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim.

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The newly married couple kiss at the altar of Saint Thomas Korean Catholic Church in Anaheim.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Mile Square Park:

After making their joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife”, we began the drive over to Westminster where their reception was to be held, stopping en route at Mile Square Park for a short portrait session. I captured warm embraces of Olivia and Han beneath the leafy greenery of this Fountain Valley park, as well as a playful one of them stealing a kiss behind Olivia’s gorgeous bouquet.

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Olivia and Han exuded love and joy during their post-ceremony portrait session at Mile Square Park.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the newly married couple during their Mile Square Park wedding portrait session.

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Olivia and Han steal a kiss behind her gorgeous bouquet during their wedding portrait session at Mile Square Park.

 

Reception photos at The Villa:

It was then time for the reception of their wedding at The Villa in Westminster, beginning with a grand entrance from the newly married couple and a fun, choreographed first dance. This was followed by speeches and toasts from both the bridesmaids and groomsmen in their wonderful bridal party, with lots of laughter and emotional reactions to capture from the bride and groom.

After their cake cutting ceremony and a champagne toast from the couple, Olivia changed into a bright red traditional Vietnamese ao dai to honor her ancestry. The couple then made their rounds of the tables, thanking each of the guests for attending and having photographs together. Olivia is one of 13 siblings and the reunion at one of her brother’s tables was particularly emotional.

Then everyone hit the dance floor to party into the night, with lots of dance floor and photo booth action to capture. I also managed to sneak out with the couple for a few romantic nighttime portraits beneath the fairy lights of The Villa, ending what was an incredible wedding day in Westminster.

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Olivia and Han make their grand entrance into the wedding reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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Olivia and Han perform a fun, choreographed first dance to kick off their wedding reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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The newly married couple kiss at the end of their first dance at The Villa in Westminster.

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One of Han’s groomsmen makes a champagne toast during the reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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Capturing Olivia and Han’s reactions as speeches and toasts are made at their multicultural wedding reception in Westminster.

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Olivia’s bridesmaids embrace Han following their speech at The Villa wedding reception in Westminster.

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Capturing Olivia and Han’s laughter as a speech is made by one of the groomsmen.

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The newly married couple perform the cake cutting ceremony, surrounded by cupcakes.

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Olivia and Han make a champagne toast during their classic wedding reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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An emotional reaction from Olivia as she and Han thank one of her brothers for attending their wedding.

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Olivia and Han’s wedding guests watch on as they play a fun game during their Westminster wedding reception.

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A group photo of Olivia and Han kissing, surrounded by their wedding guests, at The Villa in Westminster.

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Wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor during Olivia and Han’s reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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Han getting down on the dance floor during his wedding reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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An action shot of Olivia with one of her friends on the dance floor during her wedding party at The Villa in Westminster.

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Han’s friends enjoying the dance floor during the lively celebrations for his union with Olivia.

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Olivia in her bright red ao dai enjoying the reception festivities at The Villa in Westminster.

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A wedding guest drinking from a bottle of liquor during Olivia and Han’s wedding party at The Villa in Westminster.

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Capturing all the fun and antics of the photo booth during Olivia and Han’s wedding reception.

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Olivia dancing with her parents-in-law during the lively wedding reception at The Villa in Westminster.

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Han kisses Olivia tenderly during their romantic nighttime portrait session at The Villa in Westminster.

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Olivia and Han stand hand-in-hand in front of an illuminated curtain at The Villa in Westminster.

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A creative nighttime couple portrait using off-camera flash at The Villa in Westminster.

 

Wedding photos at The Villa:

I want to thank Olivia and Han for selecting Aevitas Weddings to capture their special day and for being such warm and welcoming people to work with. I know that they are heading off to Hawaii for their honeymoon before returning home to Chicago and wish them all the best in their married life together.

May 24, 2017

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