dp + suzi (2 of 2)

up until now, this blog has been purely work-related. well, i guess this still looks like it could be related but i don’t actually take inquiries for photography. these are my good friends daniel & suzi who recently became engaged. the first of my friends, actually. i figured taking some photos would be a better gift than kitchenware, a towel set, or whatever people put on registries nowadays. i had no clue as to what i was doing and simply hoped for the best. this will probably be the only time i ever do this. this stuff is way too hard – i’ll leave it to the pros. 🙂 with all that said, hope you enjoy – love you guys.

oh. also couldn’t decide what category to put this in and so i started something new, the personal category. i can’t wait to share more about myself with you all. thanks again for all the support everyone. without you guys, i am nothing. alright, off to go watch the series finale of breaking bad!

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clarence + eunice (1 of 5)

I first met Clarence back in October of 2012. I was in New York filming a wedding and Clarence was second-shooting for Minnow Park. The moment I knew Clarence was awesome was when he let me drive his GTi around the block. A total stranger! It’s insignificant moments such as those that connect strangers. During the quick lap around New York, Clarence shared with me that he had recently gotten engaged to Eunice and that they were getting married the upcoming year in a vineyard somewhere in virginia. Of course, my eyes lit up in hopes that he would contact me in the months to come. Flash forward, three weeks before their wedding and I get an email from Clarence and it just so happened to be the one weekend open. Being so last minute, finding someone to help film was near impossible and so I took on the task of filming solo; I really gotta stop doing that to myself!

Anyway, without any preconceived notions of VA, I met up with some college friends who really made my trip worth it. Food was amazing; I stuffed myself with taiwanese eats upon arriving and joined a friend for his BBQ the next day. I can still taste that brisket. MMM! Can’t wait to go back! Oh, and feel free to check out Clarence’s site.

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Venue: Morais Vineyard
Photography: Gabe Aceves
DJ: Jamie Easson
Coordinator: Cherry Blossom Events

  • Jashim - Bro, way too good! Loved it! Quest: Are those stills? or grabs from the video?ReplyCancel

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When Christina and Daniel first contacted me about their day – I was stoked! They were going to celebrate this event in an intimate backyard up high in the mountains of Malibu! The one thing that I wasn’t familiar with was, it being a vow renewal. Maybe it’s just me but I had no idea how a vow renewal would go other than what’s been shown in movies. The mind-boggling thing was that they’ve only been married for five years. I thought people usually renewed vows after giant milestones, ex. 20 years. The other thought I had in my mind was why they were interested in filming a simple renewal.

As the day approached, Christina and Daniel explained to me how much more important this day was in comparison to when they first devoted themselves to each other. I was personally very attached to this celebration because in my naive mind, when I think of marriage – I think happy thoughts, and never really consider the struggles that newly weds go through. They’ve gone through the hard times, the struggles, the fights. At the end of it all, it was worth fighting through. A few days ago, I read this status update and thought it to be quite cheesy but it fits so well.

a flower has to go through a lot of dirt before it can bloom

Christina and Daniel invited their closest friends and family members to join them in this milestone event. When I was told it was only to be roughly sixty guests attending, I knew I had to make it my goal to film everyone. These were the people who have been with them through the thick and thin. These are friends and family that have mentored, prayed, and fought for their relationship. But it’s very important to note that friendships do not only go one way. Christina and Daniel have affected each and everyone of the guests’ lives, including my own.

I’m thankful for the privilege of documenting life. It was a pleasure catching up with some of my couples from the past, Alice & Andrew and Bill & Carolyn. Thank you to Alice and Andrew, who if not for them, I would have never met Christina and Daniel. You both are amazing. I cannot wait to hit you guys up next time I’m in Santa Monica!

p.s. – my heart was won the moment you invited us to brunch the next morning.
p.p.s – kudos to Matt for going around and having everyone be part of the toast!

Words from the bride herself, Five years may seem like a short time to renew our vows, but for us, there was so much to celebrate. We almost didn’t make it. We hit a breaking point in the third year of our marriage, when things got so bad that we seriously considered separation. As a last resort, we tried couples therapy. Through some breakthrough moments where God really met us, a lot of hard work, and the support of our loved ones, we came such a long way that it only seemed natural to celebrate this milestone.

The day was as much about our journey as it was about honoring our friends and thanking them for the ways they supported us. We held our intimate gathering up in the Malibu mountains at Rancho del Cielo, a small cottage where the owners still reside. It had an intimate backyard feel yet was elegant with its breathtaking views of the coast.

The inspiration and subtle theme for our event was around good stories. In the best stories, there always comes a point when you don’t know if the protagonist is going to make it, and the journey of how they do is what makes the story. We felt like that has been a picture of our marriage. The subtle theme lent itself well to the overall look and feel we were going for – rustic, literary, and rich in love and depth. We brought it to life in the details: the design of our paper goods was reminiscent of a book page; actual pages from classic novels were incorporated into our signage; and our centerpieces featured classics or books on relationships. As the goal was to honor and thank our guests, we also wrote individual thank-you notes and handmade each favor. The men received cufflinks featuring handpicked quotes we knew they would appreciate, and the women received a personalized necklace.

Everything about the day was perfect. We felt so blessed to be surrounded by a community who loved and supported us through the toughest of times. In a way, the day was so much sweeter than our wedding day, because even though we know how hard marriage can be, we were still choosing to say yes.

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Venue: Rancho Del Cielo
Photography: Cindy & Daniel / Orange Turtle

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Venue: Lake Oak Meadows
Photography: Wayne & Angela

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