Donald and Virginia met in 2004 during Chinese classes at UCLA. It was truly an unexpected meeting as they only had one other class together during their entire time at UCLA. That just happened to show how fate works on its part to unite two persons later falling in love with each other!

Donald believes their relationship is about perseverance.  It’s easy to see them always happy, but what many people don’t realize is their entire relationship was long distance between LA and New York.   However, everything happens for a reason and they would not be the couple they are today were it not for the journey they shared together.

The first time Virginia visited Donald in New York, he was still living in student dorms as a graduate student. This dormitory lifestyle included shared laundry rooms and one day Virginia was helping him to do the laundry while he was at work. Later that day, Donald received a call from her asking if he was seeing someone else. He was shocked and replied No! Not at all! Why would she ever think such a thing? It turned out that she found some female undergarments when she went to put the cloths in the dryer.  That was obvious; someone may have forgotten them in the washer she was using. But Virginia was so mad at him and Donald said to his roommate Akil, “You won’t believe what just happened with me. I have the worst LUCK!”

The funniest part was, that she told him later on that she was going to try and purposely leave it slightly out in the open when he got home. If Donald tried to hide it, she will interpret it as an attempt to hide something from her.

Today, though they laugh about the mystery undergarment incident but it was certainly a painful experience!

Virginia’s sister Vivian challenged Virginia to a weight loss competition.  A month later, on the day of the weigh in, Vivian asked Virginia to watch a video which supposedly documented her weight loss.  However, it turned out to be a surprise video Donald made showcasing their entire relationship.  At the end of the video, it showed a montage of Donald traveling from New York to Vivian’s house and upon conclusion of the video, Donald was there playing the piano for Virginia.  After playing, Donald then got down one knee and proposed to Virginia!

Their wedding day was simply amazing. In the morning they honored some traditional Chinese and Cantonese customs, specially the door games and a tea ceremony. In the afternoon, they took some photos with us around the Hilton and Embarcadero. The ceremony and reception was simply stunning. All their vendors did an amazing job and San Francisco City Hall itself is so beautiful. Of all the wonderful events that day, they are most grateful for one thing, that is the guests that came. They felt blessed to share their special day with family and friends who came from all around the world.

Donald and Virginia have left a message for the couples who are getting married soon..

“Remember that a wedding symbolizes the beginning of a chapter.  What day is more important: The first day of college or graduation? Of course, graduation.  In the same way, your wedding is the first day in school where you will learn about love – love for your spouse, love for your families, and love for your friends.  Oftentimes, it may seem like the wedding is supposed to be the peak of your love for one another, but just remember to keep your eye on the horizon and to look forward to the many beautiful memories that lie ahead.”

Their venue for reception and ceremony was San Francisco City Hall. Videography was by Lumitone. Catering was done by Kenneth Chow Catering. Flowers and cake were by S& V collection. Hotel was San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Ceremony musicians were from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Lighting was by Kool Luu Lighting Service. DJ was Evensteven (Steven Le), Bridal Hair and Make were by Cinta Hair salon and YoroKobi Photo Booth was used for Photo booth.

 

 

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Last couple of months were beyond busy as were shooting back to back weddings every weekend. Here is one of the most beautiful ones we’ve covered recently. And more to come… Stay tuned…

Matthew and Victoria worked together for three years and Matt asked her out only after accepting a new job! He is an endurance athlete so perhaps it has something to do with this…

Matthew sent Victoria on an SF city-wide scavenger hunt which brought her too many of their favorite SF locations. The scavenger hunt ended with her taking a ferry from SF to Tiburon where he meet her at one of her favorite restaurants and proposed.

The venue was at a very unique place and we have been asked not to disclose the location. Lets just call it The “B Club”…
Enjoy the photos. Pretty much everything was indoors.

On a side note, we will be covering a wedding in Florence next June and thinking on doing couple of engagement sessions there. If interested, please send us an email to arrange a shoot.

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As season is in full swing we don’t have much time to post but we try… We really do…

So here is a story of Gloria and Nick, a couple I had a pleasure to photograph. It was one of these weddings I really enjoy. Zero stress and tons of photo opportunities. And of course Auberge du Soleil is one of my favorite venues.

Nick and Gloria met at their work place. And according to Nick, Gloria is a boss in their relationship, especially when it comes to food. They enjoy going out and eat together. Gloria usually picks out the restaurants, as she is very particular about the food she eats. If it is salty and spicy or involves shellfish (preferably raw), then those usually are the winners. They love to travel, watch movies and TV, and occasionally play golf and go for long runs together.

Nick asked his son if he had any ideas on proposing to Gloria, and he said that he should put the ring on one of their Nintendo Wii controllers and then ask her to play Super Mario Brothers with them. When she gets the controller, she will then see the ring and then his father can ask her to marry him. For Nick it was a really cute and creative idea, but they decided to do something slightly different.

Gloria wasn’t feeling well on Saturday, June 22, 2013. She had a headache and was lying in bed for the most of the morning hoping to sleep it off. Nick woke her up around 11am and asked if she wanted to go for a walk to try and clear her head. Prior to that, Nick had shaved, which he normally doesn’t do on the weekend. She thought it was odd that he shaved, but it was just a quick, passing thought because of her headache.

As they walked outside, the temperature was about 90F, without any breeze. It was an abnormally warm day for Redwood Shores, which is usually breezy and cooler since they are right near the water. As they walked along the bay trail with Nick’s son and kicking the soccer ball around, Nick wanted to propose to her at a lookout area about a half mile from their house. As they were getting close to the lookout area, a jogger decided that he was going to run to that same lookout area, so Nick knew they would have to wait for him to leave before they went over there. The guy then decided that he wanted to do standing pushups against the railing there for the next 15 minutes.

Finally, after he was done, they walked over there and really appreciated the views on this gorgeous day. Nick’s son and he were kicking the ball around and he asked his son if this was a good spot. He said yes, and then turned around so he could get on his knees to propose. Gloria was looking elsewhere, and when she saw what he was doing, she thought he was doing a Yoga Crescent Pose that he does sometimes at home. When he brought out the ring from his pocket, she kept saying “No”, and started to cry. Nick asked her if she would marry him, and all he kept hearing was “No”. Luckily, the “No” was for cries of disbelief and joy, and she agreed to marry him.

The Wedding.

When Nick saw Gloria in her wedding dress, he was stunned to see her as she was looking gorgeously beautiful, though her dress was revealing but she looked amazing. He felt that he is the luckiest guy in the world. As they exchange vows and rings, Gloria had a tough time getting the ring onto his finger.

Due to soccer he sprained his finger and it was a bit swollen but later by greasing it up and struggling a bit, she was finally able to get it on. For their first dance, Gloria wanted to do something different. As she thought, a typical slow dance would be boring. Thus, they practiced doing “the hustle” and surprised everyone by doing this. The song started out slow and Gloria pushed Nick into the middle of the floor making him do some hustle moves and copied his moves, after a couple of minutes, the floor was covered with the hustlers. The dinner at the Auberge was incredible and everyone enjoyed their meal.

Later on after dinner, Nick’s family surprised by doing some dance performances. First his cousin did a dance routine on one of his favorite songs, “Cool it” and then his parents, aunts and uncles did a dance routine. They followed that up with some toe tapping and his son Tyler added up himself to the group and he did “Gangnam Style”. It was hilarious to watch them dance as it was difficult to keep up with the non-stop energized dance of the 9 year old boy. The video footage of all these dances will be the part of their family forever. They all continued the fun and dance. The evening of Gloria and Nick ended up in their room at Auberge, where a heart shape of rose petals was made outside the room.
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