Fusion remains one of the most difficult products to produce in the wedding media world, especially when attempting to capture a photojounalistic and real interpretation of the people, event, and place. However, I’m really excited about the potential for this new medium, blending the manipulation of time and imagery techniques to present a really engaging look at the flow of a wedding day. Below is the latest project from Tiara and Derek’s wedding outside of Honolulu, Hawaii, jointly produced with Peter H. Chang who does all of the wonderful filming.
Megan and Brian were married at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown San Francisco, a cathedral/church than manages to be both quaint and grandiose at the same time. We took photos at Pier 9, and then on to the magnificent Julia Morgan ballroom for the wedding reception. The fall colors and decorations were perfect, and everyone had a wonderful time. Check below for some favorites!
A favorite photo that tells the story of the busy rush of mom and daughter getting ready, while bridesmaids preparing the dress. I love complex images that you can look at for so long, always finding new details and nuances.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
While I started with just photography, my studio is quickly branching into the multimedia world of fusion films. Mariko and John’s wedding was covered almost entirely with still photographs, but my associate Peter Chang and third assistant Chris Fuzi did a bit of video capture with me throughout the day, with an extra bit of timelapse photography thrown in for good measure. Below is a montage from the wedding day that, while not comprehensive, does show a nice glimpse into the people, place and moments that made the day so special. While Peter does the advanced editing for our full fusion projects, this is a clip that I put together for fun. So with all the qualifications in place, and no expectations of extra glamor, enjoy the sneak peak of John and Mariko’s beautiful wedding at the Stanford Memorial Church, with reception at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Nina and Peter were married at the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The schedule was unique, as the initial marriage ceremony was a private affair with no photography allowed within the temple. Following the official ceremony, the couple held a second ring ceremony and reception at the Lafayette Park Hotel. Nina and Peter were athletes at Stanford back in their college days, and met at an athlete’s dinner. However, it wasn’t until years later when they passed each other on the crosswalk between the main campus and the gym/playing fields that their relationship started. After walking past each other as they would have any other day, Peter turned around to sneak a glance at Nina walking away, and found her turned around looking at him from the other side of the street. They walked back together to chat, and the rest is history.
While the wedding event was a joyous occasion overall, it had a particularly poignant back story. Peter’s sister has been particularly sick for the past year, and remained in the hospital with Peter’s mom during the wedding. They were greatly missed, but both contributed a recorded message for the couple and their guests during the ceremony and reception in one of the most moving moments I’ve experienced in my wedding career. For me, it truly emphasized tenuous nature of life even while we are young, and the importance of love, family, and living in the present. Below are some of my favorite photos from the event, with a full wedding film fusion production with Peter H. Chang still in production.
Nancy Tsai’s photo below:
Nancy’s photo below:
Nina and Peter calling their sister/mom after the ceremony.
Harsh, mid-day light can also make for some dramatic contrasts and shadows.
Wedding photos can sometimes trend towards the flashy, but I absolutely love to capture some of the fleeting moments of the wedding day, even if they don’t have the artistic glamor. Below is one of my favorite photos from the wedding. It’s basic and simple photographically – but the emotions and relationships are so engaging. Nina and Peter are sharing a private moment together while listening to a wonderful duet, with Peter’s brother Sam taking a break from the music to sneak a look at the new couple.
Mom’s recorded speech during the reception.
Thank you so much to Nina and Peter for a wonderful day!
It’s always fun to get stuff published. This past week Jess and Tim’s were featured in the real weddings section of the Junebug Weddings blog. Fun! Best of all, I really enjoyed reading about all of the details and thought that went into the wedding behind the scenes. Check it out HERE.
Last weekend I joined Tim and Jess for a heartfelt, multicultural, offbeat wedding at the Relais du Soleil ranch in the Sonoma wine country. There were cute details galore during the wedding day, from delicious lemonade, to bright green sunglasses, smores with a campfire, a candy bar, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and much more. This delightful couple was so much fun to work with!
Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his help during the wedding as a second photographer.
Jess loves shoes. So much that she picked two pairs for the wedding. One for the photos before, and one for the ceremony and reception.
In a somewhat modified version of Chinese tradition, Tim and friends needed to prove his worthiness to marry Jess. This involved a game of “Bridal Pursuit” where the categories were brains, brawn, and bride. Since Tim is a physics faculty member at Stanford, and inronman triathlete, and theoretically knows Jess really well- this game was something to behold. Korean sit-ups, push-ups, a (Monday) NY Times crossword puzzle in under 5 minutes, a periodic table quiz and more made from quite an entertaining start to the festivities.
Meeting for the first time…
Relais du Soleil has a number of amazing sculptures on the property, made by the resident iron worker and artist. Most of these have been made for Burning Man, including the monumental piece below.
Peter’s photo above and below:
Peter’s photo below:
Peter’s photo below:
Jess’ grandmother gave away her ring after the ceremony, for Jess to keep in the family.
Father-daughter first dance was replaced by karaoke.
Thanks so much to Tim, Jess and their families for making me feel so welcome the whole day. It was such a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful wedding.