Good evening from Esquire Photography HQ! Have a got a totally romantic treat I photographed for you in Orange County, California.
I recently had the honour of (ONCE AGAIN!) working with Leah & Linsey from The Double Knot wedding & event planners for Jennifer & Nathan’s Tea Ceremony and Wedding.
If Leah & Linsey sound familiar, it’s because I have had the honour of photographing BOTH of their weddings, numerous other weddings & events over the past 10+ years and more recently – LeeAnne & Garrett’s Orange County Wedding.
As you know – Leah, Linsey and I have a long history of working some of the most gorgeous and romantic weddings & events in Southern California. So I knew when Jennifer & Nathan’s Tea Ceremony & Wedding Day day arrived – their event would definitely be on the top of our list.
When I arrived at Jennifer’s family’s home the morning of their wedding day, the air was already electric with romance as everyone was getting ready. Speaking of getting ready, Jennifer had a totally gorgeous red morning dress that was hand made just for her at Jenni’s Bridal and a beautiful jade necklace Jennifer’s grandmother in law purchased in China.
Everyone was buzzing along getting ready and once Nathan & his guys arrived for the traditional tests Nathan had to accomplish before the Tea Ceremony – that was when the laughter and fun really kicked in. Also, let’s just say, Nathan’s lucky because one of his guys had to “take one for the team” and drink the “yummy” coffee that was prepared if Nathan couldn’t complete a task quickly enough. I think the expressions in the faces showed off how delicious the coffee was – LOL!
After Nathan completed his tests, it was time for their Tea Ceremony and family portraits celebrating the coming together of the two families and celebrating each family’s legacy & history. One thing I love about traditional weddings is how it’s a reminder of one’s heritage and a respect for their family too.
Because of the large size of the family, we headed to another home for additional family portraits and a 2nd Tea Ceremony. Plus! Jennifer was able to change into her lovely wedding dress from David’s Bridal.
Without wasting a single second, everyone hopped into their cars and me in Rio the uber awesome MINI to “motor on!” swiftly to the Orange Hill Restaurant where I given the honour of coordinating a perfectly timed “first look” for Jennifer & Nathan.
Of course a first look isn’t complete without portraits, which was great because the light was absolutely perfect for me to capture a collection of my Signature Romantic Portraits with just the two of them.
To think the day couldn’t get any better would be very short sighted, because Jennifer & Nathan hired none other than the illuminating and effervescent Alan Katz with Great Officiants! Alan & I have worked together for nearly 10 years and he’s even one of the most popular guests on my program: “How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day” – where I help brides & grooms save time, money and their sanity planning their wedding.
With Alan conducting a flawless ceremony in front of a canvas of exquisite sunset colours of the hills of Orange County – Orange Hill Restaurant was the perfect location for Jennifer & Nathan’s wedding & reception.
Once their ceremony and family portraits were a wrap – Jennifer & Nathan’s family & guests were treated to a grand room filled with splashes of colour in every corner and fog billowing from their table’s center pieces.
I could continue to ramble on about all the fantastic details of their wedding and reception like the handmade figures on the wedding cake, Nathan performing for Jennifer, the epic toasts, decorating of their car and so much more. But I have a feeling the portraits I had the honour of capturing would speak much more colourful words than me.
Before you scroll down to check out some of my favourite memories from Jennifer & Nathan’s timeless Wedding & Tea Ceremony and you would like to chat with me about your wedding or event, feel free to contact me anytime. I’m available via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, the form on my contact page, or the old fashioned phone as well at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or 562.225.5915.
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