an Engagement Session Stroll Through Echo Park

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Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_015My favorite kind of engagement session is when I get to spend an afternoon wandering spots that are special to a couple (especially when it involves pizza, books, and a gorgeous semi-cloudy afternoon). Tyler, an artist, and Rosie, an actress, have called So Cal their home for a number of years, but are soon leaving Los Angeles and wanted to have their engagement session at some of their favorite local Echo Park hangouts.  It is a major bonus when I get to work with souls as creative as these two.  Rosie doesn’t hold back, it was eye opening to see her nuanced expressions. These two had such a great vibe and were game for anything.  When I saw how perfectly their outfits matched the flowering tree, there was no hesitation when I asked them to get their heads up into the thick of the branches.

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I don’t know if it’s because I was shooting a couple in love that made me hyper aware of all things romance related, but I kept seeing little wedding knick knacks that added to their story.Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_007 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_009 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_008 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_010 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_011 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_012 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_013 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_014 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_016 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_017 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_018 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_019 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_020 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_021 Echo Park Engagement_Vivian Lin Photo_022Thanks to Two Boots Pizza and Stories Bookshop for letting us shoot!  Thanks to Tyler and Rosie, for being really awesome to work with!  LA’s going to miss you.

A Rose Petal Filled Proposal

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Manhattan Beach Proposal_Vivian Lin Photo-71On a Thursday afternoon, I got a call from a guy named Travis. He asked if I would be available the next day to shoot his best friend Dennis’ marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Michelle.  By Friday late afternoon, my heart is thumping as I’m trying not to look like a creeper hiding among the pillars of the Manhattan Beach pier, with two cameras, one of which has a 300mm lens.  I was hoping the aisle of rose petals would be the giveaway, rather than me.  Like the pier isn’t already drop dead romantic at sunset, Dennis and his super awesome group of friends had created an aisle of red rose petals leading from the top of the stairs down to the beach.  Michelle, thinking Dennis was out of town, and was in Manhattan beach for a girls’ night out, was led to the stairway by her friends.  As she wandered down the rose petal pathway, there was Dennis standing at the end, with engagement ring in hand.  What an utterly romantic gesture, made possible by this group of people that love Dennis and Michelle.  I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. :)

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“All for the Record,” an Audio-oriented Wedding

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When two musical geniuses decide to tie the knot, you’re in for a heartfelt, audio-oriented social experiment.  Wendy and Carey, two members of the self-described ethnographic ghost pop band, Bitter Party, conceptualized their wedding as what felt like a series of mini interactive performances incorporating love, community, and sound.

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Non-natives to Los Angeles, Wendy and Carey wanted to incorporate elements of LA culture they have come to love.Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_037DIY Wedding Details_Vivian Lin Photography Prepared Piano_Vivian Lin Photography Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_038 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_042 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_044

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Their friend was invited to conduct the guests to whistle “Here Comes the Bride” just prior to Wendy and Carey walking down their separate aisles.Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_071 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_072 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_073 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_074 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_075 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_076 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_077 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_078Guests were invited to randomly shout out words they associated with Wendy and Carey, as their friend typed this collective stream of consciousness on a vintage typewriter.

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In addition to Wendy and Carey’s vows, guests were invited to record and display vows to their own loved ones.Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_094 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_061 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_095 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_096 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_098 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_099 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_100 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_101 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_102 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_103 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_104 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_105 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_106 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_107 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_108 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_109 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_110 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_111 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_112 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_113 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_114 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_115 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_116 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_117 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_118 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_069

Cheers to this awesome couple, Wendy and Carey!!!!

Venue: Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Special Thanks to Aurie on prepared piano, James as DJ, Chris for espresso, Sam for sound and video, Patty and Elisa for coordinating, Alexandra on sound recording, Nathan for overseeing the tea ceremony, Steve for conducting, Kwanda for emceeing, Hia for officiating, Josh for typing, and Linda and Joe for leading the procession, the Mariachi Trio, and student volunteers for making all of this happen!

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