A Thousand Oaks Engagement

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Thousand Oaks Engagement_C&M_Vivian Lin Photo_02Carl is a very popular guy.  We had met because he was in not one, but two, bridal parties of previous weddings.  Since their engagement session, I’ve had numerous people tell me “I know that guy!”  It’s absolutely no wonder, since spending some time with Carl and Min, I can attest they are hands down one of the most fun and easygoing couples to spend time with.

I often say that “modeling is hard work (especially if you’re not a professional model)!”  My best advice to couples being photographed is you have to stay in the moment, focus on the positives, and block out all the negatives or any distractions.  I love, love, love this engagement session because Carl and Min do exactly that, all while 100% being themselves.  The day we shot, it was nearly 100 degrees, the flies couldn’t get enough of Min’s tulle skirt, and we kept hearing this eerie rattling sound that made us paranoid of snakes (no joke, we are thigh deep in the grass).  Carl and Min were able to look past all of that and roll with it.  They never lost their sense of fun, or their love for each other.  They have effortless chemistry, killer fashion sense, and a joie de vivre that is simply infectious.

I had a blast at their engagement session, I can only imagine the fun in store on their upcoming wedding day!

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Thank you, always, to Kelly Zhang Studio’s terrific team for hair and makeup!

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A Wine Lovers Wedding

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Eagle Rock Wedding_Vivian Lin Photo_001After an epic family reunion in Thailand, I’m back to share Johnna and Mark’s sweet, sweet wedding at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts.  I personally feel what signifies a great wedding is when the guests feel like they’ve been able to share and celebrate in who the couple is.  Mark and Johnna, whose relationship grew over their love of wine, spoiled their guests with an eye popping range of choice beverages.  At one point in the evening, Mark even went table to table and personally opened a bottle of wine and poured for each and every one of his guests.  What a way to host this meaningful event!

Venue: Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang http://blog.kellyzhang.com/

Catering: Baby Bear Private Events, Bonny Giardina, http://www.seattle.hipcooks.com

Wine: Steve Goldun, http://www.enofinewine.com

Bouquet and Boutonniere: Wenfloral

Lighting/Rentals: Dolphin Events

DJ: http://www.djbstang.com

Bartender: Alex Goode http://www.sohoexp.com

Cake: Fortune Bakery http://www.fortunebakerysangabriel.com

 

 

 

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