- wedding -
Last month, I was able to capture an incredible wedding for an amazing couple, Kenny and Chieu Le. Their wedding day was a long one, full of mixing traditions, family, and fun; and was one I won't soon forget! Of all the weddings I've captured, this one felt like a celebration, from start to finish, for them and their families. Whether it was seeing grandparents dance to Lil Uzi Vert with the kids at the reception, or the blessings given by the families and ancestors at the Tea Ceremony; the day was full of incredible moments that were such an honor to witness and capture!
Arriving at Aloft early Saturday morning with my second shooter, Brandon Smith, we chugged our coffee and got to work capturing all those incredible details. The modern layout of the hotel and the surrounding area created a fun backdrop to work with.
Seeing Kenny and groomsmen joke around, and how busy yet attentive Chieu's bridesmaids were; it was clear to see how tight knit the groups were. It made organizing group photos and getting candids easy and fun for our team and the videographers who joined us, Cam Cam Productions.
Getting to capture Kenny and Chieu that morning was absolutely magical. Her dress, bouquet, and veil paired with his clean, modern and classic suit + tie with the Deep Deuce as a backdrop led to some incredible shots. Setting aside so much time for photos in the morning made sure we got all the shots we were wanting for the day.
Next up for the day's agenda was the pinning ceremony, where Kenny pinned boutonnieres on his family. This was to get ready for the Tea Ceremony, where both families would meet at Chieu's family house and pay tribute to her ancestors and family. Going into the day having never experienced these traditions before, I was wide eyed and taking it all in. I left that afternoon with a real appreciation for the focus on family, community, and respect that was shown throughout.
After a short afternoon break, I rejoined the party at Hy Palace and saw the party get geared up. When I said the group knew how to party, I wasn't exaggerating. From the eight course meal, to bottle of wine and bourbon at each table, the guests were treated to a celebration like no other.
As customary, I was able to get photos of the couple with guests as they arrived. After the reception started, it was time to get photos of the dancing, cake cutting, and all the other moments that help build the night.
The day was full of incredible moments, pure celebration, and lots of love. From family to friends, so many people came to pay tribute to such a sweet couple. Kenny and Chieu were incredible hosts and would make sure throughout the day I was taken care of with food and water. The hospitality was unlike any wedding I've been a part of, and it was so much fun seeing the joy from everyone. Thank you again for letting me be there to capture it, so excited for you two and this new journey!