I realize this is an old post. So, why am I posting now after it's been 2 years(currently in 2020)?
Part of the reason why I adore documenting is for the sake of witnessing the interactions between human socializing. Everyone has a different perspective, a way of viewing and on various topics. So what does this mean to live a harmonious life?
Khmer or Cambodian weddings take place over several days and it starts with a neighborhood walk. A celebration that invites your relatives to help bring gifts. In fact, everyone is considered "family" today and anyone can join! Are traditions gone in the modern society? Not even close. I just see a merge or two loving souls and their families coming together. The soft bright whites compliments alongside with bold and rich tones.
This was the very reason why I decided that this gorgeous wedding deserves to be seen across the world. For all to enjoy and offer insight on weddings across all ethnic groups.
Oh and did I mention the reception was insane?!
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Switching things up this time for an engagement cocktail dinner at the gorgeous Sokol Winery in Oregon. The view was breath taking, the service was friendly, the guests were mingling, the food was exceptional and the couple was beyond beautiful. I walked in and immediately felt a burst of over-whelming sense of love and happiness in one place. The monochromatic rustic colors along with the unconventional structures of the building with wall-to-ceiling windows of rustic wood paneling made my eyes sing!
I spent an amazing evening with great people. I am fortunate to document these memorable images, I wish them an incredible journey and eager for new milestones to come!
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In the 11 years that I've been a professional photographer, I've managed to capture more than handfuls of weddings. I started as a make-up and hair person, worked my way into the glamour and fashion industry then getting published by international magazines such as FHM. There is not one category of photography that I haven't mastered but there is one true element to my style, and that is being a documentarian. I like to shoot with a cinematic vision which adds drama & dimension to the images.
This time, we have a Vietnamese wedding which involves a traditional tea ceremony with family members and friends in being a part in the celebration. The giving of dowry includes different foods and goodies representative of the prosperous life which the bride will be married into. It literally takes a "village" to help carry to and from. The gestures reflect the stability of the groom and his men. After all, it is a rather grand event sending two lovers into a harmonious marriage.
The newlywed couple is to pour and serve tea to the elders and relatives from both sides of the family as a sign of paying their respects. In return, they receive blessings that accompany with money envelopes and jewelry.
It is a rather long day full of different outfit changes and events but it's also full of moments to be remembered. The reception begins with a scrumptious 10 course meal and followed by what seems to be-the best party ever!
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Sooo I got invited to my family friend's shower and knowing her means the decor will be on point. Boy, was I right because it's beyond darling! All thanks to her sister in law for all the manual labor out of love, awwwwwwww....
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Josie, mommy photographer and