Crystal Mountain Wedding
We were having so much fun with the girls jumping on the bed while getting ready. We were chilling outside the hotel room sipping German beer. Then of course we went all the way to the top of the Crystal Mountain to join Jessica and Michael as they wed each other with the magnificent view of Mt. Rainier as their backdrop. Nonetheless, if there’s anything to define Jessica and Michael, it’s none of the above but their passion for dancing.
I have witnessed their mad dancing skills during their engagement shoot already, but every time I see them groove with the rhythm, I’m still in awe. Especially when Michael twirls Jessica, that spinning speed really could cause a little tornado around them. Jk, but it is always jaw dropping.
Although their moves always steal the spotlight, it is just impossible not to talk about the stunning ceremony on the top of the mountain. No decor was necessary, because the whole mountain turned into part of the wedding design. With a view like this on top of a sunny day, what else can you ask for? And when I saw the walking path from the gondola all the way to the other chair lift, I knew I could create something extraordinary out of this! And in order to get the full scenery, I climbed up the stairs to a higher point of view. The leading line with the sierra in the background while placing the couple in the foreground, a spectacular panoramic photograph was created.
I’m truly thankful to be given the opportunity to photograph Jessica and Michael’s wedding. Especially I had so many “one more shot” because I just couldn’t resist taking more photos in the evening while being immersed in the twinkling stars from the sky.
Photographer: Roddy Chung Photography
Venue: Crystal Mountain Resort
Officiant: Pamela Torres
Cake: Finale – Signature Cakes by Lydia
Strings: Arcobaleno Strings
Reception Music: Good Co.
Tropical Pink Wedding Styled Shoot
The inspiration for this style shoot is from a dreamy 16th century aristocratic French flair meets etherial forest fantasy with soft yet refined aesthetics of the infamous madame du pompadour. We mimicked the french era aesthetic using rich textiles, lush plants, and tropical flowers to fuse a passionate experience with a bold and rustic color palette board. In line with the old-world colonial vibe, we use silver and antique stone urns to accentuate the reception tables. The contrasting horizontal and vertical visuals are repeated in the lines on glasswares, urns, taper candle holders and provide a rich celestial feel with textual variance within the color palette. The rustic and bold portrait backdrop is a hand painted canvas that is symbolizes old world luxury with a dimensional chic pink wall styled with lush deep plants and exotic greenery.
Venue: Locket Space
Photographer: Roddy Chung
Floral and Event Design: Oh Miss Chic
Hardware: Grand Event Rentals
Hair and Makeup Artist: Christy K Makeup and Hair
Best of 2016
2016 has been an interesting year for me. I celebrated 4th of July with an amazing couple. I’ve traveled to California for a gorgeous mansion wedding. I got a last minute booking from a sister of a dear friend who I’ve been lost in contact for probably more than 10 years. Through them all, I got to witness many more memorable moments that validate the essence of love. To all the the newly weds from whom I have the privilege and honor to document your weddings- Thank you thank you thank you! I can’t wait what 2017 will bring to me!
Willow Heights Mansion Wedding
You’ve heard that most of the wedding photographers started out when they were asked to photograph one of their friends’ weddings. Surprisingly, that was not the case for me. As a matter of fact, I had not shot any of my friends’ weddings until 2015. Yuki and Phil are both good friends of mine. We were all in the same social circle. However, they did not lay eyes on each other until junior year. Even though they met in Seattle, they have been living in the Bay Area since they graduated from college. With friends and family from all over the world, they decided to have the wedding at Willow Heights Mansion, which is about an hour away from San Francisco.
It was a gorgeous day in Morgan Hill. The whole mansion overlooks a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley. The inside of the building embodies white marble countertops and crystal chandeliers throughout the whole interior. With a mix of Old Hollywood and modern decor, it provides a splendid and elegant atmosphere.
But what topped the highlight of the wedding was not the dazzling decor, it’s the tears that flooded everybody throughout the whole day. Coming from Japan and being the only child of the family, Yuki’s decision to settle in the states has been difficult not only for her but also her parents. To be able to let go of their daughter in a foreign country, Yuki’s parents have put a lot of trust in Phil too (heck he’s also lived in Taiwan most of his life). Especially for Yuki’s mom, there was not a single moment that I did not see her cry during the ceremony, family portraits, and the reception. The timeline we scheduled in advance was only planned for two toasts from the best man and maid of honor. But a lot more members of the wedding party stepped forward to give a heart-warming speech. Last but not least, when we showed the video Ilesha, the maid of honor, made for Yuki that flashes back to her transition from adolescence to adulthood, nobody, especially Yuki’s parents, could hold back the tears.
They say college is the place where you meet your friends for life. It’s also the place where you meet your future spouse. It really can’t be more true for Yuki and Phil, as I had been there to witness their journey since day one.
I remember Yuki has always joked about being a house wife as one of her life goals. And ever since I started my photography career, Yuki and I have constantly joked about shooting her wedding one day to help achieve her dream. At the time she has already been dating Phil for about 3 yeas in, so when we tossed around the getting-married joke, it has always been her and Phil in the picture. And here we are 5 years later. I actually had the honor to document one of my best friends’ wedding. It’s so crazy to realize how time has flown, and how far we have gone. I’d definitely consider this a milestone for both of us. Congratulations Yuki and Phil!
Photographer: Roddy Chung Photography
Make up Artist: Christine Kay
Venue: Willow Heights Mansion
Court in the Square Wedding
Just when I thought I was about to wrap up the booking for 2016, something just totally came out of the blue.
Nina and I used to be really close back in elementary school. One day I messaged her on Facebook to gain some votes for Seattle A-List’s best wedding photographers (did I mention I got 2nd place for that!?). Then she told me that she was going to visit Seattle in October. Before this conversation we have not talked to each other for possibly more than 10 years. And it wasn’t until a week after when I realized she was actually going to be here for her sister’s wedding.
She told me, “you should meet my sister and fiance. They are really chill.”
I thought, hold up… your sister is getting married?????????????
Being a curious individual as I have always been, the next question of course had to be- “Did they find a photographer for their wedding yet?” And that’s how I eventually got to meet Tami and Chris. From the very first time when we met to discuss wedding planning, we hit it off immediately.
Just like any other weddings, nothing went exactly as the couple planned. Yet somehow we still managed to pull it off and wrapped off the wedding day with a perfect note. It was one hella a day filled with all kinda of emotions.
Photographer: Roddy Chung
Makeup/Hair: Christy K
Videographer: Pixel Dust Weddings
Location: Court in the Square
And then comes the wedding day – it was a day that was filled with nothing but emotions. The moment Abigail walked down the aisle, James broke into tears. I believe it was the first time I’ve ever seen a groom crying with such raw emotions at a wedding ceremony. Throughout the whole day, I could see joyful tears on lots of faces. The way Abigail cried to James when they first had their little private moments right after the ceremony, and the time when Abigail squeezed her dad into a tight hug during the father-daughter dance – these were the moments that made this couple really special to capture and it touched me in so many ways.
As I went on to take family formals afterwards, I decided to do something a bit more creative. I put Abigail and James in the middle with both their parents standing on each side. When I asked all 3 couples to kiss their love, it came to me as a surprise when both parents started to make out with each other with endless passion as though it’s a competition. Interestingly, the newly weds were actually the most reserved ones standing in the middle and enjoying the show.