Karen’s Bridal Shower

On weekend of April 19th, I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot a bridal shower for my friend’s lovely sister, Karen.

Here’s some details about Karen. Karen is engaged to Peter and in the next few months she will soon be Mrs. Hsieh. She is a brunch loving, fun having, elementary school teacher with a big heart. She had asked if I would be able to shoot some images of her friends and family at her bridal shower. How could I say no?

The bridal shower took place at her Aunt’s home. Her friends pitched in a helping hand with tea sandwiches and tasty desserts, homemade decorations (the cute kind you find on Pinterest).  They played cute games like a quiz on who knew the bride best and a made up “proposal” story. It was such a spectacular event. Everything down to the party favors, carefully crafted mason jars mugs with personal initial etching for each guest in attendance, filled with sweets, reminded you of the bride.

An afternoon filled with love and laughter. Congratulations again on your engagement Karen!

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For the full album, click here.

Sunday Funday: Disneyland with Joelle

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One of the perks of living in Southern California is being close to Disneyland. Every once in a while, it’s nice to feel like a kid and leave your worries at the front gate. With a good group of people, there’s no way to leave anything less than satisfied. To this day, Disneyland makes me feel just like I did all those years ago, young and free.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year.. and belated holiday celebrations! I know I promised to upkeep this blog, but honestly, I got a bit overwhelmed with activities. With Christmas, New Years, celebrating my Quarter of a Century (25!!) and weekend getaways, there was so much going on. I’ve finally got a chance to sit down and sift through all my pictures.

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Happy Thanksgiving all!

Hope you all had a wonderful (and filling) Thanksgiving!

This year, I celebrated with my family and close friends. We filled our bellies with some of the traditional favorites turkey, honey baked ham, and sweet yams with the marshmallows on top. Just thinking about it makes me full!

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My brother (and cousin) showing off the bottle of wine he brought.

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IMG_0301WMAccording to my cousin, instead of the “duck” face, the “sparrow” face is in.

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I am very thankful for many things: all of the wonderful people who have come into my life, the amazing experiences, and most of all the delicious food I’ve gotten to eat. I’m thankful for all the good and the bad.

And to whoever is reading this, I’m thankful for you and your support. It’s the little things like you readers who help give me a positive attitude to keep pushing myself and pursing my goals. Thank you.

Joshua Tree

This past weekend, Matt and I took a mini road trip out to the desert, Joshua Tree to be exact.. to go camping.

What kind of camping? Let’s call it “semi-survival”. Now, growing up, I’ve gone on camping trips with my family and friends to place like Morro Bay, Yosemite, and other woodland area, but never have I ever gone out to the desert. With the temperature dropping to a low of 39 degrees (that’s cold for SoCal) and huge gusts of wind.. I underestimated what I signed up for.

After getting through the initial shock of what felt like freezing daggers jabbing at me while setting up our tent, we got to our campsite late the first night, I must say that the whole experience was well worth it. **As a side note for next time, I’ll need to remember to bring an air pad because I am so not sleeping on rocks again. They were just too painful!

The next day after breakfast we hopped into the car to go venture around the Joshua Tree National Park. Hitting up different sites like the Hall of Horrors and Jumbo Rocks.

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On one side, these lovely individuals were having their own photoshoot upon the rocks. I mean, HONESTLY, look how jumbo the rocks are! I couldn’t help but snap my own photo of these ladies on them.  On the other side of us, there were a group of boys playing capture the flag, which Matt and I decided to call it “EXTREME capture the flag”. I’m betting that someone definitely left that game with more than a few battle scars.

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One of my favorite sites has to be Barker’s Dam. It’s a 1.1 mile trail to get to the location and it’s well worth it. If you’re out in the Yucca Valley/Joshua Tree area, I highly suggest you visit. It feels completely different from the rest of the park.

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Our little home away from home for the weekend.

Thanks for reading and check back for more soon. For the full set of images, check out my flickr.