Archive for October, 2011

Courtney and Calvin | Chic Disneyland Engagement

October 31st, 2011

the love story Courtney and Calvin go all the way back to junior high.  But they didn’t know it ’til college. Apparently their worlds intersected since junior high.  They went to the same high school, then college.  But they didn’t meet ’til freshman year in college.  In fact, after they dated, Courtney watched some old […]

 

the love story

Courtney and Calvin go all the way back to junior high.  But they didn’t know it ’til college.

Apparently their worlds intersected since junior high.  They went to the same high school, then college.  But they didn’t meet ’til freshman year in college.  In fact, after they dated, Courtney watched some old high school videos and actually saw Calvin walking around in the background!  Small world.

It was love at first sight.  Four years later, Calvin proposed on their favorite place on earth.

the romantic proposal

December in Disneyland is just magical.  There’s just nothing like it around Christmas.  Calvin took Courtney to Disneyland for her birthday.  At the park, Calvin stepped away and handed Courtney an envelope that was labelled “Disney Challenge”.

Now, they’ve done scavenger hunts on previous dates so Courtney just thought it was just a fun game to play.

She went from clue to clue all around Disneyland and California Adventure.  Cast members even participated and gave her the next clue.

But once she reached her favorite ride, Toy Story Mania, she saw Calvin…down on one knee with this amazing custom ring box he designed:

Amazing proposal with her favorite movie next to her favorite ride at her favorite date spot…with her best man.  It was perfect.

the engagement

We fell in love with Courtney and Calvin from the first date.  We all share a love for Disneyland.  When we heard they were going to have their wedding there, we just about fainted.  It was seriously something on my [Drexelle] bucket list to capture a love story there.

Then, when we heard they wanted photography depicting Disneyland for adults – a CHIC Disney, we cried in happiness.

…OK there weren’t tears but I definitely jumped up and down (you know, inside).

We worked with our amazing stylist, Connie Kim, and this awesome couple to create all the perfect details to make a Disney engagement session LIKE NO OTHER.  We’re thankful to God for this awesome time and are happy to present this:

A CHIC DISNEY ENGAGEMENT

1st row left to right: (1) f8 1/100 ISO 1250; (2) f2.8 1/250 ISO 800; (3) f2.8 1/640 ISO 800

2nd row left to right: (1) f2.8 1/2000 ISO 800  (2) f2.8 1/100 ISO 1600 (3) f2.8 1/3200 ISO 1600


1st row left to right: (1) f2.8 1/3200 ISO 800; (2) f2.8 1/400 ISO 100; (3) f10 1/10 ISO 400; (4) f2.8 1/25 ISO 1600

2nd row left to right: (1) f2.2 1/320 ISO 800; (2) f8 1/80 ISO 1000; (3) f18 1.0 sec ISO 1600 (4) f13 1/40 ISO 1000

slideshow

View more of this fabulously chic Disney engagement here or below:

vendors

  • Photography | D. Park Photography
  • Stylist | Connie Kim
  • Hair/Makeup | Flawless Faces
  • Bride Casual Chic Attire | CottonOn (Dress), Forever 21 (Accessories), Mickey & Minnie Toms (Shoes)
  • Groom Casual Chic Attire | Forever 21 (Cardigan), H&M (Shirt), Gap (Jeans), Clae (Shoes), Macy’s (Bowtie)
  • Bride Dressy Chic Attire | Bebe (Dress & Necklace), H&M (Jacket), Guess (Shoes)
  • Groom Dressy Chic Attire | Penguin (Necktie & Pants), Florsheim (Shoes), H&M (All else)

congratulations

Courtney and Calvin, we love you guys.  Seriously, it’s been such a blessing and amazing journey working with and getting to know the two of you.  We cannot wait ’til we meet next.  We’re so excited to work with you on creating your Chic Disney wedding!

on a personal note

Speaking of chic, have you heard of the Disney Princess Designer Collection?  GORGEOUS!  They have modern haute couture dresses designed for each Disney princess and I wish…WISH…they had these gowns for sale.  You know…just for some random…enchanted evening.

Anyhow, this AWESOME couple were so sweet to get me a surprise birthday gift:

Wouldn’t that gown just be perfect? *sigh*

And, by the way, did you know Disney bottled its own wine?  Courtney + Calvin were so incredibly wonderful to us and gave us one after the e-session.  We love you guys!

what next?

Share some love to Courtney and Calvin by congratulating them in the comments below!

Book your chic engagement session today.

 

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Kelly and Douglas | First Congregational Church and Oxford Palace Hotel Los Angeles Wedding

October 28th, 2011

the love story Love at first sight. When Douglas met Kelly, the first words he said to her were: “I’M GOING TO MARRY YOU.”   f8 1/100 ISO 1600 f1.2 1/2000 ISO 800 Kelly was just gorgeous on the day of her wedding. Kelly, you were stunning! f1.2 1/2000 ISO 800 We loved Douglas’ look, […]

 

the love story

Love at first sight.

When Douglas met Kelly, the first words he said to her were:

“I’M GOING TO MARRY YOU.”

 

f8 1/100 ISO 1600

f1.2 1/2000 ISO 800

Kelly was just gorgeous on the day of her wedding.

Kelly, you were stunning!

f1.2 1/2000 ISO 800

We loved Douglas’ look, perfect for this modern day Romeo.

f2.8 1/30 ISO 1600

f1.2 1/640 ISO 800

f8 1/160 ISO 200

Gorgeous day for the moment they first saw each other

f2.8 1/1250 ISO 1600

The main sanctuary at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is just…stunning.

f2.8 1/100 ISO 1600

f2.8 1/100 ISO 1600

Absolutely love this candid moment David captured as Kelly got ready to enter the ceremony to get married.

f2.8 1/4000 ISO 1600

f2.8 1/160 ISO 2000

f2.8 1/160 ISO 2000

Such a hilarious bridal party.

Note the groomsmen.

f8 1/3200 ISO 800

We found so many great spots at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles for beautiful romantic moments with the couple.

f2.8 1/100 ISO 640

f5 1/200 ISO 1250

Simply lovely paebaek ceremony.  Wish I had worn a hambok for our wedding.  Kelly was just beautiful.

f2.8 1/100 ISO 1250

f8 1/100 ISO 1600

 slideshow

View more on their elegant wedding day in their slideshow here.

congratulations

Kelly and Douglas, thank you for blessing us with being a part of capturing your love story.  Douglas, you  had us with your words at Kelly.  Such a romantic.  We had so much fun with you guys at your engagement and wedding day.  You’re a beautiful couple.  God bless you both in your marriage!

vendors

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Check out their fashionable San Diego engagement here.

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What to Look for in Your Wedding Photographer Part 3 | Chemistry

October 27th, 2011

Part 3 of our series: What should you look for in your wedding photographer? We’ve gone over the importance of your wedding photographer’s Attention to Detail and Night Photography.  This time, we’re going one of the most important things to consider in your wedding photographer: PART 3 | CHEMISTRY In 95% of our couples, at […]

 

Part 3 of our series:

What should you look for in your wedding photographer?

We’ve gone over the importance of your wedding photographer’s Attention to Detail and Night Photography.  This time, we’re going one of the most important things to consider in your wedding photographer:

PART 3 | CHEMISTRY

In 95% of our couples, at least one person tells us they are not comfortable in front of a camera.  Yet, thank God for His help with doing so, we are able to get our couples comfortable and, by the end, loving the camera.  In fact, many have turned to complete hams.

Why?

One major reason: CHEMISTRY!

MUST SEE FRIENDS CLIP

Here’s a great example of getting a photographer without chemistry: Remember Monica & Chandler in Friends?  (Btw, we’re complete Friends addicts…have the whole series and have watched it more than we care to confess).

If you haven’t seen it, check out this hilarious (but painfully common) engagement session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq6br4KU9e4

how to find a photographer with which you have chemistry

1.  Look at their portfolio.  Aside from the composition, postprocessing, environment, etc…go straight to looking at the couple’s faces.  Do their faces look comfortable?

2.  Talk to the photographer! 

Over the phone or in person, do you get along?  Does your fiance get along with the photographer?  Do they already make you feel comfortable?

They”ll be by your side all day.  You’ll want to know it’s with people you’d like by your side.

3.  Ask them how they make their couples feel comfortable.

4.  Ask the photographer how they will capture you, not with poses they use on everyone in the same places they’ve used with everyone else, but you the way you two truly are.

Find a wedding photographer that you both love.  It’ll give you the freedom on your wedding day to just play

To laugh

To cry

Stay tuned for more.

want more?

Read our other tips on how to find a wedding photographer:

Book with our studio today.

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The Best New Wedding Registry: TXTourREGI$TRY

October 26th, 2011

I wish they had this when we were planning our wedding. TXTourREGI$TRY Spent a lovely fun afternoon with the gorgeous Naomi Milante to learn more about her amazing app that will save you time AND help you get the kind of gift all brides ultimately would love for their wedding – MONEY. how did you […]

 

I wish they had this when we were planning our wedding.

TXTourREGI$TRY

Spent a lovely fun afternoon with the gorgeous Naomi Milante to learn more about her amazing app that will save you time AND help you get the kind of gift all brides ultimately would love for their wedding – MONEY.

how did you start TXTourREGI$TRY?

I actually came up with the idea while planning my own wedding! I was in the early stages of planning, when I was searching for a gift registry that was simple and easy for both us and our guests. Like most couples, we both already had two full households that we were combining together for when we married and, honestly, we had too much that we didn’t want to register for more.

In my experience, with traditional registries I found myself frustrated looking at other people’s registries. I also didn’t want to be lock in to using a specific travel company or store. I just wanted one registry that was simple and easy because, frankly, I was just to busy working and planning our wedding.

One day, the idea popped into my head and we started building the application and business just in time to use for our own wedding! Our first registry was launched in July 2010.

how did you come up with the name TXTourREGI$TRY?

Actually, my husband, Scott came up with it. It was simple and fit perfect.

so what is it?  how does it work?

TXTourREGI$TRY is a revolutionary and sophisticated texted based way of giving and receiving the green gift everyone wants more of using your smartphone.

Using your smart phone or computer, you can go to our site here:

  • Sign up and create a new registry in less than 30 minutes.
  • Choose a custom keyword.
  • Add up to 3 photos
  • Add whatever information you’d like about your wedding (website, venue, quote, etc.)
  • Customize the color and fonts, if you like
  • Choose up to 3 gifts you want (i.e. honeymoon, new furniture, new kitchen appliances, etc)
  • You can begin sharing immediately by sending simple instructions to your guests, by way of email, online invites, adding to your website, social media or included the complimentary enclosure cards we send to you in your invitations. Your guests can just follow the simple instructions and start giving you gifts!

Your guests will text your custom keyword to a short code on their smartphone or access on our website using your custom keyword. In minutes, they can access your registry, choose a gift and decide how much they want to give, than pay using a safe and secure direct merchant account. We use a direct merchant, so none of their private information is kept with us other than their email address, which is for your information.

You can update your registry page whenever you want!

Get up-to-the-minute updates in your registry gift log so you can see who gave, how much, and to what gift so you can easily thank them personally for it later on.

We also have an app for android and soon for iphone.

what a great idea!  how do you think this makes your registry better than others?

It makes life simpler. You only need one registry.

It’s perfect for the mobile lifestyle.

It’s eco-chic. It’s a green gift.

It’s fun, easy, fast, secure and convenient.

do you have any advice for brides on how to best share their wedding registry?

Include enclosures with your wedding invitations. If you prefer not to include then, you can always send it following your formal invitation with an online card company.

Share your wedding registry on all of your social media!

Use your registry as your save-the-date!

Have your family and friends share with others.

Give enclosures at bridal showers.

want to sign up?

You can register for TXTourREGI$TRY on our website. Remember TXTourREGI$TRY is not just for your wedding but baby showers, graduations, fundraisers and more! We’ll seriously be recommending this to our brides. You’ve got to check it out for yourself here!

special thanks

Naomi, wow, what a brilliant tool!  Love that you came up with such a great solution to what caused you headaches for your wedding.  I had so much fun just chatting away with you in Old Towne Orange.  Can’t wait to do lunch again soon!

 

Simply Yours,

Drexelle

The Type A Bride

 

 

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Huntington Beach Project Everlasting Engagement Published on Style Me Pretty

October 24th, 2011

AH! Excuse our excitement. We were so thrilled to be published on one of the world’s BEST wedding editorials, Style Me Pretty, for one of our favorite most inspiring couples: Irene & Mat. Their love story is, truly, one you can’t miss! Check out the full Style Me Pretty feature here! want more? Check out […]

 

AH!

Excuse our excitement.

We were so thrilled to be published on one of the world’s BEST wedding editorials, Style Me Pretty, for one of our favorite most inspiring couples: Irene & Mat.

Their love story is, truly, one you can’t miss!

Check out the full Style Me Pretty feature here!

want more?

Check out their AWESOME signature love story album:

View more on their love story and the full engagement session here.

Book your engagement and signature love story album today.