The world is such a big place. I get tiny snippets of far away cultures when shooting weddings and it never ceases to amaze me how traditions get handed down from generation to generation. Thus, when I second shot for my man Joel Llacar on a Chinese wedding (my first BTW) I felt like I was on a mini-documentary for Nat Geo on old traditions in modern weddings. Hey, let me bask in my imaginary mini-glory. I can’t remember the last time my camera ever snapped a shot before 8am, but there was a lot to cover and long day ahead of us so I started with the boys in the morning and these boys were ready for the shoot of their lives.
So, there’s a million and one things happening at Tea Ceremony and I couldn’t tell you exactly what was happening at every step of the way(I haven’t read up on the happenings of a Tea Ceremony). But I was floored at the amount of respect that is paid to the couple’s parents and close family. Family values at their best!
While the newly weds were getting their close-up by Mr. Llacar I took the wedding party on a lil adventure and taught them my signature laugh gesture, “The Cocktail Laugh.” It started out as the Tea Time Laugh, but through a some focus groups and fine tuning it evolved into the magical Cocktail Laugh. Lean back, and laugh with mouth wide open like you would with a few cocktails and dirty jokes.
The Cocktail Laugh in full affect.
Boys, boys, boys…
Yes ladies, you too can be directed by me into silly poses wearing your groomsmen’s sunglasses! But you must act now before this trend is long gone! :/
I hear the Top Gun theme song playin, do you?…
Talented bunch, they can walk AND Cocktail Laugh!
Vincent singing his heart out to his new wife. In front of 300+ guests. I get nervous whistling in front of people walking down the street…
Aaaand just because I’ve never caught a cork being popped out. By the way, Vincent pointed that thing right at me and nearly made squeal like a girl. These are the jokes people, remember to tip your waitress. Seriously, these work a lot better in person…
Most of you reading this post have never worked with a video crew, ahhhh you haven’t lived until you have I tell ya. Don’t tell them but I turned off my flash and worked their video lights like it’s no one’s business. Aaannnd I photoshopped them out! HA, take that!
Really gotta give it to my man Joel Llacar once again for having me shoot with him. It’s always a pleasure and lots of fun, not to mention that we grabbed some Boba afterwards. Good times! You gotta stop by his blog and check out his post on this wedding too. I know I’ll be shooting with Joel some more this year so keep a look out for the Tag-Team-Duo of Joel & Joel!
Groomsmen getting ready and group shots: Pasadena Hilton
Wedding Party pictures: Pasadena City Hall
Reception location: New Capital Seafood Restaurant