Calli & TJ’s Engagement Session

It is my great pleasure to shot Calli & TJ’s engagement session at Villa Montalvo Arts Center. Located in the Saratoga hills, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres.

It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering community engagement through the creation and presentation of multidisciplinary art. Many weddings take place in this beautiful wedding venue each year.

During the process, I can feel the passion between them.

Congratulations and best wishes to Calli & TJ!

Peng & Yanhui | Destination wedding photographer

This post continues with the previous post. This is one of the destination weddings that I did in China.

This picture was taken right after the groom Peng took the bride home.

Love by the window

They are looking at the wedding gown album and smiling happily.

According to Chinese tradition, the bride should serve tea to the mother-in-law. The mother-in-law

gives a red-pocket filled with money to the bride.

The following picture was taken at the wedding ceremony and reception place.

It is a very ceremony place and more than 400 guests were invited. 

The ceremony and reception were held together.

After the ring exchange, they are officially couples and they hugged together happlily.

Congratulations and best wishes to this new couple!

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An ancient city — Pingyao

In the central area of Shanxi Province, China lies an ancient city Pingyao, simple and steeped in ancient tradition. What’s different is that this county is linked firmly to a certain prosperous time in Chinese history. It played quite an important role in the economic development of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  It boasts the famous Pingyao Old City which was included in the United Nations World Cultural Heritage in 1997.

Working on the street of Pyingyao, you can feel the old times again in ancient China, back to hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

A night scene in Pingyao City

The night is very calm and colorful in Pingyao. People live peacefully in this place for thousands of years.

A small shop

You can see different lanterns in every corners of the city.

Lanterns in Pingyao

There are so many stores on the streets, and you can see people dressing in the old costumes everywhere.

The Pingyao city is so colorful that one wants to walk around on and one to enjoy the beautiful night.

From tea cups to pillows, they all remind you of the old, old times.

Tea cups

In the corner of the room that can be easily ignored, this ancient table has beautiful carving on it.

Indeed, every corner of the city reminds you that there is a long, long history about it.

And the sotry of Pingyao will continue … …

The End.

Braided - March 10, 2010 - 3:45 pm

Thank you for your wedding photography post. Very beautiful images

Katieyoxi - May 31, 2009 - 6:49 pm

So beautiful! I wish that I could be there someday.

Peng & Yanhui I | Destination wedding photographer

This is the first destination wedding that I did as the main photographer.

Holding hands

Peng & Yanhui’s wedding is very Chinese traditional.  The groom started preparing at groom’s home.

The following picture shows a tray of nuts on the bed at the groom’s home. The tray has dates (Zao), chestnus (Li) and sunflower seeds (Zi).

“ZaoLiZi” means “To have a baby soon” according to Chinese tradition.

Then the groom went to the bride’s place to welcome the bride to his home.

The following is a picture when the groom Peng took his car to the bride’s place.

It is not easy to get the bride back (typically, the groom has to meet several challenges from bride’s relatives) but our groom is very confident.

The groom is facing the first challenge now. The bride’s sister is blocking the door.

Our groom is fighting very hard to get in.

Finally, the groom got in. Huuh, that’s a tough one. He is sweating after the effort.

Finally, the groom can hug the beautiful bride.

The bride did not have the shoes on yet. It is the groom’s job to put the shoes on.

Then the groom could take the bride home.  Look at the balloons and colorful papers flying at the sky!

The groom took the bride home

For the rest, please see Peng & Yanhui’s wedding, Part II.

Gina - July 6, 2011 - 1:51 am

The best wedding photos in bay area website……

Hey David, Great work!

Justin Wen - May 30, 2009 - 10:48 pm

Wonderful pictures and story. Waiting for the next!

Maria K - May 30, 2009 - 10:47 pm

Great captures of romantic moments. I wish to have a photographer like you!

Alex - May 30, 2009 - 5:30 pm

Beautiful image!