5 Tips for Great Wedding Photos

April 29th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the amazing photography team Kim + Phil Photography. They are the most adorable couple themselves and I’m just giddy over all their beautiful photos. I just love how their pictures “glow” and capture the joy of the wedding day so perfectly. I’ve asked them to help us with some tips on for great photographs on your wedding day. Check out all their wonderful advise.


1. Engagement Shoot
Engagement shoots are a great way to get comfortable with your photographer and the camera. Having worked with your photographer already, you’ll be firing on all cylinders when your wedding rolls around, and you won’t waste time getting acquainted.

2. Professional Makeup and Hair
You’re gorgeous already! But even the most beautiful person can benefit from professional makeup and hair. It will enhance your photos and let your photographer shoot from any angle, freeing them from worrying about retouching. Remember, Photoshop can only do so much.

3. Detail Shots
You spend months planning all the little details: the right linen color, the perfect table numbers, the most beautiful flowers.  Make sure to set aside time in your timeline before guests arrive to allow your photographer to capture these important and untouched details.

3. Wedding Planner or Coordinator
A planner is one of the best wedding investments you can make. Too often, sans coordinator, your photographer plays schedule-keeper, and that distracts their focus from you and your wedding. A planner removes those distractions from your vendors, letting them work smoothly and letting you enjoy your wedding, stress-free.

5. Relax
You hired a professional photographer for a reason. Our job is making you look even more amazing than you already are and capturing those small moments you didn’t have time to notice. Trust us. We know how to pose you and find the right light to make magic.  We love what we do and love creating heirlooms. So sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

Article and Photos Courtesy of Kim + Phil Photography

Seema and DJ: Los Altos History Museum

March 20th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

Seema and DJ were such a fun couple to work with. They had their traditional Indian wedding celebration on Saturday and asked us to help them with their American-style wedding reception on Sunday at the Los Altos History Museum. The bride who is from Georgia wanted to incorporate rustic charm of the South like sweet breads, coke bottles and floating gardenias along with their Indian culture. Guest feasted on a buffet of Indian favorites and mouth-watering dessert display. Ever detail reflected the couple, and they even incorporated their love for cricket using the red balls as table numbers. It was beautiful evening full of bright colors, bold tastes and unforgettable memories. Congratulations Seema and DJ!

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Wedding in Paradise

January 28th, 2013 by Karen Pan | Comment

We recently had the pleasure of coordinating a private wedding on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. The wedding took place at the luxurious Halekulani Hotel with the clear, blue ocean and Diamond Head as the backdrop. The bride chose a stunning palette of Tiffany blue, orchid green and brown which worked perfectly for the setting. The wedding had all the island flare with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, Tahitian dancers and tropical fusion menu. We were in paradise and just can’t wait to return again for our next destination wedding!

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Cindy and Andy: Nestledown

November 27th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

I first met Cindy and Andy by chance when they were looking for wedding venues. But I quickly realized that we had so much in common; it was fate. As high school sweethearts, the couple wanted a celebration reflective of their love story and Nestledown in Los Gatos was the perfect backdrop for their fairy tale wedding. Guests were first escorted down to a cathedral of redwoods for the intimate ceremony. For cocktails everyone enjoyed sweet potato fries (in honor of the bride), train rides among the breathtaking property and spectacular views of the koi pond. Their first dance took place under glittering chandeliers in the beautiful barn and guests danced the night away.  It was a magical and tender day because of their undeniable sweet love for each other. And we feel so honored that we got to be a part of it. Congratulations Cindy and Andy!

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Shelley and Eric: Sharon Heights Country Club

October 12th, 2012 by Karen Pan | Comment

Shelley and Eric are two of the most stunning people I’ve ever met, both inside and out. They are easy going, incredibly humble and caring and it’s no wonder why they fell in love with each other. The couple envisioned a simple, classic elegance for their wedding that highlighted their faith and appreciation for their family and friends. Their wedding day was like it came straight out of a storybook full of romance, intimacy and heartfelt love for all who came. And it couldn’t have been a more perfect day for a more perfect couple! Congratulations love birds!

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