• Pacific Palms Resort Wedding | Maria & Robert | Highlight Photos

  • Greetings and welcome back!

    Today, we get to look at photos Geoff and I captured at Maria and Robert’s wedding day at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, CA. A hidden gem in an otherwise industrial area, Pacific Palms is a great venue on a hilltop in the San Gabriel Valley that offers an excellent view of the San Gabriel mountains, outstanding service, and some of the finest golf that California has available. Any bride and groom who use this venue are rarely disappointed in it.

    Geoff and I were very honored to be selected as their professional photographers for their wedding day. Having photographed there before, we knew where a lot of the scenic shooting locations were to be productive and efficient.

    We started the wedding day off during preparation at Pacific Palms. While the bride and bridesmaids were getting their make-up done, Geoff and I had some time to take some detail photos.

    Geoff has a soft spot for dogs, Chihuahua’s especially, and when he saw Princess, he went straight to her.





    The groom starting to get ready for his big day.



    Their ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart Parish in Covina, CA, very close to the the Pacific Palms Resort.









    After the wedding ceremony, it was back to Pacific Palms Resort for cocktail hour, wedding party portraits, and the wedding reception.

    There was a quite a bit of unexpected traffic, so even though the venues were not far from each other, it took a while to get back. What that meant for us was that the time that was allotted for wedding party portraits was cut significantly short. It was a good thing that Geoff and I were familiar with the venue or else we wouldn’t have been able to get many photos of the wedding party. Having an experienced photographer who is familiar with venues and locations nearby help a lot in these time-limited situations.








    Wedding portraits were all wrapped-up and it was time to start the wedding reception inside one of the many ballrooms inside the Pacific Palm Resort!




    The newlyweds first dance as husband and wife.






    Super wide angle group shot of everyone on the dance floor! Tough to achieve this shot, but we are able to capture these kind of high-angled shots.


    Garter toss!






    Everyone danced the night away and it was a great wedding that we were happy to be a part of. Pacific Palms Resort was an awesome wedding venue to be at again and we can’t wait to be back again later this year. Congratulations again to Maria & Robert on their wedding!

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  • Taglyan Complex Wedding Photos | Hollywood, CA | Becky & Hoang

  • Today, we have the pleasure of sharing photos from Becky and Hoang’s big day from the Taglyan Complex located in Hollywood, CA. This beautiful wedding venue, just blocks away from the iconic Hollywood and Vine intersection, is best known for their stunning ballroom complete with a 5,000 square foot stained-glass ceiling.

    From the very beginning of the day, Geoff and I knew it was going to be a really awesome wedding to be a part of. The tea ceremony they had was full of laughs thanks to bridesmaids making the groomsmen prove to them that the groom was worthy of their bride. Of course, being as cunning as he is, the groom tried to be slick and quick for the front door of the bride’s parents house. He was chased down and booted back to the front of the yard where there were games waiting for him and his groomsmen.

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    Wheel-barrel styled push ups while picking gummy worms was just a warm up to advance towards the front door of the house.


    The next game was to pass the strip of seaweed to each groomsman.


    Lastly, the groom had to sing her a song to confess his love to the bride.


    The sign of approval from the bride’s parents.

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    Even their cute Chihuahua got in the spirit with her own red dress.


    After the tea ceremony festivities were over, the entire wedding party made their way to the W Hotel in Hollywood to finish getting ready for the ceremony. This is where the bride changed into her wedding dress with a little bit of help.

    For more information on traditional tea ceremonies, check out our detailed write-up on them here: Traditional Tea Ceremony Details


    A really endearing “Simba” moment we were able to capture with the bride and her puppy.


    The groom putting on his finishing touches inside the W Hotel.



    The bride sent over a gift for the groom and it definitely got the approval of his groomsmen. Nothing a fancy bottle of Scotch won’t do, right?


    A truly happy and blessed couple. You can just tell by the way they looked at each other during their first look before the wedding ceremony.




    We had a few moments, so we took advantage of the beautiful W Hotel to snap a few wedding party photos before we departed for the Taglyan Complex nearby for the wedding ceremony and reception.


    We arrived at the Taglyan Complex and got underway with some wedding portraits with just the bride and groom. As pretty as the venue is on the inside, it’s outside area is also awesome with a garden complete with a nice fountain.



    It was a packed ceremony with a couple hundred guests, but the Taglyan Complex was able to accommodate the large number of friends and family there to witness the wedding ceremony.



    Lion dancers to help celebrate the big day!



    The grand ball room and amazing stained-glass window that everyone recognizes. This first dance had the special effect of low fog to give it a romantic and dramatic feel to it. We’re definitely going to be seeing this a lot more often at weddings.


    The bride was very close to her 3 sisters, so they planned this awesome rap as their speech that blew everyone away.


    As if the rap speech couldn’t be topped, the bride and her father really wowed the crowd with a surprise dance performance to remember!


    Our good friend DJ Orbit (Darren Gin) was their DJ in charge of the music and we were very excited about that as well. DJ Orbit and his team are definitely one of the best in the business and we always refer our clients to him if they’re looking for a professional who knows wedding appropriate music and how to beat juggle and mash-up songs to get everyone on their feet.



    After the cake cutting, everyone met on the dance floor and let the good times roll until the end of the night. What an amazing wedding to be a part of ! From start to finish, it was an awesome wedding filled with laughs and surprises and we were honored to be the ones behind the camera capturing all the moments.

    It was our first time photographing at the W Hotel in Hollywood and the Taglyan Complex, but with the experience that Geoff and I have shooting weddings and other events, we were very excited to shoot at those two venues.

    Need a professional photographer for your big day coming up? Don’t hesitate to ask us anything at 626.269.8898 or shoot us an email at info@bluesoulphoto.com!

    Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to check back with us soon for more updates on our adventures behind the camera!


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  • Allyson & Steven Tie the Knot! | North Shore, Oahu | Highlight Photos

  • Welcome to Oahu! In this wedding blog post, we get to relive the highlights of Allyson and Steven’s big day at a private venue in the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii. Geoff and I were very excited to be a part of their wedding and couldn’t wait to start shooting photos.

    Before the wedding day, we were able to get a run through at the venue with the wedding party and Lauren, the wedding coordinator. Lauren, L-4-Love Wedding Planning, was super professional and a delight to work with, and we knew the big day was going to be as smooth as it could be with her and her team taking charge.

    With the rehearsal out of the way, all we had to do was make sure our camera bags were packed with the gear we needed and to get some rest.

    The wedding day started off with preparation photos of the wedding party.


    The bridesmaids trying to figure out how to put the veil on the bride.



    The groomsan kit complete with all the details, like socks, pocket squares and tie clips.




    The bride and groom have their first look and a private moment before the rest of the festivities begin. The Hawaiian backdrop was beautiful and provided a nice blue and green scene for this moment.


    Taking advantage of the Hawaiian scenery and being efficient, we took some wedding party photos since everyone was there and photo ready.





    After spending a little bit of time taking wedding party portraits, it was time for the wedding ceremony to get the bride and groom hitched!

    The bride with her mom and dad making their way down the aisle.


    It’s a beautiful thing when the groom sheds a tear as he watches his bride-to-be walk down the aisle towards him. Moments like these are awesome.


    We present to you Mr. and Mrs. Chun!


    Some of the wedding reception details at the private venue on Oahu.




    The bride and groom enjoying their first dance as husband and wife on the outdoor dance floor.


    Just before the sun disappeared into the water for the day, we were able to snap a few sunset photos before it went down.




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    UCLA beach ball toss instead of the traditional bouquet toss at this Hawaiian wedding.



    As drinks flowed and people danced, the couple was nice enough to pre-order a midnight snack for their guests. Large pizzas were being passed around and was a total hit!


    This was something that the couple have seen at other weddings and have always wanted to do it. With the help of their friends and family there, they were able to realize the dream.


    It was a pleasure being a part of Allyson and Steven’s big day in Oahu, and we couldn’t have had a better time. The weather and lighting got tricky at times with fast moving clouds that would block out the warm sunlight suddenly, but Geoff and I are experienced and are fast at calibrating our camera settings to compensate.

    It was our first destination wedding in Hawaii and are already booked for another one coming up in April! Can’t wait to be back for the food and the culture. It’s a very different lifestyle than the fast-paced style we are used to in Los Angeles. The views can’t be beat there and maybe we can book a couple of engagement sessions or other photo shoots while we’re there to make the most out of our trip.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed the photos we captured from North Shore, Oahu during Allyson and Steven’s wedding day! Be sure to stop by again soon for more wedding photos.

    Have questions about having us photograph and capture your big day or for other photo shoots? Don’t be shy and give us a call at 626.269.8898 or shoot us an email at info@bluesoulphoto.com!


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