Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer

Christine and Jess are musicians with the Air Force band, so any official government function you ever see on television with a band or orchestra/quartet performing, look for them!  They live in D.C. but decided to get married on the sunny California coast during an deliciously warm Memorial Day weekend.

bride coutureChristine's hair was styled by Sayde Jammal from Toni & Guy, and her makeup was by one of my favorite artists, Jessica Edwards!

Bride and Groom

ring bearerImage by Matt

bridesmaidsChristine and Jess opted to see each other before the ceremony at their 'home base' for the day: The Shorebreak Hotel.

groomsmen

asian brideLOVE all the color and light at this hotel!

bridal party

laughter

bridal fashionChristine's dress is a silk piece from JCrew and her shoes are Aldo "Bradeen"s in gray.

bride at shorebreak hotelCutest flower girl ever.

church ceremonyThe couple were wed at Christine's church from her childhood, Korean First Presbyterian Church in Westminster, CA

kids

mixed couple wedding

mischiefI don't know what's going on, but this kid's face has mischief written all over it.

brass bandChristine and Jess had a brass band for ceremony accompaniment.  Image by Matt.

jess

ring

bowThere was lots of bowing in accordance with Korean tradition

christine

ceremonyDirectly following the ceremony there was a traditional Korean ceremony. (R) Image by Matt

korean ceremonyI think Christine's mother might be a teensy, tiny bit excited about this wedding?

dates

stitching

grandmaLOVE this image by Matt!

bridal party crazy

bridesmaids

orange county ringsImage by Matt

barFollowing the wedding there was an after-party at one of my favorite restaurants, Twenty-Five Degrees.

cheers

pelican

food

hurrahParty all night, ya'll!

Glow 2008

Last night Matt and I headed to the Santa Monica pier (at about 11:30pm) to check out Glow, the light-and-technology art/music festival put together on the beach.Some of the art was kind of cool but in retrospect I'm beginning to believe that the event itself was the real art piece, featuring up to 44,000 people (that's not a typo) wandering the beach and surrounding area looking for light and color, both of which there seemed to be tragically less of than anticipated. There were some cool perspective-bending "exhibits," to be sure, but the event was made far more of an extravaganza by the swarms of people stumbling around in varyious states of intoxication. As one confused visitor put it, "There's like 3,000 people down there praying to a #$*&@*% lava lamp!"Parking was a nightmare, of course. From what I read, this event will be attempted again in a couple years. Hopefully by then some of the kinks will be smoothed out.

Gnarly crowds, this is a pedestrian bridge crossing Coast Highway at 1am.Contrary to what it looks like, watching this lady maneuver her "bioluminescent lightstrings," looks a lot like this image; the light trails were also visible to the naked eye---a bit like seeing this picture in 3-D.GlowMuscle beach in the GlowlightThis was about the time somebody walked right up to me and asked point blank whether I had any acid. Needless to say a good number of the people in attendance were enjoying the event on a far different level.I called this the "glowstick graveyard."Really cool creations hanging beneath the pier, made out of lights, mechanized parts, and plastic bags that inflated and deflated making them look like some bizarre robotic jellyfish.