This past Saturday, Henry and I had the pleasure to document Mai and David on their wedding day. By far, this is the most touching wedding we’ve ever photographed in the 3 years that we’ve been doing this. There were so happy tears all around. The groom cried. The bride cried. His Mom cried. His Dad cried. While preparing this blog post, I cried too as I was going through the photos of David and his Mom dancing. It was when his Dad ran up in tears to hug the two of them that really got me.
Mai put so much effort into planning for this day and everything played out perfectly. From the details on her bouquet to the manzanita branches at the reception banquet to the candle & flowers at her friend’s seat at Table #3 (who passed away last week), everything was so well thought out.
The day started with the bride and groom getting ready at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Sacramento.
They both cried opening gifts and reading the notes they wrote for each other. Once the getting ready photos were done, the party bus picked the girls up and we were off to the church. (The guys walked there.) David did not want to see his bride until she walked down the aisle.
The Church Wedding Ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament:
Their first kiss and husband and wife after exchanging rings:
Right after the ceremony, we gathered in front of the alter for family photos.
This is the bride and groom with her family:
This is his family:
After church, we went straight into taking formal photos. Mai and I met last week before the wedding to plan out the route. Since the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento is right in the heart of Downtown Sacramento, we wanted to get some photos in front of the church, then on K Street since the leaves are changing colors, and lastly to finish it off with photos at the new Sacramento King’s Golden1 Center. It’s the perfectly combination so that they can get both modern and romantic (and lots of fun) wedding photos to remember this day by.
Before heading to the Golden1 Center, the guys requested a quick stop by the liquor store. So the driver took us to Bevmo. I initially got off to grab a couple shots of the groom but ended up, the bride had to take a bathroom break so into Bevmo she went too.
While the guys are
Kudos to Mai for thinking on her feet and picking this and that up because we got a whole photoshoot done on the way out. LOL..
Formal photos at the new Sacramento Kings’ Golden1 Center was nothing but smiles. Everything about this place is sooooooooo beautiful, from the clean lines to the vertical living walls that surround the building.
It was surprisingly hot yesterday so we hid in the shade most of the time. But no matter where we went, the backdrop is outrageously nice!
I don’t know about you but I am laughing so hard at the Mai’s facial expression here. So #onpoint. Wouldn’t she make a great actress. (hahaha.. lmao)Mai & David’s Wedding Reception at King Palace Restaurant:
Nikki of NC Event Designs really did an amazing job of draping the whole Chinese restaurant and transforming it into the contemporary, soft and romantic space that Mai envisioned.
Remembering their friend Jayson who passed away last Thursday:
The bride and groom surprised everyone with a dragon dance at the start of the wedding reception:
The ceiling at King Palace was made of mirrors. I think on another occasion it would have bothered me but for their first dance, it worked out perfectly.
Then comes the father & daughter dance before the mother & son dance that got everyone tearing up:
A game to see which couple has been together the longest.
These 2 couples have been together for 27 years and 32 years. Their advice for making relationship lasts is communication and to forgive each other when the going gets tough.
Now let’s get this party started!!!
Congratulations Mai and David on the beginning of your happily ever after! We are so honored to share this first day with you. From the bottom of our heart, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.
Tra & Henry
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