I truly admire this wedding and all the whimsical galore that goes with it without having to elaborate (just a bit). Who could resist this wedding when you got pink flamingos and big hair bows for the bridesmaids? You can really feel the ‘Alice in Wonderland”-like theme here and it was done so perfectly! Let us take a moment to share the bowl full of fun on this fairy tale-like occasion as we go through some of the pictures taken by Sarah. Click here to see the photo gallery.
From Sarah K Chen Photography… The groom’s name is ken and the bride looks just like Barbie (the epitome of a perfect girl) and both of them share a kind of love that is more than special. You can see it in the way Ken holds Andrea while they laugh together as if he can’t get enough of her. I was honored to be part of their wedding and took the pictures of the event. These 2 cuties are really made for each other and I had to say that this is by far my favorite wedding I had to cover. There were a lot of interesting elements around like real chickens and pink flamingos (not real), paper planes, giant jenga, croquet, funny glasses, food trucks, and family portraits. You can really get the sense of fun in this couple as it is all reflected with the things you see around at the wedding. I like everything about it, but I what I like most about was taking photos of their love, their happy moments, and their loved ones at their big day.
From the Bride… Our wedding was enthused by the venue we have chosen. We got married on a porch at the Hale House in Heritage Square Museum and we placed a lot of elements depicting home in most of the designs. I also love Alice in Wonderland so some elements of the story were also incorporated in our wedding like the tea party, the croquet, doorknobs, and most especially the pink flamingos!
The preparations for the wedding were the labor of our love. Mom and I spent months looking over at Craigslist, Antique Stores, Rose Bowl Flea Market, and some Thrift Shops for the all the mismatched China and the furniture. We even got a lot of weird looks when we used mom’s car to transport the cabinet on the freeway. I took care of the 70 save the date postcards and hand stitched them all while Ken took care of the invitation (he’s a very talented animator and illustrator). One of my best friends, Emily then took Ken’s designs and created all the invitations for the wedding. She was also the one who created the programs, did the calligraphy on the envelopes, and took care of other handwritten designs. Not only that, Emily also helped me in facilitating all of my bridesmaids. I asked of all the ladies to wear any type of black dress for the wedding so that they would instantly stand out from the rest of the crowd. She also helped me in hand polishing the mismatched vintage silverwares, making the garlands, creating the signs, folding 100 paper planes, and making table numbers.
I had so many unforgettable moments during the wedding, but one of my most significant would be the time when Ken had dropped the ring at the ceremony. He joking played the part during the rehearsal, but I never thought he would actually drop it on the very day. It was really funny. Fortunately, Ken was able to grab it while it was falling on the stairs and put it in my finger right away. Another favorite would have to be our first dance as we got so nervous on that very moment. My husband took dance classes, but I couldn’t make it due to my hectic schedules at the law school so we stopped it. Our song for the dance was “Midnight, the Stars, and You” by Ray Noble which happened to be also the song at the end of “The Shining” (our first movie together). Just as Jack’s (Nicholson) character had been “the caretaker” in the movie, Ken also whispered to me, “I have always been yours forever and ever”.
Wedding Planning + Design: Bride and Emily Denis, The Party Task Force | Floral: Renee Fontana | Catering: Rounds Burger Truck | Cakes: Fantasy Frosting | Hair + Makeup: Leann Seto at Kelly Zhang | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Mother of the Bride Dresses: The Green Guide | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew