Remember Tiffany and Mike who had part of their engagement session at LACMA?  They finally tied the knot back in June at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden!  Not only do they look gorgeous together, they sure are a treat to photograph as well…  After our fun engagement session they got real comfortable in front of the camera and allowed me to really apply my photojournalism style to their wedding.  Instead of interacting with them, I could simply let them be themselves in their wedding and that allowed me to capture those tears of joy.  You will see what I mean as you continue on looking at the pictures below.

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese is quickly becoming one of my favorite wedding ceremony location to photograph.  The garden is just so serene, and the ceremony held on the charming little bridge really makes it special.  I’m definitely looking forward to my next assignment there (note to self: do not drop the camera again! thanks wooden bridge)

Tiffany went as far as decorating her room nicely  for me to photograph her and her dress.  We started real early that day and I struggled with getting enough light through the window, and with a little help with a wireless remote flash I think it worked out pretty nicely.

It took Mike quite a while to get through with his door games to earn his beautiful bride, but it sure is a memorable part of the day.

chinese tea ceremony in black and white
chinese tea ceremony teapot and tea cup set

This is Tiffany getting ready for the first look at the Japanese Garden

Even I had a little fun walking over to the koi pond to take pictures of the koi swarming over to feed.

These are some of my favorite moments to capture.  Mike and Tiffany decided to show appreciate to their parents by presenting them with roses.  Mike hugs his mother while Tiffany watches…

and then Tiffany holds her mother in-law in her arms with a tear in her eye.

and Mike is sure enjoying himself getting the crowd into their wedding

I never really coach my brides and grooms on their first dance to give them the room and personal space to really enjoy and get into their dance.  It’s harder to get my shot especially when I’m always trying to get out of sight, but I think it’s well worth it.

Huge thanks to Jack Hou doing another awesome job with his lighting and DJ work; Ray, Joyce, and Desmond from Rayjoyce Studios on their unobtrusive and stunning work and their awesome same-day edit, and of course my lovely wife Shirley and her brother Henry assisting me for the day.  Don’t ask me about the shades I have no idea why I had them on my head that night and how they stayed on… =)

Venue: Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden | 1250 North Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA | (562) 985-5930

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  1. Ariana W. Sep 07th, 17:56

    Wow! I LOVE the way you captured this breathtaking venue!

  2. Vida Carson Sep 07th, 18:14

    Wow.. just wow. The Japanese Garden is gorgeous and you really rocked this wedding.

  3. Keith Daigle Sep 07th, 19:00

    Gorgeous wedding! Really diggin’ the ridiculous colors.

  4. Ryan Brenizer Sep 07th, 20:50

    Very nice! Good storytelling, and good job dealing with harsh daylight.

  5. Cathy and David Sep 07th, 20:58

    Yup. Jealous as hell. :D

  6. Kyle Sep 07th, 23:27

    Tons of emotions in this these pictures, nice work!

  7. Mark Sep 08th, 01:27

    +1 Ryan. you rocked a tough situation!! Love the Koi shot too!

  8. Brad Ross Photography Sep 08th, 05:12

    great mix of emotion and details. Wonderful storytelling as well.

  9. Alvina Sep 08th, 05:45

    Lovely! The dress and gold shoes shots were lovely! And the garden is pretty! Except I kinda feel sorry for the people sitting in the back… seemed kinda hard to see the action from there!

  10. Nikole Sep 08th, 12:35

    What a great wedding!

  11. Paul Von Rieter Sep 11th, 12:01

    Bitchen work. I love your story telling.

  12. Wedding Camera Koi Sep 15th, 13:03

    […] Wedding: Mike & Tiffany @ Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at … After our fun engagement session they got real comfortable in front of the camera and allowed me to really apply my photojournalism style to their wedding Instead of interacting with them, I could simply let them be themselves in their . Even I had a little fun walking over to the koi pond to take pictures of the koi swarming over to feed. These are some of my favorite moments to capture. Mike and Tiffany decided to show appreciate to their parents by presenting them . […]

  13. Heather Oct 14th, 13:45

    I love the “first look” photographs. Gorgeous.

  14. Mindy Russo Dec 23rd, 18:00

    Lovely! The dress and gold shoes shots were lovely! And the
    garden is pretty! Except I kinda feel sorry for the people sitting
    in the back… seemed kinda hard to see the action from
    there!

  15. Wedding photography kent Aug 01st, 20:28

    Loved the photography. Really liked them all!

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