When I met Sim the first time back in May when we talked about her wedding plans.  She did tell me it’s going to be a very long day, but what she didn’t tell me was the fun crowd I’d be working with on her big day!  The above picture says it all – the groom Michael, the entire bridal party, and all her friends are such a blast to work with and the entire day just went by so quickly.

We got up early that day and began at Sim’s home, and I must say it’s just awesome to start the day working with the very talented, newly wedded Katie Bee and her husband Shaun.  And then the day really began when Michael along with his bridal party, friends, and relatives arrive at the house with the traditional red trays of gifts, followed by door games, and tea ceremony.

Katie Bee in action!

yep… I’m sure these games of torment would give these two nightmares. =)

Then the boys are supposed to bribe their way through the doors to reach the bride, and I don’t think the bridesmaids were too happy about what’s in the red envelopes. :)

here’s one group shot of the bridal party as we kick off this eventful day

tea ceremony served by the newly weds to the family
red envelopes given to the newly weds

and here’s one picture that means something special to me… just when we were about the leave the bride’s home to the groom’s I found my jacket along with my car keys were missing.  We scrambled for 5 minutes and couldn’t find them… I quickly hitched a ride with Melvin my assistant that day and hopped off the car and had no time to prepare, but I was pretty lucky to find that beautiful light brushing across when they lit up incense.

yep… that’s a happy bridal party =)


  • Makeup & Hair:  The amazing Katie B!  –  www.katiebcosmetics.com
  • Wedding Coordination: Diane Nguyen (and thanks for finding my keys!!!)
  • Videography:  Michael Shu, Charlice Lin & Brian Press @ Onyx Cinema: www.onyxcinema.com
  • Floral Arrangements: Jennifer Mai
  • Hilton LA/San Gabriel Hotel  – link

The slideshow contains additional pictures if you’re interested.  I’m going to start doing this from now on so that I won’t be robbing everybody’s bandwidth! =)


Venue: Hilton Los Angeles – San Gabriel | 225 West Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel, CA | (626) 270-2700

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  1. Lisa Novakowski Nov 23rd, 21:51

    Wow. So many details! What an incredible looking day!!! I love your lighting, and your timing for some of those moments is impeccable. Superb work! And the lovely bride’s last dress is amazing!!

  2. Michael Taing Nov 23rd, 23:00

    WOW GREAT WORK HERM!! thanks it was a blast posing for all the photos… everyone should get married!

  3. Rae Marie Nov 24th, 01:56

    That opening picture is just SPECTACULAR! Well done on capturing their wedding day so beautifully and creatively!

  4. Phill Nov 24th, 04:48

    What a mind blowing whirlwind of colour and joy! Fantastic photographs Herman. It’s patently clear how fantastic the day was itself.

  5. Jared Tseng Nov 24th, 05:08

    Your BW images are fantastic! I also really love the ones of the guys doing their karate moves!

  6. Kat Braman Nov 24th, 06:27

    what a great wedding! I love all the mix of cultures and traditions. You captured some wonderful moments.

  7. Alvina Nov 24th, 07:19

    Lovely as always.

    And. ROAST PIG. :-D

  8. tricia Nov 24th, 09:19

    beautiful, beautiful job! What a happy couple!

  9. Derrys Richardson Nov 24th, 11:14

    beautiful work. i absolutely love them all, but something has made me fall in love with the cake shot. awesome perspective.

  10. John Patrick Nov 24th, 11:17

    I really love the details. I can tell there was so much going on and makes me want to see the whole thing. So well done – love your style.

  11. Mark Parker - Birmingham Wedding Photographer Nov 24th, 11:32

    Fantastic job with this one! The posing was amazing. Loved the Kung-Fu sequence with the groomsmen.

  12. wedding photojournalism London Nov 24th, 12:21

    WOW! great images! nicely done.

  13. Marianne Taylor Nov 24th, 13:35

    Great storytelling, I really got a feel for the whole day. And I also love love love the bouquets, so gorgeous!

  14. Eliza Claire Nov 24th, 14:28

    Great colours in these, and I love the details that you’ve captured so well.

  15. Matthew Evans Nov 24th, 15:14

    Brilliant photographer coupled with a great couple and venue! Love it.

  16. William Bay Nov 24th, 22:46

    I want kung fu fighters at my next wedding! I’m jealous.
    Good job! The staircase shot captured a great intimate moment.

  17. Az Nov 25th, 03:52

    Looks like a really fun wedding too shoot.

    The slideshow is awesome (great song choice too).

  18. Heather Nov 25th, 16:31

    Love that group black and white shot! Hilarious! :D

  19. Bill Millios Nov 25th, 18:13

    Stunning colors, amazing work. Really, really, REALLY good job.

  20. Elissa Nov 28th, 11:57

    Wow that dress shot is amaaazing. Great work!

  21. Kat Forsyth Nov 30th, 04:07

    OMG, how kick ass are those groomsmen??


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