tropical wedding paradise {yung & brad dominican republic wedding continued}

As you might recall from this post, I recently returned from the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana for Yung & Brad’s destination wedding. I have known Yung since preschool and through all the years we’ve managed to stay best of friends. It’s hard to believe that 27 years ago, we were running around on the playground and racing each other on our tricycles.  I am very fortunate to have such a reliable, loyal, and caring friend. I was so happy when Yung met Brad, someone who made her happy and someone who she calls her best friend.

We stayed at The Gran Bahia Principe Hotel & Resort. They did an excellent job with the wedding details down to the post ceremony surprises, like the candle light hot tub sprinkled with rose petals for the couple later that night.

Yung’s hair was done by the Salon & Spa on the resort and of course, Yung did her own beautiful makeup.

The wedding took place right on the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana. Here’s the couple’s first look….

Give me 20 minutes alone with the couple and we can make beautiful photos…

Congrats Yung & Brad! Can’t wait for next month’s Chinese/Viet Celebration!

a delicious surprise {sweet tooth photographer}

As some of you may already know, I am a huge supporter of our US Military service men & women. My husband was former US Army, my brother-in-law US Navy, and my three cousins – current/ former US Army & US Navy. (I seriously need to get to a Army/Navy football game to see both branches battle it out on the field!) Oh and let’s not forget my father, father-in-law, uncles, and aunts who also served in the military :) I am so proud to be associated with these brave men and women.  When I discovered the organization, Operation Love Reunited, I knew I wanted to get involved and give back to our military families in one form or another. It was a perfect fit. OpLove enabled me to give back through my photography work.

I met Jessica and Dan a few months ago through OpLove. Dan’s Homecoming was an emotional one and I was honored that Jessica contacted me to help capture that intimate moment in time. You can see photos from their emotional reunion here.

For those who know me, you know I have a hell of a sweet tooth. A few weeks ago I received a DELICIOUS surprise from Dan & Jessica! My stomach is grumbling just looking at the photos! These were hand delivered fresh and straight from Charm City Cupcakes located in Baltimore! Yes- these delicious morsels were from THE “ACE” of Cakes! Mmmmmm….

I couldn’t help but tear up when I saw the little note that came with the package.

Thank-you so much Dan & Jessica for the heart-warming and deliciously SWEET gift! Wishing you both all the best!

once upon a dream {dream wedding albums}

I love exploring new vendors, especially if it means offering my clients something new, different, and of course top quality. In my research I stumbled upon The Dream Album Company. What I liked about this company was 1.) High quality hand crafted albums 2.) Supporting small business  3.) Local (they are based in good old Maryland!).  The ordering process took sometime but that’s just because the company wanted to make sure the end product was perfect and helped me fix any possible issues such as alignment, resolution, and bleeds. Thank-you Dream Team! I was so excited when the package finally arrived. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!

Here’s a peek at Lieu & Adam’s DREAM wedding album.

Dream Albums are available with my premium wedding packages and also offered for my portrait sessions.