So, it's happened. I've become one of "those" girls. The girls who write about their amazing boyfriends on their blogs. Rest assured, this won't be a frequent habit, but I can't help but share about yesterday. We planned to go on a picnic and I borrowed thee most amazing picnic basket from a friend at work, fully loaded with plates, utensils, and a plaid blanket. We stopped at Whole Foods and picked up our sandwich fixings (I recommend Saint Andre Triple Creme French Cheese - YUM), blackberries, raspberry cider, and ridiculously overpriced, adorable chocolates (I might have bought parmesan blocks in our initials - - I'm such a sap). We made our way to Griffith Park which has become one of my most favorite places in LA and walked up to the old zoo. We set up our picnic and exchanged gifts and cards, well, mine was more of a gift-tag to be exact. For those of you who don't know, I happen to be a typeface nerd. While driving in the car, I'll shout out, "Gotham! Futura! Adobe Caslon Small Caps!" I bought the typeface Archer a couple years ago and like to think of it as "my font." Clearly, it's not mine, it also belongs to Martha Stewart, Wells Fargo, and the all too familiar St. Ives Apricot Scrub, but in my heart... I like to claim ownership. David, knowing how important typefaces are for me, went online to the Hoefler & Frere-Jones website and 'test-drove' Archer and typed in "To Lehua . . . Loves, David", traced it from his computer screen to his construction paper. The added 's' in loves is because it's the letter that most clearly distinguishes Archer from the rest. If that's not love, I don't know what is.
Renee & Drew are such a unique couple and were married in Pasadena in thee most charming church I have ever been in. Everything about their wedding expressed their personalities effortlessly. Their approach to their wedding day was very "them" - all the details were simple, yet telling, traditional, but with a twist. I loved loved loved shooting her dress. I was shooting it for so long that I started to feel guilty :/ I loved everything about this wedding from the location, to the fun pictures with the bridal party, dinner at Bucca di Peppo and 3 different types of cupcakes!! I'm so glad I was able to be a part of this day! Thank you, Renee & Drew, best wishes!! AND thank you to my lovely assistant Ronalynn for your great work and attitude :)
January seems to be the busiest month of the year. You would think that December would be the most hectic with the holidays and all, but I feel that everything in December got pushed back to January, thus making it the fullest-filled month. (fullest-filled? who says that?) Anyways, here are some belated Christmas thank you cards that I made . . . hopefully they'll all be sent out before February :) Enjoy.
OH my word. I have not updated in so long! I've been a busy bee lately, with the holidays and work. I've been meaning to post this shoot and now is the time! Cecilia contacted me about a month ago for an engagement shoot along with a family portrait session just in time for the holidays. She really wanted to have a vintage inspired shoot which was definitely a treat for me since I love the marriage of vintage and modern. Everyone looked so cute and Cecilia, you looked GORGEOUS - - - pin-up perfection! The baby had the most darling newspaper boy-esque outfit and Fernie's suit from the army tied it all together! You guys definitely win the style award of the year :) Enjoy!
Renee was a classmate of mine and is part of the art department at Biola University - where we met Freshmen year. She is an amazing painter & artist and actually has her senior thesis coming up - - -
Show opening: Fear and Trembling on Monday, November 30th (showing through December 4th)
Biola Art Gallery @ 7pm - 9pm
Featuring drawings on wood panels - Attend if you can, it will be well worth it, promise ;)!
So, along with finishing her senior thesis, Renee is getting married to Drew on January 9th!! We took some engagements photos in Old Towne Pasadena which will be their new neighborhood once they are married. We spent the afternoon walking all over Old Towne talking about the wedding plans, art school, JCrew, visiting Dots (yum), the library, and took many little detours along the way. Renee & Drew, thank you for an afternoon of laughter - - - I can't wait to shoot your wedding!
MOATS & BOATS is a collaboration with my friend Jehoaddan Strain. We both graduated from Biola University this past Spring with Art degrees and decided in our "free" time to collaborate on paper goods :) This bridal shower invite was made with L-O-V-E for our dearest Claire - (you can see her engagement photos two posts below)! We used pink & gold since a bridal shower is definitely a girlish event. Claire loves bunnies and we will be using them in her wedding suite, along with other critters - so fun! The envelopes are all hand-lined with Japanese printed sheets with a metallic gold pattern. And coming soon . . . the formal invites :)