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I met Lin + Jonathan through their sweet wedding coordinator Carolyn Chen from The Special Day, Inc. I always feel so flattered when wedding coordinators refer me because I realize the large amounts of vendors coordinators work with on a day-to-day basis and to be referred among the many is a huge deal in my eyes!

Lin + Jonathan were married on May 16th at The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. The weather was slightly overcast, but ended up working to our advantage. Justin and I had a great day with this sweet couple. We didn't really know what to expect since the couple had been traveling from China and we weren't able to book an engagement session, so we were super happy with the day's turn-out at the end of the night. Here are some of the highlights from their wedding day:
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lj_wed006.jpgA quick intimate shot of Lin's father giving her away.
lj_wed007.jpglj_wed008.jpgJonathan surpised Lin with two things during the ceremony: 1. doves that were set free at then end of their vows and....
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lj_wed010.jpgAn amazing detail shot by Justin of the sun rays peaking their way out of the clouds...I want to enlarge this and print it off for somewhere in my house:)
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lj_wed023.jpglj_wed024.jpglj_wed025.jpgI especially enjoyed the live big band Lin + Jonathan hired for entertainment at their reception, it added so much to the character of the night...Pat Longo, loved you!
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Thanks again to Lin + Jonathan! Don't forget to check out their online slideshow by clicking here. Also, I wanted to leave you all with a fun email I received from Lin just a few days after their wedding:
Hi Amelia!
 
How are you doing? :)  Thank you so much for your wonderful work at our wedding.  Jonathan kept on saying "Amelia's work is the best part of the wedding" "It was so worth it!"  afterwards. :)

thank you!!
 
Lin



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Jason Roger said:
WOW!! What!!! I'm the first to put up a comment, what a treat. Well Lin is for sure right.. being that I was there, that your work is the best part of the wedding. And YES, that picture that Justin took of the sun rays coming thru the clouds was re-donk-u-las!!! Keep rocking Amelia Lyon!
(06.03.09 11:29 PM)
Briony said:
these are extraordinary! i love the dove shot...her face is priceless :)
(06.04.09 05:42 AM)
Rog dovenheimdinge' said:
I'd be so afraid that the doves would get nervous and unload on a guest. What if you got a bill in the mail for some dry cleaning because it was your fault that the doves came out and went terd on someone. Oh man! I love that dove shot though. Maybe I should rent some doves for our next date night. We like walk out of a sushi joint and 12 doves are released. Awesome. Where do the doves go? Are they like a throw away camera? You use them once and then...BOOM, gone?!
(06.04.09 06:22 AM)
neLz said:
i SUPER LoOoVe your editing style SO much girl!!! ♥
(06.04.09 06:25 AM)
paul romero said:
Great work! My fav was the balcony shot where you're looking up at them...nice!
(06.04.09 06:40 AM)
Aaron Snow said:
The dove photo is great! I love the expression of surprise that you captured there. Very very good guys! Much love from Oklahoma!
(06.04.09 06:56 AM)
Kayla said:
These are gorgeous as always! What a beautiful wedding!
(06.04.09 07:23 AM)
Paige Evans said:
Who knew overcast clouds could be so beautiful?! I love them. These pictures are a-ma-zing as always :)
(06.04.09 07:49 AM)
Nathan Walker said:
beautiful wedding, beautiful tones, beautiful photos. great stuff :)
(06.04.09 08:02 AM)
Alyssa Lang said:
Goooooorrrrrgeous!!! What a beautiful balcony view. Dang.
(06.04.09 09:19 AM)
Kayleen T. said:
Love it! I'm lol-ing at Rog's comment, you never think about where the doves go after they're released!
(06.04.09 10:01 AM)
Diana said:
Those trees with jewels(?) hanging off at the wedding ceremony are gorgeous!! And again, what beautiful pictures. Even a cloudy day doesn't stop you guys from taking amazing shots :) I look forward to when I get engaged so I can hire you as my photographer! haha
(06.04.09 10:02 AM)
Imthiaz Houseman said:
What a stunning set of images!
(06.04.09 10:10 AM)
Chad Morgan said:
Wow. That ceremony location is off the hook. And that break in the clouds on the left. Sheesh. The God's were shining!
(06.04.09 10:32 AM)
Melissa Roberts said:
This is what my dream wedding looks like! Amazing photos!!
(06.04.09 12:13 PM)
Megan Welker said:
holy smokes! that ceremony view is ridiculous!! great work you guys! I love love love your work!
(06.04.09 12:22 PM)
Kathleen Trenske said:
What a stunning ceremony location! That's probably the best surprise I've seen from a groom - a plane with the message! Great job as always Amelia! :)
(06.04.09 12:26 PM)
Christine (Artemis Clover Photo) said:
all the shots overlooking the water is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
(06.04.09 01:02 PM)
yan palmer said:
you make art and its good! i'd want it hanging in my house too.
(06.04.09 04:42 PM)
Lyndzee of EP said:
Pat Longo = awesome!! I wish my last name was Longo. What awesome pictures you guys! I love the shot of them standing between the two ridiculously awesome trees. Keep it rockin!!
(06.04.09 11:35 PM)
Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said:
What a beautiful wedding! My husband and I honeymooned at that hotel and you guys really REALLY did a great job photographing it =)
(06.05.09 01:49 PM)
Pat Longo orchestra said:
Carolyn: Great...Great Pictures....we look forward to working with you in the very near future.... The wedding was outstanding and the orchestra enjoyed performing for a wonderful couple... Pat Longo (Orchestra)
(06.05.09 02:27 PM)
Allison Davis said:
Stunning as always! But love the way you captured the overcast day with the view of the ceremony and the water. Just beautiful!
(06.05.09 03:29 PM)
Rebecca said:
Gorgeous. So much talent behind the lens! :)
(06.17.09 04:47 PM)
Paul said:
These are beautiful! What an incredible location and cool surprises from the groom. I also really like the shot that Justin took of the sun on the water.
(06.19.09 06:35 PM)
Stan @ AsianDiscJockey.com said:
Incredibly pictures for an absolutely beautiful wedding. Totally Love how you turn the moments of the wedding event into such timeless arts. We were at the wedding and these photos more than captures the beautiful memories of Lin and Jonathan's special day... Stan Liu (DJ/MC)
(06.26.09 03:31 PM)
Christopher Bartelski said:
OMG! You are my new favorite!
(08.04.09 07:13 PM)
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Nicole + Rich decided to tie the knot in Newport Beach at the Balboa Inn on April 25th. We never really noticed this quaint hotel facing the ocean, but immediately fell in love with its romantic and intimate setting. What made the day even better was working with Nicole + Rich, they were so easy to photograph and ever since their engagement session we were happily looking forward to the wedding day!

We set up a first glance for Nicole + Rich and it was the perfect way to kick off such a rad day!
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My favorite shot of the day!
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nr_wed013.jpgnr_wed014.jpgnr_wed015.jpgNicole with her parent's just moments before the walked her down the aisle.
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One of my favorite moments of the day was during the ceremony when a very emotional vocalist was saved by her husband (groomsman) to help her finish the song...it was pretty sweet!
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nr_wed020.jpgnr_wed021.jpgYes....that would be Nicole + Rich's faces on the M&M's!
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Don't forget to check out their slideshow by clicking here!


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Emily Ruth said:
Okay, I just got goose bumps. (side note: her ring is amazing!)
(05.21.09 11:02 PM)
Steve Gerrard said:
Looks like a super-fun wedding and the photos are (as usual) fantastic. Loving the M&Ms :) And the 4th picture down is a classic! Steve
(05.21.09 11:08 PM)
Peter Davis said:
Wow, fantastic job! This is one of my favorite wedding collections I've seen in a long time. I look at a ton of these types of posts on a lot of blogs and this post really stands out from others I've seen lately. Well done!
(05.22.09 03:08 AM)
Gav said:
Killer work!! Keep it up
(05.22.09 04:30 AM)
Yuka photo art said:
Colors....I love these colors! My favorites- from location shoot.
(05.22.09 06:35 AM)
Krista Photography said:
These are awesome!
(05.22.09 06:42 AM)
Courtney Craver said:
These are great! Love the slideshow!
(05.22.09 07:33 AM)
Christine Hopaluk said:
Amazing! Great angles, love the mood and colour, and I love the creativity...Love it all!
(05.22.09 08:58 AM)
imthiaz houseman said:
what beautiful images! well done.
(05.22.09 09:22 AM)
elana said:
I love Nicole's face in her door portrait--it definitely made me giggle at my desk, whoops. And the M&Ms both fascinate and scare me... it's amazing what they can do these days! Do you by any chance know what shoes she's wearing (the blue ones)? I'm looking for ones in just that gorgeous color...
(05.22.09 09:31 AM)
candice Brooke said:
You know I think you are the coolest right? Ok good! This post looks awesome!
(05.22.09 10:05 AM)
Alyssa Lang said:
Loveeeeee the very first one, and the ring shot. Sweet M&Ms!
(05.22.09 11:00 AM)
debbie mayes said:
Absolute gorgeousness ;D
(05.22.09 01:01 PM)
yan palmer said:
sigh. no really, i want my heart back. i need to put it into my own photography. sadly, its a little preoccupied lately with LOVING YOUR WORK TO DEATH!! Til death do you part that is,....oooohhhhh, corny joker strikes!!!! but i'm not joking about loving your work. such an inspiration.
(05.22.09 01:32 PM)
Briony said:
i love the 3rd pic
(05.22.09 08:09 PM)
Emilie said:
The photos are so cool and gorgeous!!! Gorgeous couple!!! I love the location too!!
(05.24.09 01:06 AM)
Melody @ Sweet & Saucy Shop said:
Love all of them! The ring and dancing shoots are so much fun!
(05.24.09 06:07 PM)
Robyn Kessler said:
At a less mature stage in my life I would have said Lime Green should just stick to showing up in Jell-O dishes at church functions, but now I know. It belongs in unreasonably cute bridesmaids dresses as well. And wonderful job photoing it :)
(05.25.09 06:00 PM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
LOVE THEM ALL. And yay for those shoes!!!!!
(05.25.09 06:32 PM)
shannon said:
um hello! these are goregeous. such inspirations. what a fun couple! :)
(05.25.09 10:42 PM)
Rog said:
I'd bedazzle my initials all over this one. Hot couple!!! The bride and groom are not so bad themselves. Haahah. See what I did there. I led you to believe that I was talking about the bride and groom in the first place, but in all actuality...I was talking about you! I was just telling Amelia yesterday that the best jokes are the ones you've got to explain. It's because they're on a higher level, joke wise...see because the jokes go above the heads of the average funny-ness of an average person. So what I did there was explained the joke of explaining jokes which is why that's funny. Now we've gone full circle. That's funny.
(05.26.09 01:34 PM)
Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said:
What a beautiful couple!
(05.26.09 04:50 PM)
jonathan said:
eeemazing.
(05.26.09 07:33 PM)
The Bride said:
Thanks to Amelia, these are AMAZING photos. P.S. The shoes are from J Crew, but they were originally white, I had them died to match the grooms tie :)
(05.26.09 08:53 PM)
Bree@MemoryJournalists said:
These are awesome! I love them!
(05.27.09 09:26 PM)
Kayla said:
These are fantastic!
(05.28.09 07:12 AM)
Austin said:
Wowzas! Amelia these pics are amazing! Nicole and Rich look so hot and the images capture how fun they are as a couple. Hippopotamus! Thank you so much for allowing me and Jean to hang out with you and Justin for this wedding. We had so much fun and learned so much from you and Justin that day. It's so awesome to see your finished images after seeing you contort your body all yoga-style to get those amazing angles you always capture. You seriously should teach a photo yoga class! Love that picture below the ring shot! Sick!
(05.28.09 11:35 AM)
matt sloan said:
great collection! :)
(06.01.09 03:51 PM)
brooke bowland said:
stunning as usual! love your work. always inspires me.
(06.09.09 08:43 PM)
harvey said:
I love your style, the group pic is perfect, everyone seem to be enjoying your shot.kudos!
(08.14.09 09:54 AM)
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