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:

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....
lj_wed009.jpg2. An airplane that flew by with a banner.
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!
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!!

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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 @ 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 @ 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)