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Jen and Alex’s intimate Oakland house wedding was wonderful. These two are super talented—artist and programmer. Their house was adorable. This day was more laid back and intimate. The big party was to happen the following weekend. So what do you plan for if you’re wanting a dainty little home wedding?

First, you have to make sure all the right people are there. Closest family and friends? Check. Next, the perfect accents to decorate your place. Um, CHECK. Personal touches to your ceremony? Done! Now add, like, a million cute babies and adorable grandmas. Oh, and don’t forget the Mexican food, pinata, and ice cream sandwiches. Congratulations, your day is half as cute as Jen and Alex’s!

From Jen:

We LOVE eating, sleeping, drawing, reading, anything basically that doesn’t involve fast reflexes or some kind of physical strength/flexibility/balance 🙂

When asked about their day:

Kind of casual, colorful (no specific color theme)! Ceremony will be in our backyard’s tiny lawn with about 30 guests starting at about 11am, then funneling everyone to the tiny deck for cocktails and appetizers while the caterers move the tables and set them up. Lunch will be on the grass again, then caterers will clear out mid-afternoon and other friends will arrive to hang out, eat tacos, and drink with us 🙂

YOU HEAR THAT??? TACOS!!!

With the help of pro photographer John Bosely, the day was captured the way you would experience it as a guest. We loved the details and laid back atmosphere these guys created. It would have been exactly perfect, except we knew the celebrations would be topped off with the cherry-on-top of their reception the following weekend. Thanks to these two for a great day—we wish them the best.

beautiful chinese bride in her white lace wedding gown dress laughs and smiles at her handsome vietnamese groom in his blue mens suit during their backyard ceremony at their oakland house wedding home

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo Collection Wedding Gowns
Mens Wedding Suit: JCrew
Wedding Flower Arrangements: Ampersand and San Francisco Flower Mart
Wedding Caterers: Cholita Linda Tacos
Jen + Alex | Oakland House Wedding | Oakland Wedding Photographer
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Jen and Alex’s tea ceremony wedding couldn’t have been more intimate and wonderful. This special day was the followup to their precious little home wedding in Oakland. They knew they had to have a big reception and invite everyone. This day included the tea ceremony and a huge party at Asian Pearl restaurant. I loved being surrounded by all the culture of Jen’s Chinese families and Alex’s Vietnamese families. Thanks to the help of pro John Bosely, we were able to capture this day exactly how they wanted.

From Jen:

We LOVE eating, sleeping, drawing, reading, anything basically that doesn’t involve fast reflexes or some kind of physical strength/flexibility/balance 🙂

The day started separated with lots of food prep and dress prep on both sides. Jen went with the traditional Chinese ceremony dress which was stunning. Alex and his family came to the bride’s family’s house for the great bride reveal. The caravan went back to Alex’s family’s house and the hosts initiated the tea ceremony. Worlds collided and everyone was merry. A million cute babies and a million cute grandmas. Celebrations continued at the restaurant where a photo booth was used and cake was shared. We couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more, and we wish all the best to the happy couple.

beautiful chinese bride in traditional wedding tea ceremony gown vibrant red smiles for the canon camera amongst the green trees at their home wedding in oakland fremont california bay area wedding photographer happy bride and groom smile for the camera holding her beautiful floral bouquet in her traditional red chinese wedding gown tea ceremony with her handsome vietnamese groom in his black tux at their home wedding in oakland fremont california bay area wedding photographer

Jen + Alex | Chinese Tea Ceremony Wedding | Fremont Wedding Photographer | Bay Area Wedding Photography
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If you’re looking for Santa Cruz wedding venues, or Felton wedding venues specifically, this Roaring Camp wedding will peak your interest. Roaring Camp Railroads is a unique place for a wedding, and has beautiful nooks and crannies to take pictures at. It was the area’s first railroad and trains have been taking visitors through the ancient redwoods as far back as 1875.

Jodi and Robbie are the most laid back, easy going people one could meet. According to Jodi, “Robbie and I enjoy spending time outdoors from skiing in the winter to going to the beach in the summer. We are both involved in education both as classroom teachers and as coaches.”

We had a blast at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk taking engagement pictures during the off season. It was awesome to have the whole place to ourselves. Check out that session here.

black and white image happy newlyweds bride in her white wedding gown dress holding her floral bouquet and groom in his mens suit holding hands and celebrating their wedding day ceremony amongst the tall green redwoods during mid summer on the railroad tracks at their roaring camp wedding happy newlyweds bride in her white wedding gown dress holding her floral bouquet and groom in his mens suit holding hands and celebrating their wedding day ceremony amongst the tall green redwoods during mid summer on the railroad tracks at their roaring camp wedding happy newlyweds bride in her white wedding gown dress holding her floral bouquet and groom in his mens suit hold each other and kiss for the camera amongst the tall green redwoods during mid summer on the railroad tracks at their roaring camp wedding

Jodi + Robbie | Roaring Camp Wedding | Felton Wedding Venue | Santa Cruz Wedding Photographer
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