J+K California Wedding {Sneak Peek}

Hello Tuesday!  So as you know, a few weeks ago I was in California to attend our last wedding of this year (our eighth one)!  But this wedding was a different one for me because my husband played groomsmen and I played assistant photographer/second shooter to Anna Wu Photography!  πŸ™‚  I was able to really use my new 17-55 F2.8 lens to its full capacity.  I took a ton more photos than I normally do for a wedding and they were all in RAW too (usually I just shoot in JPEG).  I learned so much about what it takes to be a wedding photographer; how intensive it can be, how food deprived you can be, how rewarding it can be, and how to use my external flash for indoor receptions with dark lighting (thanks to the Seaglass Videography team)!

Here is a sneak peek at some photos taken with my Canon 50D and 17-55 F2.8 lens!

The bride’s TWO dresses were absolutely beautiful.

Here’s the view from boy’s getting ready hotel room, see the ceremony location at the bottom right?

Such a pretty ceremony setup, love the purple lanterns!

Kevin and Jenny during their First Look photo shoot, that blue backdrop is stunning!

I also played part-time videographer for the ceremony and snapped a photo of the video being recorded!  This is the photo I’ll be linking up to Sweet Shot Tuesdays (have you linked up yet)?

Sweet Shot Day

I loved their reception setup with the purple table clothes, white centerpieces, mood lighting, and gorgeous cake!  So happy that I learned how to use my external flash or else these photos probably would have looked drab.

Full wedding photo post(s) to come next week!


  1. November 16, 2010 / 12:08 am

    stunning pics, sandy!! did i say stunning?!! you are totally on your way to being your own wedding photography studio!!! love them all!!! πŸ™‚

  2. November 16, 2010 / 12:17 am

    While you have so many beautiful shots, especially the couple with the blue background. I love the one you choose for the Sweet Shot. A very cool shot.

  3. November 16, 2010 / 12:18 am

    Beautiful pictures Sandy! I love the one you linked & the last one is just lovely.

  4. November 16, 2010 / 12:27 am

    You have such a beautiful space here! I am getting a dSLR for Christmas & I cannot wait! Do you recommend the Canon?

  5. November 16, 2010 / 12:28 am

    beautiful pictures!! just out of curiosity (because you know my interest in photography too) have you ever taken classes or are you all self taught too? i’m learning how to shoot in RAW now and edit my photos. it’s interesting! that’s awesome you’ve had these opportunities to shoot at the weddings! what a great portfolio you have! πŸ™‚

  6. November 16, 2010 / 12:29 am

    What a gorgoeus setting! Looks stunning! And you did a great job with the photos…looking forward to more!

  7. November 16, 2010 / 1:02 am

    Absolutely amazing photos, you have done an incredible job.

  8. November 16, 2010 / 1:18 am

    wow eight weddings in a year. and you do wedding photography too? i wish i got skills like you now. haha

  9. November 16, 2010 / 5:06 am

    Gorgeous! How exciting for you! Xox

  10. November 16, 2010 / 6:04 am

    So many beautiful shots. The one for Sweet Shot is sooo cool.

    Erika B

  11. November 16, 2010 / 6:27 am

    Such stunningl photos! Love the one of the bride/groom’s first look. You captured a very special moment beautifully!

  12. November 16, 2010 / 7:27 am

    such great pics, good job!!! I would love to be a wedding photographer – would love it. But definitely – I totally understand how intense it could be!

  13. November 16, 2010 / 7:55 am

    Wow. You did a really great job! I love her two dresses. She is a very beautiful bride! Glad you had a fun time learning! Isn’t that what makes life so wonderful?

  14. November 16, 2010 / 8:01 am

    I love the shot of the camera – awesome!


  15. November 16, 2010 / 8:20 am

    Gorgeous photos…don’t you just love Cali?

  16. November 16, 2010 / 8:33 am

    it looks gorgeous! <3

  17. November 16, 2010 / 9:14 am

    WOW! Absolutely beautiful wedding!!!!!

    Great pictures! <333

  18. November 16, 2010 / 9:25 am

    You talk like the camera did all the work.
    Great job Sandy! Lovely photos!!

  19. November 16, 2010 / 9:54 am

    Beautiful photographs..I love getting inspiration from fellow wedding Photographers and bloggers! I love the perspective from your sweet shot tuesday pic!

  20. November 16, 2010 / 10:11 am

    Oh these are just beautiful! Even if it’s super-intense, you could be on your way to a wedding photography career! πŸ™‚

  21. November 16, 2010 / 10:48 am

    Wow!! I don’t know how you managed to go to 8 wedding this year…and all around the country no less! You did a fabulous job! Weddings are tough, but so rewarding! It looks beautiful!! You’re well on your way, if you’ve every considered doing wedding photography professionally!

  22. November 16, 2010 / 11:20 am

    Such a beautiful wedding! And congrats on getting to be the second photographer — that’s really awesome. Your pictures came out so wonderfully.

  23. November 16, 2010 / 11:29 am

    Those photos are so stunning..I love the reception set up so much:) Wish you a lovely day,sweetie
    Hugs and kisses

  24. November 16, 2010 / 11:58 am

    Beautiful wedding and you did an amazing job at capturing the the moments and elements of the wedding too πŸ™‚

  25. November 16, 2010 / 12:23 pm

    Wow, what great wedding photos! I love them all! I’m still struggling with taking good indoor photos.

  26. November 16, 2010 / 12:27 pm

    You are very talented!! These are stunning shots and this wedding is beyond gorgeous!

  27. November 16, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    These are beautiful, Sandy!! I know firsthand how difficult it can be to shoot a dark indoor reception – you did an amazing job!

  28. November 16, 2010 / 1:21 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding! Congrats on taking some beautiful photos!!

  29. November 16, 2010 / 1:53 pm

    really unique perspective of the viewfinder in focus and the subject out of focus! Love it!

  30. November 16, 2010 / 2:20 pm

    Sandy, these are amazing! And I agree, that blue backdrop is fantastic.

  31. November 16, 2010 / 2:28 pm

    wow! the reception looks stunning!!! i love all the pictures that you took!!

  32. November 16, 2010 / 3:11 pm

    How exciting for you!! photos are just beautiful – that blue backdrop is perfect!!

  33. November 16, 2010 / 4:20 pm

    Gorgeous!! Completely crushing over the brides white dress, I bet the details are stunning!!

  34. jennifer young
    November 16, 2010 / 5:55 pm

    you are the wedding queen sandy!! my absolute fave image is the first one of the wedding dress! so so gorgeous and beautiful use of light!

  35. November 16, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    happy tuesday sandy and wow!! gorgeous shots! love the warmth and richness of the reception photos.

  36. November 16, 2010 / 6:32 pm

    I love weddings. And those are some GORGEOUS pics missy! Oh, and I’m loving your bows below. πŸ™‚

  37. November 16, 2010 / 6:46 pm

    Utterly amazing pictures. Those purple lanterns are such a lovely pop of unexpected colour!

  38. November 16, 2010 / 9:30 pm

    Love the dresses! There are both so beautiful. Wonderful pictures!

  39. November 16, 2010 / 9:51 pm

    Wow…you are becoming a pro! Beautiful photos and bride Sandy:)

  40. November 16, 2010 / 11:17 pm

    Hey, awesome! I’m impressed by how quickly you’ve progressed with your photography! Actually, I’m pretty amazed by how much stuff you are good at! Nice work!

  41. November 17, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    Beautiful photography as always. Serendipity to find that blue wall — made for a great backdrop! Also really, like the paper lanterns down the aisle.

  42. November 17, 2010 / 5:53 pm

    Oh, it looks amazing!!

  43. November 17, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Beautiful work, Sandy! I always love seeing your wonderful photography skills! Such a pretty wedding! ox

  44. November 17, 2010 / 10:24 pm

    so gorgeous, and those dresses look amazing, lucky bride!

  45. November 18, 2010 / 11:26 pm

    such lovely pictures, Sandy. I can imagine it must be a lot of pressure to be a wedding photographer…what a great way to get a feel for it!

  46. November 21, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    These photos are GORGEOUS! Wonderful job, Sandy! πŸ™‚ It must have been really fun to learn all the tips & tricks!

  47. November 22, 2010 / 7:04 am

    I like the result of the photos! Good job!


  48. November 23, 2010 / 9:02 pm

    Hurray for being assistant photog/second shooter πŸ™‚ I think my fav shot is the set up/lanterns in the aisle πŸ™‚

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