Elaine and Eddie meshed the traditional with some less traditional elements and created a truly unique and beautiful experience for their guests.


Chinese tradition dictates that the groom must come to the bride’s home to pick her up. It sounds simple enough. But then the bride’s family and friends don’t make things easy for the groom. Eddie and his groomsmen had to perform a variety of tasks, including running around the block and drinking some not so pleasant liquids, as well as pay a toll. In the end, their persistence proved fruitful and they were allowed to enter the house. Eddie didn’t hesitate, but went straight for Elaine’s room. And like a true gentleman, he brought her a bouquet of flowers.

After the tea ceremony, honoring the ancestors, and family photos at both her house and his family’s house, Elaine prepared for their wedding ceremony. She looked stunning in her white gown and accompanying coat lined with white fur.

Elaine and Eddie had amazing good fortune. The weather in San Francisco was perfect for their outdoor ceremony at the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park.
Family and friends enjoyed their surroundings while awaiting Elaine’s walk down the aisle. Because Elaine and Eddie asked a close friend to be their officiant, the ceremony was intimate and personal.

We whisked the newlyweds away following some post-ceremony family and friend portraits. Not only did we get the benefit of the Shakespeare Garden and its surroundings, we drove over to the Legion of Honor Museum. We have enjoyed shooting amongst the white columns before, but this time a special event dictated we try something different. We were thrilled to put their gorgeous green landscaping, beautiful white colonnade wall, and sculptures to good use. These were not your typical Legion of Honor shots and they were great fun!

When we ran out of light, we decided we needed to accompany Elaine and Eddie to their final destination for the evening. Their wedding banquet was held at House of Banquet, a Chinese restaurant with an amazing simple gold decor. The rest of the evening was a whirl of delicious food, games, and dancing.

Congrats to Elaine and Eddie!

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