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Architect’s dream wedding at Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose

May 4th, 2011 1 comment

Jenny Chang & Josh Curtis, aka (JC)2 got hitched at Hotel Valencia in Santana Row this past weekend!! It’s about time too. These two love birds are the sweetest couple. They are hardworking, intelligent and outright impeccable.

Jenny is none other than the wonderful architect who drew our studio remodel plans a few months back. Her wedding this past weekend drew a tear in my eye. I get more and more sentimental as I photograph more weddings. I thought it would be the other way round but it didn’t turn out that way.

Their post-ceremony photos in Santana Row are fun and took less than an hour to create. Tiffany, our makeup artist & hair stylist did her makeup and hair. She was thrilled with the results, which prompted her review in Yelp about us and her. Check out the photos!

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Wedding at Valencia & Santana Row (part 2)

April 25th, 2009 Comments off

As mentioned in posts below about our Unique Selling Points, we are really proud to say that we deliver. Yes, we deliver! Every single wedding couple we photograph can expect to receive their highly customized album designs within TWO weeks. No kidding! So, you fly off to your honeymoon and by the time you return, you’ll be invited to see your wonderous album.

Take our wonderful wedding shot on March 28, 2009, Roya and Todd was invited on April 7th to view their album!

Check out their album!

– Michael Soo

Hotel Valencia and Maggiano’s Little Italy Wedding MTV Slideshow

March 31st, 2009 Comments off

Almost three days have passed since their two-days wedding at Hotel Valencia and Maggiano’s Little Italy in Santana Row of San Jose.

Roya and Todd have not left my mind. They are now honeymooning in Waikiki, possibly splashing in Hanauma Bay. All our photographers have already sorted through 2290 images to come up with a slideshow for them when they return!

– Michael Soo

Wedding in Santa Clara University Mission, Hotel Valencia and Maggiano’s in Santana Row

August 31st, 2008 Comments off

Kirsten & Marcos' Wedding Album 

View Kirsten & Marcos’ Wedding Album

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  • Hotel Valencia, Santana Row

    August 16, 2008


    Before I tuned my life into wedding photography, commercial photography, food photography, and fashion photography, I was a computer geek…

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    There could be double entendre in this title, having grown up in an area that was a colony of the United Kingdom (Malaysia), but the job I’m going to feature in this blog has a twist that takes me back to the time when I was a computer guy with Sun Microsystems.

    Kirsten (the bride) and Barbara (bride’s mom), a Sun Microsystems employee—whose husband, like me, successfully switched careers to become a lawyer—discovered me after I left the company. Kirsten found me via Maggiano’s Little Italy’s amazing Banquet Sales Manager (Thanks, Vicky!). I have photographed Maggiano’s entire staff outside the restaurant, a hefty few hundred employees; and one of my most memorable weddings in Maggiano’s was with Stacy and Harold.

    In my new career as a photographer (with no dreams of going back to computers), I had the chance to get to know Barbara and her family. Happily, Kirsten met, and is now married to, Marcos. I worked on both the engagement and wedding photographs, giving me lots of time with the couple. I have the positive impression that Marcos has sparked a new sense of adventure in Kirsten. I think they’ll be very, very happy.

    And in the sense of adventure, we tried for adventurous locations for the engagement shots. For San Francisco cognoscenti, see if you can recognize some of these locations in this clip! A couple of hints: Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside; and the Sutro Baths and Stockton Street Tunnel in San Francisco.

    She's only happy in the sun...

    Fortunately for us, the famed “pulgas” (fleas), after which the Water Temple was named, didn’t try to get into the pictures. No itching on the way home!

    At the old Sutro Baths ruins, we found a cave that presented a wonderful backdrop. One of these pictures was blown up, made into a framed photograph, and all the guests at the wedding later on got to sign it, making an interesting alternative to the traditional wedding guest book.

    Of course, engagement photos can only mean a wedding coming up. Kirsten and Marcos’ day was a treasure trove of photo opportunities. Someone in the family must have a connection to Santa Clara University, because they were able to book their wedding at the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. I understand use of this church, the eighth oldest of the original 21 California missions, is restricted, and it can take more than a year to secure a date!

    Kirsten, Marcos and the wedding party in Mission Santa Clara

    From the photographer’s view, the Mission was wonderful. The inside is fantastically colorful. Outside, with its old, adobe wall, gated walkways, and ancient garden plantings, we got some great pictures.

    After the ceremony, it was off to Santana Row in San José for the partying. Carrying on the adventurous theme, Kirsten and Marcos have a shared/learned passion for travel. Their reception tables, rather than being numbered, were named for locations they visited together already or plan to visit in the future. You can see from these photographs that there were two different venues: Hotel Valencia Santana Row, and Maggiano’s Little Italy, directly across the street from the hotel. The food was great, the reception was great, and—if I do say so myself—we got some great pictures, too. I hope all their future journeys are successful and happy!

    –Michael Soo

  • Best Engagement Session in San Francisco…ever!

    September 14th, 2010 1 comment

    Why do I say this is the Best Engagement Session in San Francisco? Perhaps this is one of the times when I am most relaxed, blessed to be a friend to my clients. That is also the time when we get the best images.

    You see, this couple are not just any clients, they are now close friends of ours. We met them during our wedding consultation for their 2011 wedding. Jenny is an architect and Josh is an engineer. When we found out that Jenny is a meticulous architect, she soon became the architect who drew our photography studio addition! Check out a page (out of 17 pages) of her drawings for our permit submission toward our upcoming photography studio remodel!

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    Not only that, she wrote me a super sweet Yelp review after the session. I went all red when I read it. 😉 When it comes to photographing people who are so special, we go doubly above and beyond for them. Their wedding will be held in Hotel Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose. I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding!

    We ended our shoot in a sea cave. A supremely exciting and fun-filled day. Here are a few of the images.

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    Josh, now he’s a cool looking guy. Look closely and you’ll realize that he resembles Edward, the main character in The Twilight Saga

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