It would be impossible for me to choose just one favorite wedding dress designer. But oh, you can bet I’ve got my top ten and Oscar De La Renta is right up there at the tippy top. This stunning Bride just hits that statement home even further and completely sets the tone for this classic affair in Half Moon Bay. Jen Huang‘s delicate imagery gracefully takes us through the sweet journey from start to finish, and it’s all so, so good.
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From Jen Huang… I loved photographing this wedding – even on a foggy day in half moon day, it shines in its beautiful simplicity, despite the fact that the fashion is absolutely drool worthy – a gown by Oscar De La Renta and a suit from Armani, with Rolex bridal gifts and jewelry from Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef and Arpels, and the heels from Prada are to die for! But even with this enviable collection of accessories the bride kept it wonderfully simple. From the classic line of her gown, to the ceremony arch of white roses, I love her impeccable taste, and that she still focused on the most important moments, the love between her and her groom, which we captured on a windswept California beach. We left the rest up to the natural beauty at the Ritz Carlton.
From the Bride… I moved up from Los Angeles 3 years ago to the Bay Area to help out the family business (we have restaurants). Henry, who was born and raised in Indiana, had started his sixth year of residency when we met in August 2015. It just so happened that his favorite restaurant was my place of work and one fateful Friday, he came into eat. He visited the restaurant five consecutive Friday nights in attempts to talk to me, but I never noticed because it was too busy! Henry finally mustered up the courage to talk to me during his fifth visit but never asked me out. I was a bit curious why he had talked to me in the first place but left it at that. A month later, he came back and asked to meet me for coffee and the rest is history. Never in a million years did I imagine to meet my husband this way but it’ll be a great love story to tell our children one day.
After 8 months of dating, Henry proposed in Napa. We hoped to get married in Napa but felt that it would be too far for our guests to travel to. While visiting the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for brunch, we knew this would be the most perfect venue with its old world charm. It felt like a destination wedding but still close enough for our local guests.
I had always envisioned my wedding to be romantic and classic. I chose white and green tones for my colors and wanted a garden inspired wedding with a warm summer evening feel. I only had three months to plan from the time of our engagement to our wedding day, so it was incredibly stressful but also rewarding knowing I was able to pull it off. I was extremely nervous because I couldn’t find a dress but after a trip to LA, I found the one from Oscar De La Renta. It arrived two weeks before the wedding but luckily I only needed one dress fitting. All the vendors I chose miraculously pulled through even with such a tight deadline. I really couldn’t have done it without my florist, Amy Burke for creating such a lovely space and photographer Jen Huang for capturing the moment.
On August 6, 2016, we were joined by 150 guests to celebrate our special day. I loved that it was intimate so that we could celebrate with all of our closest friends and family.
Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Studio Cake | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Shoes: Prada | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Sung | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Vera Wang Papers | Bridesmaids Gowns: Fame and Partners | Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co.