I might be a little partial, but I think my maid of honor Vivian made the best invites EVER for my bridal shower!  She literally took everything I love and jam-packed them into one AMAZING invitation!!  I was so touched by the fact that she put so much thought and effort into them, and that she tried to incorporate so many elements that I love.  When I first got the package in the mail, part of me couldn’t wait to open it, part of me didn’t want to ruin it by taking it all apart, and part of me could not stop documenting every little detail about it….haha!

Here are a few pictures…..because they are just too awesome not to share!

  1. scottrobert said:

    Wow, I need some of your friends!! amazing invite!

    February 26, 2008  4:17 pm
  2. chunkielove said:

    That's too cool for school! Pink attire, eh? Looking forward to the photos from that event! :)

    February 26, 2008  4:35 pm
  3. airberries said:

    that is sooo cute!

    did she gocco the box or is that a stamp?  either way.. LOVE IT!

    February 26, 2008  6:47 pm
  4. LuckyRedHen said:

    LOVELOVELOVE that she sent something non-traditional! So CUTE! I almost named my daughter Vivian :o)

    February 26, 2008  6:52 pm
  5. StaceRT said:

    Those are so adorable! Love how they look so anthropolgie'ish. Thanks for sharing! So cute!!!!!! 

    February 26, 2008  7:37 pm
  6. AustioS said:

    are those... lemon drops?

    February 26, 2008  8:16 pm
  7. pinkchick83 said:

    @AustioS - haha....yea, i think they are lemon drops.  i didn't try any though.

    February 26, 2008  8:19 pm
  8. AustioS said:

    do you still want them?  I'll take them, hahahahahhahaha

    February 26, 2008  8:21 pm
  9. lemonifresh said:

    Aww, cute!!!  Your maid of honor is so creative!  =]

    Lmao, lemon drops...x_x  I've choked on them so many times...why are there round candies in the world?  x_x

    February 26, 2008  10:41 pm
  10. Bonnie1212 said:

    So creative!  You have a wonderful friend, Serena!

    February 26, 2008  10:53 pm
  11. Anonymous said:

    So creative!  You have a wonderful friend!

    February 26, 2008  10:55 pm
  12. Anonymous said: cute and unique!!!
    February 26, 2008  11:26 pm
  13. oh man. i ate every single lemon drop in like two days.

    Vivipoo is so talented!!

    February 26, 2008  11:32 pm
  14. Anonymous said:

    I don't know what's more cool: the invitation itself or your documentation of opening your mail!  haha!

    February 27, 2008  1:05 am
  15. dimsom said: that's an invite!!! Did everyone get one?  geeeez!  soooo...who ate the candy?  or are those yellow thingys not lemon drops =D

    February 27, 2008  3:28 am
  16. Jliu59 said:

    dang, Viv did awesome.  Apparently, she did awesome with the bridal shower too

    February 27, 2008  3:46 am
  17. lastoriafoto said:

    Viv does rock!  These are so cute!  ~ Dawn

    February 27, 2008  11:54 am
  18. i love viv too. she needs to leave portland already

    February 27, 2008  12:54 pm
  19. heena33 said:

    those are great!!!

    February 27, 2008  3:46 pm
  20. Anonymous said:

    Serena, those are the coolest invites ever!

    February 27, 2008  4:41 pm
  21. shegotsoul said:

    wowee~ how CUTE are those!!!

    February 28, 2008  12:46 am
  22. Maverick112 said:

    I'd like to claim credit for cutting the unevenly shaped white pieces of paper & helping to eat the leftover lemon drops.  i have diabetes now.   all for you serena.

    February 28, 2008  1:17 am
  23. annpasquini said:

    Serena!  These are the cutest & so creative!  Viv must be a scrapbooker. 

    March 2, 2008  1:10 am

Goodness!…..I don’t even know where to begin with this post except to say that I feel so honored and privileged to have been able to spend the afternoon with my friends Stacey and Daniel capturing these photos for them.  If you read my engagement story two posts down, then you’ll know that Stacey & Daniel were the ones that got engaged 2 days before us.  It has been so fun going through the whole wedding planning process with Stacey…..especially since she is so much more on top of things than I am and she keeps me on track.  She and Daniel are getting married next month and I couldn’t be happier for them!

Stacey and I started the afternoon off with a make-up trial with the fabulous Mrs. Caramel from Weddingbee (more on that in another post).  It had been raining all morning, but as we finished getting our hair and make-up done, the rain stopped and the sun began to peek through the clouds.  At Jeremy’s suggestion, we headed over to Devil’s Gate Dam…..and wow….I really can’t thank Jeremy enough for suggesting it (and for coming along as “Creative Director”).  Everything worked out so beautifully…..from the weather to the lighting to the rainbow at the end!

Just when I thought the shoot couldn’t get any better…..a rainbow appeared!!

  1. Av8tqr said:

    AWESOME... Love those and the 70-4 one a lot
    Well done!

    February 6, 2008  1:35 pm
  2. wutuwaitn4 said:

    wow, love the rainbow! you know they're gonna have a bright future when a rainbow appears during their esession. =)

    February 6, 2008  1:38 pm
  3. yillm said:

    wow! i really love the rainbow!! the settings are very beautiful too! i love the colors/emotions!!

    February 6, 2008  1:51 pm
  4. Jliu59 said:

    That shoot was really fun...even though I was a portable coat rack for most of it.

    February 6, 2008  2:17 pm
  5. lemonifresh said:

    Ah, so beautiful!  A beautiful couple + an awesome photographer = super duper awesome photographs.  =D

    February 6, 2008  2:52 pm
  6. shegotsoul said:

    how cool that you caught the rainbow!

    February 6, 2008  4:56 pm
  7. dimsom said:

    whatta cute couple.  great job once again =)  I 2nd lemonifresh's comment!

    February 6, 2008  5:15 pm
  8. especially love # 11 and 13.  beautiful shoot.

    February 6, 2008  5:36 pm
  9. Launate said:

    Very nice shots.  I like the last one, how you framed them with the leaf-less tree in the background.  Do you think you could make that tree whiter so the contrast is better?

    Is Daniel hapa?  I kinda get that sense when I look at his face.

    February 6, 2008  6:07 pm
  10. chooah said:

    well done serina!! love the colors. 

    February 6, 2008  7:08 pm
  11. great work serena!  lovely looking couple!

    February 6, 2008  8:49 pm
  12. msjanet said:

    wow both of your guys are engaged & ready to get married! i cant believe how time has passed! btw i have a friend that is interested in doing makeup & hair for your photography work.. let me know if your interested or want more information.. email me at JANET@VISIONSHOCK.COM =)

    February 6, 2008  8:50 pm
  13. dreamingof said:

    Very nice pictures! :)

    February 6, 2008  9:32 pm
  14. saphoto said:

    good heavens girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you did such an awesome job on this shoot! probably one of my favorites!  great job!  really lovin these

    February 7, 2008  12:25 am
  15. kanfood said:

    wow. love the last photo with the rainbow! :)

    February 7, 2008  3:00 am
  16. pinkchick83 said:

    @wutuwaitn4 - seriously, huh?  definitely a sign of good luck. =)

    @Jliu59 - haha....thanks for coming along

    @Launate - which shot?  and yes, daniel is hapa.  he's half white and half japanese, i believe.

    @chooah - haha....i was wondering that too.  and then i saw your second comment.

    @saphoto - thanks steve!  one of my favs too!

    February 7, 2008  7:02 pm
  17. Launate said:

    @pinkchick83 - The last shot, with the couple standing out in the field and the rainbow curving over them.  I notice that they are framed by the leaf-less tree in the background.  If you could lighten the branches of that tree, that might give better contrast to the couple in front.

    February 7, 2008  7:06 pm
  18. Jliu59 said:

    Right now, the leafless tree is more subdued.  I think I like that.  It draws the eye to Daniel's white shirt.  From there, the lighter color of the tree subtly creates a path for the eye to lead up to the sky and the rainbow.  To me, it works better for the whole composition to not lighten the tree.  However, if the composition didn't have the rainbow, and was cropped tighter around the tree, delineation between the people and the background might help.   

    February 7, 2008  8:09 pm
  19. tsotofu said:

    my fav is the sihoulette.  stunning.

    February 8, 2008  2:15 am
  20. pinkchick83 said:

    whoops...he's actually half white and half chinese.

    February 10, 2008  1:36 am
  21. Anonymous said:

    these are seriously off the hook beautiful!  I can't believe the rainbow, but the whole shoot is creative and full of emotion - LOVE your work!!!

    February 24, 2008  10:22 pm

Yay!  Jer and I shot our engagement pics this past weekend in LA with Jessica Claire and she just posted them on her blog!!

Here are a few of my favs.  Check out the rest of ’em here.

Man, I can’t believe we have less than 3 months to go!!!

  1. chOwOndOwn said:

    Oh freaking amazing. Both her and you guys!

    January 16, 2008  3:43 pm
  2. BevCwu said:


    January 16, 2008  3:53 pm
  3. airberries said:

    how fun!  love how she captured your personalities :)

    January 16, 2008  4:10 pm
  4. i saw your pics on JC's blog today & was like, "oooh serena & jeremy!" beautiful photos! can't wait to see photos from the big day! 

    January 16, 2008  4:12 pm
  5. congrats!!!  jessica claire is such a great photographer!  love the photos serena and jer! :)

    January 16, 2008  4:24 pm
  6. JayMonKeee said:

    daym yall are one good looking couple! congrats in your pending nuptials, we're in the same boat - yay!

    January 16, 2008  4:31 pm
  7. whosthatgyrl said:

    so cute! good luck with the rest of wedding planning!

    January 16, 2008  5:03 pm
  8. Launate said:

    Looks like a lot of fun. I like #2 with the sun backlighting your hair.

    January 16, 2008  5:16 pm
  9. chooah said:

    haha you guys are awesome

    January 16, 2008  5:56 pm
  10. dimsom said:

    oh I loooove! the ones on the grassy place!  LoL, not suprising you all broke in to take shots there!  Certainly my favorite series in ur e-session =)

    January 16, 2008  6:15 pm
  11. mango829 said:

    wow!!! those are so great!!

    January 16, 2008  7:16 pm
  12. junshien said:

    ahhh cuteness! =D

    January 16, 2008  7:44 pm
  13. GERKshinobi said:

    love the shots, and you guys make for awesome engagement models!

    January 16, 2008  9:30 pm
  14. Av8tqr said:

    Jess did a great job and you two are terribly cute together

    January 16, 2008  9:48 pm
  15. saphoto said:

    man you two look hawt! hahaha man jessica did such a great job!

    January 16, 2008  9:55 pm
  16. saphoto said:

    any idea what that girl shoots with?

    January 16, 2008  9:56 pm
  17. pinkchick83 said:

    thanks everyone!  we love how the pics turned out and jess is so great to work with!  she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera.

    saphoto - she shoots with a 5D and i think she had a 50mm f1.2 on her camera most of the time.  check out this video to see what else she shoots with.

    January 16, 2008  10:06 pm
  18. sdohana said:

    these are too cute serena!!

    January 16, 2008  11:03 pm
  19. Wow, You hired the big pros!  Might you have the chance to meet Becker himself? 

    Beautiful photos, you've really got your personalities captured in that last sequence, I love it!


    January 16, 2008  11:19 pm
  20. tdaddie said:

    Classy pics!  Wow Jessica Claire - neat!

    January 17, 2008  12:10 am
  21. undacoverbum said:

    awesome photos. she really captured ya's personality and the love.

    January 17, 2008  1:00 am
  22. MrBusDrvr8 said:

    I love you guys!! great pix!!

    January 17, 2008  4:18 am
  23. Hi Serena!  I just saw the pics on JCs blog!  I love them all!  You and your FI look so great and happy!  It must be different being in front of the camera for a change ;)

    By the way, it was soo nice to meet you this past saturday!  We should get together again soon!


    January 17, 2008  5:06 am
  24. Jliu59 said:

    being refered to as a "FI" is kinda strange ...haha

    January 17, 2008  5:54 pm
  25. Emmanuel247 said:

    Looks great!  =) Looks like a great preview of beautiful wedding pics to come!

    January 17, 2008  9:34 pm
  26. admiremoon said:

    great e-photos!  i am so envious, i am a big fan of jessica claire.

    January 18, 2008  1:12 am
  27. ShoOes said:

    u guys are so cute~  makes me all tingly inside... hahaha

    January 18, 2008  6:50 pm
  28. Anonymous said:

    WOW!  These are wonderful!  You look beautiful!  What a blessing.  :)  Can't wait to see the rest!

    January 19, 2008  2:14 am
  29. lemonifresh said:

    Saw these on Jessica Claire's page and then found your link.  Wow, you look great!  =D

    January 19, 2008  1:34 pm
  30. originart said:

    Not just great photos but you guys put some really cool energy into it!  I like the doorway climb and pick-you-up dip the best just because it shows some real personality and fun.  Cute couple, awesome photos!

    January 21, 2008  10:18 am
  31. purplesecret said:

    love all the pics
    it looks like a fun photo session... esp the pic of you over jeremy's shoulder...!

    January 21, 2008  3:12 pm
  32. kanipark said:

    i just love jc's work :)

    January 23, 2008  12:46 am
  33. scottrobert said:

    sweetness!!! looks like you guys had fun!!! hope you learned a few tricks too!!!

    January 23, 2008  11:56 pm
  34. jazzykitten said:


    Finally you got your own engagement pics! Both of you look gorgeous!

    January 25, 2008  12:20 am
  35. LuckyRedHen said:

    Dang, how'd I miss seeing these? Y'all are HAWT, fo sho! So cool that you snagged Jessica as your photog :)

    January 27, 2008  8:42 pm