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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding :: Rupa + Mike

Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo

This Hindu-Jewish wedding of Rupa and Mike had been on my mind since I shot their engagement session in San Diego last summer. For one thing, they are both really funny and very laid back, and I knew that we would get along great. I also knew that, being a destination wedding (they actually live in San Diego), the smaller guest list would provide a more intimate atmosphere. Their friends and family did not disappoint, and everyone treated us like part of the group — from when we arrived before the rehearsal (we even had a sweet care package waiting for us in our hotel room when we checked in, thanks Rupa!) until we left the morning after. And finally, I knew from Rupa’s descriptions that the ceremony would lend itself to all sorts of uniqueness, since there would be Hindu and Jewish traditional aspects woven throughout.

As a side note though, I have to admit that midway through the ceremony, I started getting overwhelmed visually by all the meticulous aspects of the rituals that were being performed, and really zoned into making sure I captured them all. But the best part of it all was catching several of those looks between Mike and Rupa that were so telling of sweetness, humor, relief, tenderness, and excitement. That’s the most fulfilling part of my day as a wedding photographer!

A big shout-out goes to my buddy Ari, who endured some travel pains to fly out from San Luis Obispo to Virginia Beach to second shoot with me. And I can’t forget to mention the talented ladies Tamra & Brenda of who coordinated the day.

What follows are some of my favorites from the day. Don’t miss the slideshow at the end!

Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo
Virginia MOCA wedding photos by San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo

Here’s the slideshow. (You can watch it fullscreen, in HD!)

Rupa & Mike's slideshow link

January 24, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Shawna - Beautiful work Dexter!

January 24, 2012 - 11:18 am

michele bowman - such great work Dexter!! love this wedding!!

Maderas Golf Club San Diego Wedding :: Rachel + Oliver

I had been looking forward to Rachel and Oliver’s wedding for quite some time, and I got even more excited at their engagement session in La Jolla, because I got to witness the sweet connection between these two. Rachel is the type of girl that makes sure to take care of those around her and keep things in order, and Oliver absolutely adores and cherishes her. Even the little things — the way he talks to her and holds her in his arms — they speak volumes as to what kind of husband Oliver will be. The wedding day did not disappoint at all in that regard.

They started off the day getting ready in Oceanside, at the houses of Rachel’s parents and Oliver’s groomsman. The ceremony was at their church in Oceanside, followed by a beautiful reception at Maderas Golf Club. The following are some of my favorites from the day. The link at the end will take you to a slideshow with more photos.

I was glad to have my good friend Ari fly out from San Luis Obispo to shoot this wedding with me, and my trusty sidekick Erika assisting as well. The elegant affair was planned and designed by Nahid Farhoud of Wedding Elegance and Concepts Event Design and flawlessly executed by Concepts as well as the rest of the vendors below.

Hair/Makeup: Lucinda of On Location Makeup
Florals: Brittany/Alex of Blush Botanicals
Rentals: Haydee of Concepts Event Design
Cake: Elaine of Sweet Cheeks Baking Co
DJ: Herbie Smith

And last but not least, here’s a link to their highlights slideshow, with all my favorites. If you like what you see, make sure you share using one of the links below!:)

January 17, 2012 - 5:56 am

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December 9, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Milla - Wow, Dexter! This is really incredible stuff. Really great job, man.

December 8, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Mike Mundell - Great Job Dexter! These are most excellent!

December 8, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Erika - FANTASTIC!!! You did such a great job on these!! :)

December 8, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Mike Garrard - Great work man πŸ˜‰

Torrey Pines Lodge Wedding in La Jolla :: J+R

I’ve counted myself extremely fortunate to have found (or been found by) clients over the years who have really “gotten” me and the type of work I do. This year in particular has been especially great in that regard, and this wedding in La Jolla with J+R provided no exception to that rule.

From the moment J+R first called me from New Jersey and told me their story of their courtship in San Diego, I knew just how awesome these two were going to be. I’m so glad they flew out to shoot a La Jolla engagement session in the spring as well, since that’s where R proposed to J. I really enjoyed seeing their spirited personalities come to life, and I foresaw how much fun their wedding was going to be. It was a unique and wonderful experience for me to be included on their wedding day, as all their closest friends and family flew in from New Jersey to attend what was basically a destination wedding for them.

What follows are some highlights from the day. Big thanks to my best friend and talented colleague Daniel Chin for driving down to shoot with me for the day. And a big ol’ shout out to one of the best wedding planners in San Diego: Melissa Barrad of I Do Weddings.

November 17, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Jena Olson - Yay!!!!!

November 17, 2011 - 9:29 am

michele bowman - really great Dexter!!! wonderful storytelling. I miss all of you guys!! Hope you’re doing well.

Orange County Maternity Session :: Cherrilyn

Orange County Maternity Session

The maternity photos I’m about to share are extra special to me because of the family in the images. The beautiful Cherrilyn (think: “Sherry-Lin”) was one of my first ever brides when I started my business, and she and her husband Stephen not only put their trust in me to document their own wedding day, but have since referred several more clients over the years — all of whom have been wonderful additions to the Dexter Lo Photography family.

Since they are expecting twins, we found that planning the timing of the photo session would be a bit difficult because the twins were growing quickly and were taking a toll on mama’s energy level (not to mention they live up in Orange County and scheduling during a busy wedding season was also challenging)… so… we split it up into 2 shorter sessions, planned around weekends that I would be up in their neighborhood anyway.

The resulting photos were taken in and around their home in Cypress, as well as some on Balboa Island. Make sure you check out the slideshow at the end for the full set!

Can’t wait to meet the little guy and little girl (yes, one of each)!

Orange County Maternity Photographer

Orange County Maternity Portraits

Balboa Island Maternity Session

Unique Orange County Maternity Photos

Artistic Maternity Photographer Orange County

Orange County Maternity Photographer

Twins… double-vision… get it? πŸ˜‰

Maternity Photos With Husband Orange County

Artistic Maternity Photos

Maternity Session Photos At Home In Orange County

Orange County Maternity Photographer

Orange County Photographer Belly Photo

link to slideshow

Hyatt Regency Long Beach Wedding :: Melinda + Jason

Bride and Groom portrait at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach

Ceremony: St. Pius V Catholic Church
Reception: Hyatt Regency Long Beach

I don’t quite have words that are adequate enough to describe how deeply I feel about Melinda+Jason, their family, and their wedding day. I’ve typed up and deleted so many drafts of this blog post that I’ve now decided to just get on with the images. (Don’t miss the slideshow at the end.) Also, a heartfelt thanks to Daniel Chin for shooting with me.

Photo of wedding dress from Long Beach wedding
Long Beach Wedding Bride Getting Ready

Lil’ Miss Katie…:)
L.A. County Wedding Photography Flower Girl
Long Beach Hyatt Wedding Groom
Long Beach Hyatt Wedding Groomsmen
L.A. Wedding Photographer Buena Park Ceremony
Jason getting emotional watching Melinda walk down the aisle…
L.A. Wedding Photos Buena Park Ceremony
Buena Park Church Wedding Ceremony Bride
Buena Park Catholic Church Wedding Ceremony
L.A. Wedding Photographer Bride And Groom
Photo of Bride in Getaway Car
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Wedding Party
Long Beach Reception Venue Bride And Groom Portrait
Hyatt Regency Long Beach First Dance Photo
Photo of wedding cake from Long Beach wedding reception
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Bouquet Toss
L.A. County Wedding Photographer Garter Toss
Melinda and Jason’s family and friends like to dance… a lot.
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Reception Dancing
Long Beach Wedding dancing photo
A little brotherly love…
Long Beach wedding dancing picture
Long Beach Hyatt At Night
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Bride And Groom Dancing
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Bride And Groom Portraits

The full story, via slideshow:

Melinda and Jason's wedding slideshow

August 29, 2011 - 8:00 am

Shawna - Absolutely beautiful Dexter!

August 22, 2011 - 2:30 pm

michele bowman - just beautiful Dexter!! love the reception photos!

August 16, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Melinda - Simply amazing! We feel so blessed to have had the chance to work with you!!

August 16, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Milla - Love love love your eye, Dexter. Beautiful, creative, well-lit, great stuff.