Thomas and Ting’s wedding in Portola Valley and at Villa Ragusa


There is just something about the romantic combination of the colors red and white that always sets the mood for a beautiful wedding.  Ting and Thomas’s wedding was no exception. From gorgeous red roses to the rich red of the bridesmaid’s dresses to Ting’s jaw-dropping red dress, they all stood out beautifully in my memory of the day.

The wonderful couple, their bridal party, and their parents began the day at the swank Cypress Hotel in Cupertino. The girls’ room was rather hectic as they all got their hair and make up done, which was a huge contrast to the guys room where I found them relaxing playing a game of cards!

I made use of the beautifully furnished lobby area in the hotel to take some family portraits, group shots of the bridal party, and portraits of Ting and Thomas.

They are such a radiant couple, which clearly shows through in their portraits.

I took the couple and bridal party outside to get some shots in the glorious sunshine!

After having some fun shooting the animated bridal party outside, we headed for the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley.  This church is nestled amongst a beautiful redwood grove.   I took Ting and Thomas away from the church entrance when the guests had begun to arrive to allow them a quiet moment together before the ceremony began.  I captured some beautiful shots of the relaxed couple.

The ceremony was magnificent in the glorious church full of ambience.  A harpist played beautifully while the guests took their seats in the church. The couple wrote their own vows which triggered tears from them and the guests in the church.

It was a really touching moment when Thomas couldn’t quite get the words out because he was so overwhelmed with emotion.

After the ceremony, everyone headed to the Villa Ragusa in Campbell for the celebration.   As soon as Sarah, Suzy, and I walked through the doors, our eyes met the elegantly decorated room which was filled with tables adorned with red roses. There was even a candy table  placed at Thomas’s request.  Even the candy was red and white!

Sunset came and I took the couple for a stroll outside to capture them in my favorite time of day.  It was another chance for the couple to have some alone time and reflect upon their wedding day before the dancing began!

Ting changed into a jaw-dropping red gown, which was custom made.  The couple had their first dance to the song “Amazed” by Lonestar.

The DJ then encouraged all the married couples to come to the dance floor. As the couples were dancing, he called out numbers of years.  If the couple had been married for less time, they had to leave the dance floor. The last couple left on the dance floor had been married for over 40 years!

The disco lights came on and the music got louder.  The first onto the dance floor was Ting and Thomas’s friend who started the party with some incredible breakdancing! The younger kids even had a go and soon the dance floor was busy with people busting out their best moves.


At the end of the night Sarah, Suzy, and I even joined in a bit of the dancing!

What a beautiful day and fantastic night!  Congratulations Ting and Thomas!  Enjoy your honeymoon on the beach!

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Categories: 2011, wedding

Author:Charles Le

Please support this blog by commenting and subscribing. I love reading feedback and I'm sure the the newlyweds would love to see your comments too! If you have any questions please don''t hesitate to post them or send me an email. I'm always interested to hear what you think! Thanks for your support. Ten years ago, I left the mortgage and real estate business to pursue photography, which is a passion of mine. The mortgage business was excellent at that time but I was tired of it. I had a daughter that was just born and I wanted to do something that would allow me to spend more time with her and at the same time do what I wanted. I knew that I enjoyed people photography and soon discovered that I have a very real and special talent for it. I discovered that I was particularly good at capturing moments and revealing emotions through pictures. This came instinctively for me and allowed me to develop a style that was very comfortable for me to work in. My photography quickly became popular in the bay area and I've earned a large number of referral businesses as a result. In fact, i'd say I most of my business growth is the result of referrals from clients and online sites like Yelp. I currently have a studio in downtown San Jose and photograph weddings and portraits all over the bay area and California.

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