Jose and JooLee’s Wedding at Stanford Memorial Church

Jose and JooLee were married at Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto.  It was such a beautiful setting! The onset of fall colors added to the beauty of the day.  This was a very small and intimate wedding. I was very happy to photograph it.

I started out the day at JooLee’s house where she and her family were getting ready for the tea ceremony.

Jose and his groomsmen showed up shortly after I did. They were greeted by JooLee’s bridesmaid with a plethora of Chinese culinary trials. The men had to sample each one of them before they are allowed to see JooLee! It was funny to see their expressions and the reaction from the parents.

After the tea ceremony, we went to Stanford Memorial Church where JooLee changed into her western bridal gown.

All I can say is she looked absolutely stunning! The pictures speak for themselves.

The mood inside the church was full of anticipation as the guest gathered together for what was to come.

If you’ve never been inside the church at Stanford, you really owe it to yourself to come have a look. It is just magnificent! I always feel so privileged to be able to photograph here.

After the ceremony, we came into a private room where the wedding licenses and certificates were signed. It was delightful to see the excitement about what just happened.

There is something very traditional and magical about the columns that line the walkway of Stanford University. I love this image of the newly married couple walking down this path like so many other couples before them.

The reception was intimate, with only close friends and family.  The reception is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day to photograph.  I love capturing moments and connections between people during this time. It’s the moments between people who are reconnecting and the moments between people who are very dear. They are uncontrived. The emotions you see are real. It is the captured little moments that I am really proud of. I feel a sense of duty to capture these little moments for my clients so that they can reflect back upon this day and remember. When I first met Jose back in July, he had told me that of all the wedding pictures that I will take, there will probably be about five that he will truly cherish. Though I take hundreds of pictures during the day, I understand what he means by that. It is those pictures that speaks to you and the memories that it captures that will stay with you for a lifetime. I hope Jose finds his five amongst these pictures.

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Categories: 2011, Uncategorized, 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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2 Comments on “Jose and JooLee’s Wedding at Stanford Memorial Church”

  1. José
    November 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    I keep coming back to this page over and over again. It’s bizarre because I keep seeing new things in some of the images; almost like an archeologist studying an ancient engraving. I’ve never spent much time reflecting the merits of a good picture, but apparently, Charles has somehow perfected the art. Thank you so much Charles for giving us exactly what we wanted.

  2. February 2, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Love the photos! =)

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