Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone had a great break with their loved ones. We hosted Christmas dinner at our house this year and it was so much fun! My sister and brother in law came over early and we made a prime rib, horseradish mashed potatoes with gravy, creamed corned, yorkshire pudding, salad, candied yams and a salad that no one touched. Ha! Why waste room with that when you’ve got everything else, right? My mother in law brought a couple dishes over as well and we had quite a feast! I’m not going to name names, but a few family members had to retire on the couch to lay down immediately after dinner as sitting was too painful. Ellie loved opening her presents and would get so excited with each new one that she refused to open any further gifts until she could play with each new toy first. It was so fun watching her excitement and joy. It kind of made me feel like a kid again.
For New Years we had some friends over and we kept it low key with the guys playing some new PS3 motion game (sorry, that’s the extent of my vgame knowledge. It was basically a wii for the PS3) and then played two mean rounds of boys against girls taboo. The girls won both times and the guys as punishment had to do shots of Jack Daniels. It was low key and lots of fun!
Whew, I totally didn’t mean to go into a whole holiday recap, but there it is! I still have things to blog from 2010 so here goes. This is the Japanese inspired shoot that we did the same day as the Indian inspired shoot! And you may recognize the cover from the last issue of Utterly Engaged. I posted not too long ago. The inspiration for the Japanese shoot started with kanzashi, the japanese ornamental hair flower that adorned the crowns of tradtionally dressed Japanese women.
These were mostly taken on my Contax 645 on Fuji 400H and of course developed and scanned by the awesome people over at Richard Photo Lab. Seriously, they do some sort of magic and your images come back looking so gorgeous. Hope you enjoy these!
And this styled shoot would be nothing without these amazing team of vendors! You all should check them out and put their genius to good use!
Photography : Sarah K Chen Photography
Venue: Earl Miller Japanese Gardens
Event Design & Coordination: Linda Ly of Grand Soirees and Events
Catering and Cakes: Jay’s Catering
Florals: Honey and Poppies
Hair & Makeup : Janelle Contreras, Nirvana Salon by Tristen
Indian Stationary: DL/sh Designs
Japanese Stationary & Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina of Maison du Papier
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Models: Marenna Bielman, Therese Hernando, Cole Foley, Natalie Brewster, David John Aiken, Halleigh Hill