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Tina and Jason got married at Dusmuir Estates in Oakland

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Tina and Jason fell in love while majoring in Pharmacy at the university. They would chat on the phone for hours through the night, and Jason would fall asleep during class whiling sitting in the front row. The wedding guests were laughing hard when the MCs told the story of the newly wed during the Chinese banquet at the East Ocean restaurant in Alameda.

The MCs continued, "While dating, Jason would always buy Tina meals whenever they eat out. It was a smart gesture to win her heart. Now Tina can have free meals for the rest of her life."

The weather was so pleasant in the fall season of October. Some of the leaves have turned yellow at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate (also known as Dunsmuir House) where the outdoor wedding ceremony was held in the garden. Built in 1899 by Alexander Dunsmuir, the 50 acres wedding venue is a Neoclassical Revival Mansion. It was built as a wedding for his beloved lady Josephine. After several changes of ownership, the Dunsmuir Estates were purchased by the City of Oakland in 1960s and designated as Historic Landmark.

Every time I photograph at Dunsmuir Estates, I'd remember photographing the daughter of the famous Kung Fu master Wong Jack Man's wedding held there several years ago. At that time, I had no idea that the Northern Shaolin style Kung Fu master was the sifu that battled Bruce Lee in Oakland. It was really awesome to have met the legendary man in person and photographing his daughter's wedding.

Photography: Kurty Wong and Michael Ye, Kurty Photography
Videography: Travis Do, 8 Kinds of Smiles
Makeup Artist: Jessie Weng, Makeup by Jessie Weng
Wedding Planner: Celia Yu,   Big Day Service
Cake: Napoleon Bakery
Photo Booth: The Black Tent




Kimberly + Gustalvo | Paradise Cove and Roy's Oahu Hawaii

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We are always super excited to photograph destination weddings, So far, we had the wonderful opportunities to photograph weddings on a private island only accessible by boat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, chic weddings in Manhattan New York, lavish weddings on the flashy Las Vegas Strip, Hollywood style weddings in L.A., and the most popular of all - Hawaii.

Kimberly and Gustavo are both from the Bay Area. They wanted a wedding where the families and guests can relax and have fun. Paradise Cove in Kapolei, HI was just the right place for them. It's a secluded beach overlooking the ocean filled with coconut trees. At night, it is famous for the luau, where guests are greeted by a tropical Mai Tai and traditional Hawaiian music that set the festive mood of the evening.

For the wedding reception, the couple chose the internationally influenced, Hawaii inspired restaurant Roy's, which was just a short drive away from Paradise Cove.

The intimate yet romantic wedding was filled with laughter and joy, as no one was in the hurry to leave. There was no reason to leave, after all, they were in paradise!



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