Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Photography | Huntington Beach

Angela and Alfred’s big day sneaked up so quickly!!  You may remember this kindhearted and genuine couple from when Gavin and I photographed their engagement session in San Diego. Since my initial conversation with Angela, I can tell that they not only love each other, but they also have a love for life and for people!!  As I got to know them more over the wedding planning process, I can tell that Angie and Alfred are dedicated, compassionate and caring professionals. So read on for our day of Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort wedding photography!

Their wedding was not only a union of two families, but two cultures.  Quite often, Gavin and I have weddings with different cultural backgrounds that create a unique blend of traditions.  In this case, we started with a small Indian ceremony for Alfred’s family, followed by a Catholic ceremony, followed by a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at Angie’s parents home, and they ended it with a reception at the beautiful Hilton Waterfront in Huntington Beach. But first….

Wedding Preparation at the Bride’s House

Wedding Ring Photo, Princess Cut
Wedding Ring Photo, Princess Cut
Wedding Dress Preparation
Wedding Dress Preparation

I love her Badgley Mischka shoes!!  Like every female, i LOVE shoes!!  But here is the weird part: I love them, I buy them, but I never wear them!!  Therefore, Gavin sometimes has to play defense.  =)

Wedding Preparation Details
Wedding Preparation Details
Wedding Hair and Makeup
Wedding Hair and Makeup

Thank you Kelly Zhang Studio for doing an awesome job!!  I’ve worked with Kelly Zhang’s team many, many times and her girls always do an amazing job!!

Wedding Hair and Makeup

i LOVE the natural beauty look!!

Wedding Hair and Makeup Eye Lashes
Perfect Wedding Eye Makeup

Hahahaa… I don’t know what I said that was so funny!!

Wedding Dress Preparation
Wedding Dress Preparation

Oh yeah… I remember now!!  “How many Doctors does it take to put on a wedding dress??”  j/k  LOL.  For those who don’t get it, almost everyone in Angie and Alfred’s bridal party are medical doctors (or a healthcare professional).  In fact, there were about 25 emergency room doctors at the reception!!  Holy Moly… this is one wedding I wasn’t afraid to choke on my food at!!  =)

Wedding Dress Preparation
Wedding Dress Preparation

The Boys at Hotel Huntington Beach

While the girls were busy dolling up for the big moment, Gavin was with the boys capturing video footage and somehow still managed to do photographs!! =)

Groom Preparation at Hotel Huntington Beach
Groom Preparation at Hotel Huntington Beach
Groom Preparation at Hotel Huntington Beach
Groomsmen at Hotel Huntington Beach
Groomsmen at Hotel Huntington Beach

Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony

And then we headed off to church!!  I kept humming … “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna to get married.” They had their Catholic wedding ceremony at the Holy Family Cathedral in the City of Orange (off Glassell St.).

Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony
Holy Family Cathedral Wedding Ceremony

Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony

After their Catholic Wedding Ceremony, they proceed back to Angela’s parents’ place for the traditional Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony.  For those who are not familiar with a Vietnamese wedding ceremony, the Groom and his family has to “receive” the bride from her parent’s house.   Gifts covered with red clothes (representing the wealth that the groom’s family will bring to the bride’s family) is always an important part of the Vietnamese tradition. The nice thing is they did this in a more modern timing, having the Vietnamese wedding ceremony in the middle of the day instead of in the morning. This made the flow of the day much more easier and we highly recommend it to any of our Vietnamese brides looking to balance tradition with modern wedding schedules.

Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony
Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony Guys with Gifts

The bride and groom burn incense sticks, asking for permission from the ancestors to bless them.  And may I add that I really LOVE her ao dai (traditional Vietnamese wedding dress)!

Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony

They will then in front of all their guests, serve tea to their parents.  Each parent will then give advice about marriage and family to the couple.  The most popular advice seems to be, “make me lots of grandchildren.”  LOL!!

Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony
Vietnamese Wedding Ceremony

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Photography

Their reception was held at the beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Party
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Party
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Party
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Party
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Party

Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography

Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photography

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception

Thank you Katie Webb and Emily Kouri of Interwined Events for helping Angela put together such a lovely wedding!!  The details and design of this reception banquet was just amazing!!

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception

What I thought was SO meaningful was that in lieu of getting party favors for their guests, Angela and Alfred decided to donate money to charity … St. Jude’s Medical Center.

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception

Steve at Honored Occasions did a fantastic job with lighting and DJ.

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception

Orchids… what a great choice of flowers!!  Did you know that Orchids represent represents love, luxury, beauty and strength?  Don’t ask me how I know but I find that Gavin and I read many random things and sometimes they just stick.  Hahaaha

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception

Oh… and guess what??  This cake is fake!!  Yes… you read correctly!!  It’s make of Styrofoam!! For desserts, Angie and Alfred surprised their guests with ice-cream from Cold Stones!!  WOW… what a treat!!  I made friends with the waitress real quick!!

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
First Dance
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception

And then the party started!!! What a crazy crowd!!

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception Dancing
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception Dancing
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception Dancing
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception Dancing
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding Reception Dancing
Hilton Waterfront Reception Dancing
Hilton Waterfront Reception Dancing

Night Wedding Photos at the Hilton Waterfront

Toward the end of the reception, Gavin and I pulled Angela and Alfred away for a quick 5 minute session at night.

Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photos
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photos
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photos
Hilton Waterfront Wedding Photos

Thank you Angela and Alfred for such a memorable day!!  We had a great time hanging out with your awesome group of friends.  We can’t wait to bbq at your house (hopefully soon).  You guys gotta try Gavin’s BBQ ribs!!  He’s really modest about it, but it’s to die for!! =P

This article shows Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort wedding photography in Huntington Beach. I has a Catholic wedding ceremony at the Holy Family Cathedral in the City of Orange. It also includes a traditional Vietnamese wedding ceremony that was done with modern timing in the middle of the day (versus early in the morning).


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