Wayfarers Chapel Wedding (A Study in Pink… Green, and Blue)

Wedding portrait Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

I am an introvert. An unapologetic, low-talking, low-key introvert. My photos deliver my message and I love what I do. I may not be the bubbly, high-energy social media presence some people have come to expect of wedding photographers, but I am devoted to building genuine rapport with everyone I meet. I am far from the loudest person in the room, but I am always reading the emotions around me to translate them into the vast majority of my photos. I am not clique-y with photographers that group by camera brand, gender, or ethnicity (sorry, they exist!). Rather, I embrace my growing up in an environment that celebrated diversity. My inspiration is not so much other weddings, but real life.

I love a photo that is well-timed and technically sound. Some historically recognized photos and institutions known for their stringent criteria, such as National Geographic and Magnum Photos, exemplify these traits.

Naturally, given the opportunity to be myself, and truly just myself at a wedding, allows me to shine my brightest. I fell in love with the this day and the photos I was able to produce. There were no other voices chiming in for photos or video, no reenactments. This is triple-distilled, single-origin Stephen Tang, not the blended stuff. If you’re a storyteller, this is what you live for – sitting front row and center to perform your craft.

Wedding Venue – Wayfarers Chapel

Bridal prep Wayfarer's Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Bridal prep Wayfarer's Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Bridal prep Wayfarer's Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Bridal prep Wayfarer's Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Bridal prep Wayfarer's Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding portrait Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding portrait Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding ceremony Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding ceremony Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding ceremony Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding ceremony Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding portrait Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding portrait Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding portrait Wayfarers Chapel - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding cake Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding details Bluewater Grill - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding details Bluewater Grill - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception speech Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding details Bluewater Grill - Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding reception moments Bluewater Grill -Stephen Tang Photo

Wedding in Laguna Hills + Mission Viejo

Sometimes, it’s a little bit of chaos being a part of the bridal prep. From the second I arrive, I’m already working up a sweat in a dress shirt and neck tie and I dive right into anticipating reactions while making sure not to be in way of the twelve other people in the hotel suite. However, when something happens like the bride picks up a mirror and sees her make up for the first time or when she gets bustled into the her dress at long last, time seems to slow down just a bit. It’s emotional – what photojournalists thrive on. It’s a real wedding moment. Most of all, it’s a whole lot of happy and it’s great to be there to enjoy it with her.

Bridal Prep – The Hills Hotel
Ceremony – St. Kilian Catholic Church
Reception – Dove Canyon Country Club
Event Planning – Deelish Events

Bridal prep Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Bride wedding makeup reveal Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Bridal prep Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Bridal prep Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Bridal prep Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Bridal prep Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Bridal prep Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Wedding first look Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Wedding first look Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Wedding first look Hills Hotel Laguna Hills
Bride and bridesmaids portrait Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Wedding bridal party Hills Hotel Laguna Hills

Groomsmen St. Kilian Catholic Church

St. Kilian Catholic Church wedding

St. Kilian Catholic Church wedding

Wedding first kiss St. Kilian Catholic Church

Bride Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding portrait Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding Portrait Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding Portrait Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding first dance Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding speeches Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding dance floor Dove Canyon Country Club

Wedding dance floor Dove Canyon Country Club

 

El Matador State Beach Engagement

This beach is absolutely beautiful. These engagement photos were shot approaching winter, yet El Matador State Beach didn’t get the memo. There are a few things I performed differently, but everything still all me. I’m advancing my work in a new direction, trying to bring what I love about classic film photography into my digital images, and ultimately bring that to you. It’s a new year – never too late to learn and improve, eh?

Engagement portrait el matador state beach
Engagement portrait el matador state beach
Engagement portrait el matador state beach
Black and white engagement portrait el matador state beach
My lucky boots got wrecked by the salt water and sand, but hey, I got some gorgeous photos. I might just recommend this spot and endure the long drive every time because I think it’s worth it. So, were there any matadors at this beach? I’d like to think I was one that day, as I gracefully battled the unruly ocean waves.