Monthly Archives: July 2010

Monterey Plaza Hotel wedding photography

Monterey Plaza Hotel wedding photographer Mike Danen

WOW!!! What a fun wedding day! You may remember Michael & Melissa from their engagement session a while back at Santa Clara University. They are just the nicest folks. Really meant for each other. Lots of oooh and aaaah moments to this fab wedding day. The Monterey Plaza Hotel provided the gorgeous venue, and shout out to Kui Maluki and her staff for such perfect service. The beautiful cake, the gorgeous dress, a rockin’ wedding party, great family, and the cutest flower girls.

Congrats guys, it was such a pleasure. Enjoy the pics!

~Mike

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Hong Kong East Ocean, Morcom Rose Garden wedding photography

Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant wedding photographer Mike Danen

If there was ever a genuine love story, it would have to be the story of Ken & Ly. Truly a fairytale. What a beautiful couple, and sweet wedding day- I was in awe of all the love and emotion. You might remember their cool engagement session a few months ago- we had a blast!

We started their big beautiful wedding day with a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony, followed by a western ceremony at Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland. The reception was held at Hong Kong East Ocean, right on the Bay. What a party! A Vietnamese band rocked the house, and Ly’s dad & uncle sang along on stage. Ly changed into a beautiful red and gold ao dai to greet the tables.

Shout out to Ellie Stone and Rebecca Stark for assisting me, you guys rocked it! Nicole Ha created really fresh and original floral designs that were a smashing success- thanks Nicole! And Carolyn Wong made the gorgeous and tasty cake that everyone loved!

Thanks so much for having me guys!

~Mike

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Seacliff Beach, Aptos Cement Ship engagement photography

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Love is all around!

Hey guys, meet Aaron & Katie, a fab couple from Santa Cruz. These guys got together in High School, and are getting married this Fall. Aaron proposed at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, so we decided to do their engagement session there. We had a blast, especially with their dog (their baby)! Note to clients: If you have a dog….bring em to the session : ) Can’t wait till their wedding for more good times!

Happy Monday!

~Mike

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What’s on for Weddings: Trendy Wedding Cakes

The classic white, tiered wedding cake will always have a place in traditional weddings. However, many modern brides and grooms are looking for ways to customize their wedding cakes and give it their personal twist. No, we’re not just talking about adding some piping or a few meringue flowers. Today’s couples might eschew the basic ornamentation in white and add color and dimension to their confections, or keep the surprise for what is inside, beneath the icing.

Bright and Beautiful
Some people do not want a white wedding, but rather one that is over the rainbow.

bright and beautiful wedding cake

Credit: Matic Zupancic

Fanciful Flavors
If you do not want to serve up plain vanilla or chocolate, there is no need to do so. This is your day to shine, so choose a cake that the guests will remember.

fanciful flavor wedding cake

Credit: Simeon Eichmann

Hipster Wedding Cake
Going creative with your wedding cake topper can lend your celebration a hipster vibe. Here are some wedding cake toppers that I found on eBay.

hipster wedding cake topper

Credit: Afonso Lima

hipster wedding cake topper

Credit: Jesper Baerentzen

A Theme Cake
If you have a color scheme or a conceptual theme for your celebration, why not extend the theme to your wedding cake?

theme wedding cake

Credit: Roger Kirby

Go International
You do not need to have a destination wedding to give your special day an international accent. Serve a traditional wedding confection from a foreign locale, such as France’s dramatic croquembouche or a Caribbean fruitcake composed of dried fruit and laced with rum or sherry.

Croquembouche, credit: Eric Baker

Two Controversial Wedding Cake Trends
While bakers might include a base layer of Styrofoam to steady the wedding cake and give it height, some weddings eschew the cake altogether. Instead, they present a gorgeous, stylishly decorated work of art that may or may not have real icing disguising towers made of foam molds. This trend has sparked hot debate amongst the foodies on the popular blog Chowhound, but some wedding bloggers say fake cakes photograph better and you can still serve sheet cake or another dessert to your hungry guests.

Finally, there is one last wedding cake trend has been generating some backlash as of late. Where do you stand on the cupcake-tower-as-cake issue? Take into account that people firmly in the “no” camp include the experts at Grub Street, among others, who have declared that the love affair with cupcakes has ended. Tell this to the ardent cupcake tower fans over at Pinterest.

Willow Heights Mansion wedding photography, Morgan Hill

Love was all around us. Lisa and Aaron came up from Los Angeles for their beautiful destination wedding at the Willow Heights Mansion in the hills above Morgan Hill, California. What a stunning day for their stylish wedding. So much love everywhere, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Beautiful family and friends. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of such a special day.

Happy 4th folks!

~Mike

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