Modern Oriental Romance


Samantha and Jonathan travelled from Indonesia to Santa Barbara, California for their pre-wedding photographs with Jen Huang and Chiali Meng

As both photographer and creative director, Jen designed several romantic scenes with an incredible team of creatives to give the couple an emotional, substantive backdrop for beautiful candids and portraits to emerge. 

The crown

Jen loves to collect antiques from far and near.  The origin of this beautiful Silver headdress was from a minority tribe called "Miao" in Southern China. Some of the sub tribes, such as the Hmong people, have migrated out of China, into Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Miao have long distinguished themselves by their splendid ornamental jewelry, with Miao girls always adorning themselves in silver from head to toe for festivals, wedding and important occasions.

The look

For the formal bridal portrait, Samantha had chosen a mandarin collar dress which Jen used as the cornerstone of this scene, bringing in their cultural heritage and celebrating east Asian weddings. Jen brought her own wedding headdress, a delicate hammered silver Hmong headpiece to complement Samantha's silvery wedding gown. 


Jen used the stark and beautiful Italian exterior of Sunstone as a natural light studio for formal bridal portraits.

For their modern look, Jen photographed in one of the moody, natural stone bedrooms of Sunstone Villa. The natural colors and foggy morning light was the perfect ambiance for an intimate and casual look. Chiali Meng created a loose, carefree bun to complement Samantha's loose fitting, cozy sweater. Jen also styled the room with shades of dark plum and spring lilacs. The lilac motif appears several times throughout the shoot, to tie in one of Samantha's favorite tones and colors.

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