Biltmore Los Angeles Wedding : Helen+Eric

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heir wedding was set the weekend before Chinese New Year, a year to the date from when he got on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. They couldn't think of a better time to ring in new lives than by ringing in Chinese traditions of hosting an elaborate feast, giving money in red envelopes to children, and celebrating. The year of the dragon is believed to bring success and happiness, so Eric and Helen couldn't dream of a better way to start their marriage.

The wedding day began on a cold morning at the Biltmore Los Angeles, but Helen paid no mind to the rain because with it brought good luck. She continued pacing the suite and reveling in her moment as a bride. She hugged, laughed, and kissed those who walked in and out of her room, patiently waiting for her moment to do the same with Eric.

Eric quickly breezed through the hotel lobby, explaining he was caught in traffic. The rain, an accident, you know. After quickly dressing (taking special care of the new watch Helen surprised him with), the rain subsided, so he walked downstairs and into the street...and waited. As Helen slowly made her way toward her new husband, Eric's eyes filled with tears. They hugged, laughed, and kissed on the wet streets of Los Angeles in the year of the dragon. Together.

Helen and Eric, thank you for being so amazing. I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with such an amazing see (and feel) the impact in the lives you've touched blows me away. I appreciate you inviting me into your lives and documenting how fiercely you love. I hope you're winning big in Vegas and using the profits to get an extra long massage in Australia! Much Love and Appreciation... j*

The wedding day started in the Music Suite at the Biltmore Los Angeles Hotel...and it was breathtaking. The beauty of older hotels is the abundance of window light, so I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Helen had three wedding dresses, the first was a Maggie Sottero...

Helen's second wedding dress was simple and free-flowing...freedom to dance was a priority, so she decided to do it up with a new dress...

I absolutely loved the bridal party...they were incredibly fun and made the day perfect.
**A special thanks to Kristy Geithman (the bridesmaid on the right) for referring Helen+Eric my her!

JD's angle of the First Look...

Like always, I adore when couples opt to see each other before the wedding ceremony. The moment is so beautifully their own. It's private and a way for them to connect as husband and wife...and creates a lovely ebb and flow on the wedding day for photos. Here, Eric is overwhelmed at the sight of his bride.

Lucky for us, the rain subsided and we were able to roam Downtown Los Angeles for a bit...

This? This is how Eric looked at Helen was smitten. And in love. And it was perfect.

Special thanks to Joyce Luck for doing Helen's hair and makeup...

The wedding ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Downtown Los Angeles and the mass was particularly beautiful...

We headed back to the Biltmore Los Angeles for the reception and I need to take a moment to thank Kelley Lee Gin of Picture Perfect Events for orchestrating a flawless day. There were SO many factors playing into the reception (one of them organizing 400 people into 33 table shots in 25 minutes...go ahead, say we're crazy), but she and her team pulled it off. I love when a creative team collaborates for the best interest of the bride and groom!

All florals and decor were provided by the uber talented Mille Fiori...

Helen and Eric had a perfect reception filled with laughter...


...quiet moments...

...feeding lions red envelopes...

...and lots of happiness surrounded by their friends and family.

To see more of Helen and Eric's Biltmore Los Angeles Wedding, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or simply watch it here:

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Ziedu Piegāde - Very beautiful photos. Gorgeous. I guess the most important (at least for me) are those photos when photographer is "invisible" - in a sense that people who are in photos haven't noticed the pictures have been even taken.  10.23.14 - 10:23pm
Hannes Uys - What an adorable couple and post!!  10.16.12 - 11:12pm
JOflash - I jut simply can't stop crying. This is the work of a true artist. Someday, I'm gonna be this good too.  04.27.12 - 6:44pm
kenny - Beautiful set of wedding images describing a perfect day.  04.15.12 - 8:35am
Matt - These photographs are truly beautiful and artistic. Fantastic job Jasmine. Thanks for sharing.  04.05.12 - 7:11am
Australian Freeze Frame Photography - Jasmin I'm sure you have made these guys very happy. Great work!  03.25.12 - 11:49pm
wedding photograper melboure - Waaahooooo some amazing photos there  03.21.12 - 4:13pm
Mark Brendon - Nice pictures! You got the best private moments look so natural!  03.20.12 - 10:33am
Kimberly Chavez - I needed a beautiful cry today. This was perfect.  03.19.12 - 7:15pm
mike - This was gorgeous, Jasmine.  03.18.12 - 2:29pm
Amy Ly - Love the stories you tell Jasmine. I wonder, did they have a tea ceremony too? Or was this a completely modern wedding?  03.13.12 - 11:44pm
John Gibson - This is a really nice set, thanks for sharing!  03.13.12 - 10:15pm
nick alamanos - Amazing photos, you've got a great eye.  03.13.12 - 7:48am
Susan - Gorgeous wedding! Beautifully captured!  03.11.12 - 8:56pm
vasia - That venue is stunning!! I wish we had something like that in Vancouver! Love the shoe shot for this one, and the first look... priceless. Beautiful as usual! xo  03.07.12 - 6:09am
Donald Norris - I've shot at this venue a few times and love it. As far as hotels go, it's one of the most versatile and beautiful. Spectacular job on the photos, I especially love the shot of the lion!  03.04.12 - 5:43pm
Leigh Gray - Wow... we just don't have venues like you have for receptions over here. Love to off flash that fills the dancing just nicely. It gets lost in the big room and the average client would not even notice it! Love it!  03.02.12 - 11:50pm
Ricki Ford - These are beautiful as always!  03.01.12 - 8:47pm
Wedding Photographer Colchester - Beautiful photo's simply love the ones of the tables with candles  02.29.12 - 11:02am
Hannes Uys - What a wedding!  02.23.12 - 3:08am
Neil Redfern - Fantastic images, I love the shot of the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids - such a happy and natural moment :-)  02.22.12 - 4:43pm
Rob Dunning Wedding Photography - Such gorgeous photos, Helen & Eric must be ecstatic. Thank you for sharing J* :) xx  02.22.12 - 11:25am
Adam Johnson - Really lovely coverage. Great details too. Beautiful!  02.21.12 - 6:17am
Dade Freeman - Simply beautiful :)  02.15.12 - 12:36am
Yair Haim - Beautiful wedding photos! I love your work, so simple and pure images.  02.13.12 - 8:21am
Louella Allen - I just have to say that your photos are super touching and elevating. In this particular blog you used my wedding song... 'Sea Breeze' - by Tyrone Wells... My husband proposed to me while this song played. Even in other ways, you are blessed with a gift to bring love back. We are all given gifts... you are not meant to keep these gifts... you are meant to share them. THANK YOU for sharing yours. You are an inspiration. Louella Allen  02.07.12 - 1:04pm
David Ferguson | Brisbane wedding photographer - Always love stopping by to see your work. :)  02.06.12 - 10:17pm
Vancouver wedding photographer - This set is stunning! Real moments, real people! Love it!  02.04.12 - 11:51pm
Aberdeen Wedding Photographer Rubislaw Studio - beautiful images which really capture the emotion of the day  02.04.12 - 11:22am
photographe mariage - A great wedding and beautiful pictures !  02.04.12 - 4:55am
Tim Gilbertson - Super cool!  02.03.12 - 6:49pm
Flix - Beautiful shots! I love the emotion. You can't but that kind of passion. Great Job!  02.03.12 - 8:31am
Shannon Wimberly - wow Jasmine..... you are my hero...  02.03.12 - 8:13am
Delaware Wedding Photographer - WOW what a gorgeous wedding! Love the mood your photos capture.  02.02.12 - 11:27am
Simka - It's a DRAGON...   02.01.12 - 11:49pm
Susan Wolfer-Lennex - Jasmine, once again you knock it out of the park! I love the image where you can see their reflection in the rainwater!  01.31.12 - 9:17am
AlexanderKiselev - Amazing couple, you did a great job!  01.31.12 - 2:17am
Yarra Valley Wedding Photography - Beautiful, really elegant shots.  01.31.12 - 2:07am
Family Photographers Denver - All photo shots are really amazing and eye capturing.I am desperately waiting for more Photographs here.  01.30.12 - 9:56pm
Yuliya Callahan - beautiful as always  01.30.12 - 8:02pm
melvin gilbert - OMG!!!! your pictures are amazing! great shots!! <3 it!!!  01.30.12 - 12:26am
Kazu foto - i love this post!! life is beautiful  01.28.12 - 10:54pm
kat rocknrollbride - woo! thats where we stayed while we are in LA :-D  01.28.12 - 3:54pm
Luke Stanton - no matter how many times I come back to your site,I always find more inspiration! love these images.  01.28.12 - 3:22pm
Kimberly Kay - Wow these are gorgeous as usual. But I especially love that entire wide room shot you captured during the reception. Simple amazing beautiful and really shows off the entire reception story. Beautiful.   01.28.12 - 11:06am
Cathy - Very nice post processing Jasmine.  01.27.12 - 2:44pm
Rhommel Photography - Awesome set. I really like the black and white conversion on the first dance photo! I really like your work!  01.27.12 - 2:29pm
Chris Photographer - Love the wide shot of the reception. It really captures the grandeur and beauty of the ballroom along with the fun everyone's having.   01.27.12 - 9:19am
Bryan - beautiful images, love the detail and room shots as well as the interaction between the couple  01.26.12 - 3:36pm
Hannes Uys - Very pretty indeed!   01.26.12 - 11:27am
Denise - Wow! So beautiful. Did you use a flash during the reception? How did you achieve such beautiful, natural lighting in the photographs of the reception. Stunning. I'm in awe.  01.25.12 - 6:55pm
Carrie Joy - Wow. Gorgeous wedding. I ADORE the invitation in the window. Could you share what lens you were using? Were you shooting wide open?  01.25.12 - 6:04pm
Courtney - Beautiful, as always! So hard to pick, but my favorite is the one of them dancing and sweet and beautiful!  01.25.12 - 4:19pm
Kira Noble - Gorgeous! The rain made the portraits so unique! Loved every shot.   01.25.12 - 4:10pm
Ashley Goodwin - The invitation in the window!!!!! The backlighting on the bouquet!!!  01.25.12 - 2:51pm
Annetta - Wow! Beautiful images! A great start for the new season.  01.25.12 - 2:50pm
Kilee - Wow! You have the coolest website that I have seen in a long time. I am so impressed with the magazine like layout. And, your photographs are beautiful!  01.25.12 - 2:24pm
ashley barnett - Pretty pretty pretty. Love all the softness and light in the detail shots! :)  01.25.12 - 1:15pm
Darcy - Love the gallery and love the choice of song:-)   01.25.12 - 1:06pm
Kelley Lee Gin - Hi Jasmine and JD - Thank you so much for capturing all the special moments from Helen and Eric's wedding. We couldn't have done it without you. Great team work! Let's aim for a higher guest count next time...say 600? xo, KLG  01.25.12 - 12:58pm
lori yohe - remember i told you about the musician we heard play in the backyard where we got married? it was tyrone wells, and sea breeze was one of the first songs at our wedding. loooove so much about this post. xoxo  01.25.12 - 12:39pm
LEOLAK - Okay...NEW FAVORITE! Clearly you were meant to photograph their day! I remember their engagement story and how he suprised her, talk about finding "perfect" for each other! And all 3 of her dress...she looked gorgeous! This song....this couple....J* and JD....PERFECT!!!   01.25.12 - 11:10am
helen + eric - We just jumped up from the roulette table to see our pics. Jasmine, you are amazing! Eric and I absolutely adore the pictures :) Viewing the slideshow brought tears to our eyes. Thank you and JD for capturing our memories. We are forever grateful. XOXO  01.25.12 - 10:51am
Aubri - You are amazing. Love your style and what a magnificant wedding.  01.25.12 - 10:40am
damara - How beautiful. His teary reaction is the memory that you want to remember forever.   01.25.12 - 10:38am
Stephanie - Dawwwwww, he's so in LOVE! Also I love the song in the slideshow. Seriously. My heart hurt with how fantastic of a song that was. :) Well done.  01.25.12 - 10:34am
Gail - Sophisticated. Elegant. Classy. GORGEOUS. Another beautiful wedding to start your 2012 right! What an impact ;) you made on these two, J!!!! xoxo G   01.25.12 - 10:32am
Jessica Vidmar Photography - Absolutely beautiful...I love how unified all the prep shots look. Quick you have any past shooting star episodes on table shots? I feel like everyone dreads them (the guests, the photographers, etc.) and wanted to get your take on this. Of course it would be great if I always had a planner to help organize them but that is rarely the case. Thanks!!  01.25.12 - 10:26am
Christina Dely - Awww brings back fond memories :) I love how you changed up the location for the first look!  01.25.12 - 10:23am
Allie - Loooove it!  01.25.12 - 10:21am
Carla Barnett - Gorgeous!  01.25.12 - 10:05am
christen barnes - Love this wedding. It feels and looks softer... You rock.  01.25.12 - 9:56am
Stephanie Stewart - Beyond gorgeous!   01.25.12 - 9:22am
Wendy K Yalom - Absolutely Gorgeous Jasmine!!   01.25.12 - 9:12am
carina - Simply love it! Gorgeous as ever! And congrats to the couple for the beautiful symbolics they integrated. Lots of luck to them!  01.25.12 - 9:12am
Ashley - So so always! And how sweet is this groom?! I love their first look. :)  01.25.12 - 9:05am
monica brown - These images gave me goosebumps and heart flutters. So beautiful...  01.25.12 - 9:04am
life with kaishon - I wish them every happiness. What a lovely couple. Their wedding ass incredible! How beautiful.  01.25.12 - 9:00am
Rachel Tatem - What a beautiful wedding and SO great that the rain stopped long enough for you to grab some amazing pictures!  01.25.12 - 8:58am
Bobbi - Gorgeous as always :D  01.25.12 - 8:52am
Christina Graves - I can feel their warmth and love in your photos... what an amazing wedding!!!! You capture the rawness of their love! Always be true to who you are. Loveyaalot's  01.25.12 - 8:45am
Katelyn James - ohhh I love this one!! Love that shoe shot!!  01.25.12 - 8:39am
The New Diplomat's Wife - I love the cathedral in LA - I think its one of the more inspiring house of worship in the US and totally underrated. Beautiful job!  01.25.12 - 8:37am
tess - Beautiful a usual!  01.25.12 - 8:35am
Chris - gorgeous!   01.25.12 - 8:28am
kaethe - music on that slideshow was perf! made me allll teary. lovelove!  01.25.12 - 8:11am
Abby Grace - Oh man, that room is incredible. What an absolutely gorgeous venue! Love that they integrated their culture in such a classy way. Gorgeous images as usual!   01.25.12 - 8:09am
Natasja - Jasmine, I love these images! Did you convert to film?   01.25.12 - 8:04am
Tara - So stunning! Love how smitten he is with her!   01.25.12 - 7:54am
Camilla Knudsen - I am in love with the details/getting ready part of this post. especially the invite in the window. so much more femine, and rustic in a delicate way than what we usually see from you. beautiful, you really managed to adapt the jasmine star look to this particular couple's 'feel'. great job!!! :)  01.25.12 - 7:48am
Anna Rebecca - I can't believe I'm the first to comment!! Love the post AND the photos of course!! They are such an adorable couple:)   01.25.12 - 7:28am