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Congratulations Alice & Nathan | Jules Ko Photography

Alice and Nathan were one of the most organized couple of the year.  From reserving and planning their wedding earlier than many to a wedding day going so smoothly, yet with so much fun for the bride and groom was a special joy for us to witness and work with.

The Couple got married at the beautiful Granite Links Golf Club in Boston, surrounded by a very energetic and playful bridal party and beautiful flowers by Studio One Twenty Three.  The bridesmaids set up games for the groomsmen before Nathan was allowed to see Alice, and by reserving connected hotel rooms, Nathan and Alice got to have two first-Glances, one in Alice’s qipao and 2nd in her beautiful silk wedding gown at the ceremony location.

After the beautiful and emotional ceremony, the party continued on with a Tea Ceremony at the Hei La Moon, onto a banquet reception.  My two favorite moments of the reception are, 1, after the cake cutting, Alice took her time enjoying the rest of her wedding cake beyond the first mouthful.  As someone who only got to taste a fork bite of her own delicious wedding cake, I loved Alice’s no-nonsense approach to her dessert!  Second favorite moment was towards the end of the reception, I don’t know how they did it, but both Alice and Nathan were busy opening bottles and handing out drinks to their guests from the very celebratory open bar they had set up, and busy serving their excited guests.

As always, Lypor’s beautiful make up and hair design work held flawlessly till the end of the reception.

Congratulations Alice and Nathan!

Alice & Nathan’s Slideshow

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Christmas Cards this Season | Jules Ko Photography

In the past two days, I had two separate yet memorable conversations.

Conversation #1 went with a well traveled European guest I met at a party, who noted that sending family pictures for Christmas cards is unique to American customs.  Aside from learning something new, I thought about when this started around us, and why do we do it?  It certainly wasn’t always the case, but I can think back about 10 years ago, when the drug store photo counters had a holiday photo print template to choose from, and every once in a while, I’d receive a holiday wish printed on a letter envelope sized photo paper.  Back then, the templates were very elementary and limited.  But in the recent years, majority of the cards I receive, especially from married households is a Christmas Photo Greeting print. Now days, the options are pretty vast, from the websites that offer countless amount of templates, styles, sizes and paper finishes.

Conversation #2 went with a friend that we see on a regular bases, but don’t really get to talk to very often.  He complimented and thanked me for our Christmas card (a custom designed card with our Christmas photo) that mailed out to his family.  I explained that we don’t always do it, especially to people we see regularly, but this year, decided to give it a try.  He explained that he prefers photo cards over traditional cards because as they display the cards around the home, seeing the friends’ photos reminds him about the friends and love in their lives and what Christmas is about.

Last week, I also came across a ‘Christmas Card Tree’ on the Designer Preston Bailey’s blog site: Where he created a tree strictly full of Christmas cards from this year.

Christmas Card Tree By Preston Bailey

These conversations along with the annual Christmas Portrait event I hold for our friends where they get to order Christmas cards based on one of my designs,  I am more convinced then ever, that a photo Christmas Card is a special treat, and it’s not just for those who have cute kid pictures to share, or just for friends who live across the country to receive.

I myself have also been making electronic photo update ‘newsletters’ since several years ago, thinking this is the way to save postage, as well as give a visual reference to what all happened each year, and I think there’s still a place for that, for friends who would like to receive updates AND well wishes, but I am definitely thinking that there’s space for both in our lives.

That being said, here are the three card designs that went out from our home/business this special season where I am really trying to slow down, and concentrate on the true meanings of Christmas.  Being sick also helps me slow down…

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denise - merry christmas jules! keep up the good work! 🙂

Jill - looove the royal purple! mighty christmas to you too! 🙂

Christmas Portraits | Jules Ko Photography

In the most wonderful time of the year, it’s a lot of work and fun to turn on the Christmas Carols, and get the Christmas ornaments out for some holiday cheer amongst friends before the season fully hits~  Thank you for all your generous donations towards helping out the friends at Starlight.  Together we collected five large bags of toiletries and clothing.

I’ve been sitting on these images for the past month, itching to post them, but wanted to give them some time to arrive in people’s mail boxes in forms of our specially designed Christmas Cards.  Speaking of, I better go start mailing my Christmas cards as well!

And from yours truly, while having fun with our winter hats… a Mighty Christmas to you all!

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lori - you guys are too cute. 🙂 so many fun christmas pictures!

sooj - they’re all so awesome!

Rob & Tina’s Baby Portrait Session | Jules Ko Photography

Here is an amazing adorable little guy, Happy 1st birthday, Baby R!

RJ is wearing a Korean Dohl / Dol (celebration of 1st birthday) Han-Bok outfit, and doing it quite well!  Most babies hate having the big hat coverings on them. But then, he has so much beautiful hair, he could pull off a grown up outfit like below, too~

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Trimming the Tree | Jules Ko Photography

Last Sunday, Dan and I picked our Christmas Tree!  Last year, we got a beautiful tree but had very little fragrance, and withered very quickly.  So this year, we wondered Mahoney’s sniffing various trees determined to let our noses do the picking and me filled with glee saying ‘treeeeeeee’ every few minuets.~

We found a smaller tree than the ones we got in the past years, but for some reason, it seemed just right!  We kidded that it’s the recession, but at the end, it was the right size for our city dwelling and the amount of ornaments I’ve collected during my young adult years.

I also try to collect one sentimental ornament a year, like the Eiffle Tower from our trip to Paris last year,and a Disney castle bell from this spring’s trip to Disney world.To the grooms, I bet your new bride will love an ornament marking your first Christmas together like this… Joseph rocking out by the disco ball~

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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