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Bailey Island Wedding: Flor & Ri.

22 Jun

When I drove to Bailey Island to scout Flor and Ri’s wedding, I almost didn’t want to get out of my car.  The region was hit by a Nor’easter storm with heavy rain and gusty wind that lasted for days.  I didn’t have any rain gear on me.  I sat in my car, listened to the howling wind, and said a prayer hoping the sky would clear tomorrow, then jumped out and braved the rain.  As I talked to Flor, who seemed to be in impeccably happy spirits despite the weather conditions, I couldn’t help staring at the majestic ocean with soaring waves.  It was truly mesmerizing.

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Luckily, the weather gods cooperated.  The storm blew through overnight, and by Saturday afternoon, there were little patches of blue in the sky. 

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The wedding was an intimate affair, put together with the help of friends and families.  Flor and Ri have tons of awesome friends who took care of the catering, flower arrangement, decor, and even the wedding cakes. 

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By the time the bride walked down the aisle, it was a beautiful summer day in Maine.

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Dogs just love to play

25 Mar

Over Christmas holidays in 2013, my husband and I decided to adopt a little pup.  We named her Kona.  She was 3 months old when we adopted her, an Aussie Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix (we think).  Even though she has been living on the streets with a broken leg from a hit-and-run, she has tons of character and lots of energy.

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One day after Kona’s arrival

Before long, I started documenting her time with us, and eventually, her play time with all the doggie friends she has met in the park.  Here are a few of them.

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Her first friend Kasumi

Since she was a stray, at first we were concerned that she wouldn’t play well with others.  Turns out that we worried too much.  Within a week of visiting the park behind our house, Kona has made more friends than I did in the five years I’ve lived here.  Kasumi was her first friend.  From the first time they met, Kasumi was like a big sister to her.  Whatever Kasumi did, Kona followed.  She learned her first tricks from Kasumi.  When these two run, they look like two flying bullets darting across the field.

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Kona learned her first tricks from Kasumi

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Then we met Lady, a mild-tempered red-haired Golden Retriever who shares Kona’s love of tennis balls.  

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Lady and Kona share a love for tennis balls

Lady is more like a mother figure for Kona.  Whenever Kona gets too rowdy or nippy, Lady sits on top of Kona and tells her to stop.  Their play time is often gentle and fun.

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We thought that Kona might be a mix of Aussie Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and maybe Border Collie or Chow chow.  Sometimes she herds us when we walk her in the park, and sometimes she prances.  Like a sheep.

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Baaaa…ram…you…

Frankie is a Terrier/Bassett Hound mix.   Don’t underestimate her prowess.  She might have short legs, but she’s an expert in chasing games, and she specializes in the “Frankie Rolling Technique”, aka the somersault.

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Frankie and Kona

Frankie and Kona meets almost everyday for some play time in the park.  It’s unbelievably sweet how they wait for each other at their favorite place in the park for the other one to show up.  Whenever they play, we joke that it’s the Tough Mudder for dogs, because they always end up muddy, dirty, but super happy.Image

When Kona can’t keep up with Frankie, she holds on to Frankie’s leash, harness, or even her tail.

 

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Chasing Frankie

Usually, Kona plays with one friend at a time.  A few days ago, we ran into Frankie AND Kasumi in the park at the same time.  They all made friends.

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Kona, Frankie, and Kasumi chasing tails

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Timmy watched the other dogs play

Timmy is a Chihuaua and Iba Shinu mix.  He was having a slumber party at Kasumi’s house over the weekend.  A little timid and shy, he watched the three dogs play for a while. 

Finally, he decided to join the party.  Here, he is whispering something in Kona’s ears, probably sharing some tricks about hiding socks and slippers.

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“Just hide one of each pair of your Daddy’s socks…”

After three months with us, Kona has settled into her life nicely, with daily walks to the park and play dates.  Everyday we discover something about each other – it’s an adventure.  Just yesterday, she discovered her own reflection in the mirror.  I grabbed my camera just in time to capture her barking at the strange dog in the mirror.  Made me smile, and also made me realize that her puppyhood will fly by SO fast!

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Noodles – from Asia to Europe

29 Jul

With ancestry from Northern China, I was brought up on noodles and dumplings.  One of my fondest childhood memories was sitting around the kitchen table with my mom, aunts and grandmother, listening to the women chat about life, while making dumplings together.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a kind of noodle I didn’t like: the Chinese knife-shredded noodle, pho, ramen, lasagna, pierogi, dumpling…

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Therefore, I was ecstatic when I read an article about a journalist from China who traced the supposed journey of noodle from China to Europe.  Here’s an interview with the writer Jen-Lin Liu on Bon Appetit: On the Noodle Road.

I’m planning to get the book from the library as soon as possible and read up on her adventures with noodles.  Maybe I’ll even plan a trip following her journey.  Meanwhile, I guess I’ll reminisce some of my favorite noodles from around the world…Image

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Devore No More: Giant Steps Away…

17 Jul

A dog lover ever since I was a little girl, sometimes I’d much rather spend time with a dog than hanging around people. One of my dreams as a kid was to make enough money for an animal shelter where I can keep all the stray dogs and cats away from harm.
New of the Devore Hoarding Dogs have been floating around my Facebook page for a while. Here’s an update on a few of the lucky dogs that were adopted by The Mutt Scouts… The conditions of the dogs were much worse than I expected. But, the improvements, even with just a little bit of love, is astounding…

Fall 2013 Wedding & Engagements

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Marie Chao Photography is now accepting reservations for Fall 2013 weddings and engagements!

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Crystal Cove Beach Engagement Photo

15 May

Photographing Ava and Bruce was like reading a romance novel.  When they lock eyes with each other, the love is so thick that it makes me melt!

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Ava & Bruce

We picked a slightly European setting for the first part of the engagement photo session.  Who knew Orange County could double for cobblestoned Paris?

Then we moved to the Crystal Cove Beach for a more casual feel!

Crystal Cove Beach

Crystal Cove Beach

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2012 Family Equality Council Awards Dinner at Universal Studios Hollywood

14 Feb

On a beautiful spring evening in Los Angeles, I photographed the annual awards dinner for Family Equality Council.  This year’s event took place at the magnificent Globe Theater, situated on top of the hill at the Universal Studios.

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Outdoor cocktail party

The event started with a red carpet welcome, followed by a cocktail hour with live music al fresco.  The dinner and award ceremony inside the gorgeous main hall honored Todd Parr, acclaimed children’s author; Chad Griffin, the co-founder and Board President of the AMerican Foundation for Equal Rights, and Patrick Murphy, former congressman who fought to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy in the military.  Presenters of the award include Director Rob Reiner, Commander John Armantrout, and Actor Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family

As the guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal, performances by the world-acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Jesse Tyler Ferguson entertained the crowd.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson performs

Gay Men Chorus of Los Angeles performs a medley

For a complete look at all my photos, visit the following link to Family Equality Council’s Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/59488482@N07/sets/72157629316805349/show/

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