Biltmore Los Angeles Wedding : Helen+Eric


Their 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 couple…to 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 way…love 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…he 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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  1. Anna Rebecca

    January 25th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I can’t believe I’m the first to comment!! Love the post AND the photos of course!! They are such an adorable couple:)

  2. Camilla Knudsen

    January 25th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    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!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Tara

    January 25th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    So stunning! Love how smitten he is with her!

  4. Natasja

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Jasmine, I love these images! Did you convert to film?

  5. Abby Grace

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    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!

  6. kaethe

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    music on that slideshow was perf! made me allll teary. lovelove!

  7. Chris

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:28 pm


  8. tess

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful a usual!

  9. The New Diplomat's Wife

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    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!

  10. Katelyn James

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    ohhh I love this one!! Love that shoe shot!!

  11. Christina Graves

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    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.

  12. Bobbi

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous as always πŸ˜€

  13. Rachel Tatem

    January 25th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    What a beautiful wedding and SO great that the rain stopped long enough for you to grab some amazing pictures!

  14. life with kaishon

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I wish them every happiness. What a lovely couple. Their wedding ass incredible! How beautiful.

  15. monica brown

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    These images gave me goosebumps and heart flutters. So beautiful…

  16. Ashley

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    So so gorgeous…as always!
    And how sweet is this groom?! I love their first look. πŸ™‚

  17. carina

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Simply love it! Gorgeous as ever!
    And congrats to the couple for the beautiful symbolics they integrated. Lots of luck to them!

  18. Wendy K Yalom

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Absolutely Gorgeous Jasmine!!

  19. Stephanie Stewart

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Beyond gorgeous!

  20. christen barnes

    January 25th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Love this wedding. It feels and looks softer… You rock.

  21. Carla Barnett

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:05 pm


  22. Allie

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Loooove it!

  23. Christina Dely

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Awww brings back fond memories πŸ™‚ I love how you changed up the location for the first look!

  24. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Absolutely beautiful…I love how unified all the prep shots look. Quick question…do 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!!

  25. Gail

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Sophisticated. Elegant. Classy. GORGEOUS. Another beautiful wedding to start your 2012 right!

    What an impact πŸ˜‰ you made on these two, J!!!! xoxo G

  26. Stephanie

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    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. πŸ™‚ Well done.

  27. damara

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    How beautiful. His teary reaction is the memory that you want to remember forever.

  28. Aubri

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    You are amazing. Love your style and what a magnificant wedding.

  29. helen + eric

    January 25th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    We just jumped up from the roulette table to see our pics. Jasmine, you are amazing! Eric and I absolutely adore the pictures πŸ™‚ Viewing the slideshow brought tears to our eyes. Thank you and JD for capturing our memories. We are forever grateful. XOXO

  30. LEOLAK

    January 25th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    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!!!

  31. lori yohe

    January 25th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    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

  32. Kelley Lee Gin

    January 25th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    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

  33. Darcy

    January 25th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Love the gallery and love the choice of song:-)

  34. ashley barnett

    January 25th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Pretty pretty pretty. Love all the softness and light in the detail shots! πŸ™‚

  35. Kilee

    January 25th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    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!

  36. Annetta

    January 25th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Wow! Beautiful images! A great start for the new season.

  37. Ashley Goodwin

    January 25th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    The invitation in the window!!!!! The backlighting on the bouquet!!!

  38. Kira Noble

    January 26th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Gorgeous! The rain made the portraits so unique! Loved every shot.

  39. Courtney

    January 26th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Beautiful, as always! So hard to pick, but my favorite is the one of them dancing and laughing….so sweet and beautiful!

  40. Carrie Joy

    January 26th, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Wow. Gorgeous wedding. I ADORE the invitation in the window. Could you share what lens you were using? Were you shooting wide open?

  41. Denise

    January 26th, 2012 at 2:55 am

    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.

  42. Hannes Uys

    January 26th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Very pretty indeed!

  43. Bryan

    January 26th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    beautiful images, love the detail and room shots as well as the interaction between the couple

  44. Chris Photographer

    January 27th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Love the wide shot of the reception. It really captures the grandeur and beauty of the ballroom along with the fun everyone’s having.

  45. Rhommel Photography

    January 27th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome set. I really like the black and white conversion on the first dance photo! I really like your work!

  46. Cathy

    January 27th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Very nice post processing Jasmine.

  47. Kimberly Kay

    January 28th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    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.

  48. Luke Stanton

    January 28th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    no matter how many times I come back to your site,I always find more inspiration! love these images.

  49. kat rocknrollbride

    January 28th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    woo! thats where we stayed while we are in LA πŸ˜€

  50. Kazu foto

    January 29th, 2012 at 6:54 am

    i love this post!! life is beautiful

  51. melvin gilbert

    January 30th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    OMG!!!! your pictures are amazing! great shots!! <3 it!!!

  52. Yuliya Callahan

    January 31st, 2012 at 4:02 am

    beautiful as always

  53. Family Photographers Denver

    January 31st, 2012 at 5:56 am

    All photo shots are really amazing and eye capturing.I am desperately waiting for more Photographs here.

  54. Yarra Valley Wedding Photography

    January 31st, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful, really elegant shots.

  55. AlexanderKiselev

    January 31st, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Amazing couple, you did a great job!

  56. Susan Wolfer-Lennex

    January 31st, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Jasmine, once again you knock it out of the park! I love the image where you can see their reflection in the rainwater!

  57. Simka

    February 2nd, 2012 at 7:49 am

    It’s a DRAGON…

  58. Delaware Wedding Photographer

    February 2nd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    WOW what a gorgeous wedding! Love the mood your photos capture.

  59. Shannon Wimberly

    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    wow Jasmine….. you are my hero…

  60. Flix

    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Beautiful shots! I love the emotion. You can’t but that kind of passion. Great Job!

  61. Tim Gilbertson

    February 4th, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Super cool!

  62. photographe mariage

    February 4th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    A great wedding and beautiful pictures !

  63. Aberdeen Wedding Photographer Rubislaw Studio

    February 4th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    beautiful images which really capture the emotion of the day

  64. Vancouver wedding photographer

    February 5th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    This set is stunning! Real moments, real people! Love it!

  65. David Ferguson | Brisbane wedding photographer

    February 7th, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Always love stopping by to see your work. πŸ™‚

  66. Louella Allen

    February 7th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    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

  67. Yair Haim

    February 13th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Beautiful wedding photos! I love your work, so simple and pure images.

  68. Dade Freeman

    February 15th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Simply beautiful πŸ™‚

  69. Adam Johnson

    February 21st, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Really lovely coverage. Great details too. Beautiful!

  70. Rob Dunning Wedding Photography

    February 22nd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, Helen & Eric must be ecstatic. Thank you for sharing J* πŸ™‚ xx

  71. Neil Redfern

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Fantastic images, I love the shot of the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids – such a happy and natural moment πŸ™‚

  72. Hannes Uys

    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:08 am

    What a wedding!

  73. Wedding Photographer Colchester

    February 29th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful photo’s simply love the ones of the tables with candles

  74. Ricki Ford

    March 2nd, 2012 at 4:47 am

    These are beautiful as always!

  75. Leigh Gray

    March 3rd, 2012 at 7:50 am

    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!

  76. Donald Norris

    March 5th, 2012 at 1:43 am

    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!

  77. vasia

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    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

  78. Susan

    March 12th, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Gorgeous wedding! Beautifully captured!

  79. nick alamanos

    March 13th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Amazing photos, you’ve got a great eye.

  80. John Gibson

    March 14th, 2012 at 5:15 am

    This is a really nice set, thanks for sharing!

  81. Amy Ly

    March 14th, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Love the stories you tell Jasmine. I wonder, did they have a tea ceremony too? Or was this a completely modern wedding?

  82. mike

    March 18th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    This was gorgeous, Jasmine.

  83. Kimberly Chavez

    March 20th, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I needed a beautiful cry today. This was perfect.

  84. Mark Brendon

    March 20th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Nice pictures! You got the best private moments look so natural!

  85. wedding photograper melboure

    March 21st, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Waaahooooo some amazing photos there

  86. Australian Freeze Frame Photography

    March 26th, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Jasmin I’m sure you have made these guys very happy. Great work!

  87. Matt

    April 5th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    These photographs are truly beautiful and artistic. Fantastic job Jasmine. Thanks for sharing.

  88. kenny

    April 15th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful set of wedding images describing a perfect day.

  89. JOflash

    April 28th, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I jut simply can’t stop crying. This is the work of a true artist. Someday, I’m gonna be this good too.

  90. Hannes Uys

    October 17th, 2012 at 6:12 am

    What an adorable couple and post!!

  91. Ziedu Piegāde

    October 24th, 2014 at 5:23 am

    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.