Engagement Session at the fabulous Mission Inn, Riverside

A while back, my clients and I visited one of my favorite venue to shoot their engagement session. Which venue was it, you ask?

It’s the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, located at about 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles, in the heart of downtown Riverside. This is a truly special place in Southern California, because former US President Nixon had his wedding held at this very same hotel; President Reagan had his honeymoon here; and eight other former presidents were stopped by this place,  Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft,Herbert Hoover, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Gerald Ford, and George W. Bush.

Having a wedding or taking engagement photos there at the Mission Inn is like having a journey in time. The Mission Inn was built all the way back in 1902, and constructed in a wide variety of architectural styles. Mainly influenced by the Spanish Colonial and Renaissance styles.

Therefore, when you are looking to take engagement photo or pre wedding photo, or even having your wedding there at the Mission Inn Hotel. You may want to prepare your wardrobe more tailored to vintage style, or very modern. As booth style dresses would make it look timeless  in this venue.

Without further ado, here are the pictures taken in an engagement session from Mission Inn.

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Photo of Mission Inn Engagement

Mission Inn Hotel Engagement


Engagement at Riverside CA Mission Inn

Riverside CA Mission Inn Engagement

Riverside CA Mission Inn Engagement

Historic Mission Inn Engagement

Engagement Photo at Riverside Mission Inn

English Springs Park Engagement Photography

Engagement Session at English Springs Park

University of La Verne Pre-Wedding Photography

It’s early June here in Southern California, it’s yet another year’s graduate season. Every year around this time, a very photogenic tree call the Blue Jacaranda, or the fern tree, is in its full blossom; painting the campuses and neighborhoods with a vibrant purple high up in the sky. This year, it’s for sure a special for our bride, she graduated with a MBA degree from University of La Verne the day before her wedding. Thus she and her then fiance decided to go back to the university in her wedding dress and his tux, to shoot a Pre-Wedding session before their reception.

Wedding Photography is all about the joy and love that we photographers that will save for our clients, our friends for eternity. And during this pre-wedding session, the bride’s parents flown all the way from China, seeing their daughter dressed in this beautiful wedding dress. After 30 plus years of marriage, the parents sure do have some good example set for the new-weds; While I was posing the parents for a few picture while the bride is changing her gown, their love is subtle, but I can feel that has never faded away after these many years of marriage.

Words aside, here comes the pictures











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Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall + Santa Monica + Venice Beach Engagement Photo

Throwback! S. and M. are a pair of lovely couple that certainly doesn’t shy from the camera. We had covered a lot of iconic venues to take their engagement photo. Locations include : Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica.







Venues | Disney Concert Hall / Venice Beach, CA / Santa Monica, CA

Photographer | Andy Lu, an Los Angeles based Wedding Photographer

J + C Save The Date Session in Riverside, CA + UC Riverside

UCR Engagement Session Photography


J and C knew met other when they both attended the University of California, Riverside a couple years ago. Upon graduation, they took on different journeys in life, but fate had brought them together again.

I actually went to the same school with them, while J was my T.A. in Accounting courses.

There’s always a special feeling to shoot a pair of alumni through my camera lens. =)

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Venues | University of California, Riverside

Photographer | Andy Lu, a Los Angeles based Wedding Photographer