MELISSA + MICHAEL | engagement

What do you get when you combine a gorgeous couple, a Louis Vuitton dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, amazing architecture and a helipad?! A very, VERY happy photographer. I was in photog heaven during Melissa + Michael’s fabulous engagement session. Just when we were already having a great time and I thought the day couldn’t get any better, we somehow found ourselves on top of a helicopter landing pad in downtown LA at sunset. I felt so lucky to be sharing in this moment with two very fun + special people. Melissa + Michael wanted their engagement session to be a dressier, more high fashion version of their daily lives (they swear they are not this glamorous in real life but you probably don’t believe them after seeing them rock the photos below). I think we succeeded in capturing all the style + beauty of this couple but more importantly, having a super fun time while braving new heights together. After this incredible session, I am even more excited about their June wedding!!!!

 

We started off at one of my favorite places in downtown LA – the Bradbury Building. You might also recognize it from the movie 500 Days of Summer.

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downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

We followed up the already amazing session with shots at a nearby high rise in downtown LA. I LOVE the fuchsia dress Melissa changed into:
downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

And we somehow managed our way up to the very top of the building! My fear of heights didn’t stop me from taking in this moment! It was all very surreal and it took me a second to get back to work. I could have shot up there all day with such a beautiful couple and an incredible backdrop.
downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

downtown los angeles bradbury building helicopter landing engagement photography

 

And last but certainly not least:
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Special thanks to the awesome Ning Wong for assisting me on the shoot and taking some of these behind the scenes photos. Note to self: learn to wear heels when shooting.
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Yes my signature squat:
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  1. Melissa & Michael

    OMG!! Love the photos! Thanks Kim for an amazing shoot! Can’t wait til our wedding!

  2. HI Congratulation my couzin and to my new conzin too ….
    Pictures are Sooooo Great !!!!

    If u wanna come to swiss mountains …tell me!

    Georges.

  3. AnNgo

    Wow, this e-session is gorgeous! Congrats on all of the beautiful work, Kim Le! So proud of you, your talent, and your success!

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  5. Daniel Yi

    Hello, these are some really amazing photographs. Where did you take the rooftop / helipad photos? Are they accessible to the public or did you have to rent the space? Please let me know!

    -Daniel
    danielsungyi@gmail.com

  6. Kirsten

    Hi!

    I’m curious too, where did you find this helipad/highrise? It’s gorgeous!

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