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Kicking off 2014 strong with the celebration of Tim & Charlotte! I first spoke to Tim way back when, but it wasn’t until a week or so prior to the actual day that we sat down and really talked about the possibility of collaborating. I’ve known Tim for years now from mutual friends and even working weddings together. Who I didn’t know was Charlotte but that didn’t take long at all – on the morning of, I was greeted by nothing other than a warm smile.

When Tim contacted me, he was quite hesitant since adding a film would be such a big investment with the wedding being so close. We discussed the charity wedding and it was a perfect fit since Charlotte is going to be a doctor! With their investment going to charity, I decided tackle this day on my own without my usual second-shooter assisting throughout the day. It was definitely difficult but Tim & Charlotte could not be more accommodating. It was such an eventful day and I’m glad I could take part in this celebration.

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Photographer: David Lai
Coordinator: Sunny Choi

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it’s been quite the year…

growing up in chicago, new years day has always been gray and freezing cold in the middle of winter. it didn’t really consist of anything since my parents (coming from a chinese background) celebrated new years according to the lunar calendar which so happens to begin the year sometime in february.

for the past few years, i’ve made it tradition to reflect on the expiring year before looking forward. and as i scroll through this blog, i began to notice how there aren’t any personal thoughts. i guess it’s safe to say that i haven’t shared much of myself here in an attempt to keep the business apart from the personal.

i have another year of filming coming soon and many destinations scheduled but before that, i have taken some time to meditate on some things.

i’m so very thankful for you, the couples that entrusted me with your day. i’m blessed to be able to call this my full-time vocation, and it’s all because of you that i can do this. it’s been a year of firsts. we drove through the hills of southern california en route a beautiful winery in temecula, and later on to the breath-taking cliffs of malibu for an intimate vow renewal. we ventured and filmed all over this season: an industrial giant of a tower – the trump, a rustic barn north of chicago, a small backyard in santa monica, a vineyard all the way in virginia, the heart of downtown indianapolis, an urban building turned wedding venue – room 1520, the historic cultural center of chicago, the magnificient cafe brauer, an outdoor celebration with trees towering over us out in west illinois, a home to many aquatic lifeforms – the shedd, and everywhere in between.

to be fully honest – the locations pale in comparison to the people who filled them. thank you for sharing life with me and for your continued support.

before i go, i have some new years resolutions.

i want to connect with people more, to establish deeper relationships. that’s why we’re here, right? it’d be such a wasted opportunity if we just lived among one another without truly getting to know each other on a deeper level.

once the wedding edits are complete and delivered, i plan on taking some time off to travel and create some personal pieces. if you want to stay updated with what’s going on in my world, follow me on instagram.

most of all, i want to shoot weddings. in chicago, california, phuket, cape town, wherever. because it really doesn’t matter where you get married, or what you’re doing. you’re getting married. and that’s pretty much the coolest thing ever.

wow, you’re getting married.

i’m so looking forward to telling more stories in the coming year. partnering with you in charity is going to be amazing.

i can’t wait.

oh, and – i woke up this morning and decided to make a recap film. and so i did. i was originally going to create a new post about it but figured attaching the film to this reflection post would be most ideal being that i’ve already given my thanks to all the lovely couples who entrusted me with their day this past year. i hope you enjoy it!

god bless.

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WEDNESDAY, 9:30PM. 2 days prior to their wedding day, they sat across the booth sipping almond milk tea. Our first conversation occurred a couple days before and wasn’t sure if time allowed for a physical meeting. She being exhausted from her stay in NY and him arriving back from his bachelor party. Jet lagged and all… they began to share,

Here’s a typical story about boy meets girl. Except this boy was born and raised in chicago, the greatest city in the world and the girl of his dreams lived life in the future. Thirteen hours into the future to be exact. After Vik graduated from Dartmouth, he ventured out east for job opportunities and that’s when he ran into Jo. It all began at a house party in Singapore. She was cooling off in the kitchen. He needed a beer. Well, that’s that and here we are.

She’s the kind of girl who doesn’t apply make-up on the daily.
He never really touches up his hair, but when it happens – she applies it for him.
She gets excited over the small things, especially the texture of doughnuts from glazed & infused.
He loves Mexican food but it’s nowhere to be found in Singapore.

It helped me learn that their celebration was not just a coming together for the two of them, it was a joining of families and friends. And of course, that’s what I decided to highlight in their film. With Jo’s family hosting a traditional tea ceremony and Vik’s side a hindu ceremony, I knew that they had huge family ties and much respect for where they come from. Over boba, Vik mentioned that there would be a open mic of sorts going on during the reception. This was great; it allowed us to learn about their separate childhoods and also a window into their lives as a couple. Normally we only incorporate one or two speeches into a film but this time around, the more the merrier.

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Special thanks to all the vendors who made this wedding possible! Especially Jenn Gaudreau for referring us to Jo & Vik! I’ve also got to mention that Beth did an amazing job making sure everything ran smoothly! Her team is top-notch! DJ Harsh was excellent as well – keeping folks moving on the dance floor and updating us on all things related to the itinerary. Props to the team at FMK for killing it with that morning ceremony set-up.

Photographer: Jenn Gaudreau
Venue: The Hyatt Lodge
Coordinator: SQN Events
Florist: Forget Me Knodt
DJ: DJ Harsh

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