For many of the guests who attended Kimi and Salvo’s wedding, the scene above is probably one of their first memory of the wedding. As someone who had hung out with Kimi and the Salvo and their families the whole morning as well as the rehearsal the night before, I was still in total shock at how beautiful it was to see her parents walked their only child down the aisle. For the out of town guests that have not seen Kimi in a while, I cannot possibly imagine the pride and joy they must have felt. I mean, I have been to a few weddings and it’s always fun because everyone is always so happy but to photograph some of the happiest moment in the life of a close friend, that is quite a surreal experience.
Oh and just before I go on, I have to mention that this wedding took place in Austin, TX not Connecticut, just so all of my friends in Connecticut don’t go asking where in CT is all of this lol.
So for everyone who was not able to attend the morning session at the hair salon, let me explain what happen:
Kimi with her Maid of Honor, Wen. One thing about wedding guests is that you never know how far someone had travel to be there and it always fascinating to me where people come from. Wen is one of Kimi’s roommates while they were in New York City.
Similar to the first photo in the blog, this is the first time anyone really saw the bride in her wedding gown, including Salvo! Even though I saw every single part of the process that morning, I was really stunned how beautiful she looked as she walked down the aisle.
Nicole, Kimi, and Wen. Nicole flew down from Philadelphia to be there for the wedding. I love it when I see people go so far to be there for their friends. In a sense, a wedding is like a big family reunion and you want to have the photo commemorate the reunion.
I still remember Kimi’s speech almost exactly from that day since it just show the strength of her character. She stated that (and I am paraphrasing) ever since both parents came over to the United States for the wedding, they have to deal with all kind of problems and frustrations associated with language barriers and therefore she did not feel that her guests should have the privilege of understanding everything; therefore the speeches would not translated into English. If you think about it, it’s their son and daughter who are getting married, it’s our responsibility to understand them rather than the other way around.
Kimi and Salvo’s wedding is so far the second wedding that I photographed for a friend and the experience is very very surreal. Doing something that you love has always been fun and I am very fortunate to be able to do something that I love. Doing something that you love for your love ones is a very neat experience. As with all the wonderful couples that I have photographed, a heartfelt congratulation to Kimi and Salvo and I know that when they revisit their photo album from time to time, they will remember all those wonderful moments with friends and families from near and far as well those precious moments they shared with each other on that very very special day.