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Kimi and Salvo’s ChiTalian Wedding

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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:

DSC_1328This is very typical of Kimi, she always enjoy life to the fullest!  Even posed for me at 9:00 in the morning lol.  Oh and Kimi even brought dumplings for her hair stylist that morning.

DSC_1329Kimi 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.

DSC_1378Long story short, the hair is done and now we’re hanging out at home 🙂 These father/daughter moments are always my favorite to photograph.

DSC_1399Last minute DIY 🙂

DSC_1416I don’t really know if this method really work…..

DSC_1414You really get to catch a lot of beautiful moments during a wedding.

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DSC_1465Kimi getting her make up done by one of her awesome friend in Austin.  This scene for some reason reminds me of Memoir of a Geisha lol.

DSC_1548Putting the veil on is a much scarier than it look.  You really have to commit to pushing the pin down even mean if it means scratching her head lol 🙂

DSC_1555Kimi and Dad.

DSC_3918Like I have said from the very beginning, even though I witnessed all the preparations leading up to the ceremony, I still cannot believe how beautiful everything was.

DSC_3932Salvo’s parents walking down the aisle to start the ceremony.

DSC_3951The Maid of Honor made her entrance.

DSC_3942Salvo with his Best Man and brother, Vincenzo  awaited patiently as the bride was about to make her entrance.

DSC_3978Similar 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.

DSC_1586Making vows with close friends and family as witnesses.

DSC_4141Mr. and Mrs. Galati!!!!!  Below are a few glamour photos of the couple just right after the ceremony.

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DSC_1726Nicole, 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.

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DSC_1798The beginning of the receptions as guests are coming in.

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DSC_1845Trouble makers 🙂

DSC_1942Salvo’s dad made a speech wishing the couple well.

DSC_1944I 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.

DSC_1965And let’s be honest, you just cannot translate this kind of emotion from one language to another.  You don’t need to either.

DSC_2034Salvo’s best man and younger brother made a toast to the newly wedded couple in broken English 🙂 (I’m just kidding Vincenzo)

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DSC_2055Wen said could not speak any English but she could read English just fine 🙂

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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.

 

 

 

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Kimi&Salvo Engagement

Kimi&Salvo Engagement

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You know, this is a strange blog to write because this particular blog is not really about the photos. But we are on a photography blog and we did spend a good 2.5 hours photographing this beautiful couple so I guess I better have something to show for it.   Usually, couples take engagement photos to commemorate a more innocent time in their relationship, perhaps to later show it to their children and say “See, we once were cool too!”

But for Kimi and Salvo, this experience is much more about the union of their families since both families have to travel so far to be there for them.  Being a good friend with both of them made me feel like we were just on a family outing taking photos together to memorialize our trip.   In a way, the photos doesn’t really matter, I was simply capturing my own memories.  Looking back at this set of photos make me miss them so much!

Just a note, because I flew in to Austin, TX from Connecticut on a Wednesday, we did this photo session on Thursday, two days prior to the wedding.  Clearly, if I were to live in Austin, we would have space it out better lol.  I was actually there when Salvo proposed to Kimi; well, I was there a couple of days later but you can see the photos from that “session” here.   It’s much more organic because NO ONE was prepared lol.

Special thanks to Laguna Gloria for letting us photographed on their beautiful ground and their staff were extremely helpful and friendly to us. Also, special thanks to Mount Bonnell for being only 500ft high as I wasn’t about to hike 4,000 feet to get a mountaintop finish photo 🙂

By the way, Kimi’s dad is also a photographer I am really glad he came along because he help out with all the lighting!

P.S Click on the individual photo for a higher resolution!

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