Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wedding - Orlando, FL: Sarah and Vincent

The preparations began bright and early in the morning. Sarah had a lot of family fly in from Hong Kong for the wedding, so when we arrived at her house, everyone was busy making food, getting ready, and taking care of last minute details. The smells coming out that that kitchen were amazing! It was great to see all the Asian influence that was added into every aspect of their wedding day. With Sarah's family being Chinese, and Vincent's family being Filipino, you knew that everyone was going to eat well all day long... and those are my kind of people!

Here are a couple getting ready shots. Peggy DeLeon did a fabulous job with Sarah's hair and makeup. She was so easy to work with and actually helped us climb around on the furniture and snap photos over her shoulder.

Chris captured so many great shots of Sarah getting her hair and makeup done. Here is one of my favorites.

Sarah had so many great expressions throughout the day, it really made our job easy! She must get it from her dad, because he was full of emotion himself. =)

The pure excitement was great! Here is Sarah checking out her new bling. Of course smiles like that are infectious, which made it hard for Vincent to contain his happiness.

Church Wedding in Orlando, Florida

After the ceremony, we headed over to Rollins College to take some pictures around the beautiful campus. The wedding party was an absolute blast and they were totally up for doing all sorts of fun pictures! The hot sun wasn't going to stand in the way us having fun. =)

Orlando wedding party photos at Rollins College

...sorry to interrupt, but I think you have an audience, hehe...

These iron gates we found were very dramatic.

Orlando bridal photo

The reception was held at the Winter Park Civic Center and the park area around back had some beautiful spots for photos.

Wedding photos at the Winter Park Civic Center

Wedding photo of bride and groom on a bench

The table arrangements and details were put together perfectly to tie their colors and theme together.

In case you are curious about the cake topper like we were, it means "Double Happiness". Or at least that is what we were told by the bridesmaids =)

Sarah and Vincent arranged ample time for us to set up a slideshow during their 8-course meal. Before the dancing started and the party really came alive, we projected the slideshow with photos from earlier in the day, as well as engagement photos from their engagement session in Tampa. It was so cool to see everything projected onto the big wall! Jay with Liquid Entertainment did such a great job keeping the party going all night and was great to work with! The music was soo good that it was tough for Chris and me not to put our cameras down and hit the dance floor. Sarah and Vincent's crew all knew how to have a good time and definitely entertained with awesome dancing including a few spectacular breakers.

Wedding slideshow played at the reception

Thanks so much to Sarah and Vincent for inviting us to be a part of your big day. You guys were so much and we hope you're having a great time on your honeymoon in the Dominican!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New York City Trip - Part 3

After seeing so much on the first day of the trip, we had to sleep in a little before getting back on the tour bus for Day 2. The second day we decided to take the "uptown loop" which took us everywhere north of times square, including Central Park and Harlem. I know I said it before, but the architecture in New York City was just amazing. The wide variety of styles and colors put a big goofy smile on my face. I couldn't have looked any more like a tourist. Here are some examples of the architecture that caught my eye.

I was so busy taking this picture that I didn't hear the tour guide say what this building is. Anyone know?

And this was just painted right on the side of a building.

I'm a geography nut, so this globe caught my interest as we rode on the tour bus on our way to Central Park.

This is one of the bus stop signs for the tour that we were on. Obviously this was one of the stops to get off and wander through Central Park.

So we did. It was nothing like I had imaged from all the TV shows. I couldn't believe how huge Central Park really is. You walk down this little path away from the huge buildings and then it's like you are literally in a park with nothing but trees and running trails and the most adorable little buildings. I took a few pictures of these cute little buildings, then once we got past them I realized they were restrooms. After the second time, I caught on.

I guess I expected the great lawn to just be a strip of grass with huge buildings lining all sides. In reality, the skyline was actually pretty far off in the distance.

Then we stumbled upon this beautiful "pond" which turned out to be a reservoir. Right in the middle of New York City, yet so serene.

As fast as we entered the park, we walked right out the other side and we were back to the monster buildings. I was really excited to see the Guggenheim Museum, but was sad to find out that they were refinishing it just like so many other buildings in the city. This ended up being the best shot I could get, hahaha. Bucket truck, paint patches, and all.

That concludes our trip to New York City. I'm so glad we went! Now we are onto a busy fall wedding season. =)

Monday, September 8, 2008

New York City - Part 2

There are so many fun pictures from the trip! I have to start off with my goofball brother who decided to test out the size of the armoir when we got into the room our first night... yes, apparently he fit. =)

I still can't believe how much we got to see on the first day there. One other spot that that was really cool to see in person is China Town. While it was pretty much what I expected, the shops and signs went higher than I had envisioned.

One surprising thing about New York City was all the scaffolding lining the buildings. It was tough with all the scaffolding, but I had to get a picture of the McDonald's in China Town.

This might have been the coolest building that we saw, in my opinion. The Empire State Building is just so tall it's unbelievable. Ok, ok, so I haven't been to many big cities before so this was the tallest I have seen in person to date. The sky was the most beautiful shade of blue while we were there, which was a perfect backdrop for all the photos of the tall buildings.

I know I got a little carried away, but each angle was better than the last!

Later that night after dinner, we went to the top of the Empire State Building. First we waited in line for security, then we waited in line for tickets, then waited in another line to ride the elevators up to the 80th floor, then, last, but not least, waited in the final line to ride another elevator up to the 86th floor where the observatory is. I'm so glad we decided to go at night because the view was amazing!

You can see the Statue of Liberty in this one! (I pointed it out for you if you have trouble, hehe.)

Since we were up so high, we were basically in the clouds. Here is a pic looking up toward the top of the building. At first, the clouds were moving pretty fast and we all got dizzy looking up.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

One Year Anniversary!

So last night wasn't the best anniversary eve... it was sad to watch our Tennessee Vols lose the season opener at UCLA. Hopefully it was just a game to get all the rust out of our system and get ready for the SEC games.

On a happier note, today Chris and I are celebrating our first anniversary! I can't believe it has already been a full year. It's amazing how fast the time flies (when you're having fun, right?). I know it's mushy, but it is such a great feeling to continually grow closer in a marriage as time goes on. It has been really fun as our friendship, relationship, and business has grown over the past year. Also, it's great to be around all the wonderful couples we've met and see how happy they are. It is a great reminder of true love, and makes us fall in love with each other all over again. I'm definitely looking forward to many more great years. I love you baby!

Here are a couple images from our wedding. Thanks to Armin for a great job documenting our wedding last year, and inspiring us. =)

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