Thanks so much for your patience! August has been a very busy month. Summer time is so precious... I have been spending a lot of time with family. I also did some photo sessions but I have not been able to find time to update my blog post. I refreshed my website, but still some pages are under construction.
I think really need a vacation now!
I took this photo in Italy Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. This village is called Vernazza. It is the most picture perfect village of the five. My poor husband did not know we had to hike for 5 miles from one village to another that day, he wore slippers.... The hike was not easy, it went up and down with huge elevation. His feet had blisters afterwards, but we did took some beautiful photos like this. It was lifetime memory and experience.
Aug 11 was a big day. It was my honor to be part of Jisu and Liudas wedding day. To prepare for this day, I purchased one extra flash light with light stand and rented a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens. I was so excited!
From our engagement photo session, I got to know them a little bit personally. On their wedding day, I had opportunity to understand their personalities, family, and culture on a deeper level. I think this is what photography is about- telling stories about who they are, where they came from and their emotion, personalities.
Liudas is a casual, easy going guy. Putting on ties and suits are probably not his niche. It took him some practice to get his look ready.
Sharp looking groom now. His tie looks very interesting to me. Liudas told me it is hand made fabric tie from his home country Lithuania.
What I love about this wedding is bride and groom are from two very different cultural background. What are the odds these two lovebirds met each other on the other side of the world, fell in love and getting married? I call it fate.
Jisu is stunning! I love her hair and earrings. She looks so elegant.
Their wedding is smaller and simple wedding, only a circle of close family and friends attended, but their family traveled very far to join this celebration.
The wedding ceremony was short and sweet. Their pastor gave a very interesting fact about marriage:
When marriage encounter challenges, it is important to remember, men and women need to face each other try to solve the problems instead of walking away.Why? Imagine you are standing on top of this globe, if you walk away, it only get you two further and further away.
We took some photos in a park nearby. The weather was so perfect that day. The light was so romantic and peaceful.
I have to say, they have some amazing friends: super warm and easy going. I'm glad they were able to attend their wedding to witness this beautiful day.
We took countless beautiful photos then head back to the reception.
We had the most interesting Lithuanian wedding ceremony: the wedding couple were then met by Liudas' mother holding a plate with a slice of bread (symbolizing work), a pinch of salt (symbolizing tears) and a glass of wine (symbolizing joy) ; the three elements of life. The newlyweds broke off a piece of bread, dipped it in the salt, took a bite and then followed it with a sip of wine. This ceremony symbolized the sharing of the sweet and sorrowful times of life together.
After all that, it was a lot of fun, party, dancing
Even as I am typing on this blog, I cannot help smiling when looking at these photos.
Thank you for both of you- for giving me this opportunity to witness your special day. I love your warm, kind, easy going personalities. You two are perfect for each other. I look forward to be part of many more of your milestones years to come!