This officially marks the beginning of my backlog blogging. I’ll be sharing photos from past weddings on the anniversary of my couples, starting with Gina and Hyo 🤍
Gina & Hyo were actually married for almost a year before their wedding, but even still it was a celebration full of joy and excitement. The wedding industry was affected by covid like everyone else, which meant postponements, cancelations, or “micro” weddings for so many couples. I *loved* what Gina & Hyo did.
They ended up getting married on their original wedding date (about a year before the photos below), but only in the presence of their family. I photographed their engagement session, they changed into their wedding attire, and then had an absolutely beautiful, intimate outdoor ceremony. I’ll be sharing those photos soon, but being lucky enough to photograph both of their weddings, I was able to observe so many special things about them.
Gina and Hyo are gracious, kind, and joyful. I probably spent a total of 10 hours max with them (between both weddings), but it was obvious even to me how genuinely loving they are. They were extremely present on both occasions, honoring those that were with them. Instead of postponing their marriage they decided to creatively make the most of their circumstances. It was beautiful and inspiring to witness. I’ll speak more about their first wedding in a different post, but one year later I was able to see their love still genuine and pure.
I spend a lot of time thinking about legacy. Specifically familial legacy. The values that are passed down from generation to generation, the stories and choices that led to the present. While we are responsible for our own lives, so much of it is because of the decisions and path of those who came before us. And while I think about this a lot in my own family, and absolutely love to sit down and hear stories and look through old photos, it’s something that is always top of mind when I photograph a wedding day.
The couple that is coming together as one, starting their own, new family, is made of up of two completely separate individuals with their own upbringing, traditions, customs, etc. While the wedding day is very much about the love two people share, it’s also about the love that brought them there. The love of their families.
I learned that Hyo’s grandmother was a primary role in his upbringing. While they danced together during the reception, I imagined them both younger and thought about all the little moments that led them to dance together on his wedding day. Of course I couldn’t possibly know their whole story and what it was like for Hyo when he was growing up, but on his wedding day I saw his grandmother’s love for him and vise versa. This was one example, but it was evident amongst both sides of the family.
One of my favorite parts about their wedding was the toasts! I’ll be honest, this is usually not at the top top of my list of “favorites” on a wedding day, but Gina’s sisters gave an epic toast. There was a slideshow AND props involved. AND a creative, hilarious musical number. I was seriously among extremely talented individuals. Gina and Hyo share a love for musicals so Gina’s sisters gave their own rendition of snippets from different musicals and created a very memorable toast. I’m telling you – EPIC.
Overall, it was truly such a joyful wedding experience. I loved being a part of BOTH of their special day(s).
Happy one year wedding anniversary to Gina & Hyo (and almost two years married!!). Wishing you both the best, always.
details, d e t a i l s
Wedding Photography: Fabiane Photography
Videography: Petit Four Films
Venue: Seasons Catering
DJ: Posh DJs
Florist: Mibella Flowers