Family is such a blessing. And when two families come together to celebrate a marriage, it’s a beautiful thing. Oanh and Tony’s wedding day was spectacular! The couple’s energy and enthusiasm were infectious as we traveled to five different locations capturing their joyful moments. From the tea ceremonies to the reception, the couple’s friends and family were so warm and welcoming that I felt right at home. And to Oanh and Tony, home is where the heart is.
Tea ceremonies are uniquely intimate. The structure of a tea ceremony requires the active involvement of not just the bride and groom, but their families as well. Indeed, as the bride and groom come together in matrimony, their two families are also brought together in joyful celebration. So the challenge for a filmmaker is to find a way to visually represent this union. My method: focus on emotionally powerful reactions from family members. At first, I thought this would prove difficult since I don’t speak a word of Vietnamese. 🙂 Fortunately, I found that emotion transcends language barriers. And I think I was able to find the shots I needed to tell this story: the quiver in a mother’s voice, the tears in a daughter’s eyes, a grandfather’s chuckle, a son’s embrace, the warmth of children, and the endearing little quirks that Oanh and Tony share as a couple. It’s a real treat to capture these rare and fleeting moments during all the hustle and bustle of a wedding day. Priceless moments always seem to be treasured more with time. So even though this wedding gave me a whopping 202 gigabytes of video footage, it was worth spending the extra time searching for these shots. Because some moments deserve a pedestal. 🙂
It was a wonderful wedding day! And I am honored to have captured such a loving celebration. Thank you Oanh and Tony for being such an amazingly awesome couple! Your easygoing and affectionate personalities made it really fun to work with you. And your constant enthusiasm reminded me of why I love being a wedding filmmaker. It was a joy to have spent the day with all of your kindhearted family members. And I am lucky to have played a part in such a beautiful moment in your lives.
Photographer: Eric Kieu (Awesome photographer and great to work with!)
Vietnamese Band Leader: Duc Hoang, Nguyen.Hoang90@yahoo.com (Super helpful and accommodating to my audio needs)
Reception Location: Crystal Palace Banquet Hall and Restaurant
Venue Manager: Roger Chan
Florist: Classic Blooms Studio
Crowd-Control Coordinator: Oanh’s Brother Vuong
Music: Joshua Radin- “I’d Rather Be With You”