by Kevin Lam
It all started one February afternoon, when a couple named Karen & Ken, contacted me about photographing their destination wedding in Cuba. They said that they browsed through my blog for over an hour and loved my photos. We dialogued back and forth over e-mail and they wanted to meet soon. I really liked their enthusiasm!
Together with 25 of their closest friends and family members, they were planning an intimate wedding at the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca Resort in July. A beautiful new resort on the tip of the Varadero peninsula.
The anticipated meeting arrived but due to the snow storm that evening, they chose a busy restaurant near me to make things more convenient. As I trudged through the newly fallen snow to meet Karen & Ken, I began to wonder if I’d be able to spot them easily. I scanned the restaurant for couples with the usual telltale signs: sitting at a table for more than two, expectant glances towards the front door, and/or maybe holding a notebook in hand to jot down notes.
I scanned the room. To my surprise, I spotted fellow photographers Lucy Chang & Kevin Fung! Both of whom are talented photographers and dear colleagues of mine! What a coincidence, why were they here?
As I excitedly scanned the room again, no other couples in the room exhibited those ‘telltale signs’. Lucy & Kevin were, in fact, the only ones looking in the direction of the front door. They seemed to be expecting me.
Then it clicked.
A smile crept over my face as I slowly realized the elaborate foil that Lucy & Kevin had set up to surprise me. I still hadn’t moved a step from the front door, but after seeing their equally big smiles from across the room I knew that they had got me good!
Their grand wedding adventure consisted of four celebrations across the globe. There were the reception dinners held in China & Taiwan for overseas family, the Toronto banquet, and of course, the destination wedding in Cuba.
It goes without saying that photographing for two fellow photographers can be a lot of pressure. Naturally their expectations are going to be higher. But I thrive on the pressure and had a blast photographing this wedding. I think these photos show just how much fun we all had that week in Varadero.
It was such an incredible journey and honour to be chosen to photograph their wedding celebration.
Photographed by Kevin & Andrea.
by Kevin Lam
Sabina & Derek are one of those couples that I just immediately clicked with. From the moment we met, it was like catching up with old friends. Each time we met up, we chatted for hours about everything. One of their biggest passions is travel and it was truly enjoyable to share travel experiences with a like-minded couple. Even as I write this, they’re off on another adventure somewhere!
During one of our memorable chats, Derek described himself as the higher maintenance of the two of them. Sabina confirmed that Derek indeed took more time in the primping department! This is pretty surprising since most grooms I’ve met are rather precipitous when it comes to grooming. Nevertheless, all his hard work paid off and he looked quite dapper on his wedding day.
On the other hand, Sabina is refreshingly nonchalant about these things. With the help of her high school friend and well-known make-up artist, Satine Yang, she still looked absolutely beautiful. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Satine many times over the years and our brides always rave about her.
After the morning Chinese “door games” and tea ceremony, we photographed the rest of the day at the beautiful King Valley Golf Club.
Thank you guys for allowing me to be a part of your big day. It was a pleasure to be your photographer and to make this new friendship.
Photographed by Kevin Lam & Kevin Fung.
Venue: King Valley Golf Club
Catering: Jacky Young, Grand Catering
Officiant: Dr. Joshua Lam
Hair stylist & Make-up Artist: Satine Yang, Satine Studio
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by Kevin Lam
There were two things I remembered when I first met Gina & Matthew about their wedding. First, was Gina’s black eye, which she got from an unfortunate softball accident. Fortunately, she was as good as new by the time the wedding rolled around!
The second thing I remembered was that they wanted their wedding to be a small and intimate celebration with their closest friends. Oliver & Bonnacini’s Auberge du Pommier restaurant was the perfect setting for their ceremony and luncheon reception. I can really appreciate small weddings like this. I think for Gina & Matthew it was the perfect reflection of their personalities. It was just family, good friends, and great food.
Gina & Matthew are two of the sweetest people and I’m so glad to have been a part of their wedding day. Thanks guys.
Photographed by Kevin Lam.
Venue: Auberge du Pommier Restaurant
Hotel: Novotel North York
Officiant: Albert Chung
Hair stylist & Make-up artist: Rhia Amio, Artistrhi