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Destination Wedding in Palm Beach, Aruba: Nate & Peggy

April 26th, 2010

The wedding season officially started for 2010. And not a bad way to start at all. It started way down south – as close as you can get down to South America without actually getting there. When I got the final confirmation last year from Nate & Peggy that I was going to be their […]

 

The wedding season officially started for 2010. And not a bad way to start at all. It started way down south – as close as you can get down to South America without actually getting there. When I got the final confirmation last year from Nate & Peggy that I was going to be their wedding photographer in Palm Beach, Aruba, the first thing I did was get up from my chair and started singing the song by the Beach Boys: “Aruba, Jamaica, Oooh I wanna take ya…” I knew this wedding was going to be a fun one because I got to spend some time with Nate & Peggy last month photographing their engagement session in New York City. I loved their personality, energy and their love for photography. And they also loved eating good food (Started our session by eating Japanese ramun noodle for lunch)!! So I knew right there and than that we were going to get along just fine.

You could not ask for a better wedding. Five days under the Aruba sky. Friendly Arubans greeted you with their warmth and hospitality. Amazing seafood. Breath-taking snorkeling sites. Driving around the island during our photoshoot. Getting to know Nate & Peggy along with their close family & friends – everything was a delightful. Thank you so much for allowing us to capture your wedding day and spend the weekend with you guys. Weddings like this reminds us how blessed we are as wedding photographers to call this our vocation (or was it vacation)?!?! 🙂

The ceremony & the reception took place at the beautiful Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa in Palm Beach Aruba. Here are some images that highlight the weekend. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I had fun editing and putting them together. Big thanks to Kenny Nakai for being my wingman for this wedding.

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography - Groomsmen images courtesy of Kenny Nakai

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Yes, skies like this do exist! I still cannot get over how pretty the sunset was down there! - Palm Beach Aruba Destination Wedding images of Nate & Peggy by Kenny Kim Photography

Thank you Nate & Peggy again for being such amazing clients. I am blessed to know you guys and now call you friends! For more photos from the wedding, visit: Facebook Page Gallery. For complete view, visit the Pictage Gallery & pre-register.

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Travel Mishap That Turned Into a Blessing

November 30th, 2009

“Travel snafus can throw upside down the most thought-out of vacation plans. But what the mishaps lead to, and how people deal with them, can be blessings in globe-trotting disguise.” – Anonymous One thing I like to share about myself is that I can get rigid when it comes to planning and scheduling things. I […]

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“Travel snafus can throw upside down the most thought-out of vacation plans. But what the mishaps lead to, and how people deal with them, can be blessings in globe-trotting disguise.” – Anonymous

One thing I like to share about myself is that I can get rigid when it comes to planning and scheduling things. I tend to be open minded about many things but when it comes to schedule planning, I like things to be precise and accurate. And when something like that happens to me, I tend to get narrow-minded, stubborn and easily irritated. But a quote like the one above reminded me that we need to learn to relax and see the positive things in all situation. Let me share an example of how this came true to me on my recent trip to Italy.

On one of my recent trip back from Italy, I had a connecting flight that took me from Rome to Madrid to Chicago via Iberia Airlines. In Madrid, I would have to wait 3 hrs before connecting to my next flight out to Chicago. I arrived at the Rome airport around midnight and spent the night at there since my flight was departing around 7am. 6am rolled around and all of sudden the power went out at the airport (at least the terminal I was waiting at). There were bunch of people waiting at the check in counter waiting to get our boarding passes but because there was no power, the attendants could not issue us any tickets. So we waited patiently for next 2 hours until the power came back on. I get my boarding pass and sprint towards my gate. By then since the flight was already two hours late so I knew the plane had to fly faster to arrive in Madrid Spain on time. They arrived with about 30 mins left before my next connecting flight. But I also knew I had to switch terminals to get to my next flight (because I came the same way when I flew into Italy) so I knew it was going to take me about 45 mins to actually get to the next gate. Using my gazelle-like running skills, I sped to my connecting gate with 6 minutes left before departure. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack from running so fast with my camera gear on my back and rolling case.

Once I arrived with 6 minutes to spare, the personal at that boarding gate looked at my pass and told me that my flight took off 5 minutes ago. How can this be? I thought airlines don’t actually leave earlier than their scheduled time. Are you serious? They felt bad because they thought there was no way I was going to make the flight also since they knew I was coming from a flight that was delayed in Rome. Ok fine. So I asked them if they could put me a the next flight. Unfortunately there was only one flight daily that went from Madrid to Chicago – which meant that I had to wait 24 hours. I so wish I was back in the States because I would demand some kind of a monetary refund for this mistake. But because of my language barrier I couldn’t express my frustration. Instead the service center looked at me and told me that because they felt bad about what happened, they offered to put me up at a hotel over night with all expenses paid. At first I was still upset because I was already on the road for two weeks so I was itching to get back home. i had no more clean clothes and was on my last pair of underwear and socks. I just wanted to go home. But this was a moment where I could have made the situation worse and demanded more or another solution to get me back home on time. Instead, I accepted what they gave me graciously and decided to use that opportunity to visit Madrid.

I have never visited Madrid before and was not sure what to expect. Using the little Spanish that I knew from studying it in high school, I wandered around aimlessly throughout the city and was delighted to find a wonderful city full of its own treasures and unique culture. In about 5 hours, I was able to cover most of the city on foot and took some fun photos. Even the hotel and the meal that they provided was actually pretty nice and it was good to get a quick tour of Madrid – for FREE!

Any ways, I learned a lesson there which I mentioned briefly in the quote above. Life can bring unexpected things. I have the tendency to react a certain way to it and miss out on the opportunity that it brings. This was another lesson that I learned on my trip to Italy and I look forward to applying it to my life & my business. Here are just a few shots I captured while I was in Madrid. I hope you guys enjoy it as you ponder about what opportunities wait around the corner for you. Make most out of your circumstances. Carpe Diem! 🙂

Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain


Photos from Madrid Spain

Photos from Madrid Spain

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Leaving for Africa…A Benefit Project for Thirst Relief

November 2nd, 2009

I couldn’t fall asleep last night as I sat in front of my computer pinching myself to see if this is still true. Ever since college, one of my dream/goal was to go to Africa. Many of my friends who have visited there have told me that you owe it to yourself to visit this […]

 

I couldn’t fall asleep last night as I sat in front of my computer pinching myself to see if this is still true. Ever since college, one of my dream/goal was to go to Africa. Many of my friends who have visited there have told me that you owe it to yourself to visit this place. I am going there today and am thrilled and excited like a child going to Disneyland for the first time. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use me on this trip to open my eyes. I’m praying that through this trip my vision will broaden to see the world with clearer eyes and come back a changed man. Here’s a brief description of what I will be doing in Tanzania:

Nov. 2-11, 2009: Four photographers, one purpose . . . to document the work of Thirst Relief International and show how life saving Bio-Sand Water Filters and wells can save lives! Join Bob Davis, Anton Lorimer, Jim Davis-Hicks and me Kenny Kim as we embark on a storytelling journey that will forever impact your life and ours! Follow us online as we tell the story of pastor Mwambungoo who makes a living building and installing thirst relief filters while caring for the needs of his fellow villagers. See how one filter, one well, one person can impact the lives of so many!

Throughout this trip, I will attempt to blog about our experience there as well as some other insights. Follow us on twitter for more quick/brief updates:
Jim Davis Hicks (http://www.twitter.com/jimdavishicks)
Bob Davis (http://www.twitter.com/bobdavis_1)
Anton Lorimer (http://www.twitter.com/antonlorimer)
Kenny Kim (http://www.twitter.com/kennykim)

I have never been to Tanzania so I do not have any images to share with you. So I visited the blog of previous Thirs Relief team that visited there. I found two of these beautiful images by my friend/super-talented photographer Ben Harrison and I hope he does not mind that I am using them here. 🙂
Ben Harrison's Africa Image

Ben Harrison's Africa Image

By the way, I feel extremely thankful today for all the wonderful people that surround me. Thank you to my family, friends & colleagues that have supported me all the way leading up to this trip. I am also grateful for my sponsors that have went above and beyond in partnering with me to see this project grow. Thank you.