The story of Jason + Mina's wedding day starts with their families.
Mina got ready at Jason's parent's home, just across the lake from the spot where Jason proposed earlier this year. Mina wore her sister’s wedding dress, and their mom wore her own mother’s kimono. Mina was surrounded by family, and friends who had become family. (Did we mention it was also her birthday??)
A few miles away, Jason had breakfast with two of his brothers and one dear friend. Another of Jason’s brothers, a missionary in Africa, was on Skype witnessing the day from start to finish. We even included him in family portraits! Throughout the day, Mina’s dad was remembered, honored, loved, and missed. At the end of the night, Jason and Mina stood and toasted their parents (Mina’s toast was in Japanese) to publicly thank and honor them.
Not only that, but I was welcomed in as family. I was invited into conversations, fed three square meals, and given a seat at the table... not hidden away in a corner of the catering kitchen. At one point in the reception, Jason + Mina shared images and stories from their proposal and gifted an album of their engagement photos to their parents. In that moment, I realized how deeply my photography is intertwined with their story and the beginning of their marriage.
It is an absolute privilege.
On the way home, I found myself listening to worship music (a very rare event for me) because it just felt like the most appropriate soundtrack for the day.
Friends, I'm so proud to share their celebration with you today.