Robert and Wilson’s elegant Columbia Winery wedding was my first at this venue and at their then brand new barrel room.
When Robert and Wilson inquired with me a couple of years ago, they’d written in their inquiry the following:
“Growing up gay, we never expected to be able to marry the one that we love. Hopefully our wedding day will be a symbol of not only our love but love and acceptance for the whole universe.”
For the longest time, I’ve waited and waited for the honor of documenting the wedding of two Chinese gays or lesbians.
When you’re Chinese like me, you know how rare this is. I’m Chinese Malaysian. Being gay is outlawed in my country, so being out of the closet could land you in a whole lot of trouble. Gay marriage is not a thing. I may be a straight Chinese woman but I know what it feels like to be left out, excluded, thought a freak because I was overweight and maybe a little louder than your usual Asian lady.
Never mind my conservative homeland of Malaysia. Here in America, we still struggle politically with this oddly simple tenet: That love is love. We all crave acceptance and we all crave love. All religions on this Earth teach us to love, because what cannot be accomplished when we love one another?
“Love and acceptance for the whole universe.”
It’s a lofty goal but a simple ask.
Robert and Wilson, your wedding was an absolute dream to document. That’s because you are two genuine souls full of heart. Your faith, your family, your friends were a joy to experience as your photographer and friend.
Here are a few words from Robert and Wilson:
What was your favorite part of the wedding, the most memorable?
For Robert: Being able enjoy the moment with just me and Wilson right after the ceremony alone. Will never forget that moment.
For Wilson: Seeing everyone who matter in our lives gathered together on a beautiful summer day celebrating a day of love, dance, and fun.
What would be your top three tips for brides and grooms planning their wedding?
- Even when you think it’s a lot of work and trouble, it’s all worth it in the end.
- At the end of the day, it is YOUR wedding. You get to decide what you want to include or not. Even when your parents or whoever else has grand ideas for you.
- The day goes by faster than you can even imagine. Remember to pause throughout the day, reflect and savor in the moment, and realize what a beautiful day it really is.
Any thank yous you want to shout out to friends and family?
Thank you to all who have been there with us throughout our journey. Thank you to our parents and our families for always supporting us. And thank you to our friends who will always be down for an awesome party!
Robert & Wilson’s testimony for our studio
We found Jenn through the Weddings in Woodinville website and loved her portfolio. We hit it off on our first meeting and knew she would be our photographer after hearing her talk about her work and why she loves doing weddings. We could sense her immense passion for her craft. We got along with her great and felt that she ‘got’ us. Our engagement photos were low-key and organic, just what we wanted.
She totally worked her magic too on our wedding day. She was clear in her instructions during portraits and family photos and was like a stealth ninja photographer throughout the ceremony, cocktail, and reception. We were pleasantly surprised by how many heartfelt, fun, and authentic photos she captured of our special day. We HIGHLY recommend working with Jenn! She understands and respects how powerful a wedding day can be and truly works to capture that essence in each photo she takes.
Can’t wait to work with her in the future!
On with my favorite photos of the day!
Robert’s baby niece stole the show!
One of my favorite things is when my couple decides to get ready together. No fuss, no staging, just an intimate time of two people taking care of each other. LOVE!
Florals: Alice’s Floral Designs
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