Sunday, October 2, 2011

Adam & Michelle: CA Meets TX (by Way of Japan)

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As longtime friends and photographers of the groom's family, we were honored to do the wedding photography for this smiling couple. We had photographed Adam’s eldest brother’s wedding in New York State about 5 years ago and his twin brothers wedding in Pflugerville/Leander Texas just a couple of years ago. A funny note is that at Adam’s twin’s wedding (Michelle was a guest), Adam commented to us as he was leaving that without a doubt we would cover his wedding….but that he didn’t know when it might happen, maybe in 10 years!. We found out while doing their engagement photos that Michelle had overhead this comment and was devastated - 10 years!. He didn’t realize she had overheard.

It was Michelle's love of Japanese culture that actually brought her together with Adam. She was a member of the Japanese Conversation Club at the University of Texas alongside Adam's identical twin brother Mark, who introduced the two. Adam worked in the Mathematics Department, so Michelle began visiting his office. They talked. Love bloomed.

So how does our story shift from Austin to Palo Alto? Adam moved to California to work for Google and then drove back to Texas to "steal Michelle away" (as he likes to put it). They moved in together and Michelle earned her master's degree from Stanford University. Three days before the graduation ceremony, Adam sneaked in a marriage proposal at her favorite Japanese restaurant, popping the question while kneeling by her as they posed for a photo. Smooth!

Have camera, will travel, so we found ourselves bound for Palo Alto. The ceremony itself was a Catholic ceremony performed by a member of the Stanford Catholic community and held in the historic Stanford Memorial Church. We loved the fact that these two self-described "nerds" chose to have their wedding reception at the Computer History Museum, and in fact, we took the wedding party through the museum for photos prior to the reception. Remember Pong? Well, we got great photos of the groom playing Pong
against his Brothers and his best friend. The reception was a cultural montage starting with mariachis serenading Adam & Michelle as they entered the ballroom. Next came fun for adults and kids with a colorful piñata filled with toys and treats. (but first, how many nerds does it take to hang a piñata in a ballroom? At least 6, it seems to get that rope over the rafters…..thanks, Ray for assisting…..once a boy scout…) After the kids were settled in it was time for the amazing 10 course Chinese feast (the caterers had set up an entire Chinese kitchen on a nearby balcony!) Wow, it was good! After heartfelt toasts and loads of dancing the wedding party passed out glowsticks to all guests for the final couple of songs and to usher the couple on their way for the night. The next morning at the hotel was rounds of farewells and hugs before the out of town guests headed to Muir Woods and San Francisco for a day of sightseeing with Adam and Michelle.

What's next for Adam and Michelle? Well, there's the honeymoon of course -- they've decided to visit Costa Rica as soon as the rainy season dies down. And after that? Michelle says it pretty well: "We want to have a life with lots of fun and laughter, possibly with two kids. We want to be active and healthy, and challenge each other to be better people every day." We are so happy for Adam and Michelle -- and we're also pretty happy with the photos we took! We look forward to their visits back to Central Texas, hopefully with little ones in tow. Check out their gallery and tell us what you think!

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