White Chapel Wedding by Tampa Wedding Photographer – Esther and Yoon

One of the most interesting aspects of being a Tampa wedding photographer is meeting the people and learning their stories. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about Kevin, who proposed to his fiance Estephania on the “Ellen” show. Today I’d like to share with you another very romantic story which started on the other side of the world and now continues in Tampa Bay area.

Once upon a time Esther and Yoon went to the Philippines to visit Esther’s parents for the Christmas Holidays. At some point, the entire family went to Calaraya, a significant place for Esther, as many of her deepest and richest memories had been formed on that island. While there, one night Yoon and Esther took a walk up to the Eagles Nest, a gazebo on the top of a mountain which served as a lookout over the entire island. They always remembered the anniversary of their first date, but this month Esther had completely forgotten about it. When Yoon pulled out a white gold diamond necklace and put it around Esther’s neck, she thought – “how romantic!” He then began reading a handwritten letter aloud. The letter told of their journey, how they traveled the roads of friendship and explored unknown territories as they learned more about one another while dating. When he reached the end of the letter he knelt down, held out a ring, and asked Esther to continue this journey, only this time as his wife. It was 23rd month of their friendship. Afterward they celebrated this event with Esther parents, who apparently were in on the whole thing.

Few months after their engagement, Esther and Yoon got married at the White Chapel in Palm Harbor, a romantic chapel, all done in white. Built in 1924, rebuilt in 1970s, and restored again in 2002, the White Chapel is a designated historic landmark. That day, the light inside was beautiful and soft, allowing for gorgeous ceremony pictures. After the ceremony, as guests retreated to the adjacent Palm Harbor Hall for cocktail hour, I took Esther and Yoon around the chapel and we shot quite a few awesome portraits. Reception was a lot of fun and the day ended with Esther and Yoon’s official exit, as they drove away in their car, newly decorated with flowers and empty coke cans.

Congratulations Esther and Yoon once again, my best wishes to both of you! Below few of my favorite pictures, and A LOT MORE is here!

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Mark - So colourful and full of fun!! Great job.

Leo Druker - What a great wedding. Love the shot of the bride and bridesmaids laughing together – a great moment.

adam - Ahh. Such a cute couple. Great color in these.

Avelaine Scyrup - What a sweet story! I am from Philippines myself so I feel like I really connected there. She doesn’t look very Filipino though heheh j/k! Congratulations!

Marianne Taylor - The bride is absolutely adorable! You’ve captured great moments.

Sam Obeid - WOW what a beautiful bride and some really amazing photos. Your processing is top notch!

Stacy McPeek-Smith - The colors are amazing! Love the yellow wall shot!! :o )

Daniel - Really professional looking stuff here. That photo of the bride and her bridesmaids is a perfect moment and the colors are amazing. Well done!

Ryan Brenizer - Man, that guy is rocking those glasses. Great job and flattering captures.

Jon Rouston - Very nice work, a fantastic set of portraits!

Heather - Fabulous! I love the shot of the kiss under the veil.

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