From the moment Lan and Tim told us they were having a destination wedding, we knew we were going to be in for an amazing ride!
It's an early morning in late March and we find ourselves departing from a sleepy, chilly Seattle and readying for the 80 degree weather that awaits us in San Juan, Puerto Rico. VIA works with Tim's company on quite a few projects and as the big day drew nearer, he would always remind us, "better bring your sunscreen!" It didn't settling in how hot it was going to be until actually stepping off the plane and feeling the mildly foreign wall of heat that you experience after a long Seattle winter, kind of like the opposite of walking into a department store with those super high powered A/C fans that blast a definitive barrier of cool air as you walk in... yeah, the exact opposite of that. Regardless, it was a welcoming change of climate as we arrived at La Concha Renaissance Resort, where the wedding was held. It was bustling and BEAUTIFUL. One of the first things we noticed when we were there (other than that it reminded us of a sort of Spanish influenced Waikiki) was that the sunsets were gorgeous but set incredibly fast! Here in the northwest, it feels like the sunsets like to linger and slowly fade into a gentle pre-dusky glow. Not here in Puerto Rico, it went from late evening light to brilliant sunset to pitch black night in less than an hour.
Lan and Tim have definitely become a couple we've gotten to know much more closely as a result of getting to shoot this Love Story with them. As soon as we got to Puerto Rico, they both took such great care of us and treated us like family. That was one of the defining aspects of these two that we really saw shine through during this trip, that they really, REALLY took incredibly good care of their people. They spared no expense in order to make all of their guests feel welcomed and loved during the entire trip, us included! We were incredibly moved by all the positive things that those closest to them had to say about Lan and Tim, both individually and as a couple.
The ceremony location looked amazing, set in the outdoor seating area of the hotel pressed up against the beach, close enough to hear the waves gently crashing on shore and to see the occasional surfer cruise by. More often then not though, curious beachgoers walked past or stood by at a distance to admire the beautiful scene.
Rewind several months to an autumn evening in Seattle; Tim and Lan had decided that they wanted to share in a very special experience with all of the wedding guests at the reception, so they had us shoot a Love Story with them all over Seattle! We interviewed the two both separately in which they detailed how they met (which is a pretty hilarious story in itself), fell in love, and were engaged... but the most notable aspect of all this was that they didn't know what the other had said in their interviews until the actual day of the wedding! It was just as much a surprise and unique viewing experience to them as it was to the rest of the guests, as it was EVERYBODY'S first time seeing it.
With that, we invite you to watch the Love Story that premiered at their reception!
The rest of the reception was an absolute party and a joy to watch Lan and Tim let loose surrounded by loved ones. There was plenty of laughter, photobooth fun, good food, and dancing of course atop the beautiful hotel overlooking surrounding waterfront area.
We are super thankful to the both for allowing us to be a part of their special day and look forward to sharing more from the trip in the future!
Special thanks to Saul Padua for providing photos of us during the wedding! You can check out his coverage of Lan and Tim's special day here:
As always, thanks so much for checking in with us here at VIA Creatives! If you know anyone getting married who has an awesome story they'd love to tell, don't hesitate to let us know!
Till next time,
Matt + Team VIA