So how do you go about filming a wedding photographer’s wedding? I must admit, filming this wedding was incredibly surreal. We’ve worked with Kenny Kim on numerous shoots before. We’ve stood side by side, capturing the anticipation and joy of other couples, but now here he was—no longer behind the lens but in front of it. While it was strange to see Kenny without his finger on a Canon trigger, that’s actually not what made it surreal for me.

I’ve known Kenny for a long time. We met at the University of Illinois, attended the same church, eventually became friends, and even roommates. We lived together when he doubled as a Starbucks barista/aspiring wedding photographer. Years down the line, after he started making waves in the wedding industry, he began photoventuring around the world and set his eyes on Italy.

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Having been to Italy for my honeymoon, we had a shared appreciation of the beauty and culture that Italy afforded to its visitors. The slow pace, rolling hills, medieval towns, ancient architecture, and let’s not forget the food, the wine, and the people. If there were a place where a wedding photographer would choose to get married, Italy would be it.

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So the question of where Kenny would get married was answered early on. But the question of whom he would marry is one that I (and a collective of other friends) would continually wonder about. Who would be the one to stop Kenny “GO-GO-GO” Kim in his tracks?

Fast forward to the wedding week. I find myself in the company of a small group of friends and family, walking around the idyllic scenery of Cortona, strolling along the banks of the Arno River in Florence, enjoying private wine tastings in Spello—thinking, yes, this is exactly how I imagined it to be.

For all its breathtaking sights and experiences, it was witnessing the answer of whom he would enjoy the rest of his life with that would leave an indelible impression.

Meena is one of the most genuinely kind people I have ever met. You don’t have to spend too much time with her before this truth sets in. Witnessing her effect on Kenny on their wedding day is very telling of the type of person she is. I don’t know Kenny to be a very emotional kind of guy—fun and adventurous, yes, but not emotional. From what I saw on their day, it’s clear that Meena is more than the perfect fit for Kenny.

So how do you go about filming a wedding photographer’s wedding? Put the surroundings behind. Put the people in front. Sit back and experience it. Raise a glass, and say that olden time Italian phrase, “Evviva Gli Sposi!” “Hurray for the bride and groom!”

location | Cortona, Italy
photography | Mike Colon assisted by Kenny Nakai
wedding planning | Cristiana Chiacchierini & Max Brunelli of Very Italian Events
accommodations |  Villa Marsilli