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This post is going to be a little bit personal. I try not to put so much of my life in my blogs but rather describe an event and a story.  But this post will be a little bit different.

So I know that a lot of people are confused at what and where I am in my life.

I moved out of Los Angeles kind of abruptly. I thought that after my lease was over, I would stay in Los Angeles. But then things changed really quickly. I wanted to stay in Los Angeles,  (I was trying to figure out my living situations as things that were planned were not going as planned) I was trying to figure out what I would do.

I was looking into different options and was talking to a friend online. My friend told me that I should go to Korea. My friend was living in a 3 bedroom apartment all alone and that I could move in. My immediate response was “OK! But let me ask my parents!” I called my parents, and my parents said ok.

That was the beginning/mid June. I said I couldn’t come to Korea until at the earliest beginning of July. I had 2 weddings I needed to go to.

So after talking to my friend, it was decided that I would come and that I should come on an F4 visa. If you don’t have a visa you can stay in korea for up to 90 days (I think). With my visa I could stay in Korea for 2 years at a time, and work any type of job that I want. A lot of people come on an E2 visa and teach. But then you sign a 1 year contract with a school, and I didn’t want to be stuck somewhere if I didn’t like it.

So I know a lot of people have been wondering what I’m going to do out here. Well, the plan as of right now is to tutor people in English. Right now, I’m just kind of going with the flow. If I’m enjoying my time here, I’ll be staying for a while, if I don’t then I will be leaving. My parents told me even if I’m not having fun and having a hard time, I should at least stick it out for 1 year, and that I can’t have the mentality that I’m coming back in a few months. We’ll see how that goes.

Now what about photography? I know people have been asking me that question. Well, I know I will always have photography. It’s not like I am going to completely stop. Obviously, while I’m out here I’ll be lugging my camera around (and will hopefully be able to travel to different asian countries). But when I come back to the states, I know I will always have it there.

And I know some people are thinking, but I wanted you to be the photographer at my wedding. Well, I can still do it! It’s not like because I’m in korea I’m not ever gonna come back for vacations or anything. So I will be planning my vacations around the weddings I will be doing (that is if I’m still in korea for that long).

I feel that since I’m young and aren’t currently restricted or tied down to anything, this is the best time to explore the world and live somewhere different and have fun.

So good bye Southern California.  And hello Korea!

And here are some pictures from the plane ride. I rode Asiana. Which isn’t too bad. The seat reclined back more then I thought it would, there was enough leg room and of course my own screen where I watched a bunch of movies.

Leaving the good old U.S. of A.

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I’ve always wanted to take pictures of the clouds.

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My first meal on the plane.

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Bibimbap and of course my OB beer.

More clouds.

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No longer over the Pacific Ocean, but able to see Korean landscape.

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And of course, as we are landing it’s raining. Apparently it’s monsoon season. Great.

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Anyways, that’s it for now. And hopefully I will get situated to the time difference soon.

We’ll see what adventures come my way 🙂

xoxo

Chrissy Kim

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  • Daniel - Good luck!

So I have to admit, shooting guns is kind of fun!

The first time I went, I was kind of intimdated. I mean, who isn’t?

But the 2nd time I went, it was a lot more fun because I knew what to expect and I had a lot better aim and hit my targets more often.

I thought I liked the small .22 hand gun the first time, but the 2nd time I liked the bigger ones!

This time at the gun range, it wasn’t just me, my sister and John. But also Daniel and Armando. It was Daniel’s first time shooting guns.

Moving the targets closer.

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John

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Daniel

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Esther

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Armando

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And Me

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This one was definitely my favorite one. The first time it wasn’t because it was too heavy for me, but I got used to the weight 🙂

I think shooting outdoors is a lot prettier and a lot more fun then if we went to an indoor range.

And I learned a lot both times going with people that were knowledgeable about gun handling and safety.

xoxo

Chrissy Kim

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My cousin Jae got married!

The ceremony was a traditional Catholic ceremony (This was my first Catholic wedding, and indoor wedding in a long time).

Here is Jae before the ceremony started.

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The Alter Boy and his niece Nicole- A junior bridesmaid.

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His sister Kimi was also a bridesmaid.

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His niece Ashley was the flower girl.

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Denise and her mom walking down the aisle together.

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Denise and her mom giving an offering to Mary.

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I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride!

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Yay!

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Family picture of Jae’s side of the family.

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Ashley and Leah.

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After the ceremony we all headed to Disneyland! The reception was at the California Grand hotel in downtown Disney.

If you don’t remember I did Jae and Denise’s engagement photos at Disneyland as well.

Their guestbook.

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Seating arrangements.

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Here’s my name 🙂

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There was a cocktail hour outside in the courtyard with appetizers. And we moved inside.

My sister and me with Jae’s parents (aka our aunt and uncle)

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And the reception was in one of the ballrooms and was beautifully decorated!

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Jae changed into a hanbok. He is very proud of his Korean heritage 🙂

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And they did Paebaek too! Paebaek is where the new husband and wife bow to their elders as a sign of respect.

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And to Jae’s parents.

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Here they are at the head table while the best man gives his speech.

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And here’s our menu. The food was delicious!

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Jae and Denise strayed away from the traditionl dancing with the parents and Denise danced with Jae’s dad and Jae danced with Denise’s mom.

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Mickey and Minnie showed up too! They came for the cutting of the cake and to take pictures with the guests.

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The cake was awesome!

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If you read about Jae and Denise’s engagement- Jae proposed to Denise on the Storybook ride.

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There were also a bunch of hidden Mickey’s on the cake (like at Disneyland). So there was a game everyone was able to play. They had to write where all the Mickey’s were and names were put into a raffle.

Here’s some of Jae’s family taking pictures with Mickey and Minnie.

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The Bridal party.

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And of course, me and my sister had to get a picture in as well!

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And now here’s the fun! Dancing!

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And last but not least a round of shots at the end of the night with Jae!

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I will be setting up an online gallery of all the pictures within the next few days. If you went to the wedding, or was supposed to be there, or wished that you were there email me at chrissy@chrissykimphotography.com or contact me through the contact page, or message me on facebook (at the bottom of the page, there is a link to my facebook page) and I will send you the link. Obviously there are a lot more pictures that I want to share with the family! And sorry Denise, but a lot of the photos are of Jae’s side of the family! (Probably because my aunts and uncles kept grabbing me and having me take pictures of them)

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

xoxo

Chrissy Kim

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  • Garden Canopies - What theme are you using here ? I really like the style. Thank you for the posting.

  • Sarah S - first visit and just wanted to stop by to say hi!!

What’s a great way of spending your 25th Wedding Anniversary?

Renewing your vows!

What’s even better?! When you don’t have to plan it yourselves and your kids do it for you!

James and Mark wanted their parents to celebrate their silver anniversary by having them renew their vows. They invited some family and a few close friends and had the ceremony at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club.

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Putting on the boutonnieres.

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Family picture before the ceremony.

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Getting ready to walk down the aisle.

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James conducted the ceremony.

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Exchanging of the rings.

He looks a little scared.

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Much better!

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Here’s grandma praying for the ceremony.

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You may now kiss the bride!

You can kiss me on the cheek!

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How about… not!?

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Group photo with their family and friends.

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Family photo!

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They also had a reception with dinner. Here’s their pretty cake!

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It’s such a blessing to see a a loving family. I wish you guys the best next 25 years! 🙂

xoxo

Chrissy Kim

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  • Archie Wuensch - Neat. I’m really looking forward to wedding. Thanks for the great ideas.

My cousin Leslie had her baby! I did her maternity shoot not too long ago.

I couldn’t make it to the hospital to take pictures of Addisyn, but I was able to get some shots of her a few days after Leslie and Jesse brought her home from the hospital.

Here’s Addisyn. We woke her up from her nap. She’s a bit tired.

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I love pictures of crying babies!

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Sucking on her fingers.

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hello!

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Feet!

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Baby’s feet with big sister’s feet.

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Alyssa and Addisyn. Alyssa calls her baby Addy 😉

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Hands

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Sleeping babies are cute too!!

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Baby’s first bath!

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All clean, but not too happy.

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Alyssa brushing Addy’s hair after her bath.

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I’m tired, leave me alone.

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Good night baby Addy.

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Peacefully sleeping.

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I love babies! I’m actually a really big baby hog :p

I can’t wait to see this little girl grow up! She’s gonna be a cute one!

xoxo

Chrissy Kim

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