As you may know, I am originally from Long Island. I hadn't been there in over five years so planning for a wedding was akin to a foreign destination for me. Much has changed, new hotels, new reception locations. Also of note, I wasn't a photographer when I lived there over twenty years ago. I now see it with new eyes.
I travel quite a bit for the weddings I photograph and most often they are to locations I have never been. This requires plenty of online research and arriving at the location a bit early to decide where formal portraits will be taken and the layout of the ceremony site. Being primarily a candid photographer, I am very good and planning on the spot.
Yvette and I met in high school. The last time I saw her was ten years ago at my wedding. She lives in Hawaii now, in fact she has lived around the globe since high school. I met up with her in Kyoto in 2000 during one of my vacations. We had a wonderful time wandering the city and dressing up as Geisha.