Mikiko and George met in Hong Kong. She was there to teach Japanese and he was there to learn Japanese ;)
George would ask Mikiko out for lunch or coffee often, but she just thought that he wanted extra help working on improving his Japanese! It was much later, when George told her that he loved her, that she realized that they had been “dating” all this time!
These 2 love travelling and exploring the world together. George had anticipated proposing to Mikiko when they visited Phuket, Thailand, but was just too nervous to follow through with the plan. At the airport, Mikiko was looking around in a jewellery store and said, “We should get something as a keepsake to remember this trip”! That was her subtle hint … but nothing happened. They boarded the plane and it took off. As they were approaching home, George finally asked for her hand in marriage!
Now, they both happily live in Japan. They are just here in Toronto for the week to celebrate their marriage with family :)
It’s always fun to see what surprise presents the couple gifts each other on the morning of their wedding day! Their gift often provides some amazing insight into the uniqueness of their relationship, what they love, and what they are all about. I’ve seen a wide range of presents over the years, from something as small and simple as a handwritten card all the way up to complex, handmade statement pieces.
Heidi gifted Ming-Yun something pretty risqué: on the outside, it seems so childish and innocent, but inside, it’s totally another story! Apparently, she’s been keeping that racy book on her bookshelf for a long, long, long time, waiting to finally give it to the perfect guy.
Fun Fact: The “First Kiss” at their ceremony was actually their very first kiss! I’ve seen many other couples choose to do this and it can look a bit funny (as they haven’t really “practiced”), but Heidi and Ming looked GREAT! I’m just going to have to take all the credit as I taught them how to do the perfect “head tilt, lean in, and almost kiss” at their engagement session ;)
Lastly, they changed up Chinese tradition a bit and performed the Tea Ceremony during their dinner reception (instead of at their respective parents’ houses first thing in the morning). Surprisingly, this actually worked out really smoothly as it meant that they didn’t need to wake up ridiculously early in the morning to prepare and had a much shorter, less tiring day. Plus, all their guests were present to witness it too!
Congratulations, you 2! Ming, may you keep singing love songs to Heidi for many more decades and years to come! :)
I had so much fun photographing this family session! Their little baby girl is so precious! She’s about 7 months old now and it’s amazing to see how much of a personality she has and what she can do already.
I’ve always half-jokingly said that if I’m ever blessed with a little baby girl of my own, I’m building my own prison. She’s always going to be “daddy’s little girl” in my eyes! But that might just be a bit of my natural overprotective instinct coming out since I grew up being the older brother to a younger sister. Funny enough, your mentality is completely different when you’re a father of a young boy ;)
P.S. Don’t forget to book your family lifestyle session within the next few weeks before it gets too cold outside!