It was during the church service when Ariel expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards her parents and how much she wishes that her father could be here with her on her wedding day. I noticed how her mum, brother, sister and closest friends began to tear.
It was the first time we saw Ariel’s emotions run free.
Believing in finding beauty in sorrow, we attempted to capture that precious moment and her words. Ariel’s silhouette was back-lit by the beautifully handcrafted tinted window, as she spoke about her late father. At that very moment, I felt a deep sense of peacefulness in my heart, knowing that her prayers are heard.
There certainly wasn’t a dry eye in the room when the video was played during the wedding banquet. Her shaky, trembling voice was enough to churn up the feelings of those who knew her father, whom I believe was a great, loving father and husband. I can’t express my emotions in another fashion, but it was undeniably a heart-warming sight for us, knowing that we had created something that was extremely dear to them.
This documentation is not simply based on the memories of Dong and Ariel, but also the memories of the people close to their hearts.