Gerry & Votey – Calgary Wedding Photographer

A quick post before we hit the road again.

Cambodia has had a storied history.  Imagine losing your father because of the acts of the Khmer Rouge.  Imagine losing some of your siblings because they were victims of crimes.  Imagine living in a country where some people scrounge out a living by picking out refuse in landfills so that they can sell these things in the hopes of making money.  If you can imagine this then you know how lucky we are to live in Canada.

My long-time friend Gerry visited the dumps in Phnom Penh a few years back and was so touched by the plight of the children there that he decided to volunteer his time at some of the orphanages.  He decided to take this a step further and established the charity Canodia to raise funds to help the children of the Phnom Penh dumps.  It was during one of his visits to Cambodia that he met and fell in love with his wife Votey.  They got married in Cambodia last year in a multi-day Buddhist celebration and she was able to immigrate to Canada earlier this spring.  They held an intimate “North American style” reception in early July and it was a great opportunity for family members and friends who could not attend the Cambodian wedding to meet Votey and to honor this couple’s union.

During their speeches, Gerry took the time to thank his family and friends for welcoming Votey with open arms and helping her transition into her new life in Canada.  Votey also tried to say a few words but was overcome with emotion – she was clearly touched by her new family and friends.

Congratulations Gerry and Votey and all the best to you on the start of your life journey together!@2010 Joel Yana PhotographyThe food at Pineridge Hollow was phenomenal.  Freshly caught Manitoba pickerel, crusted with panko, and paired with organic greens.  Amazing.

@2010 Joel Yana Photography

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