Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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2024 Southwest Trip - Highlights

Gallery (140 images): 2024 Southwest Trip Highlights

In early April of 2024, Emily and I went on our first long road-trip to the US Southwest, driving a total of just over 8,000 km. We had talked about doing a trip like this since shortly after we met in early 2020, however first the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way, and then a few other trips; a trip to Germany in 2022 and then our honeymoon in Hawaii in 2023. However this year, we finally made it! Here is a map of our trip as recorded with my Garmin InReach Messenger...

Eventually I will be posting a full set of image galleries from this trip, but first I need to catch up on previous trips, including a short trip to Oregon in 2023, as well as a trip to Victoria, then our Hawaii trip later that year. For now the gallery linked to at the top of this post just contains some highlights from the trip. 

Lastly, I'll leave you with a few panoramas I created, and you can click to open larger version in a new window or tab. Please only download these for personal viewing. These images are copyright and are not to be used anywhere in print or elsewhere on the Internet without my prior consent!

Sunday, February 18, 2024

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Wedding! August 2023

Gallery (30 images): Wedding!

Yes indeed, I am now married to my incredible, lovely partner, Emily Min! We met in January of 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Had we met even a few weeks later, things may have turned out differently as the world shut down and everyone started social distancing, but timing was just in our favour and we stayed together during COVID. Emily is the most kind, caring and conscientious person I have ever met, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have met her when I did. She works as an art conservator and I was (and still am) astounded that she can repair and restore a damaged piece of artwork just as seamlessly (or more so) than what I can do for an image in Photoshop. Her skills are amazing.

In December of 2022, I proposed to Emily and to my delight she accepted, and in early August of 2023 we got married. The above linked image gallery is a small subset of our wedding photos, which were taken by my good friend Ted Marshall. My father George Mander, who is 92, hybridizes roses and he provided some his own roses for each table at the reception, and a bunch for our sweetheart table as well. A few of the roses can can be seen in photos 27 and 28 in the gallery.

We had about 55 guests at our wedding, which took place at the Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park, and the reception after was at the park restaurant, Seasons in the Park. A shout out to the incredible service and delicious food at Seasons which helped make our wedding day perfect. Another shout out to the bakery that made the amazing wedding cakes for us, Cadeaux Bakery. We asked if they could decorate the cakes with roses and mimic the colouration of one of my dad's own varieties, and we feel they did a tremendous job as can be seen in photo 27! Note that to respect the privacy of our guests and their families, I am not posting any of the many images which included them, other than a handful with my father and Emily's parents, and one with Emily's brother.

At the start of the reception, Emily and I donned traditional Korean wedding attire to perform the Korean Paebaek Ceremony (a link here which has a good overview), and there a number of shots in the gallery of that. One aspect of the ceremony is for the groom to give the bride a piggyback ride, signifying his strength in being able to support her in the future. That was a lot of fun, as was the entire Paebaek Ceremony, and everyone enjoyed the colourful outfits and spectacle!