Its hard to shoot a wedding when you actually know both members getting married. On one side, you want to enjoy the moment, and see your friends exchange vows. While that’s happening, you dont want to mess up the shoot so you scrabbling up and down the aisle looking for the perfect photo. Ting Ting Chen and Joseph Choma are friends of mine from MIT and I have to say, I’m glad things worked out for them. Ting Ting is a vegetarian, had a thing for sports and worked in a field that involves studying animals that have amazing armor configurations. I met her on the freshmen boat cruise at MIT when I first started my MArach. She finished way before I did. Through her, I met many more friends that were interested in photography as I did. I’m surprised she didn’t ask anyone else for this job. Joe was a different story. He had been a TA for two of my classes, sometimes even teaching the course because the professor was in LA and couldn’t webcam in. I was extremely fond of Choma (as we like to call him) because he was the type of TA that was open to let you explore but wouldn’t shy away from reminding you what was important. I passed both of his classes with flying colors and probably thanks to him. When they first met, I didn’t know how this relationship would be. I mean, all the relationships I’ve seen formed in graduate school for Architecture students were not very lasting. Architects work too hard and in school, they undersleep so much , their mood are often really edgy. Joe was different. I somehow found that he remind rather peaceful in any situations. And I think only he can know how stressful MIT especially to hold onto a relationship (wink wink). Secretly, I rooted for them, but I haven’t have the clue if they would make it.
Yes, I know them well. Which makes me question, why didn’t anyone at this wedding give a speech that was more than the usual gloss over about meeting the perfect person. Was I the only one that knew both of them before they started dating? It isn’t easy to find a lasting partner especially at MIT. Maybe I’ve given speeches before and I felt its rather difficult for architects to hold on to something good. And because I know, I salute them and I’m happy that they made it (this far).