When I was a kid, I would look through family albums and think "I wonder how mom and dad were as kids and how their wedding day was." 

I'm first generation Vietnamese- American and I know that photos were hard to come by in Vietnam.  BUT we do have ONE photo of my dad.  It's a 2x2, faded studio portrait of him in military clothing when he was 14.  I love this photo.  I love how innocent he was.  I love that he was naive.  He had no clue that he would eventually embark on a month long journey at sea to leave Vietnam on a homemade boat in search of the great American dream.  He didn't know that he would leave the only home he ever knew for a place where he didn't know the language or the customs. He didn't know that he would raise 5 kids in a foreign country.  He was just being a teenager, posing because his parents made him.  






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Welcome!

hello friends!
I'm lanh balagtas

I am thankful to have this one photo. It humbles me and reminds me of where I came from. 

I know how amazing JUST ONE photo can be.  I know what one photo can represent and how one photo can make you feel.  And this, this is why I do what I do.  For the memories, the nostalgia, and the story.  

So make memories, document life,  and show your future generations how you loved.  Take the photos because what is life without the moments in them?

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Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. -Anonymous


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traveling

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I LOVE sushi and I love it raw!  My favorite dish is Uni
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sushi

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There's just something so rewarding about trecking for hours to reach the top of a mountain.

mountain hikes

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Red wine (Cabernet) is my favorite. This naturally makes me a Napa lover too!

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wine

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I'm a proud University of Florida alumni.   I start off every Saturday in the Fall with ESPN's College Gameday and love Lee Corso and his headgear!

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gator football

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I crave the healthy stuff!  Apples, watermelon, and berries are my favorite.

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Fruits

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I always ask my couples about their love story so I think its only fitting to tell my love story with Joey. 

We have lots of mutual friends and lived in the same cities since 2003 (Gainesville and Orlando), but didn't meet until 2014.  My friends and I crashed a Halloween party with a giant sized bottle of Hennessy and got the party started!  I bullied Joey in to drinking (even though he is NOT a drinker) and the rest of the night is history. (I have since retired from partying!)

Our relationship took off from the beginning.  I knew Joey was a keeper when he didn't run after I started talking about marriage and kids at the 2 month mark! #WhenYouKnowYouKnow

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our love story

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On January 2, 2016, Joey tried to give me a surprise proposal but since I'm nosy, I figured it out and knew that this was going to be the day. He popped the question at Regal Cinemas in a private screening of a video he made.

When I say that I'm photo-obsessed, I'm not kidding! Joey and I had 5 photo sessions before our wedding day- 2 engagement shoots and 3 pre-wedding shoots. #PhotoIsLife

We got married on July 3,2016 in Orlando. It was definitely one of the best days of our lives. Every so often [day], you'll catch me watching our video or looking at our photos.






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I always ask my couples about their love story so I think its only fitting to tell my love story with Joey.

We have lots of mutual friends and lived in the same cities since 2003 (Gainesville and Orlando), but  didn't meet until 2014. My friends and I crashed a Halloween party with a giant sized bottle of Hennessy and got the party started! I bullied Joey in to drinking (even though he is NOT a drinker) and the rest of the night is history. (I have since retired from partying!)


a little bit about

our love story

Our relationship took off from the beginning. I knew Joey was a keeper when he didn't run after I started talking about marriage and kids at the 2 month mark! #WhenYouKnowYouKnow

On January 2, 2016, Joey tried to give me a surprise proposal but since I'm nosy, I figured it out and knew that this was going to be the day.  He popped the question at Regal Cinemas in a private screening of a video he made.

When I say that I'm photo obsessed, I'm not kidding!  Joey and I had 5 photo sessions before our wedding day- 2 engagement shoots and 3 pre-wedding shoots. #PhotoIsLife

We got married on July 3, 2016 in Orlando.  It was definitely one of the best days of our lives. Every so often [day] you'll catch me watching our video or looking at our photos!






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My Top 5

I've been a fan since day 1.  Fourteen season's later (aside from Derek dying), I still love it!

Grey's anatomy

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 Add a fresh fruit and breakfast is done!

Honey bunches of oats cereal

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Danny Tanner has nothing on me when I get a hold of these!  They make dusting SO much easier!

Swiffer Dusters

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Great Scott! I LOVE the entire trilogy.  I've been watching it for YEARS and it still doesn't get old.

Back to the future

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Loyal shopper since 2000!  I can't resist the affordable and fashionable clothing! 

Forever 21

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