We just photographed the most amazing retirement party! The party was at Fandorin Restaurant in Burlingame, CA. Nice facility, beautiful view, and great food! The party was for Valentina and Rafail who were both retiring from Kiewit Corporation a construction company that dates back to 1884. They had been with the company for over thirty years and had been very influential not only in the company but also as people to their fellow employees. Valentina and Rafail are married, worked together and retired together. We met them when they arrived at Fandorin Restaurant as the party was arranged by the company. They were gracious, kind, and introduced us to their beautiful family.
On display at the restaurant were various shirts, jackets, hats, mugs… from different projects that the company had worked on. Apparently Rafail loves the logo paraphernalia. They also had different picture boards with photos of Valentina and Rafail through the years. They and the family enjoyed going through the various items while they waited for guest to arrive.
We covered the event mainly in a documentary style. They had one request that we try to get a shot of each couple as they arrived at the party. Valentina and Rafail greeted each guest, which made it a lot easier for us to have time to photograph everyone.
The evening started off with a cocktail hour while guest arrived and mingled. They were then asked to be seated where the feast and short toasts began. On the tables was a cornucopia of cold appetizers, one tastier that the next. It was followed by warm appetizers equally delicious. During this time guests toasted Valentina and Rafail with wonderful stories that recalled the couple’s influence in their lives.
The guests were then asked to go upstairs where they viewed a short video prepared by John Watson (Video Production and Multimedia Specialist at Kiewit). He had taken the time to interview various employees and put together a wonderful and very entertaining tribute to Valentina and Rafail.
I hope you enjoy the slideshow and photos from this event. Let us know what you think.
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