Monthly Archives: August 2009

CLARE & THANG / London wedding

Bright Lights, Big City

We’ve been to London many times to shoot pre-wedding portraits but with Clare & Thang the whole experience was something entirely different, as we were also there to photograph a traditional English wedding.

Thang and Clare have known each other for many years and it’s easy to see their connection and familiarity with each other. On the day of the wedding, Clare ran over an hour late for the ceremony, leading both Thang and the vicar to worry. However, as soon as Clare appeared in aisle, Thang couldn’t stop smiling and completely forgot Clare had been late.

We were very conscientious of the fact that there were many differences between a traditional English wedding and a traditional Chinese wedding. Everyone immersed themselves into every aspect of the day and made the day an extraordinary one. Even when throwing the bouquet, the bridesmaids and guests were very involved and it was evident that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

A special thanks to Thang, a chef who has won awards in many competitions, for taking Susan and I to his restaurant and cooking a delicious meal for us.

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PETER & JUNE / UK engagement

Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Engines…

Guys and their cars have always gone hand-in-hand, but if you ask a guy to make a choice between his car and his wife, what would his answer be?

We flew to England for this shoot, which took place at the famous Silverstone race track. The main star was obviously the racing car… as well as the bride and groom – June and Peter. Without having even entered Silverstone, we could already hear the loud thrum of powerful engines roaring around the track, enhancing an already exciting day.

The idea of merging the tough, inherently masculine atmosphere of a formula one racing track with the feminine, emotional countenance of a blushing bride presented a big challenge to us as photographers, but it also allowed us the opportunity to be bolder in our creative choices. With the weather not at its best, we decided to use what we had and in the end, the ever persistent wind and rain led us to create a set of photos with a certain air of romantic heroism.

The most remarkable moments came when June, who patiently waited for Peter to return from the track, ran to him every time he finished a race with a brilliant smile on her face, meeting Peter with an embrace and thereby furthering our concept of a returning hero.

As it turns out, women and cars can have an equal place in a man’s world… at the very least, they do in Peter’s world. Many thanks go to both Peter and June for inspiring us to think further outside the box.

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