Monthly Archives: March 2012

HOLLY & LESLIE / Beijing

When one thinks of Beijing, one usually conjures up the feeling of old China. There is a lot of history in this city but it is actually also quite modern; a treasure trove of art and such a beautiful location to shoot one’s wedding portraits. Those of you who follow our blog know that we’ve been to Beijing quite a bit before for pre-wedding portraits but this particular trip was very, very different.

Holly is a very active yet elegant bride – this is fact. How do we know this? Simply by watching her climb the Wall of China in her beautiful wedding gown. And when we say ‘climb’, we actually mean it in every sense of the word. Visitors to the Wall of China know that it’s a bit of a trek at the best of times. Dressed to the nines and conquering the non-touristy, relatively untouched parts of the famous Wall – we photographers know a little bit about shooting in difficult places but here, we really have to applaud Holly for her enthusiasm and can-do attitude.

Holly really is a beautiful bride. She’s a beautiful person, inside and out. A Volunteer, the brief period we spent with her really opened our eyes to the state of the world beyond our little corner. We don’t always acknowledge it, but we truly are the fortunate ones and we’d like to thank Holly for reminding us of that.

Standing beside Holly is our groom, Leslie. It’s easy to see why they’re such a good match. Leslie is always talking, always laughing. We’ve seen him happy, we’ve seen him drunk, we’ve seen him simply enjoy life. He’s the type of guy who can eat a handful of spring onions on bread and love it.

We’d like to thank Holly and Leslie for their hospitality during our trip. They organised for us to stay in a hotel just below the Wall of China. Each of the rooms had a different theme, designed by world renowned architects. Surrounded by the beauty of rural China, plied with good food and great company, it was such a memorable trip. We had so much fun that our shoot went by too quickly.

Congratulations to Holly and Leslie, we wish you our very best!

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EUGENIE & ERIK / Make A Wish

Those of you who follow our blog know that we are fairly regular visitors to the wonderfully exotic country that is Thailand. We’ve had the pleasure of taking part in weddings and have gone on numerous pre-wedding shoots to beautiful places such as Koh Samui, Bangkok and Phuket. This particular trip with Eugenie and Erik, to shoot their wedding celebrations, was memorable in more ways than one.

One of the first experiences we had was the two-hour boat ride to the island on which the celebrations were going to take place. A chartered boat took us from the bustling noise of the town to the peaceful serenity of the villa and the closer we got to our destination, the more exciting it felt to be there. We knew the next couple of days were going to be something special.

Our bride, Eugenie and her groom, Erik, live in the UK. They chose Thailand for their wedding celebrations for the beach and the sun. Everything was beautiful – the venue, the decor, the food and music, the guests and especially the happy couple. The only thing that could have possibly put a literal dampener on events was the sporadic rainy showers that seemed to have appeared overnight. Luckily, the weather held out for most of the important parts of the day; it did rain a little bit during the wedding ceremony but the blinding sun came out as Eugenie and Erik completed their vows – how’s that for symbolism!

Later that evening, the rain threatened to move the celebration indoors but the happy couple decided to chance it – and the sky stayed clear. In fact, we replaced the storm-clouds with hundreds of paper lanterns and made wishes as they floated up and away.

Here’s to those wishes coming true – and Eugenie and Erik for inviting us to share in their happiness!

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