A Traditional Chinese Wedding
Hong and Bobby’s wedding was an impressive visual feast for the eyes: acres and acres of English countryside at a beautiful old country manor house. There were over 200 guests, an 8 course meal, and some of the most stunning outfits I’ve seen. They really wanted to make sure I caught everything on camera in a style that emphasised the bright, vivid colours on display.
Being a Chinese wedding, we were in store for lots of formal gift giving, lots and LOTS of speeches, a tea ceremony, and unique cultural traditions like the ‘cutting of the ribbon’ – where the groom comes in to see the bride in her dress before the main ceremony. As always, I made sure to capture the intimacy of these moments without getting in the way, respectful to the family and the traditions.
I made sure to capture the intimacy of these moments without getting in the way, respectful to the family and the traditions.
One bit of bad luck we had was the weather. It was very overcast and the sun was struggling to come through. This is often the case with weddings outside, and what it means for me as the photographer is a good deal of work in post-production. It also means careful positioning of the camera, reflectors and the occasional use of extra lighting. Experience has given me more than a few tricks up my sleeve and I was able to make the final photos a lot more summer-y. Hong and Bobby were happy that we achieved that bright and vibrant tone they were looking for.