It was my pleasure to see Douglas Lim in my studio recently to spruce up his online portfolio. Not so long ago I had the pleasure of covering his wedding day and we have kept in touch since that time. Douglas is a quite well known Malaysian comedian and his stand up is well worth the viewing. I am including only a small handful of the images below.
Kevin and Monica’s wedding was at the first City Harvest Church in Subang. The old building was never a great place to shoot, with everything dark and blue, there being no windows whatsoever and the sewage aeration ponds across the road. Not nice! This is quite different from their new location which is such a nice set up for weddings that it is difficult to get a bad photo there. Despite that, it was always a favorite church to shoot in, being one of the more lively and “happening” churches in KL. You will also see our additional lighting in some of these photos. This was years before radio strobes became popular. You will also see a very young Pastor Kevin Loo.
After the main ceremony we headed to the Holiday Inn, Glenmarie, for the Chinese tea ceremonies and dinner banquet. You will also notice in one of these photos my good friend Louis Pang (a wedding photographer from KK) and I posing for a shot. He is one of the relatives and also in the tea ceremony photos.
Please note the following images are a transfer from my old website and therefore may be of lower resolution than later postings. I do know they will look great on your phone.
Ben and Gemma celebrated their wedding at Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire.Â in the Cotswalds, just north of the city of Bristol, England. They planned on a long day with three ceremonies which made it a grand affair. The day started with the typical preparation of the bride, hair and make up, then proceeded to the three different wedding ceremonies!Â The first was a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, full of the colours and fragrances of India. After a quick change we moved into a civil registration of marriage (often referred to in its abbreviated form “ROM”), and then finishing up with an Anglican ceremony of blessing.
Once done we took the couple for portraits and group photos around this beautiful manor. Gemma made a stunning bride and Ben was Mr GQ all the way!
The dinner later in the evening was sumptuous, the wedding speeches very funny (spot the laughing and happy faces) and the bridal bouquet toss a scream. The night finished in the wee hours after a lot of dancing and some after party drinks at the on location pub. The last of us went to bed only after dawns early light came filtering in the window. It was a very memorable wedding.
While I live in Asia, (how a Kiwi ended up there is another story altogether) I am frequently asked to travel to cover weddings overseas, whether in the UK, USA, Australia, or elsewhere in the region. There are several reasons for this. Usually it is because a couple have seen us cover their friends wedding and like our style and personableness. In the large group photo above I can see one of our former couples and the parents of another couple who engaged us because of my willingness to assist him with his camera so he could get nice photos of the wedding. It’s these sort of things that are hard to put a value on.
Another factor is that we are not clock watchers. We have no homes to go back to for the evening, so the whole focus of our trip is to make sure you get good photos.
Lastly our unobtrusiveness is a welcome change to what is often seen in weddings. This is because we do this full time, and have been doing it for many years with well over 500 weddings under our belts. People like that experience. Our fees are also very affordable and fit most people’s budget. In fact I think we have never been out of anyones price range for an overseas shoot to date. So if you are looking for someone to cover your day, do drop me a line.
Tortworth Court Hotel Gloucestershire
The day before the wedding we took the opportunity for some quick portraits
Gemma’s all set in her saree
Don’t the girls look stunning!
Ben and his parents
This boys gaze is magical
We owe this wedding to this lovely lady’s recommendation
The reception area between ceremonies
Gemma and her dad get ready for the second wedding ceremony
A classic. I love this photo.
The flower girls were priceless
Ben’s pretty happy the ring fits!
The expressions tell the story
The kids nearly stole the show
Family photo with both parents
Arranging the big one. Need to be fast, friendly and a good eye for detail.
Portraits around the grounds
Ben and Gem were on top of the world
So you can see more of the venue
The gardens and the lighting were perfect
We prefer to let our couples relax and enjoy themselves while taking portraits.
We all retired to the Tortworth’s pub for a refreshing pint.
These guys were shockingly funny
Everyone was in stitches with the speeches. I was laughing so hard it was difficult to hold my camera steady enough to shoot!
Andrew and Joanna contacted me to come over to Northern Ireland to be their wedding photographer. We had shot for some of their friends down here in Malaysia, where they met us the first time,Â and they loved our work so much (or maybe it was our comparatively cheap prices) that they were very keen for us to pop on over to Ireland. We stayed in a fantastic place in central Belfast called Benedicts Hotel. If you are headed to Belfast IÂ thoroughly recommend the place. Awesome cooked Irish breakfast every morning and the place is a party house every night with the pub usually packed and most Irish love to share a pint and have a chat. Sunday lunch features a traditional Irish band singing all the favourites. You can also hire aÂ car from fairly close by so you can go for a jaunt up the Antrim coast. Well worth it. I WILL be back.
The wedding was held outside Belfast in a small town called Bangor. Bangor had been on my list of places to visit since I was a kid thanks to a rollicking ditty by a group called “Fiddlers Dram”. The Clandeboye Lodge is a nice venue for weddings and has been set up to cater specifically for them. There is an upstairs area for ceremonies and another location for the reception/wedding breakfast. Both families were so much fun and we had a ball covering the day. Big thanks for a memorable time!
Final note: I LOVE Ireland. The Irish are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. If you are having a wedding in Ireland, do drop me a line.
Brides shoes always says something special about the bride
The wedding gown was very pretty
The wedding ring
Bride was greeted by the priest
The groom and his best man sharing some final words of advice.
This photo shows the wedding ceremony area in the Clandeboye
Another view of the wedding are at the Clandeboye
Signing the instrument of marriage
The flower girls watching with great interest
The bridal party
Done! Time to celebrate.
The BIG group photo
The boys having fun in their kilts
The couple share a quiet moment…
….until they spotted us
The matron of honour is one of our former brides from Malaysia. Thank you for the recommendation 🙂
The kids nearly stole the show
Just too cute!
Classic portraiture around the gardens
The buildings are also great for portraits
The handsome groom
The wedding cake was very tasteful
Couple cutting the wedding cake
Beers with friends. Nice way to celebrate a wedding and to chill.
Another lovely wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi. Jonathon and Sonia wanted a small and private wedding…the smallest wedding we have covered, bride, groom and zero guests 🙂 It was a romantic interlude before heading back to the UK for the big party with all the friends and relatives. as their wedding photographers we were very privileged to enjoy their special and intimate wedding at one of our favourite photography locations, the Four Seasons Langkawi Beach Resort and Spa.