Sugi and Viji’s Wedding at the Accord Metropolitan Hotel in Chennai, India

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Originally posted 2008-08-21 08:52:07.

Sugi called me from Canada to ask if I could be the photographer for her wedding in Kerala, India, where they had chosen a beautiful resort for the wedding. For those who have not been to Kerala, it is very beautiful and green, very similar to Malaysia in many ways with lots of jungle and rubber plantations. As the date got closer something came up so the venue was switched to the Accord Metropolitan hotel in the middle of Chennai (Madras). This posed some challenges as the Sapphire room which is where the wedding would happen was a windowless room deep in the basement with zero natural lighting and fairly poorly lit, making it probably one of the more difficult venues we had shot in up to that date. Considering we were using the Nikon D300 at that time, coupled with that camera not being known for it’s great low light performance, the wedding shoot would pose a challenge or two.

Happily the photos did come out well. Partly because we shoot in RAW format (I have posted elsewhere the reasons why you should never hire a photographer who is a jpeg only shooter) and partly because we brought additional studio lighting gear.

Once the wedding was over we did some portrature around the hotel. As it’s located the middle of Chennai, a massive bustling, noisy and dusty city, we did portraits both in and outside the building.

As a photographer, I would have to say I do like photographing weddings in India. It was my second trip, the first being a 7 week stint travelling through Hyderabad, Madurai, Trivandrum, Cochin and Chennai. We have had inquiries to be the wedding photographers for weddings in Delhi, Jaipur, and Jodhpur. Maybe we can shoot either yours or your friend’s wedding in the future?
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Andrew and Gemma’s Wedding in Chilton Foliat, Berkshire

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Originally posted 2008-04-19 13:24:39.

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It was a fabulous day for Andrew and Gemma’s wedding in Chilton Foliat, Hungerford.

Andrew and Gemma’s Wedding was in St Mary’s, Chilton Foliat, Berkshire, England. In UK churches flash photography is usually not allowed and as it was a dull wet day most of the interior church shots were taken at 6400ISO using available light. Chilton Foliat is just outside of the village of Hungerford, famed for its antiques. Andrew surprised his lovely bride Gemma by renting a beautiful Aston Martin as his wedding car for the day. The wedding breakfast reception was held on the family farm where they breed race horse for the Newbury races. It was a really special day, and ended with a fun time dancing with the band’s fun music. My good friend and long time shooting partner Lim Hock Seng joined me for this trip and did a beautiful job with his photos. We stayed in Hungerford, easy to reach as it is on the main rail line from London to Exeter, and as mentioned it has an excellent range of antiques. BTW it was COLD! You will notice how everyone is bundled up.

If there were one place in the world I would love to shoot regularly, it would have to be the UK. So, if you are from the UK and viewing this page, I would love to come and cover your wedding day! Drop me a line.

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St Marys Church in Chilton Foliat, Berkshire

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Andrew was beaming

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Classic tasteful ceremony

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The brides maids were as excited as the bride

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The brides father. You can imagine his emotions and thoughts as he gave his daughter away.

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Traditional wedding vows

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Wedding rings exchanged

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You may kiss the bride

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So you can see the interior

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The prayer of blessing

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Congratulations all around

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Group photos were taken outside the church

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The wedding car. Aston Martin DB9. Classy.

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Wedding portraits in St Mary’s Church

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The brides was just beautiful

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Hats, hats, hats.They are compulsory at all tasteful weddings 🙂

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The beautiful wedding cake.

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Light houses. Andrew and Gemma love visiting them and it made a great idea for the table seating

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The grooms cufflinks were very cool

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The friends were characters. A great bunch!

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Dispensing some marital insights

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The father of the bride gave a hilarious speech

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The fathers advice for the groom was…..unorthodox

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The couples first dance.

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The dancing went on long into the night

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Goodnight everybody.

 

 

Pulai Springs Johor Garden Wedding, Portraits and Ballroom Banquet

Originally posted 2008-02-03 15:15:49.

Part of the modernisation of my site included moving Tyler and Chuan’s wedding over to the new sites format, but in the transition I left about 200 photos behind. Time to rectify that! Below you will see many photos from their garden wedding at Pulai Springs Johor followed by portraits and their Ballroom Banquet. One of my favourite photos was their first dance. The original post is also on this site, but with far fewer photos.

BTW Tyler is from New Zealand. A kiwi like me!

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.

Tyler and Chuan Chuan’s Wedding at Pulai Springs in Johor

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Originally posted 2008-02-02 19:45:19.

Tyler and Chuan-Chuan’s wedding in Pulai Springs Johor was so much fun. Both were delightful and had a really nice garden wedding that was fun for everyone who came. Tyler’s a New Zealander and there was definitely some influence coming through during the day. As you can see from their wedding photos it was a great wedding.

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Randy and Yin Mei – Wedding at the Paulist Center, Boston, Massachusetts

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Originally posted 2007-10-10 04:01:19.

A Red Sox T-Shirt Wedding Favour
A Red Sox T-Shirt Wedding Favour

I was thrilled when Randy and Yin mei asked me to fly to Boston to be their wedding photographer. After we flew into new York we drove up to Boston for the wedding. It was a perfect autumn day in the historic city of Boston, Massachusetts when Randy and Yin Mei tied the knot. The wedding was in the Paulist Center and then on to Boston Common for the portraits. The reception was at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich. We had covered Randy and Yin Mei’s wedding in Malaysia earlier in the year and were thrilled when they invited us to come to Boston. Both Randy and Yin Mei are classically trained musicians from Juilliard, and we were treated to a beautiful recital by them after the wedding ceremony.

The Hellenic Center is in Ipswich, more than an hour out of town. It was beautiful and refined and the atmosphere was warm and intimate…well at least until the dancing started in earnest. In Randy’s family there is a tradition of tossing the groom. You will see this in one of the last few photos when he is riding on some of his cousins shoulders. He was tossed high enough to touch the roof! I couldn’t watch!

The Boston Red Sox T-Shirt was a wonderful wedding favour. I still wear mine! I would LOVE to go back to cover more weddings in the USA, so if you are intending to have your wedding there do let me know.

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James Joseph Salon may look quiet now. That will change soon.

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Hair stylist applying the final touches at James Joseph Hair Salon.

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The salon fills up quickly on a Saturday morning

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Yin Mei gets ready for her bridal march

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Randy waits his beautiful bride

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This young fellow was very curious with the ceremony

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Interior of the Paulist Center

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The groom listening intently

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The wedding ceremony was conducted with the entire bridal party involved.

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Yin Mei’s parents were beaming

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The happy couple leaving the Paulist Center

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Randy’s mum congratulates her son

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Wedding party photo on the stairs of the State Capitol building

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The bouquet was awesome

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Boston Common is a beautiful location for portraits

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Maple syrup made a sweet thank you gift.

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The pretty wedding cake

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The couples grand entrance at the Hellenic Center

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The speeches were warm and funny.

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Getting to know everyone

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The couple cut the wedding cake

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The grooms speech was well received

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The bride dancing with one of her flower girls. Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Mass

Hellenic Center Wedding Dinner Ipswich Massachusetts

Tossing the groom into the roof is a family tradition

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Farewell to a great evening at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich, Mass