Dac and Wai Pin contacted me to be their wedding photographer for their Chinese/Vietnamese/Western fusion beach resort wedding at the Westin Hotel in Langkawi, Malaysia. Two very lovely families. The weather was all over the place with rain coming down during the portrait session, partly due to it being a crazy hot day that ended up with a pool party at the end of everything. Good it was a private pool as the party went on into the night. You can view their weddingÂ below.
We had some time to kill before the wedding so took a few images around the Westin. Looks great doesn’t it.
The day starts with make up.
Wai Pin’s gorgeous red Cheongsam
Dacs groomsmen ready to go
Another photo the bouquet
Wai Pin arrived at the Tea Ceremony location first
The tea ceremony would be held on the Westin’s jetty
Dacs family arrived next
And gave his bouquet to Wai Pin who was obviously over joyed
And she showed her appreciation
Nice tea set for the Tea Ceremony
Dacs family are from all over the world and were separated by the Vietnam War so this was an emotional moment.
Dac’s mum welcoming her into the family
Tea ceremony time. Chinese and Vietnamese tea ceremonies are very similar.
Some quiet words of advice
Another view of the Jetty that was used for the Tea Ceremony
The lovely couple after the tea ceremony had finished
Wai Pin looked great
The Western style wedding was set up on the beach.
And everyone’s ready
We certainly had some competition in the photography department
Dac catches his first glimpse of his bride.
Wai Pin’s brother gave her away
A very pleasant setting for a beach wedding I do think!
Time for the vows
Bridesmaids….penny for your thoughts!
Kisses done. “Right, we’re married!”
The wedding party group photo….make a note of the beach slope for the next photo.
Ok…I am jealous. Very jealous.
While we were setting up for the next photo we took this quick grab shot
The stunning sunset portrait
The wedding cake (s)
These books are a great idea for sharing your life with your friends.
Time for a fan dance girls
Listening to the speeches
And more speeches
Time for the couples toast!
There were a few games with prizes to be won.
Wai Pin checking on her guests
Nice family photo
Cutting the wedding cake(s)
Good night everybody. See you next time.
Sunset Photo at the Westin Beach Resort Hotel on Langkawi
Vanessa and Christopher’s weddign was on the beach at the Four Seasons on Langkawi. We started with mandatory portraiture around the resort before heading to the beach for the actual ceremony. The wedding dinner was at the Serai and was both stylish and awesome fun. Once it got dark the whole wedding party went down to the beach to set free hot air lanterns. A couple of weeks later we headed down to Melaka to photograph their wedding banquet for family who couldn’t make it. I haven’t put up a posting of this (yet) so in the meantime will include just onre of the photos from that evening at the bottom of this photo set. Photos included below.
Unless you have a heavily locked down web browser you should be able to enjoy BOTH the Four Seasons and Melaka weddings by watchingÂ the movie below. I hope you enjoy the music too!
Reg and Lisa chose to celebrate their day with a destination beach wedding at the Four Seasons Resort in Langkawi. It is easily my favourite beach wedding location. The afternoon kicked off with a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the Rhu bar. We then went to the Spa for wedding portraits before getting ready for the sunset beach wedding.As can be seen in a couple of the photos the sun was very low in the sky before we even got started, so the portraits were mostly photographed in the twilight.Â The wedding dinner was at the Serai Restaurant. Good weather. Great couple with “Funtastic” friends too.
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!
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.