A Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding dinner at the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

Originally posted 2015-03-23 15:38:42.

Recently I travelled up to Perhentian island off the east coast of Malaysia to cover a Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding. It was a pretty intenseĀ  5-6 hour trip as I ran from one wedding in KL to the airport for my flight, land travel then boat to get to the venue which was the Perhentian Island Resort. Within minutes of arrival I was able to set up my gear and get shooting the walk in for the sumptuous barbecue wedding dinner. There were a number of interesting Bulgarian traditions including the wedding bread dance, which features a loaf made by the mothers bride which is later fed to both the bride and groom. They also break the loaf over their heads which you will also see below.

It was very dark, yet one of the things you will notice is that the photos are not. One of the things I do is bring remote controlled lighting to all shoots as it makes a massive difference. One of the photographers jobs is to evaluate, modify and control the lighting of the images. There was almost no available light during the dinner, yet in the background of some of these photos you will be able to see my remote radio controlled strobes triggering away. With more wedding venues using the “new” green and purple LED lights to add to the mood I think more photographers will eventually gravitate to this system. Believe me, no one wants to look like Barnie the dinosaur. Using this system protects you.

Portraits the following day were on a private beach. Only including a small sampling but it was a very nice shoot.

Regarding cameras, I am becoming more and more impressed with Fujifilms X-T1 camera system. I have never owned a camera that captures what I see as well as this camera does, and in doing so I now spend a lot less time editing than I do with my Nikons and Canons.

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In Bulgarian weddings the brides mother traditionally makes a special loaf of bread

bulgarian wedding traditional bread dance malaysia

Two of the ladies dance with the special wedding bread

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Please take note of the remote controlled strobes in the background. I am one of the few wedding photographers who use these in Malaysia.

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Time to share a bite. Mum feeds the bride and groom

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The beautiful wedding cake

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Breaking the bread by the bride and groom is another Bulgarian tradition

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Sumptuous wedding barbecue

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Party on

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Traditional Bulgarian dancing

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Everyone enjoyed the Bhangra

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The dancing went on all night

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Time to cut the wedding cake

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The beautiful bride

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Portraits on the beach

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After the portraits were done there was one sure fire way to cool off!

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Cooling off with watermelon on a hot day at the Perhentian Island Resort

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Later in the evening I took this 30 second exposure of the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

Chinese Wedding at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa

Chinese Wedding and dinner at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa Grant Corban

Originally posted 2014-12-27 16:17:04.

Kimberley and Nicholas had their wedding at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. Consisting of a Christian wedding ceremony, tea ceremony and then dinner. We were shooting with the Canon 5DMk3, Sony A7, and Nikon D750 cameras. We are brand agnostic, but at this wedding I discovered the D750 has an absolutely phenomenal exposure range.

Please enjoy.

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Persian Wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi

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Originally posted 2014-11-22 09:44:35.

We covered a wonderful Persian Wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi complete with honey and sugar cone ceremonies. It was very intimate and tasteful. Just how I love weddings to be. I have included over 100 photos from this wedding for your pleasure. Cameras used at this wedding were the Canon 5Dmk3, Fuji X-T1 and XM1, and the Nikon 610. We like being equal opportunity photographers šŸ™‚

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Peter and Akiko’s wedding at the Datai, Langkawi

Beautiful Wedding at the Datai

Originally posted 2013-08-31 10:17:41.

Beautiful Wedding at the Datai
Wedding at the Datai Resort Langkawi, Malaysia

I have been moving all of my older weddings from decaying DVD’s onto a new server and have been coming across some real gems of weddings that we have covered over the past 15 years(!) I realise now that when I moved from my old HTML 1.0 web site to wordpress that hundreds of my older wedding posts never followed us along! Ouch! So I am busy picking out some of them for reposting as time permits. This wedding is from December 2005. Back then we were shooting with the Nikon D2x and Canon 20D. Just viewing the images today I realise just how far camera sensors have come! Visible noise in ISOs as low as 400. Back then we were still transitioning from film so it wasn’t a concern, but in light of what we have today…wow! Now the tech talk is out of the way let’s talk about this wedding.

Peter and Akiko are members of the Malaysian Philharmonic orchestra. They are still there with them 8 years on so do look for them when you visit the MPO! Their wedding was at the Datai Resort in Langkawi. We have covered a few weddings there and I do hope to put more up as time permits. Peter is Slovakian, and Akiko Japanese. They decided on the Datai as it is a classy resort and neutral ground for both families. Peter’s family flew out from Slovakia while Akikos came from Japan. It was a small and intimate wedding. The Datai did a great job with very tasteful arrangement of flowers and the dinner setting. Akiko’s good friend Maho, and Peter’s brother Miro also attended. Both are also in the MPO and it turned out were courting. We covered their wedding when their turn came about! More on that in a future posting.

Beautiful Japanese Bride at the Datai

Akiko looked beautiful as she prepared for the ceremony at the Datai

Bride getting ready for her wedding at the Datai

Akiko’s anticipation is evident

Bride at the Datai Langkawi putting on her shoes

Last stages of the preparation before heading to the Datai’s beach wedding location

Brides mother at the Datai

The brides family waited for her at the Datai’s pool side

Grooms father at Datai Wedding Langkawi

Grooms father found the weather at the Datai rather balmy

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Brides best friend from the MPO. We shot her wedding a few years later!

Ring exchange at Datai Resort Wedding Langkawi Malaysia

Hands communicate so much

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First kiss

Beautiful flower bouquet at the Datai Langkawi Wedding

The beautiful bouquet

Wedding portraits on the Datai beach

Portraits on the beach in front ot the Datai langkawi

Wedding portraits on Datai langkawi beach

The happy wedding couple

Wedding portraits on Datai langkawi beach

A classic wedding portrait pose. Cliched perhaps but will always be welcome on a mantle piece.

Wedding portraits on Datai langkawi beach

Romantic

Wedding portraits on Datai langkawi beach

Sun has set

Wedding portraits on Datai langkawi beach

Beach portraits. It was much darker than it looks here.

An inviting wedding dinner set up on the beach at the Datai Langkawi

An inviting wedding dinner set up on the beach at the Datai Langkawi

Wedding dinner on the beach at a Datai Wedding

Wedding dinner on the Datai beach