One of my favourite parts of wedding photography is actually the bridal prep. There is a normally a lot of nervous energy going around and it’s hit that stage where nothing else can be done so people are starting to relax before the day ahead. For Pui Shan and James it was a little different and the nervous tension was mainly to come from the shortly to arrive groom and groomsmen. I arrived shortly before the ‘games’ began. Those who have never attended a Chinese wedding before will no doubt be wondering what games, tradition dictates that when the groom arrives to collect the bride, the bridesmaids set a series of tasks for him to prove his love for the bride. When I arrived, Pui Shans bridesmaids were in fits of giggles at the fun they had planned for James and his groomsmen. What followed was a combination of buckets of ice, wasabi cupcakes, sock hangers, dancing, singing and a lot of laughs. What a fantastic start to the day!!
Once the bridesmaids were satisfied James’s love was true, we departed for the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, London for the civil wedding ceremony. It really is a stunningly beautiful location, with the amazing Winter Garden and many gorgeous features it is always a pleasure to shoot there. After the ceremony we took a short walk around the hotel to get a couple of shots and give Pui Shan and James a little chance for a breather and then back to the drinks reception.
After the Landmark we made our way down to the Phoenix Palace in Baker Street for a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony followed by a wedding banquet and some traditional songs from Pui Shans Aunt!
It was a real example of why I love what I do, there is such variety in my job with no two days ever the same and I get to spend my time with such lovely, warm and gracious hosts as James and Pui Shan. It was a wonderful day and I wish them all the best for a bright and happy future together.
Now onto the images, I am sure this is a record even for the King of long blog posts, but it really was an none stop day!