Vivianne and Andrew's Wedding at YL Residence in Koh Samui

Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom portrait on beach

I think Thailand is one of the most beautiful places you can have a destination wedding. So I was super psyched to visit Koh Samui for the first time earlier this year to photograph the Thai wedding of Vivianne and Andrew. The morning started early with bridal prep and tea ceremonies at the ShaSa Resort & Residences. Down the road, the ceremony and reception was started at sunset on the beachside of the beautiful YL Residence No.17. The setting was of course postcard-esque but I also loved the details of small matted photo prints decorated throughout the wedding venue, the Viewmaster with their pre-wedding photos, and Andrew's amazing rendition of George Benson's Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You. Swoon!

Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort wedding day early morning sunrise scenery
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort wedding day wall decorations bride morning preparations slippers
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort morning preparations make up kit
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort morning preparations bride drinking coffee bathrobe laughing
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort morning preparations bridesmaids getting ready in bathroom
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort morning preparations bride and bridesmaid talking and laughing
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence morning preparations groom getting ready putting on red ribbon
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort morning preparations bride smiling in chinese dress to mother
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort morning preparations bride and mother portrait
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort bridesmaids greeting at the door
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort groomsmen playing games and laughing
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort groomsmen playing games and laughing tears in eyes
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort groom and groomsmen piggyback rides
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort groom and bride paying respects to in laws
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort bride and father portrait smiling and hugging
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort bride and groom walkoff under red umbrella
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort chinese tea ceremony bride and groom
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort bride and groom hugging mother of groom
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort bride and bridesmaids portrait laughing together
Koh Samui wedding Shasa Resort bride and bridesmaids looking out into the ocean
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor decorations and wedding altar
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor chairs with wedding invite
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor decorations chair with bride child photo
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor decorations of white flower and petals on lawn
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor decorations of album and guestbook tags
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor guest putting tag on memory tree
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence 3d view master 80s with wedding rings and brides shoes
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride getting ready with hair
Koh-Samui wedding YL Residence bride getting ready with hair while talking to bridesmaids
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride getting ready looking back with wedding dress and closeup of flowers
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride looking away with head turned wearing wedding veil
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom first look bride walking up to groom
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom first look on the beach bride seeing groom
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence ring boy walking with sign
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence babies walking down aisle
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and father walking into aisle guests taking photos
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and father walking down the aisle
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence father and bride walking up to the altar
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom at the altar
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom at the altar during sunset
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom at the altar ready to exchange vows bride smiling
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence guest with sleeping baby
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence groomsmen hands
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bridesmaids and bouquet of flowers
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence groom smiling during ceremony
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride putting ring on groom
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom first kiss
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom walk off just married smiling
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom and bridesmaids groomsmen portrait walking on beach arms locked
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom and bridesmaids groomsmen portrait on beach
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom portrait holding hands in front of white wall
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom portrait hugging and smiling
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor portrait session holding hands
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor portrait session holding hands walking down the beach
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor portrait session kissing on the beach
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor portrait session under brides wedding veil
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor portrait session kissing under brides wedding veil
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor evening venue
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom walking out greeted by sparklers
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom laughing and smiling with sparklers in hand
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence maid of honor toasting after speech
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence father of bride giving speech
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor dinner banquet toasting bride and groom
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence outdoor dinner banquet best man speech
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence dinner banquet groom emotional speech to bride
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom dancing together
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride being picked up by groom arms spreading
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom dancing groom dipping bride
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor watching fireworks
Koh Samui wedding YL Residence bride and groom outdoor watching fireworks hugging

Ming and Nick's Wedding at the Four Seasons in Kona, Hawaii

Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride groom kissing beach ocean rocks waves

When Ming and Nick first emailed me about having me as their wedding photographer, they had not even picked where in the world their destination wedding would be. But it was clear that if they were dead set on one thing for their wedding day - that it was going to be fun.

Fun was an understatement for the weekend which included snorkeling with dolphins, delicious poke, sea turtles on the beach, guests that came ready to party, and for good measure - one of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the world - the Big Island's Four Seasons Resort Hualālai in Kona, Hawaii.

Here are some of the photos from their Hawaiian beach wedding. You can also see photos from our NYC engagement session a few blog posts back.

Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor beach turtle sand
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride gown dress morning preparations
Kona Hawaii US Wedding bridal shoes Jimmy Choo getting ready preparations
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride putting on gown dressing getting ready
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride getting ready back gown
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride getting ready putting on shoes
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor groom getting ready smiling
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor groom speech opening
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor portrait session bride groom sitting on steps
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride dress shoes sneakers
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride groom portrait session
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride bridesmaids portrait session black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor groom groomsman portrait session black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor beach ocean alter
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor beach ocean ceremony start
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor ceremony bride groom holding hands black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor ceremony bride and groom black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor ceremony bride groom ring exchange
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride and groom first kiss beach ocean
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor portrait session bride groom bridesmaids groomsman just married
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor bride and groom portrait session kissing black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor invitation table top thank you
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor dinner after dark
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor dinner speech toasting black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding outdoor dinner best man speech black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding bride groom first dance black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding bride groom first dance hands in air black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding bride groom dancing friends hugging circle black and white
Kona Hawaii US Wedding bride groom dancing carried on chairs celebrations

Susin and Kevin's New York Wedding at Mohonk Mountain House

New York wedding photoshoot ornaments photoframe

Susin grew up in Queens (like me!) but left the big city for the University of Michigan, where she met a handful of my old NY friends and eventually her husband Kevin. Kevin is from Portage, MI and as you can tell from the photo above - they both bleed maize and blue.

Susin and Kevin wanted a wedding venue with a naturalesque and green backdrop, which is why they chose the historic Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, upstate New York, 90 minutes outside of NYC. Makeup by JAC Beauty.

New York wedding outdoor bride holding bridal flowers
New York wedding outdoor ceremony guests scenery
New York wedding outdoor ceremony groom parents walkon
New York wedding outdoor ceremony groom bride vow exchange
New York wedding outdoor ceremony groom giving vow exchange
New York wedding outdoor ceremony bride giving vow exchange
New York wedding outdoor ceremony groom bride giving ring exchange
New York wedding outdoor ceremony groom bride walk off
New York wedding outdoor groomsmen portrait walking
New York wedding outdoor portrait session
New York wedding outdoor portrait session jumping midair
New York wedding outdoor candid reception
New York wedding outdoor candid reception drinks
New York wedding outdoor candid details guestbook
New York wedding outdoor reception first dance
New York wedding outdoor couple portrait session
New York wedding outdoor couple portrait session kissing
New York wedding outdoor couple portrait session dock pier kiss

Yuki and Simon’s Wedding in London

destination wedding in london, bride and groom formal portrait with sun starburst

Last April I flew to the United Kingdom for a few shooting assignments. This was only my second time in London, and the town was absolutely buzzing with energy in anticipation of the Royal Wedding that same weekend. OK, so I wasn’t there to photograph Kate and William (I guess my application must’ve gotten lost in the mail) but I was going to shoot my equally beautiful friends Yuki and Simon for their wedding at The Grove in the south of England.

Yuki and I met eight summers ago in New York during our old firm’s analyst training program - I was to be based in New York and Yuki in Tokyo. Years later, we both coincidentally transferred to Hong Kong and found ourselves sitting two office rows away from each other. Shortly afterwards, she introduced me to Simon, a banker she had met while working on a deal in London. I admittedly was skeptical of anyone finding romance in the investment banking world, but Simon was one of the most kind and genuine persons I’d ever met in Hong Kong. Yuki and Simon later moved back to London but I was lucky enough to shoot a portrait session with the two of them around Hong Kong – as a keepsake before they bid farewell to the city. They loved the photos we took that afternoon but the greatest compliment came over a year later when they graciously asked to me to be their wedding photographer as well.

Simon is from Northern Germany and Yuki from Tokyo, so the guest list had an eclectic mix from all around the world. I also picked up a handy German phrase – Wunderbar! - which means wonderful!

japanese bride wedding morning prep
japanese bridesmaid wedding morning prep
japanese bridesmaid wedding morning prep B&W with mother
japanese bride bridesmaids group formal portrait
german groom wedding morning prep B&W
german groomsmen wedding morning prep B&W
german groom groomsmen group formal portrait
japanese bride father walking down the aisle
japanese german wedding london wide shot ceremony
japanese german wedding london best man
japanese german wedding london closeup ceremony
london wedding japanese bridesmaids ceremony
london wedding japanese bride german groom kiss the bride
 
london wedding japanese bride german formal portrait doorway
london wedding japanese bride german formal portrait doorway kissing
 
london wedding japanese bride portrait
london wedding japanese bride german groom formal portrait staircase
london wedding japanese bride german groom formal portrait grass bench
london wedding japanese bride german groom formal portrait walking
london wedding japanese bride german groom formal portrait walking kissing
 
london wedding afternoon high tea stacked plates
london wedding afternoon high tea scones
 
london wedding afternoon high tea sunglasses
london wedding afternoon high tea bride mom crying
london wedding cocktail reception wide fisheye
london wedding cocktail reception japanese boy tuxedo
london dinner reception japanese father speech
london dinner reception japanese bride german groom
london dinner reception japanese bride german groom first dance
london dinner reception german groom dancing YMCA
london dinner reception japanese bride german groom laughing dance floor

Yvonne and Michael’s wedding in Montreal, Canada

yvonne and michael holding umbrella on docks

As part of my trip back to the US earlier in the year, I drove up to Montreal to photograph a wedding for Yvonne and Michael (you can see shots from the engagement session in New York in an earlier post). Yvonne and I first met when we were both young, bright-eyed and bushy tailed interns at the NY firm that would eventually hire us for our first full-time jobs. Several years later, she left the firm to pursue education and eventually teach grade school in the South Bronx. She has been an absolute inspiration to me.

So I was excited to be able to shoot her marriage with Michael, while also being able to revisit one of my favorite cities in the world, Montreal. The rehearsal dinner was held at a traditional Quebec maple sugar shack. The following day we shot some prep and portraits at the Chateau Vaudreuil before driving to Au Vieux Moulin for the reception and dinner.

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Yvonne and Michael at rehearsal dinner
sugar shack wedding rehearsal dinner
 
yvonne and michael wedding shoes
yvonne and michael wedding rings
 
 
yvonne's hands over her wedding dress
yvonne's wedding dress
 
yvonne in the hotel room mirror
Michael getting ready
Yvonne and Michael walking in the grass
yvonne changing into the Vietnamese áo dài dress
yvonne and michael wedding photographed
wedding german dance
yvonne and michael wedding guests dancing
 
yvonne and michael wedding shoe game bride
yvonne and michael wedding shoe game groom
 
yvonne's parents
yvonne and michael wedding dinner kiss