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!
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.
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.
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!
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.