3rd July 2012 | 1 comments
If you went all around the world, you'd still be hard-pressed to find a couple that fits each other as perfectly as Lukxmi and Paul. They're both doctors (yes, she is both smart AND beautiful...le sigh!), they share the same type of humor, and if they're any more laid-back they'd be lying down. From a photographer's point of view, a funny, photogenic, laid-back couple is, of course, a gem to be cherished.
A week before they were due to wed at the Oxford registry office, followed by a reception at St Cross College, the BBC forecast predicted THUNDERSTORMS. Yes, thunderstorms. I prepared my rain-proof gear and checked the weather forecast about seventeen times. Meanwhile, Lukxmi and Paul changed their wedding plans without skipping a beat. I e-mailed them the morning of their wedding reassuring them not to worry, and they replied, "We're not worried actually." And when I saw them before the ceremony, I found them as relaxed as ever. Talk about the ideal couple!
3rd January 2012 | 2 comments
Last night, as we sat in our PJs with hot mugs of tea in our hands, Mike asked me what has been my favorite part of 2011 in terms of photography. It had been meant to be a simple question, I'm sure, but it took me so long to think of an answer that Mike had finished half of his drink before I opened my mouth. The thing is, there were simply too many things worth celebrating in 2011. Getting featured on prestigious wedding websites like Love My Dress
and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
, for example. Getting to experience new things like photographing a wedding in a cinema museum...photographing my first Hindi ceremony...so many couples have opened their arms to me and welcomed me as one of their own.
On that note, I'd like to take a moment to thank all my lovely couples for having me as their photographer on the most important day of their lives. I'm sure this has been said before, but being a wedding photographer is truly an honor. It always hits me what a privilege it is to be able to capture moments that are so intimate between a couple. Here are a few of the best moments of 2011 told in pictures... (Read more...)
25th November 2011 | 4 comments
"Is that her?" As I peeked into the hall where Antonia and Sam sat holding hands, it took me a moment to recognize the glamorous bride with her smokey eyes and loose curls. I'd met Antonia and Sam when I did their Oxford engagement shoot, so I already knew that Antonia was naturally beautiful, but I was still floored when I saw her in her blue wedding dress. She'd gone from fresh-faced girl next door to total gorgeousness. And yes, I agree with everyone who commented that she bears a resemblance to Katie Holmes! Little wonder then, that it took Sam 5 hours to work up the courage to talk to Antonia when he first met her!
She knew they were right for each other when she injured her leg playing netball one day. She was rushed to the A & E, where she found Sam already there, anxiously awaiting her arrival. Then came a four hour wait. Despite the intense pain (and yes, it must've been intense because she had to have surgery!), at some point, Antonia realized that hey, I'm sitting in the A & E with a busted knee and I'm having fun! After this realization, she reasoned that if Sam could make this fun, then life with him was probably going to be just fine.
Their wedding was nothing like the usual wedding. They arranged for me to arrive at the end of the ceremony (photography wasn't allowed during the ceremony) and requested that I shot mostly candids. We did manage to sneak a few portraits in, but Antonia and Sam spent most of the day having a great time with their loved ones. The result was a set of the happiest wedding pictures I've come across. I could not stop smiling as I looked through the viewfinder at the end of the day, and more than once (when I came to pictures of Sam's dad, for example, who's hilarious) I found myself laughing out loud, which was somewhat embarrassing and made passersby avoid me. (Read more...)
11th November 2011 | 2 comments
As a wedding photographer, I come across many couples...and yet it never gets old, never gets confusing. Each wedding I photograph remains a unique affair in my memory, and although over the months I might cease to remember the types of flowers or the color scheme that my past clients had at their wedding, I will always remember what makes them special as a couple. This quickly became obvious to me when I first met Lexy and Matt for their engagement shoot
in Oxford. They operated on the same wavelength, and while Lexy was shy, Matt was always quick to make her laugh. Their friends knew they were meant for each other when they couldn't stop chattering about their latest and greatest idea to save beavers. Like I mentioned after their engagement shoot, it's hard not to go "awww" once you've spent five minutes with them. (Read more...)
20th October 2011 | 0 comments
Oh boy, are we in for a treat. This is a wedding to die for. I have waited quite a bit before blogging it because I just had to ensure that I am going to do it justice. Photographing a Chinese-Indonesian wedding is different from photographing an English wedding. Firstly, Chinese-Indonesian weddings tend to be large (1,500 guests being the average size), so I always work with another photographer. For another, they start really early (I had to arrive at 4am to do the bridal prep ) with a long break of about 3 hours between the ceremony and reception where the photographers would go home for a quick shower and a rest.
In addition to that, the order in which the day goes vastly differs. The groom would come to the bride's bedroom to pick her up, there will be couple portraits, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, and then finally we'd all head to the church together.
Despite these differences, the emotions that run through the day are something familiar. Excitement, nervousness, and of course, something akin to an out-of-body experience where you look at the person you are about to marry and think, "Holy shizzle, did I really get THIS lucky??" I got to see such emotions at Debby and Ferdy's wedding, and this is exactly what makes being a wedding photographer the best job in the world. (Read more...)
2nd September 2011 | 3 comments
As a wedding photographer, I pride myself on keeping a professional demeanor as I go through the excitement that inevitably surrounds the bride. Of course, my professionalism crumbled when I laid eyes on Marceline the morning of her wedding. "Holy cow, you look like a model," I gasped, gawking at her like a 13-year old with a crush. "I'm glad you like it!" She laughed, checking her makeup in the mirror. Like it? I can't remember the last time I was literally stunned by someone's looks.
I soon regained my professionalism and resumed coverage of the bridal prep. Then came the ceremony. I'm not an easy crier, no matter what my husband might tell you, but there was something so poignant and sweet about Marceline and Tim's ceremony that I found it a challenge to keep my eyes dry. I know this probably sounds like a tired cliche, but even as an outsider, I could sense the love, not just between Marceline and Tim, but true affection coming from their family and friends. Everyone in that room was truly delighted to be part of their day, and I have yet to meet a friendlier bunch of people. (Read more...)
11th August 2011 | 4 comments
Who can forget Jessica and Matt, the adorable couple whose engagement session was featured on Whimisical Wonderland Weddings? To say that after our Oxford engagement shoot I was looking forward to their wedding would be the understatement of the year. Jessica is not only a natural beauty who has a face that my camera loves to bits, she also has the most lovable personality ever! I just want to put her in my pocket and take her home! (Okay, I don't, stop giving me dirty looks Matt.) Aaanywho, like I said after our engagement session, Matt is also a treat to work with. Easy-going and amicable, I can totally see how the two of them compliment each other. All right, I think I've said enough for now...scroll on down to see this amazing Coventry wedding!