Chinese Wedding Photography // Amber & Felix

Chinese Wedding Photography // Amber & Felix

Chinese Wedding Photography

Amber & Felix’s pre-wedding photography in Cambridge

Chinese Wedding Photography

Amber and Felix commisioned me for their Chinese Wedding Photography in Cambridge. This was their pre-wedding engagement shoot, since they will be getting married soon back home…sadly, without me. Ah well. I’d first met Amber as a chief bridesmaid and best friend to Janet, who was married to Shaun at The Heath House in Staffordshire. Both ex-students of Mathematics at Magdalene College, Amber and Felix flew back for a few days and so we scheduled in a near-on full day shoot in and around Cambridge.

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Magdalene College Cambridge Wedding Photography

I met Amber & Felix just before 3pm, so we could go for a late afternoon / early evening shoot; the light would be ok for the interiors, and would get better as the day progressed. A charming and incredibly friendly couple, they made me feel more at ease, than I did them…it’s not supposed to be that way round! Armed with their own MUA, we set off into the various colleges, shooting formal and informal images. Even the family jumped in for a few group shots before they had to leave. These are just some from the shoot…

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St John’s College – a stunning location

From Magdalene, we headed off to St John’s College. Simply stunning, both inside and out. A photographer’s dream location with everything. I had to stop for a few minutes, just to take it all in, truly awesome. We sneaked out via the Bridge of Sighs for a relaxed set of portraits in front of the magnificent facade. Like Ninjas, we were shot and packed up in minutes. Shhh…you saw nothing! 😉

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Pre-Wedding Photography in Cambridge

We headed into town, and towards the rear of Kings College, via Trinity College and Trinity Lane. Like a film set, every street was perfect, every corner…perfect. We just had to dodge all the tourists and cyclists…hmmm easier said than done! Using the environment both as background, and as part of the actual photo, we combined the natural portraits of our couple, plus the hustle and bustle of the city…

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Evening bridal portraits

We took a break for twenty minutes or so in a local coffee shop. The weather was closing in a bit and looking 50/50 which way it wanted to turn. Hmmm…so we carried on at a new location, complete with dress change for Amber. The day was looking a bit dull -not quite the sunset I wanted….still, we kept going, no problem. By now I was using a 35mm or an 85mm lens on a single body, to focus myselfon the job in hand…the toys stayed in the bag for now.

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…and this is the final shot of the day, taken in near darkness. Boy, I love the Nikon D750 / 85mm combination… 😉

Good luck to Amber and Felix, who will be married just before Christmas 2016….you are a lovely, lovely couple, and thank you for this briiliant shooting experience in Cambridge.

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Chinese Wedding Photography Manchester // Jackie & Phil

Chinese Wedding Photography Manchester // Jackie & Phil

Celebrating the Chinese wedding of Jackie & Phil Lau in Manchester

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I recently photographed the wedding of Jackie & Phil in Manchester. It was a Monday in October, with a 7am start in Fallowfield, with plenty of things to come throughout the day, making this wedding highly unique.

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Still slightly bleary-eyed, Phil and the groomsmen arrived for some traditional 9?) party games to gain access to the flat where Jackie was getting ready. Drinking a shot of vinegar, licking treacle from cellophane, even eating food from a cat bowl using k=no hands…all good fun…especially as it had just turnes 8am! 😉

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Once allowed inside, it was time for the first of several tea ceremonies. First was Jackie’s parents.

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From the tea ceremony, we were off in convoy over to the other side of Manchester to Phil’s parents for their tea ceremony…but first a couple of formal images…

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From Phil’s parents house, I left for the Town Hall, leaving the breakfast buffet behind to catch up with my old friend and photographer  Martin Hambleton who was on second camera duties with me for the ‘second stage’ of the day at Manchester Town Hall…

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With around thirty guests for this ceremony, plus a change into traditional dress for Jackie, Martin and I worked quickly and seamlessly organiding family groups, plus some Bride & Groom portraits…

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From ‘stage two’, we were off to ‘stage three’. Saying goodbye and thanks to Martin, I headed off to Middleton, to the fantastic Ocean Treasure restaurant. Jackie arrived with Phil, but went straight into a side room for a dress change – a classic red outfit, stunning it was too. As the guests arrived…around 300 of them, the atmosphere was building. With live Karaoke on stage, more fun and games, speeches from the happy couple, the celebrations began…

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With a short interlude of traditional chinese fire crackers, lit by Phil, we resumed the celebrations in relative quiet 😉

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With a few more Bride & Groom portraits, we headed back to Manchester for ‘stage four’..a small party at The Living Room, complete with DJ and photobooth, plius a speech by the Best Man. By now we were well into the thirteenth hour so it was time for me to politely say goodbye and leave the party in full swing…

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Thanks to Jackie & Phil for allowing me to demonstrate my Chinese Wedding Photography Manchester…and thanks for having us on board!

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The Heath House Wedding Photographer // Janet & Shaun

The Heath House Wedding Photographer // Janet & Shaun

Janet & Shaun commissioned me to be The Heath House Wedding Photographer for their big day at The Heath House   – one of Staffordshire’s premier wedding venues. You can tell it was May because the day started with rain. Lots of it…but we were hoping for brighter things mid afternoon…which we got! Based in Hong Kong, the couple emailed me on the strength of my website to book, and we met a couple of weeks before at The Heath House for coffee and a chat about the day’s schedule. And then, here we were in early May and it was all very real…

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Janet and her bridesmaids had their basic preparations down the road at Moorcourt Holiday Cottages, but added the final touches at The Heath House; a room full of laughter, hairdryers and hairspray (erm…keep that lenscap on when not shooting Mick!)the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-03 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-04 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-05 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-06 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-07 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-08 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-09 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-10 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-11 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-12 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-13 the-heath-house-wedding-photographer-14

On board with me for the day was Gerry Lewis – up from London especially for the wedding. A lovely bloke, and someone I’d like to work with again, and well worth checking his work out.

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The thing about Chinese weddings – even Anglo-Chinese, is you’re expected to take a LOT of images. It’s the norm – and clearly briefed to me by Janet in our pre-wedding meeting too! 😉 So, we did…

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Their wedding was an intimate family gathering, with lots of fun (and cameras!) and being my first time working at The Heath House, I duly shot more images than normal…remember, I’d been briefed!

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Being The Heath House Wedding Photographer for the day, meant I got to shoot lots of relaxed, fun images of the happy couple in the grounds…especially as the sun came out to play as we went ‘walkabout’. Which was nice…

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Working alomgside Gerry was great fun…not always the case with ‘videographers versus photographers’ on a wedding day. But we overlapped really well, shooting each other’s scenarios really, all very relaxed and quick. Even Janet & Shaun were surprised when our allocated twenty minutes was up!

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And then we were off to the marquee on the lawn…obviously stopping off for a few more relaxed bride and groom portraits along the way 😉

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The speeches were all very good – heartfelt, funny – then Janet surprised us by doing a speech too….a real rollercoaster of a presentation too…

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With the party in full swing, Gerry and I packed our bags for the day, shook hands and went our separate ways. Thanks again to Janet & Shaun for having me on board for their Heath House Wedding.

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I’ve deliberately kept this posting back; now that the season’s changed, and Autumn is fast approaching, I thought it would be good to reflect on the (mostly) brilliant Summer we’ve had this year.

Daphne & Tham contacted me to re-shoot their Llandudno wedding photography back in July. Married three years ago, they never had any quality wedding images as a record of their big day…ahem…that’s where us professional wedding photographers come in! We met up in Llandudno, back at the Town Hall where they were originally married,  to re-stage some formal portraits, go walk-about in town, and have some fun on the beach. It was a gloriously hot day, and the staff at the Town Hall were just brilliant, opening any and every room we could think of to shoot in. Thanks guys…

So, with a heap of romance, a sprinkle of a little ‘cheese’ here and there, here are some of Daphne and Tham’s official wedding images. Personally I still prefer the live images – these are the ones that look staged…but they’re not. Can you spot them…?

Travelling light, I used a couple of Nikon D700 cameras with 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses, and, as ever your comments are welcome.

From the streets of Llandudno, it was up to the top of the Great Orme for some more photography. The staff let us jump on a waiting tram for a few minutes, before unleashing the mass of smiling tourists upon us like ‘seat locusts’….well, it was hot! 😉

Daphne and Tham live in Manchester these days, so it was only fitting to drop in to Conwy to shoot some formals with the magnificent castle as a backdrop. We had to make do shooting outside, since the castle had literally just closed for the day –  “You almost made it”, smiled the man as he walked past us jangling the keys! Ah well…

Thinking of getting married in North Wales..or even fancy a portrait session on the beach or out in the wilds? Why not get in touch and lets have a chat about the options available…