When CL+KY decided to immortalize their wedding with a bridal portrait session, they wanted the best of worlds – traditional and modern!
Now for Westerners, this is an unheard of tradition (taking pictures BEFORE the wedding) but this is very much an Asian culture. Part of this culture is to have a portrait session on a separate date from the wedding ceremony so that they can enjoy being with each other without any pressure from the ceremonial day. Besides, a Chinese traditional ceremonial wedding would have a very packed itinerary that includes moving from the grooms home to pickup the bride from her own home, door games (to test the groom’s resolve in collecting his prize / bride), tea ceremony, and going back to the groom’s home for another round of tea ceremony, multiple dress changes during the dinner reception (we’ll explain this culture on another blog post) and very large banquets filled with family and friends, to end the day with. Who has time to have a portrait session in the middle of all this happening!
Plus, there’s no such thing as bad luck in seeing the bride’s wedding gown in Asian culture as well. CL+KY had great plans to have several themes for the shoot. They wanted a traditional one and as well as a modern shoot. We ended up at Bon Ton’s Temple Tree (for their chinese themed traditional shoot complete with a Qua (chinese traditional dress). This was scheduled in the morning, taking advantage of the beautiful light surrounding the property. And in the evening, we got ready at The Andaman Luxury Collection for the modern shoot (with a couture bridal gown from one of our partner gown providers). That evening, we took advantage of the amazing sunset and Andaman’s beach facing the Datai Bay and caught some candid and posed shots for them. We had an additional session for them in casual as well, the next morning, shooting at the Andaman Spa area with plenty of breezy winds and gently lapping ocean waves. Plus, all of these was caught on video as well too!