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Being asked to photograph a wedding photographer is probably one of the biggest honours and one of the biggest fears any wedding photographer has. When Laya and I drove 5 hours down to HJO, we listened to inspirational music, we talked about our pictures ideas and we felt really inspired.

This inspiration was nothing though compared to the inspiration we got from M & K love. From the moment the saw each other for the first time, we forgot everything else and then only thing we could see was love. That kind of love that is so strong that makes even us, who are not in the middle of it, feel loved.

The whole day was like a big cloud of love had surrounded us all. We laughed, we cried and we were sold by the energy of these two. I guess I don’t need to say anything else, as the story of their day we will tell you know will show you what we mean.

K & M, we loved HJO, but we loved the gift of photographing your beautiful day more!

This is our song to you and this new family you are building:

K & M

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Paris, the most romantic city in the world, and for us, at its most beautiful state when it’s still asleep.

That’s why, when we book a pre-wedding shoot or an engagement session in the city of lights, we book it EARLY-early in the morning of course. ;-)  This time we decided to meet our beautiful couple at 6 am by the Eiffel Tower. The only problem is that we had gotten the wrong information about the sunrise and we were there waaaay before the sun decided to show up. It wouldn’t have been a problem if the weather would have helped us, but at 2 degrees Celcius, I can tell you that when our couple arrived (thank God they arrived later than what we had told them), three photographers had almost frozen to death! ;-)

Thaise and Luiz came all the way from Brazil to do their engagement pictures in Paris. I was delighted that they had chosen me as their photographer and I decided to give them 150% of my dedication. We spent the whole day with them and took them around the most beautiful Parisian sights. Their love warmed us soooo much that it even brought us some hours of sun on this day that had nothing but rain on its weather forecast for the day.

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In the end of March I had the honor of photographing the intimate wedding of one of my friends. We met when I started photographing her children and since then we have worked together and naturally become good friends. This is one of the joys of working as a photographer with wonderful people, you always get new good friends along the way.

I just loooove their wedding photographs. We were all sooo relaxed and the hours we spend with them and their wonderful three children just flew by.

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blogI love to take dance pictures. Specially when I have the chance to experiment, to play with the existing light.

When Crystal and Bosco would dance, I told Susi, let’s follow the light. We keep the camera up and every time we see that light touches their faces on the right way, we shoot.

Bosco surprised Crystal with a song during the reception, just before their dance and dress change. I looooove Susis pictures of Crystal’s reaction when she saw him singing, and also, of course, the perfect light.

Guess these were the best dance pictures we have ever taken, just love them! Enjoy!

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blogDo you remember a romantic pre-wedding session Susi and I did in Venice a couple of years ago?

Now in January we both had the pleasure to finally photograph their so long planned wedding. For us, being able to be in Hong Kong and learn all about the culture around Hong Kong weddings was really a dream come true.

One thing that has always fascinated me with Asian weddings is the symbology behind every single detail of a wedding day. And of course, by being the nerd I am, I really did a lot of research about them and would love to share to few things I’ve learned with you all. We started to photograph Crystal and Bosco’s wedding the day before, when we just took time to take these beautiful detail shots during sunset. On Saturday, we have followed them from 2am untill 11pm…..yes, almost 24 hours non-stop. Our longest and most exciting wedding day ever! This will then be the first of many posts to come with their beautiful pictures, so we start with the Friday photographs.

During Tea Ceremonies, it’s very common that besides coming with a red envelope with money to the couple, families also come with a piece of jewelry that will bring luck, fortune, and love for the couple in the beginning of their life together.

THE DRAGON AND THE PHOENIX

The dragon & phoenix pair is a classical feng shui cure for keeping (or attracting) the energy of harmonious communication in a marriage.

The energy of the dragon is considered very powerful in traditional feng shui, and almost all classical feng shui applications. The dragon is the most powerful and majestic creature in Chinese folklore. It symbolizes power, indisputable authority and fearsome majesty which are mostly masculine (yang) qualities, and the dragon is the true Yang part of the Yin-Yang energy of the dragon and phoenix couple.

The symbol of the phoenix, on the other hand, seems to evoke the same energy across a multitude of cultures, with always the same meaning – the power of rebirth and deep transformation. The phoenix is the queen of all bird symbols in feng shui, the most revered one. In Chinese folklore, the mythical phoenix is also attributed the qualities of beauty, inspiration and genuine grace (feminine, yin qualities), so the phoenix is the perfect Yin counterpart to the Yang energy of the dragon.

GOLD AND RED IN THE CHINESE CULTURE

The color of Red in chinese culture usually means good luck. So like the red packet which is given every Chinese New Year, and the red envelopes with money during the tea ceremony in Asian weddings.  Golden or yellow color is traditionally the color used in imperial service. The golden color symbolizes wealth and also happiness.

Red is also a color in Chinese weddings, because in wedding they tend to be happy and by wearing red things, will help the couple who are getting married chasing out the bad luck on the day they’re getting married. Red in here means good luck, happiness, joy, and for the couple, this red color is regarded an energy as red symbolized the Fire element in Chinese metaphysics.

And don’t you just love Crystal’s Laouboutin Shooes in gold and red??? Well, as we can see, we did.

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Bride from South Korea, groom from Sweden. Destination Wedding in Stockholm.

I’ve learned  that this beautiful board is usually given to newlyweds in South Korea, on the day of their wedding. It means:

SMILE

Just as simple as that. And it should be hanged on your door. The door of your new house. Wouln’t it be great if we could all have smiles hanging on our doors? Well, this sign had already done its deed with me: I had been smiling already all day.

Yumi and Mikael are just these kind of people who are impossible not to love. As Mikael’s mom said today, ”They are so alike that it’s almost weird to think they come from totally different backgrounds!” Mikael is the one responsible for  the cute picture of the two of them together. And Yumi’s mom was an adorable sight: a true South Korean beauty dressed in the country’s typical dress. Wow! Even though the weather was completely crazy all day, with rain showers interrupted by moments of strong sunshine, there was perfect timing on everything: sun when we needed it to show up and rain when we wanted to use our beautiful umbrellas.

 

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