This was my first overseas wedding, and my first in China. A warm thanks to Beethoven and Vivian for inviting me to their wedding.
Being among good friends, and making new ones as well, it was a different experience altogether, and a positive one at that. We made it through the heat and, with the guys from the US, jet lag. After the reception, we all took a nap (pretty much passed out) on the way back to the hotel. Good times, indeed!
They are my friends and yes, my friend’s name really is Vivian! Beethoven is a longtime friend of mine and it’s an honor to be their photographer. As a matter of fact, they’ve been my willing photo subjects in the past and I’m happy they haven’t made any excuses or run the other way yet. Thank you, guys!
The blue tones they chose to wear stood out nicely against the pretty pink flowers and the predominantly green backdrop. It was on a rainy day but we rocked it.
Weeks ago, I shot this couple’s engagement session. The wedding came by shortly after and here are the photos! As a fellow inhabitant of this planet, it was an all-new experience to observe a Ukrainian blessing firsthand and to see the couple donning their traditional garb. I especially love the candid photos from this wedding, which resonate with the overall mood of their celebration. The reception took place at Snug Harbor in Staten Island.
One thing I’d like to point out is that all of my chosen shots are horizontal. In fact, most of my photos are horizontal. When I look through a camera, my natural reaction is to compose the horizontal image, which I believe allows for more “story” to be told. That said, I assure you that the vertical composition has its place, most often in my portrait work.