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Destination Pre-wedding Engagement Session Australia – Dennis and Michel

Destination Pre-wedding Engagement Session Australia – Dennis and Michel

 

A tale of two lovebirds and their journey to Australia

 

This is the beautiful story of Dennis and Michel from Hong Kong.

These two lovebirds started their unique lifelong journey together back in Hong Kong, over their mutual love of sports. Dennis and Michel’s thirst for adventure brought them all the way to Australia for their pre-wedding celebrations. They mentioned that they scoured through a LOT of photographers before they both finally fell in love with our work. What an honour!

The Light Pictures crew took the adorable young couple on a 6 hour adventure, through Brisbane city, Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and to Hastings Point Lookout, Casuarina in Northern NSW.

What we weren’t expecting was for Dennis to throw on his “Magua”(His actual wedding suit for the wedding) and Michel her “Qungua” (the traditional name for the two-piece dress for the bride), these are the same ones they will be married in, in September in Hong Kong.

Then there was the very cute “Chen signature” matching mouth mask props (that they take with them everywhere) for a bit of a laugh, brilliant!

So how did these two meet?

 

“It has been said that maybe god wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet that person, we will know how to be grateful.

An ordinary question in the workplace sparked an extraordinary love story. Why do you stay back so late?

Michel and I love sports. Every time I got hurt, she is the one who would accompany me to the hospital. Michel is the most frank and well organised person that I have ever met and knows how to comfort me when I’m in a bad mood.

So after dating for six months, Dennis made his proposal to Michel.

It was quite embarrassing, the day I made my proposal. It was the lantern festival and she worked the whole day long. Michel told me that she would love to go home as soon as possible. So very frankly, I said that I had planned to make my proposal to her that night.

After that, she said, Well. Take your time then.

We might not be a perfect match, but we are willing to sacrifice for each other.”

 – Dennis Chan

Hastings Point Lookout – Casuarina

 

The sun was setting fast so we made a small trek up to the headland above Cabarita beach. Before long the entire sky was filled with thick storm clouds.

The dark looming clouds above our heads reminded me that being in love also has its storms, but if we can just hold on tighter then we will surely see the silver lining. Indeed these clouds above had created the perfect contrast for our epic surprise Kimono photoshoot!

Final words, and thank-you

 

It’s not every day that Light Pictures get to shoot a sweet international traveling couple like Dennis and Michel, especially when they came over here just for our little adventure.

We hope that we have truly captured the most important memories for you both, so that they will bring you, your friends, your family, much joy, reflection, and excitement building up to your BIG day and beyond!

THANKYOU and we hope to see you in Australia again soon..

Matt, Damien and Hannah.

Light Pictures XXX

 

 

Also have a look at our latest Wedding Venue feature article –

5 of the best Byron Bay Wedding Venues in Byron Bay

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Destination Wedding Photographer – Joe and Melissa – Fiji

Destination Wedding Photographer – Joe and Melissa in Fiji

Even as a destination wedding photographer it’s not every day that you get asked to travel abroad to be a part of someones special day, let alone be given the honour of documenting the whole thing from start to finish.

Melissa and Joe fell in love with my work and so they just had to have me, even if it was in Fiji! Jane and I brought our little Louis along with us at the age of one point five and had a little much needed little family holiday too. Ah the sun.

Our first trip to Fiji, such a beautiful part of the world just on our doorstep. The food is amazing, sun all the time and the people are so lovely and genuine you just want to hug them all….if they don’t hug you first.

The big day sure was one beautiful roller coaster ride, what a great experience. There were tears, and laughter and as usual lots of kissing, and yes there were also lots a coconuts…oh and the sunset that we tracked down with a bit of a walk!

The party didn’t stop until way after I was in bed, I could hear half of the resort singing into the morning.

What a day.

I hope this does it all justice.

Thankyou Joe and Mel, you are blessed, as are we to have been a part of your special day.

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Some awesome vendors Joe and Mel wish to thank, both local and abroad.

Bridal Gown – Diane Josephine Bridal Couture
Bridesmaids dress maker – Goddess By nature
Brides Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Hair / Make-up – Hair and Make-up perfectionist FIJI
Brides Jewellery – Sarah Walsh
Rings – Groom – Midas, Bride – Nader
Flowers – Silk Dreams Flowers
Celebrant – Pastor Enoka Peni
Cake – Fiji Cakes
Venue, Planning and Catering – Vanessa Steele – Outrigger FIJI

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Australian Travel Photojournalist – AIPP Print Award

Australian Photojournalist Travel Photographer

Extremely proud for a first time entrant to have picked up a Silver in the AIPP QLD Epson Professional Photographer of the year awards.

I have to admit that being there at the judging is quite a nerve wrecking experience. It was quite humbling being a part of such a high caliber of photography, seeing the exceptional quality prints up on the wall afterwards. Printing really is an art-form in itself.

I learned a lot that’s for sure. I came away with a handful of high scoring photos, and with some more print knowledge, who knows, next year may be… an even better story.

Here is the judges’ favourite, from the Travel category. It was described by one judge as “a great portrayal of natives in their habitat”. Some people sure are characters. The judges couldn’t pick the location, but I can assure you, it’s under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, hours before a 4 day blizzard closed the whole of New York City.

Australian Photojournalist Travel Photographer

To visit the AIPP’s website and read more click “HERE

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Destination Wedding Photographer – Cartagena Colombia – Jorge and Margaret

My other photography love next to weddings is documentary style travel photography. I started taking photos professionally so I could hopefully support this dream I had of being a travel Photographer.

Well last year my lovely Jane surprised me with a return ticket to Colombia, South America, for my 40th birthday, so I could  see some beautiful places on the other side of the world and also photograph our friend Margaret’s Wedding.

Last year we ran a little support campaign (100 kids with a future) with Margaret and the volunteer organization Fundacion Afrocaribe, and this is where Margaret met the big friendly giant Jorge. A year or so later he proposed, and she said “yes!” and here we are!

During my 2 weeks in Colombia, I saw a lot, ate a lot, drank a lot of tequila and took a lot of photos, and I will blog some travel photos very soon, but first I wanted to share the wonderful intimate wedding of Jorge and Margaret with you, and a few photos from some of the things we did in the weeks leading up the wedding. This included a trip up into the Sierra Nevada mountains to stay in an eco-lodge in the beautiful Minca, where we swam in a pristine mountain river,  a day-trip bus ride out to see Jorge’s family to enjoy some local food and experience some of Jorge’s African Heritage including a swim in the local watering hole with all the local kids on a 40deg day. I also couldn’t forget going to see the boys at the orphanage Margaret works for, where we had a birthday celebration for one of the boy’s, and I gave them my camera to play with for a few hours!

Thanks so much to Jorge and Margaret for having me for the few weeks I was there. Jorge showed me around a lot of the historic town of Cartagena where we stayed, which was just amazing, and this is where their wonderful wedding took place.

Cartagena certainly turned on the charm for us that day. Jorge and Margaret were married under an archway that is over 400 years old, and everyone partied all night long. So much colour and life!

What a beautiful town, beautiful people, something I will never forget.

Enjoy the pics.

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Big thanks to Padré for letting us up into the historic bell tower for the sunset, and a walk on the roof!

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Blue Mountains Wedding – Shane and Li Yi – A few frames

Last weekend I ventured back to my birth town Katoomba to an amazing property tucked away out of town, Dantosa.

Shane and Li Yi tied the knot there on Saturday, and what an absolutely beautiful wedding it was.

Shane and Li Yi and their families and friends organized and put it all together themselves and so their personal touches were everywhere, but you’ll see that and more soon, for now here are just a couple of faves of mine.

Li Yi also made their wedding Cake, go and have a look at her work at Ms Bossy Cakes!

Thanks for allowing me to be part of your amazing day guys, more to come soon!!

 

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  • Li Yi - When you decide to marry someone you know you’ve found ‘the one’. It’s a similar feeling when you decide on your photographer. You look at their work and know they’re the right person for you. We were very lucky to have found each other in life and feel the same about how we found Matt. Matt was fun and easy going, but also professional and dependable. You can trust that he will deliver and capture those important little moments that take you back to your special day. His passion and natural attention to detail really comes through in his work. Thanks Matt for your hard work!ReplyCancel

Destination Wedding Photographer – Wedding in Cartagena Colombia

Destination Wedding Photographer – Sneak Peek of Margaret and Jorge’s Wedding in Cartagena

Wow, I’ve had the most incredible time in the beautiful city of Cartagena.  I have just come back to my hotel from the wedding of Jorge and Margaret to pack my bags and wanted to share a few sneak peeks with you.  Cartagena is a destination wedding photographer’s dream, with the walled Old Town being a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.  We were lucky enough to spend some time in the Old Town while taking photos.  We were even luckier to be invited up to the roof of the Cartagena Cathedral to take in the Caribbean sunset on the eve of their wedding.  Both Margaret and Jorge have dedicated their lives to helping the under-privileged kids of Cartagena and it was wonderful for them to be given this unique opportunity.  The Cathedral roof and tower are usually closed to the public.

I have had a wonderful week getting to know the both of you and your family and friends.  I even did some traveling and trekking with Marg and Jorge up north and I can’t wait to show off some images from our experience.

Thankyou to Jorge and Margaret for their wonderful hospitality for the week I have stayed here.  Now it’s off to New York City for a few days before heading home to my young family.

See the full destination wedding of Jorge and Margaret set in the wonderful city of Cartagena.  As a destination wedding photographer I love traveling to weddings both near and far.

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  • Melanie Perea - These pictures are breath taking!! I’m so in love with these pictures that I am actually trying to find a place in Cartagena for my wedding in 2017. Where was this venue? If you don’t mind sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Deus Photography - Hi Melanie, this was in Old town, and these pics were on the roof of the cathedral, Padré (the priest and caretaker) was kind enough to let us up there but generally there is no public access.ReplyCancel

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