This is the third particularly fiery Chinese wedding I've documented for the same network of family and friends in so many years, it's been great to catch up with people I've worked with and got to know well.
As usual the day started incredibly early - this was fourteen hours of pretty much non-stop wedding photography. Fortunately, I was accompanied by one of my long term students Alexis who really stepped up and provided Hephu and Khenh with some exceptional images. The first few photographs in the series are of the groom party having to endure some very cruel and humiliating games outside the bride's flat in order to gain entry - a fun and traditional element seen at most Asian weddings.
It's always entertaining.
The day involved quite a few different and varied locations, as is usually the case with a Chinese or Asian wedding. This throws up an assortment of photographic challenges - both technically in terms of low light and composition and physically in terms of lack of space!
At one stage there were thirty of us crammed into a tiny east London flat witnessing the first of two tea ceremonies and then within half an hour of this we were in the stunning and vast grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwhich. I had great fun and I always embrace variety and unique challenges. I couldn't think of anything worse than working at the same venue over and over again which is one of the reasons I love working as a wedding photographer in London - there are just so many venues!
The day had a very honest, genuine and family orientated atmosphere, a familiar pattern when compared to the previous two I'd documented for the group.
The wedding celebrations came to an end at the Hong Kong City restaurant - a messy venue with as many different light sources as you could possibly imagine and once the Cognac started to flow (another entertaining tradition where each table is toasted and a shot consumed, in this case there were around twenty five tables) we watched as our camera frames became a mass of yelling and fairly inebriated guests.
Here are just a few of my favourites from the documentary coverage.