I’m happy to have made this last minute booking on a Tuesday night for the Friday morning as it was like nothing I’ve ever seen.
Jackie and Chao met when they were 8 years old back in China, and it wasn’t until 20 years later that they reunited by chance meeting led to Chao instigating a visit on pretence of purchasing from the store that Jacki worked.
The 18 hour celebration started at 6am at docklands. The sun was still sleeping and the lights of the city buzzing made for an exciting start to the day! We then traveled across the city to the brides house in Reservoir where the parents and relatives were. The bride got ready for a traditional ceremony and soup where they payed respects to relatives no longer with us today. Having grown up in Hong Kong myself and being fluent in Mandarin, I was fortunate enough to communicate with family with ease and understand the traditions that were talking place.
We crossed town once again to Red Scooter. Red Scooter is a great wedding venue with a difference, the downstairs was decorated and looking great with vases of beautiful fresh cut flowers, balloons and more. It was a moving ceremony, with a very emotional Groom to which the celebrant joked around and said that tears were supposed to be reserved for the bride…
Outside Red Scooter the family photos were taken where once again communicating was easy due to me speaking mandarin. The group shot was taken whilst guests let balloons go and bubbles were blown. We then went upstairs inside Red Scooter for some fun and interesting interior photos with the happily married couple and bridal party. With the fabulous decor and special lighting we captured some fantastic shots!
From Red Scooter it was time for location photography around Melbourne. We once again headed to some of Melbournes famous land marks including the museum, Imax and Botanical Gardens. We then worked at the beach, it was sunny, but working in manual mode allowed me to get great shots.
From there we went to the reception where I was supposed to start editing the images for a Same Day Slideshow to be played at the reception, although instead we then went to the roof top of crown for more great photos.
It was then time for the reception. The reception was at The Crown Palladium and it was spectualry done hosting 50+ tables and the chinese theme throughout. The evening provided non stop entertainment throughout the entire night with acts consisting of HeadSpace, Sally Cooper, Zheng Yue Ton – Female Pop Singer, Gaga Magic, Eva Zhang – Chinese Dances.
It was exciting to see my photographs from the day projected onto the giant screens overhead around the large room. Together with a Video of the day from Savignon Media the images looked fantastic and were very well received. The guests enjoyed seeing the parts of the day in which they would otherwise not see.
We stayed till the end of the reception as there was on last dress change, her third dress for the celebration. It was a massive day for all involved, but well worth it!