It was the end of March and I was packing my stuff and camera gear for my first destination wedding in Asia. To the Hong Kong wedding.
A lot of you asked me how did I end up with the inquiry from Hong Kong. Well, first time I met Ling and Jimson was in April 2016 in Prague, when they eloped. I was their photographer for this event and we felt comfortable with each other so I was invited to their traditional Chinese wedding to Hong Kong precisely one year after. It was rather a celebration of marriage with a traditional morning occupied by tea ceremonies with family members.
This trip will be the one I will remember forever. Hong Kong is a place like no other I had a chance to visit. The life is way more different and even the wedding habits are the completely opposite to the European one. The day starts very early in the morning for the bride; around 5 am they do her makeup at her place. All family members are present around the bride. When the groom picked her up, they offered a tea together to her relatives as a sign of respect and gratefulness. Then they do the same at the groom’s house. The style of the ceremony is also different.  Everything is very colorful with red as the main color you see, symbolizing happiness. Red is for them as white is for us. Red is a wedding color in their culture as white is in ours.
Ling and Jimson’s wedding celebration took place in a cool English breakfast bar called Brick Lane in the Citic Tower with a perfect view of the New Territories landscape with the highest skyscrapers. Around 300 guests in total were divided into two parts; one half in a first half of the day, the other in the evening. It was like two weddings in one. The day was super busy, long and as a bride and groom in a Chinese society, you have a lot of duties. We had almost no time to sneak out for pictures, so we did a new session the day after, in the evening by the sea in a calmer part of Hong Kong – in Sai Kung village in New Territories.
Wedding venue: Brick Lane Hong Kong

Wedding photography session in Sai Kung Village / Hong Kong / New Territories

Wedding photography in night Hong Kong


The day started like a Hollywood movie. It was this kind of a day which starts with disaster but you know it will be have a happy ending.
When I was about to meet the bride, my phone rang and Pavlína told me. “I do not want to freak you out, but my mom and my wedding dress are stuck in an elevator and we are waiting for firemen to cut them out.” The only thought which appeared in my mind at that time was – What the hell is going on? I admired her calmness. I can’t imagine myself in the same situation. Thanks to the firemen they freed them soon and the ceremony was only a few minutes late.

Pavlína and Jakub chose to get married at a church of St. Tomas, which happens to be a  place in the middle of a busy touristic part of town. Fortunately the complex also has a monastery and is big enough to keep wedding guests away from a modern world outside. The church is just around the corner from famous Charles bridge and secret gardens. All Perfect places to take wedding pictures. I wished for a sunny weather for that day but no, we were not lucky with weather. So from a cold church ceremony, we went out into a typical February afternoon and I tried to keep the bride and groom warm with walking and cuddling each other. Anyway, thumbs up guys, you both were awesome.

The reception place was Art & Event gallery on the rooftop of the Černá labuť shopping center. With a great view to Prague rooftops. Very nice place for a small company to celebrate a wedding. I Wish we had more like this in Prague!

Florist: Green GardenDress designer: White Day

Catering Name:Prague Catering

Makeup artist: Eva Vakešová
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It is not very common for a wedding season to start in January, however, this year seems to be a bit different from the others. I traveled to Amsterdam to capture amazing winter wedding of Claudia and Brendan already in the first week of January 2017. They both currently live in New York City but decided to get married in Claudia’s hometown which happens to be Amsterdam.

So the date was set to 6th of January and the venue was Stork restaurant, a former dock on the Eye river with a view to the main canal of Amsterdam. And gosh, the venue is so great! I wish we had something like this in Prague… Their wedding planner of the event was Vivian from http://www.hetbruidsmeisje.nl/ and she did a great job again. She transformed the industrial place into three sections – the ceremony place, dining room, and a dance floor. And the setting was breathtaking. True winter romance.

The couple pictures were taken in a Rijks museum garden and area around Museumplein, Amsterdam. And we accidently broke a rule, because we didn’t notice the garden was closed. But thanks to friendly security guys who let us take few pictures we have a completely empty background which is a rare thing in the busy capital of the Netherlands.
And by the way… Claudia is a brave girl, imagine, she was wearing only her dress in that cold January weather. And I would love to thank her for that.
Let’s take a look together to the wedding opening year 2017.

wedding venue: Stork Amsterdam

wedding planner: Vivian from Het Bruidsmeisje

florist: Don Florito

dress: Rembo Styling

MUA: The Beautiful Bride Company – Debbie Brakhoven

Videographer: Wed Works  check out the video: Claudia & Brendan video

Cake: Sugar lips cakes

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