7/4/17

The wedding number 4 of the 2017 season was a perfect match for me and my colleague Bara from Svatbaret. Both of us had a free rein and we could do whatever we wanted. So I offered the couple photo shooting with color bombs and Bara made a unique copper design for the wedding decor. Especially the center piece took my breath away. Nothing feels better than having absolute freedom and trust.

 

We have been laughing since very early morning and when we were leaving to the ceremony my cheeks hurt from the continuous morning smile. This mood lasted until the end of the day as you can see in the pictures. I wish every wedding had an atmosphere like this!

 

The bride, expecting a baby boy, decided to get married in a violet dress with a handmade satin coat made by Julie (our common friend fashion designer, for whom I work for in Amsterdam, you can follow our work here). She also made the same coats and the flower girls who were running around in it all day.

If you need to brighten up your day, let´s take a look at these pictures. Their smiles are the thing you need to see today.

Wedding and ceremony venue: Vila Lanna

wedding decoration and planning: Svatbaret

Florist: Lucernicka

Dress: Zil Vostalova

Suit: Leo Macenauer

DJ: Tea Jay Ivo and life guitar player: George Pacurar

wine:Jindřich Zounar

cake:Crazy cakes

23/5/17

The surprise proposal in Venice was a big surprise for me as well. How Daniel found me was kind of a miracle. He lives in Denver, US and when he started to plan a proposal trip to Europe as a complete surprise for his girlfriend May, he also looked for the photographer to have it captured; and that’s how he found me.

At the beginning of March, I received an email titled “Surprise proposal in Venice” and although I replied, I had doubts that this is not going to happen because there is a ton of photographers in Italy. But I still suggest a meeting where we can discuss options and details and Daniel agreed to book with me. I started to plan the proposal with street view on google maps and I dove into research on how to order a gondola ride, where is the best view from a gondola and many other things to help Daniel. Since March I couldn’t wait to travel to Venice in mid-May and to add my first destination proposal to my portfolio.

How we covered the surprise proposal?

Daniel and I came up with a story that he booked a photographer as part of a personalized tour with a photo shooting, so we had a chance to choose a gondola we liked together. We met at San Marco, snapped few pictures around and it was like a fairytale from the first picture. I posed them at the San Marco Square facing each other and holding hands and within a minute they were surrounded by pigeons sitting on their hands and flying over their heads. Afterwards, we found a quiet street with a gondola station and went for a ride. And then it happened. May said yes to Daniel and we both could relief the story about two months of secret planning from across the world. We spent about another hour wondering around the little charming isles of Venice island and ended up the photo session under Rialto Bridge; one of the most iconic landmarks in Venice.

This was probably the biggest challenge for me as a photographer; to deal with a place you don’t know and to pretend you’re a local, knowing the best places etc. This is very different from a destination wedding, where everything is set up.

Anyway, this was one of the best trips and best photo shoots I have done and l will remember it for a long time.

Thank you, Daniel and May and I hope to see you again soon!

1/4/17

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