Glory and Avery married on New Years, in Hong Kong. Husbone and I had never been to Hong Kong before, and after a long time of traveling around India we were excited to be in a city again. Hong Kong is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. It looks like something out of a futuristic fairy tale, with it’s lush peaks and valleys punctuated by soaring needles of towers. It was so wonderful to finally meet Glory and Avery, they live in Hong Kong, and our first meeting was the day before the wedding. Even so, husbone and I adored their generosity, and admired the obvious love they have for each other. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work with extraordinary couples like these. The day after the wedding, they even invited us to a home cooked Chinese dinner at Glory’s parent’s house, where we were treated with the first home cooked meal we had had in 6 weeks. It was delicious, and it was also really cute how Glory’s mother encouraged Andrew to eat more and more. I came home from this wedding, and this trip, feeling so lucky. My clients are amazing.
Shooting this wedding, I encountered a challenge I never have been met with, in all the international weddings we’ve shot. The entire day was pretty much all in Cantonese, and we understood very little. It’s interesting to realize how much I rely on language to time my shots. Like, the brides father is recalling a story about her childhood, so I turn to the bride and absorb her reaction. It was kind of like an acting exercise we used to do in school, where you blindfold someone and they have to trust you completely, and you have to earn their trust, and go for a walk. I remember being the blindfolded one, how acute my other senses became. I feel like my senses went into hyper mode, trying to absorb the emotions in the room, and following them using only the energy in the room. After the reception, a family member came up to me and asked if I spoke Cantonese. I said no. He said, it seemed like you really understood what was going on – you took pictures at all the right times! Hahah. I thought it was funny. Despite the language barrier, it seems we all express our love, respect, and admiration in universal ways.