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Yearly Archives: 2012
A Kentish Church wedding ceremony at St Mary and All Saints Church Boxley; with reception at Tudor Park Marriott Hotel Maidstone!
This was my last wedding of 2012; and despite a very wet and windy day in Kent, everyone had a great time!
My day started off at the couple’s home for some preparation photographs, followed by a quick dash to Boxley (Maidstone District) Kent where I met with the groom and his family in the Kings Arms Pub. The Church was just across the road from the pub so it was only a short walk to the altar to await the bride!
As always I had a very enjoyable day and found all the family and friends to be very warm and welcoming! With that in mind I’ve added a sneak peeks from the day below for them all to enjoy!
Congratulations to Louise and Dean!
… and a Happy New Year to you all too!
I was extremely fortunate and privileged enough to travel to Thailand recently for a traditional Thai Wedding ceremony!
There are many elements to a Thai wedding that are different from my usual Western style wedding, making it all the more exciting and new to photograph; to help me understand how the day progressed and ensure I was in the right place at the right time, I made sure I had a full brief of what to expect from the bride and her brother, who also helped with a lot of the translating. On the actual wedding day my understanding was further helped by some local Thai photographers; and even though our spoken languages were a barrier, the language of photography ensured that we worked alongside each other smoothly as if we had known each other for years! However just like all weddings things change; and with the added language difficulties, it certainly kept me on my toes!
There was the Khan Maak, where the groom and his family formed a procession and walked a short distance in the village to the Brides house, bringing gifts and other items that make up the dowry. This lead up to the Doors/Gate Ceremony, which is where the groom must prove he is worthy to look after his bride financially; it sounds odd from a western perspective, but it’s not as bad as it sounds; and it was all done in good spirits and a lot of fun! Essentially to get past each ‘gate’ (decorative cord/chains held up at intervals) the groom had ‘pay’ his way by handing over an envelope of money!
Eventually the Groom reached the house where he was able to pick up his bride from within the house! Around this time the dowry and gifts were also presented to the bride’s family.
Another part of the ceremony consisted of the couple being joined with special looped thread around each of their heads and a connecting thread joining them together called the Sai Monkhon. Then holy water is poured gently over the couples hands by the guests called ‘Rod Nam Sang’. I was told that a key shot was of the water being poured with the droplets of water falling off. This was followed by relatives, guests and well-wishers also tying pieces of string (Sai Sin); some with money attached, around the wrists of each of the couple for good luck.
I could go further with all the details and many other aspects of the day, however I don’t think I could give it justice on my blog; after all this is a photography blog not a travel guide! So with that in mind I’ve included a few ‘documentary’ details from the day; with more to come soon!
Seriously though I do have one more important thing to say…
… that is, I want to express my appreciation and love of the beautiful Thai culture, all the people I met; especially my hosts and their family.
They are without any doubt, some of the most welcoming, friendly and heart-warming people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet; and to be part of this wonderful day was one of the most memorable wedding experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing – Thank you!!