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24/02/2018

Destination Wedding in Hong Kong and Macao {Winifred & Edmund}

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It all started with “My partner and I are from Hong Kong and we will visit Spain in October, we would like to have a pre-wedding session in Seville“. That email was followed by about 50 more in which Edmund and me prepared every detail of that session in which the central moment was the surprise proposal in Plaza de España.

It is impossible to describe in a few lines what has meant for me, on a personal and photographic level, the experience of photographing and sharing with Ed and Wini, not only their wedding, but the days we spent together in Hong Kong.

Everything was so new, so different, so exciting that on the day of the wedding I woke up ready for action at 2 o’clock in the morning. Even though the night before we were up late with the couple’s families drinking beer, eating “winter dumpligs” and teaching each other basic Spanish-Chinese vocabulary. So much fun!

The traditional Chinese ceremony begins with the groom and his “groomsmen”, trying to access the room of the bride. There, their bridesmaids prevent them from passing unless they prove themselves worthy by overcoming a series of “tests.” Once the worth of the men has been demonstrated (and their dignity lost along the way) the couple meet and proceed to the tea ceremony, in which they show their respect and gratitude to their closest relatives. The “red envelopes” are exchanged, the bride is given gold bracelets with phoenix and dragon engravings (traditionally symbols that only princesses could use), as well as a necklace with a pig female breast feeding piglets as a symbol of fertility.

Everything happens very fast and there are dozens of symbols and traditions, so much so that you get to feel overwhelmed. You end up letting yourself be carried away and flow with the sensations and the moment, following your own instinct to guess what is happening and how to photograph it in the best possible way amid so much chaos.

If all this is already complex, add that my role in the wedding was half photographer, half “groomsman” in a way that alternated my place in front of and behind the camera. An absolute and hilarious madness.

After the traditional Chinese ceremony we went to the church for the Catholic ceremony. The truth is that it has its exotic point to see a European-style church in the middle of a Chinese city, and document a ceremony similar to those we photographed in Spain … but on the other side of the planet.

Both the wedding and the following days that we lived together with my dearest Ed and Wini were an experience I will never forget. I will be eternally grateful, not only to Ed and Wini but also to their families and friends, for making us feel at home.

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