Destination Wedding | Koh Samui, Thailand
2014 was hectic for weddings! We had weddings all around the UK, into Europe and also setup a connection with a lovely wedding planner for Destination Weddings in Corfu. We also had a super last minute booking to capture Cynthia & Jason’s UK wedding at the end of July and then a week later I flew out to the island of Koh Samui, Thailand for their beach destination Wedding. I left on the Sunday and was away for 5 days, 2½ of which was travelling. I had to be back in the UK ready for another wedding the following Saturday.
The Cynthia & Jason’s Destination Wedding was a very small, intimate, affair with just them, Cynthia’s parents, brother and wife and daughter and myself so there really was only need for one of us to fly out. Emily couldn’t do the dates so the difficult decision of whether to fly to Thailand for the destination wedding or not was left to me…which took all of 0.3 milliseconds. It took a lot more planning and more travelling coming back though. We were already up in Anglesea, North Wales for our God-daughters Christening and a meeting with another couple for their wedding later in the year.
I left Manchester Airport on Sunday at around 9pm with a flight to Dubai, Bangkok and on to the island of Koh Samui arriving around 11pm on the Monday night. With that in mind this post should really be titled as part of my “3 days in…” series if I didn’t include the travel time. That being said, it’s not a chore for me as aI love all the aspects of travelling. You can see a break down of the trip at the bottom of the page. I’ll admit, it was pretty hectic but as I said, I love travelling – apart from every professional photographers woes of having to take nearly EVERY piece of carefully packed electronic equipment (5Mark III, 6D, 24-70L, 50L, 135L, flashguns, macbook, external harddrive etc) out at the main departure airport for the security check but flying business class with Emirates made me forget all that pretty quickly.
After landing at Samui Airport, the cutest airport I’ve ever seen (check the photos below), I found my driver to the resort. After the insane trip from the airport to the Shiva Beach Village (I don’t think anyone in Thailand needs to take a driving test…) I needed to unwind! I hit my room, unpacked a few things and jumped in the pool outside my room. I then grabbed a few winks as the wedding was the following day!
The wedding was on the Tuesday afternoon so I woke up early…the weather….cloudy with showers – which just goes to prove that even if you book an amazing, tropical beach wedding, the weather still might not play to your rules! Still, despite the odd (warm) rain shower it was brightening up and it was undoubtedly a stunning island with white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, palm trees as far as the eye could see. The resort was great and I was honoured to be accepted into Cynthia’s family hospitality for the 3 days I was on this beautiful island.
Being from Hong Kong, Cynthia and her family wanted to incorporate some cultural Chinese wedding traditions, the most significant of which was a traditional tea ceremony where Cynthia & Jason served tea. This act is in respect and gratitude to the Bride’s parents for all the years of love and care. In China Tea is the symbol of purity, stability and fertile – a far cry from just “havin’ a brew” in the UK. The purity of tea represents that the love is pure and noble; the stability of tea stands for faithful love; the fertility of tea represents that the family will have many children.
After the Tea Ceremony Cynthia got changed into her bridal gown. The Ceremony was held in a beautiful pergola right on the beach with Cynthia’s father, Dr Wu, walking her down the path, past the swimming pool to the beach where Jason was waiting. I captured the remainder of the afternoon from the wedding up until the night where the family let off Chinese lanterns on the beach
The following 2 days on the island were spent with the family capturing boat trips, snorkelling, elephant trekking, a 30km bike ride through the jungle, trip to a bird zoo, Wat Sila Ngu & Wat Kiri Wongkaram Buddist Temples and waterfalls with a combination of our Canon cameras and our GoPro Hero3 (photos and video).
Now for a LOT of photographs! The photographs here are a combination of my iPhone, GoPro, Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 6D (check the map by clicking here – GPS turned on).