Blog – Photographing a beautiful wedding (from a different perspective)

Yes, even though I am a professional wedding photographer, I do have time off when I am invited as a guest (Yes!!! I can finally enjoy the food and music!). That happens when a family member or a close friend gets married.

Sue and I were invited to one of our dearest friends, Ruth Thi, to her big day. We were of course overwhelmed! Sometimes I feel funny, and awkward, that I have to let go of my ‘working’ attitude when I attend a wedding. It often seems that I am working whenever I hold a camera up to my eye. Over the years, I kind of learn not to do it and I do respect other professionals and I usually don’t carry my ‘kit’. Yet I do want to ‘snap’ a few beautiful photos of my friends so here I am, sharing a few of my favorites of the day.

All photographs are taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M5, a 12mm and 25mm lenses (and a few shots with my 35mm Voitglander Leica lens with an adaptor). All shot with natural light. Copyright Jimmy Cheng

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How cute!

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Good to be ‘NOT’ working and I could socialise with some good friends!

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My dear Mei! We’ve been friends for a long long time (and I won’t declare how long hehe).

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Here’s me!!! A rare sight of me not holding a camera! Then that hunk behind is my mate, Lee, who’s getting married soon too!

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Grooms and his men were waiting patiently.

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Here she came!

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Doesn’t she look stunning!

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Beautiful!

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I love these classic moments always.

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Here came the ring!

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Then it’s Ruth’s turn.

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Finally the KISS! Now you are husband and wife!

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Lots of photographers around me!

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Another one 🙂

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The presentation of the wedding certificate.

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Just checking it’s got their names on it 🙂

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Lovely dress and smiles from both!

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Cheeky Ruth as always giving us that smile!

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Here’s the pretty one! The star of the show!

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Getting ready to cut the cake!

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Here we go!!

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I love the details of this wedding, very thoughtful!

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Some great friends that I haven’t seen in ages!

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Ruth and Mei

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Ruth and Kib

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Ruth and the girls!!

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Ruth and US!

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Ruth, Siu Yan and my wife.

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Lee, the GO PRO GUY, was taking a video of Ruth.

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Lee with my wife.

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The bros!

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Some candid moments.

What a day and thank you Ruth and Chun for the invitation. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy your wedding.

I just thought this was a pretty cool angle 🙂

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A group shot of the groomsmen and bridesmaids.

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All the lads!

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Siu Yan and Caleb 🙂

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Now the Chinese banquet, food food food!!! This is the part that I don’t normally get to enjoy if I am working!

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Family photo!

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Announcement of the bride and groom in traditional Chinese marriage costumes.

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Party time starts here!

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… and drinking time!

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Some good moments when they were watching the slideshow of their past and present… and future?

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and of course some funny bits

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The slide show was very nice and touchy.

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It brought some emotional moments to some close friends.

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It’s a traditional for a toast at each table that the couple invited. Here they came to our table for a big toast!

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Usually this is also the moment when they get drunk and very hyper! Fun!

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Then of course, the best men were there to ‘help’ the groom for some drinks!

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Brave, brave!

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More drinking moments…

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That lasted a good half and hour!

.. and I was too happy to end the day without further photos :)

.. and I was too happy to end the day without further photos 🙂

What a day and thank you Ruth and Chun for the invitation. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy your wedding.

What a day and thank you Ruth and Chun for the invitation. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy your wedding. I rarely got to enjoy a full weddings so it’s fun and enjoyable. I finally relaxed for once!

 

I hope you enjoy this short selection. Good luck and catch up with you soon!

With lots of love,

 

Jimmy and Susan.

 

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The kit that I used to photographed this wedding, a nice and compact system for travel, street and some professional work.


Olympus OM-D EM-5 Body SilverKit

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Body BlackKit

 


Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm 1:2.0 ED Silver


Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm 1:2.0 ED Black Limited

Panasonic H-X025E LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm Digital Interchangeable Lens

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