• Wendy Chung

A dream come true wedding on Sydney Harbour

Most girls have a dream vision of their wedding day. Ai was no different, she fell in love with Sydney Harbour when she visited some years ago while living in Queensland for one year, a dreamed of having her wedding right on the Harbour.

Last year Ai contacted me and told me this story and her dream to be married on Sydney Harbour. Her and fiancé Jun will be arriving from Japan the day before the wedding.

Taking on such a huge task from abroad was not going to be easy. They had trust that everything would come together on the day. So their planning began...booking the boat which their ceremony and reception would take place, their hotel, florist, hair and make up artist, driver, bridal attendant, catering and me, their photographer. Such huge trust in strangers.

Like everyone that visits Sydney, she fell in love with the harbour, it's iconic attractions, it's beautiful blue waters, steep cliffs, and the sunset on Sydney Harbour which is the best in the world! So of course we had to have a pre-wedding photo session. But we had 2.5 hours to get around to everything! So I devised a route, calculated the time we had at each spot, travelling & walking time and what sort of photos to expect (I've shot at these spots many times but Ai & Jun had only ever seen them photos).

The only way it was going to work was to stick to the times and run! Luckily we had a chauffeur, Maskura and his lovely set of wheels to shuttle us from each location. What a dream, to be dropped off at the doorstep of each location without driving and finding parking in Sydney CBD, I'm spoilt and now I expect this from every shoot! LOL!

So we met at the St Mary's Cathedral and started our photo session. I had no idea that this was going to be the most fun session I'd ever shot! Ai & Jun were naturally in love, gorgeous to photograph, cute as a button and loving every minute of it. I'm so in love with these photos and I can't help but smile and laugh a little when I look back at them. My limited Japanese was of no assistance in guiding their posing, but we didn't need it. Love speaks every language and I could tell these two are absolutely besotted and so in love with each other, that no direction was required. Loving, caring, adoring, joy & happiness is written all over these photos.

We met their family at the Park Hyatt for some family photos before boarding their vessel, Morpheus. Mum fixed Ai's veil and then she walked down the aisle in Dad's arm towards her true love as we drifted out from Campbell's Cove. Against a magnificent backdrop, Ai & Jun shared their intimate vows and as they put their rings on, the sun peeked out from the clouds. Magical and breathtaking. I was in tears, everyone was in tears. It was serene (except for the mad bobbing of the boat) and time really felt like it stood still.

Then we celebrated the night away with exquisite food and wedding cake assemble on board by (details coming)

Any photography is a huge trust, but having your wedding in a foreign country where you don't speak the language very well is having something beyond trust. Faith. I am so honoured that Ai & Jun had put their trust and faith in me to create photos of a moment in their lives that they will remember for the rest of their lives. There is nothing more special than that as a photographer.

Wishing you two all the very best in your newly married lives

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