Destination Wedding in Borneo

I just arrived back in London after shooting Carmen + Vigita's epic destination wedding in Kota Kinabalu. Why Kota Kinabalu? Well in Carmens' words..... 

Vigita's home town is Kota Kinabalu (KK) - most of his family is there, his grandma who is important to him is in KK so we chose to have the wedding there We chose to have it at the Shangri-La because one its a beautiful venue, two its the Shangri-La - easier for me to organise a wedding from overseas as they would have organised many weddings. Also you can watch a very beautiful sunset there - have an unobstructed view. KK has one of the best sunsets in the world. 

Tell me more about you, what do you do for work, how do you spend your days, what do you like to do as a couple?

I'm a HR Advisor, Vigita is solicitor. We both enjoy playing soccer, exercising, watching soccer, watching tv cooking together. Life is simple for us - we like to hang out, just the two of us - we also enjoy spending time with friends, family. The important things in life are health, family, happiness, friends and money to a certain degree lol. We like to have a good laugh. We spend alot of time together we really enjoy each other's company , we're like best friends, mates - both easy going, we go with the flow.

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Tell me about the proposal ... I want to know everything!...

It was our 2nd year anniversary - a Wednesday night. The night before Vigita had told me to wear something nice but given that it was our anniversary i didn't think much into it. I wasn't aware of where we were going for dinner either. So i went to work and a few of the girls said i looked nice, what i had planned after work - so i told them it was our anniversary and then one of the girls turned around and said straight out "i think he's going to propose". I just laughed it off because i really didn't think he was going to propose. After work i met up with Vigita on the corner of Pitt and Market Street. He got me a dozen of red roses - second time he ever got me flowers - first time was our 1 year anniversary when we were in London. We then walked towards The Star - dinner was at Sokyo. On our way there i even said to Vigita - my colleague said you me you are going to propose tonight and we both just laughed it off. Once we got to the restaurant a waitress approached us and said "Happy Birthday!" which i said no its not my birthday, then once we sat down another waitress came over and said "Happy Anniversary! How long have you been married?" i said we're not married. So after hearing those comments i thought ok he can't be proposing to me here tonight. We finished our dinner, was very full so Vigita suggested we take a walk near the wharf. We kept walking until we hit a gate and a dead end. I had to get up early the next morning so i said lets just go home its getting late. Then as i was walking away Vigita said wait i got a present for you. He took this medium sized red heart shaped box out from his bag and gave it to me. i was excited! Then i took the lid away - saw a card sitting on top of some wrapping paper. Straight away i lifted the card and the wrapping paper away and saw a small box in the middle of the heart shaped box he gave me. i was shocked. He then said 'you should've read the card first'. i was nervous, i said ok and then read the card - at the end of the card he wrote Will you marry me? I couldn't stop crying at that point and he asked me the question in person. I said yes right away in tears of happiness. i did ask him whether he was going to get down on one knee but a ferry just parked at the wharf and there was a lot of people getting off so i said actually don't worry about it.. haha. And that was it! then we called my family, close friends , but everyone knew already except for me . He totally took me by surprise! He later told me that was exactly what he had in mind which was to give me a surprise.

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Luxury Wedding Accessories by Tilly Thomas Lux

So excited that I got to photography Tilly Thomas Lux's new collection, "Shooting Stars." This luxury wedding accessory collection was inspired by cosmic myth, nostalgic joy and the awesome power of Mother Nature. Sparkling stars and lustrous moons drip from tiny, shimmering chains and glisten in modern versatile designs. Hair by talented hair artist Jo from Jo Loves Hair

London Elopement

Rebecca and Igor got married on Saturday in a truly beautiful intimate ceremony at Morden Park House with just their closest friends. Both Rebecca and Igor are from opposite sides of the world, Rebecca from New Zealand and Igor from Brazil.  It was a chance meeting through couch surfing that brought these two together! In Rebecca words, 

'I meet my fiancé through a website called Couchsurfing. I had been travelling a lot, and stayed with people I met on the website. I had a really nice experience and when I returned to London I wanted to be able to give back somehow. I didn’t have a couch to offer, so I decided to just show people around my favourite places in London. I met Igor showing him around London while he was here on holiday! He decided to move to London for me, and now its been two years!'

What an amazing story! Beautiful imagery of their day was really important to them because their families unfortunately couldn't make it across the water to witness their special day. Timing their couple photos perfectly for golden hour on a sunny day here in London, I think you'll agree their photos are stunning! 

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Maya + Freddie's Rainy Festival Wedding

I am very excited to share with you Maya and Freddie's awesome festival wedding at their family friends property in Great Missenden from a couple of weeks ago! Hard to believe but it was a real DIY wedding with most elements made possible with the help of friends and family. Even though the rain was heavy that day it did not dampen the spirits and even brought all the wedding guests closer together. I know that most bride and groom to be's worst nightmare is rain on the big day, but I think these photos show that you can get awesome photos and have an amazing time even if it pours! It was a real party wedding with most of the guests braving the wet ground and camping with the beautiful newlyweds at the venue that night. 
 

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Archbishops Palace, Maidstone Wedding

Randeep and Manish recently had an intimate wedding at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone which  is such a breathtaking venue! I also love Randeep's dress, so bright and colourful, her orange traditional Indian gown made for great photos that really pop! Don't get me wrong I love tradition white wedding gowns but really enjoy when a bride goes for something a little more quirky on her big day. 

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