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Published: April 19th 2012
What an amazing time we had on Monday taking our photos with 45 degrees Photography. They didn't speak much English but were super comforting and fun. My former student, Tibby, was an amazing translator for whole process. She found the studio, negotiated our package and price, translated during our meeting to chose our outfits and put down a deposit, along with the actual photo shoot day translating the photographers directions and lastly scheduling our DVD pick up and final payment. Thanks Tibby!!! Interesting Facts about Chinese Wedding Photos:
• They are taken MONTHS before the actual wedding..in order to have banners plastered at the ceremony!! (not too many church weddings in China)
• Usually the bride wears a dress she doesn't even wear on her wedding day
• Couples usually spend a WHOLE day (12 hrs) taking photos with 4+ outfit changes
• Couples or their parents spend well over a month's salary on the photos
• Spring time in Hangzhou is "Boom Season" or the busy time of year for wedding photographers
• Any day of the week we see couples getting their photos around Hangzhou
You may ask "What prompted you to take these photos?"
Tea pickers on Longjing Rd
Most famous Green Tea in all of China
I have seen these photos and books posted in every grocery store in China as they are trying to get more clients and thought it would be fun from the first time I discovered them. Then S & J, a couple we met last term, got their photos taken in November before they moved to Sweden at the end of the Fall term. Also, I thought what a cool idea as Pete and I came to China as a dating couple, became engaged in Hong Kong and then moved back to China as a married couple. This photo session embraces how much China has become a part of our lives and who we are. Things I will always remember about our photo shoot:
• We are already stared at enough in China for being white, but you could only imagine (or know for those of you who have been to China) the stares and double takes we got for getting our "wedding" photos taken.
• The old woman, who was a tea picker, who kept blowing me kisses as she walked by me 2 times saying "piao liang" beautiful in Chinese and the smile on her wrinkled
• How beautiful Hangzhou is
• The many reasons why I married Pete running through my mind the entire time. Along with the memories our our Civil ceremony in Santa Barbara on 8/9/10 and our Catholic ceremony in Portland last Summer.
Pete's only request for the photo session was that it didn't last all day...the studio did an amazing job as we showed up at 8:30am to have my hair and makeup done and completed all three hair and wardrobe changes by 2pm. Xie Xie (thank you) 45 degrees Photography and to my amazing Husband.
When I picked up our DVD today, the studio provided us with 152 photos with our three outfit changes. I have included 83 of my favorites to share with you, along with the first 3 photos showcasing our 3 outfits for the day. I see a "Chinese Wedding Photo book" being made in the near future and will share it with all of you this Summer upon our return. Hope you enjoy them as much as I Do (Pete left this morning for 5 days/4 nights of work and play, so this is his first peek also).
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