The thing with shooting this Thailand destination wedding photography, is that the party started LONG before people thought the party started.

I love destination weddings, with a freaking passion. Aside from being able to party with you on your wedding day, I get to share your massive adventure leading up to the big day. (Plus I’ll take advantage of exploring new places. Sometimes, I get to see additional parts which you might not get the chance to explore.) These weddings, these destination weddings, have some serious adventure going on. Travelling (eventually!) to Phi Phi Island in Phuket, Thailand, was an adventure in itself. Airplane, taxi, ferry, long-tail boat and tractor (yep, tractor), and many many miles. Totally worth it for the start of an amazing weekend with my clients Ify and Massi, and their family and friends.

I’m going to blog this in three parts. Partly because it was so freaking immense, partly because the whole weekend was non-stop and there are so many photos. And of course, because I like to over-share when it comes to photos. 😉

This first part is when I first met Ify, Massi, and their mothers and aunts. I Skype/Google Hangout with my clients long before the big day, so I hadn’t met them in person before. But they were comfortable with me already, so I was totally ready to document their travel to Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort. It might sound strange, but adored being their personal photographer for the weekend. It was amazing to be able to capture so many of those little moments for them. Moments that might seem insignificant at the time, but will mean so very much in years to come. I saw so much, and was able to share that with them.

It’s important to me that people can relax, chill out, enjoy each other’s company. That they can be super excited when siblings or missed friends arrive, that they can sing and dance with their families. That they can head to a bar, eat chocolate crêpes on paper plates, drink a “gin tonic”, play around in the pool.

Weddings are celebrations, you know? Those celebrations don’t just have to be on the wedding day. I’m glad that, in some cases, they start way sooner than that.

{Deets for geeks: Big thanks to the mighty Carmencita Film Lab for looking after my precious rolls of film. Nikon F6, Pentax 645n, Yashica Mat 124G. Ektar 100, Portra 400, Ilford HP5.}

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