2011 is going to be a great year in terms of colour. From piquant oranges and honeysuckle pinks to deep russet and rustic lavender, we’ll be seeing some very inspiring combinations this year! Below are some of our new favourites. What do you think?
Pink champagnes accented with a touch of gold may be an old classic but we still love it. Weave in accents of taupe and beige for a fresh contemporary feel, while softer pink and cream details create a dreamy, vintage look.
Poppy red had its moment in the spotlight this fall, but orange will be gaining traction this year. Consider it the new red. A versatile yet often-overlooked colour (we love carrot or saffron), it creates an inviting, sun-kissed venue, perfect for Autumn. Mix it with aged gold tones or earthy yellow, or balance the vibrant palette with a touch of mocha or taupe for a truly modern look.
Of course, we had to include celadon because it is a lot like our signature colour here at The Wedding Company! This pretty understated hue with its green and blue undertones, is in fact a very traditional wedding color and perfect for spring weddings! Juxtapose it with lemon yellow for an unexpected twist or play it safe and pair it with classic white or ivory. This creamy mint is a surefire way to lend elegance to your big day.
Hailing from the prestigious Christian Oth Studio in New York is our latest partnering photographer, Alison Mayfield. Having trotted all over the globe (she’s now based in Phuket!) and met people from all walks of life, the Australian native has sharpened a candid, unobtrusive style that is very popular with our brides. Her vast range and skill in wedding photography promise that every poignant moment of the big day is ably captured, and every emotion beautifully preserved. See more of her work here or call The Wedding Company at +852 2869 4222 to view her portfolio. Take a look at our recent interview with Alison.
Your recently moved to Phuket, how do you like your new town? Why did you leave the Big Apple?
Phuket is so magical! I love this place! New York City is also a magical place in a different way, so much energy! But I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to relocate out here in Southeast Asia and I was so excited to see new things and be inspired by a new part of the world. There are many amazing countries to see and explore, so why not!
What are 3 words that describe your style?
Romantic, intimate and timeless!
What about your work as a wedding photographer do you love most?
That’s a tough one as there is so much that I love about shooting weddings! Being with people on such an important day of their lives, I get such a deep insight to who they are, as individuals and a couple, and I really enjoy expressing that through my photographs. Every wedding is so different as people are, and that is always exciting for me.
How do you parlay your extensive travel experience and expertise in sports and fashion photography into wedding photography?
The sports photography trained me to react to moments quickly, which is so important for weddings! The one-off moments happen constantly all day and I need to be fast to catch these moments. The experience that comes with working with one of the top fashion photographers in the world is endless, but in regards to weddings, it’s especially important to see how to make people look their best. Everybody has a good angle! I constantly gain inspiration from fashion magazines, as I strive to shoot my bridal portraits in this way.
How does the energy of destination weddings differ from those held closer to home?
The energy of destination weddings is a little different. I find it more relaxed as the guests are all on holiday and usually the couple has been on holiday already for a week or so! It feels a little more festive in that respect.
Both places, close to home or destination, always have the energy of celebration and happiness that comes from a group of people that maybe haven’t seen each other (and altogether!) in a long time. It really is special!
With such an international clientele, how do you know what each couple is looking for?
Every couple is different, especially coming from different countries. From the early stages of the wedding, I am in contact with the bride and groom about their specific needs and wants for the day, and how best we can achieve them. The one thing that remains the same with all of my clients is their love for “the new school” wedding photography. That means photography that mixes in the romance, beauty, photojournalism, documentary, landscapes, timeless images all into one, without the forced uncomfortable posing that comes with the old-style art of wedding photography.
We love your black-and-white wedding shots. When do you prefer black-and-white over colour?
I love the digital era! Thanks to the advent of amazing digital cameras, I can choose during post-production which images I would like to change to black-and-white. I feel that there is a certain timeless beauty to black-and-white photography. Images that might have a busy background or beautiful light streaming through a window are enhanced in black-and-white, but then there are some scenes which scream color, such as turquoise water against the beach, or the bright colors of city lights!
Do you have a favourite wedding photo that you had taken yourself?
Yes, my favorite shot so far is one of my brides walking her dog before heading off to the wedding. It actually won first place in a highly regarded photography industry competition in the U.S., and was chosen to appear on the cover of PDN magazine. The best part about the image is the moment was not set up or staged — it just happened and I captured it. I am forever looking around at weddings and I never stop shooting! I love challenging myself to capture every moment the best I can!
Interview by Roanne
Attention letterpress wedding invitation fans! The 2011 Elum designs updates with fresh new designs are coming your way. . . There are 3 more utterly new and fabulous invitation suites to choose from and Elum Designs has introduced new pieces like coasters and escort card hang tags. Needless to say, we were thrilled when their signature box arrived brimming with goodies! In addition, there are brand new selections for envelope liners, enclosures & embellishments, not to mention new paper choices, new fonts, new inks and more. For their Umi album, they are also offering 3 new stunning invitation suites, new envelopes, liners, enclosures, & more.
A sneak preview!
‘Archiva’ by Elum Designs, click here to see the full suite
‘La Fontaine’ by Elum Designs, click here to see the full suite
So….go ahead, make your appointment today! With a three week turnaround time, you could be sending these beauties out this time next month! Call us at +852 2869 4222 for a consultation to view the whole Elum collection.
You recycle, bring your own bag and take public transport, so why not integrate your practices when planning your wedding day?
Well, we bring this up because we had a crash course in green weddings the other day, learning all about greenhouse gases and carbon offsets when we met up with Carbon Care Asia, staffed full of sustainability experts and committed to reducing our carbon footprint with three re-forestation projects in China. If you’re interested, come and chat with them at the upcoming InterContinental Wedding Showcase, a luxury wedding fair with over 40 vendors on Sunday, 6th March 2011 at InterContinental Hong Kong.
The Green Bride Guide says “A green wedding is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet – and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. And, amazingly enough, going green can save you money. Every part of a wedding has eco-friendly options worth considering, and, there’s a shade of green for everyone.”
Obviously, the most important part of going green is reducing your carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number of simple ways you can do that, such as:
1. Finding a florist who’s diligent about recycling packaging and who will source locally produced flowers (no hydrangeas from Holland for you!) or even potted plants that guests can bring home..
2. Choosing a locally grown menu (no, we don’t grow shark’s fin so that should definitely be OFF the menu!). Even hotels such as Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and InterContinental Hong Kong have come up with a more environmentally friendly menu, you need only to ask.
3. Buying carbon credits through Carbon Care Asia, thus making the event a Carbon Neutral Event (having little or no carbon impact on the environment). We are all for that! Off-setting 3 tonnes of carbon (more than what you will emit at an average banquet) only costs as little as $1,250 HKD.
4. Printing your invitations on recycled,handmade or seeded paper using soy-based inks. Reduce paper use, by sending a postcard (instead of multi-enveloped notes) for your save-the-date, or using online invitations and a wedding blog to let people know about the rehearsal dinner, gift registry and RSVP.
5. Donating leftover food to the needy and encouraging your guests to take the floral decorations home or donating them to a hospital to brighten up their environment!
These are just the tip of the iceberg, there are many other ways and if you are keen, visit The Green Bride Guide online which has everything you need from articles and photos to tips and advice to plan a ‘Green Wedding’.
Above photos www.herecomestheblog.com
Here’s the rest of our Q&A with Lisa B! If you’ve missed the first half, you could find it here.
How do you usually prepare for your work on the big day? Do you find the need to get to know your clients’ personalities?
For Hong Kong weddings, I don’t have to visit the venues because I have already shot in them dozens of times. I do like to meet the couple at least once before the wedding, but I believe having those few hours of preparation on the morning of the wedding when the bride is having her hair done allows us time to warm up to one another and for me to find their best angles before the actual ceremony. I really wouldn’t change the way I shoot according to their personalities, though; I am merely there to capture them.
I get a good night’s sleep before a wedding shoot and have lots of recharged batteries and a big breakfast — those are the only things I need to prepare! I will ask the couple for a run-down/schedule of the day and a list of the group shots they require and any particulars that would be impossible for me to know they would like, such as a close-up of Great Granny’s miniature porcelain shoes on the wedding cake!
Which parts of the wedding day do you most love to shoot?
It’s very hard to say which parts I love to shoot most! Perhaps the speeches — there is so much emotion that comes from the speeches. And the tea ceremony — my eyes completely well up when I see the bride and her mum and dad cry, and even the groom, too — it’s very emotional and I love it. The wedding ceremony itself is a great part as well but a bit more nerve-racking for me, as I am aware that I am in full view of everyone, and it’s not so easy to hide because you want to get close enough to capture close-ups of the ring exchange and the kiss, not to mention usually having to battle your way through hordes of videographers and uncles and aunts with their cameras! I love the moment when the bride walks in with her dad and the look on the groom’s face. I also love the first dance and the guests going crazy on the dance floor. I guess I love it all!
Your subjects always look so much at ease and unsuspecting in your photos. Is there a trick that you use to banish wedding jitters and to put them in their comfort zones?
I think I can figure out the subject very quickly when I am photographing them. Some people love to be photographed and tease the camera and I will let them play up to that. But with subjects that are more shy, I will wait patiently until they stop noticing me so that I could photograph more discreetly. I use really long lenses so that I am never in anyone’s face. But some people like to get close to the camera and that’s fun too. I’ll just go with the flow and do the best I can with whatever situation I am presented. Flexibility is the key word here. Even if the subject is more reserved, after a while he or she will warm up to me, and even the shyest of couples are eventually pouting and flirting with the camera… or maybe it’s because of the champagne! I think having been a fashion model for ten years and knowing what it’s like to be on the other side of a camera have helped me — I know the worst possible thing to say to a camera-shy person is, “Relax!!”
True or false: “Less is more.”
Depends on what it is. Not with wedding cakes! More is definitely better. But fewer uncles with cameras on a wedding day is definitely preferred!
Lisa also does beautiful pre-wedding shoots in Hong Kong, London and Europe. Take a look at Lisa’s portfolio on her website. For a complete viewing of her work, call The Wedding Company at +852 2869 4222. Rates start from HK$19,000.