Although I’m a destination wedding photographer I’m also recommended by many of the UK’s most prestigious hotels, but the opportunity to travel as a destination wedding photographer to Thailand was always going to be a very special occasion. This particular wedding was even more special as the groom has been one of my son’s best friends since they were at school together , so I felt very humbled to have James ask me to be their destination wedding photographer , and fly out to Phuket, to document their wedding day.
Planning a Destination Wedding
As a destination wedding photographer Thailand (or whichever location you chose), its always a must to arrive a day or two early, not just to acclimatise yourself with the wedding venue but to spend some time exploring the wedding hotel and its grounds for all the best locations to take their wedding photos, but also to watch how the light interacts with the setting, and to know what time he sun sets and how quick the light fades to darkness.
James & Victoria’s Destination Wedding
James and Victoria planned their destination wedding at a stunning villa complex in Phuket, Thailand with the help of ‘Take us to Thailand’, they arrived the week before the wedding ceremony staying in a villa in the stunning Trisara complex complete with infinity pool and beautiful views. Their close family all shared villas dotted around the Trisara complex whilst their other forty wedding guests stayed in a nearby hotel on the island.
The bride Victoria and her girl friends along with the James the groom along with his best mates each took it in turns to have their nights out on the town to celebrate their hen and stag parties, and according to the stories as told during the wedding speeches, they had an outrageous time remembering what happens in Thailand stays in Thailand!
The Wedding Day
Victoria had an elegant bridal gown with a sequin floral design and beautiful deep back with beautiful button detailing, by Maggie Sottero, complimented with silver wedding shoes embossed with a special marriage message on the soles, by Charlotte Mills.
Getting ready bride and groom photography
I photographed the girls having their hair and make-up done on the morning of the wedding by Lisa Allen and her team, whilst the boys relaxed by the pool with a few beers, always saying how important it is to feel relaxed on your big wedding day.
James the groom looked very cool, with a crisp white short sleeved shirt, pink braces and matching bow tie, accessorised with deep tan leather belt and shoes. The groomsmen dressed the same but with mint green braces and tie and were perfectly complemented by the beautiful bridesmaids in gowns of dusky pink and mint. The couple also had their boys as page boys in mini groomsmen outfits, matching pink of James and flower girls with pink and mint tutus, so cute! Victoria’s wedding bouquet was a mix of white and pink peony blooms and the bridesmaids carried tiny white sprays of orchids.
Outdoor destination wedding ceremony
The couple were married outside, there were beautiful displays of white orchids on either side of the aisle, the aisle itself was scattered with white petals and the couple were married under an archway of flowers with the sea stretching out behind them. The couple had some group shots of the two of them with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and of course the mums and dads by the pool. We took advantage of the exotic beach and setting sun for some totally stunning bridal portraits of James and Victoria.
After the ceremony the couple joined their guests for a cocktail reception on the beach lit by strings of fairy lights, before an amazing Thai wedding banquet. Between courses there were some brilliant speeches, one of the great things about a smaller intimate wedding, tends to mean there is a real closeness and shared history between everyone, so there were lots of stories about the couple and many laughs.
The evening started with fireworks and then the couple took the floor for their first dance to Maria Carey. Lark Music band provided the music for the ceremony and drinks reception and then the entertainment was provided by Ben Jenkins for the rest of the evening.
Working with wedding planners and booking your destination photography:
A local wedding planner or specialist location wedding planner can help you ensure you have the day you dreamed of planned whilst you are in the UK, so you can arrive, relax and have a wonderful wedding day.
Why then, take your photographer from the UK ?
Booking your destination wedding photographer here means you can secure a photographer whose style you love and who you trust to deliver. You can not only communicate as much as you need to before the big day, but they are just a phone call away on your return when you want to see those incredible memories of the day and plan your wedding album.
So if you are planning a wedding abroad like James and Victoria on an exotic beach, or maybe a stunning mountain view, or rocking Elvis at Vegas, contact me to tell me all the details and to book me as your destination wedding photographer Thailand (or somewhere else in the world)..
ABOUT THE VENUE…..TRISARA
Why not book your exclusive wedding on Phuket’s most pristine shoreline with a stunning backdrop at Trisara
Tisara offers the most beautiful setting for a truly romantic destination wedding. They have a stunning 1,000 square meter teak deck that is shaded by tall elegant palm trees overlooking the sea and is the perfect backdrop to exchange your wedding vows. Tisara also offer some amazingingly beautiful private residential villas for small intimate weddings of up to 60 guests.
The Gardens that lead directly to the private beach are just perfect for ensuring you get beautiful amazing photographs that capture your wedding day
The Perfect Wedding Planner for your wedding in Thailand. Take us to Thailand
Since their first wedding in 2004, Take us to Thailand has established itself as a leading service for luxury weddings and honeymoons throughout Thailand. Anna has client bases in Australia, the UK, US, NZ, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Middle East, and they work with couples and their guests worldwide to plan and create premium Thailand weddings from venue finding and booking their accommodation. Anna was the main wedding planner for James and Victoria’s wedding at the Trisara and Id like to say that she is one of the best wedding planners I’ve had the pleasure of working with as a professional wedding photographer. Everything just went to plan on the day seamlessly.
Anna Robinson set up Take us to Thailand after helping to plan her friend’s wedding in 2004. Take us to Thailand was a natural way for her to share all her knowledge throughout the planning process along with her passion for travel and luxury event management. With degrees in Commerce and Arts from Melbourne University and a background in finance and catering and events, Anna draws upon her experience to create and manage client events and organise personalised holiday accommodation arrangements. Anna is passionate about sourcing and sharing the best Thailand has to offer.
Mark Seymour photography is delighted to have worked with Anna and Take us to Thailand on this wedding