I’ve been shooting weddings for quite some time and you know which are weddings highlighting my career? The ones where couples create an EXPERIENCE for those who surround them. And I am not talking about just expensive food or luxury venue kind of experience, what I am talking about is something that will make their circle of close friends even closer. And one way to do it is to invite everyone to go far, far away…
Do you know how many times I heard from the couples who are having a traditional wedding about their initial plans to get married in Tuscany or in France, etc.,? Many times… And you know what usually kills these plans? The planning process… At some point, they realize that it is simply not possible. Besides financial aspects of it, getting the right people to the opposite part of the globe is a tremendous task. And these who can potentially have 200+ local guests are the first to scrap the idea as most of their guests won’t make it. Jobs, kids, plans…. You name it…
But even if you manage to get all these folks on board, getting the right vendors, securing venues, booking flights, hotels and activities becomes a full-time job. So how many can really pull this through? Very few.
My job as a photographer to create art and the location should not be a top priority. I had couples who spent hundreds of thousands on their wedding and I had a couple who got married in my backyard and their only expense was me. But guilty as charged, I do get excited when something new and exciting and (yes) challenging comes my way. It was the moment I first spoke with Nastya.
When she told me about her Thailand wedding I got excited but was pretty pessimistic (read above) as I knew that odds of her pulling this through are against her. But the more time we spent on it, I started to think that this is actually happening. Now looking back and more importantly knowing Nastya better, I am not sure why I thought the Thailand wedding won’t happen. Nastya is an energizing person with a HUGE heart that has room for love for people beyond her inner circle.
Kanoa: Unfortunately I didn’t get to chat with him about the wedding too much. But I know for sure that without his blessing this destination wedding would not have happened. Kanoa is a busy man with a full-time job and another full-time job as a bar owner. And yet he was ready to go along with Nastya’s plan. He even agreed to hire me instead of hiring a local photographer for a tiny fraction of the cost. Guys don’t do that as it’s irrational. He did.
They had a ceremony in a beautiful “little” resort they’ve rented on AirBNB and were able to fit their entire family in there. The rest of us stayed nearby.
We associate sunsets with romance and love but because of my jet lag and our villa eastern location, we were witnessing gorgeous sunrises instead. Yes, sunrises… And every day they were different. Once we’ve witnessed a sunrise through the rain.
Everyone who I spoke with LOVED the island and were grateful for the opportunity Nastya and Kanoa have created for them.
And I am grateful for being a part of their celebration. Please take a look at the photos.