When we met Xin and Tang in Kuala Lumpur, we could not believe how curious and synchronic life can be. Adrian and I were travelling throughout Southeast Asia excited like kids when we decided to visit Malaysia. We always like to get to know the locals, their traditions and ways of life, so we decided to stay in a Chinese-Malasian couple’s house.
We got along since the beginning, and we started to talk about our lives. Suddenly, when we said that we were wedding photographers, they opened their eyes out of surprised and that is when we knew something was going on. Their wedding was four months ahead and they did not have a photographer yet. That is when our first Malasian wedding started… They were looking for an informal and artistic style like ours. Four months later we flew back to Kuala Lumpur, city of contrasts, and then we travelled to Penang island, which was populated by the Chinese third generation.
The wedding’s eve, we went late to bed, and the moment my alarm went off at 4:00h in the morning I could not believe my eyes. (Between us, I love sleeping). Yes, across the world, the bride’s preparations may start at 5 in the morning!
And there we were, right before the sun came out and heated Penang, we were already shooting with our cameras.
It was so curious to capture the bride getting ready with three masked professionals, something common for them but weird for us. This wedding was going to be full of surprises. While the bride was getting ready, the groom had to pass some tests in order to get married. Chinese tradition says that, for good luck, the groom and his friends need to pass whatever tests the bride and her maids put them through. They waxed their legs with tape, wrote down their secrets in post-it notes to show them later, they got a cucumber slide from eyes to mouth… It was very funny. After the fun and once they passed the tests, the ceremony started. It was simple but touchy. It was our first evangelical Chinese wedding, and half of it was in Chinese… we can do English but Chinese only “xie-xie”, hehe.
After doing international weddings we have realized that in order to develop our job, you only need to be a sensitive human being. Human being’s feelings are always the same.
We love different weddings because they show different realities, people who teach us new ways of looking at life and experiences that change our view. Throughout this experience a great new friendship was born, so Xin Yung and Khay Sheng came to Spain months later to attend our own wedding.