Destination Wedding Photography and Films | Vietnam, Thailand, Southeast Asia, USA, Beyond
By Christian Berg
Christian Berg is a a documentary photographer working in Southeast Asia since 2008 – he joined Mott Visuals Weddings in 2014 and has since then shot weddings all over Southeast Asia and beyond. His work has been published for example in the New York Times and the Wallstreet Journal.
This week Aaron and I photographed a destination Wedding at the beautiful Naman Retreat in Danang.
Congratulations to the couple Crystal and Ernest as well as the staff at the Resort to make this a stunning a beach wedding.
Despite strong gusts of wind, it was a moving ceremony and just in time for the most beautiful light of the day. I always like to photograph Chinese wedding ceremonies as with door games, tea ceremony and so on. There is always a lot of stuff happening.
If you are getting married here, you can actually sneak on the roof of one of the seaview villas to get a few beautiful portrait shots. They are covered with nice lawn.
In late December I took a flight from Saigon to Phuket to shoot Vickie and Austin’s Wedding. As usual I had a skype conversation with them a few weeks before the wedding and was really looking forward to meet them, their family and friends. Most people had come a far way from the US, mainly California and NYC and the mood was good.
With about 60 guests in total this was one of the more intimate weddings I shot which gave a lot of opportunities for candid shots.
The ceremony was held on a small stage on a lawn between pool and the beach and all decorations where stunning – the team of Wedding Boutique Phuket did a fantastic job in organizing this wedding.
It had rained a bit the day before the wedding, but from the moment I arrived at the private villa with stunning garden it did not rain any more and right for the ceremony the sun came out to cast the beautiful light I was hoping for. This also gave opportunity to a quick, but beautiful protrait session at the beach just before sunset. Thanks to the great scheduling skills of Ilaire, the planner, we had exactly the time we needed for portraits at the right moment.
Enough talk, let the pictures speak for themselves..
The sun here sets right at the beach so a ceremony around 4pm will guarantee the most beautiful light on a sunny day.
It was a beautiful wedding at the Hyatt Regency Danang – despite a terrible weather forecast the sun came out and not only made for a great ceremony but also made a super nice and creative portrait session possible. It was a very emotional wedding filled with tears and laughter, and some of the guests came from as far away as Canada. Have a look at some of our favourite shots below:
(all images by Christian Berg / Mott Visuals)
PS: the beautiful setup was provided and designed by The Planners