Sunday, 15 October 2017

Elope to Phuket for your Beach Wedding

Laura and Robert came to Phuket to have their romantic beach wedding on the shores of Surin Beach.

The couple had been travelling around South East Asia and decided to end their travels with a wedding on the beach.  On the actual wedding day it was raining but at 4pm when we arrived to set up the clouds cleared and the sun came out making it the perfect setting for the wedding. 

They arrived with a romantic walk along the beach from their hotel room to be met by me with Robert's flower garland, we then proceeded with their ceremony where they had a sand pouring ritual.


 The sky and sunset were absolutely stunning that the team just kept shooting in to the evening to capture these amazing pictures.

Thank you to Tuk and Ton from Kataphoto for capturing these amazing photos and for The Surin Hotel for the use of the beach and most of all to Laura and Robert for being so lovely and beautifully photogenic xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Surprise Vow Renewal Ceremony in Phuket

When Sean contacted me months ago with his dream idea to surprise his wife Wendy with a vow renewal ceremony in Phuket I couldn't wait to make it happen.

As far as Wendy knew she was on holiday for a week but 3 days before they were due to return to Australia, they set off for dinner as usual but the taxi took a detour and stopped off at the beach, When I approached them Wendy looked so shocked when I introduced myself to Sean so I had to let her in on the secret, she was here, at the beach because her super romantic husband had arranged their ceremony.

After the initial introduction, I presented them both with a traditional Thai garland and we walked to the seashore and began the ceremony, it was just us, Ton the photographer and the waves.  The beach was deserted so we had the place to ourselves.

They represented their rings and repeated their marriage vows, I then stepped away for Sean to say some personal vows that he had written for Wendy.  Luckily I always carry tissues in my bag as there were a few tears from both - it was so beautiful and so romantic.  

Sean and Wendy have been married for 23 years so I wish them all the best for another 23 xx

Thank you Ton from Kataphoto for the great photos, I have known Ton since he was young so it's lovely to see him flourish as a photographer.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Love Has No Boundaries Here in Phuket

Another Gay Wedding on The Shores Of Phuket

Curtis and Karta came all the way from America and along with their family and friends, they had a Buddhist blessing from the monks followed by a western wedding ceremony to seal their marriage and commitment to each other.

There was so much raw emotion that day, that I think at some point we all had a tear in our eyes!
The wedding was planned and organised by Ilaire at Wedding Boutique Phuket, I love Ilaire's style so it's always such a pleasure to work as the celebrant at her weddings so thanks you so much Ilaire for the opportunity and of course the ever talented Uncle Tuk for capturing such lovely photos x

For me, gay/same sex marriages in Phuket are no different to any other wedding I perform, it's the same format, same readings, same ring exchange and same first kiss.  I feel so privileged be part of such a special day for so many couples, it just makes me so happy to perform a ceremony on such a special day for them x

I love having a selfie and group kiss!

It's not just about performing the ceremony, here was that special emotional moment when they first saw the reading I had chosen for them for the first time, tears all around! 

Wedding By Ilaire Wedding Boutique Phuket

Photos by Tuk  Kataloverphoto

Thursday, 16 March 2017

My First Gay Wedding in Thailand 

 Last month I had the pleasure of arranging a rustic beach wedding ceremony for this handsome couple from South Africa.

They wanted a gay wedding in Phuket and on a budget, so with Thailand being an amazing open minded wedding destination, it was easy to create their dream wedding day. Although same sex marriages in Thailand are not yet legally recognised here its an ideal place to declare your love for each other.

The day began with a trip to Patong Temple where they had a Buddhist wedding blessing by the monks, their friends and family accompanied them and were all involved in the ceremony by tying string bracelets to the boys to wish them good luck and fortune for their future together 

Mum Tying their head strings
Water Blessing
Friends and family wished them good luck by tying string bracelets on them

Afterwards,their western beach ceremony took place on Patong beach while the sun was setting.

Their Mums walked the beach ceremony

Placing the flower garlands on their future son in l
   I created a heart shape in the sand with blue, purple and white orchids, both the boys had beautiful flower garlands which were handed to them by each others mum, symbolising them giving them away to each other. 

After saying their vows to one another they had a sand pouring ceremony, it was such a lovely day and a day I will always remember. 

If you would like a wedding just like this please get in touch, Thailand really is a wonderful place to have your wedding and declare your love for each other.