David & Cheryl were married at the Chapel of St Michael the Archangel in Leederville. This is one of my favourite churches for weddings in Perth. We’ve shot there so many times that I know the nuances and different places we have access to and the best part is you never get bad light and the altar is just beautiful. It’s also medium sized so that weddings with fewer guests still look “full”.
David met Cheryl during an internship in China. He captured her heart and somehow convinced her that it would be a good idea to leave her life in Hong Kong and settle in Perth. Approximately half of my weddings every year are couples with an asian background and almost all of those weddings have a tea ceremony of some kind. This is very significant in asian weddings as a display of respect and affection to the couple’s family members. During the ceremony, most brides elect to wear a traditional dress and for couples with a chinese background the dress is called a “qi pao” or “cheong sum” and you’ve probably seen those dresses in many films in asia and hollywood. In Hong Kong, the traditional dress is really quite special. Instead of the figure-hugging dress you usually see, this outfit is more formal, even regal looking. It reminds me of the outfits that the emperor and his queen wear in China’s forbidden city.
Grooms usually wear their suits at the tea ceremony but David went the whole hog and dressed the part. We had a stroll through the city and the mix of brilliant gold and red against Perth’s modern architecture made for a visual combination you don’t see every day.
Their reception was held at the Parmelia Hilton who put on a flawless event and a special mention goes out to the live entertainment for the evening. The Summer Club Band led by Ari Davis that night was probably one of the best if not the best wedding band I’ve ever heard. I’ve seen many bands over the last 5 years and there are many I like but the way these guys played and interacted with the room, I actually thought we were at a paid concert!
Here are a small collection of my favourite images.
Ceremony: The Chapel of St Michael the Archangel – Leederville
Reception Venue: Parmelia Hilton Perth – Argyle Ballroom
Hair & Makeup: Yuko Batas
Cars: Belle Classic Limousines
Band Leader: Ari Davis Music
Band: Summer Club Band