1. Thai Bride in Traditional Wedding Dress
  2. Bridal Portrait in Gold Traditional Thai Wedding Dress
  3. Bride's Diamond Choker Necklace
  4. Creative Wedding Ring Detail Photograph on Gold
  5. Groom Wears Thai Traditional Praracha-Pa-Tan
  6. Loi Krathong Decorations in Chiang Mai Thailand
  7. Krathong Table Decorations
  8. Thailand Destination Wedding Elephant Statue Detail
  9. Plumeria Blossom on River Rocks in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  10. Shangri-La Hotel Garden Wedding Portrait
  11. Shangri-La Chiang Mai, Thailand Destination Wedding
  12. Thai Wedding Flowers
  13. Lanna Dancer in Traditional Thai Dress and Jewelry
  14. Traditional Gold Wedding Jewelry in Thailand
  15. Thai Folk Dancers Lead Groom's Engagement Parade
  16. Thai Drummers Announce Groom at Destination Wedding
  17. Thai Wedding Ceremony Drum
  18. Thai Wedding Ceremony Jewelry
  19. Khanmak Trays at Traditional Thai Engagement Ceremy
  20. Thai Engagement Dowry Ceremony
  21. Thai Wedding Dowry Ceremony
  22. Paying Respect to Parents During Rubwai Ceremony
  23. Thailand Lanna Folk Dance at Wedding Ceremony
  24. Lanna Dance at Shangri-La Chiang Mai, Thailand Wedding
  25. Thai Wedding Ceremony Prayer
  26. Basket of Flower Garland
  27. Guest Tie String Around Couple's Wrists
  28. Thai Wedding Tradition Sai Sin Thread Tying Ceremony
  29. Sai Sin Wedding Ceremony Tradition in Thailand
  30. Winnie Couture Swarovski crystal Rosette
  31. Bridal Portrait at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai Hotel
  32. Groom Tenderly Kisses Bride
  33. Couple Outside With Giant Chess Pieces
  34. Dramatic Night Sky and Wedding Couple
  35. Shangri-La Hotel Night Sky
  36. Chiang Mai Ballroom Wedding Reception
  37. Flower Garland and Bouquets Decorate Canopy
  38. Cutting the Cake with Sword
  39. Bouquet Toss During Ballroom Wedding Reception
  40. Shangri-La Chiang Mai
  41. Chiang Mai, Thailand Loi Krathong and Yi Peng Festival
  42. Newlyweds Celebrate the Loi Krathong Festival
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Destination Wedding Photographers

Often, things that are meant to be come together in amazing ways, such as how we came to photograph this destination wedding in Thailand at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai. Back in Los Angeles, one of our former wedding couples suggested that their friends contact us to schedule an engagement photo session, which they did. 

During their engagement shoot, the couple was having a great experience and loving the images they saw on the back of the camera. At one point, they said, "It's too bad you can't photograph our wedding in Thailand!", to which I replied, "We've got passports!". No joke, their reply was, "Really? Awesome. Done!".

The monks in Chiang Mai determined that the couple's wedding would take place right around the same time as Loi Krathong, the annual festival in which lanterns are floated on the rivers and released into the sky accompanied by parades with ornate floats, fireworks and an atmosphere of celebration and happiness. To say the least, we were thrilled to experience so much culture and to document all of the fun for our clients.

We were fortunate to have our daughter join us on this trip to Thailand. Our incredibly welcoming and generous clients even invited her to participate in the sai sin portion of their traditional Thai wedding ceremony in which guests tie yarn around the bride and groom's wrists and wish them well. In addition to all the beautiful wedding photographs we created for our clients, we are thrilled to also have photographs of our daughter participating in this experience of a lifetime.

New places are always inspiring to me as a portrait and wedding photographer, whether in Southern California, other regions, states or countries. When photographing in a new environment, or a photographing a new traditional ceremony, everything is being observed for the first time, with fresh eyes, and nothing is taken for granted. Destination wedding photography is a beautiful, exciting experience and we are grateful for the opportunities it presents.

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