This wedding holds a special place in my heart because it allowed me to capture on of the photographs that was featured in the Love Actually exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel last year. Andrew and Wenney wore their hearts on their sleeves, laughed their way through the day together, and created one of the most warm and welcoming atmospheres I have ever encountered at a wedding. Instead of writing a long caption, I’m going to let the photographs speak for themselves, and include the write up that accompanied the photograph that was on display at the exhibit. Take a scroll through and see if you can decide what photograph was featured!
This photograph speaks to how love and human emotion transcend the barriers of language and culture. Much of this wedding day was conducted in Mandarin, a language I do not speak, which made it challenging to understand what was happening at times. As soon as Wenney stood up to make her speech though, it was clear that she was speaking to her beloved grandmother who couldn’t be there on her wedding day. I marvelled at how we all laughed and cried along with her, as she recounted stories in Mandarin about her grandmother. Without even speaking the same language, everyone in the audience understood what the bride was feeling in that moment as she threw her head back to laugh about a fond memory they had shared together, with tears still running down her cheeks from the sadness of recognizing this deep loss just a moment before.