Alright. Here it goes. I’ve neglected putting this post up because I can’t narrow down the selection. . . Or maybe I just don’t want to. I’ve known Lindsey since high school…. Maybe junior high (it’s all a little blurry). We haven’t kept it touch very well in the last 10 years or so but in that time we’ve vacationed in Puerto Vallarta, visited in Barcelona and now reunited in Shanghai. I was delighted when Lindsey contacted me telling me she would like me to photograph her wedding. I was beyond myself when she sent me the email with my flight itinerary. Bryan and Lindsey invited me in to their home, and I was happy to help gather finishing touches for the big day and so excited to be there to document their celebration. I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity. I also, can’t help but mention what a great job they did planning their wedding in such a foreign place – imagine trying to get a dress altered where you don’t speak the same language!
Bryan and Lindsey are both English teachers in Shanghai but part of the story behind tying the knot in Shanghai was the family connection to the location. Bryan’s grandparents sought refuge in Shanghai from World War II. They married in the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, which is now a museum, and that is where Lindsey and Bryan also exchanged vows. The day was incredibly beautiful as I know their life will be together! I am not very good with words so I will get on to the photographs. Lindsey and Bryan: Seriously. Thank you. Mazel tov!
The entire wedding party and guests took a double-decker bus, equipped with beer, thru the busy streets of Shanghai to the final destination of the reception: The Bund Beach.
We got off the bus to take some shots of the wedding party on The Bund and were immediately
swarmed greeted with onlookers. Seeing a “Western” wedding party on the street is not the norm here. * I will blog more on this later.
Mr. and Mrs. Fine being interviewed by a local news station.
Paper lanterns to end the night. Such a magical sight.
Gwen Shoemaker is a seasoned professional photographer with 13 years of experience capturing the beauty of human beings all around the world. From Iceland to Antarctica, and Colorado to Bend, Oregon, Gwen’s passion for love and adventure has led her to specialize in wedding photography. Known for her ability to capture moments of raw emotion, she’s been humorously described by a client as an “emotion vulture,” always ready to swoop in and capture the perfect moment. Gwen’s love for travel and new experiences began when she studied abroad in rural Spain at the age of 17 and has since taken her to 15 different countries. Interestingly, it was in the least populated continent, Antarctica, where she found her true love. Gwen seeks to work with clients who share her love for the universe, are madly in love with their partners, and are full of joie de vivre.