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Yoshie & Simon

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Yoshie & Simon met each other a few years ago. Simon’s grandfather worked for a car company that had business with Japan. Growing up with this influence made Simon want to learn Japanese.  He was introduced to Yoshie, who would become his teacher, by their common friend. (I happen to know this common friend. The world is small!) Things clicked between them very easily and they decided to marry.

After having a wedding in Japan they wanted to do it all over again for the people who couldn’t make it the first time. Because of the loveable uncertainty of weather in Melbourne, they had to change their venue at the last minute, but everything went perfectly. Simon told me in the end ‘Today was just perfect. Yoshie looked beautiful. Everything was perfect..’ He seemed very content and was filled with happiness and of course, relieved!

It was so great to be a part of your wedding. Congratulations to both!






Soyun & Seokyoung


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Soyun & Seokyoung are from South Korea. They came over to Melbourne for their wedding to make Soyun’s dream come true – having a wedding at a winery in Melbourne. Her lovely brother and his wife, who live in Melbourne, organised most of their wedding. I didn’t meet the bride & groom until the day but it was no problem as Soyun’s brother and his wide provided great communication for us.

The day started early morning in the Melbourne CBD. We did a few location shots walking though the city and then went to Yering Station Winery where they had their ceremony & reception. Yering Station Winery was such a great choice. They were able to see the beautiful Australian countryside via a drive, as well as vivid Melbourne city. (Thanks to the experienced driver, he knew a great way to get the winery – so that we saw alpaca on the way!)

One of many things that I love about this wedding is to see the bond between Soyun & her bridemaids, who came to Melbourne from different places. Photographing their friendship was just amazing for me. I was so happy to see the reunion of Soyun and her girlfriends from across the world. A wedding is a rare opportunity for bride & groom to meet family, friends and all their favourite people together at one place. The fact that they gather for them makes the day even more special.

Congratulations, Soyun & Seokyoung! It was great meeting you. You are both truly lovely people. Thank you so much for letting me photgraph your wedding.

모든 결혼식은 다르다. 각각의 결혼식에는 그 나름의 색깔이 있고 독특함이 있다. 그런 낯섦을 나는 좋아한다. 그곳엔 누구도 흉내낼 수 없는 그들만의 감동이 있기 때문이다. 지극히 개인적일 수 있는 소중한 순간들에 초대받은 나는 참으로 운이 좋은 사람이다.
소윤과 석영은 한국에서 왔다. 오롯이 결혼식을 올리기 위해 멜번으로 날아왔다. 호주의 와인 농장에서 결혼을 하고 싶다던 소윤의 오랜 꿈이 이루어지는 순간이었다. 멜번에 정착해 살고 있는 그녀의 동생 부부가 아니었으면 쉽지 않은 일이었을 것이다. 사랑하는 누나를 위해 거의 모든 결혼준비를 도맡아 해주었다. 결혼식 당일까지도 신랑신부를 만나지 못한 내게 상세한 정보와 의사소통 다리 역할로 커다란 도움을 주었다.
드디어 결혼식 날. 아침 일찍 신랑신부를 멜번 시내에서 만났다. 새벽의 푸른 기운이 사라지기 전 도심의 상쾌한 기운을 담아 셔터를 눌렀다. 이른 아침의 낯선 도시를 걷는 신랑신부의 표정은 조심스러우면서도 설렘이 가득했다. 우리는 이어 결혼식이 진행될 와인 농장으로 향했다. 와인 농장은 탁월한 선택이었다. 결혼식을 하기에 이보다 더 좋은 장소가 있을까. 자연 경관이 아름답기로 유명한 호주 특유의 전원풍경을 제대로 만끽할 수 있고, 더구나 아침에 지나쳐온 생동감이 넘치는 멜번 시내가 바로 옆에 위치해 있으니 말이다. (이쯤에서 운전사분께 특별한 감사를 드리고 싶다. 시내에서 농장까지 최고의 드라이브 길로 안내해 주신 분. 그분이 아니었으면 호주의 유명한 알파카 무리를 만나지 못했을 것이다!)
내가 결혼식을 좋아하는 중요한 이유 중의 하나는 사람들 사이의 끈끈한 마음들을 볼 수 있어서이다. 소윤과 그녀의 소중한 친구들. 그녀의 친구들은 소윤의 결혼식을 위해 세계 여러 곳에서 와주었다. 그들의 소중한 우정이 시간과 공간을 넘어 확인 되는 그 아름다운 순간을 뷰파인더를 통해 목격할 수 있었던 나도 함께 마음이 움직였다.
결혼식은 익숙한 모두에게 참으로 낯선 자리이기도 하다. 신랑 신부, 그들의 가족, 친구들, 그리고 지인들까지 각기 다른 연결고리로 이어진 수많은 사람들이 소윤과 석영이라는 단 하나의 이유로 모두 함께 한 자리에서 만났다. 이런 낯설지만 진심된 모두의 마음들이 소윤과 석영의 날을 더욱 특별하게 만들어 주었던 것은 아닐까.
소윤 석영씨, 결혼을 진심으로 축하드립니다! 잠시였지만 만나서 정말 반가웠어요. 너무나 특별하고 소중했던 순간들을 촬영할 수 있는 기회를 허락 해 주어서 진심으로 감사드립니다. 행복하세요!
(Thank you to my lovely Korean friends who did the translation from English to Korean!)