Our Chinese wedding photos are up! It was a wild experience: four costume, hair and makeup changes, and all taking place in this factory of a photography studio where there were anywhere from six to ten other couples in process during the day in other outfits and backdrops. Though exhausting, it was pretty fun, too.
For the Chinese, the wedding photography session is as important, if not more so, than the big day and ceremony itself. And it’s all about looking perfect, the realization of every girl’s dream of appearing in a magazine fashion editorial. We were pretty excited when we discovered they had the William and Kate Royal Wedding costumes on hand, as it felt like we were participating in this strange cross-cultural regurgitation of the Chinese ideal of the western ideal of the ultimate wedding.
And in our 1920s Shanghai shots, our photographers had us pose in traditional wedding poses like the “gong” hands pose. But in shots like the one below, we had no idea what these visual idioms were meant to convey. I interpret this as the English equivalent of “she’s got him wrapped around her finger.”
Our favorite shots were taken in Shapingba park, the beautiful spot in our neighborhood that is teeming with Chongqing character. These shots were less conventional, as far as Chinese wedding photography goes, but our photographers were great sports and got a kick out of capturing a few of the parks oddities. We knew this place was special when we discovered iconic miniature travel sites like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and a mini Great Wall scattered throughout the park. And there’s even the overgrown red guard cemetery! But the people of Shapingba park, singing red songs and dancing bababwu are the best representatives for Chongqing flavor.
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