Never, would I have imagined I will be going back to Los Angeles for a destination wedding any time soon. But then my friend Erick Reyes invited me to shoot with him a very exotic Korean wedding. So I had the opportunity, thanks to him and this lovely couple, Jessica & Johnny, to shoot this very special and unique wedding.
Jessica & Johnny are a very exotic couple (she is from Mexico and he is American- Korean) and so was their wedding. As a wedding photographer in Malaga this was a very unique experience for me.
They decided to get married twice, one according to the korean tradition, which I have the opportunity to shoot with my friend Erick Reyes, later to marry through the catholic ceremony in Mexico.
The Korean wedding had two different parts. First, they celebrated a rehearsal dinner at Johnny’s parents, where the guests enjoyed a gorgeous Korean barbecue and they did the last wedding rehearsal.
The following day was the big day. In the morning, curiously groom, bride and some of their relatives went all together to the hairdresser, where they got their hair done and also have time to joke around and take pictures of the moment. After this, they took their own ways, Johnny went to his sister´s and the bride went to the hotel to get dressed with the traditionals Korean dresses.
The ceremony began when mother and mother-in-law of the bride, appeared in the room holding lighted white candles as a symbol of the desire for a bright future for the couple. The whole ceremony was full of symbolic gestures extracted from the Korean traditional ceremony, but with slight variations as the traditional Korean wedding is a ceremony that lasts for days. On a table at the entrance there were offerings for the couple including dates and chestnuts -symbol of the children-, that the wife offers to her future husband parents, who later will throw them at the bride, for her to catch as many as they can. The ducks and the goose that you can see in the pictures are also particularly significant, as they symbolize fidelity in the new couple
The ceremony was quite unusual. First, the ceremony and the dinner took place in the same room and the food was altered with the ceremony. Also, there were two different ceremonies: one for friends and one for family, for which the couple even had to change their dresses and the bride changed her traditional Korean crown, as you can see in the images..
The first was the wedding for friends and the second, the more traditional and exotic one, was the ceremony for the family. For this second one, groom and bride entered the room separately, then they made the traditional bows and washed their hands symbolizing that they were clean in body and mind for the Korean marriage rite, a ceremony known as kunbere where they both make bows and drink to swear their love. For those unfamiliar with the ritual, there was a storyteller describing what was happening and what its meaning was.
The end of the wedding was definitely the most curious thing. The groom picked up the bride and then his mother and took them across the room to the beat of typical Korean music. Then everything went a bit more traditional: the couple took the traditional family pictures, they all drank a toast to the new couple, the bride’s father read his emotive speech, they cut the cake and finally all the guest ate and enjoy the celebration.
This was an experience that as a wedding photographer in Malaga, I had never had imagined living. This is why I want to thank my friend Erick Reyes for inviting me to join him and also Jessica & Johnny for their kindness and trust.
I hope you all enjoy this wedding photographic report and don´t hesitate in contacting me whenever you need a wedding photographer in Malaga, Marbella or anywhere in the world!
P.S: You can also see the engagement photo shooting we did the previous day in Hollywood by clicking this link.
Day 1: Rehearsal Dinner
Day 2: Korean Wedding