I am probably Marcus’ toughest critic (other than the perfectionist himself of course). In my case I think it comes not just from being married to him, but from having looked at literally thousands of beautiful images that he has taken over the 20 years I’ve known him. It is hard for him to wow me with his images these days (I know I know). Here I am though sharing a wedding because it seriously, BLEW.ME.AWAY.
I always love looking through the images from the weddings we are invited to capture. I find myself smiling, and sighing and making ooh & aah sounds often. I was actually welling up a bit when I saw this wedding. Marcus, honey, you have outdone yourself.
This is the wedding of Gina & Ashish. They got married at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa a few months ago. Marcus hadn’t gotten around to posting their wedding on the blog yet, so I am doing it. Too good not to share.
I am a sucker for any kind of symbolism, but especially any kind of ceremony that connects you with your cultural or familial past. After all, isn’t that what a wedding is for? It is the mark a significant event – the uniting of two individuals, their beliefs, their pasts, their families, and their future. Gina is Taiwanese & Ashish is Indian and they have strong ties to New Zealand. Their wedding included touches from each culture. Henna tattoos, the Taiwanese traditions of bribing and coaxing the bridesmaids to get to the bride, a Maori Haka, a traditional Hindu ceremony smoldering fire included. They even finished it off sailing into the sunset! They did all this to recognize the people and the traditions that have had an influence on their lives. That, seems to me to be Gina & Ashish – a mesh of cultures and worlds – and all of it, and none of it, matters. That is why it works.
Then, there is the start of the love story. You haven’t heard one like this! Early in their relationship, Ashish literally died. DIED, right in front of Gina. She performed CPR for 40 minutes to revive him. A freak thing, details don’t matter. He is fit & well now. From that moment, there was no other woman for Ashish. Holy Moly!!!
I might never have saved his life, but sometimes I am reminded of the man I fell for. Usually in photos. Photos of other people. Secretly, one of the things I love about Marcus, is that he sees all this history & subtlety & meaning in the way people interact. He can’t ever describe it, but man, he can capture it in pictures.
Gina & Ashish, thank you for choosing us. Thank you for making me smile, and laugh and tear up just a bit. May your love always carry you across the waters.