“I had my first dream about you last night. Really? She smiles. What was it about? I don’t remember exactly but the whole time I was dreaming, I knew you were mine.” – Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure

 

I met Hong Yi a couple of months ago by chance in Phnom Penh (of all places) and it was one of those first awkward meetings that you find yourself totally oblivious to the fact that you’re in the presence of a minor celebrity. She’s been featured on the Wall Street Journal, CBS and NBC (to name a few) as an artist that creates pieces with unconventional materials and mediums all of which can be checked out at redhongyi.com with my favourite being her portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi.

She’s sweet, has a golden heart and is stupidly, ridiculously talented.

I’m one very lucky and happy little Vegemite.

(Also, a big thank you to Tim of Little Henri for the use of his cafe).

I’ve known Michelle for years and Davis less so (but always have heard great, great things about hum from Michelle), I cannot imagine two people more perfect for each other because this was a love story years in the making, forged over time and distance. Books have been inspired by this kind of love.

Even though I only covered their tea ceremony (the super talented team of Androids in Boots covered the rest), it was an immense privilege to serve one of my closest friends.

While shooting my first ever Tea Ceremony and witnessing the tears, the laughs, the hugs and the stories from both families I came to the sudden realisation that aren’t weddings all about this? While the expensive venue, decorations, food and entertainment may be important, all of this pales in comparison to the lasting bonds of family and friendship.

To me, that’s how I want to remember my wedding day.