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Chinese Destination Wedding Photos in Sydney: a Photo Essay


Chinese Wedding Photos in front of the Sydney Opera House

On my recent trip to Sydney I learned it’s a thing for Chinese couples to forget the destination wedding ceremony and instead opt for at trip and destination wedding photo shoot in sunny and scenic Sydney.

My Deluxe Opera view room at the Park Hyatt Sydney had a killer view of the Sydney Opera House and seemingly never ending parade of Chinese brides and grooms in rented (or “hired”as they say Down Under ) dresses and tuxes kissing and posing in various degrees of awkward.

Hipstamatic Chinese Groom + Bride in Sydney

I spent a little time researching on the Google and found there is a whole industry dedicated to the Chinese bridal market in Sydney. This niche market has everything from rental houses who will provide Chinese brides with selection of the latest in wedding dresses and accessories (note: poufy seems to be in vogue for Chinese brides),  to a team of hair and makeup people who specialize in Asian makeup, and tux rental. 

Thoughtful Posing in front of the Sydney Opera House

Many photographers charge by the hour and will photographing Chinese wedding couples in front of all of Sydney’s postcard worthy landmarks including: The Sydney Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, and Circular Quay.

This photographer was getting edgy and mixing things up by making the Chinese groom pose with the bouquet.

The bride’s dress was too long, and the “lift up your bride” situation did not end well

Brides and grooms always make me smile with their optimism and joy. It was nice to see how good wishes for newlyweds transcended language barriers as passersby wished the newlyweds well.

Adorkable Chinese Bride in Sydney (hipstamatic)

Now I’m wondering if these couples opt for a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony at home. If you know, please let me know in the comments section.