Thailand wedding – Part one, The Boat Trip
Thailand wedding – Part one – The boat trip
Kirsty & Dan planned a week of activities in the run up to their Thailand wedding. One of which was a speedboat trip, island hopping around some of the most stunning locations. I was lucky enough to be able to shoot the whole day with them and the entire wedding party. If you are planning a destination wedding, it’s a great idea to spend as much time with people as possible. Pictures of this time were really important to Kirsty and Dan and so I shot this day as part of their coverage.
The day started early and we left Railay beach on board the speedboat to our first destination, the famous spot where the film “The Beach” was filmed. As we saw the first glimpse as we approached, you coud see why the makers had chosen this as the place in which the film would be set. It had a white sandy beach, was surrounded by huge cliffs and the water was so clear. We were there for about an hour and a half and this was just the right amount of time to soak up the atmosphere.
Dan and Kirsty’s guest swam and sun bathed, while I happily shot the story. Dan and Kirsty were keen to replicate the famous shot at the end of the film – where everyone jumps in the air and after lots of jumping – we headed off before the crowds arrived, starting the day early had been a good plan.
Everyone had fun at Maya Beach just days before Kirsty and Dan’s Thailand wedding.
After a great Thai lunch, the guests spent the afternoon, swimming, sunbathing and Kayaking through hidden caves and beauty spots.
We were the only people there as dusk fell. The guys on board the speedboat sparked up the barbecue – fish kebab and curry.I spotted the perfect place for a final group picture.As the night drew in, I spoke to one of our guides who told me that at about 6.30pm, 1000’s of fruit bats would fly across the sky. We waited patiently and he was right…They’re not like normal bats – they’re massive!!
As the darkness fell, there was no light to shoot by. This was a 15 second exposure – taken by resting my camera on some nearby rocks. We headed off to swim with bio-luminescent plankton in the dark.
It was a day I’ll never forget and I’d like to say thanks again for Kirsty and Dan for organising such an incredible experience. I know it will stay with me for a very long time.