Photographer Reveals the Insane Lengths Chinese Couples Go for Wedding Photoshoots
An Australian photographer has been taking Chinese couples to outlandish locales, such as fake villages and swimming tanks, to capture pre-wedding pictures — a booming business that pays up to $1 million in the name of perfection.
“Brides were dressed in extravagant dresses of different colors, and were always racing around with sneakers peeking out from underneath the dresses,” she told the Daily Mail. “Grooms all had these wonderful fun suits and they all seemed to be running around followed by young entourages of photographers and stylists.”
She has also captured moments in a fake Santorini, as well as underwater, up a steep mountain and against an epic cityscape, among others. Some couples also choose to be their own heroes in action photo shoots.
But the most popular set-up is one that shows European elegance.
“Royalty is perennially popular. French parlors, European sets and the like. I think this is because China doesn’t really have this reference in their history of opulence – so it’s an exotic fantasy,” she said.
According to Olivia, costs vary “a lot” for these photo shoots, ranging from very cheap ones to a whopping $1 million.
“Most packages are very cheap, and you normally get six costume and backdrop changes alongside makeup artists and stylists. That would normally cost around $400. However, it can also be very expensive. For the small percentage of very wealthy customers, I have been told that the shoots can go up to $1 million.”