Why I Love Taking Guests Portraits

As wedding photographers, we are obsessed with documenting the day, from every detail to every moment. From bouquets, boutonnieres, rings, shoes, decor, to dessert, etc., details certainly matter. However, I believe the best wedding detail is portraits of the guests. Modern weddings are special in a way that it is the one day where all your family and friends are gathered at the same place. At every wedding I have been to, there were always guests who came from out of town. A wedding is essentially made of the guests who attend the wedding!

Perhaps 50 years later, looking back at your wedding photographs, you won’t care less about what your bouquet or your shoes looked like. But I know my couples and their guests will certainly treasure these portraits 50 years from now. A beautiful photograph capturing the genuine joy of a family or friend will be a lifelong treasure.

Top 10 Hong Kong Pre Wedding Photography Locations

I. Victoria peak garden, Hong Kong pre wedding

Victoria Peak Garden is among Hong Kong’s most popular pre wedding photography spots. It is a public open garden with traditional British Garden design near the summit of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. To bring out the heritage elements, this garden is “enhanced with Victorian style features including gazebos, benches, sun-dials and colourful flowers.” “Artifacts from the Victorian era, such as stone pillars and carvings”, are also displayed to enrich the visitors' experience.

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II. HKU The university of Hong Kong pre wedding

This building was constructed between 1910 and 1912. Being the university’s oldest structure, “it is built in the post-renaissance style with red brick and granite and has two courtyards.” “The main elevation is articulated by four turrets with a central clock tower (a gift from Sir Paul Chater in 1930.” Please note that interested couples do need to obtain a photography permit from HKU.


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III. hong kong BEACH pre wedding

Hong Kong certainly isn’t all skyscrapers and city lights. Travel half an hour to an hour away from the city, you will find that there are abundant nature, beaches, mountains and forest to explore!


IV. victoria harbour hong kong pre wedding

“Situated between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbour, aka Victoria Bay, is the largest harbour in China and the third largest in the world, after San Francisco in the United States and Re de Janeiro in Brazil.” This is the most iconic skyline view of Hong Kong!

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V. The Murray House, Stanley, hong kong pre wedding

The Murray House is one of my favourite buildings in Hong Kong. With its beautiful black and white floor tiles and heavy stone walls, pre wedding photos taken here in Stanley are timeless and elegant, mixed with a bit of old world charm.

“Murray House is a Victorian-era building in Stanley, Hong Kong. Built in the present-day business district of Central in 1844 as officers' quarters of the Murray Barracks,[1] the building was moved to the south of Hong Kong Island during the 2000s.This building has become an iconic landmark in Hong Kong…… Murray House was one of the oldest surviving public buildings in Hong Kong. Similar to many of its contemporaries from the early colonial era, it was designed in Classical architecture style.”

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VI. THE MURRAY, HONG KONG, A NICCOLO HOTEL pre wedding

“The Murray, the third opening for the China-based Niccolo Hotels group, made its debut in January on Hong Kong’s Cotton Tree Drive, on the periphery of the financial district.” Featuring modern and unique architectural structure, a gorgeous view of the financial district, clean colour palette, it is Hong Kong’s new popular pre wedding photography location! Please do note that you will have to be a hotel guest to shoot in the hotel—it is a private venue.


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VII. Big wave bay pre wedding

Big wave bay is an easily accessible beach with rocky cliffside, clean sand and water, as well as a hiking trail on the side that leads you up the mountain with a view.


VIII. 1881 heritage pre wedding

1881 Heritage, a building rich in colonial characteristic, is in the heart of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui. Victoria Harbour, is just a short and scenic walk away. It is also only steps away from Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art, and Kowloon Park.

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IX. the court of final appeal building pre wedding

“The Court of Final Appeal Building (Chinese: 終審法院大樓), also known as the Old Supreme Court Building (舊最高法院大樓), is the home of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong. It is located at 8 Jackson Road, in Central, along the eastern side of Statue Square, directly west of Chater Garden. As the Old Supreme Court, its exterior is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong.” This building reminds me of Paris’ beautiful historic architecture!


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X. Hong Kong studio pre wedding

For the couples who long for classic and clean portraits, or for those who want an editorial-style pre wedding photography session, studio is the way to go. Studio pre wedding allows for immense versatility and room to be creative. Studio pre wedding is also perfect during Hong Kong’s summer for those who want to avoid the heat and humidity!