When Amanda booked us to shoot their wedding we asked them to tell us a little bit about themselves. Amanda responded with a lengthy email which immediately had our full attention as we never attended a wedding with just the bride & groom before.
Amanda & Michael met in Beijing in 2010 whilst traveling and returned once more in 2013, where Michael surprised Amanda with his proposal during a dinner on the 63rd floor of one of Beijing's tallest buildings. The two of them inspired us immensely with their stories and zest for life. Themselves inspired by the disney film "UP" they had travelled widely together and their relationship was built on a love of travel, exploration and adventure.
We met up the evening before the wedding to learn that Amanda (from Maryland,USA) and Michael had decided as Amanda's family were unable to fly over for the wedding until later in the year, they intended to have a wedding with "JUST THE TWO OF US." Of course both wanted their family and friends to share their special day but as not everybody was able to attend, united they decided to keep the wedding as intimate as possible. Thanks to Skype Amanda & Michael were able to chat and share their wedding preparation with mum & dad across the Atlantic whilst getting ready, before the couple jumped into a black cab to Chelsea Old Town Hall.
After a short wedding ceremony where we yep... the photographers, stepped in as their legal witnesses (we did say small and intimate) the couple headed off in the beautiful winter sun to the Chelsea Physic Gardens to pledge their vows to each other. Their love and total devotion was beautifully expressed in the deep and meaningful vows they made to each other. This wonderful day went by in a flash, before we had to say our goodbyes as the happy couple headed off to the Shard for dinner.
It always surprises us how some folks you meet leave no impression behind while others leave a unique footprint. Amanda & Michael have certainly inspired us with their incredible enthusiasm and positivity, we have no doubt that for this wonderful couple "ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE"
Carmen & Warren x