Joshua Marc Colp 先生和 施亞岑小姐 （Esther）1月7日於墾丁辦理的結婚典禮及酒席。在「移地婚禮」destination wedding這個概念尚未普及的台灣，這樣的婚禮算很少見，而且即使在國內舉行新人的親戚朋友大多居住中部，少說也距離墾丁有四個鐘頭的車程。加上新郎是定居台灣的美國人，其親人甚至幾位好友還專程從國外飛來參加。
The wedding of Joshua Marc Colp and Esther Scarlet Shih （施亞岑）took place in the seaside resort area of Kenting, Taiwan in early January. This was a special occasion for many reasons. Among them, the concept of destination weddings is relatively unfamiliar in Taiwan, where most weddings are held close to home and in fact right inside the families’ homes before a banquet is given at a nearby hotel or restaurant. In addition, it was the union of an American groom and Taiwanese bride, so the groom’s immediate relatives and even some old friends made the trip all the way to Taiwan for the occasion. Even for local Taiwanese, attending a wedding on the southern tip of the island, over four hours from where most of the couple’s friends and family reside, was a major event.
But the festivities didn’t disappoint. The setting, at the luxurious Chateau seaside resort, was spectacular, and despite some stiff breeze the weather couldn’t have been nicer (meanwhile, it was raining the entire time in Taipei). After the bride made her entrance, the ceremony on the beach, presided by Reverend Tim Lee, had people alternately in stitches and tears. The couple exchanged humorous and deeply heartfelt vows as waves lapped the beach and the sun disappeared over the horizon, bathing the celebrants in dreamy warm light. After a few quick family pictures and one with the couple on a beachside hammock with the entire wedding party looking on, everyone headed inside to the banquet room for dinner and dancing.
The banquet featured first-class cuisine, more moving tributes, a cracking Best Man’s speech and humorous Bridesmaid speech, and concluded with spirited dancing. For some, the night was just getting started, but that part belongs to legend. For several days afterwards Facebook was filled with comments about what a fabulous time it was. For me, it was the high point of a progression as the couple’s photographer from proposal (video), to engagement portraits (video), and their gorgeous wedding. And it was a genuine privilege and pleasure to be part of the wedding of two people so clearly ready to spend their lives together.
We’ll conclude with a few shots made with a Holga camera on 120 film to illustrate the dizzying revelry as the drinks flowed and the atmosphere loosened.