Pre wedding photo at Chiangmai,, Thailand
Venue : Mae Klang Luang Rice Terrace – Doi Inthanon, Mon Jam, Mon Mong, Mon Kan Ing Doi, Mae Rim, Tha Phae Gate, Naowaraj Bridge, Mahawan Temple
Bride & Groom : Diana & Chan
Photographer : Leaw & Gai
Make up artist & hair stylist : Meaw
Stylist and scene decoration : Leaw
Diana contacted me about 6 months ago. She had an interesting idea and ask me if I can take the pre wedding photo in Loy Kratong festival in Chiangmai. I was so excited because Chiangmai is very famous for Yi Peng festival and Loy Kratong. I’ve started to find the useful information for her. Loy Kratong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai Lunar calendar. In the Western calendar this usually falls in November. In 2014, Loy Kratong Festival in Chiangmai will be held from 5th – 7th November. It would be a full moon night. The traditional kratong are made from a slice of the banana tree trunk or plant. Modern kratongs are more often made of bread, icecream cone etc. A bread kratong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. A kratong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as offering to the river spirits. On the right of full moon. Thai launch their kratong on the river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual praying respect to the water spirits.
Loi Kratong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as Yi Peng. Yi means “two” and peng means a “full moon day”. Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar. The sky lanterns (khom loi) are launched into the air where they resemble large shoals of giant florescent jellyfish gracefully floating through the sky. The festival is meant as a time to make merit. The sky lanterns are made from a thin fabric, such as rice paper, stretched over a bamboo frame, to which a candle or fuel cell is attached. When the fuel cell is lit, the resulting hot air is trapped inside the lantern and creates enough lift for the khom loi to float up into the sky.
We started taking pre wedding photography at Mae Klang Luang rice terrace in Doi Inthanon. I’ve an inspiration from a wedding ceremony that was held in Bali. The bride wear a fresh flower wedding dress. It was so gorgeous and amazing. So, I planed and prepared the fresh flower for Diana’s wedding dress . It take almost 3 hours to finish it. But the outcome is very worthy. I’m falling in love with her natural beauty in the flower wedding dress. The sunset light was so beautiful that day and the rice paddle are so amazing with golden color. Diana look so stunning in the glorious rice field. I was so happy to accomplish my dream.
After that we went to Mon Mong – the resort that is located in the hill. We have to take 4WD vehicle to get there. There would be full of mist and fog in the morning. Today, I have made a flower crown for Diana. She looks like a little angel. We leave Mon Mong to Mon Jam in the afternoon. At Mon Jam, we have very delicious lunch here. Fresh vegetable and every delicious dish brought us the full charge of energy. After taking some photographs at Mon Jam, we went to the flower garden in Mae Rim and Baan Mon Fai to get change. Diana dressed in Lanna style. She was so gorgeous in every dress. That night, the tourist wanted to take the photograph of her like a movie star. We spent the Loy Kratong Festival at Tha Phae Gate and floating kratong at Nawaraj bridge where the sky lanterns were floating here.
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