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Elzee & Luke

These whimsical Thailand engagement photos are such a fun way to spend a Saturday don’t you think? The bride to be’s stunning ice blue ensemble which floats in the breeze – her red hair blooms a magic contrast and the groom to be in his retro print shirt. But that backdrop of Thailand’s Chicken Island? Now that, that is an incredible spot to photograph! A big thanks to Florido Weddings for sending this story my way!

Let’s kick off with the proposal – Luke proposed to Elzee in the middle of a Jurassic 5 concert in the crowd, they’re planning to marry in 2016 and chose Chicken Island in Thailand for their engagement photos. Callie of Florido Weddings tells, “Luke and Elzee are two of my best friends. Luke and Elzee have been engaged for a pretty long time and life has sort of gotten in the way of their wedding eventuating every year. We decided to do a group trip to Thailand last year and thought we should do a really nice engagement shoot to make up for the fact that the wedding wasn’t going to happen again that year.”

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Callie continues, “I set aside 3 hours and a private boat to explore some islands and take some photos one afternoon. Elzee did her own hair and make up and we had this beautiful blue vintage dress which we borrowed off a friend in Brisbane.”

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“When planning for this engagement shoot on Chicken Island (just off the coast of Tonsai Bay in Thailand) we allowed ourselves three hours because we all know how things go wrong when planning anything whilst overseas. We arrived to get on our chartered boat to take us out to the island for the shoot and unfortunately for us the waves were up after having days and days of completely flat waters. We struggled getting on the boat with me very nearly dropping my camera in the water. We all got soaked to our waist up, luckily Luke had a spare change of clothes but Elzee ended up being hit in the face by a wave and was soaked from head to toe after spending hours getting ready and doing her hair and make up.”

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“Next the motor wouldn’t start so after 20 minutes of waiting we hopped off and trekked back up the hill to the boat office. We waited about an hour for a new boat to arrive and this one worked just fine thankfully. I don’t think the Thais were very used to seeing women with short hair and lots of make up so we were a little mystified when the boat manager kept asking Elzee to be in selfies with him and kept telling her she was a ‘very pretty lady’ until he eventually flat out asked her if she was a boy or a girl. I still bring this up as dinner time conversation just about every time we have party. Elzee was horrified but later saw the humour in the situation.”

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“So finally we get on a boat that works, we head out into the sea after spending an hour drying off and feeling good again. Then we hit open ocean and the waves started coming over the sides. We got completely soaked again whilst parts of the boat were breaking every time we dropped over another massive wave. After 30 minutes of thinking we might have to ditch our gear and swim back to shore at any moment we finally arrived at the island with only about 30 minutes to shoot instead of the planned 2 and a half hours. On the way out I was starting to think the shoot is surely doomed. The waves were wild the wind was whipping our hair around and we were completely soaked.”

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“Once we arrived on the island we were completely protected by the wind and the sunset was by far one of the best I saw in Thailand. We quickly jumped back on the boat after sunset and headed back to land trying to beat a storm which was rolling in. We sat on the front of the boat watching the lightning chase behind us on our way to some well deserved beers at Tonsai.”

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