This series of #preweddingtravels will highlight the pre-wedding photoshoot experiences of the lovely couples we have worked with. For our first post, let us bring you along to Xinjiang featuring the couple Andrea and Yexi.
For many, Xinjiang might not be the first destination in mind to capture beautiful wedding shots. However, Xinjiang proves to be a picturesque option and could be one of the best kept travel secrets. And we must say that Andrea and Yexi being adventurous people, it was no surprise that they chose this unique destination for their pre-wedding shoot.
Just a heads up, as with most Central Asian regions, the country tends to be more wary of foreigners. We underwent a few passport checks as part of their security precautionary measures.
Day 1: Kumtag Desert
Our first stop was the Kumtag Desert located in Shanshan. Kumtag ("kum tagh" in Uighur) translates to sand mountain. As Shanshan itself experiences low frequency of rainfall, that day was one of the rare occasions that we experienced rainy conditions. However, we were lucky that the rain was not too heavy that would hamper us from proceeding with the photoshoot. The shoot was conducted in the late afternoon with plans of capturing the beautiful sunset in the desert.
As temperature in the desert took a dip, the journey in the desert was pretty challenging as Andrea braved through the chilly weather without a jacket. But this did not faze the bride one bit as she ascended up the sand dunes for her shots. The beautiful custom-made wedding gown by Jessicacindy draped beautifully over the sand dunes, and it was a stunning sight to behold.
The hairstyle done by our makeup artist Sarah was soft, effortless waves to complement the dreamy wedding gown.
The happiness experienced by the blissful couple was perfectly captured by Felicia from AndroidsinBoots. She translated these happy moments into picture perfect memories.
As evening approached, we were greeted with the stunning sight of the sunset. The rain had subsided, and the couple couldn’t be happier to witness the sunset according to plan. This was definitely the highlight of the day and a perfect way to end the day.
Day 2: Urumqi Nanshan
The next day, we set off to Urumqi Nanshan (which translates to “Southern Pastures” or “Southern Mountains”). The scenery was reminiscent of a winter portrait with the lush pine trees surrounding the mountains and roadside.
Halfway through, it was unfortunate that Andrea faced a little stomach discomfort. However, she fought through it with Yexi’s unconditional support and remained really optimistic!
Here are some pictures from behind the scenes. Behind the glamour of each photo, there was a great amount of effort and thought put into it!
Aside from that, one memorable incident definitely made this trip an unforgettable one for Sarah. On the team’s journey to catch the train back to Urumqi, their van tire punctured, and they got held up for close to an hour! But thankfully, the traffic police officers stopped by to lend them a helping hand. They were incredibly kind and offered their spare tire to the van driver as he did not have one. Before leaving, the officers even told the driver to drive safely and ensure they reach their destination safely.
For couples that are looking to travel to Xinjiang for your pre-wedding photoshoot, Sarah strongly recommends you to engage in good planning. This is especially so if you are not familiar with the place. Yexi and Andrea did an excellent job in their planning and the team was really blessed to have engaged a really good travel agency to bring them around.
Last but not least, a big thank you to the wonderful team for making the shoot a success! It was our utmost pleasure to be a part of the couple’s wedding journey by providing them our hair and makeup services. As the quote goes: “happiness looks great on you.” Hence, our hair and makeup looks are only complete when they are worn by beaming, blissful brides!