They say home is where the heart is. For Elea and Cheng, this saying couldn’t be more true. For them, home is where the other one is.
Elea met Cheng when she was here holidaying in Australia. She and her friends met up with some other friends. In this other bunch of friends was Cheng. I guess it really is true that it’s not what you know but who you know. They met while visiting the beautiful 12 apostles, so we decided to replicate that seaside vibe for their sweetheart session.
I love this part of the world, this is my backyard. Behind Elea and Cheng is Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. Turn to the left and you can see all the way to Torquay. Elea and Cheng marvelled at the beauty of the landscape, and it felt really special to be able to share one my favourite places in the world with them.
Okay, I’m just going to say it (because I said it a million times on our shoot), THAT DRESS! Elea’s dress was stunning. Made of neoprene and falling effortlessly to the ground, it was perfect. Almost as beautiful as the girl wearing it. “I bought it online,” Elea said, “so I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to get. Luckily it turned out okay!” It’s better than okay, it’s flipping fantastic.
So Cheng and Elea made a long distance relationship work for a while. Did you ever think you’d settle in Australia, I asked Elea? “No, no way. I’ve lived in Malaysia, Singapore and America, but Australia never crossed my mind. But then I met Cheng.” Cheng’s family immigrated here when he was ten, and since then he’s loved having his roots here. Now though, home is where the other one is, no matter which country that is.
That light. Those smiles. The love.
As the sun set on our backs, Elea and Cheng did a quick change of outfit and we headed down onto the beach to take some final photographs. Breathing in sea air at the end of the day is bliss. Spending the last dying moments of light with these two was magical.
Ah, that beautiful soft sunset. So good.
Elea and Cheng are getting married over in Bali in just a few months. I asked them what they were looking forward to most about the wedding and Elea giggled. “Getting to wear my dress!”
Thanks for sharing this incredibly special time in your lives Elea and Cheng. These precious moments just before you get married should be cherished, so it was very special to be able to capture them for you. All the best for your Balinese wedding. Can’t wait until you tell me all about it when you get back.