Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This contemporary young couple in Shenzhen were determined to go against conventional wedding trends. For the gatecrashing ceremony, the bride wore a short, retro dress and a birdcage veil. She kept the guest list relatively small, turning the rooftop of The Langham Hotel into a romantic garden for their wedding, which was followed by an after party. From these photos that were beautifully captured by Chris Spira, one thing’s for sure: Vien and Michael look like they thoroughly enjoyed their big day. Weddings like this one are what we hope to see more.

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “I think especially for brides in China nowadays, the biggest piece of advice I would give is to not be afraid of breaking the rules. Do it your own way; you will have no regrets.”

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Chris Spira Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

VIEN & MICHAEL {China}

Photography by Chris Spira Photography / Venue The Langham, Shenzhen / Number of Guests 80 / Wedding Planning by Eva from Elim Wedding / Bride’s Gown by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade and Valentino / Hair and Makeup by Liang Wang / Groom’s Attire by Tailor-made / Wedding Bands Custom made / Wedding Cake and Desserts by Cake Time / Invitations and Stationery by The bride (Design)

{Read more about the wedding in the magazine}