This beautiful pre-wedding shoot by Paris wedding photographer CHYMO & MORE is quite a special one for me to feature. Georgia is one of those countries that has my heart. I've visited three times now and I've had the most special experiences there with the warmest of people. And I've visited all the spots in this shoot which has me reminiscing on my travels there.
Chymo tells us, "This was the first time I visited Georgia. I found the capital Tbilisi to be filled with hopelessly romantic historical houses and courtyards. Talking with the young locals I noticed how positive they were and how they could affect their own and the country's future. This was the perfect backdrop for our adventurous and romantic couple, Shuning & Dongjun. We started the morning at the old Turkish bathhouses with Tbilisi's historical center in the background, while they blissfully danced on top of the roof. At one of the hidden gardens in the historical centre which was filled with lush greens, the couple sat on a rustic bench to take in the city and its distinctly shaped Orthodox churches.
In the afternoon, the couple went on to a vintage cafe called Linville to enjoy some Georgian wine. The interior there is absolutely stunning: the staff explained that this kind of interior style is how it used to be in the old Georgian times. They capped the night off with another drink on a rooftop bar watching the sun sink behind the horizon of this magical city.
The next day we took a car and drove to the majestic Caucasus mountains, stopping along the way spontaneously for photos. When we finally reached the destination of Kazbegi, we gasped as we saw the Orthodox Gergeti Trinity Church with the majestic Caucasus mountains in the background. Dongjun went on his knees and proposed his love to Shuning with the church as a backdrop. This setting allowed for so many romantic moments as the sun started to set and the colours of the mountains started to change.
The bride-to-be Shuning shared her most memorable moments: "While we were driving from Tbilisi to Kazbegi, Chymo & Ken found an amazing spot which is exactly what we had in mind for a "grand" shot. So we decided to stop the car on the side of the road and changed into my wedding gown in the car. When I was done with the outfit, Chymo has already foraged some fresh flowers and made me a lovely bouquet. We shot some of our favourite photos at this spot. The great Caucasus mountains behind us, the veil flowing wildly in the wind, the locals driving by whistling and clapping with big smiles, All of these memories are still so vivid 6 months later. We felt completely blessed by the mountains and the wonderful nature."
A big thank you to Paris wedding photographer CHYMO & MORE for sharing this beautiful Georgian pre-wedding shoot with us. Based in The Netherlands, Chymo is a fine art wedding & editorial photographer who tells stories through organic, delicate, romantic and emotive photographs. "My approach to photography is a mix of honest documentation and fine portraiture. Natural and light-filled images are my signature, while preserving authentic emotion, timeless simplicity, and organic beauty." Constantly travelling the world, Chymo documents weddings wherever you are! You can see more of her portfolio in our vendor guide.