Wedding of the Week

Big Bold Brisbane Wedding at Iconic St Brigid’s Church

July 7, 2020

By Jacqueline Tobin

Giang and Lien’s Vietnamese wedding in Brisbane in Australia was a big, bold involved one, says wedding photographer Eric Wang.

“We started the day with a traditional tea ceremony—and less traditional Hennessy shots—before heading over to the massive and iconic St Brigid’s Church in Red Hill [below].”

Iconic St. Brigid Church
All Photos © Eric Wang Photography

It was there, In front of their family and friends that Giang and Lien tied the knot in a Catholic/Vietnamese wedding ceremony. “We then rushed over for a few shots at Garden’s Points, before finishing off a huge day at their reception over at Brisbane Convention Centre,” Wang adds.

Tea ceremony at Big Bold Brisbane Wedding
tea ceremony of Lien and Giang in Brisbane.
Doing shots at tea ceremony in big bold Brisbane wedding

As gigantic as their wedding was, it wasn’t tiring or stressful. “Lien and Giang are chill, relaxed, and playful, and they made the day a breeze,” says Wang. “Lien’s got a heart of gold, and Giang’s just a little bit cheeky; it felt like a bunch of friends hanging out at a Vietnamese wedding…even if it was alongside their 300 guests.”

iconic St. Brigid church
Bride walking down aisle in Brisbane wedding.

One of the biggest challenges for this wedding day, says Wang, was definitely the sheer amount of guests and all the events taking place. “After the tea ceremony and group photos, it was only 9:30 a.m. and I had already taken 1,500 photos! Their reception was extremely large, which made it tough to cover everything, especially being a solo shooter. But I wasn’t really concerned with it at the time, I was having fun mingling with guests and family, and Lien and Giang were extremely easygoing, down-to-earth, and fun to be with.”

St. Brigid church

The long Catholic wedding ceremony ran over, which Wang says cut into bridal party portraits, so he had to rush through them in a short amount of time. “But by then I had already built a relationship and rapport with Lien and Giang, so they trusted me with my ideas and were comfortable with me. We bounced off each other’s personality, so it was a breeze.”

Lien and Giang married.

It just goes to show, he sums up, that every wedding is completely different, “which is part of the reason why I love photographing them. Lien and Giang’s laid back personality was why the wedding was so enjoyable, and they weren’t stressed at all (at least, they didn’t show it) and could still have fun and enjoy their 15-hour wedding.”


Wedding Venue: St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill
Reception Venue: Brisbane Convention Centre
Reception Decoration: Blossom Tree Co.
Videographer: Maker and Made
Makeup Artist: Sarah Thong Makeup


Cameras: (2) Nikon D750s
Lenses: Nikon 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 primes for 90 percent of the day. “Sometimes I’d switch to a 50mm f/1.4 but I enjoy shooting on fixed primes for consistency and so I won’t be lazy using zooms.”

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