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  • Writer's pictureYaxin Duan

A Lucky Girl's Big Moment: Capturing Xue's Wedding Photos

On that day, my friend Xue got married, and I took her wedding photos. In China, it is traditional for couples to take wedding photos before the wedding day, so there is no concept of a "first look" as in Western countries. Although Xue got married in Australia, she still wanted a set of wedding photos to keep as a memento, even if it was just documentary photography at the wedding. So she found me, as I was the only person she knew who had some photography skills.

Xue and her mother arrived in Australia together and became my roommates. Despite being older than me, she was someone who struggled to make decisions on her own, and she saw me as independent because I had come to Australia alone to study. As they were new to the country, their English was not good. But they knew I had been an international student in Australia for two years, so they always asked me a lot of questions such as taking the bus and getting a phone card, etc. These may seem like simple things, but they would be the big issues when you are in a foreign country.

Over time, Xue and I became closer and talked more. I became someone she relied on, and for me, she became like "family" that I couldn't leave behind. Sometimes when I came home late from my part-time job, there would always be a light on for me when I got home.

The self-fulfilling prophecy is a psychological phenomenon where we tend to get what we think about. This proved true for Xue when she came to Australia, expecting to meet someone she liked while traveling. And sure enough, she found her husband in Brisbane. One day, I received a wedding invitation from her, and she asked me to take her photos. I was excited, but at the same time, I was worried that this was a big moment in her life, and I didn't want to mess it up. She said, "It's okay, I trust you anyway." So, I went with my blessings.

There were no fancy lighting or high-end cameras, and no deliberate posing in this photoshoot. It was just everyone's most natural smiles, and Xue's happiness and joy that came from her heart. Now Xue is still in Brisbane, and her daughter is already four years old and can teach her English. Time flies, and we haven't seen each other for four years.

This is Xue's story, a simple girl with good luck. Sometimes beautiful things happen unexpectedly, and love is just around the corner.


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