Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl gets married. Marriage is a common and natural part of human history. For the Chinese, it may be the most important part of their lives. While every culture in the world has some kind of wedding ritual that is performed, today, taking and having "glam wedding photos" prior to the wedding is a must for Chinese couples. Newlyweds are willing to spend their entire life-savings to do so and wish to capture the happiest moments of their lives. A growing six billion USD industry, with related markets that thrive in China, Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora, wedding photography can be seen as manufacturer of love and happiness.
This project will follow a top wedding photographer and two Chinese couples, depicting their love and life stories behind the wedding photographs. For two couples, Yung and Wei in Taiwan, Fei and Huei in China, wedding photos give them, and all the photo-taken newlyweds, an opportunity to create a different self that is a drastic departure from their realities. While the couples are buying into the glitz and glamour of this made-believe happiness, the most sought after wedding photographer Shannon realize the hollow and shallowness of it all, and start to question the true meaning behind the beloved wedding photos. Yet as his business continues to thrive, he becomes more disenchanted by with the wedding photo industry. Shannon struggles over his love for photography and his disdain for a consumer driven culture that pays his rent. Through these two couples and Shannon, DOUBLE HAPPINESS LIMITED will explore how contemporary Chinese people regard marriage, and how they pursuit and define love and happiness.