James de la Cloche, a British Chiang Mai wedding photographer with 25 years experience, started My Thai Wedding after he moved to Chiang Mai and quickly realised that although there are many “Wedding Studios” providing outfits, the photography element of their business was very much secondary as well as the fact that very few Thai wedding photographers in Chiang Mai speak much English.
After booking several pre-wedding shoots with Chinese couples who found him through the internet, he then met his first Chinese business partner, a client who loved his photos and work ethic and who is an expert in the Chinese market and who now heads the Chinese side of the business from her base in Shanghai. This relationship also introduced My Thai Wedding to other destinations in Thailand.
James has a long association with North Thailand and has seen how it has changed from a very sleepy part of the world to an absolutely top tourist destination for those who love scenery and nature as well as the charming, soft nature of the Lanna people. It is only really in the last few years that the tourist industry infrastructure has reached international standards and this, coupled with an immense interest from the Chinese people spurred by the famous (in China) “Lost in Thailand” movie that heavily featured Chiang Mai, led him to create My Thai Wedding.