Walking through the streets of Nakhon Si Thammarat, one begins to notice the number of wedding studios on what seems like every street corner. Unlike wedding dress shops in the west where clients usually buy their wedding dresses to keep as a token of their special day, here clients typically rent their wedding attire. These studios act as a one-stop-shop for clients by offering packages for brides to be. Packages often include two wedding dresses, a wedding photographer, and a wedding planner. Prices of these packages vary depending on what and how many services the client wants included.
There exists another layer of complexity within the local wedding industry when one considers the implementation of western symbols of marriage, such as the white wedding gown and tuxedo. This project aims to address the role of globalization on localized trends, the interrelationships between wedding studios and other shops in the area, and the changing sense of identity within the wedding industry in southern Thailand. Images in this collection were created in July 2014, and include imagery from Thasala, Nakhon Si Thammarat City, and select areas on the island of Phuket.