Guilin’s wedding photographers often bring their customers to the shores of this beautiful lake for bridal portraits. The lake is lined with willows, and an assortment of beautiful bridges connects it to other nearby lakes. I saw this couple patiently waiting on the approaches to one of those bridges for the photographer to stop fiddling with his assortment of cameras. I chose a vantage point that placed willows between them and my camera. I shot through this willow screen, creating an abstract and incongruous symbolic image. The bride is also abstracted by selective focusing, making her seem to be more an implied presence than a reality. The groom is in focus, and positioned within a break in the leaves. He seems to be pondering his future, while his happy bride appears to be a happy captive of her own dreams. I don’t think this couple would choose this image as a wedding picture – it probably does not conform to their expectations. However I did not make it for them. I made it for you, to demonstrate how abstraction can turn an image primarily intended as a commercial product into an expressively interpretive photograph.