For Chinese couples, wedding photos are not simply about having a photographer show up on the big day.
They can be elaborate affairs involving costumes, make-up artists, camera assistants and trips overseas, sometimes even underwater, and take up as much as a quarter of the wedding budget.
"You can go to a studio to have pre-wedding pictures taken and you can pretend to be anywhere, they have so many backdrops," said Song, 28, who will be tying the knot with his 24-year-old bride in China's northeastern city of Harbin.
"I went to university in Newcastle, so England has always been very important to me. I want to show my family and friends what it means to me," Song said.
Living in a globally connected world and given rising incomes, young Chinese are increasingly looking to impress with lavish weddings that mix traditional elements and Western trends, complete with a walk down the aisle, bridesmaids, ushers and even a hired wedding planner.
Revenue for China's wedding services industry was estimated to have reached $24.6 billion in 2016, data provider IBISWorld said in a report this year. That covered car rentals, restaurant decorations, photography and videography, among others.
"They might choose a really English-style small town, such as in the Cotswolds near Oxford," he added.
For those who cannot travel, vast hangar-like Chinese studios bring the world to them, offering the chance to pose in front of a fake Greek village, a Chinese temple or the bedroom of French king Louis XIV - all in a single appointment.
Golden Ladies, one of Beijing's 24x7 wedding photo studios, fills up with as many as 75 couples on a busy day.
The couple had to wait for three months for a slot.
"It's worth it so that we can have these beautiful memories for the future," Chen said. "During the wedding itself, we'll put these photos on a screen."
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