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Japan Pre-wedding 日本婚纱摄影 (Part 1)

This blog post is long overdue, have been wanting to write about our Japan pre-wedding photoshoot with Jacky & Valen for a long time, but just haven't found the time. But here it is, finally! Hope you all like it!

We landed in Osaka after a long 6 hour flight from KLIA and our 1st day was basically to clear customs, grab our rental car and check in to our homestay at Asuka Village, Nara. We of course managed to have a little walk around, visiting the nearby beautiful sakura trees, which were in full bloom when we arrived (hooray!) and trying out some of the local delicacies.

 We were super lucky, as the Sakura trees were in full bloom when we touched down!

We were super lucky, as the Sakura trees were in full bloom when we touched down!

 Our ride, a Suzuki 7 seater.

Our ride, a Suzuki 7 seater.

 Cozy house, Asuka Village, our 1st accommodation in Japan.

Cozy house, Asuka Village, our 1st accommodation in Japan.

 Just look at all the pink trees!

Just look at all the pink trees!

Early the next morning, Jacky & Valen started their preparations for the 1st theme of their pre-wedding photoshoot, the Japanese Kimono! Super excited to see Valen in her beautiful floral Kimono!

 Our beautiful bride, Valen, putting on her Kimono.

Our beautiful bride, Valen, putting on her Kimono.

 You will need to hire a professional Japanese make-up artist to help you put on the Kimono, it’s a really complicated process with many different layers.

You will need to hire a professional Japanese make-up artist to help you put on the Kimono, it’s a really complicated process with many different layers.

 Fall in love with the Kimono’s intricate details.

Fall in love with the Kimono’s intricate details.

Once everything was ready, we started the photoshoot around our beautiful homestay before departing to the nearby temple of Asukadera (飞鸟寺) to continue the pre-wedding photoshoot. It was actually raining a fair bit during the morning but it did not dampen our spirits. Here are some of the best photos from the morning session.

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 How about some raindrops on the lens for that added effect?

How about some raindrops on the lens for that added effect?

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 My personal favorite from the morning! Love Valen’s natural smile & laughter.

My personal favorite from the morning! Love Valen’s natural smile & laughter.

 Sakura blooms.

Sakura blooms.

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Once we were done with Asukadera Temple, we set off to our next destination which was supposedly Nara Park, but along the way, we accidentally chanced upon a really beautiful river with rows of Sakura trees along both sides of the river bank! The scene was straight out of a beautiful anime movie, it was really beautiful!

 Beautiful pink Sakura trees line both sides of the river bank!

Beautiful pink Sakura trees line both sides of the river bank!

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Japan Pre-wedding

And finally, Nara Park.

 The ground was full of pink sakura petals!

The ground was full of pink sakura petals!

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And that sums up Part 1 of our Japan pre-wedding photoshoot.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

Terry x Thea | Mr & Mrs Tan

Had the privilege of being Terry & Thea’s wedding photographer. This wonderfully cheerful and fun couple had 3 separate wedding sessions, in Guangzhou, Singapore and finally Melbourne. Talk about an international wedding. I was lucky enough to be part of their Singapore wedding and here are some of the highlights from their wedding at Peach Garden, Singapore. Hope you all like em! :)

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 Bride getting ready.

Bride getting ready.

 Light hearted moment during the prep meeting.

Light hearted moment during the prep meeting.

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 Officially Mr & Mrs. Tan.

Officially Mr & Mrs. Tan.

 The couple loves funny poses.

The couple loves funny poses.

 One of my favorite photos from the evening!

One of my favorite photos from the evening!

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 Thea: “Ha! See? Aunt also asking you to improve your mandarin!”

Thea: “Ha! See? Aunt also asking you to improve your mandarin!”

 Family photo time!

Family photo time!

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 Funny photobooth moments!

Funny photobooth moments!

 Terry & Thea’s 1st march in

Terry & Thea’s 1st march in

 The pretty & handsome band members playing us some romantic tunes.

The pretty & handsome band members playing us some romantic tunes.

 Mum & Dad having a laugh with their guests.

Mum & Dad having a laugh with their guests.

 The couple’s 2nd march in, with Thea in bright red!

The couple’s 2nd march in, with Thea in bright red!

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 The chinese tradition of “yum seng”!

The chinese tradition of “yum seng”!

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 Your MCs for the night, Cheryl & Rockey.

Your MCs for the night, Cheryl & Rockey.

 Group photo session time!

Group photo session time!

 Recognize anyone in the photo?

Recognize anyone in the photo?

 Groom's buddy & best man.

Groom's buddy & best man.

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Rynnie x Bernard | Desaru Pre-wedding

It was a beautiful day and we had Bernard & Rynnie in the house for their pre-wedding photoshoot. We started make-up at 10am and make-up was complete around 12noon. Thanks to Eva International for the beautiful make-up & hair styling.

 Work in progress!

Work in progress!

 And Rynnie’s make-up & hair is done! Love the look very much!

And Rynnie’s make-up & hair is done! Love the look very much!

 Gina, our make-up artist for the day!

Gina, our make-up artist for the day!

 Bernard’s turn.

Bernard’s turn.

Once make-up is done, we proceeded to have our studio style pre-wedding photoshoot indoors. Rynnie had her beautiful & grand long trail white gown on, which looks totally stunning on her. Our gowns were rented from Impegno Wedding.

 Rynnie, looking stunningly beautiful in this long trail pre-wedding white gown by Impegno Wedding.

Rynnie, looking stunningly beautiful in this long trail pre-wedding white gown by Impegno Wedding.

 And here are the 2 lovebirds together!

And here are the 2 lovebirds together!

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 And we just had to put Rynnie in front of a pure white background to accentuate her beautiful gown!

And we just had to put Rynnie in front of a pure white background to accentuate her beautiful gown!

After the traditional pristine & pure bride look, how about some striking red? Here we have Rynnie & Bernard both in red!

 Bernard looking suave & handsome in red!

Bernard looking suave & handsome in red!

 Vintage look!

Vintage look!

 Loving the mood here!

Loving the mood here!

It was roughly 3:00pm when we completed our studio pre-wedding shoot and we were out on our way to Desaru for our 2nd half photoshoot. It was actually raining pretty heavily during our drive there, which had us really worried. But luckily for us, when we reached Desaru, it was clear skies.

 We had a little furry companion stick to us when we arrived at our shooting spot in Desaru.

We had a little furry companion stick to us when we arrived at our shooting spot in Desaru.

 Bernard & Rynnie having a leisurely stroll on the beaches of Desaru.

Bernard & Rynnie having a leisurely stroll on the beaches of Desaru.

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Desaru pre-wedding
 Loving the chemistry between Bernard & Rynnie!

Loving the chemistry between Bernard & Rynnie!

 One of my favorite photos from the photoshoot.

One of my favorite photos from the photoshoot.

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Desaru pre-wedding
Desaru pre-wedding
 The beautiful rocky beaches of Desaru, Johor.

The beautiful rocky beaches of Desaru, Johor.

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Desaru pre-wedding
Desaru pre-wedding

Our final photoshoot destination was to the mesmerizing lalang fields south of Desaru. We were running a bit late, and the light was dwindling fast. But lucky for us, we still managed to capture some lovely shots before the sun set.

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Desaru pre-wedding

And that wraps up our little pre-wedding adventure with Bernard & Rynnie in Desaru!

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Sylvain x Jiebei | JB Pre-wedding

Recently had the wonderful experience of hosting & shooting pre-wedding photos for Sylvain & Jiebei, who purposely rode all the way out from Singapore to JB just to have their pre-wedding photos taken here. In case you are wondering, Sylvain is Swiss, while Jiebei is from Guangzhou. What a lovely couple!

Because of the travel distance, Sylvain & Jiebei had planned to have their gown trial session just 1 day before the actual photoshoot itself. Usually not encouraged because it takes time to alter some of the gowns to fit the bride. But given Jiebei's figure, she had no trouble fitting in most of the gowns on display!

 Trying out the designs & fittings for Jiebei's gown, while Sylvain watches on. Gowns courtesy of Impegno Wedding.

Trying out the designs & fittings for Jiebei's gown, while Sylvain watches on. Gowns courtesy of Impegno Wedding.

For those who are not aware, gown try outs can take quite a long time, with typical timings of 2-3 hours. Basically you need to reserve the whole afternoon just find the gowns you love! :)

The next morning, after reaching the bridal house around 10am in the morning, we started the make-up & hair styling session for Jiebei & Sylvain's 1st set of attire. It took roughly 2 hours to complete. 

 Make-up underway for Jiebei. Already looking gorgeous! Make-up & hair styling courtesy of EVA International.

Make-up underway for Jiebei. Already looking gorgeous! Make-up & hair styling courtesy of EVA International.

Once make-up was complete, we proceeded with the pre-wedding photoshoot, starting with indoor studio setting before moving outdoors later in the afternoon. The whole photoshoot was complete around 5pm and we were on our way home. Hope you all enjoy the below highlights from Sylvain & Jiebei's pre-wedding photoshoot! =)

 The pure & pristine white studio look.

The pure & pristine white studio look.

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 A bit of Korean style here.

A bit of Korean style here.

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 And here is a bit of a vintage style look.

And here is a bit of a vintage style look.

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 And a mesmerizing shot at JB's Iskandar city. The weather was very kind to us too! Just look at the dramatic clouds & sky!

And a mesmerizing shot at JB's Iskandar city. The weather was very kind to us too! Just look at the dramatic clouds & sky!

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 A really gorgeous piece of Jiebei at an old abandoned house.

A really gorgeous piece of Jiebei at an old abandoned house.

 And finally a casual theme at JB's cultural street.

And finally a casual theme at JB's cultural street.

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 And wrapping things off here with a lovely shot of Sylvain & Jiebei. Hope you all enjoyed their pre-wedding photos! :)

And wrapping things off here with a lovely shot of Sylvain & Jiebei. Hope you all enjoyed their pre-wedding photos! :)

Bali Overseas Pre-wedding

We are very happy to announce and confirm that we will be flying to Bali for pre-wedding photo session this coming end of September 2018. If you are planning to take your pre-wedding photos soon, why not consider planning a once in a lifetime experience by taking them in Bali? Limited slots available, so do grab them quick!
 

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Other than that, we provide customizable packages so that every couple can have their dream overseas pre-wedding! Select from our choices of wedding gowns, make-up styles, elegant photo albums and more!

Rest assured there will be that something special that is suitable for you!
Drop us an email or message today to enquire about our Bali overseas pre-wedding photography packages now!

Wedding Checklist & Things to do

When it comes to weddings, it is always a pretty daunting task as to what you need to do to make this once in a lifetime event a beautiful & memorable one. Especially since for most of us, getting married is nearly always the first & only time we experience it. But for most cases, there are no straight forward answers. It usually comes down to each individual's preferences, how much budget you have, and what exactly is more important to you (or both of you).

Just to be clear, this post is not a step by step guide to planning your wedding, but instead, is a simple list of things that I believe are essential for your wedding. So these are just professional opinions from someone who has been in the wedding industry for quite a number of years, therefore, you are entitled to disagree with the list, but still, I hope this list will help out someone who is planning for their big day.

1) Pre-wedding / Engagement photoshoots

  Beautiful weather in Japan, in front of the majestic Fuji Mountain. Photo credits:  Kevin Ho Studios.

Beautiful weather in Japan, in front of the majestic Fuji Mountain. Photo credits: Kevin Ho Studios.

If you are like me, and you love to travel, having your pre-wedding taken overseas is nothing short of a dream come true. Picking that beautiful dream location you wish to go to and bringing back some of the most beautiful photos of the both of you, it is nothing short of an awesome experience & memory. However depending on location, the costs may vary by alot. You will have to take into consideration flight & accommodation costs for your photographer and make-up artist for most cases, if you hired them from home. And for most cases, they would cost you anywhere between S$2,000 to S$20,000. You could also hire someone local to the place you are visiting and have them do the photoshoot for your, but you would have to be mindful that once you get back home, it becomes really hard for you to deal with the photographer or bridal house there. I have had friends & clients who basically got conned into signing up for local packages and then regretting it as the bridal house gave them sub-par works and it became really hard to deal with them as they are thousands of miles away.

But don't forget that you can have your pre-wedding taken locally too. While a lot of people nowadays love to go overseas for pre-weddings, local pre-weddings are still always the most close to heart & the most affordable. 

The most important advice here is to find the photographer whose work you really love and then weighing your budget against the quality of his / her work. When should you take your pre-wedding, you may ask? It typically takes 3-6 months for photographers or bridal houses to complete a pre-wedding shoot. Factor in time for discussions, trying of gowns, gown alterations, the photoshoot itself, selection time, editing & post processing time, changes, printing and final collection, you will understand why it takes 3-6 months.

2) ROM / Solemnization

  ROM on the rooftops of Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore. Photo credits:  Kevin Ho Studios.  Wedding by:  The Louvre Bridal.

ROM on the rooftops of Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore. Photo credits: Kevin Ho Studios. Wedding by: The Louvre Bridal.

Over the years, I have myself seen an influx of couples opting to simply complete their wedding during their ROM / Solemnization. Skipping the entire traditional event of gate crashing & having a huge banquet of 30-50 tables. Choosing instead to have a small celebration while putting more focus on having a great ROM location to commemorate the signing & exchange of vows (Beach or Garden style ROMs, anyone?). It also makes it less stressful to plan and makes the event a more intimate experience, as you are surrounded by only the closest of family & friends.

Another choice for some, is to keep this event even smaller, and just have the papers signed at the Registry of Marriage (ROM) with only you, your spouse and your witnesses. This is usually the go to choice for couples who plan to have the full actual wedding day event or celebration.

3) Actual Day Wedding

  The bride, surrounded by her bridemaids on her actual day.   Photo credits:  Kevin Ho Studios.

The bride, surrounded by her bridemaids on her actual day. Photo credits: Kevin Ho Studios.

Now this is what some of us might call the "traditional ceremony" for weddings in Singapore or Malaysia. There is a lot to keep track of and it is tough if you do not know where to begin. Here is a simple list below to get you started:

 

  The Summerhouse (  http://www.thesummerhouse.sg/, one of the very cool places I've had the chance to cover a wedding at. Photo credits:  Kevin Ho Studios.

The Summerhouse (http://www.thesummerhouse.sg/, one of the very cool places I've had the chance to cover a wedding at. Photo credits: Kevin Ho Studios.

  • Wedding Date & Venue:

    • Booking your wedding venue should be on the top of your priority list, as your favorite venues have very limited slots, especially if your wedding date of choice is a hot one. Typically couples will book hot dates 1 year or more in advance.
    • For something more lavish, consider hiring a wedding planner to do all the venue planning for you.

 

 

 

 

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  • Actual Day Photographer / Videographer / Make up artist:

    • The same case as above, when you have a hot date for your wedding, chances are your favorite photographer, make up artist & videographer will get booked early. So do check with them early if they are still available.
    • How much budget should you allocate? Actual days are very challenging environments to work with, everything is super fast paced and important moments come and go in the blink of an eye. What's more, you have all your closest family, relatives & friends gathered together in one place. You would want to have beautiful photos & videos to keep as memories. Hire someone with experience. And definitely hire someone whose work you like, not simply somebody who is cheap and having to regret later because you don't like his / her work when you receive them.
    • Make up artists will need to work really fast too. Experienced ones can complete your make up & hair style in less than 2 hours. The quickest one I have worked with completed in 45 mins. Always remember to communicate with your make-up artist on your preferences & styles you like. Letting your make-up artist know that you like lighter Korean style make-up, or heavier styles goes a long way to making your day a smoother happier one.
    • Photobooths are also the norm nowadays, adding something interesting to your banquet and giving everyone some beautifully printed photos to bring back with them. There are 2 types of photobooths on the market, one that comes with a full crew and printing services, and another type that only comes with the booth & deco. You can opt for the full crew so that you can get instant prints to your guests, or you can opt for the booth & deco only type minus the instant prints.

 

  • Wedding Gowns / Florists:

    • For those who had their pre-weddings taken at a bridal house, chances are your gown & suit rentals are packaged with the pre-wedding package itself. For those who don't, you will need to find other gown houses to rent or purchase your actual day gowns & suits. The usual practice is to have one white gown for the morning ceremony, one set of kua for the tea ceremony and 2 sets of gowns for the banquet - 1 set for each march in (you will usually have 2 march ins during the banquet). How many different gowns you need for your big day still comes down to personal preference and budget. I've had brides who go through their whole wedding ceremony in only 1 white wedding gown.
    • You will need bouquets too. And also corsages for your bridesmaids and boutonnieres for family members during the banquet.

 

  • Guest list:

    • For me, this was one of my biggest headaches when planning for my own wedding. The problem here is you need to combine lists of multiple different parties (you, your spouse, your parents, your spouse's parents, etc) and arrange them into limited number of tables. Making sure your guests can come or not is also going to take a lot of time & effort, as you will need to text or call each & every one of them to confirm their attendance. Do make sure to ask if they are bringing their whole family along.

So there you have it, hope this list helps! Especially to those who are still clueless about their weddings and don't know where to start. Again, this is not a complete checklist for weddings, but probably a good starting point. There are of course still tons of other stuff that you need to take care of for a complete wedding. But take things step by step and you should be fine. Remember that the experience is all that counts, be it good or bad, it will be those memories that you create with your loved ones, family & friends that count.

If any of you have anything you believe is important or would like to add to the list above, be my guest and leave a comment below! :)