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My One and Only

Text Lin Zixin Photo Gary, The Aisle Bridal

Luke Sim, 29, and Selena Teh, 27, are two people who sure know how to spice up their lives. The romantic things that Luke has done for Selena might read just like a romance novel, and here’re just a few for the record – the man proposed to his fair lady at the Peak in Hong Kong under starry skies, and even took pains to rent a 15kg helium tank just to surprise her with balloons on the day of their pre-wedding shoot. (All together now, aww!)

Behind the Scenes

For such a loving couple, having a memorable and one-of-a-kind pre-wedding shoot at Sentosa was right up their alley. Shooting at locations including Underwater World, Fish Reflexology Centre, Siloso Beach and notably, Dolphin Lagoon, Selena laughed that the couple had always wanted something different from the norm. “The staff over at Sentosa even told us we’re the first couple in Singapore to take pre-wedding photos with their dolphins!”

“It was definitely very special and the highlight for me,” Luke agreed, “On top of that it was really fun and interactive… after all, how many couples get to have dolphins in their shots?”

For aspiring couples who are considering having their pre-wedding pictures taken at Sentosa, Luke and Selena recommend getting in touch early to avoid disappointment.

“Also, keep in mind that long gowns are not allowed if you’re taking pictures with the dolphins as they fall sick easily and the gown might contaminate the water,” Selena shared, “I would advise a casual dress for the shoot!”

Looking back, the couple had a blast on the shoot and relished the sincere wishes they received from strangers and tourists during the shoot. The only complaints? “The energy level can get a little low, especially when it was hot. Also, it would have been great if we had more time!” Luke chuckled.

And that, we think, could have been the least of some couples’ worries on a pre-wedding shoot. Looking at the fantastic results of the photo shoot, we think it couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Home, Where Love Belongs

Zhenyu Lai, 26, and Yuan Yin, 23, both Graduate Students

Text: Cherie Wong / Photo: Kate / Ils Adorent

Zhenyu and Yuan Yin dated for three years while pursuing a university degree in America. But this is where their love story deviates from that of the average couple who met on campus. Both chose to further pursue a PhD. So they planned their wedding in under a month, came back to Singapore for a week and got married, then flew back to the U.S. to continue with the life they have always known together. In that week, they managed to find precious time for their pre-wedding photographs, and due to time constraints, picked only the Singapore River as their destination of choice. But they are well pleased with the results.

Behind the Scenes

“We chose the Anderson Bridge by Shenton Way. We wanted the location to reflect some characteristics of Singapore, and eventually we decided that architecture was what defines Singapore the most,” shares Yuan Yin.

Ask them about their respective favorite part of the experience and the response is the same. Zhenyu reveals how on the bridge they came across a group of children on a class excursion. “They were dressed in brightly colored ponchos and Kate asked their teacher if they could pose with us for a shot. We felt like celebrities!”

“The fact that everything was spontaneous and could not have happened if not for chance made the moment more special and memorable,” adds Yuan Yin.

The duo realized just how crucial the tiniest details are in a photo shoot. It was raining and they were worried that the weather would ruin the bride’s white gown and makeup. But their fears were allayed when they soon found out that the makeup was waterproof!

As people who have got so used to spending much of their waking moments together when they were studying overseas, the couple truly understands the importance of putting aside quality time for each other. Their biggest advice to other couples is to spend some alone time with each other prior to the photo shoot so that when it happens, both parties are in the right mood, and everything will feel more natural and less constructed.

“Take a moment to remember why you’re doing this and what it means to the both of you,” says Yuan Yin.

Zhenyu also feels that even if the presence of the camera tends to make one feel self-conscious, it is most important to try to ignore it, and have a lot of fun!

The Love Story

When we pulled Yuan Yin aside and asked her for the sweetest thing Zhenyu has ever done for her, we are moved to know it was an incident that happened after their marriage. She obliges and reveals how exactly one month after their wedding, she came home to a card he had written, telling her how content and grateful he was to have her as his wife.

“It was a very simple card but it moved me to tears. People always say the flame dies once you’re married, and you no longer feel the need to surprise your partner or explicitly show love. So this short note went a long way in showing me how much he cares.”

We wish this couple all the best in their journey of love.

– See more at: http://wedding-travel.com/home-where-love-belongs.aspx#sthash.kmuVqg8D.dpuf

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Three’s the Charm

Text Lin Zixin Photo Amos Leong, Expressively Joho

Photo courtesy of Anthony Yeo & Gina Koh Photo courtesy of Anthony Yeo & Gina Koh Photo courtesy of Anthony Yeo & Gina Koh Photo courtesy of Anthony Yeo & Gina Koh

For Anthony Yeo, 29, and Gina Koh, 27, getting it right just isn’t enough; it’s got to be perfect. The couple talks to Wedding & Travel about going the extra mile to capture their loving moments over three pre-wedding photo shoots.

It was only after their first shoot with a local bridal boutique that Anthony and Gina decided to engage a second company for their pre-wedding shoot.

“We felt that the shoots we had were a little standard and didn’t have much oomph,” Anthony shared. “After we recalculated our expenses, we decided to go ahead and engage Amos (from Expressively Joho) for a second shoot.”

As one would expect, the decision was not an easy one – the couple had to reconsider their budget and make the appropriate adjustments. “Of course we had a lot of struggles,” Gina recalled, “But we decided not to splurge on a lavish wedding banquet and save on other items for the additional shoot.”

Behind the Scenes

This time around, the couple was able to better articulate their wishes and get photos that fulfilled their expectations.

Anthony described his magical moment, “The picture where we submerged ourselves in the water at Sentosa in a slight drizzle was just the best; it was our quiet moment of love.”

While the setting was decidedly romantic, the gloomy weather also delayed the shoot’s progress considerably. Worried about the limited number of shots they managed to complete, Anthony and Gina acted decisively to add a third session to complete all the shots they had originally envisioned.

This time round, the shoot went without a glitch. “Amos proposed that we do a casual shoot and I’m really glad we did it, since it turned out to be the highlight for me,” Gina smiled.

The third photo shoot was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the couple who met in Bowen Secondary School, as they relived the sweet days of puppy love in their initial courtship.

“It was as if we were young again; taking pictures in our uniforms, stealing kisses in the cinema, him sending me home from school.”

A marriage is once in a lifetime, and we’re glad the sacrifice was all worthwhile for Anthony and Gina.

Here’s to a couple who knows exactly what they want.

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Commando on a Mission

Japheth Chong, 25, executive life planner, and Barbra Chen, 25, early childhood teacher

Text: Cherie Wong / Photo: Shaun Yap / Flagship Creatives

Japheth recalls, “I first laid eyes on her when she was on stage during a performance in our church. After that I continued to look for her like a commando on a mission!” Looks like this commando has succeeded in his quest, because he went on to date Barbra for about five years, before they finally decided to tie the knot this June.

Behind the Scenes

For their pre-wedding photographs, they chose Henderson Waves, HortPark, Upper Seletar Reservoir, Raffles Marina and Labrador Park because they liked how these locations were ‘eccentrically pleasing to the eye’. They also had their photographs taken at the Singapore Management University because it was where Japheth recently graduated from. To cover the variety of locations in one day was not enough, so they decided to split the process into two sessions. “Keep (each day) short, sweet and sharp! Do not plan for too many locations unless you can keep up that smile. It’s extremely exhausting for everyone if the couple gets too ambitious,” says Japheth.

On the part of the photoshoot they enjoyed most, the pair of lovebirds could not decide. “We enjoyed every bit of it! Especially when Shaun allowed us to suggest shots we would like. The shot with the groom in mid air kissing the bride was extremely tough with more than twenty retakes. But that picture became one of the highlights on our actual wedding day.”

The couple has no regrets choosing their locations and would do it all over again even if given a second chance. The only pity was in not taking more pictures of Barbra in her white gown. Japheth advices against taking these photographs first as “the first few takes are usually the most unnatural ones”. It takes some time for couples to warm up to the lens and flash their most natural and beautiful smiles – so leave your best outfits and favorite locations to the better part of the day.

Another piece of advice: check out the places beforehand because this is the responsibility of both the photographer and the couple. “The couple needs to know how they can complement the photographer’s creativity and blend with it,” says Japheth.

For the brides, Barbra has some words of wisdom to offer, “Take care of your health before the shoot and try not to have too many last minute agendas the night before. Enjoy the day and be silly, and not worry about how the pictures turn out!”

The Love Story

Finally, we ask about the most romantic thing they have done for each other during their years of courtship. For Japheth, he remembers the little things most fondly, like the times Barbra took care of him when he was sick, and brought him home-cooked meals and his favorite drinks. For Barbra, it was Japheth’s proposal that totally melted her heart. “It was my dream proposal and a childhood fairytale wish coming true.”

Japheth proposed on the eve of Christmas 2008. Using a gift and dinner date as a decoy, he made everything seem like a normal Christmas celebration, until they arrived at her uncle’s house. There he popped the all-important question just as Barbra’s cousin pulled poppers right before the clock struck midnight, and the rest, as they say, is history.

– See more at: http://wedding-travel.com/commando-on-a-mission.aspx#sthash.MsDgwpx2.dpuf

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Not Your Usual Deal

Sam Soh and Ophilia Leung, both 28

Text: Lin Zixin / Photo: Dexter Tan / Bliss Bridal Creations

Boy meets girl at a gathering of mutual friends. Boy dates girl for 12 years. Boy proposes to girl with a ring he secretly bought beforehand. While Sam Soh, director of Internet Development, and Ophilia Leung, a campaign manager, both 28, laughed that the story leading up to their wedding would bore most people, the couple’s choice for their pre-wedding photo shoot was definitely far from boring.

Away from glitzy cosmopolitan Singapore, Sam and Ophilia opted for the idyllic charms of Pulau Ubin for their outdoor pre-wedding shoot. “We were hoping to go somewhere unique after completing our studio shots, which we felt used the standard backgrounds, props and costumes as other couples,” the couple revealed. And that’s why the couple was immediately sold on the idea when their photographer suggested Pulau Ubin, a short 15 minutes’ boat ride away from main island Singapore.

Behind the Scenes

While Sam and Ophilia had expected to brave the sunny weather for their shoot, they were less prepared for other unexpected happenings.

Speaking on the things that couples looking to have their photo shoot at Pulau Ubin should look out for, Sam listed in good humor, “Ant hills, wild boars and unfriendly natives!”

“We were cycling deep in the forest when a big wild boar suddenly came running past and nearly hit our photographer!” Sam recalled, chuckling. “We were really shocked then but it was only later that we read in the papers that the boar was actually reared by a native and should be harmless.”

The lovely pictures of the couple on the boat en route to Pulau Ubin also had an untold story behind. “The boat was actually quite small and the ride was very bumpy… I was running around in my gown and high heels and trying not to fall off the boat the whole time!” Ophilia smiled.

For the ladies, a useful piece of advice from Ophilia is to note that changing costumes in the public toilets of Pulau Ubin is no easy feat. “As the floor was wet and the cubicle was small, it took me a good 20 minutes to struggle into my shirt and jeans (Ophilia’s next costume) while holding onto my wedding gown at the same time!”

Looking at the final product, we agree with Sam and Ophilia that their little adventure to Pulau Ubin was all well worth the effort. Especially memorable for the couple was the spontaneous shots taken against the dipping sun they chanced upon at the ferry terminal as they were just about to head back. In a perfect wrap for the action-packed day, Sam and Ophilia were able to seize the moment and create lasting memories of the magical sunset.

All we can say is, sometimes, the best things in life just come at the most unexpected places.