While overseas pre-wedding photography may be all the rage now, let’s not forget that our very own little sunny island has its fair share of picturesque spots for you and your significant other to capture your beautiful moments.
Check out our compilation of a variety of locations that will satisfy your different whims and fancies for the biggest photo shoot of your life.
Text: Cherie Wong / Photos: Fullhouse
This 274-metre long pedestrian bridge is the highest in Singapore and its unique feature is its distinctive wave-like structure, which is made up of a series of undulating curved “ribs”. Being in the outdoors and above ground level, the Henderson Waves is a popular choice for pre-wedding photography.
The bridge takes on a different feel at night because its wave form will be illuminated with LED lights of changing colors from 7pm to 2am daily. It is connected to Mount Faber Park and near to HortPark, both of which are scenic spots you might want to pop by too.
This is a lovely place for couples with an interest in horticulture, or who simply appreciate flora and fauna. There are 21 theme gardens, each boasting unique and beautiful landscapes. The Silver Garden holds a myriad collection of silver, grey and white hued plants against a setting of lush greenery, making it peaceful by day and mysterious by night. The Garden of Seasons showcases a colorful array of plants that represent the four seasons and are changed quarterly, and is one magical garden bound to leave you enchanted.
HortPark is open from 6am to 10pm daily. Some of the lawns are regular hosting venues for company events, and the Park organizes its own learning and education programs, so you might want to check out the availability of these spots lest you make a wasted trip.
Labrador Park holds several underground relics of the Second World War, and will appeal to the history buffs. But more than offering a glimpse into the past, perhaps what is more popular among couples is the rich variety of floral and fauna and the magnificent sea view.
Even the physical parts of the park bear testimony to its rich history. There is a playground, and the wood structures have turned green with time. You might want to be the opportunist to see the beauty of these unconventional structures, which can lend a vintage feel to your shots.
The park is open 24 hours, but only lit between 7pm and midnight.
Upper Seletar Reservoir
This reservoir is characterized by large expanses of open space, allowing much room for creativity. Two really charming highlights are a huge rain tree that stands quaintly alone and looks like it came out of a childhood storybook, and a viewing tower overlooking the area.
For those with a spirit of adventure and fun, be pleased to note that the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari and the Mandai Orchid Gardens are located on the margins of the reservoir.
The reservoir is open from 7am to 7pm daily. Take note that because it is home to resident long-tailed macaques, you would not want to reveal the snacks you might have in your bag.
As Singapore’s oldest reservoir, MacRitchie Reservoir flourishes with wildlife and is home to many species of plants and animals. Rubber trees, remnants from our 19th century past, can be found along the fringes of the place. There are boardwalks and walking trails through the forest, and the popular HSBC TreeTop Walk – a suspension bridge which offers a panoramic view of the lush rainforest. If you and your partner are nature lovers, the MacRitchie Reservoir will be the perfect sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The reservoir is open from 7 am to 7 pm daily. Be prepared to get your shoes a little muddy, and to climb and hike quite a bit.
The Singapore River
The Singapore River is an excellent symbolic representation of our country’s history. Its tranquility is juxtaposed by the surrounding commercial buildings in the Shenton Way district, which lend a local flavor. The Anderson Bridge provides a grand backdrop with its superior architectural design and its white body which is complemented by surrounding greenery.
The River’s location is an added bonus. It is within close proximity of Boat and Clarke Quays, the Supreme Court, the Esplanade and the Arts House, among many other sights that are representative of the culture and history of our island.
The Marina Bay Area
Most of us who have been born and bred in Singapore will agree that our country is quite defined by its strong and beautiful architecture. And there is no greater proof of our architectural prowess than the Marina Bay area. From the Esplanade to the Merlion, the Fullerton Hotel to the Shenton Way district, the Anderson Bridge to the National Museum, and what with the recent establishment of the Marina Bay Sands, there are countless locations for you to take your pick from – for a photography experience that is uniquely Singaporean.
As Asia’s most visible iconic visitor attraction, the Singapore Flyer is worth special mention. If you’ve ever gone on it for that special date with your other half (or even if you haven’t), why not go on it again for your pre-wedding photo shoot? The ride lasts about 45 minutes, so grab a ‘capsule’ to yourselves and have a fun time!
Alternatively, have the Flyer appear in the photographic backdrop for that air of sophistication.
Perhaps what is most distinctive about Chinatown is its heavy ethnic and cultural vibe. Its shophouses are telling stories of the rich Chinese heritage of our forefathers. Architecturally, they are a fusion of baroque and Victorian, and possess an old world charm. If you and your partner are Chinese, this might be particularly meaningful.
Ann Siang Hill is a short walk from the heart of Chinatown, and there you find shophouses serving different purposes – there are eateries and beer counters, and individual shop owners selling quirky books, clothes and house décor items. If you ask for permission to use their premises as backdrop to your pictures, you might just find them friendly enough to oblige.
This little neighborhood is a treasure chest of heritage finds. Apart from hindu temples, the rows of shophouses will make good backdrop for your photographs. If you are feeling adventurous enough to brave the sweltering heat, you might also want to rent a rickety trishaw for the both of you to cosy up in – it would make a very cute prop.
OTHER SCENIC SPOTS
Sentosa has always been one of Singapore’s most popular and scenic tourist attraction, but recently it just got even more exciting. On the island itself, the white sand beaches, museums and vantage viewing points are possible places you can take your wedding photographs. For something more symbolic, you can attempt some shots with the Merlion in the backdrop. For the more adventurous among you, perhaps you can even get yourselves – and your photographer – on the Sentosa Luge.
With the opening of Resorts World Sentosa and the Universal Studios Singapore, your photo options at Sentosa immediately widen. Borrow the opulence of the casinos, or have a little fun with the mascots at the theme park. There are just so many ways to expand your creativity.
This boating haven is an obvious choice for couples because of the scenic views it offers. Photographs set against the backdrop of yachts and the sea give off a romantic and majestic vibe that is a hot favorite in wedding photography. A good moment to capture is when the sun is setting on the horizon and the sky is a golden glow.
There is a bridge that leads to the lighthouse, which provides a magnificent backdrop for photography. Approach it in daylight, and it is a picture of strength and solidarity. Draw close when the sun sets, and you witness a quiet symbolism of faithfulness and trust.
On a separate note, Keppel Marina does not allow photography trips. Lesson to learn: do your research on the availability of locations beforehand to avoid disappointment.
Sunset Way Railway Tracks
This abandoned old railway track goes through Sunset Way, but you can best access it from Clementi Avenue 4. What with the growing interest in rough-and-tumble type of wedding photography, this might just reap exceptional results. Apart from the track, the train station and rusted overarching structures also provide photogenic backdrops.
The obvious downside is that this is a tedious location to get to, especially for the bride. You have to climb hilly terrain, and there are gaps between the planks on the track. So if you have decided to go the distance, be wise with the kind of shoes you wear. Also bring an ample supply of insect repellent and water, as well as makeup because a touch-up will be necessary.
As Singapore’s kooky backwater, Pulau Ubin has long stayed off the radar of couples looking for places to take their pre-wedding pictures. But not for long, we say. Now a short fifteen minutes away from Singapore by boat, this little island is the epitome of gorgeous undisturbed nature and retro backdrops that are a blast from the past.
The Chek Jawa Wetlands is a particular significant place to take your photographs, with its boardwalk, viewing tower and viewing jetty. Appreciate its rustic appeal that is a refreshing divergence from the cosmopolitan landscape that we are so used to.
The bumboat leaves Changi Point Ferry Terminal as long as there are twelve passengers, and runs from sunrise to sunset.