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Movie-Inspired Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas

For couples who are brainstorming for interesting ideas for your pre-wedding photo shoot, movies might be a good place to start from. Movies are an easy way to get your ideas rolling if you’re thinking of creating a pre-wedding photo shoot that would tell a story, instead of simply capturing posed moments. They are also a great wealth of inspiration to tap on for colour palettes, fashion choices, and the mood and ambience for your photo shoot. Today, we share with you three couples who recreated some of our favourite movies in their wedding photo shoots.

UP

Is there anyone who doesn’t have a soft spot for this classic Pixar animation, UP? Lisa and Geoff took their photo shoot to the replica of the UP house in Utah, USA and reproduced their favourite scenes from the movie. The results are a heartwarming and colourful photo shoot that immediately brings a smile to our faces.

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This replica of the UP house was built by Bangerter Homes. Not only has the team reproduced the house’s exteriors, the amount of detail put into the interior design is amazing as well!

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(Photos from The Goodness Blog)

The Notebook

Nicholas Spark’s The Notebook is no doubt one of the most popular romance movies of all time, so we were definitely not surprised to see Italian couple Angelo and Chiara recreate these immaculately romantic scenes from the movie! What we loved the most about this photo shoot is how it captured the drama and mood of the movie perfectly with its muted colour tones and vintage-inspired aesthetic.

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(Photos from Huffington Post)

Before Sunrise

Cult favourite Before Sunrise might be a lesser-known movie among the mainstream crowd, but is definitely not lesser-loved. While London couple Betty and Seng could not replicate the exact scenes in the movie, they sought to capture the mood and ambience surrounding the main characters. (Note: For those who have not watched the movie before, Before Sunrise portrays the story of two travellers who met on the train, and fell in love as they spent the night talking and walking around Vienna.) This is a great example of a photo shoot that shows how you don’t always have to translate your inspiration literally in your photo shoot!

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(Photos from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings)

Best colors for your bridesmaid dress

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If you think looking for your wedding dress is difficult, try putting yourself in your bridesmaids’ shoes. The style, length, and color of the average bridesmaids dress are, most of the time, non-negotiable. Here’s how we think you can please even the most difficult bridesmaid.

1. Mint
Mint is so flattering on so many complexions and we love this fresh color in a range of shades from light and subtle to its deep rich, almost jade, hue,” explains Lovely Bride’s Cassandra Quinn.

2. White
Try selecting ivory or white tones for your bridesmaids, which is compatible with most skin tones.

3. Navy
It is timeless and rarely sparks any disagreements among people of the most diverse likings.

4. Black
There’s a reason why black is linked with the term “classic”, right?

5. Burgundy
Rich, vivid hues like burgundy look amazing on most ladies.

6. Emerald Green
Fashion-forward brides may wish to channel 2014’s fairytale trend by selecting emerald green for bridesmaid dresses.

Top 10 wedding dresses in 2014

The ever-classic lace, plunging backs and off-the-shoulder sleeves are some of 2014’s most popular designs for a wedding dress in 2014, according to a Pinterest board run by Bridal Guide which tabulated the top 25 most-pinned dresses for last year. W&T shows you our favorite top 10!

10. By Casablanca Bridal
Casablanca Bridal

9. By Martina Liana
Martina Liana

8. By Maggie Sottero
Maggie Sottero

7. By Galia Lahav
Galia Lahav

6. By Watters
Watters

5. By Sophia Tolli
Sophia Tolli

4. By Lillian West
Lillian West

3. By Sareh Nouri
Sareh Nouri

2. By Allure Bridals
Allure Bridals

1. By White by Vera Wang
White by Vera Wang

Leave us a comment: Which wedding dress is your favorite?

Steal the look of… Penny Tai

On our blog, we often share inspirations about how to make your big day closer to perfection. We also absolutely love sharing happy news about celebrities and/or famous personalities who have tied the knot and moved on to the next stage in life.

And on the list of famous newlyweds this year is Malaysian singer-songwriter Penny Tai who tied the knot with her Taiwanese boyfriend Sidney Lu on Saturday (Dec 27) in Taipei. (If you missed our entry on that, click here!) Certainly a sight to behold, we want to furnish you with some ideas on how you can make her look yours.

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The look: The quirky songbird opted for a Ersa Atalier lacey wedding gown followed by a Yolan Cris pant suit. When asked about her wedding gowns at a meet-the-press session prior to the banquet, Penny quipped that she preferred a gown with long sleeves as she was afraid of the cold.

Make it yours: If you are of the mindset that a long-sleeved wedding dress implies a conservative, cautious attitude, let us prove you wrong!

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The ‘Katrine’ gown by Zuhair Murad for Rosa Clará is inspired by Grace Kelly’s famous wedding dress.

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Another piece by Rosa Clara – we simply adore this ‘Armilla’ dress from the brand’s 2012 collection.

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The ‘Monet’ gown – Elie by Elie Saab for Pronovias 2014.

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Dress by La Novia Couture

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Lia Gown by Bhldn

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By Gemy Maalouf

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The ‘Jolie’ dress by Monique Lhuillier (All photos credit to here)

Wedding Inspiration: When We Were Young

If you’re looking to add some fun and colour to your wedding, what’s like a dig into your treasured childhood memories to help you along? Today, we round up some of the best childhood-inspired wedding touches around the web that you can incorporate into your wedding.

Childhood Snacks

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(Photo from Intimate Weddings)

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Who says that retro biscuits can’t be pretty too? (Photo from Pinterest)

Instead of the usual cakes and pastries, why not take your guests down memory lane with these nostalgic snacks that are bound to bring up a few cries of “wow so old school” all around? Think along the lines of your pasar malam snacks such as cotton candy and kachang puteh, and your mama shop snacks such as the retro biscuits with coloured sugar tips that you used to get from that uncle in your neighbourhood.

Lego

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(Photos from Huffington Post)

Honestly, kids are not the only ones who love Lego, we bet there are plenty of adults around who have a penchant for these joyful bricks (we’re one of them). Get creative with this favourite toy from your childhood by building table numbers or cake toppers for your decorations! They would definitely add a playful dash of colour to the overall look.

Balloons

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(Photo from Huffington Post)

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(Photo from Pinterest)

Here’s another one we can’t resist — balloons! Balloons are an affordable way to add some spice to your decorations. Depending on the colour palette you pick, they can go from being romantic (check out the pastel balloons above!), elegant (yes you heard us right, just pick the silver and gold ones!), and downright fun (we absolutely love the ones above, which are dipped in gold confetti)! We’re betting these decorations would be a hit with your junior guests as well.

Fun Activities

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(Photos from 
Huffington Post)

Racking your brains to think of what you could possibly entertain your guests with apart from the predictable photo booth? We love the idea of a bounce house — haven’t we all jumped on one of those before at a fun fair when we were young? Hire one of a decent size so the fun is open to adults too! Another idea we like is a temporary tattoo booth — this brings back memories of those free temporary tattoos stickers that often come as treats from our childhood snacks! Now you don’t have to think twice about getting that gothic tattoo on your arm.

Sparklers

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(Photos from We Love Sparklers and Wedding Collectibles respectively)

Sparklers are a dream to have at your wedding because they capture on photos so beautifully. Contrary to what some people may think, they work for both day and night weddings too! In the day, you can have your guests give you a sparkler send-off as you are stepping out from your solemnisation. As for night, I’m sure you wouldn’t need us to tell you how much fun you can have with your sparklers! A sparkler table piece like the one above is also a dramatic and unique piece of decoration you can consider.

Do you have any other ideas that would be good for a childhood-inspired wedding? Let us know!