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MONICA + DIO // BALI BEACH SUNSET PRE WEDDING

I get to know Monica and Dio through a mutual friend Nicholas. It started off with Monica being my fashion shoot client from Indonesia. After the first fashion shoot, she fell in love with my candid style of photography and subsequently arranged for numerous shoots in Bali and Jakarta. In the process we became really close friends and often hang out together after work during the trips. I was given the opportunity to photograph both of them during our recent trip to Jogja. Both of them are one of the most intimate couples I have seen in 8 years. Hanging out with Monica during the trips, i realised she had a really kind personality. For instance, when visiting places for dinner, she would offer to buy cakes and snacks for the hotel receptionists (Even though they were strangers!). She show sincere gratitude to almost everyone she met. ⠀

 

During the shoot day, the weather was unpredictable. One moment it was sunny and shortly after we started, there was a heavy downpour. Everyone in the beach ran for shelter but we decided to make the best out of the weather. So we took some amazing rainy candids!
Both of them were really open to try out new ideas I suggested.. even though it meant getting their dress and pants wet they just never hesitated at all. The result is this set of beautifully crafted engagement shoot full of natural emotions.

 

 

 


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Disk Yao and Nelly Ng lived out their fantasy of fairy tales with a pre-wedding shoot that featured luscious blooms, delish sweet treats, and a retro vespa.
The inspiration for the theme: Nelly’s love for fairy tales and anything magical, “I’ve always imagined myself as a fairy living in a magical land filled with nature and flowers. A mortal man enters my world, catches my attention and we fall in love. Like a knight on his steed, he sweeps me off my feet on his cute Vespa and we elope to his world to get married.”


An avid crafter since she was little, Nelly first found her love for flowers when helping a friend with DIY wedding floral arrangements. She went on to take lessons on floral artistry and founded her own wedding planning company, From Day Till Night, not long after.
The wedding stylist’s love for flowers was evident at the shoot with the various sets — from the swing to the table — brimming with a variety of luscious blooms. The flowers chosen for the shoot weren’t the usual fare of soft pinks and whites. Instead, Nelly went with vibrant reds, various shades of bold pinks with dashes of dark blue. Even the garden inspired dessert feast of cupcakes and naked cake were infused with floral decorations. “Mother Nature was generous as she gave us huge blooms of peonies (which are seasonal), textured garden roses, exotic looking two-toned rose sprays, herbaceous astrantia and more,” she adds.


Disk, who has a soft spot for all things retro, had to include his adorable Vespa which was his first motorcycle. For the shoot, he spruced up the ride with a new coat of ivory. Prior to the shoot, the couple spent many weekends scouting for undisturbed green locations. They finally decided on an open field opposite Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve with low branches and a random road along Lim Chu Kang.

Note:
Shortly after this shoot last December, the couple got into a traffic accident. Disk had witnessed a bus hit his fiancee, trapping her underneath it. He thought he’d lost the love of his life, but thankfully, Nelly escaped with a broken leg and misaligned spine (Disk suffered only minor abrasions). Nelly recalls the first thing she asked the orthopaedic surgeon, “Will I be able to walk down the aisle in May on my own without help?”
We’re glad to know that Nelly recovered and the couple tied the knot as planned in an intimate al freso wedding, and the bride walked down the aisle without crutches!
We love a happy ending and the Style:Weddings team wishes the couple all the love and happiness in the world! Congratulations!

Credits:
Photography – Hong Ray Photography
Hair and Makeup – Cynderella Makeup & Hair Services
Wedding gowns – Yvonne Creative Bridal & Photo Studio
Suit – Ai Mee Tailor
Planning/styling, decor & flowers – From Day Till Night
Videography – BeyondPictures


Emily & Eugene Empress Place

EMILY & EUGENE

Venue: Empress Place (Asian Civilisation Museum)

Emily and Eugene’s wedding was held in Empress Place of Asian Civilisation Museum. I feel in love with the cosy setup and environment when I was there.

As night falls, the interiors were only lit with dim yellow lightings. This helped give an intimate feel to the everyone attending the wedding.

Empress Place Wedding Asian Civilisation Museum

Empress Place Wedding Asian Civilisation Museum

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Empress Place Wedding Asian Civilisation Museum

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Empress Place Wedding Asian Civilisation Museum

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Bridestory Vendor of the Week (March 2017)

VENDOR OF THE WEEK: HONG RAY PHOTOGRAPHY
by Michelle Phang Mar 8, 2017 

Founder of Hong Ray Photography, Lee Hong Rui, believes that wedding photography should be focused on capturing natural, genuine emotions. “I want my couples to remember something meaningful in their photos after 10 or even 20 years,” explained Lee. To achieve that, he ensures that every photo session is entirely comfortable and stress-free. “I’m not like the usual sales person who tries to convince customers to sign up for packages. Instead, I explain my signature style and let them decide for themselves,” he continued.Hong Ray’s signature style itself lies on candid shots, thus making natural lighting and even dimly lit indoor venues the perfect settings for him. Being in his mid-twenties, Lee also feels a strong connection to couples who are mostly around his age. “Like me, they’re willing to try out new, extreme ideas that others probably won’t find interesting,” said Lee. He has even brought clients to visit abandoned places and forests, and also try underwater photo shoots.Yet above everything else, the emotional connection between the couple is what matters the most to Lee. “There was a couple who broke into tears when I asked them to share something meaningful about their relationship. This showed how much they were comfortable with me,” he reminisced.Are you the kind of couple that Lee would love to encounter? Head over to Hong Ray Photography’s profile to get to know this Singapore-based photographer further.

 

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CREDIT TO VENDORS:

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Hong Ray Photography


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by Natasza Kurniawan in REAL WEDDINGS

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For Amy and Ali, their wedding was a celebration of love and diversity. Even their wedding venue reflected this philosophy. “Designed by a Balinese architect, Villa Paradiso features cultural elements largely from India, Indonesia, South Africa, and China,” explained Amy. The long, open corridors and blurred division between indoor and outdoor spaces are also reminiscent of the work by renowned Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. “Sri Lanka is particularly close to our heart, as it was where our wedding proposal happened,” she continued.

Inspired by traditional Persian weddings, Amy and Ali asked Inside the Knot to set up a chuppah for their wedding ceremony. As their wedding vows, they recited the love poem, “On Marriage” by celebrated Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran. The couple’s love of poetry was shared again afterwards through their thank you cards, on which Rumi’s “This Marriage” was written.

Amy ensured that every wedding element had a personal touch. “The hand bouquet featured three bulbous stalks of my favorite flower, peony. Meanwhile, our favorite cake from Etna Restaurant was scaled up to be enough for 50 people,” she said. The couple’s wedding bands also had an interesting story behind it. “They were sourced from an artisanal ring maker and a vintage piece collector based in the United States,” she explained. Instead of giving out wedding favors, Amy and Ali chose to make a donation to the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

In the evening, a live jazz band entertained guests as they dined and mingled in the open space. Fairy lights adorned the entire outdoor area, setting the right mood for their guests even after dusk and rain came. “Even though it was raining, Hong Ray Photography captured our precious moments perfectly both in stills and in motion. ‘Wet bride, lucky bride’, as the saying goes,” Amy reminisced.

For future brides out there, Amy shared a lovely quote from the movie, The Next Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Initially, you’re overwhelmed. But gradually, you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it, and you’ll swim out the other side.”


CREDIT TO VENDORS:

  • Hair & Makeup: Patrina Lee
  • Venue: Villa Paradiso http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/villa-paradiso
  • Photography: Hong Ray Photography
  • Videography: Winson Cinematography
  • Decoration & Lighting:Inside The Knot
  • Men’s Formal Wear: G2000 , The Assembly Store
  • Entertainment (Music): High Notes
  • Wedding Cake: Etna Italian Restaurant
  • Favors & Gifts: Donation to Children Cancer Foundation
  • Wedding Shoes: ALDO
  • Wedding Accessories: Fleur D’sign
  • Flowers: Inside The Knot,Fleur D’sign
  • Catering: Chef De Maison
  • Dress & Attire: Barzelai , Milly Wedding Shop
  • Invitations: Memorable Wedding
  • Jewellery: Goldadore
  • Boutonnieres & Corsages: The Vintage Cabbage Rose

Wedding // Xian Ling & Rachel

Candid Emotional Natural Wedding Photography in Singapore

Father looking at her beloved daughter during preperation time before the groom arrives.
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A speech written by Rachel’s Dad.

Enjoying one of the precious moments together with her daughter.

Bridal portraits before Xian Ling’s arrival

I could feel the emotional connection between Rachel and her dad by the expression on her face…

I could feel that Rachel dad’s laughter contains a hidden sense of sadness and sorrow as his beloved daughter will soon be moving permanently to Singapore and leave their family in Korea.

 

Remembering the fond childhood memories

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Moments before Xian Ling arrives to pick up Rachel

Photo with the groomsmen

 

 

 

 

Xian Ling’s mum blessings during the tea ceremony

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Xian Ling’s mum blessings during the tea ceremony

 

As Rachel’s sister started crying while she was serving tea, her parents, observing from a distance cant control their emotions

Her beloved sister, grew up with Rachel with countless childhood memories together back Korea, couldn’t bear to see her move to Singapore.
I remember tearing three time. First when taking this photograph, second when editing it, third when writing this Facebook post

Impromptu moment.

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Rachel and her beloved sister. Years of childhood memories

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March in during solemnization at Pan Pacific

Rachel’s sister, tearing again during the vows exchange. This could only show how close both of them were back in their homeland

Both of them are not aware what is happening behind them

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Rachel dad’s is using his smile to hide his inner emotions as he don’t wishes his daughter to see him in a sad stage during her big day.

 

Xian Ling saying his vows

Really touching moment as Rachel’s mum watched the childhood montage playback, remembering the good fond memories from the day she was born…

Bride and her father

Xian Ling, unexpectedly broke into tears as he was watching the bride and her dad marching in.

Emotions of their family members

Genuine emotions as Rachel’s dad giving Xian Ling the responsibility of taking care of her daughter from this moment on.

Second march in with Korean outfit

During the thank you speech, Rachel made is personal by thanking her parents of everything they had done to raise her up.

 

Rachel’s dad have been holding on to her tears with a smiling face the whole day, since morning.

But he could no longer hold his emotions any further. Dad broke into tears as the couple gave a hug after the thank you speech.

He cried uncontrollably for ten minutes. After all it was almost 30 years of living together in Korea, having meals, movies, family outings, television moments together.

He had to let go of all this as Rachel will be moving to Singapore to stay with Xian Ling

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Reasons wedding photography is the best investment you can make

Reasons wedding photography is the best investment you can make

A wedding is never complete without the proper photography services.

Every couple that decided to make this important step, of forming a new family and living their lives together, wishes to immortalise their most amazing moments of making this union official in front of the world.

So, do you know what you are getting when you pay for wedding photography? You should know that the following lines are not about the expenses of getting wedding photography, or the quantity of photos you will get for the money you pay. It is about creating a special connection with your photographer and making photos that will represent you, your other half, and the happiness of the day you two embark on a new life.

Everybody is planning a budget when it comes to organising a wedding. And professional photographers know that very well. We also know that the photos taken at a wedding will become priceless as time goes by, without taking into account how much you spent when making them.

Everybody wishes to have a dream-like photo session, but it the budget that usually holds us down. Unfortunately, not only wedding photography requires payments to be made.
The best recommendation is to plan your budget careful when it comes to your wedding photos. Most people end up spending so much money on decorations, flowers, cards, and all sort of perishable nonsense that is always lost with time.

But photos, well this is a different story because these ones will stick with you for the rest of your life. Now you probably understand why they should count more than an outfit you will wear once, or gifts for your guests that will not be valued or will get lost.

So, are you really getting just photos? No, you are not getting just photos. Wedding photography is about capturing emotions, feelings, candid images of people sharing one single joy. And that is the joy of two souls that finally found each other.

The truth is that no one will remember the taste of the cake or what candy you served at that fancy candy bar. The most precious memory will lie in the wedding photos, the only thing that remains alive even after 10, 20, or 30 years after the wedding has passed.

It is your photographs that you will share with your family, friends, children, grandchildren, and so on, the only proof of the moments you had at your wedding. You can share a piece of cake, no matter how much you want, or even give a flower from those gorgeous bouquets. The venue may disappear in time and the clothes get old and dusty.

There is no doubt about the fact that a wedding is an expensive thing for anybody. There is always a fight inside ourselves for getting the wedding we dream about and actually getting the wedding our money can pay for. The world would be a much happier place if money would not exist, don’t you think? But, since we cannot change anything about it, we should decide smartly on what to invest our money. And because your wedding’s photos will be the only ones that will pass the test of time, always remaining fresh and always stirring a great deal of feelings and emotions, a warm recommendation would be to invest more in this part of your wedding. You won’t feel sorry for doing so, trust me.

Reasons wedding photography is the best investment you can make