I feel a certain affinity with people I spent a lot of time with. HM, JY and I have come a long way. If you haven’t seen their engagement photos taken in Japan yet, you must see them here and here. These are things that I don’t even know how to begin to describe with words.
For a start, HM & JY have to be the most hardworking couple ever. Did you know that HM went down to Food For Thought on several occasions just to hang those gorgeous paper lanterns up? The good people at Food For Thought loved them so much they kept it there even after the wedding ended. Almost everything is DIY-ed. That includes the green paper cranes, their wedding invites, favours and the like.
I know there has been a lot of online literature about how weddings are becoming more about things than about the couple. I cannot agree more than the couple should always be at the center of the wedding. But when these little individual craft works all carry their fair share of stories, I think they become more than just “things”. They are not mere embellishments of a wedding, but the extensions of who the couple are.
HM & JY wanted a personal touch to their wedding, a day where they could be themselves and also show the world how two unique individuals could come together in beautiful reunion. When a wedding looks this beautiful, when their love shines through every single photograph, I think they did just that. And more.
Rock and roll. Sugoi.
PS: Food For Thought was designed by one of my favourite local designers – Yong of Somewhere Else. Check them out.
This is truly my favourite wedding of 2011. I was very, very fortunate and honoured to be able to photograph the wedding of Tanya and Raphael, both extremely easy-going individuals with simple but great taste. Tanya happens to be the niece of renown director Glen Goei, and the wedding set was designed by Glen’s close friend and production designer, Ian Bailie. Yes, I know right.
Yet, nothing calls excessive attention to itself apart from the couple themselves. This has all the elements of a great and well planned wedding – impeccable art direction down to the very little details, an outdoor solemnization blessed with great light and an unconventional yet simple green gown paired very carefully with the groom’s pastel themed suit. Every element present in the wedding is there for a reason. There are no excessive embellishments because at the heart of every great wedding is the space we give the couple so that they might emote and share with us, their simple love story.
Shot on location – Singapore : )
PS: Glen is directing a new film entitled Hangman’s Breakfast. Check it out here.
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