issue 08 OCTOBER 2014
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Hereâ€™s one of the fonts we used in this issue that you can use for your wedding.
by Frank Hemmekam Baron draws upon some of the characteristics of fontfabric, a free uppercase display typeface inspired by the classic sans serif font families. Thanks to its many options and weights, this typeface is perfect for posters, logotypes and headlines.
runway fresh OFF the
Dreamy, romantic and feminine are the three words that can be used to describe the Spring and Fall 2015 collections. Ballerina-inspired floorsweeping gowns, lustrous silk and tulle in romantic shades that could rival a beautiful sunset, and lace â€“ from delicate Chantilly lace to intricately decorative Guipure lace, we are happy to say that lace is here to stay.
Mint, peach and primrose are some of the new colours on the runway. Embellished and re-embroidered lace in colours as enticing as our favourite macarons â€“ what a sweet success! krikor jabotian / MONIQUE LHUILLIER / MONIQUE LHUILLIER / REEM ACRA / ERSA ATELIER
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Tulle is the ‘it’ fabric of the season, with designers coming up with delightful creations that are so beautifully ethereal. From light-as-air overlays to floor-sweeping gowns that are dreamy, ultrafeminine and subtly glamorous, we can’t get enough of it. ERSA ATELIER / PALLAS COUTURE / MARCHESA / MONIQUE LHUILLIER / GALIA LAHAV
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There’s something sexy about the off-shoulder dress. It’s the perfect way for a bride to show some skin while remaining modest. We love how this timeless neckline is given a modern upgrade by our favourite designers. LEGENDS BY ROMONA KEVEZA / CLAIRE PETTIBONE / JENNY PACKHAM / PALLAS COUTURE / SAREH NOURI
There were several trends that are fresh and noteworthy, including crop tops in silk georgette for the body confident, embellished capes that can be added on to keep you warm, and detachable trains that make a dress versatile. We say, bring them on! DELPHINE MANIVET / REEM ACRA / MARCHESA / ANNASUL Y / PALLAS COUTURE
Photography by Multifolds Photography
â€œIf you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.â€?
he wilderness is where you discover your heart again, restore your soul and find your way back to love. This romantic, whimsical shoot is the work of a wonderful team that desires to
share that beauty by transforming an open space into a romantic yard that sets the perfect mood for the lovely couple, Melissa and Jonathan. Melvin, the photographer: “We wanted to bring a whimsical and pastel touch to the natural surroundings. It’s rare for Singaporeans to use a wedding arch for pre-wedding shoots, so we decided to show how it could totally transform the landscape. The laughter and smiles set just the right tone for the shoot.” Eunice, the stylist: “The concept was to create a rustic and whimsical yet elegant setup that would stand out in the middle of the field. The main backdrop was an arch decorated with branches, foliage and fresh flowers. We decided on a pastel colour palette, but added some red for an extra bit of drama. A chandelier and a vintage chair were also added for elegance and to evoke a timeless, classic feel. The idea was to create a beautiful and natural setting that would set the mood and bring out the love and emotions between the couple.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Multifolds photography Styling by Heaven in A Wild Flower Gowns by Jessicacindy Hair and Makeup by Pearlyn Law Make Up & Hairstyling LOcation Singapore
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Now at last they were beginning chapter one of the great story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. c.s.Lewis
Photo by wefreeze photography
60s Vien & Michael
Photography by Chris Spira Photography
THEME AND DETAILS
Vien and Michael’s wedding will certainly transport you back in time. With simple yet stunning floral arrangements, vintage decorations, 60s style one-piece dresses in sakura pink with simple white bows for the bridal party, the couple’s retro inspired forget-me-not blue attire, a gorgeous vintage headpiece, the groom’s super dapper polka dot bow tie and cool guitar pin, and the succulent boutonnieres, it all amounted to a wedding that was not only memorable but also stylishly retro.
the biggest piece of advice I would give is to not be afraid of breaking the rules. Do it your own way; you will have no regrets.
The CEREMONY The bride who wanted a beautiful garden with a cheerful atmosphere managed to make her dream come true with the help of the coupleâ€™s wedding planner, Eva. The rooftop of The Langham Hotel was transformed into a gorgeous garden with lush greenery and pink and white flowers along the wedding aisle. Adding to the elegance were the white chiavari chairs, long reception tables draped with white tablecloths, square, gold place settings, and simple centrepieces of pink blooms in varying heights. Walking down the aisle in her simple and feminine Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, Vien looked comfortable and elegant. The groom, Michael, couldnâ€™t hold back his tears, and neither could the guests. It was a meaningful, emotional and intimate affair.
The Reception In the evening, the couple’s 80 guests were treated to a wonderful singing performance by the bride and groom, accompanied by a band comprising their friends. There was also a custom made neon sign of the couple’s names, which lent a cool, pop feel to the celebration. “One of our favourite parts of the whole day was when I was singing on the stage, surrounded by the people whom I love and who love me,” Vien added.
Photography by Chris Spira Photography Videography by New Picture Studio Venue The Langham, Shenzhen Wedding Planning by Eva from Elim Wedding Bride’s Gown by Monique Lhuillier Bride’s Shoes by Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade and Valentino Hair and Makeup by Liang Wang Groom’s Attire Tailor-made Wedding Bands Custom made Wedding Cake and Desserts by Cake Time Invitations by The bride (Design)
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Photography by Tealily Photography
Katrina & Gordon
Theme and Details
The bride’s love of flowers was evident in the selection of colours and types of flowers used in the beautiful bouquets, headpieces and décor throughout the wedding. Another element of the wedding, the fabric, was also cause for excitement, as Katrina was bowled over by the selection of fabrics to choose from. Though it was overwhelming at first to figure out what to select, with the help from the dressmaker and her assistants, Katrina was able to quickly narrow down the fabrics to those that best suited her style and personality – intricate white lace for her gown, and dark blue lace for her bridesmaids.
The whole day was memorableâ€Ś But it was the little moments we were able to steal and get away from everyone that were amazing. GORDON
The CEREMONY Held at St Thomasâ€™ Anglican Church in North Sydney, the ceremony was indeed a beautiful one. There was a certain elegant cosiness to the wedding ceremony, with the classic gothic sandstone architecture, grand high ceilings and white stately pillars, dark wooden furniture, and stunning stained glassed windows, all surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. However, according to Gordon, the best and most memorable part of the wedding for him was seeing Katrina in her dress walking down the aisle.
The Reception As the bride and groom had many overseas guests, they wanted to show them why they both loved Sydney, as well as the great food and wine that Australia has to offer, which was why they chose the Opera Point Marquee as their wedding reception venue. The Opera Point Marquee, which is located on the picturesque harbour foreshore, treated the coupleâ€™s 240 guests to breathtaking and sprawling views of the Sydney Harbour and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. To top it all off, the venue was adorned with amazing hanging baskets of beautiful flowers in an array of colours. In fact, it looked like a magical garden had sprung up above the guests and the dance floor.
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Photography by Tealily Photography Videography by Onsight Films Ceremony Venue St Thomas’ Church, North Sydney Reception Venue Opera Point Marquee Bride’s Gown by Yulia Mc Couture Bride’s Shoes by Jimmy Choo Hair and Makeup by Ervan Woo Hair & Make-Up Bridesmaid’s Dresses by Yulia Mc Couture Wedding Bands by Custom made overseas Catering by Aria Catering Flowers and Décor by Aleksandra Florist Wedding Cake and Desserts by Yummy Cakes and Cupcakes Wedding Favours by The bride’s sisters Invitations and Stationery by Custom made overseas Photobooth by Hung Tran Photography
Photography by Seventyone Productions
vintage and Audrey & Robin
The most memorable moment for us was seeing the wedding come together, fulfilling our dream of making a wedding we could call our own.
THEME AND DETAILS
Though planning a wedding can be a daunting task, the bride highly recommends personalising your wedding to make it your own! Whether you go the route of DIY or decide to hire a truckload of talented people to make your wedding dream come true, it is essential to always get help. â€œWhile planning your wedding, maintain open communication, apply tact and diplomacy, and at the same time stay true to your plans. Be receptive to good suggestions, maintain a good sense of humour, and of course, involve as many people who want to help as you can. Wedding celebrations are not just about the two of you. Never go it alone, as you risk burning out.â€?
Sekeping Tenggiri, a little slice of paradise tucked away in the heart of Bangsar, was the chosen venue for the couple. With its charming red brick facade, minimalist decorations, lovely green foliage and serene, aqua dipping pool, this natural and shabby chic atmosphere fit well with the couple’s theme. “We picked Sekeping Tenggiri because it had a homely atmosphere, was cosy and quaint, and had a lot of greenery. We dressed up the venue a little, and voila, we had our theme of pastel colours to bring out the sweetness of love, and shades of green, which is truly rustic and symbolic of new life in spring.”
GATECRASHING CEREMONY The gatecrashing ceremony is an important element in Chinese weddings, as it is where the groom has to go through a series of ‘challenges’ set by the bridesmaids in order to fetch his bride. For Audrey and Robin, Sekeping Tenggiri proved to be a good venue. From her vantage point inside the master bedroom, surrounded by floor to ceiling glass windows, Audrey could watch the fun and excitement as her groom and his groomsmen performed the different challenges. The landscaping of the venue also lent a picturesque backdrop for the day’s activities as well.
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Photography by Seventyone PRODUCTIONS Videography by Precious Art Studio Ceremony VENUE Sekeping Tenggiri Wedding Planning by La Memoria Bride’s Gown by Bella Novias Bride’s Shoes by Raymond Wong & U Hair and Makeup by Cally Tan Groom’s Attire by Zara Bridesmaids’ Dresses Taobao.com
BrILLIANT portrait ideas
gRACe ful ele GaNce BY ACAPELLA Photography
JILYN & CHRISTOPHER
aving one’s bridal portraits done in Paris is nothing new, but having a ballerina style shoot at the renowned ballet shoes shop, Repetto, holds a deeper meaning for a ballerina. It was
no longer about just doing a shoot; Joe of Acapella Photography created something dear to the bride’s heart, and definitely made this trip so much more meaningful for her. Of course, you can view the rest of the stunning portraits that were taken in Paris on our website. Which one came first – a destination shoot in Paris or the ballerina shoot? Both ideas were birthed at the same time. I wanted to add the ballerina concept to personalise their Paris shoot. Elaborate on the dance shoot. I could visualise in my mind that seeing her in action would look better than just a stagnant pose. Thus I made her dance in the streets and, in some scenarios, subtly included the groom as a passerby. We wanted to document the shoot in a photojournalistic style, from warming up at home to even shopping for shoes at the world renowned Repetto. That brand has great significance to most ballerinas. It was a great overall picture of a ballerina’s life. What was it like for her, trying to hold a pose in the midst of a busy street? This is usually the most difficult part. There will always be curious crowds. What we did was to wait for the right moment. Sometimes we had to wait for a couple of minutes to get the crowds to disperse before we continued. Nevertheless we got a few good shots with passersby in them. We just have to learn to adapt when doing street photography.
ART DIRECTION AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY Acapella Photography Hair by Danielle Carson Makeup by Charles Gillman Cosmetics Gowns by The Wedding Present, Singapore
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BY VIViDA Photo & CINEMA
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LALITA & NIKESH
ust so you know, these bridal portraits are of a real couple. While most photographers find it easier to style models for conceptual shoots, Simeon Quarrie of VIVIDA took on the
challenge of styling a real couple. The results are extraordinary, worthy of applause for having such great art direction and the capability to turn ideas into reality. What was the concept for this shoot? This concept tells the story
of a man who falls in love with a girl who is not easily attainable or
available. She is held back by the ties and strings of circumstance, opinion, and the difficulties involved in leaving one’s family for a new life. The story develops to show passion, longing and desire, whilst also portraying separation.
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Who came up with this concept? The overall concept came from me, and then I worked particularly with the bride Lalita and my production assistant Kornel to make this happen. This also has an unintentional nod to the Coppélia story. It was in my subconscious from a performance I saw at a wedding I shot in Venice. Share with us a little bit about the dress that she is wearing. The outfits of both the bride and the accompanying models had to be put together from scratch. This was because I had a very specific look in mind that I couldn’t buy off the shelf. The ladies’ outfits were made up of a combination of 18th and 19th century underwear. How long did you take to do this entire shoot? The actual time on set was seven hours, though this time included makeup, dressing, scene setting, shooting and pack down. WWW.THEWEDDINGNOTEBOOK.COM
Art Direction and Photography by Simeon Quarrie of VIVIDA Photo & CINEMA Production Assistant Kornel Hair by Kam Lavoi Makeup by Emma Carvell
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around the world “My favourite place in all the world is next to you.”
BY PETER HERMAN Photography
UNITED STATES BY AXIOO
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THAILAND BY WEFREEZE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Patrick of HeartPatrick Photography took a two-year break from shooting weddings to do some soulsearching. He did some photojournalism trips in India, and instantly fell in love with the country.
Who inspires your photography
My latest project, ‘
work? My work draws inspiration
Home), is actually loosely based
from the rich urban heritage
on the tragic events of MH17,
backdrop around me. Things like
specifically the return of the
old school architecture, charming
victims’ bodies back home. Told
old coffee shops and wet
from the perspective of two of
markets, and folks going about
the victims, this set of photos
their everyday activities remind
shows them revisiting the
me fondly of my childhood days,
charming surroundings of the
and they are the things that
apartment that they have both
inspire me to keep shooting, in a
grown very familiar with, though
race to document this fast-fading
the mood is kept very solemn
and muted. The set of photos
What are your other interests besides photography? Travelling! This is perhaps the best interest a photographer can find. Through the exposure to different places, people and cultures, I find new inspiration to keep shooting. Your images look like there is a certain rhythm to them. What goes through your mind when you shoot? I always start a photoshoot project with a rough storyline that explains the background of the location, and how the people who appear in the photos are associated with it – although sometimes this storyline is not presented very clearly in the final set of pics. I like to always let my viewers form their own interpretation/ conclusion, but it helps to give a set of pics a consistent theme and feel. When I shoot, I let the storyline play in my mind while letting my subjects act out the various scenes.
ends with a last shot showing just their luggage in front of their apartment unit, with neither of them in sight.
Vital Statistics Started
Travel photojournalism 2004, Portraits and weddings 2007 Photography style
Natural, lifestyle, carefree and candid. These days, it’s more toned down, with strong hints of vintage film colours. Average number of weddings a year
I was doing an average of two wedding assignments per month
“ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR HEART AND DO NOT LET ANYONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT IN LIFE.”
before my break. Nowadays, to balance my priorities, I’m being more selective and have been averaging just one wedding or less per month. Gear
Canon 5D Mark 3, with a set of mainly prime lenses – Canon 35mm f1.4L, Sigma 50mm f1.4 and Canon 85mm f1.8 – as well as Canon 70-200mm f4L. Next GEAR on the list
More prime lenses (24mm, 100mm, 135mm)
most charming neighbourhoods. This pic, as with the entire set, depicts a group of everyday folks going about their daily lives in old, often dilapidated What’s one of your favourite
picked this one as one of my
surroundings, yet the images of
photos and why? Tough
favourites. The colourful picture
their happy and contented faces
question! If you had asked about
is of a mother drying up her son
is a strong reminder that money
my favourite set of photos, it
after a shower at the communal
and the luxury of modern-day
would definitely be the set I
outdoor shower in Maniktala,
technologies are not really what
did in Kolkata, India. So I have
one of Kolkata’s oldest and
happiness is about.
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Photo by ACAPELLA photography
Published on Oct 19, 2014
This issue is filled with all things romantic and dreamy: trend highlights from New York International Bridal Fashion Week, including tulle...