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THE WEDDING

managing editor CHAIYEN WONG contributing editor SOPHIA GOH

THE TEAM

art direction CROSSLINE STUDIO junior designer WEEMEI TAN sales and marketing ANDROS XAVIER CHAN contributors SAYHER HEFFERNAN ONE EYE CLICK ZA GALLERY 3PM STUDIO For advertising, please email ads@theweddingnotebook.com

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Here is one of the fonts we used in this issue that you can use for your weddings.

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Chopin Script

Designed by Claude Pelletier

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Aesthetically pleasing and neat, ChopinScript is one of the favourites among the free fonts in the calligraphy category. Suitable for names, initials and titles in large font sizes. Avoid excessive use.


PhotoS by WEEMEI TAN / STYLING BY CHAIYEN WONG

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THEMES

1940s style

Event Planning by A Stunning Affair

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LOVE STORIES THEMES

This 1940s-inspired conceptual shoot is such a feast for the eyes. We love every detail, including the Coke bottles, flowers, and how the pretty calligraphy tags adorned the whole place. One can sit here for hours and not want the day to end. “For Coca Cola lovers, we decided to create a beverage station featuring Coke, Diet Coke and Cherry Coke, and pair them with cherries, lemons and lime to go with the picnic menu. For the main table, we had a picnic-style table and chairs with a green and white gingham runner. The beautiful floral arrangements were placed in vintage tins. “The typewriter was for the guests to leave love notes to the newlyweds. The notes were put into a vintage mailbox and mailed to the couple after the wedding. As for the cake, everything, from the vintage basket weave to the vintage cake topper and cake itself, was a treat.”


Photography by Krista EVENT PLANNING BY Venue at Franklin Flowers and DĂŠco Design / Wedding

Mason Photography

A STUNNING AFFAIR

Canyon Park, Los Angeles r by Peony & Plum

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Floral

Cake by Fantasy Frostings / Linens and Coverings by Premiere Party Rents / Equipment Rentals by Found Vintage Rentals / Calligraphy by Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier / Styling by Nunn Better Design

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JEAN & KENJI

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Photography by Andrew Yep Photographie / Makeup and Hair by Aivy Yong Bridal Makeup Studio / Location at Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur www.theweddingnotebook.com


“ I WANT A MARRIAGE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN MY WEDDING” TIFFANY REBECCA, WWW.TIFFANYREBECCA.COM


Photo by ZA GALLERY


LOVE STORIES

Rustic

PEACH ELISKA & AARON

Photography by Sayher Heffernan


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BRIDAL GOWN

Ethereal flow

“Drawing inspiration from Pinterest, I designed the gown myself, staying away from the usual whites and choosing a soft blush tone instead, with a sweetheart neckline, French lace sleeves and a beaded belt.�


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VENUE

Allview Escape, Sydney

“As I was still in Manila, I actually didn’t see the venue until five months before the wedding. Aaron, who was already in Sydney, went to check out the place. The same day, he called and said, ‘I think we found it! They have a forest of trees and the view is amazing.’ And he was right. The place was magical!”


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THE CEREMONY On a chilly autumn day, at the edge of Grose Valley in Blackheath, the scenery made for a truly breathtaking backdrop for the perfect wedding. The ceremony was held at Aggie Pines Park, situated within Allview Escape. The dÊcor and all the details had been put together by the bridal couple’s family and friends the day before the wedding. Some of the guests had even flown in from the Philippines to celebrate with them and witness these two very special individuals exchange personalised vows. The bride confessed that she braved the cool temperatures because she loved her gown too much to have it covered up by a jacket.


LOVE STORIES


“The most memorable moment was when I walked down the aisle. I felt like, ‘This is it!’ and I saw our loved ones all there to celebrate with us. That was the best


LOVE STORIES


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THEME AND DETAILS

Rustic chic

“I’ve always loved peach and vintage so we just played with both. We ended up with peach, blush and grey as our colours. And then it all became like, rustic chic, which was perfect for the outdoor ceremony. To match the theme, we had laser-cut invitations from Etsy. “As a wedding planner myself, I wanted my wedding to be nothing less than perfect. Most of our things were DIY, like the felt escort tags, photobooth and confetti bags. We even bought an Instax camera so guests could take home Polaroid pictures of themselves, leaving another copy for us.”


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THE RECEPTION The wedding reception was held in a larger house, and was cosy and fun with 40 guests. Two of the couple’s closest friends played hosts for the night. It was a day filled with love and friendship. Simple, sweet and beautiful, exactly how the newlyweds wanted it to be. Photography by SAYHER HEFFERNAN / Videography by David Edwards / VENUE AT ALLVIEW ESCAPE, SYDNEY / Wedding Planning by Ruffles & Bells / Bride’s Shoes by VNC / Groom’s Attire by Ron Bennett / Flowers and DÉcor by Katoomba Fine Flowers / Caterer by St Mounts Boutique Hotel / InvitationS by Roberto Sand from Etsy

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LOVE STORIES

DIY SIGNS We got some balsa wood from Bunnings Warehouse and cut them into signs. Then, we made stencils for the letters and painted them. {tutorial}

DIY GOLD BOTTLES

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We collected pasta sauce jars, and juice and beer bottles from our friends. The beer bottles were green and did not suit our theme so we decided to spray them all gold. {tutorial}

Font: Copperplate Bold

Bride’s tips Eliska shares with us her DIY tutorials and where she got the rest of her gems. CUSTOMISED HANGER One of our close friends got this from Etsy and gave it to us as a wedding gift. twobroadsdesign

CAKE TOPPER Aaron bought this from a craft shop in Sydney and hand-painted it with white acrylic paint. This was one of his props when he proposed to me in Paris. We just reused it as our cake topper. www.theweddingnotebook.com

BRIDAL BOUQUET My best friend made this for me. It’s made from ribbons and fabric, and adorned with brooches and earrings. 


LOVE STORIES

vintage

GREEN CHARLENE & JASON

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Photography by One Eye Click


THE CEREMONY Over 60 guests flew in from all over the world to celebrate this couple’s union. The design of the dress was kept a secret from the groom until the church doors opened. It was a moment of great anticipation, and the wedding was a very meaningful time with loved ones.


LOVE STORIES


“Standing outside the church was a big moment for me as this was the church that I grew up in�


THEME & DETAILS

Paper Planes “We had a travel and nature theme, as our whole relationship has been a long-distance one. Jason lived in Sydney while I lived in Dubai. I was a flight attendant and so I traveled a lot. Jason would fly around to see me in the cities where I had stopovers, meeting me whenever and wherever he could. “Our save-the-dates for the wedding were flight boarding passes, wedding invitations were paper planes, and favours were luggage tags that our guests can actually use. We are also very earthy and green people, and that’s why we chose the colour green for our theme.”


THE RECEPTION About 100 guests attended their wedding reception, which was held at The Prime Society, Dempsey Hill. Formerly an army barracks, this exciting new establishment combines contemporary chic with a colonial touch. “We wanted a cosy and intimate reception, and we fell in love with the high ceilings and organic theme of the restaurant, as well as its lighting.�

THE REST OF THE PHOTOS HERE!


Photography by One Eye Click / Videography by Lighthouse Studio / Ceremony VENUE at St Teresa Church / Reception VENUE at The Prime Society Dempsey Hills, Singapore / Bridal Gown by Time TAKEN To Make A Dress / Bride’s Shoes by Nina SHOES / Hair and Makeup by Cecilia / Jewellery by Swarovski / Groom’s Attire by Gibson / Groomsmen’s Attire by MYER / Bridal Car Rental BY Kombi Rocks / Wedding Cake by Roxanne Toh of Overdoughs / INVITATIONS BY CREAMERS INKS / STATIONERY BY inkbots / WeddinG Favours by littlethingsfavors / DJ by DJ Danceman


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Photography by ZA Gallery

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“I’ve always dreamed an outdoor ceremony ‘picnic breakfast’ that dream...”


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THEME AND DETAILS

Fun textures “Our evening ceremony and

reception leaned towards the elegant, classic and formal, so we wanted something fun, bright and colourful for the morning, with lots of patterns and textures. We loved this ‘out of the norm’ way of celebrating our friendship before we walked down the aisle. I did the flowers and décor myself with the help of my bridesmaid Melissa Leong, and one of my church members, Michelle Ng, put this beautiful breakfast table together.”


LOVE STORIES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZA GALLERY / Venue at lake gardenS, taman tasik perdana, KUALA LUMPUR / Bridal gown by THat Special THE REST OF THE PHOTOS HERE!

Occasion / Bride’s shoes by CHristY Ng / Hair and makeup by MAy Lim OF Wedding IslE


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UNCONV Photography by 3PM Studio


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ENTIONAL REGINE & JOEY

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THE CEREMONY Regine and Joey had a garden wedding decorated with coloured streamers and lovely details. They are not your typical bridal couple – these two, both of whom are from creative industries, wanted to have a wedding their way. And so they did. Instead of regular bouquets, the bridesmaids walked down the aisle with chalkboards bearing messages the girls had written. It was like their final warning to the groom! The thoughtful couple even made the programme and song sheets functional by printing them onto hand-fans, just in case it got a bit humid in the garden. But the weather was perfect and they had a very simple yet heart-warming ceremony before proceeding to dinner in the ballroom.


LOVE STORIES

THEME AND DETAILS

Pretty in pastel Joey came up with the colour scheme for the décor and invitations, and Regine streamlined her inspirations from Pinterest to fit the theme. She also creatively reused items from their garden ceremony for the ballroom décor.

Photography and Videography by 3PM Studio / Venue at Hotel Equotorial Bangi – Putrajaya, Selangor / Bridal Gown by Micky Tan / Bride’s Shoes by Zang Toi / Hair and Makeup by Olivia Loke / DÉcor by Paper & Colour / Sound System by Crossroad Production


we wanted a wedding that somewhat reflects

US


THE BRIDAL GOWN

Rocker chic

A good friend, fashion designer Micky Tan, custom-made her three dresses. They conceptualised the dresses and even went shopping for the materials together. We especially love the knee-length dress that she wore for the customary tea ceremony, which she paired with sneakers.

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LOVE STORIES

NECKLACE DIY bridal bouquets I did the bridal bouquet myself using hair accessories. {tutorial}

I got this from Diva. I wanted something fun for my second gown, hence this colourful necklace and my Converse sneakers. www.diva.net.au

Bride’s tips Regine added lots of personal touches to her big day DIY roses I had paper roses hanging above our ceremony stage. There are a lot of tutorials for this out there; this is one of them. {tutorial}

DIY BRIDESMAIDS’ chalkboards I basically stuck wood frames that I’d sprayed in white onto black manila cardboard.

DIY hand-fans/ programmes I was inspired by this tutorial. We love that it is functional. {tutorial}


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CHALKBOARD REGINE & JOEY

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egine is an executive producer while Joey is a creative director. We love the little details from their wedding. But this video, which was praised by many, deserves more attention. We got the bride to tell us a bit about what transpired behind the incredible photoshoot.

Where did you get the idea and inspiration for this pre-wedding photoshoot? We only started thinking about it two months prior to our wedding. One day, Joey came back with a concept of how he wanted to do it. He started discussing it with Julian, a photographer friend. Of course the idea has changed a little along the way since we started. How long did you take to prepare, draw and shoot this? Julian bought a long roll of black canvas for the five scenes we initially planned, and some chalk. Our outfits weren’t planned either. It was pretty impromptu. Julian also printed some references and the boys drew freehand. We ended up with only three scenes; it was more tiring than we thought! We weren’t exactly laying flat on the ground. It felt like an intense core workout! How do you feel about the result? We both like it very much! Boyd, another friend, compiled the final photos with the footage he shot during the photoshoot. Neither of us saw the video until it was played during our wedding reception. So it was equally surprising for us, and we appreciate the result even more. But as much as we both love it, we will never do it again [laughs].

Concept by Joey Khor and Julian Oh of Redd Bullets Photography by Julian Oh of Redd Bullets Camera Works and Editing by Boyd Hair and Makeup by Kenny Yee of Makeup Miracle IllustrationS by Joey Khor, Julian Oh, Kay

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TIME CAPSULE JO LIN & BERNARD


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H

e is a radio announcer,

How long did it take to shoot this?

TV host and actor,

B: It took us about two days to set

while she is a hospital

up and shoot this video. In it, you

pharmacist. For Bernard

will also see me recording some

and Jo Lin, their video

of the clips that I send to Jo Lin

was an opportunity “to be constantly reminded of the values that keep us together and the things we love about each other”. Having dated for 3.5 years, this good-looking couple knows their lives together are only just beginning, so they created this unique, sweet video to carry them through the many, many more years to come. Who came up with the idea? Bernard: We sat down with our director a few times, going through idea after idea. Then one day, Jo Lin brought up the first scene of (the TV series) ‘How I Met Your Mother’, where

whenever I’m away. Bernard, as an actor it must be easy for you to be in front of the camera, but what about you, Jo Lin? B: I didn’t want to act in this video; that was the hard part. Jo Lin: I was just being myself in most of the scenes. But it was a challenge when I had to look into the camera and speak to myself. I felt really awkward. How do you both feel about the final result? B: We’re happy with it. We will make it a point to watch it on our anniversaries. Perhaps we will make our kids watch it too! [Laughs]

the main character talks to his

Tip! Find a director that you can

children about their mother. We

communicate with and who

thought it was a brilliant idea!

understands both of you. Don’t

The director felt it would be

worry about entertaining or

more personal if we spoke to

impressing your guests. It’s your

ourselves instead.

video – make sure it speaks to you!

VIDEOGRAPHy by KAHGIAP REMARKS PHOTOGRAPHy by DAREN CHONG


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CHECK OUT THEIR BRIDAL PORTRAITS HERE!


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PAPER GOWN

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W

e love it when

they are cheap, environmentally

and tape. The next thing to do was

photographers explore

friendly and readily available.

stapling the newspapers, piece by

new things, push the boundaries of photography and show us

the great possibilities that surround

How did you make this paper gown? First, we had to carefully select our newspapers, avoiding pages with

us. This isn’t Avex’s first paper bridal

better skills and a beautiful venue, the results were stunning! How did the concept of a paper bridal gown come about? Wedding gowns have a seemingly magical power to transform an ordinary woman into the most gorgeous bride. We wanted an avant-garde and unique gown that would make

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a bride stand out, something whimsical, refreshing and different from ordinary wedding gowns, and that’s when we thought of using paper as a medium.

crumpled some of the pieces to create more texture and also to make it more 3D. The whole process took around four hours.

gown attempt; he did a similar project in 2010. But this time, armed with

piece, onto this base. Lastly, we

How did your model put on

Real creativity is when someone uses ordinary things to create something extraordinary

the gown? The gown was actually designed as a two-piece. It has a strapless, sleeveless bodice and a tiered and trained skirt. She had to put on the bodice before she stepped into the base structure that was the skirt. What were the challenges of making the gown and shooting it? We underestimated the weight of the newspapers. They actually get really heavy when layered and bound together. Our bodice tore because it could not support the heavy bottom piece, so we had to figure out ways

Why newspapers? Newspapers

to patch it up and further strengthen

can be easily styled into different

both the bodice and the skirt. As for

shapes, and we love the wrinkled

the shoot, the newspapers got a bit

texture they give when you crumple

vivid colours as those would not

rough and stiff, and the model had to

them. When seen from afar,

work well with the overall palette

work with that. To prevent the dress

newspapers exude a wonderfully

we had in mind. Then, we made a

from falling apart, we had staples

nostalgic feel. Most importantly,

base for the gown with newspapers

on standby.

Photography by Avex Lim Photography / Photography assisted by SC Zhong / Modelled by Adelyn Chong / Location at Sekeping Tenggiri Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur


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THE

PRAGUE

BY ADAM ONG PHOTOGRAPHY


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MELBOURNE

BY ANDREW YEP PHOTOGRAPHY

ROME

BY KENNFOO WEDDINGS


SEOUL

BY DENNIS YAP PHOTOGRAPHY

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FĂŠTE ARTISAN MARSHMALLOW These handmade artisan marshmallows come in tantalising flavours such as Cookies and Cream, Double Espresso, Chococo Chips, Japanese Matcha, and more. Their marshmallow sticks will definitely add colour to your candy bar.

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People may not remember what they had for dinner, but they never forget dessert.

DELICIOUSLY CHOCOLATE These Velour Rouge Seasonal Whoopies aren’t just easy on the eyes. Imagine rich white chocolate buttercream sandwiched in between two delicious heart-shaped pieces of red velvet cake.


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GARDEN Décor by Storybook

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Green &White

Colours

Concept To create a cosy garden feel. Description For this couple’s engagement party, Storybook and their florist used different flower arrangements for each of the guests’ tables, featuring bottles of different sizes and 10 types of green and white flowers.

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Funky Dali is made up of two of the coolest photographers we have ever met. They’ll do everything in their power to make your wedding look awesome!

Cool photos

“We love road trips and adventure. When we find an interesting place, we’ll bring our clients there. Clients

often tell us, ‘This photoshoot is such an adventure for us, and we look forward to seeing the pictures.’”

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DIY

“We love DIY stuff! It’s

something personal that reflects the couple. DIY takes up a lot of time and effort but the feeling of contentment is incomparable.”

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DUO

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Video

“Honestly, we don’t do many videos. When

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something that’s out of the norm sparks, we’ll propose it to the couple, and if they are game, that will kick-start everything.”

Bridal bouquet

“Once, we had a client who could only get plastic flowers. So we drove for over an hour to the next biggest town to create this bridal bouquet. Everyone loved it.”

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Conceptualise

“Coming from a design and advertising background, we want every couple’s wedding to stand out. The most interesting one we have ever done was a superhero-themed wedding.”

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5 MINUTES WITH ANNA-RINA In less than five years in the industry, Anna-Rina has made her presence felt

Photos by Anna-Rina


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What inspires your photography? As cheesy as this may sound, love. Love inspires my work. It’s not just about the love between two people, but also familial love, friendship love, even people who are passionate about what they do.  What are your other interests besides photography? When I’m not working, I like to workout. I lift weights and do Crossfit, jog at the park, do indoor climbing, and hike if time permits. When the opportunity arises, I also love to travel, be it around Malaysia or overseas. Being away from Kuala Lumpur is the only time I really take a break from work. If you could live in any country in

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the world for a month, where would it be and why? I’d say New Zealand

What’s one thing every photographer

for its great outdoors. 

cannot do without? Coffee. Just

What’s a favourite photo of yours, and why? There are quite a lot actually. Here’s a recent one that I particularly like – not only are the newlyweds obviously joyful about their union, but you can see that their family members and close friends are too. At the end of the day, for me, a wedding is a celebration not only between

kidding… I think. Jokes aside, amongst the many things that a photographer needs in running a business, the one

Vital Statistics Started

August 2007 

thing that would be rather useful is

Photography style

common sense. The common sense to

Emotive 

understand that it’s not only about taking photos, to set the right expectations for their clients, and to continue learning and improving even though one has been a photographer for years. 

two persons but also with their

Describe yourself in three words.

loved ones. 

Jovial, driven, positive.

“Be in love with your life, every minute of it”

Average number of weddings a year

It used to be 45 but this year I’m trying to cap it at 35.   Gear

Two 5DMKII, 70 - 200mm f2.8, 85mm f1.8, 50mm f1.2, 45mm T&S, 35mm f1.4, 24mm f1.4 Next on the list

135mm f2.0

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