i don’t actually have the rest of the photos with me, but here are two that we like and will be using that day..
let me know which one you thinks look better, we’re passing it on to the hotel to upload onto their lcd screens around the lobby
leave a comment! let us know!
okay well actually we have taken photos. yes barely a month to the wedding and we’re just taking photos. Between our schedules, our photog’s, MUA and location availability + the mad rush to get the dresses ready, this was the ONLY date in sept that which could work and we did not have any back up dates.
Honestly I was pretty worried and stressed out the day before just cause there was a major mix up with the venue for the shoot and also there was the constant worry of what were we going to do if it rained. GAH.
Our venues for photo taking were Haji Lane, Zouk, Mili (Kev’s boat) and St John’s beach. I have to say the gods must have been smiling on us, because for all the stress and worry I had the day before, we had great weather AND we had fun.. (FUN!).
My dressmaker managed to get all three dresses (tea dress, white dress + evening gown) done in time for this shoot so we did one dress per location and with us in our nice(r) sailing clothes while we were on mili. I must say we had the most fun at Haji Lane with our white boards at props and i think we were the most relaxed on the boat. It’s quite sad that we got permission by Zouk to go take photos only to take quite a number of shots at the TOILET.
Much to the disgust/amusement of Eugene our photographer, we kept forgetting to smile and constantly looked ANGRY. we also (okay, I also) can’t take direction well. Seriously, so many times he was like. THE OTHER LEFT FOOT. oops. hahahhaha.
We also had such a big entourage, besides the photog, we had Paris our make up artiste, Siew Hwa our dressmaker, Aaron our friend who came along to drive us around and also help out with the lighting and kevin who let us use his boat for photo taking and bringing us to st johns. I felt like a rockstar with so many people coming out to help out. Really grateful to all who came along to help out.
sorry for the lack of updates (unfortunately, it’s due to a lack of work done rather than too busy with wedding prep). I’ve only restarted doing wedding prep again recently.
Let’s go through the list of things that have been done…
- Photographer has been booked! We are very pleased to be engaging Mr. Eugene Goh from Lightworks photography (www.lightworks.com.sg) to capture the moments of our big day. I really like his style and while it’s unfortunate that the second photographer is not Mr. S-Man, I’m sure that the other guy will be good too. (Mr. S-Man still owes me a meal actually.. HAHAHA)
- Make Up Artiste has been booked! She’s such a pro and gave me such a good rate! I’m really lucky to have found Ms Paris Ziv of Le Stars Secrets to be my makeup artiste!
- We have changed our minds on the videographer and will not be engaging one
- All three dresses have been designed; we’ve bought the lace for the big white one but have yet to find the right lace for my evening dress. It is almost impossible to find nice fuchsia lace. BAH!
- Have picked out the material for mom’s evening dress and she is very pleased with it. Design of her gown is also done. WOOT
A few people have told me that I’m spending a lot more by not going through a bridal studio and using their packages, I actually think this is a misconception. Okay, my photog is not cheap (he’s not ex either lah!) but I like the style / type of shots he can produce, plus I can an e copy of all the shots he takes etc. From our one and only outing with lisa, leesa, and aaron to the Tanjong Pagar bridal studio lane, and they give you X number of shots for the display album. From those who have gone through this process, what happens, is that it never seems to be ‘enough’. You will feel very gian to take more / all the shots they have taken and either put it in the album or do god knows what with it. And of cos there is the ‘wtf are you going to do with the album after the wedding?!’ issue. For the first few mths, perhaps it’s on your coffee table, but really, after 1 year, how often will you look at it? Several of my friends have told me that the album ends up in the store room. Yar you pay so much to take up space in your store room. What I’m going to do is blow up a few of these shots and frame it up and hang them on the wall of our house or in picture frames in the bedroom and that’s it. Same for the outdoor shoot, I just want to blow up one or two for the actual wedding night to be placed outside the door and call it a day. The rest e-copy can already.
Same for my makeup artiste, unlike most makeup artistes, she said she will follow me throughout the day (until we break for the evening, and then again when I have to change gowns in the evening). Usually, other makeup artistes will come once in the morning and once again at night and that’s it. Paris even told me that she will be helping me into my gown etc, cause usually the jie meis are too busy with their own thing and the poor bride is left to walk in her gown on her own, sweeping whatever dirt/ stepping on it etc throughout the day. (Yes can you not see me doing this? I just hope I don’t drop food on my dress. Someone keep lisa chong away from me if she is eating tim sum! Hahaha). I’ve also heard that a lot of the boutiques spring all sorts of hidden / last minute costs on you. Like fake lashes – not part of the package. Dunno what ampoule thing – sometimes not part of the package. Paris is even throwing in a spa session to get my skin vibrant before the wedding… HAHHAA. Even things like accessories, she said she’d help me find and told me to give her the look and feel that I like etc (I have told her I like lady gaga!) and told me to send her pictures of the look and feel I want to achieve at each photo location. She is quite thorough discussing with me what I liked and what I didn’t like and we’ll probably have another discussion once the dresses are done.
My dress maker is also looking to design something unique for me on my big day. She has spent so much time with me coming up with designs, look and feel and also shopping for the right fabric etc. She’s even trying to help me make sure that I can attempt to wear these dresses again so I don’t end up wasting money on a white elephant. I totally love her tea dress idea which is a modern take on a traditional cheong sam. I have told Paris that I want a lady gaga head gear to go with that.. AHAHAHHA.
Am so pleased that I’ve met all these people who are passionate about their craft that they always make sure that the end product looks good. I always get the sense that I’m being ripped off at the studios but with these individuals, you get way more than what you pay for. I also have not bargained with any of them, as I respect that it is their time and experience you are paying for. Cannot afford, look for someone else cheaper (one of them did lower their quote when I told them that I could not afford them and was going to look for someone within my price range but I was serious in just leaving it at that).
Things left to do
- Pick out invite cards (doing that tom!)
- Confirm song list (waiting for jet to okay the list)
- Confirm outdoor shoot date + locations – jet is in charge
- Confirm look and feel for outdoor shoot
- Confirm guest list
- Confirm English MC (my cousin may not be able to attend)
- Confirm dinner start time – this is impt cause the band is play two sets and I will use the break to YUM SENG but it needs to be timed properly..
- Jie meis need to get measured and have their dresses designed etc – they are in the midst of doing this
- Wedding colour scheme (this depends on the jie mei dresses cause I am lazy to think of one, whatever the dress maker feels works for ALL of them will be my colour theme for the wedding).
- Confirm wedding car – dunno what the jet wants
- Confirm florist!
- Tpt for families / relatives to wedding venue and back
- Food tasting date + whoever is suppose to go – jet is in charge
Think that’s it for now. More later this week after we pick the invites etc.