Andrew & Soo Mei’s Wedding Day Love

After spending such great times together planning their Bridal shoot with them and galavanting around the island on shoot day itself,
we couldn’t help but look forward to spending an even greater love-filled day with Andrew & Soo Mei.

It was simple but yet elegant affair filled with fun & love that could only be them in every way.
With the 1st clue being a briefcase filled with ‘important items’ hand-cuffed to the best man!
We were in for a day that looked safe and typical on paper but in reality, was filled with little details that truly represented who they are as people and as a couple.

From a morning spent getting ready in the midst of friends & family,
speeding off (literallly) to church to become man & wife,
tea ceremonies filled with laughing people
to a simple, lovely dinner celebration overflowing (again, literallly!) with guests at the gorgeous Shangri la.

So we start with a morning getting ready, surrounded by the people who loved them the most, family and for Soo Mei, her closest friends.


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We love finding family pictures when we venture around family homes.
It allows us to find pictures of love, then & now.

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Security first!
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After Andrew picked up his very beautiful Soo Mei,
it was a mad dash to church to make it there in time.
A dash sooooo mad that we actually lost sight of their car for a while
(thanks to their extremely super chauffeur!)
but we all (yes, including them) managed to arrive in church filled with awaiting guests just in time…


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The family dog will never be left out!
Here’s the little boy joining in the festivities to find out what all the laughter was about.

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It always melts our hearts and humbles us greatly when we get to witness moments like these.
Where our couples get to spend a small part of the day with family members who can’t join in the full day of celebrations for some reason or other.
And in this case, it truly left us feeling so happy to be able to capture these moments of Soo Mei & Andrew with Soo Mei’s granny.
And to be able to see her granny’s smile to see her in her kua and to accept their offer of tea to her.
Momentous memories.

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We featured this on our facebook page sometime back.
If you look carefully, there are 4 rings to their set, with 2 engagement rings.
There’s no sad or scandalous story to them, but a rather adorable & slightly hilarious reason why.

Well, the story is their’s to tell, but what we can say is that 1 of their engagement rings truly represents them, their love and what they believe in. 🙂

<3

 

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Engagement Sessions – Ian & Mel

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Something new we’ve enjoyed doing this year have been Engagement Sessions.

These are short, casual, laid-back sessions that we have with couples who aren’t looking for the full blown bridal portrait experience but want something that truly captures the essence of them, celebrating their everyday love.

And all these sessions with our couples have been a blast!
Allowing us great in-depth looks into the relationships built between each couple,
their chemistry, their quirks and mostly importantly,
the love that they share with each other every single day that they have as a couple.

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We love each and every facet that different couples choose to capture during their sessions with us.

From first dates to their proposal story, favourite go-to dates to moments that stand out in their memories.
Every single moment carrying that value in their hearts, each location that brings back warm memories of a momentous event.

We’ve loved every moment spent with our couples so far and are sooooo looking forward to even more that’s coming our way.

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Here’s some of our favourites from our time with Ian & Mel.

They got married just a few months ago and before that, we spent a morning with them just celebrating them as a couple.
We loved watching their personalities at play with each other
and how the different qualities that each of them possess work at loving, protecting & cheering each other on,
making them a perfect example of how 2 halves make them a whole.

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We hope you enjoy this couple’s couple time as much as we had capturing them!
And we hope you are inspired to celebrate the everyday love that you share with the love of your life. 🙂

Share the love!

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Lots of love…

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The power of Family.

Gene & I have been having a challenging couple of weeks.
But thanks to family by our side, we may have been down but we’re definitely not out.

The word ‘family’ can evoke many different memories and feelings to each and every person.

For Goli, it’s all about unconditional love, support and laughter to tide you through any storm.

That means that they’re there for you no matter what the world throws at you,
that whatever path in life that you are led to take, they’ll respect your decision and support you in whatever way they can,
and that when lemons are given to you by the truck load, they’ll some how find a way to turn that sour scrunch of your face into smiles and pour on the laughter that melts through even the toughest of situations.

And with what we’ve gone through the over the last few weeks,
we felt that this is one of our greatest times to celebrate our family
(and let you guys have another peek into our lives).

Almost a year ago, we surprised Oli’s family with a totally impromptu ‘shoot’.
We usually try to meet for brekkie on Saturday mornings when everyone is in town and not working (which can be challenging at times when you have 2 photographers who specialise in weddings, a pastor, a teen, a tween and professionals who fly in and out of the country at the drop of a hat).

But we managed to get it done!
And what really excites us about the images we got out of the morning exemplifies what we hold dear,
not just of how we see our own family but also how we see every couple and family we shoot.

Raw, honest & true.

Now just because we’re photographers doesn’t mean our family loves being in front of the camera (thus the need for the ‘surprise’),
so don’t go expecting vogue-like captures with brilliant styling, clothes & make up when you start scrolling through the pictures in awhile. LOL!

We just did what we always aim to do,
capture people as they always are,
revelling in the environment that they are in,
and try our best to make them look good doing it. 😛

So before I continue, here are some of our favourites from that morning.

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3 Generations

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No out laws, only in laws!

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Yours truly

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We warned you.
Just because we’re photographers doesn’t mean our family is more photogenic in anyway…
In fact, we suspect they’d prefer to be the opposite.
This was while we waited for Gene to get the settings just right.

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Family Love

Family is not just about blood relations.
It can also be your spiritual family like church friends,
that group of girl friends you’ve had since school days,
your army buddies who pulled you through the mud
or that special bunch of kindred spirits who made the workplace that much happier for you to go to every day.

Even when 2 people in love, run away to elope, that’s family too!
The 2, when married, are each other’s family.

So it’s time to stop and not just smell the roses.
It’s time to celebrate your family.

Inspired?
We hope so!

So while we plan how we’re going to go about surprising Gene’s family,
why not drop us a line to invite us to your next family brekkie,
cosy birthday celebration, or family time at the neighbourhood park/coffeeshop /beach?
Some times the simplest surroundings can bring the greatest pleasures in life.

We’d be really happy and super thankful to be included in spending time with you & your family
while sealing some memories for you at the same time.

Lots of love…

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Legally Married! Zhi Rong & Sihui’s ROM

We spent last Christmas Eve with Zhi Rong & Sihui as they celebrated their customary wedding (Chinese gate crash games, super slurpy tea ceremony & yummy wedding banquet).
But before that, we also spent a wonderful afternoon with them as they sealed their union before a small group of family and close friends and signed their lives together with a (very popular) Justice of Peace present.

So before we share with you their Customary  Wedding Day images, we thought we would share with you some of our favourite from their ROM (Registry of Marriage) day.

This was one of my (Oli) 1st few ‘have a go at it yourself’ weddings.
Gene & I then worked together on their portraits as per their request for some of our Goli Experience Bridal Portrait excursions. 🙂

Their ROM was filled with little personal touches,
wedding favours for their loved ones, hand-made signs, a polaroid wall slowly filled with polaroids taken that afternoon and also a dance in with their friends!

After their ‘I Dos’, we even got to sit down with all of them for a yummy vegetarian lunch
(Sihui is vegetarian and Jordan became one just for her!!! Awwwww…)
and listen to friends share their great memories of the couple with the whole party,
and also their heartfelt wishes for their future together.

It’s always awesome to be part of such love shared and even more awesome to be asked back to spend their wedding day with them.

So till the next post with their wedding day images…. 🙂

Handmade Details

Wedding Favours

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Beauty - PBM ZhiRong&SiHui

Getting Ready

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Having Fun

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Friend Time - PBM ZhiRong&SiHui

Polaroid Love - PBM ZhiRong&SiHui

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Super Couple! - PBM ZhiRong&SiHui

 

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Tonny & Pauline’s Bridals – Fly Away with Me

Sooo…. even though this super adorable couple spent a full day (and a half) with us gallivanting around Singapore for their bridal shoot,
I’ll be blogging about them in parts.

Partly because I’m still not too partial to chucking all their wonderful images into a single upload for the post,
and partly because there are sooooo many little tidbits to share from our time with them!
(Now let’s see if I manage to keep this up and make it a nice habit yeah?)

One of the locations Tonny & Pauline chose to play around in was Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Not only because they are passionate travellers, having already had adventures in exotic places like South Africa, but also because of a promise Tonny made to Pauline on their wedding day!
A promise to bring her to at least 1 new destination a year!
(Yeah Pauline! I heard that during your gate crash & will willingly be your witness!!!)

So on to our time in and around this iconic place!

I Angry Bird You!

Destination Happy!

More to come!!!

<3 Goli

Evening Gown: Divine Couture
Suit:  Divine Couture
Location: Terminal 3, Changi Airport Singapore

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