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A Wedding Helper + Photography Journey (New Episode)

Jason, an old friend of mine, classmates since my our days in St Andrews Junior College, approached me to help out in his actual day wedding. Initially, I was afraid that my injuries would hinder me helping out in the brotherhood duties required in the morning segment of an actual day wedding gatecrashing, however, Jason was alright with me being on light duty and still able to go there support, participate and help him out.

It all happened on Thursday 10th June, picked up by Daniel & Irene, we reached Jason’s home for breakfast, waited for the rest of the entourage to arrive before proceeding to the bride’s home. Jason & Ling Ling, both spent time planning the schedule and details for execution, although the timing was a little bit late, the groom’s party managed to arrive and complete all gatecrashing tasks on hand.

Once the gatecrashing is over, there were less duties for the “brothers” and “sisters”, accompanying the wedding couple to shuttle from groom to bride to groom home, for the tea ceremony. The rest of the brothers and sisters helped to pack up their stuff to be ferried over to the hotel.

Returning home to rest, shower and change, I reached Grand Copthorne Waterfront for their solemnisation ceremony and attended their wedding dinner, catching up with classmates. My final duties of the brother was helping out in the yum seng and helping to arrange wedding tables for photo taking with the bride and groom.

It was a long day, quite fun too ! Wishing Jason & Ling Ling all the best in their newly wedded journey !
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My Journey & Thoughts During an AD Wedding Photography Shoot

On the 22nd Jan, I delivered my Actual Day (AD) Wedding photographs to my friend, which I covered recently over 2 days in December 2009. Mission officially accomplished with the delivery of photographs and I am finally allowed to release selected photographs of their AD Wedding day.

Let’s turn back the time, the groom is in the same alumni mata with me, we hail from the Dragon Chapter and Dragon Scout Group. The age difference is private 🙂

Upon meeting up with the couple, friendly and heartwarming, it was a rather quick and mutual agreement that I would be entrusted to take on their AD Wedding photography. That was in the 1st quarter of 2009 and fast forward 4th quarter 2009, their wedding journey began and so was my journey as an AD Wedding Photographer. How the whole AD Wedding went, from the start to the end, a brief synopsis of the entire event, could be found in an earlier post HERE !

Well, although the couple gave their permission to release the AD Wedding photographs for my portfolio and showcase, that would be certain photographs that would not be shown here, in order to respect the privacy of the couple. Having said that, some of the more fun photographs taken would be shown here and inside my Flickr !

As you walked through my AD Wedding Photographer journey, I hope you, my readers & followers would enjoy it ! Last but not least, a Big THANK YOU to Wei Liang & Denise, the lovely married couple !

A Wedding Helper + Photography Journey

An old friend of many years, good old Nicholas, knew him till date, of 19 years friendship since 1990 when we were Boy Scouts in Dragon Scout Group, settled down with his lovely partner, Shirley and after months of preparations, the wedding day finally arrived with close friends coming forward to help out in his wedding day.

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Since I was asked to be part of the “Brother” contingent of 10 close friends of Nicholas, a.k.a helper, runner, best man…. We put our life, blood, sweat, tears, stomach, physical, mental, negotiation, friendship, hardship, fun, pain ….. all in the aid of Nicholas & Shirley to make their Actual Day Wedding a great event for them !

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Reporting in the morning around 7am at Nicholas home, the contingent drove over to Shirley’s home, whereby Nicholas the Groom would pick up his bride, Shirley. However, before Nicholas can do so, he had to go through very severe tests, obstacles and challenges first, since we the “Brothers” are helpers, the various tasks, tests, challenges fall upon us to share Nicholas burden. Some would call it wedding traditions, although truthfully speaking, it wasn’t an old tradition but more of modernisation.

Some tests, challenges include

– Drinking a concoction of Sour 酸, Sweet 甜, Bitter 苦, Spicy 辣 juices

– “Brothers” leg hair were plucked a.k.a exfoliation

– Push Ups

– Giving Red Packets to allow the door “managed” by the “Sisters” contingent to be opened

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Even though I was a “Brother”, there were times whereby I was able to capture photographs for fun and beautiful “painful” memories. Once the challenges were completed, the wedding couple would proceed to Nicholas family home for the traditional tea ceremony, to the grandparents, parents and relatives of Nicholas family. For the brothers, our main tasks were completed and we get to enjoy the food, drinks and hospitality. After the formalities were done, the wedding couple would return to Shirley’s home again for tea ceremony to the grandparents, parents and relatives of Shirley’s family. With that completed, the 1st half of the Actual Wedding day is completed.

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I went over to Fullerton Hotel with the wedding couple along with Sam, to continue preparation for the wedding dinner in the night, as I am in charge of music and sound for the solemnisation and wedding dinner, the songs were already chosen by Shirley, who spent a lot of time and effort in the planning of their wedding day. After rehearsals and coordinations with the wedding couple, master of ceremony, banquet managers and hotel staff, it was a Go Go Go !! They were finally, legally and officially a married couple !!

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The wedding dinner went smoothly with a little bit of time overshot, the food was great, the ambience and decoration were awesome and very beautiful. By the time the dinner was over, I was very tired and my Canon 30D broke down again, with the pop up flash stuck, it’s back to Canon service centre soon. I wasn’t able to take the night scenes of the Marina Bay from their suite 881 at Fullerton Hotel, just the day scenery. Do check out some of their wedding photos HERE !

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After some rest and chatting, we left for home ….. My heartfelt congrats and best wishes to the newly wedded couple, Nicholas & Shirley !

My Cousin’s Wedding in Bukit Pasir, Muar

Last weekend, my parents, my grandaunt and myself went back to my grandmother’s hometown, Bukit Pasir, Muar, in Malaysia, to attend my younger cousin’s wedding. It was a good time to catch up with other relatives too, especially meeting and catching up with my grandmother, do read about her story here.

It was planned to be a simple wedding dinner affair, buffet style, outside my auntie’s home. We went there in the afternoon for the tea ceremony first and mingle around with the relatives from the bride’s side. We stayed for a while before going back to rest before my parents went out sightseeing and shopping while I stayed in my grandmother’s home to chat with my grandmother, uncle, aunties and cousins.

In the evening, we went back to my cousin’s home for the wedding dinner function. Although simple, it was a more cosy and family feeling, village style or kampung style as it is known among us. There were many senior relatives coming down for the wedding dinner function too, it was great to see them. Caught up with my cousins and chatted, it was great to be back there with them.

After a few drinks there, went back to my uncle’s home to rest for the night.

Dave Koh Photography

Dave, a professional photographer, whom I had the honour and time to work with him on various projects in the past 2 years. He’s also skilled in videography and post photography editing too !

I used to support Dave in his projects as a back-up photographer and when he recently decided to revamp and rebrand his site, I waited eagerly for his new site to be up and indeed, it was something different and unique. Being a fellow photographer and helper, I would take this opportunity to showcase my support and give him the heads up in marketing and publicity.

Dave has a more artistic style of photography compared to my photojournalistic and events style photography. Do drop by into his website and take a look at his portfolio, even though we have 2 different photography styles, to create a unique photo album, it takes 2 different styles of photography to bring out the wonderful and beautiful memories and photos captured for the loving couple.

Ladies and Gentleman, presenting Dave Koh Photography

Congratulations, Dave ! All the best !

James & Shirley ROM Solemnisation Photoshoot

James, a very old friend of mine of 18 years till date (since 1990), together since our days in Gan Eng School Dragon Scout Group, one of those who cannot resist making fun of me, along with our other fellow same batch of Dragon Scouts family.

When he approached me to help him in his solemnisation ceremony, I didn’t hesitate to help him since I had experience in such assignments before. Prior a week before that, met the couple, James and Shirley with regards to the schedule and guest list. It was a mainly family and relatives invitation, there were only 3 friends invited and both were key helpers !

On the 25th October, James and Shirley picked me up and we went to the make-up artist home at Mei Ling Street, where I started photographing the make-up process. In a bedroom, there would always be space constraints, luckily, there weren’t many people present inside and equipment in the room. Once I got started, it was a breeze for me and managed to capture about 142 photographs of the make-up session. I told Shirley, stayed relax facing the mirror and don’t worry about me !

When the make-up session was over, we made our way to Pasir Ris Park, whereby the couple booked a big chalet for their solemnisation. Once the couple changed to their gowns, we started to take a short walk around Pasir Ris Park and beach, for a short outdoor photo shoot session that would complement their solemnisation day, the couple were great to shoot, a joy for photographer, spontaneous and fun loving. Shirley is very photogenic while James can think of different themes and poses. We did the “Titanic” theme on the breakwater, “coconut tree” proposal and walking through “retro” times between a path of palm tress.

After that, we returned back to the chalet, rest and cool ourselves down before the solemnisation ceremony. After the Justice of Peace arrived, the ceremony started with the family members and relatives surrounding the table. It might be just another solemnisation ceremony for some, however, it was very touching to see and feel the happiness and emotions of James and Shirley.

Soon after, the party began, with the delicious Thai buffet and alcoholic beverages. The atmosphere was fun and friendly. The newly wedded couple were entertaining their relatives and busy interacting. Nevertheless, there were moments to capture too !

Thanks to James and Shirley for giving me the opportunity and the belief in my photography !

My heartiest congratulations to James and Shirley !

Portfolio for My 1st AD Wedding Photography

Folks,

I was given the honour and opportunity by Wen Liang and Portia to be their Official AD Wedding Photographer and it was my 1st official project. My thoughts, feelings and write-up was collected in this posting.

Today, I was given the permission by Wen Liang to select photos from my AD photoshoot and place it in my Flickr site for display.

Do drop by my Flickr Portfolio and take a look !

Thanks for viewing and support !

My 1st Official Actual Day Wedding Photographer

Having entered into photography using my Dad’s Pentax manual SLR and Nikon SLR F401X film days in my early years and teens, it had been many years of photography journey. However, it was only in the past 3 years, when my Dad bought Canon EOS 300D, it got me back into serious photography again.

Over the past 3 years, my photography experiences improved by leaps and bounds, experimenting into new fields of photography. My passion for photography, travel and writing are the key factors in the creation of my photojournalism blog. I also had undertaken various assignments e.g. functions, events, portraits, ROM Ceremony, Wedding Dinners and finally my first official assignment as the Actual Day Wedding Photographer.

I would like to thank Wen Liang and Portia, for giving me the opportunity to be their Actual Day Wedding Photographer, their belief and trust in my photography skills and experience were a great testimonial to my exponential photography advancements. I would also like to thank Dave Koh of Espoir Bridal whom I have worked with in a number of assignments recently.

Folks, for my maiden 200th blog posting, I would like to present some of my works from my recent photography assignment as the Actual Day Wedding Photographer……

It was a great day of fun, enjoyable and learning photography experience for me ! A memorable and unforgetable maiden experience as an Actual Day Wedding Photographer…… Priceless …… Still have to learn though ……..

With this 200th posting, I would like to sincerely say THANK YOU ! to all my readers, who have been following my photojournalism blog all this while. Your support is greatly appreciated !

Jason & Fenny Wedding Lunch – Raffles City Ballroom on 25th November 2006


25th November 2006 would be a rather special day in my life. I got to attend 2 weddings in 1 day, lunch and dinner. From my earlier posting, the wedding dinner was my UQ juniors Alvin and Liz @ Raffles Marina.

As for the wedding lunch , the honour goes to my Cousin Jason and Fenny ! 1st time I attended wedding lunch and it was an eye-opener. There were quite a number of our cousins getting married in the past year. Probably there might (will) be a gap after Cousin Jason’s wedding lunch ……….

Managed to contact Jason as he was in honeymoon land somewhere out there for 2 weeks (I think diving somewhere), had a chat and got his permission to write and post some selected photographs on my blog ! Cheers, Cousin Jason ! I would be dropping by their new love nest, pass them their photo CD and view their cosy home.


Cousin Joel & Lydia

The wedding lunch was very similar to his brother , Joel when he held his wedding dinner in 2005. Cousin Joel and Lydia were there too and they were having lots of fun around mingling with friends and relatives. It was really great to see relatives and cousins gathering together for a joyous event.

I had lots of fun taking photos for Cousin Jason and Fenny, as I did for Cousin Joel and Lydia, using a (their) Nikon DSLR and my own Canon DSLR setup. Really challenging and fun with 2 DSLRs swinging left and right on my shoulders. It was fun debating on which brand of camera is the best with Albert , the Official Wedding Photographer (who was using the Olympus DSLR), serious photographers (semi-pro or professional or hardcore supporter) always strive to find the certain “elements” to make their photographs better (something we photographers ourselves know) and it is more than just comparing camera equipments and setup.

Alright , enough of my photography philosophy preaching …..