It’s about time we posted another behind the scenes video! If you are a regular blog visitor, you would have seen Andrew and Katrina’s photos from their 2 day pre-wedding shoot and wedding celebrations in KL and Phuket last year. I am so glad that they agreed to do a video testimonial for us after the wedding. I’ve recently started a collection of testimonials on our Facebook page, and will update our testimonial page on our website soon. On days when the going gets tough, it’s a great pick-me-up, reminding ourselves that what we do matter, and that we are on the right track.
It gives us great satisfaction knowing that we’ve made such a difference in someone’s life, capturing memories that can never be relived again except through photographs.
10 years ago, the adventure began when we said our vows to journey together through the calm seas and raging storms. Ever since then, we’ve gone through adventures together as we camped in the freezing White Dessert in Egypt and cycled through pitch black darkness to view the sunrise over temples in Bagan, Myanmar. We’ve also experienced challenging moments as my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s shortly after my wedding and deteriorated through the years until the remnant of the strong man he was, was gone.
We’ve worked through differences, argued about which way to press the toothpaste, made conscious decisions on how to live life God’s way and also shed tears of joy when our two children, Krysta and Kyle were born. (we also shed tears when we had to carry them through the streets of Japan recently, but that’s another story).
I can’t believe 10 years flew by, just like that. Some people say we hardly aged, but that’s a lie. I think my wrinkles are a testament to how much wiser I am now, but also how much joy I experience in life, through the relationships I share with friends and family. I learnt that it takes a lot of hard work to make a marriage exciting… the routines of life can easily drown you and soon, you start to take person next to you for granted. Even more so after kids arrive, as our focus tends to be on the children, hardly the spouse.
So we’ve done things like go on planned dates, holidays alone, random hugs in the middle of the day… just because.
Ever since I was a young child, I have been an idealist. I want to believe with all my heart that love can flourish and grow stronger through the years… that marriage can indeed prosper even when I am old and grey.
And so the adventure continues…
On the 13th of August, we had a party at our home to celebrate 10 years of marriage and moving in to a new home. We were blessed to have family and friends pray for us as we acknowledge God’s goodness in our lives over the past 10 years. Pr Kee from DUMC who married us 10 years ago prayed for us, and Pr Shaun from Kingdomcity KL blessed our home as we use the space to connect with people from all walks of life. Rachel and Jin Ann’s team did a great job with the styling (and yummy desserts!) and Michelle exercised her magic make up skills on myself and Krysta (who was delighted to have curly hair for one day). I am also appreciative of Jennifer, Chi Yin, Nigel and Johan who took some of these amazing photos you see here.
Last year, we had the privilege of photographing many amazing couples – many of whom have ended up as friends. One of the greatest satisfactions we get as a photographer is being that connection – we help people connect with their emotions as they recall their joyous wedding occasion. So much love is present at all the weddings we have photographed – last year, we photographed all sorts of cultural weddings – from the traditional Chinese wedding to a modern beach wedding and even two middle eastern weddings.
Personally, today, I celebrate 10 years of marriage to my husband Alex Lam, who have been such an amazing pillar of support. It’s hard work to make a marriage flourish, but I thank God who helped nudge me in the right direction when I needed to change an attitude or swallow my pride at times. You can be in love with someone even more than the day you say your vows!
As you listen to the vows of all our clients, may you be touched and reminded that love is the greatest emotion of all.
While the team is in Langkawi yet again for another wedding today, we thought that it’d be wonderful to share another set from a wedding at the Westin, Langkawi. The peach, pastel tones of the bridesmaids’ outfits look so sweet against the earthy tones of the beach. I also like how the coffee beans were a feature in their ring box (reflecting the coffee addict in Nicole!) – not only did it look good, it smelt heavenly too! Here’s how one coffee encounter led to something bigger and better…
Nicole & Justin:
Like most relationships, we got together through a combination of luck, perseverance, and fate. We were introduced by a mutual friend, but it was not exactly like sparks flew the moment we met, especially since Nicole had one dating condition – no dating lawyers!
Through luck (Nicole accepted Justin’s friend request and actually replied to his Facebook messages), perseverance (constant spamming by Justin on Facebook) and fate ( we were both single then), we went out one fateful day for coffee. Coffee turned into dinner. Dinner turned into missed appointments for the day. It felt like we had so much to share that day (Justin: so much that I held my need to pee for a good 5 hours). That was the start of a beautiful relationship.
It hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve both realized that tolerance and giving in has been the reason we still love each other very much every day. Justin is now a pseudo coffee addict (he secretly prefers Teh Tarik more) while Nicole is a pseudo active gym member (She spends more time on social media than the treadmill). It also helps that we share loads of common interests- our dog, traveling and just being lazy, and we make a good team – Justin manages the finances, and Nicole everything else.
For us, we know that no matter what happens, how annoyed we are with each other and how stressful our day has been, it will always be alright because we have each other.
Years ago, we were little kids, cycling to school for afternoon softball practices (note: I was doing the cycling, she was mostly doing the sitting… at the back), chatting nineteen to the dozen about anything and everything, and laughing about silly things all teenagers go through. I have seen her grow in her walk with Christ through the years and we’ve prayed for each other. When I heard about Kitson coming into Yu Lin’s life, I was overjoyed. I mean, we are not young cikus anymore so I was really super excited to see that God prepared this soul mate for Yu Lin who complimented her in so many ways.
She is one quirky gal (yup, watch the video and you’ll know what I mean!) Hahaha, but that is what makes her so endearing. When I got to know Kitson, I found out that he is a really funny guy, one who has accummulated lots of wisdom through the years (something to do with his law profession and ahem, age) and a person who truly goes all out for the things that he is passionate about.
So these two lawyers met each other at bootcamp two years ago. Here’s what happened:
Yu Lin: I thought Kitson was a loud, annoying person. He pushed himself and others in bootcamp hard and the first time we got paired up for an exercise drill I nearly died from a heart attack. I thought to myself, this guy is crazy.
On the other hand… this was Kitson’s first impression of Yu Lin and what brought them together: She is beautiful, sassy, spirited, quirky/funny and a musical jukebox. Our common interest in leading a sporty lifestyle brought us together. Both of us being lawyers also helps us to understand our career demands.
They definitely lead such healthy, sporty lives, so much so that their honeymoon in Phuket was a triathlon training camp! Who does things like that? Oh yeah, Kitson and Yu Lin.
I love everything about this wedding, because it was all done out of love. From the succulent DIY decor done by Kitson’s nieces Sara and Elia Anis, to the well-thought out card design filled with witty text, it just reflected everything that this couple represented. Their jip san leong games were done bootcamp style (with national rugby players on his side!! whoa!) stitched together with dancing to good ol’ songs from the 80s & 90s. I can’t even believe they did some Wong Fei Hung pose the moment they met. Yup, did I already mention the word, quirky? :) Read More