From being spy photographers at their surprise proposal to being wedding photographers at their wedding day. It always feels extra special to us when we get to be part of our client’s momentous journey. We flew to their hometown at Kuching, Sarawak for their beautiful wedding ceremony held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. It started off with a tea ceremony at their respective homes and later on we travelled to the venue for the reception. We’re thankful for the good weather and good vibes!
Love Across the Globe by Nicole
Alex and I met during our internship in KL over summer 2009. Contrary to what you’d expect, we did not hit it off immediately. Subsequently we went back to Australia to complete our final semester in our undergraduate studies. He was studying in Canberra, whereas I was in the Sunshine State. What started with an innocent “Hey, it’s been ages, how have you been?” on Facebook (initiated by me *shy*), led to long hours chatting on MSN.
Little did we know, distance would be a constant factor for us. Alex is from Miri whereas I am a KL girl; and he is now working in the South Pacific. When we were studying in Australia, like any lovestruck kids who dot their i’s with hearts and celebrate an anniversary every month, one of us would commute 595 air miles to be with the other every 10 days or so. In between our fortnightly rendezvous, we constantly wrote to each other. Yes, those were the good ol’ days where “you’ve got mail” was in tangible form.
Alex, well, he’s got a head for numbers, and he’s very analytical. Who on earth keeps an IQ puzzle book by his bed anyways? It comes as no surprise that Alex is always deep in thought and may appear to be reserved. Do ask him, “What’s the probability of the sun rising?” FYI, Alex graduated with an Actuarial degree; his best friends in university were Mathematics, Calculus and Probability. I, on the other hand, am right-brain dominant. You may call me Miss Scatterbrain. I tend to think or shift from one thought to another so fast that I confuse the person I am speaking to. Although that sometimes gets to Alex, I have to give it to him, he reads me like a book. Sometimes, I find the most ordinary and common things to be extraordinarily funny, which really puzzles Alex. But I’d like to think that I enjoy the lighter side of life. Another point in my favour- I am definitely better at reading maps and navigating my way around; Alex would be hopeless without me in that respect!
Despite our difference, Alex and I balance each other out. Alex is the anchor that keeps me on the ground, while I lighten up his heart.
The Wedding Shoot
The videography team from Stories traveled to Miri, Sarawak for Alex and Nicole’s wedding day. It was the first time our team had shot in Miri! The day started bright and early at 6am. What was special about the day were the heartfelt messages that were exchanged between Alex and Nicole on their wedding day, and also the notes on embroidered handkerchiefs that Nicole wrote to her parents. We also love the little details that went into the wedding, like the badges Alex had to wear as he went through the challenges to get his bride.
Videographers & SDE: Stories.my (Joshua, Nick & Carl)
Photographers: Kid Chan Studio
Dinner Reception: Imperial Hotel, Miri, Sarawak
Wedding Gown: Lasposa Bridal Gallery
Groom’s Attire: Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Mohan Executive Tailor
Make-up: Michelle Song, Perfect Stage Make Up Miri
Bridal Bouquet: Wishing Tree
Photographers: Grace & Mark
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Make Up: Shu Uemura
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Flowers & Decorations: Murloch (house) & Four Points Sheraton Hotel (for reception)
Stationery: Banana Greetings
Reception: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak
Phong & Laura’s story felt as if it came directly from a romantic screenplay. The setting: San Francisco.
Laura had traveled to San Francisco to be with her sister, Lisa who worked there. It was during this two month visit that she met Phong, who was Lisa’s colleague. Laura thought he was rather fun to hang out with and so they exchanged contact details and communicated via MSN. Fast forward a few months later, Phong had the opportunity to fly to Indonesia for work.
Perfect timing, as Laura needed another break from work too… and so she flew to Indonesia to visit him. From there, love blossomed and it was the most interesting weekend for her. As fate would have it, one week after he returned to San Francisco, he found out that the company he was working for was relocating to Singapore!
From then on, everything was history – and according to Laura, Phong loves to tell their friends that he flew halfway across the world to be with her.
During the wedding, Phong’s family flew in from Australia & Vietnam – and he was even reunited with family he hadn’t seen in years! I was really excited when Laura told me about this story… and also when she mentioned that her wedding would be held in her family home garden! It’s so meaningful when you say your vows in such a personal environment. There were so many elements that made this wedding a memorable one for me. From the Vietnamese car decorations, to the personalized popcorn box, to the massive trees in the awesomely pink ballroom… everything was just detailed so beautifully.
The other thing that made my heart skip a beat too was Laura’s Vera Wang gown. I instantly thought of the line from the movie Bride Wars… “You don’t alter a Vera Wang to fit you, you alter yourself to fit into a Vera Wang” (something to that effect).
I don’t know how much alteration Laura had to do, but she looked absolutely amazing in that gown that day.
One of my clients recently asked me, how do I find the time to blog, especially when my days are filled with meeting potential clients, going for shoots, sorting photos, checking through album layouts and responding to enquiries? (and on top of that, move house, move office and actually have a social life?)
My response is simple… I make time for it.
When I think back about it, I am amazed as well. Of course, there are days when I am overwhelmed with the workload. Since I started running my own business 3-4 years ago, I discovered that time is such an important asset. Everyday is a rush to complete the backlog of work that somehow manages to miraculously pile itself on my desk. Before I know it, a day has gone by, a week, a month, a year… where did the time go?
I am still learning the art of prioritizing my time. There are certain things I know I need to do, and those things are high on my priority list. Blogging is one of them. I feel it’s so important to have fresh content on the Stories blog, that no matter how busy I am, I must make time to blog. In my mind, blogging = marketing the Stories brand. How can I neglect something as important as marketing?
So yeah… I make time for it.
Here’s a simple update to what’s been happening the past one week:
Noel & Hui Yi’s pre-wedding shoot in Putrajaya
I love Pullman hotel for pre-wedding photography. The ambience is beautiful!
Kevin & Katherine’s pre-wedding shoot in Nikoi Island, off Bintan, Indonesia
With an amazing beach like this, you can’t help but feel soooo blessed at having a job that brings you places.