A capture of the famous Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, Cambodia. Although there were hordes of tourists at Angkor Wat, the crowds dwindled rather quickly here especially in the late afternoon, close to the end of the visiting hours. In the wetter months at the end of the year, there would be a puddle of water at the bottom of the frame and would add additional interest by including a reflection of the temple.
Yi Chao is a good buddy of mine back from university days. We were from the same faculty and also the same Japanese Studies department! Although we didn’t have enough opportunities for interaction back then, we were aware of each other’s existence as the summer and exchange programmes we went on were fairly similar. I still remember vividly how we met occasionally for lunch around Suntec City area when we were at our previous jobs, and chatted and shared our frustrations, troubles and problems we encountered. I could not have been more happy to be the one to document one of the most memorable days of his life.
Yi Chao and Liang Ying, thank you once again for the privilege. Seeing how friends and family members interacted with you made me feel lucky and special to have you as friends. I wish you the best in your blissful married life, and here’s to more good years ahead! Speaking of that, when will our next reunion be?
The day started with makeup and hairdo. The gorgeous gown, which you can see part of it in the reflection, was provided by Z Weddings.
The immaculate makeup and hairdo were also done by Z Wedding. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the makeup artist finished. This was by far the fastest I have seen, and to top it off, there were no compromises on the quality of work!
Liang Ying couldn’t wait to get into her stunning Z Wedding gown. She was sure Yi Chao would love it..
It is always a heart-warming and emotional moment during the veiling by the bride’s parents as they gave their well wishes to their daughter before the arrival of the groom.
The stunning Liang Ying waiting anxiously for her prince’s arrival…
And here we have Yi Chao all done up and ready to meet his beautiful bride for the first time on their special day. His suit was also by Z Wedding. How amazing is that!
Personally, I LOVE the pastel colours of the flower bouquet. They complement the overall colour palette of the day so well…
Yi Chao and his band of brothers getting a shot with the bridal car after their arrival…
Liang Ying’s expression was priceless when Yi Chao lifted her veil.
Reaching the couple’s love nest…
It’s customary for children to jump on the couple’s bed on their wedding day. Look at the ecstatic look on the boy as he enjoyed the process thoroughly.
Feeding each other glutinous rice balls for a blissful wedding. Such moments are priceless and will be remembered for years to come…
Their cosy wedding was held at the very classy Regent Singapore. The colours, the florals, the table settings, everything was perfect…
Look at how the gorgeous gown radiated their soft glows as Liang Ying made her way to their suite room.
Having some touch up done to her already perfect make up…
We couldn’t resist stealing the bride during the cocktail reception for a quick portrait… With such an awesome location, who could?
Having some fun with their guests during the reception cocktail…
Yi Chao and Liang Ying’s grand entrance!
An awesome high-five during their 2nd grand entrance of the night!
A short thank-you speech by Yi Chao to all the guests who took the time to attend their wedding… And another stunning gown that accentuated Liang Ying’s beauty…
It was rare to see a bride downing the entire glass of champagne! Another priceless reaction from Yi Chao…
Kids at the wedding were in a world of their own…
More smiles and even more happy moments throughout the entire lunch reception.
The weather wasn’t the best on this day, but Yi Chao and Liang Ying had no problems warming it up with their love for each other.
Lastly, grrrreat thanks to the creative team who made this special day extra special:
It was indeed a heartwarming wedding of Kenneth and Sakura, with the immediate family member, relatives and friends of the couple flying in from Japan and as far as Los Angeles!
Sakura was the colleague of one of my Japanese friends. Although we primarily communicated in Japanese, what took me by surprise was that she could speak close to fluent Singlish!
During our little meet up, it was an interesting experience because all of us were conversing in Japanese although Kenneth is local and Sakura had no problems with English!
It is not an overstatement when I say this is one of the most lovely weddings I have attended. I was able to see for myself all the love and support from all the guests for the lovely couple. I am a person of little words, but all I can say is thank you for allowing me to document your important day and share in all the little snippets of joy. It was truly a pleasure for me, and I’m blessed to have made new friends too
This is the stunning Martini G dress that Sakura wore. Absolutely love the frills!
The flowers and shows looked so pretty and the colours (I love pastel colours!) were simply a perfect combination to the stunning dress. The hair flowers, bouquet, wedding brooches were also provided by Ada from Martini G. Great taste, I must say! Even Kenneth’s suit, and the outfits of his parents were provided by Martini G! Sakura specifically wanted to extend her thanks to Ada by emphasising that the wedding wouldn’t have been at all possible without her help!
I have to mention that the makeup and hair was done by Rei and Sharon from The Makeup Room (left). It was together with their magical hands and immaculate skills which transformed Sakura into an even more gorgeous Cinderella!
Putting on the final touches before the arrival of the groom.
All smiles on Kenneth and his brothers as he prepares to fetch his bride.
As it was a wedding lunch, the entire day was much more hectic and time-strapped. Here’s one of the rare quiet moments of Sakura while waiting for her groom’s arrival. Absolutely stunning!
I couldn’t help but to pose Sakura beneath the golden morning sun rays for a quick shot when we left Kenneth’s home for the hotel.
The solemnisation ceremony where the couple exchanged wedding bands and their solemn vows.
A cherished moment before their 1st march-in to the ballroom.
Here we go! Kenneth and Sakura’s grand entrance, surrounded by many close friends and relatives.
Joy and laughter all around the VIP table.
The cute couple changed into traditional Japanese costumes for their 2nd march-in. The V sign by Kenneth rocks! It could easily have been the highlight of the wedding 😀
Instead of 3 cheers of Yam Seng, just a simple and straightforward Kanpai (乾杯)!
These intricate Japanese traditional costumes were provided by 節句屋 (Kimono Seqya) I believe they are one of the rare places (or perhaps the only place) where you could rent authentic Japanese costumes locally. They even have kimono for kids! I had the opportunity to witness the number of layers that you have to put on when wearing a kimono and rendered speechless is an understatement. I was literally blown away! Imagine the additional weight of the whole costume and I am sure anyone would think thrice before attempting it.
The time for heartwarming and touching speeches.
They were obviously the stars that day. I can’t imagine the number of photos and tags that went on social media after the wedding 😀
Goodbyes and farewells. Look at the gorgeous obi on the back of Sakura. Rarely do you get a chance to appreciate it at close range!
It must have been a new experience for Sakura’s family to attend a local wedding as from what I understand, apart from not having to consume rice balls ot play gatecrashing games, Japan does not have the custom of tea offering to relatives during weddings.
It was a joy to document the wedding of this sweet couple, and I really have to thank them for being so accommodating with me by agreeing to requests for photographs time and again throughout the entire day! Physically tiring but emotionally fulfilling for them!
Lastly…..GRRRREAT thanks to the creative team for putting everything together and making it possible.