21st August 2012 | 4 comments
She's a renowned chef in Jakarta, her French-style dishes and delicate cakes having grazed the pages of many magazine. He fell in love with her food before realizing that behind each sumptuous meal was the loving handiwork of a beautiful girl. They met over a bowl of noodles at a roadside stall, and through this humble beginning, their romance slowly took off. Three years later, here they are in Paris, doing their engagement shoot before they are due to get married next year.
Since French food played such a major role in their relationship, how apt that Helen and Chris would choose to have their engagement shoot in Paris. Standing amongst the intricately-carved buildings and curled metal balconies, I can see why Paris is known as the city of love. It is almost impossible to come across another city as decadent, with so many spots for couples to stroll down, hand-in-hand...
The beauty of Paris was only over-shadowed by the obvious affection that exists between Helen and Chris. Watching them interact with each other, effortlessly feeding each other bites of Laduree's Saint Honoré Rose-Framboise, I was pulled into their own little world, where all that exist are love and good food. And what more could anyone ask for?
19th August 2012 | 0 comments
Guess where I've been recently? =D
à venir! ;)
13th August 2012 | 3 comments
How do you react when someone tells you they're spending their 9th-year anniversary being photographed by you? I had nooo clue how to react to that! I was simply quite overwhelmed by the privilege of being able to spend the time with them on such an important day.
Beng and Wai Ping have been together for nine years, three of those having been spent long-distance, with one person in Cardiff and the other in Cambridge. "Three years?!" I exclaimed. They nodded, smiling, as I shook my head in disbelief. I spend about two months out of the year shooting weddings overseas, and that's hard enough on me and the hubs. I can't imagine spending three years away from my loved one. What kind of strength must one possess for that kind of tenacity?
But there you have it. I am fortunate enough to come across all sorts of couples in my line of work, and Beng and Wai Ping are proof that love really DOES conquer all. They will be getting married later this year in Malaysia, where I am sure Wai Ping will make a radiant bride. While snapping pictures of them, I was struck by the quiet affection that Beng showed...such as helping Wai Ping with her dress and carrying her bouquet for her without being asked to...and once again, I thank god that I am able to share this moment with them.
10th August 2012 | 0 comments
Sometimes, everything just comes together to form the perfect moment.
Taken in Exeter College, Oxford. More to come soon!
4th August 2012 | 0 comments
They met in the States, two months before she was due to move to Oxford for her studies. What the heck, they thought, they'd give it a shot. So Keely and Mike spent the first year of their relationship across the ocean from each other, until Mike was accepted into a Masters program in Reading and was able to finally be together with the girl of his dreams.
Soon after he moved, Mike proposed to Keely in Prague, her favorite city. For this long-distance romance, there is to be a happy ending after all.
I listened to their story with goosebumps all over my arms. Even though I'd only just met them, it was impossible not to immediately love Keely, with her shy smile and easy humor. Not hard to see why Mike would chase her all the way around the world!
3rd July 2012 | 1 comments
If you went all around the world, you'd still be hard-pressed to find a couple that fits each other as perfectly as Lukxmi and Paul. They're both doctors (yes, she is both smart AND beautiful...le sigh!), they share the same type of humor, and if they're any more laid-back they'd be lying down. From a photographer's point of view, a funny, photogenic, laid-back couple is, of course, a gem to be cherished.
A week before they were due to wed at the Oxford registry office, followed by a reception at St Cross College, the BBC forecast predicted THUNDERSTORMS. Yes, thunderstorms. I prepared my rain-proof gear and checked the weather forecast about seventeen times. Meanwhile, Lukxmi and Paul changed their wedding plans without skipping a beat. I e-mailed them the morning of their wedding reassuring them not to worry, and they replied, "We're not worried actually." And when I saw them before the ceremony, I found them as relaxed as ever. Talk about the ideal couple!
29th May 2012 | 2 comments
What are the chances that two American students would meet in Oxford, England, fall in love, and, get this, plan on getting married on the same day as three of their siblings?
Megan and Bradford will be tying the knot in Arizona this year, along with Bradford's brother and two sisters. Four weddings on the same day. Talk about multiplying the joy!
We began their engagement shoot at sunrise, and if ever there's a couple who could make me feel good about dragging myself out of bed so early in the morning, it's Megan & Bradford. We started at the Radcliffe Camera before going on to Exeter College, Brasenose College, and finishing up at Christ Church Meadows, and I gotta tell ya, my camera and I could not get enough of this couple!