Inspirations

Bridal Portraits Ideas for the Adventurous. www.theweddingnotebook.com

10 Alternative Bridal Portrait Ideas for the Wild at Heart

Saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life is the start of an adventure, and what better way to capture that than with a real escapade? Classic destinations for bridal portraits (think Paris and Japan) will never lose their sparkle, but veer off the beaten path and you’ll have a photo album that proves to your grandkids that grandma and grandpa were once super cool and adventurous. Want a gasp-inducing, heart-stopping adrenaline burst with your beloved? Here are some ideas!

#01 Re-enact Jaws, With a Romantic Twist!
Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Swimming With Whale Sharks in The Philippines by Metrophoto

We’re kidding – this is not meant to be a horror story, but it is meant to get your blood pumping. For the sea babies and dive addicts, there’s a spot in the Philippines where you can swim with whale sharks in their natural habitat. In Oslob, right by Cebu where the beaches are breathtaking and the sunsets picturesque, sneak in a cliff jump or go canyoneering by the Kawasan Falls.

#02 Out of Africa
Photo by Andry Sander of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Walk on the Wild Side by Axioo

For many, just a glimpse of a leopard in the flesh is a once in a lifetime experience, and enough to get their heart rate up! The beautiful terrain on which these animals roam, as well as the exotic experiences, combine to make Africa the perfect spot for exploration and photoshoots.

#03 Rainbow Mountain
Photography by Metrophoto. Destination engagement shoots in Peru. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Engagement Portraits Amid the Stunning Hues of Rainbow Mountain, Peru by Metrophoto

If climbing ain’t your thing, you can still scale a mountain or two. For some, Machu Picchu is a bucket list item, as is the magnificence of Rainbow Mountain. There’s nothing like taking in the grandeur of Mother Nature – all while capturing your love.

#04 Love Between the Lines
Keda.Z Photography – Antelope Canyon, Arizona. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Mind-blowing Bridal Portraits At Antelope Canyon, Arizona by Keda.Z Photography

There’s no preparing for the beauty of the Antelope Canyons in Arizona, USA. There really isn’t anything else like this in the world – the majestic structures inspiring awe with their narrow crevices, sharp angles, and rich orange hues.

#05 On the Road of Love
Photo by Iluminen. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Pre-Wedding Motorhome Adventure Across New Zealand by Iluminen

Road trips may not appear glamorous but they’re a real intimate way to get to know your partner. Being in a small space together for hours on end means you’ll either love each other more or learn to! Also, New Zealand’s untouched landscapes and natural beauty is unparalleled.

#06 (Rock) Climbing Towards Love
Photo by Threebox Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Shooting Rock Climbers by Threebox Studio

It may not seem as obvious to you and me, but rock climbers are a romantic bunch – you’ll need to trust each other as you work your way through the routes and find your way to the top. In fact, many have likened marriage to rock climbing! If you and your beloved share this as a hobby, met through this hobby, or want to do something different – shed the suit and dress, strap on your harnesses, and climb!

#07 Scandinavian Stunner
Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic Destination Bridal Portraits In Picturesque Norway by Sheerss Photography

Speaking of natural beauties, Scandinavia in the winter has the most beautiful terrain that’s straight out of a fairytale. A winter wonderland indeed, the experience is completed by the surprise sightings of such animals as reindeer and moose!

#08 Reach for the Stars
Photography by Avior Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Under The Northern Lights by Avior Pictures

Another exclusively Scandinavian experience, many a couple has dreamed of viewing the Aurora Borealis together. Even though it’s one of the more commonly photographed natural phenomena, nothing beats a real life viewing, especially in the arms of your husband- or wife-to-be.

#09 Lost in the Desert
Photo by Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: The Outback Desert Of Australia by Axioo

We’ve heard the jokes – a marriage is like one long Walkabout with the person you’ll be exchanging vows with. When it’s just the two of you in the middle of nowhere, you truly have no one else but each other. The Land Down Under is the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits, its endless outback and sprawling beaches a sight for sore eyes indeed.

#10 Heaven on Earth
Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Untouched Beauty: Traditional Bridal Portraits in Lijiang and Shangri-La, China by Metrophoto

If heaven on Earth means being in the arms of the person you’re going to marry, why not capture your bridal portraits at Shangri-la in Lijiang, China? We don’t mean the luxury hotel chain, but rather, the actual place that has been described as heaven on Earth. This untouched corner of China is deeply underrated, from the colours and textures of the breathtaking terrain to the exotic animals and expansive skies.

Photo by Helium Hearts. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Woodland Fairytale Themed Shoot at Baguio City Camp John Hay, Philippines

Photo by Helium Hearts. www.theweddingnotebook.com

It was a beautiful and sunny morning at Baguio City Camp John Hay when this gorgeous shoot took place. Conceptualised by Gathered Creative Co., the ambience created here is one with a deep appreciation for nature. This shoot was done in Ayala Technohub in CJH, a beautiful outdoor location lined with firs, which made this feel like something out of a fairytale. Thanks for these brilliant photos, Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan!

Photo by Helium Hearts. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Helium Hearts. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Helium Hearts. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Romantic Gold and Blue Beach Wedding Styled Shoot at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Blue is one of the warmest colours, whether found in Mother Nature’s various hues or in the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi’s brand new décor, which channels Moroccan vibes with vibrant cobalt tones. Featuring spectacular views of the azure sky meeting the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea at the horizon, and flanked by tropical rainforests and limestone cliffs, the resort is as dramatic as it is serene and romantic.

These beautiful shots were captured by Peter Herman Photography, and many thanks to Darling Florist Langkawi for taking our moodboard and helping to bring the entire look to life.

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi. Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

White and Gold Minimalism with The Westin Kuala Lumpur

The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Muted neutrals kept the colour palette fresh and modern, while decorative elements such as DIY crystal stones in bell jars and gilded candlesticks injected glamour. Meanwhile, white chairs, white flowers with eucalyptus leaves, and dried wildflowers in grey vases brought a touch of Scandinavian aesthetic to the mix. Thanks, Inlight Photos, for always capturing good photos for us, and a huge thumbs up to Warm Wishes Florist for doing such a great job with our brief.

Paired with The Westin Kuala Lumpur’s impeccable catering services – from the customised menu right down to the presentation and plating – no detail was overlooked. Thanks to them, everything was completely fuss-free as they took care of every last element, including glassware, china and plates for the dishes, perfectly ironed linen, and the setting up of the banquet tables and chairs. No longer do brides have to choose between their dream venue and quality service.

The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur The Slate Wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Elegant Tuscan-inspired Wedding at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Here in Malaysia, we long for outdoor soirees, but have to contend with the humidity and heat. Because sunlight always makes for much better photos, glasshouses are the next best thing for bringing the outdoors inside. Together with Le Méridian Kuala Lumpur, The Wedding Notebook created the dreamy romance of a Tuscan garden wedding in their glasshouse by the pool, complete with a breezy brunch. Heartiest thanks to Inlight Photos for capturing it all!

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur wedding. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Minimalist And Elegant Ocean-Themed Styled Shoot In Hong Kong

Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A wedding gown for her and smart suit for him, a bridal bouquet, the couple’s favourite beach and a wedding photographer – how’s this for simple yet elegant wedding portraits? Add a beautifully calligraphed card with the wedding details, and this could also be an ocean-themed ‘save the date’ card or wedding invitation.

Check out this minimalist styled shoot that took place on a stretch of beach with a unique landscape in Hong Kong. We love how the album turned out: romantic and dreamy, washed in sunlight and set against a backdrop of glistening blue-grey ocean. Marvellous shots, Savour Productions!

Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Savour Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Rustic Foliage At InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

With each new theme, the versatility of a space increases – if only we allow our minds to imagine what could be. Dressed in wild greenery and adorned with a splash of gold and bronze, this rustic foliage themed setup at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is the result of a great collaboration between The Wedding Notebook and Wishing Tree. Many thanks to Inlight Photos for these amazing captures!

For some time now, we have been wanting to explore a wild forest concept, and the opportunity finally arose. Here, in addition to the greenery, we added white phaleonopsis and lilacs for an exquisite touch alongside the pink fillers and gold props. InterContinental Kuala Lumpur provided some of the flowers, as well as the amazing spread of desserts – the pastry team really outdid themselves!

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photo by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tropical Inspired Styled Shoot

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Thinking of ways to celebrate your love in the tropics? Here’s an idea. We were absolutely refreshed by this tropical inspired wedding styled shoot at Movenpick Resort Cebu, a sublime tropical paradise in the Philippines. The exuberant clash of teals, yellows, oranges, reds and earthy tones created a rich and exotic feel that was fun, inviting and classy all at the same time! Thanks Marlon Capuyan for this set.

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Couture-Inspired Mix Of Creams And Blush At The Westin Kuala Lumpur

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We at The Wedding Notebook have been savouring the romantic combination of floral and tulle in couture bridal fashion these past few seasons, so much so that we decided to roll up our sleeves and get into some theme planning fun for our recent lunch event at The Westin Kuala Lumpur.

We found great joy in sourcing and mixing fabrics for this themed affair – a dreamy marriage of blush, pink and off white with a touch of gold. There was a mix of ruffles and tulle for the table settings, which flowed in perfect keeping with the hues of the theme, and some stationery as well, courtesy of yours truly. Spring Cottage, thank you for creating such a dreamy look for us, and thanks also to Inlight Photos for faithfully delivering good photos. 


The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Westin Kuala Lumpur wedding. Styling by The Wedding Notebook. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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A Yellow Retro Party At UoVo

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Inspired by the hippie culture of the ’60s, this styled shoot was also a birthday surprise for two special friends who had been wanting to reminisce the good old days of dapper fashion. Everyone loved the nostalgia of the evening – from the groovy hits of the swinging ’60s and delectable nibbles to the vintage collectibles and props in psychedelic prints.

Theme parties are always great fun and allow for interesting and unexpected décor and memorabilia, which add greatly to the camaraderie of the evening. Plus you get a fantastic photo album from it! Thanks to Moments and Wishing Tree for sending this over, and Louis Loo Photography for these “groovy” shots!

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Louis Loo Photography. Styling by Moments. Flowers by Wishing Tree. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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