Conceptual Bridal Portraits

Photo by Raymond Phang Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal Shoot In Empty Swimming Pool

Photo by Raymond Phang Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Raymond Phang Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Everything has potential for a pre-wedding shoot, even an empty swimming pool. A good photographer will always be able to provide an alternative that is able to convey the same message. This is a series of conceptual photos put together by Raymond Phang, who never fails to impress us.

Raymond: “This conceptual pre-wedding shoot aimed to create a stark contrast between an empty, dried up swimming pool and a water activity, which was canoe polo. The groom teaches canoe polo and the people in these photos are his students. The couple felt it would be meaningful to involve his students, whom he spends a lot of time teaching and inspiring.

“One of the shots also featured the bride in a bikini, seated on the ground with lots of McDonald’s takeaway bags. The bride loves McDonald’s and Hello Kitty, hence we incorporated that into the shoot as well.”

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Photo by Two Of Us Signature Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

I Do Tattoo

Photo by Two Of Us Signature Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

So this groom to be, a diehard tattoo lover, decided to get a tattoo of his wedding vow in wave graph. The process was captured during the couple’s bridal portraits session, and recorded on video as well. How far would you go to say ‘I do’ and really mean it? Eu Jin went all the way. As he said, “I wanted to make it not just verbal but a promise that will last a lifetime. The words ‘Yes I do’ will remain as a seal on my skin as my vow to Jasmine.” Thanks, Two Of Us Signature Studio, for sending us such a meaningful set of bridal portraits.

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Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Newfound gems

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This photographer, Douglas Ho, invited his friends from Hong Kong over to Penang for a short trip and to give them the bridal portraits of a lifetime. It’s not just the photos and styling; the treatment is astounding. If not for the famous art mural by Ernest Zacharevic, we wouldn’t have guessed that this is taken recently. One day in the future, someone is going to have a hard time figuring out when these photos were taken.

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Douglas Ho. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Art Direction and Photo by VIVADA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Released By Love

Conceptual Bridal Portraits. Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This is one of those rare scenarios where the idea came along before the couple did. Simeon of VIVIDA had to re-sketch some of the sketches to fit the couple’s story. It definitely took a lot of effort and time, from scouting the right space to styling and shooting. From a technical aspect, it was challenging as well to get the perfect lighting and right expression, but this is when you need to understand that quality is more important than quantity. Conceptual bridal shoots are like trailers, creating just enough curiosity for others to ask you more about your story.

Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Creative bridal portraits. Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Conceptual bridal portraits. Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Simeon: “Though the pre-production was very tough, this was an unbelievably fun shoot. I definitely believe that the success of any shoot depends on the preparation.

“I had a concept bouncing around in my head. It was sitting in my sketchpad. When I met Lalita and Nikesh a couple of months later over dinner, the subject of their engagement shoot came up. Lalita originally wanted something alternative, different and almost gothic. I wanted to do something different. I showed them my sketch and they liked it, though the subject needed to be re-scripted to fit their story.”

The concept: “Sometimes you have to just seize the opportunity. Take who or what you want, despite the seeming restrictions from friends, family, or a past that can act as an obstacle. Tied. Unavailable. Restricted. However, wanting to be released.”

Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Art Direction and Photo by VIVIDA Photo & Video. www.theweddingnotebook.com

LALITA & NIKESH {Europe}

Art Direction and Photography by Simeon Quarrie of VIVIDA Photo & Video / Production Assistant Kornel / Hair by Kam Lavoi / Makeup by Emma Carvell / Location UK

{Read more about the photoshoot in the magazine}

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ballet In Paris

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Not all ballet shoes are created equal. Repetto is a brand that has ruled the market and the hearts of ballerine lovers all over the world for more than 65 years. So imagine how significant this trip is to a ballerina when she gets to document her whole day literally dancing in the streets of Paris and in the boutique itself. Besides the fact that Acapella Photography did their usual magnificent job in Europe. As if there weren’t enough reasons to fall in love with Paris already, check out the second part of the shoot here.

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. Styling by Papers & Pastels by DLS. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Replica Of The Pixar Motion Picture ‘UP’

UP inspired themed photoshoot. Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. Styling by Papers & Pastels by DLS. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Apart from what the couple is wearing, this is possibly the closest replica to ‘UP’, the Pixar motion picture, that we have ever seen. It even exudes the same feeling of warmth. All the props, from the Adventure Book right down to the picnic mat, were handmade in painstaking detail by Papers & Pastels by DLS. We are thrilled to see one of our favourite motion pictures come to life. Thanks, Daniel Lei, for sharing this set with us.

Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. Styling by Papers & Pastels by DLS. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

UP inspired themed photoshoot. Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. Styling by Papers & Pastels by DLS. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

UP inspired themed photoshoot. Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. Styling by Papers & Pastels by DLS. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daniel Lei Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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A Great Impromptu Wedding Video

We totally understand how a bride would have sleepless nights in the weeks prior to her wedding, as she thought about all the better ideas she could have implemented. We just never expected someone to actually be courageous enough to pursue the matter and actually make something happen.

This entire video, from the brainstorming process to production to final editing, was done in a week by Rekord Haus. It is seriously good, and we can’t help wondering what they could have come up with, given more time. We definitely love the storytelling and art direction, but more than that, we are moved by the couple’s thoughtfulness in including their parents. This video will charm both the older folk and the younger people, though in very different ways. It is a great way to bridge the generation gap, and give everyone a good story to take home.

Rekord Haus: “Yan Jing and Eddie wanted a nostalgic piece aimed at paying tribute and homage to their parents and the older generation. We met up to discuss the concept just one week before their wedding, shot the footage in the next few days, and finally completed the edit just one day beforehand. It was a mad rush but also the most satisfying shoot we have had to date.

“They both gave us a list of old places to revisit, as we went about different parts of Singapore to grab cutaway shots. Unfortunately, some of the places are no longer around anymore. Many of the scenes were also impromptu.

“The voiceovers were recorded as a last minute decision – they came up with the script on the spot, and we recorded everything in their car! We even had to seek translation help from my mum, as she is Hainanese. Throughout the process, we learnt many new things about Hainanese culture that we never knew.

“Huge thanks to Yan Jing and Eddie, who touched the hearts of not only their family and friends, but ours too.”

YAN JING & EDDIE {Singapore}

Videography by Rekord Haus