Love Stories

Countryside Photoshoot

Gallerie CK: “The couple wished to have their portrait session done in the countryside, so we decided to do it in Sekinchan during the harvest season. We were so fortunate to find some hay rolls. The location was like a mini Tuscany. It was so beautiful it took our breath away.

“The second location we chose was a beautiful farm at UPM; it had beautiful morning sunlight. The harvest fields were filled with hay rolls and surrounded by trees, and there was the smell of fresh green grass. All this just reminded us of how these locations are truly a land of abundance.”

HUI MUNN & RYAN {Malaysia}

Photography by Gallerie CK / Hair and Makeup by Kiki / Location Sekinchan and UPM, Selangor

Destined To Be Wed

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

On their first date, Rob and Kim discovered something magical – they were both born on November 10th, exactly a decade apart.

This is an excerpt from their wedding ceremony introduction: “Before the entrée arrived, Kim had told Rob that she was going to marry him, and Rob had totally concurred, being quite clear that he loved her wholeheartedly and wanted to be with her and look after her for the rest of his life.

“So it was settled then. They meshed together like well-synchronised cogs. Relaxed about their decision, they set about enjoying the process of getting to know each other better, secure in the mutual agreement that they were destined to be wed.”

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

During one of their dates at Fairfield Boathouse, they knew that this was where they were going to get married. The place was beautifully decorated by the bride and her friends, and the bridesmaids’ dresses were made by the bride’s mother.

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Jonathan Ong. www.theweddingnotebook.com

KIM & ROB {Australia}

Photography by Jonathan Ong / Venue Fairfield Boathouse, Melbourne / Bridal Gown by Mariana Hardwick / Bride’s Shoes by Rachel Simpson / Hair and Makeup by Y Salon / Flowers and Décor by Nadia’s Studio Flowers / Wedding Cake by The Workers Food Room / Entertainment by Baker Boys Band / Invitations by Rifle Paper Co.

Simply Elegant

Bridal heels by Giuseppe Zanotti. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Pink bridal bouquet. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Simplicity and elegance meshed perfectly at this black, silver and white wedding. This couple has known each other since the age of 12. Isn’t that an incredible story already?

We love the great details on the bridal gown, which is by Tadashi Shoji. These are also by far some of the best bridesmaids’ dresses we have ever seen – varied designs with sparkle elements on all of them. We believe the all-white flower arrangement of calla lilies and hydrangeas by Wishing Tree were inspired by Jeff Leatham’s signature look.

Grey bridesmaids' dresses. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adorable page boy. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at KL Hilton. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridesmaids' dresses with details. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Grey, silver and black wedding day. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adeline: “The day unfolded in timely perfection, exactly how I had planned and dreamed for it to be. My walk down the aisle and us saying our vows was, for me, the heart of the wedding. It was a long day, but having our loved ones witness and celebrate this milestone with us was more than we could ask for. Best day of our lives yet!

“Being a jewellery designer, we decided to combine my creative streak with Adrian’s classic style, and picked a simple and elegant theme of black, white and grey with silver and crystal accents. As a couple, our style is very streamlined and minimalist, and we wanted to reflect this in the little details.

Customised DIY ang pow. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“I was a very hands-on bride and worked a lot of DIY details into our wedding as I wanted to personalise the whole experience for us and our guests. I worked very closely with Mint Events & Soirées on the event design and wedding planning to conceptualise our wedding theme, which really helped put things into perspective.

“I designed our wedding stationery, which featured a Chantilly lace-wrapped invitation card embellished with a satin ribbon and finished with a crystal diamante. We also requested that all our guests attend in black, white or grey only, which they did, and the monochromatic palette looked amazing in pictures.”

White on white wedding table centrepiece. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Black, white and a little sparkle table setting. Photography by Creative Clicks.www.theweddingnotebook.com

White and silver wedding cake. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

White on white wedding. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Stationery by Mint Events & Soirees. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Additional photos from the bride.

White on white wedding at KL Hilton. Photography by Creative Clicks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips for brides-to-be: “Go with wedding vendors whom you are comfortable with and whose work resonates most with your personal style. We had the most amazing vendors – talented and professional. They had this great synergy, which helped make our dream wedding a reality.

“A wedding planner and coordinator is a must. I didn’t want any friends or family working during the wedding, as I wanted everyone to have a good time minus the stress.”

ADELINE & ADRIAN {Malaysia}

Photography by Creative Clicks / Videography by Wedding Story / Venue at Hilton Kuala Lumpur / Wedding Planning by Mint Events & Soirees / Event Coordination by Jovita Lo Weddings / Bridal Gown by Tadashi Shoji and Celest Thoi / Bride’s Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti / Hair and Makeup by Ka Won / Wedding Bands by Chopard / Flowers and Décor by Wishing Tree / Art and Stationery by Paper Cut

Many Cultures, One Union

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Semara Resort in Uluwatu, Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal bouquet. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

For the ring. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Pageboys. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The beauty of traditional design elements combined with a modern touch. In design school, we learned that beauty is meaningless without a concept or reason. Designs with meaning impart something to the people who encounter them. The great thing about Asia is our rich culture. We take it for granted sometimes, but Mary and Jeffrey have breathed new life into it for us.

Mary grew up in the Philippines, but did her law degree in the Netherlands. Jeffrey grew up in the US, and lived in France and Senegal while in the Peace Corp before making the move to Indonesia. We are privileged to get to see this lovely couple’s wedding ceremony at Villa Ambar of Semara Luxury Villa Resort, Uluwatu, through the camera lens of Vicki Grafton.

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Batik fans for guests. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Semara Resort in Uluwatu. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Mary: “For our wedding, we decided to bring our cultures together – Indonesian, Filipino, Swedish, English, Scottish, Irish and French – as well as our interest in the environment and nature. Besides the ring box with roots in it, the table numbers were made from logs and the guests’ place settings were little stones.

“’Wayang’ (shadow puppet), ‘Loro Blonyo’ dolls and batik represented Indonesian culture. ‘Wayang’ is most often associated with puppet theater performance. In every wayang performance, the ‘dalang’ (puppeteer) will tell stories about good and bad things, with a lot of philosophy that is highly influenced by epic Hindu stories.

Wedding at Uluwatu. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Table centrepiece. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding table décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding table décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We chose the characters Krisna and Shinta, who are from a love story from Ramayana. You can see Krisna and Shinta ‘wayang’ in our decorations, and the symbol of Krisna and Shinta on our wedding invitations and save the dates.

“We also had a ‘Loro Blonyo’ (inseparable couple) cake topper and statues. ‘Loro Blonyo’ represents family life and the husband and wife as a beautiful relationship in harmony.

“Back in the day, ‘batik’ was the highest art, because it’s handmade – haute couture and a symbol of status. Nowadays, people in Indonesia wear ‘batik’ for any occasion. ‘Batik’ was seen in our chair ties and other aspects of our decorations.

Bali wedding. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“The ring bearers wore traditional Filipino shirts called ‘Barong’ – representing Filipino culture. I wore a white wedding dress that was designed by the American designer Sophia Tolli. Also, we tailored our wedding liturgy together with our celebrant, who is a Quaker priest.

“For our ceremony, we took readings from the Koran, the Bible as well as our favorite poets, Antoine de Saint Exupery (‘Little Prince’) and Kahlil Gilbran (‘The Prophet’). At the end of the ceremony, our celebrant gave ‘the Blessing of the Apaches’.”

Wedding gown interesting back. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

MARY & JEFFREY {Indonesia}

Photography by Vicki Grafton Photography / Venue Semara Luxury Villa Resort in Uluwatu, Bali / Wedding Planning by ASMARA Events / Bridal Gown by Sophia Tolli / Groom’s attire ZARA / Flowers Ambience Flowers & Occasions / Catering by Bali Good Food Catering / Wedding Cake by Ixora Cakes Bali / Entertainment by Ricky & Co

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The Water Palace In Bali

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

To the southeast of Amiapura are the ruins of a vast royal pleasure garden. Much was destroyed during the volcanic eruption of 1963, but the Taman Ujung Water Palace, which is influenced by a combination of European and Balinese architecture, remains one of the nicer water palaces in Bali. Shiau Ferng’s classic long veil is also a perfect match for this location.

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali pre-wedding photos. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bali wedding bridal portraits. Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

SHIAU FERNG & JONE {Indonesia}

Photography by Dennis Yap Photography* / Location Taman Ujung Water Palace, Bali

Almost There

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

DIY sign. Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal car. Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

He is the drummer of a modern rock band, Rosevelt and hardcore band, A4J (AZUREFORJANNE). So you get a classic vintage jeep as a bridal car, old school gold rings for wedding bands, DIY décor, and a group of very awesome people.

Vera: “Basically the theme was cosy and very indie-style. Everything was planned with budget restrictions – DIY décor done by family members and invitation cards designed by Sanjay, A4J’s vocalist. The best thing was we did not have to pay for the venue. It was supposed to be a garden wedding but due to bad weather, we decided to move it indoors.

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding band pillow. Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“The most memorable moment was when Bryan picked up an instrument that he once loved playing but now hates very much, the violin. It took some practice before he could play me a simple song. Another was when the groom and all his groomsmen played those traditional Chinese games before entering the bride’s house. It was fun. Everyone was very cooperative and indeed a good sport.”

Tips from the bride: “Pinterest for overall wedding ideas followed by lots and lots of Google images. I followed a wedding website’s complete what-to-do guide from day 1 of preparations right up to the day we tied the knot.”

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Andrew Yep Photographie. www.theweddingnotebook.com

VERA & BRYAN {Malaysia}

Photography by Andrew Yep Photographie / Venue Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club / Number of Guests 150 / Bridal Gown by Tidebuy.com / Bride’s Shoes by Debenhams / Hair and Makeup by Denise Goh / Catering by Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club / Music by Church band and Nick Davis

A Great Adventure In Cambodia

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Julian, of Wainwright Weddings, met Annie and Jason in Siem Reap for their portrait session at the Angkor temple complex – one of the most stunning photography backdrops imaginable. We immediately fell in love with his work. His ability to capture life and people is remarkable; it almost feels like we took these photos from the pages of National Geographic or LIFE magazine. This brings bridal portraits to a whole new level.

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination bridal portraits at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination wedding photos at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Wainwright Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

ANNIE & JASON {Cambodia}

Photography by Wainwright Weddings / Location Siem Reap

A Tropical Dream Wedding In Phuket

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adorable flowergirls. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Destination wedding, check. Garden wedding, check. Beach wedding, check. Now is that a good start or what? Look at the bridesmaids in hot pink and flowergirls in bright colours with bindis on their foreheads. To top it all off, the venue was filled with orchids.

As the photographer told us, if you want to get married in Phuket and have a beautiful beach wedding, then Katathani it is. Boasting 850 metres of unspoilt paradise, embraced by lush green hills and the sparkling blue ocean, this place is a tropical dream.

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Katathani Beach Wedding, Phuket. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Hot pink bridesmaids' dresses. Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

VIBHA & CHRIS {Thailand}

Photography by Aidan Dockery Wedding Photography / Venue Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Girl Meets Bike

Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

When we saw these bridal portraits with a Royal Enfield vintage motorcycle that was licensed by the Crown in 1890, we just knew we had to cover the story. This set is for your man.

Joshua of Inlight Photos: “Edwin is a motorbike lover, while Cynthia is from the creative industry. We basically used these two elements to design the photography concept and style for their engagement and bridal portrait shoots. This is what we’ve always enjoyed doing – styling the theme and capturing the moments based on a couple’s love story, background and personality.”

Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

CYNTHIA & EDWIN {Malaysia}

Photography by Joshua of Inlight Photos / Styling, Creative Direction and Art Direction by Joshua of Inlight Photos and Sherly of Tie The Knot / Props by Sherly of Tie The Knot / Hair and Makeup by Ruby

A DIY Destination Beach Wedding At Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Castaway Resort Koh Lipe, Thailand

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

Not even rain could stop this bunch from having fun. Friends and family members who were game enough to fly all the way to Koh Lipe for the wedding certainly were not going to let raindrops stop them from partying.

This wedding is testament to the fact that one’s wedding day is not about being perfect, but about celebrating the love of two special people coming together as one. Look at all the DIY details – flowers, décor, stationery, favours, etc. – they were all a labour of love by the newlyweds’ loved ones. And check out the great use of typography in all their collaterals. We are happy to see such a joyful, stress-free bride.

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding invitations

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Wooden signs

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

Geraldine: “The most meaningful part is spending good quality time with my closest friends and family. How amazing that everyone helped out during the wedding to set up the place. Don’t try to do everything on your own. Get friends and family to help out, and you’ll be amazed at how it brings people closer. Not everything will work out as planned on your wedding day. It rained on mine, but it was not the end of it. We had so much fun.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Photobooth

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Bridal bouquet

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Guestbook ideas

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Wedding cake and cupcakes

www.theweddingnotebook. Darren Jee Photography. Destination beach wedding at Koh Lipe

GERALDINE & RAYMOND {Thailand}

Photography by Darren Jee Photography / Venue Castaway Beach Resort, Koh Lipe / Number of Guests 45 / Bridal Gown by Syomir Izwa / Hair and Makeup by Syomir Izwa / Wedding Bands by Cartier / Wedding Cake and Desserts by butter.fly

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