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Wedding invitation. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Artist Collection – A Collection of Wedding Stationery Inspired by The Creative Community

The past few months have been challenging for the creative industry, but here at The Wedding Notebook, we are very much encouraged by how wedding vendors have stayed strong and positive. This project, spearheaded by KAMI, is one of many beautiful initiatives.

Teaming up with the best local artists, fashion designers, interior designers, independent stationers and lifestyle brands, KAMI has produced this exclusive collaboration that embodies the artists’ signature aesthetics. What a gorgeous wedding invitation collection! It’s exactly what we need to get us all excited about wedding planning again.

All designs can be purchased on www.kamidesign.co under Artist Collection. KAMI is also committed to introducing a new local artist every month in order to continue to support this amazing initiative.

KAMI x Adrien Kent wedding invitation. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adrien Kent
Interior Designer
@adrien.draws
Adrien Kent, co-founder of Studio Kanta, is a Kuala Lumpur-based interior designer and sketch artist. His studio excels in varied design perspectives and visual storytelling, providing multifaceted services in interior design, graphic design, branding, wayfinding and product design. His clients include Common Ground, Nelissa Hilman, Fern and The Bijan Group. An avid hobbyist, Adrien spends his time practicing ballet, piano, the harp and the theremin. He was crowned winner of the reality TV show, ‘The Apartment season 7’, in 2019.

KAMI x The Alphabet Press wedding invitation. www.theweddingnotebook.com
The Alphabet Press
@thealphabetpress
Letterpress Printmaker
A bespoke letterpress stationery brand based in Malaysia, The Alphabet Press (TAP) designs and prints premium wedding invitations, business cards, corporate stationery and products such as cards and notebooks. Their 1950s vintage German presses ensure the quality of traditional craft production, combined with the efficiencies of modern industrial processes.

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Filming Art Cinematography pre wedding video

Tell a Better Love Story Through Your Pre-Wedding Photos and Videos with This Extra Time

It goes without saying that Covid-19 has thrown a giant spanner into 2020’s wedding plans. It doesn’t mean that all is lost. The wedding is just one day, but your marriage is for the rest of your lives! Just remember, things aren’t cancelled, they’re postponed. What that means is you have suddenly been given a lot more planning time, both for your wedding and your bridal portraits. Get in touch with your photographer and let those creative juices flow. Talk to your spouse-to-be and reflect on what might make your portraits just that little bit more meaningful. It’s a great opportunity to bring both your personalities into it. Here are some ideas:

#01 What makes your love story yours?

No two love stories are the same, so what makes yours unique? Try to recall the magic that first brought the two of you together. Remember how you couldn’t wait to tell your best friend that you had found The One? Or it could be entirely fictional too – put those acting chops to use!

Filming Art Cinematography pre wedding video

Story: Starting Out as Coffee Lovers by Filming Art Cinematography (Video)

Photo by Filming Art Cinematography. tp://www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Conceptual Bridal Portraits: The Pilot And The Tailor by Filming Art

#02 Introduce yourselves to the rest of the world

Your bridal portraits could focus on what each of you are passionate about – and how that brought you two together, or not! Are you guys the perfect example of how opposites attract? Are you so adorably similar that you’re basically made for each other? This is a great way for your friends on both sides to get to know your partner and who you are together.

Bungee jumping wedding. Videography by ABC Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Bungee Jumping in Zürich, Switzerland, for the Bride’s Hand in Marriage by ABC Studio (video)

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Ballet In Paris by Acapella Photography

Photo by Raymond Phang Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Bridal Shoot In Empty Swimming Pool by Raymond Phang Photography

Photo by Funkydali. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Two Parts Of A Whole by FunkyDali (with GIFs)

#03 It’s the perfect time for an experiment

Look, we know it can be cringe-worthy how cheesy some bridal portraits are, but it definitely doesn’t have to be that way! You don’t need to know how to pull it off, you just need to know someone who does, and this is why it’s important to find the right vendors. Do something you have always wanted to do, or throw caution to the wind and create something fun that you can look back on and laugh about. Play with dimensions, or even put all that overstocked toilet paper to good use!

Concept paper bridal gown. Raymond Phang Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dramatic Paper Wedding Dress by Raymond Phang Photography

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

Released By Love by VIVIDA (with video)

Chalkboard bridal portraits. Photography by Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Behind The Scenes Of A Shoot Gone Wild by Julian Oh of Redd Bullets (with video)

#04 Give in to your fashion editorial fantasies

Now is the perfect time to create that fashion editorial you have always dreamed of. Work with your photographer to come up with a moodboard, and take your time hunting down the right props or wardrobe. With this, the aim is to shoot for quality, not quantity. In addition to the links below, here is an entire post for inspiration!

Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Untouched Beauty: Traditional Bridal Portraits in Lijiang and Shangri-La, China by Metrophoto

Photo by Threebox Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com
In The Mood For Love by Threebox Studio

Photo by 50nfifty. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Glam Meets Grunge In This Gritty, Steamy Bridal Photoshoot by 50nfifty Productions

#05 Make your bridal portraits a love letter to your future selves

When all is said and done, bridal portraits are simply a captured moment in time. It’s something for you to look back on when you celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary, or a keepsake for your grandchildren. It’s a great way to preserve the present for posterity, but also something that you can revisit in fondness and love. After all, this is just the beginning of a lifelong journey together!

Jackie Yong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Glimpse Into The Future: Bridal Portraits That Predict Married Life 50 Years On by Jackie Yong Photography


The Post-Wedding Video: Dear Future by Kahgiap Remarks (video)

Sanren Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Going Back To Basics With A Bridal Portrait Shoot on Zoom During The Covid-19 Lockdown

There’s something about how creative we are getting when it comes to bridal portraits while in lockdown that truly captures who we are in this time. During the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia, ND from Sanren Studio began using Zoom or WeChat to take bridal portraits for his clients. It’s great to see that the lockdown isn’t stopping photographers from flexing their creative muscles and finding new ways to connect with their community and would-be clients.

The convenience and quality of a Zoom video call means there is so much in terms of artistic direction that can be explored, and if you don’t believe us, check out these photos for yourself. Despite the lower resolution images, the expressions and emotions captured are as clear as ever. With just a mobile phone and its editing functions, your bridal portraits can become fine art.

#01 FION

Zoom Portraits. Sanren Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Zoom Portraits. Sanren Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Zoom Portraits. Sanren Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

5 Alternative Wedding Ideas For The Covid-19 Era

For those of us who were planning to tie the knot in 2020, it’s time to make a contingency plan. While this can be disappointing, it’s not the end of the world. After all, weddings are all about making it work! Just don’t forget to throw that party for your friends and family to celebrate with you when all this is over. Read on for our list of alternative wedding ideas if you’re getting married in this Covid-19 era:

#01 Live Streaming
You’re already keeping in touch with friends and family through Zoom, IG Live or Skype – why not live stream your wedding too? You could even get a professional videographer to do the job, and you just might be pleasantly surprised at the results. Your emotions will be captured even more clearly, and a professional will know exactly what to anticipate and when, which means your guests will get an up close and personal view of everything that’s going on. Just recently, this couple in Brunei did something similar! Take it to the next level by sending out invitations and getting food delivered to your “guests” so that everyone can enjoy a meal together and toast the newlyweds! Make sure you include your Zoom meeting number (or equivalent) in your invitations.

Story: Instagram-Live Courthouse Wedding in Brunei in The Midst of Covid-19

Instagram Live Wedding. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

#02 Do It At Home
Since we’re all being told to stay home anyway, we might as well get married there! Besides, isn’t it kind of romantic to start married life literally at home with your beloved? If you need more space, you could think about renting an AirBnB with a backyard. Otherwise, keeping things simple at home with minimal décor and plenty of natural light is perfect. You’re not meant to have lots of guests anyway!

Story: Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, This Couple Chose To Tie the Knot At Home by Jonlin Photography

Jonlin Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

#03 Take It Outdoors
We’re all under strict orders not to have big gatherings indoors, so why not take it outside? An outdoor wedding would certainly allow for more guests, as long as everyone maintained social distancing. Keep things local, perhaps a neighbourhood park or a simple garden wedding, with just a handful of your closest friends witnessing from a safe distance away. It will mean so much for you to be able to see your loved ones cheering the both of you from afar, and for them to see you too!

Story: An Ethereal Waterfall Ceremony At Kanching Falls, Rawang by Peter Herman Photography

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: An All-White Intimate Cave Wedding in Bali by Terralogical

Wedding in a cave in Bali. Photo by Terralogical. www.theweddingnotebook.com

#04 Keep it Simple and Small
No matter which option you choose, it’s best to keep your guest list as short as possible. If you’re not sure how to go about trimming the list, here’s a good guide. This is a great opportunity to think about who you really want to be a part of your wedding – with the exception of the elderly, of course. You could even do a short getaway with just both sets of parents (below), have a breakfast picnic with your (small) bridal party, or take a short drive or ferry ride to an island near you.

Story: A Quiet Affair At Four Seasons Resort Langkawi by WeFreeze Photography

WeFreeze Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

#05 Elope
Or… you could totally elope! Do any of the ideas that we have suggested, just don’t tell anyone. Back in 2013, this couple did exactly that when they eloped in Vegas. If wedding planning is starting to stress you out, with its overflowing guest list and growing obligations, eloping could be the answer. When all this Covid-19 business is over, you’ll be able to have that wedding reception, knowing that you had this very private and special moment – just the two of you.

Story: Live Streaming From Vegas by Ron Dillon Photography

Ron Dillon Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ron Dillon Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Instagram-Live Courthouse Wedding in Brunei in The Midst of Covid-19

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

As our lives became more strictly controlled due to the uncertainties around Covid-19, it was soon clear that most weddings in the first half of 2020 would have to be postponed. Sure, you could still get married, but you wouldn’t be able to have a reception. These newlyweds could only have their witnesses with them on the day they registered their marriage at the Brunei High Court, and since they couldn’t bring their party with them, they celebrated with everyone online – via Instagram! An added bonus? Some of their friends who initially weren’t able to attend due to distance got to witness their special day!

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Weiting: “We had booked our ROM (Registration of Marriage) date in February for 18/04/2020 before puasa, which is the beginning of Ramadan or the fasting month. Our actual wedding celebration was to be in June. But Brunei was hit with its first Covid-19 case in March, and we were informed that we could only have two witnesses with us! So only our mothers (who were our witnesses) were allowed to be in the court room.

“We were kind of bummed about it at first, as it’s usually a pretty big celebration. Friends and family typically take photos on the High Court building’s iconic staircase. The bride would start her makeup at six in the morning or earlier, and the bridal party would all come in their colour coordinated outfits. The groom would pick up the flowers and look forward to meeting his soon-to-be lawfully wedded wife. The official photographer would take pictures of everyone, and the day would usually end with a lunch hosted by the couple and their families. We couldn’t have any of that. We had the choice of postponing the ROM, but we decided to just run with it.

“We cancelled the makeup artist and photographer, and decided to document our journey ourselves, through Instagram Live! We were determined not to let this dampen our spirits. From the moment I was in my car, driving my mum and I to the court house, I went live. We told our friends in advance that we would be doing that, so about 60 of them joined us, more than the court room could ever hold!

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“While waiting for the Registrar, one of the staff told us that we were required to wear masks, and thankfully we had some on us. We waited for about 15 minutes but our viewers were entertained by our mothers’ conversations, which definitely added to the uniqueness of the day. When the Registrar arrived, we asked for his permission to film the ceremony, as many of our friends and family could not be with us. ‘But I’ll be on camera too!’ he said, laughing at the situation. He was also wearing a mask and figured it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world so he gave us the green light to go ahead.

“There we were, exchanging our vows with our masks on, with our 60-odd ‘guests’ watching from afar. It wasn’t sealed with a kiss, but with a friendly ‘side hug’ as husband and wife! Once we had signed the papers, we went outside and took photos with our trusty iPhones. A friend who was waiting for me outside became our impromptu photographer. It was intimate, beautiful, and most of all, memorable because we couldn’t help but laugh as we took pictures with our masks on. We even had friends viewing from overseas who otherwise would never have joined us!”

Tips from the bride: “If you’re getting married during Covid-19, figure out what works for you and where you are at. This was just our ROM. We postponed our matrimony and reception, which was supposed to have been in June in Kota Kinabalu. Talk to your vendors, family members and friends – there is always a way to make it work! It’s easy to feel discouraged when circumstances are out of your control, but when you focus on the good, things get better! Our friends and family were so supportive of our unique situation.”

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Insta Stories Wedding in the midst of Covid-19. www.theweddingnotebook.com

WEITING & PAUL {Asia}

Photos courtesy of Bride / Venue Brunei High Court / Number of Guests 2 / Bridal Jumpsuit by Forever New / Bride’s Shoes by Dorothy Perkins / Hair and Makeup DIY / Bridal Bouquet by Yelly Florist

Exchange vows in your own house. Jonlin Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, This Couple Chose To Tie the Knot At Home

Exchange vows in your own house. Jonlin Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com #weddingduringcovid19

Bless this couple for their persistence in the face of global chaos! Their gorgeous wedding is a bright spot in so many ways, and it just goes to show that when it comes to weddings, true love is all that is needed. Prior to the ‘Circuit Breaker’ in Singapore, they decided to proceed with their wedding by hosting a small ceremony in their own home, keeping it small and safe for everyone. Imagine the memories every time they walk those hallways now! Thank you for these stunning images, Jonlin Photography.

Jonlin Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonlin Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonlin Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Iluminen. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Love In The Time of Covid-19: Planning Your Bridal Portraits

How is it that March 2020 has felt like all 12 months of 2019 put together? Things happen and life can fly out of our control sometimes, but that’s just how it is. Much like most wedding days, actually.

The good news is Covid-19 doesn’t mean that life has to stop completely. You definitely have to relook how you should plan your wedding, but you can start scheduling those bridal portraits. Depending on the situation in your country, hopefully you will be able to shoot your portraits from June onwards. Just remember that you should still try to keep the number of people involved to a minimum, and only proceed if you (and your vendors) are all healthy. Pack your own food and have a picnic on the day, too!

As most weddings will likely be postponed until next year, you should take advantage by booking that coveted photographer – he or she probably has a few extra available slots now. Also, here are some ideas on how you can continue to practise social distancing while getting your bridal portraits done during these uncertain times:

#01 Keep It Local
Local photoshoots will obviously be a lot easier to plan and manage, plus everyone will have no problems travelling to the location. Keep it small – just the two of you, the photographer and a makeup artist. Take this opportunity to enjoy the best that your country has to offer, without having to deal with tourists and large crowds as you’re trying to get that perfect shot.

Photo by Jasmine of Munkeat Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Gorgeous Traditional Indian Bridal Portraits in White and Earth Tones Taken at Putrajaya, Malaysia by Jasmine. A Photography

Photo by Hellow Jane Lee. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Vintage Flavoured Engagement Shoot in Cameron Highlands by hellojanelee

#02 Back To Nature
It’s been a bit eerie to see famous landmarks around the world empty and devoid of people. While you might be tempted to visit those places now, it’s probably best to head out to some naturally secluded areas where absolutely no one will be around. This might mean waterfalls, forests, or the sand dunes of Malacca perhaps, making sure that you avoid weekends and public holidays of course.

Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Sweet Bohemian Bridal Portraits At Pantai Klebang Sand Dunes In Malacca by Peter Herman Photography

Photo by Anson Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Refreshing Bridal Portraits at Kanching Waterfall in Rawang by Anson’s Photography

#03 Stay At Home
What’s better than having a photographer capture the essence of who you are as a couple in your “natural habitat” – your home? After all, marriage is about building a home together, and there’s a purity and honesty that comes with being able to pull off bridal portraits in your own private space. Bonus: it’s also a great way to show off your pad while practising social distancing at the same time!

Photo by Joshua Koh Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: The Love Story Continues at Home by Joshua Koh Photography

Photo by Bitesize Visuals. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: At Home With You Through Every Season by Bitesize Visuals

#04 An Isolated Space
An alternative to shooting your bridal portraits at home would be doing it in a studio. Keep the team as small as possible, and to minimise contact with others and reduce the number of people in a confined space, the setting up and décor should be done the day prior without you there. For this, you will need to research the kind of style and moodboard you would like to emulate for your portraits. Alternatively, you could also find a quirky café, bar or restaurant, and support them by hiring out the space during their non-operating hours.

Munkeat Phtoography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Laidback Bridal Portraits at Metal Bees by MunKeat Photography

Photo by Jessielyee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Nostalgic Bridal Portraits at Hide and Seek Coffee, Petaling Street by Jessielyee. Photography

#05 Post-Wedding Portraits
If your heart is still set on having destination bridal portraits, we totally understand. It just means you will have to be patient and not rush to get them done. Especially not with the situation changing almost daily. Instead of a pre-wedding photoshoot (below), perhaps you could consider having post-wedding portraits; rent a motorhome (cook and sleep) and go on an outskirt road trip with your photographer. There is no deadline when it comes to expressing your love and gratitude for your partner, and it will take time for each country to figure out where they stand. At the end of the day, all that really matters is you’ve got your sweetheart next to you.

Photo by Iluminen. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Iluminen. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Pre-Wedding Motorhome Adventure Across New Zealand by Iluminen

Stylish Outfit For Your Bridal Portraits. Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com

7 Stylish Fashion Ideas For Your Bridal Portraits

Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to showcase your style, from your choice of wedding dress right down to the décor. If veering off the beaten path for your wedding gown is too big of a leap, why not do something different with your bridal portraits instead? Perhaps this is the time to live your fashion editorial fantasies by infusing your photoshoot with some serious high fashion. Check out these brides who jumped at the chance:

#01 Lace Top With A Dramatic Skirt
Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: The Most Amazing Places On Earth: Bucket List Post-Wedding Portraits by Metrophoto

Photo by Bottega53. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Timeless And Romantic Seaside Bridal Portraits In Capri, Italy by Bottega53

Lace is a beautiful option for low-key bridal luxe, but wearing lace from top to toe could be a bit much. Break it up with a dramatic full-length skirt, and you’ve got yourself a dazzling two-piece that screams high fashion!

#02 Be The Glorious Lady In Red
Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Glamorous High Fashion Bridal Portraits in Shanghai by Metrophoto

Photography by Metrophoto. Destination bridal portraits in Bolivia. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Engagement Shoot at the World’s Largest Salt Flat in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by Metrophoto

No matter the backdrop, a beautiful deep red gown is both dramatic and breathtaking. It is no wonder that red is the colour of love – this rich hue is romantic, mysterious, glamorous and theatrical at the same time. There’s no better way to stand out.

#03 Cool In Shiny Metallics
Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Futuristic Themed Bridal Portraits in the Desert by Peter Herman Photography

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Dramatic and Glamorous Bridal Portraits in Iceland by Acapella Photography

Forget the usual whites and neutrals, how about a glossy white or even sleek gunmetal grey? Metallics add a layer of cool to everything, and will keep your nuptials classic yet super chic. There’s no better occasion to strut those metallics.

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Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Modern and Sleek in New York City

Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ah, the city that never sleeps. New York City is unparalleled when it comes to its dynamic streets, iconic architecture and bright lights. That this mermaid-inspired wedding gown by Wedding Crafters was able to stand out in all its glamorous beauty is a wonder indeed. Many thanks to AndroidsinBoots for these beautiful photos!

Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by AndroidsinBoots. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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7 Picture Perfect Places For Snowy Bridal Portraits

What is it about snow that instantly paints a magic brush over everything? That romantic dusting of powder, the majestic and moody ice-topped mountains, the dreamy blanket of white over everything – it’s so beautiful, and an adventurous shift from our tropical weather of course! Sure, it might get a little cold, but what’s a couple of frozen minutes for photos that will last a lifetime, right? These following brides certainly were not afraid to travel to some far-flung places for that winter wonderland feel.

#01 Iceland

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic and Glamorous Bridal Portraits in Iceland by Acapella Photography

There’s something wonderfully exotic about Iceland, with its terrain that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. These portraits are such a breathtaking palette of blues that you almost wonder if it’s really Mother Nature at work. Mysterious and dramatic, Iceland is the perfect romantic backdrop against which to capture your love.

#02 Switzerland

Photo by Ivan Mario of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Ivan Mario of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Lost In The Magic Of Snow by Axioo

Forget those sunny beaches, there’s nothing like these majestic mountain ranges to get you in the mood for love, especially when coupled with the magic of snow! The best thing about snowy backdrops – they make ideal all-white “canvases” that allow you to fully stand out.

#03 Niseko and Shirakawa-go, Japan

Destination bridal portraits in Niseko. Photo by Niseko Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Skiing bridal portraits in Niseko. Photo by Niseko Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Skiing Bridal Portraits in Niseko, Japan by Niseko Photography

You don’t have to go too far away from home. Japan is practically a hop and a skip away, and it’s even more exciting when it’s ski season. (Sneak in a vacation, perhaps?) The best thing about Japan is that you’re not limited to just Niseko, there are other parts of the mountains too, like Shirakawa-go.

Photo by Iluminen Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Iluminen Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Winter Photoshoot in Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go by Iluminen

#04 Hallstatt, Austria

Wedding photos at Hallstatt Austria. Photo by Fixer Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fixer Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: White On White In The Winter Wonderland Of Hallstatt Austria by Fixer Photography

Winter wonderlands sometimes also mean you’re beholden to unexpected storms. These newlyweds were greeted with a snowstorm but they still made it work, which resulted in some playful yet romantic bridal portraits. Hallstatt has become a little touristy over the years, which makes winter the best time to visit as the cold means there are fewer people.

#05 Oslo and Tromsø, Norway

Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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

Dramatic landscapes and picturesque scenery are found throughout Norway. Oslo, located in the southern part of Norway, and Tromsø, which is at the northern part, boast some of the most visually impressive coastal landscapes in the world, and Norway is also home to the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.

#06 Queenstown, New Zealand

Photo by VRP Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by VRP Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: A Poignant and Intimate Pre-Wedding Shoot in Queenstown New Zealand by VRP Photography

To some people, New Zealand must seem like the farthest corner of the world. To others, it is heaven on Earth if such a place indeed exists. From the snow-capped mountains to the lush meadows, the country’s majestic terrain is Mother Nature at its untouched finest. Undoubtedly the perfect backdrop for your bridal portraits, it’s no wonder so many couples choose New Zealand for their destination photoshoot.

Photo by Atipattra. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Atipattra. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Stormy Yet Dreamy Bridal Portraits in Queenstown New Zealand by Atipattra

#07 Melbourne, Australia

Photo by Munkeat Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Munkeat Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Engagement Shoot in Snowy Dinner Plain, Australia by MunKeat Photography

Melbourne might not necessarily be known for its winter scenery, but visit at the right time of year, and you just might discover a snowy wonderland in the mountains. We love how this bride dramatised her bridal portraits by wearing a ballgown complete with a full skirt.

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Top 12 Wedding Trends from Marriott International x WAF

Featuring many of the most sought after wedding professionals in Malaysia, Marriott International x WAF2019 was a delightful revelation of what we predict will be the wedding trends to look out for in 2020.

#01 Hanging Installations
From chandeliers and crystals to flowers and more, hanging installations, whether lush or minimalist, seem to be what it’s all about. The ‘Love Tunnel’ experience by Wishing Tree was mesmerising, proving that wedding décor is no longer one dimensional. The layering of mirrors and crystals left us breathless, and we can imagine this being an absolutely stunning entrance to your wedding space.

This piece by Elisa Florals would make an excellent backdrop for your VIP table, while this minimalist piece by The Next Big Thing and Wildflower is another good example.

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Wishing Tree

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Wishing Tree

Decor by Spring Cottage. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Spring Cottage

Decor by The Next Big Thing and Wildflowers. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by The Next Big Thing and Wildflowers

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Elisa Florals

#02 Gold and Bronze
Wishing Tree’s Gilded Affair section, complete with gold finishing and even a bronze mirror, looked really elegant. Gold sprayed leaves were everywhere, including in the Contemporary Chic section by WM Décor and the Destination Vogue section by Darling Florist & Events and Tie The Knot. Gold and bronze elements were definitely all over the cakes and desserts too.

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Cakes by Raindough Desserts, sayaBAKE and Miss Shortcakes

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Wishing Tree

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events

#03 Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces
This one was a surprise. No matter the theme, WM Décor showed that mirror boxes at different heights with decal stickers can be quite fun. Even reflective materials like Perspec have found their way into this latest look, and we love Spring Cottage’s bold approach in covering the entire aisle for a very modern and chic effect. Zahuohang’s installation with a futuristic touch was definitely something you didn’t see often.

Decor by Spring Cottage. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Spring Cottage

Decor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

#04 Neon Lights

The Peak Xperience’s bold photobooth at the Eclectic Pop section was worth every Instagram post. The neon lights completed the look for the Speakeasy Bar, prepping the crowd for the perfect after party.

The centrepiece by Spring Cottage was modern and chic, while the soft fabrics and floral elements by WM Décor gave everything a romantic finish. While different looks can be created with different fonts and treatments, one thing is certain – expect lots of neon in the coming year!

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by The Peak Xperience

Decor by Spring Cottage. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Spring Cottage

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

#05 Bold Colours

Pink is definitely a thing. Mixed with deep blue, green and gold, it’s the perfect recipe for a statement piece. Embrace bold patterns and prints, such as those seen in Wishing Tree’s installation, and check out Marble & Co.’s dramatic pattern print background.

One of our favourites was the Speakeasy Bar done by The Peak Xperience. That hot pink carpet was unforgettable, and it just goes to show that you might not even need flowers. For the Eclectic Pop section, The Peak Xperience sprayed leaves in all kinds of gradients, which was too beautiful for words.

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by Marble and Co. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Marble & Co.

Decor by Daun and Petals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Daun & Petals

#06 Silent Disco

Someone once asked us why after parties were not so successful in Asia. We think it’s because in addition to booze, you need a good DJ, and some venues have curfews which make it tricky. Also, it can be hard to move your guests from one venue to another. Silent Discos are the answer to all of this, so cheers to successful wedding after parties in 2020!

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept and Décor by The Peak Xperience

#07 Mixed Floral

Using only one colour or one type of flower is something we don’t see from wedding decorators, so the challenge is getting the right combination of colours and flowers. Here are some good examples. Contrast seems to be a thing, even if it means injecting pops of colour into a monochromatic theme. Wildflowers, mixed arrangements and non-symmetrical stylings like this G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar by Wishing Tree are just gorgeous. WM Décor used pampas while Elisa Florals opted for dried flowers punctuated with pops of colour. Even when green leaves are used, different types of greenery are often used for different themes.

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Wishing Tree

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Wishing Tree

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Elisa Florals

Decor by Zahuohang. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by Marble and Co. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Marble & Co.

#08 Mixed Textures

Furniture comes in all kind of shapes, textures and fabrics. Don’t be afraid to mix them up, from metals and fabrics to glassware. It can get messy if you don’t know how to do it, but these decorators pulled it off flawlessly. There were so many interesting layers! This is what we call customised wedding décor.

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Elisa Florals

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Elisa Florals

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by WM Décor

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by WM Décor

Decor by Zahuohang. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by KAMI Design. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by KAMI Design

#09 Personalised Bars

Be your own style. We love this G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar done up by Wishing Tree –– it spells luxe all over. Bring in your own mixologist, or some hotels might have one if you know your recipes. Cocktails were served by W Kuala Lumpur at the Speakeasy Bar and Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral at the Tropical Bar. Serve your favourite cocktails, customise your own, or simply find a drink that goes with your theme to enhance the atmosphere.

If you are in for the real thing only, serve single malt. Let your guests know that you pay attention to the details, right down to what they are drinking. And if you think bars are boring, think again!

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience. Mixologist by W Kuala Lumpur


Mixologist by Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar Décor by Wishing Tree

The Glenlivet for wedding

#10 Insta-worthy Corners

Photos are no longer restricted to the photobooth, plenty of Insta-worthy corners seem to be the new goal. Surprise your guests with beautiful touches and interesting setups that will have them taking photos and videos at every turn.

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist & Events

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist & Events

#11 Gentlemen’s Sessions

If you think weddings are not for men, think again. At Marriott International x WAF2019, the grooms-to-be and their best men had an absolute blast mixing their own whisky blends and having their men-only sessions. Bachelor parties don’t have to be dodgy, give them a real drink and see if they don’t choose that instead!

The Blend by Chivas at WAF2019

The Blend by Chivas at WAF2019
Above: The Blend by Chivas – The Gentlemen’s session at WAF2019

The Glenlivet session at WAF2019
Above: The Gentlemen Club with The Glenlivet at WAF2019

The Glenlivet session at WAF2019
Above: Décor by Mint Events & Soirées

#12 Sweet and Savoury

Cheese Bars, Tapas Bars and Dessert Tables all can be part of the décor. It is another way to complete your theme and keep your guests occupied. Considering how late dinners in Asia sometimes start, you just might be surprised by what a hit these additions can be. And remember, don’t under order.

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by WM Décor. Food by Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur and Le Méridien Putrajaya

Bungee jumping wedding. Videography by ABC Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bungee Jumping in Zürich, Switzerland, for the Bride’s Hand in Marriage

This may well be one of the most unique wedding experiences we have come across! To commemorate their wedding, this couple seized the challenge of bungee jumping off the 220-metre high Verzasca Dam – in their gown and suit, no less! Born and raised in Switzerland, the groom found the woman of his dreams in a Singaporean. When they said yes to the rest of their lives together, they enlisted ABC Studio to document their wedding journey. Thanks for these exhilarating images and videos, ABC Studio.

The bride shared: “My family is crazy adventurous. Since we were all in Switzerland and wanted to do the jump as a family, my groom and I took the opportunity to have our pre-wedding photos (and video) shot there. It was amazing; the vendor told us that we were the first couple to jump in a wedding gown and suit!

“I was actually more worried about my husband than myself, as it was his first time bungee jumping (and my fifth). In that moment, we felt that if we could overcome our fears together, nothing in this world would be able tear us apart.” Of course it helped that the bride’s father had dared the groom to earn his daughter’s hand in marriage by doing the bungee jump!

Our hearts sing for this couple – their album is filled with breathtaking views of the mountains, most of which were shot en route to, and from, the Verzasca Dam. Everything happened within days of each other, including the registration of their marriage at Villa Villette by Lake Zug, where they had the ceremony in both German and English, and their apéro, or reception, which took place at Schloss Meggenhorn (Meggenhorn Castle). As their guests mingled, the couple drove out to Luzern for more photos, and from there, rode a horse carriage back to the castle.

“After that day, our photographers told us that they needed more footage, and suggested that we do Zürich another day. I was really impressed by that and very grateful to have them; they weren’t at all calculative of the time they spent with us, but instead were really focused on getting us the best wedding footage,” added the bride.

Tips from the bride: “Just be yourself!”



GENEVIEVE & PINKAS {Europe}

Videography by ABC Studio / Location Verzasca Dam and around Switzerland