Conceptual Bridal Portraits

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Timeless 1960s Oriental Bridal Portraits

In The Mood Of Love Concept Shoot. Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

There’s something unspeakably timeless about a vintage Oriental mood shoot, complete with elements of nostalgia and melodrama. Think Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’.

From the soft mood lighting to the hair, makeup and wardrobe choices, this style is subtly romantic yet heavily dramatic. We love the hidden angles and muted tones; many thanks to Daren Chong Photography for this artistic set of bridal photographs!

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

ANGELINE & ERIC {Malaysia}

Photography by Daren Chong Photography / Bridal Gown by Valerie Fan Wedding Gallery / Bride’s Shoes by Valerie Fan Wedding Gallery / Hair and Makeup by Mae Foo / Location Precious Restaurant, Central Market

Photo by MangoRed Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Artistic Illusions

Photo by MangoRed Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

If conventional is not your thing, then MangoRed is the one to see because we’ve been blown away time and again by their work. This might just be a simple photoshoot at a restaurant and some great hangout spots but the final results are amazing. The effects and illusions combine to create truly wonderful pieces of art.

Photo by MangoRed Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by MangoRed Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Jon Ng Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Zombie Apocalypse Bridal Portraits

Jon Ng Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This is not our first time seeing a zombie inspired photoshoot but it’s quite something to see it in our own backyard. This couple, who are both TV addicts, decided that they were game enough to try something different for their bridal portraits – and they nailed it! The set was perfect and the makeup was horrifying (in a good way). Thanks, Jon Ng, for taking up this crazy challenge of shooting them. It looks great!

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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}