Love Stories

Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Hello, Adventure: Bridal Portraits at Faroe Islands, Denmark

Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Talk about a sweet escape into the mountains for the bridal portraits of a lifetime! This couple clearly loves adventure, and their willingness to travel all the way to the Faroe Islands in Denmark for this special shoot speaks to their energy and spirit. Within a week of getting in touch with their chosen photographer, they had booked their flights to Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands.

The photoshoot began with rain, mist, fog and extreme winds, all of which usually sends shivers up a photographer’s spine, but for Jane of hellojanelee, it spelled great news. “So what if it messes up the bride and groom’s hair? I love the gloomy weather,” she shared. “It brings out the couple’s personality and I got to witness their joy at being themselves. I just felt it when we met – that we were in for something awesome.”

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Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Bohemian Chic Lockdown Wedding At Home

Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

In just five days, these newlyweds booked a photographer and videographer, and sent out an instructional manual on having a wedding at home – talk about beating the odds when it comes to tying the knot! Who’s to say a home wedding can’t be just as special and magical? Keeping within Community Quarantine protocols, they coordinated everything online, and on their big day, 70 guests dialed in to witness their vow exchange. What beautiful photos these turned out to be, there’s definitely something so intimate and sweet about starting your new life together at home. Thanks to ProudRad Photography for these!

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Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by ProudRad. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Trees On The Moon. www.theweddingnotebook.com

An Unconventional Rustic and Black Wedding at Sekeping Jugra

Photo by Trees On The Moon. www.theweddingnotebook.com

When life as we knew it stopped for so many of us in lockdown, those who had planned to get married during this time were met with uncertainty – to postpone or cancel all together? And if they postponed their wedding, until when?

For this couple, as soon as the Malaysian government gave the green light, everything was quickly put in motion for a cosy, intimate wedding. No matter that it wasn’t the big soiree that they had originally intended, the most important people were there and that was all that mattered. Many thanks to Trees On The Moon for capturing this beautiful wedding.

Photo by Trees On The Moon. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Trees On The Moon. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Trees On The Moon. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Trees On The Moon. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Spontaneous Post-Quarantine Family Lunch At JOLOKO, Kuala Lumpur

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This couple’s love story has understated romance and spontaneity sprinkled throughout, right from the time they first met to how they decided to tie the knot! Because of Covid-19 and their being based in Singapore during the Circuit Breaker, they weathered 14 days of quarantine so they could come back to Malaysia just for their ROM! There was no theme, just a celebration of love and their two families coming together. With a cosy gathering of just 20 people, they toasted to their union as they embarked on the next chapter. This lovely set of photos was beautifully captured by Jasmine A. Photography.

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Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The Wedding:
“We had zero concept. All we knew was that we had a ROM appointment at JPN in the morning, and ideally we wanted to have a family lunch after that. We couldn’t plan anything until the Conditional MCO was lifted. We had lunch at JOLOKO a few days before our ROM. We thought that the restaurant was beautiful and the walnut hummus was delicious. It ticked two important boxes: ample sunlight and ground floor dining that was accessible for our elderly grandparents. We only had 10 people from Jia Jun’s side of the family, 10 people from my side of the family, yummy Afro-Caribbean food, a photographer and champagne!

“Family being family, they filled in the gaps. My aunt bought some flowers and put them into jars from home. She also ordered a cake from her downstairs neighbour. My grandmother found some old antique hairpins and did my hair on the day. Jia Jun’s parents came early in the morning and drove us to the ROM. My mum rushed me to a store a few days before the ROM after she heard that I was planning on wearing an old not-white dress, and picked out a new white one for me. As part of regulations, I couldn’t even try on the dress but it ended up fitting right! Maybe the only research I did was on Jasmine, our lovely photographer. She was my senior in high school and I admired her photography.”

Tips from the bride: “Be flexible! Getting married in 2020 is challenging but you are going to face other challenges in life too so use this first one together as practice! Communicate with your soon-to-be husband and make sure that it’s as much his ideal ROM or wedding as it is yours.”

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

How did you meet?
Melissa: “Here’s our love story. I met Jia Jun in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2017. I had just graduated from university and gotten a job outside Chicago. Using my first pay check, I bought a weekend plane ticket to D.C. to visit a close friend from university – Jhader, who is from Peru. I was so psyched! I had never been to D.C. before. Jhader promised to take me out to bars and show me the local night scene, but first we had to drop by a house party.

“What Jhader didn’t tell me was that it was a Latino party. And like all real friends, Jhader left me to fend for myself as he went to get us drinks. In a sea of people speaking Spanish, I found Jia Jun. We hit it off straightaway. We realised that we were both from Malaysia (he was from Kajang and I’m from PJ), we went to the same high school (he was three years my senior), we both did our degrees in the U.S. and ended up staying back to work after, and we had a ton of friends in common. Jia Jun and I talked for hours. At the end of the night, we exchanged numbers and said goodbye. I flew back to Chicago the next day.

“We texted a lot in the following days. Our dynamic was great but we lived halfway across the country from each other. The distance between Chicago and Washington, D.C. is similar to the distance between KL and Bangkok. We had limited opportunities to see each other again and our conversation petered out after a while.

“A few weeks later, Jia Jun texted me out of the blue asking if he could drop by Chicago after his work trip to Bangladesh. ‘Come to Chicago? Is it even on the way to Bangladesh?’, I texted back. It wasn’t, but he dropped by anyway for a few days before returning to D.C. We had such a good time that a few weeks later, we were looking for a way to see each other again. There were affordable tickets to Cuba at the time. ‘Hey, do you want to meet “halfway” in Cuba? Malaysians don’t need a visa!’ We spent a week there. That was our third date. People asked us if we were on our honeymoon.

“After a year of our long distance relationship between Chicago and D.C., my company relocated me to their Singapore office. What was already a challenging relationship became even more difficult with a 12-hour time difference. We did one year between Singapore and D.C. until Jia Jun got a transfer to his company’s Jakarta office. He was lucky enough to have a flexible schedule and spent half of his time working remotely from Singapore. We got a taste of living together from that.

“At the beginning of 2020, Covid-19 happened and the whole world came to a standstill. While we were in lockdown together in Singapore, Jia Jun applied and got into a few graduate school programs in the U.S. They gave him a full scholarship to enrol in Fall 2020. We were only six months into living together and now we were about to be separated again? We deliberated our options. We had never discussed marriage before and no one wanted to be the first to bring it up. We skirted around for weeks and researched other options.

“We were sitting on our couch when he said, ‘Hey, what if we get married and move to the US together?’ We looked at each other and laughed. That’s how it went! There was no proposal, flowers or rings. Just an honest and practical conversation.”

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Jasmine A Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Melissa & Jia Jun {Malaysia}

Photography by Jasmine A. Photography / Venue JOLOKO, Kuala Lumpur / Number of Guests 20 / Bridal Gown by Joslin Studio / Hair by Gracesalon Bangsar / Makeup by Ameline Lok Makeup / Groom’s Attire by British India (kurta top) and Uniqlo (pants) / Wedding Cake by Vanilla Pods by Kim

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Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Celebrating Their Original Wedding Date With a Simple Rustic Chic Vow Exchange At KLoé Hotel

Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

By now, you would have heard of many cancelled weddings and postponed receptions. While disappointing, these newlyweds still wanted to honour the day they were originally going to become husband and wife. Their intended wedding date fell during Malaysia’s Movement Control Order, which meant large gatherings were not allowed but photoshoots with strict social distancing in place were good to go.

These pre-wedding shots were taken at the newly opened rustic chic boutique hotel, KLoé Hotel in downtown KL, and the couple also used the opportunity to exchange their personal vows. Love prevails! The beautiful space and lush wildflowers, together with the bride’s chic bridal jumpsuit, made for a beautifully understated yet glamorous colour palette. Capturing these intimate moments was Louis Gan of Louis Gan Photography – many thanks for these gorgeous shots!

Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Louis Gan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Cosy, Classic Wedding With Pops Of Colour in the Philippines During Covid-19

Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Keeping their wedding cosy and in the family (with the right amount of social distancing, of course), these newlyweds tied the knot right by the bride’s parents’ home, at the Merlin Pavilion in the Compostela municipality of Cebu, an island in central Philippines.

The groom was decked out in a dapper black tux while his resplendent bride stunned in a beautiful off-shoulder, knee-length dress. It was an intimate affair indeed as they exchanged vows in the company of just 10 guests, wearing his and hers facemasks! Many thanks to Helium Hearts for this sweet set of bridal photos.

Wedding during Covid. Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Helium Hearts by Marlon Capuyan. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Beautiful Morocco Captured on This Bridal Portraits Road Trip

Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This album gives us a glimpse of Morocco’s diverse and beautiful scenery. Rich in culture and colours, it’s the ideal destination for bridal portraits. For this trip, the couple and their photographer took a ferry from Tarifa, Spain. There, they hired a driver and headed south to the Blue Town, Chefchaoen, for the first part of our shoot. Then they did a stopover in the ancient city of Fes before heading to Merzouga in the Sahara Desert. They stayed at a tent camp overnight and did a sunrise camel ride the next day. After that, they headed to the busy city of Marrakech, stopping along the way to take photos at random locations that looked interesting. For the last part of the shoot, they went to the seaside city of Essaouria (a.k.a. Astapor for “Game of Thrones” fans). The photojournalistic shots, complete with Insta-worthy poses, make this set all the more gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this with us, Superpanda Presents!

Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Superpanda Presents. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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