We are back from Japan! SO MUCH FUN! Today I will blog about our pre-wedding shoot on Monday!
Unfortunately my baptism class happens to fall on today and there's no way to reschedule it so we had to shorten our Tokyo trip and come back 2 days earlier than originally planned. I really wanted to go to Disneyland cos it's their 30th Anniversary this year! The celebrations last till next year March 2014 so hopefully we will have a chance to go back again! :)
The haze situation was so bad the week before our wedding shoot. It actually broke the all time record, hitting a record high of PSI 421 at one point! Everywhere was hazy, burning smell and the haze even permeated into the offices & shopping centres in Singapore! In my office, the fire alarm actually went off because it was so smoky! My eyes were tearing everyday because of the haze and it felt like there was pepper in my eyes. Terrible feeling.
I was so worried because our photo shoot was scheduled for 01 July (Monday) and I didn't want to reschedule it because there is not much time left and we need to allow our photographer time to edit the pictures and print the wedding albums for our guests to see during the wedding day.
Le bf was quite chillax even though I kept asking him "How how how? Got backup plan? What if the haze gets worse? Our pictures will look horrible! I don't want indoor shoots!". He will just tell me "Dear don't worry.."
But as always, God came through for us and showed me once again that all I need is to put my faith in Him and trust that He will deliver. The haze progressively cleared the few days before the shoot and yesterday, the weather was PERFECT. PSI 21! Praise the Lord!!!
Both of us slept around 3am because we had to settle our hotel accommodations in Tokyo since we are flying off immediately after our wedding shoot ends in the evening. I know, it's really crazy.. can you imagine having 0hrs sleep, then 3hrs sleep the next day, then the next thing you know you are in a plane to Tokyo?
Woke up early, did my own makeup and hair!
But I did not put in hairspray so by 9am my hair straightened out by themselves due to the humidity in the garden.. kua kua kua.. So in the photos I will have both curly & straight hair looks. LOL!
I had two makeup sessions included in the pacakge we got from our bridal shop but I am only using the service for the second shoot in the afternoon instead of the morning one. Well, firstly the early morning fee is SGD150 extra, and I don't want to look to "made up" for the morning shoot because it is supposed to be informal and fun.
Le bf said this is the "First smile of the day" cos we will be smiling a lot for our pictures! :)
Beautiful day, beautiful weather, beautiful memories!
We had the morning shoot at Botanical Gardens. It is the first time that Le bf & I visited Botanical Gardens and we were surprised at how huge the place is! I was very grouchy because I only had less than 4 hours sleep in 48hours (because of my work and our packed schedule) and we couldn't find our photographer cos he told us he's waiting at the Bandstand (picture above) and Le bf thought it's the bus parking area or something... I was sulking cos I am sleepy and tired and I don't want to waste time wandering around the huge park.. Luckily our photographer managed to find us and we started the shoot without any problems!
Our photographer is Samuel Goh and as I've mentioned in my earlier post, he's a genius! :)
Sam directing Le bf to pose for individual shots..
Le bf is wearing the Fred Perry polo I bought for him last year from CK Tang Orchard. I bought 2 pieces of clothing for him cos he refused to shop for CNY clothes and I insisted that he needed at least 2 pieces for Day 1 & Day 2 because he had to go out for visiting, unlike me who spent CNY at work last year cos I was in the night shift. Black is not very auspicious but he's not really bothered by it and it's a colour he will wear again.. Anyways he has wore this shirt so many times since then and it's still retains the shape & colour! Worth every penny! :)
This year they did not go CNY visiting cos Le bf's grandma passed away in December 2012. I miss Ah Mah alot. I met her a few times and had the opportunity to taste her cooking. I was the first girl Le bf brought to meet Ah Mah. She adored me so much that she always asks about me and whenever we go to her house she will ask Le bf to hurry up and marry me because I am such a lovely girl. Awwwww. She also bequeathed a gold bracelet to me and requested for it to be given to me during our wedding tea ceremony on her behalf in case she succumbed to her illness. :''''(
Next year I will be going CNY visiting with them for the first time and I will be going as part of the Chew family cos we are getting married this year! Usually the girlfriend/boyfriend will visit the relatives during CNY for the first introduction but I will be meeting majority of Le bf's relatives on our wedding day!! Imagine being his aunt or uncle, the last time you saw Le bf he was single and forever alone (his words, not mine), then the next thing you know he's getting married!
Married Chinese couples need to hand out red packets to juniors.. but I heard the first year is exempted. Not sure if it's true but most people told me it's because we need time to recover our losses from the wedding expenses. Our pastor described our situation now as "Bill paying storm" because every month we have to fork out a few thousand dollars for this and that. Well, I don't really mind giving angbaos cos I love giving! =) I have started collecting cute red packets since long ago in anticipation of being officially married and able to give out red packets during CNY! Yes, I am very weird.. haha!
Le bf chose my outfit: FCUK floral skirt & Forever21 top.
You can see my hair straightened out already.. -_-
My makeup artist (also called Jasmine!) came to my house to do up my makeup and also help me wear my bridal gown. Chloe is looking very grumpy here because she knows I am going on a holiday.. Le bf had to carry my luggage downstairs and she sees the luggage as public enemy no 1 because whenever the luggage appears in my room, I will disappear for a few days. Well, we didn't have time to come home again after the shoot cos the shoot will end around 7pm and our flight is 9.30pm! We had to rush back to Le bf's house to bath before going to the airport that's why we had to put my luggage in his car first.
With the best bride-attendant in the world! :)
Minions of the Day!
My sister is Minion 1 and Amanda is Minion 2. Nathaniel is my slave. Wahahahahahaha! These two little girls are so sweet.. helping me hold my bouquets and being part of my posse that day. Amanda also got us discounted tickets for the Dome because she's working part time there! Thank you Amanda!
My sister took many candid shots of us and I am glad she did because I don't have to wait till our photographer finish editing the pictures before I can see them. :)
This picture which I posted on Facebook garnered the most likes and comments ever. Many people still didn't know we are getting married even though we've been posting stuff like "Trying on bridal gown" or "Buying wedding rings".. but this picture is unmistakable that we are indeed getting married and they are happy or excited for us.
In fact, we have a lot of requests to see more of our wedding pictures! :) Don't have yet!! Wait wait wait ahhhhhh...
Another lovely shot that my sister took. She can have a future in photography!
This is a souvenir photo that was given free of charge.
Apparently you have to pay money to change the background to something other than this green generic one. Le bf's friend commented on Facebook that it looks like a "Heaven & Earth Green Tea advertisement".. What???? LOL!!
After taking pictures at Gardens by the Bay, we headed to Marina Barrage to catch the sunset. The wind was so strong that my veil kept covering my face.. but apparently it makes good pictures! Haha! Le bf is standing at one side cos our photographer is taking self-portraits of myself. My sister took this pic of us from the sidelines.
Egg yolk in the sky!
We are really blessed that the weather was PERFECT that day. No haze, no rain! Thankful that Nat, my sis & her friend Amanda took the time to come and help us with the wedding shoot and helping me carry my barang barang. Most of the time I was wearing my flat shoes and only changed into my heels when needed. I hate wearing heels lahhhhh...
Can't wait for the photos to be ready! :)