Joel & Pam. Singapore.

In all honesty, I was a bit worried about shooting Joel & Pam's wedding.I've always been a bit hesitant to shoot weddings back in Singapore. Ever since moving to Melbourne, I've been spoilt with good light and intimate celebrations. My memory of weddings in Singapore is being hot & humid, of events filled with obligations & traditions, and many people cramped in small spaces.

But when I met Joel & Pam, something in my gut told me to go for it. Joel met Pam in university, where they both studied law. They actually met when Joel, being the gentleman he is, helped Pam pick up her notes from the floor. As the saying goes, the rest is history. Joel is still a lawyer while Pam runs a social enterprise called Saught, which creates jewellery from landmines & unexploded ordinance to support post-conflict countries. (Check out Saught here)

As they spoke about their wedding, Joel & Pam made it clear that it was a thanksgiving celebration focused on their friends & family having a good time.  And in an effort to honour their parents & traditions, they had two receptions - one for themselves (with awesome pancakes) & one for their family.

This turned out to be one of my favourite weddings of the year. It was truly special day. A friend described Joel as "a guy who has waited his whole life to get married." The pastor who married them also married Joel's parents 30 years ago. Friends flew in from far & wide, vendors became friends, and the evening light was magical, a far cry from my memories of photographing weddings in Singapore 8 years ago. Their logo on the invitation and place cards, designed by close friends Alex & Pui Yee was simple & clever, elements that I really enjoy seeing in graphic design. Pam ended the night with a surprise ukulele rendition of the song "Closer to You" for Joel, showered with stars and glitter.

I'm thankful our paths crossed & am glad that now I can call JAM friends of mine.

Their wedding was featured on Ruffled here.
Venue : Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, Singapore & Food for Thought @ National Museum, Singapore
Planning & Styling : In Merry Motion
Bride's dress : Designed by Bride, handmade in Cambodia
Groom's suit : Tailor-made in Shanghai, China.
Wedding Bands : Saught
Wedding Invites: Alex Kwan & Pui Yee Cheung

Brent & Cathy.

On the harshest day of summer this year, Brent & Cathy got married at her mum's fern nursery at Boolarra, about 2 hours east of Melbourne. Because of Brent's job, they tend to move quite a bit; from New York to New Zealand to Perth, just to name a few. All they wanted was a simple wedding; to celebrate their love and commitment to each other and declare that "home is whenever I'm with you." During the ceremony, I paused briefly to soak it on it all in as warmth filled my heart; not from the intense heat, but because of what was being read.

"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” — those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another  — acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife."

All I ever hope is that my images are like this reading - honest, poetic and straight from the heart.

Home is whenever I'm with youBackyard WeddingBackyard Wedding"All I ever really needed to know I learned in Kindergarden" by Robert Fulgham

"All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school. These are the things I learned...

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad.

Live a balanced life.

Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day.

Take a nap every afternoon.

Be aware of wonder.

Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together."

"All I ever really needed to know I learned in Kindergarden" by Robert Fulgham

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Their wedding was featured Ruffled here.

Rob + Kim. Married.

On their first date, Rob & Kim discovered something magical. They found out that they were both born on November 10th, exactly a decade apart. "And before the entrée had 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 with their decision, and set about enjoying the process of getting to know each other better, secure in the mutual agreement that they were destined to be wed." - an excerpt from their wedding ceremony introduction My first date with Rob & Kim was at a cafe tucked away in one of the laneways of Melbourne. Coincidentally, they had their second date at that very same cafe. And it turns out my second date with them was at at Fairfield Boathouse for the biggest day of their lives. You can see more of their wedding on Ruffled, here.

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"I like you and I know why. I like you because you are a good person to like. I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it's special And you remember it a long, long time. You say, "Remember when you told me something special?" And both of us remember

When I think something is important you think it's important too We have good ideas When I say something funny, you laugh I think I'm funny and you think I'm funny too Hah-hah!

I like you because you know where I'm ticklish And you don't tickle me there except just a little tiny bit sometimes But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too

You know how to be silly That's why I like you Boy are you ever silly I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you I like you because you know when it's time to stop being silly

Sometimes we don't say a word We snurkle under fences We spy secret places f I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off You are one too

And I like you because when I am feeling sad You don't always cheer me up right away Sometimes it is better to be sad You can't stand the others being so googly and gaggly every single minute You want to think about things It takes time

I like you because if I am mad at you Then you are mad at me too It's awful when the other person isn't

I like you because if I think I am going to throw up Then you are really sorry You don't just pretend you are busy looking at the birdies and all that You say, maybe it was something you ate You say, the same thing happened to me one time and the same thing did

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one If I find four, I give you two If we only find three, we keep on looking Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don't

If I break my arm, and if you break your arm too Then it's fun to have a broken arm I tell you about mine, you tell me about yours We are both sorry We write our names and draw pictures We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too

 I like you because I don't know why but Everything that happens is nicer with you I can't remember when I didn't like you

Even if it was the 999th of July Even if it was August Even if it was way down at the bottom of November Even if it was no place particular in January I would go on choosing you And you would go on choosing me Over and over again That's how it would happen every time

And I will go on choosing you And you will go on choosing me Over and over again That’s how it will happen every time"

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg