10 Years and Counting

Albert & Fiona Prewedding by Aha

"Aha, I don't like anyone taking my picture," said Albert, leaning on his favorite retro car while staring at his fiancee Fiona, "For today, please take pictures of my face from every angle. Hahaha." Seeing the things he's willing to do for his future wife really made my day. 

 

I feel like they've been going through a lot of things and doing a whole lot more for each other in their 10 years relationship. That's a really long time! Experience has an important role in relationship. Yes, the things you don't like are always in your way. Albert was really sincere in doing the things he doesn't like. The way you sacrifice your thing and be mature, like Albert, are the most important things. 

 

Succeed and you'll be left with sweet memories and a sweeter relationship. If you are working in this industry for quite a while, you can see the sincerity in the couple's every action. Witnessing the way they hold hands, hug, and kiss, it's really obvious: they really love each other. 

 

It's a pleasure to capture their love with my cameras! Thank you for your trust, Albert and Fiona.

 

Cheers,

 

Aha

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22 Jun 2017

A Thousand Moments with You

Alvin & Karen Prewedding by Adi

It all started with one casual dinner with the one. No one knew that something this casual could be life changing. 

 

Since that moment, life had been full of surprises, new things to experience. 

Sometimes, it’s filled with joy, laughter, and excitement. Other times, it’s full of anger, impatience, and adjustment. 

 

Only when you meet the right person, years of those moments feels like a blink of an eye.

You’d want to go through it all again. 

 

 

Cheers,

 

Alvin & Karen

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21 Jun 2017

Love is a Sea

Ryan & Kayla Prewedding by Donny

love is a sea

it changes with the weather

 

on sunny days

the surface glitters like stars 

 

on stormy nights

the waves dance dangerously with the wind

the lightnings strike and stun like spotlights

 

keep sailing,

take a breath, dive deeper,

only then you’d uncover its treasures--

thrilling, loving memories, 

breathtaking secrets 

only shared with you

 

love is a sea

it changes with the weather

hold on, it gets better

 

 

 

Photo is courtesy of Ryan and Kayla.

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06 Jun 2017

A Super Man for Supergirl

Michael & Nikita Prewedding by David

Damsels in distress are almost extinct. There are only very few left in this world. Despite how much men wants to rescue them and how they dream about the romance involved in being rescued, women these days are very well capable of taking care of themselves. They hardly need any rescuing. Interestingly, as women become stronger and more empowered, men have changed too, like as though there’s a new breed of supermen. A super man for the super girls is different than the kind of Superman we all grew up with. Instead of physical strength, the new kind of superman possess inner strength, intelligence, and a huge heart. 

 

I don’t have the statistics, but I felt as though my thoughts were confirmed when I watched Mike and Nikita. I work with Nikita, so I know - first hand - just what a supergirl she is. She’s a natural born leader who solves problems left and right with lightning speed. Put anything in Nikita’s hands and you can rest assured that she’s got it handled. She’s a dominant person who takes charge, not only just at work, but in every area of her life. It’s who she is. I imagine that men would find her intimidating. I imagine that before they even begin to come close, they’d be reluctant to even try to make her submit to their leadership. Because, pshh… Men. Their ego can really get in the way sometimes, can’t it? But I imagined wrong. Because with the rise of strong and dominant women who knows what they want and who can come off like they don’t need a man to take of them, there is a new breed of (even) strong(er) men. These men are those with huge hearts, who are humble and patient, who are generally easily content with life, who possess inner strength, and most of all, the innate ability to be completely CHILL, no matter what situation he finds himself in. This is Mike. Mike is the perfect example of the new breed of (even) strong(er) men I am talking about. As I watch the interaction between Mike and Nikita, their dynamics and their chemistry, I can see just how perfect they are for each other. They take care of each other. They complete each other. They are just perfect together. He’s the super man for a supergirl such as she. 

 

Mike and Nikita, I wish you all the happiness in your new adventure together. I’m sorry I can’t be there (and believe me, I feel terrible about this!) but I will be praying for you. Have a wonderful wedding weekend! 

 

Love, 

David 

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02 Jun 2017

A Swiss Memory

Raymond & Shierly by Aha
While reminiscing my travel adventures, a memory from Switzerland popped up: Raymond and Shierly said, “Our inspiration is people who appreciates love. AXIOO is one of them.” Then, my flashback began.   One day, my previous client asked, “Aha, do you remember Shierly? My bridesmaid?” I do! She’s the one who always smile. Before I answered, my client broke the news, “She is getting married! She chose you as their wedding photographer.” Wow. It really means a lot for me. I remember how happy I was that day. I couldn’t wait to meet her and her future husband. The first time I met them, we clicked right away. They’re very humble. Raymond said he’ll do anything I tell them to do. I’m really grateful for their trust! When I asked about the things they love, they told me all about nature and beautiful landscape. So, we flied to Zurich and Interlaken. I’ve always love to shoot in Interlaken. However, it was my first time to shoot in Zurich. I fell in love with the city. It’s really calm in the morning. I remember walking from my hotel to the city center, where all the buildings were old. There was no nobody, only birds chirping and a few cars passing by. It’s the perfect city to take your spouse for a romantic walk and breakfast. Raymond and Shierly loved being there! When we drove past a lake, I saw a really beautiful tree. The spot had a unique romantic vibe. I woke them up from their sleep and said, “let’s take a photo here!” When they laid their eyes on the scene, they immediately agreed. Since their deepest wish is to get captured as they truly are, I just built the mood and everything flowed organically from there.   The photoshoot was very successful! I love how honest they were with each other. The way they hold hand was really pure. Their chemistry was really strong. This was my happy ending for the Swiss trip! Thank you for choosing me as your photographer, Raymond and Shierly. I hope you guys kept falling in love with each other harder and harder as your days pass to forever. Cheers, Aha
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18 May 2017

A Sip of Wine

Andy & Jessica by Donny

Do you ever feel like you’re alone in a city crowd? Our city lives are defined by self productivity, deadlines, and entertainment. We grew to be more individualists. The city life limits our times with our loved ones even though we need them the most. 

 

Even though Andy and Jessica lives in Jakarta, one of the busiest town in Asia, the couple have something they always come back to. No matter what. They love to drink wine together while having a conversation or watching movies. 

 

Their plan was to drink wine at their last pre-wedding photo scene. However, by the time we reached the last session, they were too tired to drink. Still, the couple wished to include wine in their photoshoot. So, I took photos of them with the bottles. It feels like they really carve out time to do their thing despite anything.

 

“Hmm. Maybe you should take some time off,” said Jessica, “Be alone with each other. If you can, go on a holiday somewhere you both love to enjoy. Andy and I love beaches more than mountains. We often go to Bali, since the nearest beaches are there.” 

 

I totally agree with Jessica and Andy. We should make time to be with our partner. Whether we achieve a success or stress over a setback, he/she is the one who will always be there.  

 

 

Cheers,

Donny

 

 

Photo is courtesy of Andy and Jessica. 

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09 May 2017

Going On With The Wedding Plan

Levirio & Venny Prewedding by Will

One of the best things about wedding is creating memories with family. We wish every member of our family, especially our mom and dad, to witness our vow and enjoy our celebration. Unfortunately, while preparing for the wedding, just a short while before the photoshoot, Venny’s dad passed away. I was deeply saddened. I was also confused: their wedding were only a few months away, how can they prepare? 

 

Months later, on my second trip to Netherlands, I met Venny and Levirio. I was surprised! The photoshoot was very emotional. A couple times, Venny told me stories about her dad. Tears brimmed in her eyes. I could see how much she loves her dad. I put the camera aside, and tried to cheer her up as best as I could.

 

From her stories, Venny taught me about being grateful for all the family members we had. She reminded me to spend more time with family and to cherish every moment. The love of the family is the one that matters the most.

 

Levirio, Venny, you both did a great job. I learned a lot about family from you, and I am amazed at your strength to go on with your plans. I am sure that your dad is happy to see you from up there. Anyway, congratulations for your wedding! I wish you a wonderful journey ahead. May your family be blessed. May you live happily ever after. 

 

 

Hugs,

 

Will

 

 

P.S. This trip was very memorable. Once again, Netherlands left a deep mark in my heart. I'm looking forward to go back there to capture more love stories.

 

 

Photo is courtesy of Levirio & Venny

 

 

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26 Apr 2017

My First, My Last, My Everything

Will & Agnes by Adi | Written by Will

It was July 2005, almost 12 years ago. She walked into our classroom in high school and she caught my eye, instantly. I’ve heard about love at first sight, even though I didn’t know what it felt like. I’m guessing that was it. I was a very shy boy then. I didn’t have the courage to talk to her. I just stared at her from a far. She was the most beautiful girl I ever saw. She still is. 

After six months of sharing a class, sometime around February 2006, I got up the nerve to talk to her, you know… just to spark up a friendship. Boy, was that the most awkward conversation I ever had with anyone. We were in the same class again the next school year and that was good because there were more chances to talk - about anything really, nothing in particular. I never really tried to ask her out, even when I wanted to, I just couldn’t really bring myself to do it.

I remember praying about it. I know it may sound too serious for someone in high school to think that he’s met The One. But God miraculously answered my prayers and I knew right then that I was going to spend the rest of my life with Agnes. That gave me the confidence boost I needed. And later that year, on the 15th of November 2006 to be exact, I asked her to be my very first girlfriend and she said Yes. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my entire life. 

I believe that Agnes was picked out by God especially for me. But even with such conviction, our journey was not without tribulations. After high school, I moved to Surabaya for college while she stayed in Makassar. Things were so much harder when we were apart and we gave up our relationship in 2011. Up till now, that was still the darkest moment of my life. I couldn’t move on. I kept trying to get back to her because I still really loved her. And after a year apart, we made it back to each other. 

The dynamics of our relationship seem to have changed after the break. We became more mature and more understanding towards each other. There’s this saying, “You only realize the importance of someone after they’re gone” and that hit me hard. That moment, I promised that I will never let her go, whatever it takes. Agnes is my person, my better half. She is the one who gave me endless love and support even when I didn’t deserve it. She stayed with me through ups and downs, she helped me to push through my limits, and she is the one who loves me, just as I am. 

She is my first, my last, and my everything. She really is truly the one for me. And I am just the luckiest man alive to be given the privilege to spend the rest of my life with this amazing woman. 


Love, 

Will

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20 Apr 2017

Be Close For Comfort

Michael & Maydeline by Paulus

What is the success of marriage? That’s a tough question. But when I see happily married couples, one thing that they all have in common is how comfortable they are with each other. Honestly it made me think, could this be it? Could comfort really be the key to a successful relationship? I think yes. 

Marriage is a long term relationship. It requires a conscious effort to make marriage a priority. So what are signs of comfort in a relationship? Well, for one - it’s a little bit of silliness and shameless playfulness with each other. I realize that it can be tough to be fun, cheerful, bubbly, and silly while we’re in busy and demanding adulthood-slash-marriage life. There is a lot of work to be done and it’s very easy to take fun for granted or to forget about it entirely. But you can always start with finding someone who can make you laugh, who wants to do silly things with or for you, who makes you comfortable enough to be yourself. 

There’s something about Michael and Maydeline that made me think of this. They made each other laugh, and I couldn’t help but smile when they’re around. They’re so relaxed, so happy, and absolutely head over heels in love with one another. 

Congratulations to this cutest couple. Here’s to hoping that the two of you always find time to cherish and love each other, and always take time to have some fun together every day. 

 

Love, 

Paulus

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15 Mar 2017

Couple’s Escape

Niko & Febby Prewedding by Jan

The problem married couples face is that we often feel stressed and exhausted with the continuous demanding adulthood requires. We can be so busy, so fractured, and often not in the mood for romance. And we all know the fact that couples who don’t find some work-life balance will find their marriage suffers.

That is why every couples need some time alone together, filled with the kind of activities which will help to reconnect with each other. Couple’s escape has the benefit to give you the opportunity to reconnect in a deeply loving way. With a beautiful scenery, and a great range of stress-free activities, couple’s escape will deepen the intimacy, help to manage the conflicts, and renew your connection and commitment to each other.

It is essentially a vacation, where you’re dedicating your uninterrupted time to your partner to get to know each other again and remember what made you fall in love in the first place. This will keep your bond strong and unbreakable and both of you will learn the importance of keeping sparks alive and marriage a priority.

Whenever you feel like you and your spouse tired with every day’s routines, plan a fun couple’s escape and treat yourself and your spouse with a precious quality time together. It’s going to be great if you’re lucky to have a chance to go to exotic places, far… far away, but you could always escape to a destination that’s only a drive away from your city and still have that kind of quality time you and your spouse deserve.

I know that this is a pre-wedding album. Niko and Febby aren’t really there yet, but I know they will be. And if they keep this hobby that they have, to travel and to discover new places together, I believe they’re going to rock marriage.

Congrats in advance you guys!

Love,

Jan

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14 Mar 2017
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