Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a fabulous 2012, filled with God's loving kindness and personally, I sure am glad we got the whole 21-12-12 end-of-the-world rumors out of the way and survived! Let's pray for a dynamic and vibrant 2013 where we can all watch our dreams unfold.
I enjoyed how nothing was orchestrated and how everything were left to flow. I especially enjoyed the ambiance, the feel, and the sounds that were captured. It made the video more than just a wedding trailer.
Every night I went home from a wedding coverage, my wife would ask me, "Tell me about today's wedding!" As for Adrian and Wan Sin's wedding, the first line that came out was, "There were only 8 chairs on the Holy Ceremony. Literally! 8 chairs lining up facing the ocean. That's all!" And my wife didn't believe me until I showed her the picture.
There is something about a bride who knows her wedding inside out. She aligns everything perfectly, plans the whole event with passion, and knows everything by heart. From the wedding invitations, to the make-up, to the photographer choice ... I appreciate clients such as these, who choses her vendors based on what each of us are good at and believes in us to deliver our best work for what could be the single most important day of her life.
My heart skipped a beat. Maybe even two. I had found out that the travel agent we used for handling our visa applications was irresponsible and dishonest. A complete jackass. He put in my application for Schengen visa at the very last minute, thus i was not able to fly out to Germany as planned. Tania and Willy were already in Germany then. Three short days before their wedding, I had to make the difficult phone call to inform them that there is a slight chance i might not be able to come on time.
At the very end of 2012, we shot a wedding which we've been anticipating with great excitement. Simply because we've known the couple for a while and we got the opportunity to shoot his extravagant, yet sweet and romantic proposal to her. So as we got ready to turn our 2012 page to a new blank (incredibly exciting) 2013 page, Michael and Angela were also closing one chapter of their lives, and embark onto a new chapter of their lives which they will do, this time not as just indivduals, but together.
'Turning Pages' to most, is an exciting experience, and yet to some can be quite a scary one, or even both exciting and scary at the same time. If we're reading a book, every time we turn a page means we're leaving behind all the things that we've read in the previous page and getting new adventures and excitements. To newly weds like Michael and Angela, this means that they would have to leave behind their past victories and failures as individuals, and share a new adventure together as a couple.
If we're writing a book, turning pages means that we'll a blank sheet of paper ready to be filled with our new experiences, stories and adventures. For Michael and Angela, the difference is this time, they will not be writing and filling this blank piece of paper individually but as a family. So from all of us, we wish Michael and Angela that your pages would be filled with many exciting adventures and many more sweet and romantic chapters of love!
I don’t get to shoot traditional Indonesian weddings very often, and so when I do, I jump at the chance immediately. I’m always so fascinated by the colors and symbolism that decorates each ritual within the ceremony. Traditional weddings are filled with the yellow of bananas, the beautiful white jasmines, the fragrant pink rose petals, and the greens of pandan leaves. I find the mixture of it all so charming.
Do you know why I'm always excited shooting weddings in Bali even if they are repetitively in the same venue?
Because of its wonderful spirits. Being in every corner of the wedding, I always feel the warmth of real friendship and family. It's full of laughter, joy, and smiles. Because the people who are present are only the closest people in the couple's life. People who really mean a lot to them. The atmosphere is far from the stiff and procedural ceremony.