Sugiarto & Dorena

The Wedding by Aha

 

One thing that strikes me the most about Sugi & Dorena is their chemistry. The way they attract each other is very real. They don’t do it just for camera. Their chemistry feels really honest, like they know that they belong with each other and they are happy for it. You can see it in their eyes. Everything they do comes from their hearts.

 

Since we are looking for ways to make our relationship better, sometimes, we compare other people’s relationship with our own. We would see them interacting differently than us. Hearing their laughter, we would assume, “Oh, they are happier than us.” Then, we start to copy their style. 

 

Well, we could be wrong. We can learn an important thing about relationship from Sugi and Dorena: be true with your relationship. Be honest with what’s comfortable and not comfortable in your relationship. What works for other relationship might not work for ours. Don't make other people's relationship as your "goals". 

 

I have seen a lot of couple, so I can assure you: every relationship is beautiful in its own way. Really. Don’t force it to be sweet. That way, your true chemistry will really shows. That would be fantastic.

 

 

Cheers,

 

Aha

 

 

Photo courtesy of Sugiarto and Dorena

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25 Apr 2017

Alvin & Clarissa

The Wedding by Paulus

I took pictures on a lot of weddings that I have came to a realization: on wedding days, the groom and bride gets very emotional. The couple are going into a new phase of their lives and months of preparations may not go exactly as planned. No wonder they are so anxious. One little thing can make everything blow up. 

 

On Alvin and Clarissa’s wedding, Clarissa’s big brother sticks by her side. He’s the one who broke the ice, talked to the wedding organizers, and basically being there for Clarissa. Her sister was there too. Somehow, their presence kept Clarissa at ease. A few times, they joked around with their bubbly new brother-in-law, Alvin. Wherever they went, laughter followed.

 

It felt like they are taking care of their sister, making sure she’s okay, making her wedding day complete. They even teared a little when hearing Clarissa said her vow. I guess it’s quite sad. They are happy for Clarissa. However, they grew up with their sister for their whole life, and after this event, she’s not going to be home as often as she used to. 

 

Taking this in, the companionship of someone you can depend on, especially siblings, are important on your wedding day. That’s why you should involve them more and relax a little. After all, when he/she marries you, he/she also marries your whole family. 

 

Cheers,

Paulus

 

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18 Apr 2017

Edward & Levina

The Wedding by Donny

Edward and Levina met in Korea, precisely at a kitchen dorm. Edward was visiting Melyn, his childhood friend who is apparently their mutual friend. Edward and Levina didn’t actually talk. She didn’t even pay attention. But, there’s something about Levina that makes Edward think, “interesting.” 

 

“Ain’t gonna happen, dude,” Melyn laughed, “She’s got a high standard. You will never get her.” 

 

But still, a couple months later, he Facebook messaged her. 3 years later, he finally asked her out. She said yes. “Edward reminds me of dark chocolate. Bitter at first. Sweet at last,” said Levina, “he teaches me to accept things first, observing how it goes.” 

 

As time goes by, they grew closer. Their love flourished. Then, they decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Melyn, their maid of honor, was very honored to witness her friends’ love story, “I never saw him smiling this bright since elementary school.”

 

Hearing Edward and Levina’s love story reminds me to not give up on the people I love. Not only worth it, it will be beautiful. 

 

Once again, congratulations for your wedding, Edward and Levina. It’s an honor to capture your love story. 

 

 

Cheers,

Donny

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11 Apr 2017

Pauliady & Kathlyne

The Wedding by Aha

I always make it a point to set some time to take pictures of the details at the wedding. Invitations, rings, boutonnieres, customized hangers, etc. Any details that the bride and groom have prepared especially the wedding, I’ll shoot. On the day of Paul and Kath’s wedding, I was caught by surprise as I was getting ready to do my details shot. Kath, the bride herself, brought me a tray of the things that she prepared especially for me, to do this detailed shots. She prepared the lemons, the trays, the ribbons, and her hand bouquet. Usually, I’d gather the things myself, so not to get in the way of the bride or the groom. But this was a pleasant surprise. I loved that she knew exactly what she wanted and prepared everything in advance. 

This was true all throughout the wedding. Paul and Kath’s wedding had their fingerprints all over it. It felt as if every detail that was present at the wedding was a reflection of their personalities combined and their story was told through it all.

I feel like everyone who’s planning a wedding could take a few cues from this lovely couple. Sometimes I feel like it’s so easy to just pick out details that were inspired by a pretty Pinterest post or even things that are Instagram-worthy, making the wedding a beautiful sight, but forgetting that the wedding needed to tell a story of this union. Because more than just a pretty event, a wedding should actually be about the bride and groom. Tell your story. Know what you want. Just like Paul and Kath. Congratulations again to this couple. You are an inspiration! 


Love, 

Aha

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05 Apr 2017

Jeffry & Yenni

The Wedding by Jan

I have seen so many couples in my life. I watched how their relationship grows in love and harmony and I saw how they got ready to embark their new life as husband and wife. I know marriage isn’t that easy. It is a life-changing experience that need constant work and attention. No matter how many marriage advice you hear throughout your life, no matter how much challenges you’ve anticipated and how you’ve foreseen the solutions for it, marriages have its unfavorable days. Even the happiest couples find it hard to thrive in some difficult times.

Marriage is different for everyone. There are no one cookie-cutter formula to make marriage work. But there’s one thing that every marriage need - and that is a strong commitment to never give up. We shouldn’t give up on each other. Communication is the key to solve any problems in marriage life. We need to continuously learn about each other’s feelings, emotions, struggles, even dreams and talk it out. We need to meet other people, or couples, to inspire our love life that could lead you to a long and happy marriage. I am so blessed and grateful that I have met so many amazing people in Axioo who inspired me to believe in marriage, to work a little harder on it and to never give it up. I felt so empowered to hold onto the understanding that there is no such thing as a perfect marriage, so whenever I go through rough patches, I will work it out. 

Now, when I look at these pictures of Jeffry and Yenni, it’s easy to see that there’s something that makes them so perfect for each other. Congratulations again to the happy couple. I wish you love, joy and a long life spent together. Please remember to never give up on each other. Nobody ever said marriage will be easy, but everyone says that it will be worth it.

Love,

Jan

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14 Mar 2017

#AXIOO15: What AXIOO Means to Donny Wu

Gani & Priscillia by Donny

I remember the very first day I stepped into the AXIOO office in 2011. I got down from my car in front of the black gate. I noticed there was an iron-cast logo embedded on the gate, in the shape of Woofy and Oreo, the company’s mascots. I was nervous as heck because it was my first day. But upon seeing that logo, I heaved a sigh of relief. I don’t know why Woofy and Oreo were on the gate, but as a dog person myself, I instantly felt like the company wanted to portray their sense of love, values towards friendship and loyalty, and I knew that I was at the right place. 

No matter how many Youtube videos or Facebook pictures I have seen of this company, AXIOO in reality is truly beyond words. Not only have I proven that everything Woofy and Oreo represents is true - this company is indeed loving and they value friendship and loyalty like no other - I have been blessed with leaders who become role models and friends that become family. Forget about pulling your own weight, everyone here strives to go the extra miles! And the best part is that we carry each other along as we walk.  

I’ve heard so many stories about people despising Mondays, groaning over long hours, insulting the people they work with, and hating their job in general. The world is a cruel place and sometimes being in that place is an inevitable choice that most people make. However, I would like to tell you that should you ever read what I just wrote and think “Man, that sounds a lot like me!”, there are companies who allows you to work with passion, to create, to inspire, and to be surrounded by good vibes while you’re at it. Yes, granted, AXIOO is only one of them, but to me, personally, this is where I belong. 

Happy 15th Anniversary to AXIOO! Let’s be more creative, more passionate and let’s keep spreading the love!

As we celebrate fifteen years of capturing love and life, we want to invite you to come away with us. We’ve got something special coming up… and we can’t wait to show it to you! #AXIOO15 will open an exhibition at the #BridestoryFair2017 on the 10th-12th of Feb at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

 

 

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12 Feb 2017

#AXIOO15: What AXIOO Means to Ivan Mario

The Wedding by Ivan Mario

What does AXIOO mean to me? This is a tough one to answer. Not because I have nothing to say, but because I have too much to say. But if I have to choose one, I’ll say that to me, AXIOO means far, far beyond words. AXIOO literally means “beyond words” but in truth, it means so much more than words can possibly say. 

AXIOO is far more than a photography company. Documenting weddings or making photo concepts come to live may be the things that bring us together, but our relationship transcends all that. We don’t just talk about taking pictures or photo concepts or even the latest gear or techniques. Instead, we’re able to talk about our families, our hopes, our dreams, our new-found hobbies, and we’re able to bare our quirkiness out in the open for all to see without fear of being put to shame. We share LIFE. That’s worth more than words can say. 

AXIOO, you are very special to me. As you reach your teenage years, I pray that you’ll continue to inspire with your creativity and to touch lives with your sincerity. Happy 15th Anniversary!

As we celebrate fifteen years of capturing love and life, we want to invite you to come away with us. We’ve got something special coming up… and we can’t wait to show it to you! #AXIOO15 will open an exhibition at the #BridestoryFair2017 on the 10th-12th of Feb at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there! 

Photo is courtesy of William & Belinda

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07 Feb 2017

Nico & Felicia

The Wedding by Donny Wu

It’s not uncommon for couples to face trials during the wedding preparations. Somehow, I think it makes them stronger. Like most couples, Nico and Feli faced challenges too. But what impressed me was how they responded to the problem. 

It was raining all December. Nico and Feli had to make the decision to use a tent or not in their outdoor wedding. Can you imagine how it felt to hear the weather forecast tell you that there will be a thunderstorm on the day of your wedding and you were already dreaming of saying your vows on a bright day with blue skies above you? I’m sure that most people would immediately think of Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. No wait, I think most people, in the midst of the panic, fear, and anxiety, would make sure to bring control into their own hands and call a Shaman to drive away the rain. 

But not Nico and Feli. Despite feeling anxious, confused and afraid, they didn’t let the negativity control their hearts. Instead, they surrendered completely to God. They took time to pray and to fast even before making a decision about the tent. This is where their faith is being tested. Until finally, there are many signs from God through many things. God sent someone who suddenly encouraged them to continue to strengthen their faith. If they are already made the decision to choose an outdoor wedding, then they should have faith that God will bless them with a good weather. (Check out Feli’s IG for the complete story of their wedding miracle @feliciameliana) Finally, after fasting and praying over the weekend, they decided to not use tent. They believed that if God brought them together until today, He will provide everything their hearts desired. And they just had to do their portion to continue believing in Him 100%. 

So, the big day finally arrived with a plenty of sunlight from morning until noon. Everyone were beyond grateful that it did not rain and everything went well. But, it was not until after tea-pai session, the clouds began to darken and it rained heavily up to an hour before the ceremony was about the begin. So they took a moment to pray again and they totally surrendered everything to God’s control. And then, the miracle happened. The rain stopped just in time for the grand entrance. It even gave the cool atmosphere and a nice touch to some of the decor.  All praises to God who has made this miracle, proving His love for the happy couple.

I truly admire this couple.  And I’m not just saying this because they are my good friends and I am just so honored to be chosen to document the most beautiful day of their lives. But in all honesty, the décor, the atmosphere and all details really described this couple. It’s “so them”! My absolute favorite was the dance session by Feli. It really amazing. What a perfect day it was and I am so happy to have been a part of your special day.


God will bless your marriage! 


Love,

Donny Wu

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19 Jan 2017

Yonas & Wendy

The Wedding by Will

Have you made your #gratitude list? As this year is coming to an end, I started jotting down mine. The biggest ones naturally make it first on the list: I’m grateful for family, for my friends, and for friends that have become family. I’m grateful for my job that allows me explore my passion more deeply, to sharpen my God-given talent on a daily basis, and to go around the world to see just how great God really is. This year has been an incredibly fulfilling year for me. I am privileged to experience God’s goodness in my life and to be a witness of the great things He’s capable of doing. However, in the light of that greatness, I have found gratitude in the smaller things - the micro, the usual, the otherwise easily overlooked moments because it’s less flashy. I have jotted those down in my #gratitude list this year. 

The most recent entry on my list was the wedding in a winery in San Jose that I got to be a part of, the wedding of Yonas and Wendy. This particular intimate outdoor affair is memorable to me for three main reasons: 

1) this was the first time I have ever covered a wedding in the US and it was the first time I ever visited San Jose, 

2) as the sun went down and the sunset began to fade, I felt small in the midst of God’s greatness as the twinkling lights spread across the clear skies, and 

3) I learned that given the right atmosphere and a personalized touch, even an intimate gathering can be an incredible celebration. 

Okay, so maybe this wedding wasn’t micro or usual. And it’s certainly impossible for me to overlook it. But I hope you get my point. Gratitude isn’t always the big things. Sometimes it’s the small, intimate moments that is likely to stick in your memory for a really long time. 

Here’s to an even more fulfilling year in 2017! 

Cheers,

Will

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17 Dec 2016

Ronald & Livia

The Wedding by Donny

Weddings happens once in the life of a marrying couple, so it's understandable that both parties will plan every part of the whole day into perfection. In order to make your wedding day spectacular, you’ll need to make a few important decisions along the way. Among the biggest choices you’ll have to make is to the right wedding venue. With so many things to keep track of, checking a big ticket item off your list like finding a venue can seem like it would be easy. Unfortunately there are a lot of important things to consider before choosing your wedding venue. 

For me, as a photographer, I think that wedding venue is more than just a place where you host a wedding. The venue will be the central part of creating the atmosphere at your wedding. You would not believe the impact a venue has on the quality of your photos. All wedding venue definitely has its pros and cons. As a photographer, we like scouting or searching the location before hand, as well as learning about the perfect views. I find it really helpful to know where we're going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play. We're lucky if the place is a popular one and we have captured more that one wedding in that place because twe usually know where we must go and what we must do to get the winning shots - like for example, to go behind the big iconic flower pots just before the fireworks go off or up on the roof during the holy matrimony. It's our job to do that.

However, talking about the venues for the bride and groom is a consideration to be made on an entirely different level because your wedding venue is a place more notable than simply a place where you "host your party" but actually a place where you are making history. That place will forever be the place where the new chapter of your life begin. That's historical. So choose wisely!


Love, 

Donny

 

Venue for Ronald & Livia: The Ritz-Carlton, Bali

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29 Nov 2016
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