I always feel honored to capture the great story between two people in love. I feel even more honored when out of that encounter with these two people, I get a lesson on love out of it.
When I first met Mike and Fei, we hit off instantly. Their craziness about each other overpowered the air around us. They are just so much in love with each other, we can all feel it! So, we planned on heading off to Bali to shoot their great love story (this is only a small part of why I LOVE my job! Woo-hoo!), and we had many great moments there. At sea, on the yacht, horse riding, burning lampions… so many great moments! And just when I thought I couldn’t fall anymore in love with these two, I had a chat with Mike on the yacht. He told me about how he was not an expert swimmer, but if Fei ever fell overboard, he would jump right into the deep blue sea to rescue her, without a single thought. He knew that his desire to save her would be bigger than his swimming skills and he believed that his instincts would, at that moment, override any fear he could ever have. Now that was true love. When you know that someone is your soul mate, you know that you’d walk to hell and back to make sure that she’s by your side and you’d be ready to sacrifice yourself when the time came for you to do it. Salute Mike!
This is their same-day edit wedding video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it all together. To Mike and Fei, I wish you both a marriage that lasts for a lifetime, knowing that you are born for each other. (And Fei, thank you for the gift! I may be used to these kind of cameras that I don’t know how to operate an Instax!)
Two is better than one
David & Agnes by Ivan
David and Agnes tied the knot earlier this month in Bali, and they’ve entered the new season of their lives together as husbands and wife. Congratulations, you two! While their wedding pictures are being sorted and edited as we speak, I would like to share with you a thought that have not stopped playing on a loop in my head since their wedding day.
In this day and age, I think that the “surrendered” women that we have men have been subconsciously taught to expect to marry since we were young at heart can no longer be found. They have been replaced with the strong-willed, independent women who fight for equality. On the other hand, men are no longer in search for the same kind of women our grandfathers wanted to live with. We want more and we want equality – especially in the areas where it was convenient for us.
Directed by: Yosep Sugiarto
I've seen and shot numerous weddings in Bali. And even though this is the first time I would be shooting in Banyan Tree Resort Bali, I have my expectation on how wonderful this wedding is going to be, because I just love Bali weddings.
What I didn't expect is that I would learn a very valuable and interesting value from this wedding that I was shooting that day. During the ceremony, Kevin, the groom didn't want the clip-on Mic that I had put on him to be turned on. As we didn't have a chance to discuss this before, I thought that he had accidentally turned the mic off or we had forgotten to turn it on at the first place. But when I tried to tell him, he gave me a clear signal that it was okay and that he didn't want it turned on. This bewildered me at first, until I found out the reason behind it all.
It was already arranged during the ceremony that both Kevin and his bride Nathalie would say a private message and prayer to each other that only both of them and God would know, and nobody else. This got me thinking of the real value of a prayer or a vow during a wedding. Sometimes we can be lost in the beautiful scenery of Bali, the wonderful details of the wedding and even the actual event itself, that we overlook the fact that a wedding ceremony is actually a ceremony, a time when both the bride and the groom would bind themselves together, with a vow, a promise that a week from that day nobody else would probably remember, except for the bride and the groom themselves. For it is from this vow, this promise to each other that they would build their journey together, with God as the foundation of their marriage.
So I finally understood what Kevin and Nathalie were doing. A personal vow doesn't always have to be heard by everyone. The only person that needs to hear it, is the person you are saying your vow and promise to, for it is only in each other that you are going to be accountable to. SO cheers to both Kevin and Nathalie. May you both have a beautiful journey together!
I always get a good feeling inside when someone mentions about how my wedding work inspires theirs. But I have never imagined how good it feels when a dear friend tells me that my own wedding day inspired his. Tomo was a guest at my wedding years ago in Seattle. It was his first experience at a Holy Matrimony held in a church. Apparently, he felt something different yet good that day that he decided that when the time came for him to tie the knot, it would have to be in a church.