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Essential Ingredients
Danny & Jovita Prewedding by Donny Wu
Jul 2020

If I were to ask you a couple of months ago, “what does a wedding look like?” Some of you might probably have these on the top of your mind: the bride wearing a big white flowy dress, elegant crystal decorations hanging from every corner of the ballroom and enhanced by some brilliant lighting, a room full of people, a scrumptious selection of food and beverages, melodies of love songs that are pleasing to the ears and sung by the most beautiful of voices… and these don’t even make up a quarter of an actual wedding reception. 

These days, however, our reality has slightly shifted. These days, especially due to the current pandemic situation, the question that we have been asking the most is: “what’s most essential?” All the glamour of a wedding reception has currently been postponed, and we now see the essence of a wedding.

Both big wedding receptions and small intimate weddings each have their own je ne sais quoi, and less elements doesn’t always mean less value or less worth… like artisan bread. To make a bread that’s “artisan”, what you need isn’t more or fancier ingredients. Being “artisan” means that it is made up of only the essentials, in this case: flour, yeast, water, and salt. Strip away all the ingredients that make bread a mass product and you will get yourself an artisan bread — a craft, a work of art.

Coco Chanel once said, “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” It looks like the fashion legend, artisan bread, and intimate weddings have one thing in common: they have shown us that beauty, worth, and value don’t always come with addition.

For pre wedding photoshoots, visiting multiple locations used to be our norm. These days, we have focused back to studio sessions. Being inside the studio has actually allowed room for us to push forward, imagine for more, unleash more of our creativity, and to tap into possibilities.

Sometimes, it is simplicity that brings us back to the essence of things. And these days, we can all agree that less can be more. 




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