From the rooftops of Santorini to the flower fields of Thailand - our favourite pre-wedding portraits from 2017.
Before their starry-themed ballroom wedding at St. Regis Singapore, Carina Koh and Paw Su Yuan went on a whirlwind European trip that saw them shooting in 3 cities over 5 days for their super romantic and timeless pre-wedding portraits. One of the cities they chose was Santorini in Greece. For a unforgettable shot at dusk, there aren't many sunsets in the world as surreal and enchanting as Santorini's. The golden hour is awashed in hues of soft pink and purple. The couple also ventured to the Renaissance city of Florence in Italy and no visit to Florence is complete without stopping at Ponte Vecchio, an arch bridge over Arno river. For her gowns, the bride wore the likes of Vera Wang, Marchesa and Zac Posen for the shoot to complement the timeless beauty of Europe. All images taken by Albert Palmer of Albert Palmer Photography. See also: 5 BRIDAL BOUTIQUES TO GET YOUR DREAM WEDDING DRESS FROM INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS You might not be able to tell, but Wendy Quek and Daryl Lim had their destination pre-wedding shoot at Chiang Mai, Thailand. In collaboration with Digio Bridal and Silkair, the couple’s romantic flower-filled shoot took place in several locations just an hour or two away from the city of Chiang Mai. “While it took several bumpy rides on the local Songthaew (a local taxi that’s similar to a tuk tuk), everything was all worth it upon arrival when we were greeted by gorgeous flowers and the cooling weather,” says Wendy. Sakura flowers were aplenty at this tiny village called Khun Chang Khian, located along Doi Suthep mountain. “The chilly weather also proved to be advantageous as we didn’t sweat at all during the shoot and I didn’t require many touch-ups for my hair and makeup,” says the bride. Taken at Hillsborough The English Country House at Hang Dong District, the hotel had a beautiful European-inspired garden. See also: SHOOTING WITH AN OVERSEAS PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO? 5 IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE! At Kampaelae Flower Field in Mae Taeng, just an hour and a half away from the city, thousands of pink and yellow flowers flourished in full bloom and made for the perfect accompaniment for shots filled with cheery vibrance. Also at Mae Taeng, Lung Dech Tea Plantation featured a beautiful terrace with panoramic view of the famed Northen Thailand mountains. “I personally loved that we were able to shoot at such a unique part of Thailand and would definitely recommend it to other couples who are considering to have a destination pre-wedding shoot,” says Wendy. All images courtesy of Digio Bridal whose 2017/2018 Destination Pre-wedding Packages are now open for booking. Celestine Ang and Kelvin Chua chose Melbourne, Australia as their pre-wedding portrait destination. “Kelvin spent 4 years [in Melbourne] during his university days. We decided to slot in our shoot during a reunion trip he had planned with his best friends from school so everyone was in good spirits,” says the bride. This, coupled with the laid-back Aussie atmosphere and stunning Melbourne architecture; made their pre-wedding shoot to be a memorable one with Lena and Sam - the husband and wife team behind L Photography Melbourne. Their favourite shot, taken in front of the grand St. Patrick's Cathedral, was a lucky one shot take for the couple. "Shortly after we took this shot, the authorities came and told us no photo-taking was allowed. We then realised that most couples were taking photos outside the main gate of the cathedral. It was a one shot take and it turned out to be one of the best photos so thank goodness!" shares the couple. "We felt like superstars as all our friends and make-up artists came together to help out throughout the photoshoot," says Celestine. All images by L Photography Melbourne. Corvina Chong and Aden Wong had dreamy, cherry blossom-filled shoot in Seoul with photographer Kim Beom Soo, whom they found through OneTwoThreeFour. "We have a thing for cherry blossoms as the first country we travelled to as a couple was Hokkaido during the sakura/cherry blossom season, thus cherry blossoms have come to hold a special meaning for us. We chose Seoul as it was our first time travelling there as a couple and it is famous for its cherry blossom season as well," says Corvina. "We didn’t really have a theme but what we did want was a photographer who was able to capture a natural, spontaneous shoot," says the couple. Based on the recommendations of their photographer, their locations took place at Kyung Hee University and Seoul Forest. "We trusted his professionalism and it didn’t disappoint us. Kyung Hee University’s beautiful landscape was dotted with cherry blossom trees and had stunning architectural buildings and structures. Seoul Forest is apparently a famous venue for pre-wedding shoots – we bumped into quite a number of couples having their shoot there while we were shooting. Filled with cherry blossom trees, it has a dreamy, woodland-fantasy atmosphere," says Corvina. All images taken by Kim Beom Soo.