Terry & Skee – Actual Day Wedding Photography by Raymond Phang

Today is a really, really sleepy day at work. The body is telling me it’s lacking sleep. But the head is telling me you better don’t friggin sleep because superman don’t sleep. Well, we’re all humans, we have our ups and downs. I’m not gonna lie and say I’m so energetic and excited about every day, cos that’ll be a big fat lie. The other day I came across some interesting read on the average number of lies a person tells in a day. Apparently men are bigger liars than women, and women are more likely to feel guilty after they tell a lie. Hohoho! I’m not a sexist, but… that’s what they say! Not my fault! :p

I can’t say every wedding that we’ve shot is the most fantastic, everyone of them so memorable and all our couples are damn awesome peeps. When you start to shoot so many weddings and you start to share about them, you tend to find yourself running out of words to use.. Especially when my vocabulary bank vault is so empty. I can only describe apple as red, crunchy, juicy, big, small, medium. But other people who are extremely gifted can describe apple until xi li hua la, like it’s the most important thing in the world. I can’t.

So… bringing this back to the topic of “Lies”, it’s very hard for me to say every wedding is the most fantastic. I can only say they are all different, each unique with their own flavour. The sequence might be the same.. but it’s like a book you see. I don’t know a lot about books but it probably starts with Cover page, title page, copyright, dedication, contents, introduction and all. But it’s the content, the substance inside the book that makes it so different, makes people remember.

For Terry and Skee, the couple got to know us through Terry’s own brother Teck Yong, whose wedding we shot in 2009. Then Terry engaged us for his own Solemnization a year later, followed by the Actual Day in another year. I would say their actual day wedding left an impression on me partly because the boys put in so much effort to dress up as the characters in the Japanese manga Naruto, they even brought the ninja paper darts that we used to play when we were still school kids. I can’t even remember how to fold them already! Then there’s the rainbow sisters, peanut games, a little situation during the tea ceremony which calls for a little intervention and that was Raymond’s first time being a “middleman” besides a photographer in his entire career. Fortunately everything went well at the end of the day. πŸ™‚

 

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Early in the morning, Raymond arrived at 5am to capture all the preparation. Fortunately Skee’s place was soooooo near our office at SOHO Clarke Quay! Just a street away! πŸ™‚

 

 

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The rainbow sisters waited patiently for the grand arrival of the ninjas. They were all clad in pink dresses and each of them got different special power. That’s why their hair color different. It’s hard to blend into society when you’re different. Just go watch the X-Men movies and you’ll understand. So when you are someone with special power living in a place like Singapore where the land mass is so tiny, you really need to camouflage yourself and appear as normal looking as possible.

 

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And here comes the ninja, scattering paper and paper ninja darts all over the place to ward off the evil spells. Β -_-”

 

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Maybe the paper ninja darts is equivalent to $188 from where you came from, but sorry boys, ninja darts can only buy you a packet of peanut here in Rainbow Island.

So the entourage played a lot of games, some a little gross such as putting peanut into the nose and snort them out as far as possible, best is can hit the Ronald MacDonald statue outside the MacDonald’s outlet at King Albert Park. Not sure if you guys want to see such images, so I better not post. Let me know if you wanna see ya?

 

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It didn’t take the ninjas long to understand that they needed to resort to bribery cos no matter how hard they snorted, they simply couldn’t make the peanut fly fast and far. So this sister whose special skill is changing paper darts to singapore dollars by pouting her lips felt the ninjas’ sincerity. She took all the red packets offered by the ninjas and with a pout, changed all the paper ninja darts to money.

 

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That made everyone happy! They were all having too much fun and seriously the gatecrashing could have continued till the cows come home.

 

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But thankfully with a time keeper to make sure the events don’t overrun, they squeezed into this little room called the Lift and went up to Skee’s hideout.

 

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When the lift door opened, the ninjas saw a yellow watermelon monster crouching on the floor, ready to pounce. The ninjas were given strict warning not to use their kungfu to fight the watermelon monster and only after fighting the watermelon monster then they’ll be allowed to meet the Grand Master. It’s like the Singapore education system you know, have to go PSLE exams then can go Secondary school. Clear “O” or “N” Levels already then can go JC/Poly. After that still got to take exams for “A” Levels or “Diploma” then can go Uni. Sigh… Anyway, in order to play safe, the rainbow sisters tied up the ninjas’ hands with pink color rafia string. Once the string is tied to their hands, the ninjas’ power are rendered to be useless.

 

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But guess what, Terry’s heart was so bent on seeing his princess! Alone he is nothing, but together with his ninja brothers, they are everything! They managed to fight the watermelon monster and met the Grand Master. There’s a picture of the crushed watermelon but it’s quite a sad one. Crushed watermelon you know. Think of all the sweet watermelon juice you can drink from a watermelon. πŸ˜›

 

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Introducing the Grand Master! Alamak, Grand Master kena attacked by the paper ninja darts. *Smacks forehead*.

 

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Wah, attack the Grand Master already look so happy right……

 

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If you’re a fan of Naruto, you should know what are these things on the sister’s palm. Something soooo important, something they cannot live without and yet they surrendered the rings to the Rainbow Sisters. Or Bi Good, who ask you attack the Grand Master. πŸ˜›

 

 

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So the ninjas sworn off violence, and finally Terry got to meet his beautiful bride.

 

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The couple held their wedding banquet at SwissOtel Merchan Court, which again was sooooooooooooooooooooo near our office at SOHO Clarke Quay!

 

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Some detail shots

 

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And an image we shot for the couple on their Solemnization day. Hehe.

 

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Unconventional group photo or family portrait, anyone?

 

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A picture of Teck Yong and Wanling! Looking better than ever! πŸ™‚

 

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The minglings at the reception.

 

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Eh, why didn’t use the paper ninja dart? πŸ˜›

 

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I hope I’ll be able to sit down and stuff my face with food on my wedding day. Cos usually the couple won’t have time to eat much. Mingling, changing of outfit, giving speech and all. Omnomnomnom!!

 

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Change of outfit.

 

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A quick photo before they march in.

 

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And the beginning of my favourite… happy faces! Don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. πŸ˜›

 

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Folks drinking “Ribena”… control ok, control. If don’t think for your family, also think for your own liver. πŸ˜›

 

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Couple having fun.

 

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And guests having fun!

 

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Hello Grand Master! πŸ™‚

 

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Bye bye, bye bye.

 

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One of my favourite picture. Skee helping her dad adjust his boutonniere, and my favourite part is the look in her dad’s eyes. I’m sure the way dad looks at Skee is no different from the way he looked at her when she was still a little kid. Β Sometimes you just got to pay attention to all the little details, be sensitive to everything and observant of the environment. You can tell a lot of things just by the way people look at each other.That’s something really beautiful. πŸ™‚

Go take a moment, some time off work, off your mundane lifestyle, off the computer and stop playing that Diablo 3 already. Open up the cupboard or the folders sitting on your desktop.. take a look at the pictures that you’ve shot, or pictures others have taken for you. Especially those candid ones, and those where you and that special someone are looking at each other in the eye, or secretly glancing at each other. How does it feel to you? Any goosebumps, or did it make your heart go soft and fluffy again? If it does, go hug that special someone now. Because he or she must have meant a lot to you to cause that little stir in your heart.

Cheers! πŸ™‚

 

Lots of Love,
Angeline

 

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