Vera’s First Birthday Celebration @ The Chop House

Not sure if most of you know that besides Wedding Photography, we are also damn good in shooting other stuffs. We do commercial and advertising photography, model comms card photography, corporate headshot photography, architectural/interior photography, car/automobile photography, food & product photography, corporate event photography, birthday event photography, baby shower photography, maternity photography, newborn photography, family portrait, etc etc. I really cannot think of anything that we don’t shoot… yet.

So if you have any special request and you need someone experienced to help you achieve your objective through photographs, Raymond Phang Photography is the one. Wah, I talk like macam trying to sell durian like that hor? Well I guess you’ll just have to try one time then you see the results for yourself ba. There’s always a first time in life… Hehehe~

Anyways, today I’ll be sharing on birthday events! We’ve been getting quite a bit of enquiry asking if we do birthday events. Yes, we do! Raymond is super experienced in all sorts of events, and in fact he started off shooting events! Events trained him to think fast and act fast, always be on the ball, sensitive to things happening around him (situational awareness) and patience to anticipate that critical moment. Like ministerial events with VVVVVVVVIP getting off the car, shaking hands with President or Prime Minister etc, that one is you miss it, that’s it. You cannot ask the President or Prime Minister to samula and redo for you. That’s like wedding day – fleeting moments, missed it and that’s it.

So here’s Raymond’s take on dearest Vera’s First Birthday party with pink and gold theme – She leaves a little sparkle everywhere she goes!

Actually I quite like the venue, it’s at The Chop House (Vivocity, #01-161/162). Vivocity is a very accessible location mah, shopping mall. Take the MRT to Harbourfront can already. Layout of Vivocity is also quite straight forward, unlike the malls in the West with many different wings. I so scared.

The Chop House has a mini outdoor area where you can arrange for bouncy castles (kids super love it!), and other outdoor activities if you wish. When I was planning for Miniboss’ first birthday, oh mai gosh it was a super duper headache! So many activities you can do, so many things and details you can incorporate but you’ll definitely burst your budget and I didn’t want it to be a 5 figure celebration. I’ll share more on Miniboss’ birthday when the photos are ready *coughs*.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Bouncy castle! Gabby and Vera were the first to play on it before the guests arrived!

Here comes Emily and Colin! 😀

Some quick photo of the whole set up. No party planner, everything was DIY can you believe it!

Wider view of the set up.

Even the cake, cupcakes, cookies, meringue and goodie bags etc were all done by themselves. I can only salute them for their effort.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Hello Vera~ <3

Birthday event is a lot on the candid expressions also. Photos of people enjoying themselves, having fun!

Photo of the venue – long table seating and guests were free to sit anywhere they wanted.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Full length window letting the natural light in, makes the place look and feel very bright, clean, airy and spacious. Alfresco dining is available outside.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Back to the Chop House, their food is very awesome!! Talk about the food menu will already make you drool a thousand buckets;

  • Smooth, sweet and creamy pumpkin soup served with garlic croutons.
  • Penne Pomodoro served with homemade tomato sauce
  • Mini beef burgers stuffed with blue cheese, bacon and pear
  • Battered pacific dory fish with homemade tartare sauce
  • Chicken quesadillas with tomatoes and melted jack’s cheddar cheese, served with guacamole, sour cream and salso pico de gallo
  • Pecan, spinach & apple salad with maple cider vinaigrette
  • Tater tots (mini hasbrown?)
  • Mac’N Cheese
  • And scoop of ice cream for dessert!

Makes me feel like going there again to makan, like right now. T_T

Ok better don’t think about the food liao else this blog entry will take forever to finish. Time for more photos!

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Oops! Kena caught munching on tater!

Daddy: “Vera, what did you eat?”
Vera: “Har? Err… hehehe… no la no la…”

Riiiight… Kor kor believe you… 😀

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

People were casually chitta chatta-ing, catching up with friends, makan, drinking, it was a very fun and relaxed gathering cum celebration! Er… I know cos i was there! Susu was there too! We were busy stuffing our faces with the delicious food while Raymond was stuffing his face with his camera to capture all these. Muwahahahaha~

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Little M was very well behaved, she sat by her own, playing with her sticker book and reading her own book too! I’m very impressed!

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Bouncy castle has a weight limit and recommendation for number of children to be on it at one time, so do take note when you’re booking for one ya? If not, have an adult keep watch/supervise.

For Miniboss’ birthday, the power plug was a little too short, so there were times when the plug came off and the castle collapsed. So scary!!! Thankfully no one was injured… maybe the kiddos’ broken hearts when they thought the castle died. But they were like squealing when they saw it revived.



Like best friends. The girls were running around playing in corners, hard to catch them at their most relaxed and natural cos Raymond is so big and hard to miss. So he’ll squat and camp, and blend in with the surrounding as much as he can to prevent bringing any attention to himself.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Wow, Vera starts young!

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Vera caught eating a cupcake! The pastries were all very very yummy and lovingly baked by Sylvia’s mum Ginny Chan! She’s one talented baker, and was even interviewed on our local newspapers Straits Times! We’ve the honor to try her creations, and Susu still cannot forget the mint chocolate flavoured cake that she baked for Gabby’s first birthday. <3

Hmmm.. say until got phoenix got dragon, i must sneak one to try.

HMM! I WANT ONE TOO!

OK TAKE MORE
First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

The cake was delicious!

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Time for cake cutting~

Everyone was busy taking photos~

Finished blowing the candle

And the girls got smeared! Look at the cream on their mouth and nose!

So good even Mummy and Daddy couldn’t resist~

Ah yes, we take group photos of the family too~!

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang
First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Love this shot!

And here’s Susu the part time bubble blower. She bought a bottle of soap bubble to entertain the kiddos~

Kids were so tickled by it!

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang


Towards the end, birthday girl was sleepy already.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Here’s Little M and a very happy emily.

First Birthday Celebration – Photography by Raymond Phang

Here’s a group shot of us with Emily & Colin! Our first couple who went with us to New Zealand for pre-wedding photoshoot. Unforgettable memories feeding the ducks at Queenstown, the greedy piggy & horse who kept gnawing at our bags, freezing in the cold for the star trail shot. <3

Ahhhh… those memories….

Thank you Emily & Colin for having us shoot your wedding day and also the bridal pre-wedding in New Zealand!

And also thank you Andrew & Sylvia for having us shoot your wedding day plus all of your precious kiddos’ first birthday celebration! We’re very sad that we can’t shoot Becky’s first birthday this year cos we’ll be in NZ… 🙁

Hopefully when there’s a fourth one coming along, we’ll be available. So, have a fourth one soon okie? HEHEHEHEHE~

Love you guys always,

Angeline
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