Category Archives: Love

Wedding Planning – Photography & Cinematography

We’ve finally settled another big ticket item for both our Bali & Singapore weddings – Photography & Cinematography!

For our Church wedding in Singapore, it was quite a no-brainer to settle on Bloc Memoire Photography & Androids in Boots. 

 

I’ve always loved Bloc Memoire’s works even before I got engaged! (B actually wanted to engage them to shoot our proposal, but they weren’t free that day so they introduced their good friend, Josh of The Beautiful Moment Photography to be part of our special day instead. He’s a really nice guy and we would recommend him to people looking for a more emotive style of photography.) What really drew me to Bloc Memoire was their keen eye for capturing photos, their editing style as well as the calligraphy style fonts they use on their pictures (I’m such a sucker for calligraphy haha). We met Guan Hui & Silvia at Ya Kun @ Raffles City in November last year, and loved their energy! It’s also a super plus point that they’re husband & wife, so their photography styles/work ethic will be pretty in sync when they shoot our wedding. We immediately agreed to book them after that meeting! Another photographer we were also considering is Chen Sands Photography. I love that she does film photograpy in her free time (you do need to know your stuff to be a good film photographer), and her photos are all very dreamy. We met her for dinner one day and she’s a super cute friendly lady with a British accent. We got along great as well, and I would definitely recommend her to any of my friends out there looking for a wedding photographer!

   

Androids in Boots was our one and only choice to be our wedding cinematographer. Their videos give off a more unique/hipster vibe compared to other wedding videos I’ve seen. I watched so many of their videos & many made me cry! I believe that is a good sign if a video of strangers can affect me so much haha. Also, they do lots of Catholic/Christian weddings, and I like that they put quite a lot of focus on what is said during the Wedding Mass, which I think is super meaningful. We visited their quaint studio in Joo Chiat August last year (I know it’s super early, but good things must chope haha), and it only cemented our decision to book them as our cinematographer. 

As for our Bali wedding, we have booked Hery Portrait & Bali Light Cinema!

  
Hery Portrait wasn’t originally our first choice. I was/still am very in love with Angga Permana’s works. I absolutely love film photography & thought it would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. We had actually already soft booked him last year (but didn’t make a deposit as we were awaiting some info from him), but he ignored our emails and went ahead to book someone else for our date. I was pretty devastated for awhile, but it’s probably for the best. Don’t really want a flaky photographer right? I came across Hery Portrait as he also does film photography! While he might not be as experienced as Angga, I’m willing to give him a shot. He’s been super enthusiastic and responsive, which puts me so much more at ease. Another plus point is that he’s a hybrid photographer, so he can also take digital photos (better for night time that film). 

  
While researching for wedding cinematographers in Bali, none really shouted out at me. A lot of them had very poor quality sound. Guess cinematography there isn’t as big a thing. We eventually came across Bali Light Cinema, who seem to be a new-ish team, but their videos were decently edited, the sound was alright and their price was reasonable. When I contacted them, they were very prompt and friendly (a very good sign). They even threw in the use of a drone in our package for free! That was something we really wanted to capture the beautiful surroundings in Bali on our big day haha but it’s pretty expensive, so we were really pleased with that gesture. 

With that, we’re pretty happy with our choices and are looking so forward to our wedding(s) in October hehe! 

Love,

Daryl

The Story of How I Found the Love of my Life

People frequently ask me how B and I met. Many assume it’s a typical schoolmates turned lovers kinda story, but we actually needed more of a push than that to find each other.

Firstly, let me begin by saying that though we were both from NUS Business (Accountancy) AND Kent Ridge Hall, B and I are 4 years apart and we didn’t have any similar interests or many mutual friends in hall. Thus, our paths never really crossed until Dec 2012 at a mutual friend – Edwin’s 21st birthday party.

I got to know Edwin from the NUS Biz Pageant in 2012. I was one of the organisers and he eventually became Biz King no less. The funny thing is that I paired him and my fav junior (Cheryl) as partners in the pageant not just because of height but also because I thought their personalities would gel well together. They eventually got together – score 1 point of karma for me, and I eventually got rewarded with meeting my soulmate at his party, lucky me! B said that he was actually invited at the last minute after he happened to go for a run with Edwin 2 nights before the party! So it really must be fate.

At the party, all the non-freshies were seated together at a table, which is when B came over to introduce himself and sat down with us. IT WAS NOT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT SADLY HAHA. My first impressions were that he’s pretty sociable, not bad looking, BUT he was a little drunk that day and behaving a little childishly (for e.g. trying to stick an empty bottle up Edwin’s ass). At the end of the night, he & Shaun (a close friend) even stole my phone and refused to give it back to me! See below for a recreation of how I reacted that night HAHA.

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So after that night, B FB messaged me (using the ruse of apologising for stealing my phone) to talk. He eventually gave me his number as he said it would be much more convenient to talk through whatsapp (How smooth haha). After a few days of good conversations, the Christmas period was just over and we were both back to hall for our various activities, and we spent a couple of nights chit-chatting and watching movies. All very innocent, no hand holding even!

On New Year’s Eve, I was supposed to have plans with my JC Tennis friends, but they all bailed on me. B sensed an opportunity and asked me to meet him at the bar he was working at, and I agreed. He met me at the bus stop minutes before midnight and held my hand! My heart was pounding and I got butterflies in my tummy. We managed to make it to the bar right before countdown, and we had our first kiss at midnight after wishing each other Happy New Year hehe. It was indeed the best start to the year and to our relationship as we never looked back (: After a drink or two, we headed to Zouk with some of the people at the bar and danced the night away. The two of us, being gluttons, were hungry by the end of the night so we had our first meal at Meng’s Kitchen near his place! What a glamorous first date place huh. He then drove me home all the way to the East like a gentleman.

I was simply smitten by then. He even sent me this when he got home! So super romantic.

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Okay there you have it, the story of how we met and started to fall in love! I shall end this post with some portraits taken on our engagement day by Josh of The Beautiful Moment Photography.

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XOXO,

Daryl

Our Proposal Story – 21st June 2015

The first question people asked me when they found out the news of our engagement was – HOW DID HE PROPOSE??? So now that we’ve gotten the pro photos (taken by Joshua Sim of The Beautiful Moment Photography), I thought I’d share my side of the story.

A lot of people asked if the proposal was a surprise – well the answer is that we both feel a proposal isn’t something that should 100% be a surprise. We have talked about getting married for a long time and made sure we were ready to settle down AND that it was with the other. We also discussed stuff like a timeline for our relationship, e.g. when we would ideally like to get married & how long it takes to plan a wedding. With that, I left Baldwin to set his own timeline as to the proposal, so I kinda knew it was in the works, but of course not when the exact day would be or how it would go down.

Prior to the big day, B dropped many hints which I tried really hard not to connect as I really wanted to be surprised. He was simply too excited & said he didn’t like to keep secrets from me (which I guess is a good thing in the long run haha)

On THE day (which was actually Fathers’ Day), he said we were going to meet some friends for dinner. I thought this was a little fishy as B is very close to his dad so I couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to have dinner with his dad that day. He also kept evading the question about where we were going to that day, which made it really hard for me to decide on what to wear haha. In the end I just trusted in his plans & thought to myself that it would be nice if it happened that day, but also not to get my hopes up and enjoy the evening!

On the way there in the car, I started to realise where we were headed! Looked like we were going to Rochester Park, which was actually where we both met in Dec 2012 (I’ll save this story for another day!). We walked into Nosh & his friends were all there already having a drink, so we grabbed some wine too. Suddenly someone suggested taking a polaroid, so we all crowded to the swing there & somehow B & I ended up in the middle! A stranger (who was actually the Photographer Josh) helped us take a couple of photos, then we waited for the images to form. Marc started to pass me the photos & I thought to myself “hmm looks not bad”, but it was only after more prompting that I realised that in one of the pictures, the boys had actually taken off their shirts, and had on t-shirts with the words DARYL WILL YOU MARRY ME?

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At that point, I realised that it was really happening & I started freaking out (on the inside haha, though I did let out a little squeal)! B held both my hands & knelt down & said a really sweet speech, but unfortunately in all my freaking out, the only thing I remember him saying is “I suddenly forgot what to say” HAHA.

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And by the time he said the words “Daryl, will you marry me?”, my eyes were already welling up in tears.

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Without any hesitation, I said the most important YES in my life, and gave him a hug! He then slipped on my pretty ring HEHE. Look at how pleased I am!

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I then burst into full blown tears and sobs of happiness hahaha.

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When I had finally regained my composure, I turned around to see yet another surprise – my family & close friends were here too to celebrate!!! I truly had no idea that they were behind me watching the whole time. It was so nice of B to include them in our special day.

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We were then whisked away by Josh for some engagement photos! B was sweating profusely by then & had to borrow Marc’s shirt haha (if you’re wondering why he suddenly had a change of attire). Oh btw, the outfit that he wore to propose was actually what he wore when he first met me!!! How extremely sweet of him to remember! I will upload the engagement photos in a separate post (:

We then settled down to have a lovely dinner in the Al Fresco area, it was so nice to celebrate the first few hours of being engaged with the people closest to us.

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After dinner, B pulled out yet another surprise – a room key to Mandarin Orchard to continue the celebration of this special day!! Turns out Ian had booked it for us & even got us a bottle of bubbly + a very sweet card, which was super nice of him. I had to take urgent leave from work the next day though, felt a little bad but oh well this is a once in a lifetime event!

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After taking many pictures together, we were hungry & decided to pop by Macs to get some nuggets. We then headed back to the room to snack, drinking half the Prosecco & watching part of The Hunger Games before falling asleep. True to our usual Piggy selves. The next morning, B headed off to gym (as usual) & I went to the pool for a tan. We then came back to finish the Prosecco & checked out. Headed to Wild Honey for Brunch with the giant balloons which earned us lots of stares & congratulations haha.

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After yummy brunch, we decided to make use of our off day & caught a random movie (Spy I think, Melissa McCarthy is hilarious! loved her since Gilmore Girls)

I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal planned by my now fiancé. Even though it wasn’t the most elaborate like the ones which I used to dream or read about, it was truly perfect for me. Intimate, yet surrounded by our loved ones. It was definitely one of the happiest days of my life. Thank you so much B for everything, I’m so lucky to have you as my partner for the rest of my life ❤

XOXO,

Daryl

B’s 27th Birthday Brunch @ Wooloomooloo 

It’s been slightly more than a month since B’s 27th birthday & I’m finally over my Europe trip jet lag to start blogging again!! 

I wanted to choose somewhere really nice to treat B for his birthday & also to celebrate my promotion! Since his birthday fell on a Sunday, many restaurants were having their usual Sunday champagne buffet brunches. However, we both generally prefer having a sit-down meal instead of buffet. I was really happy to find out that Wooloomooloo steakhouse offers a 5 course brunch set at only $68++ which is so so worth it!! 

  
For the 1st course, we both chose the Eggs Benedict. The egg itself was good. The only complaint I had with this dish was that there was water on the plate?? They probably didn’t drain the water from the asparagus properly.   

 
This was my 2nd course – Tuna Nicoise Salad. The tuna was really yummy! 

B had the Lobster Bisque which was pretty good. (I can’t seem to find the photo of it sigh will upload it if I eventually do!) 

  
For the 3rd course, I ordered the Wild Mushroom Risotto which tasted very nice!

  
B got the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake which he enjoyed. (He loves crab/fish cakes a lot haha)

  
I ordered a Beef Wellington for my main course. I’ve always wanted to try a Wellington after watching Hell’s Kitchen so much haha. I don’t know if it was because I poured too much sauce over it, but the pastry got very soggy. I guess I’ll be sticking to regular steak from now on!

  
B got the Filet Mignon which was cooked well & tasted good! Boys always love their meat haha. Unfortunately his spinach side dish wasn’t that great. 

  
This is my Lemon & Lime Pie dessert! It’s super pretty (: The meringue/cream got a little overwhelming after awhile though. 

  
B’s Cheesecake dessert came with the words “Happy Birthday Love” & a candle!! They also sprinkled Happy Birthday confetti around him, super cute! Definitely a nice surprise by the Wooloomooloo team (: I really liked his cheesecake and the yoghurt ice cream too!! 

  
Hehe our first Birthday celebration as an engaged couple (: 

Overall, I would definitely recommend Wooloomooloo’s brunch set & also their dinner menu (which I’ve tried before during a manager’s treat). The food is yummy & service is good! 

  

After brunch we headed back to his condo to have a nice chill swim/tan! Love spending time with this boy ❤

XOXO,

Daryl

New Beginnings

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OMG I’M ENGAGED!!! It’s been 5 days & I still can’t believe I have a fiancé! Someone has “choped” me to be his for the rest of our lives together, it can’t get more surreal than this.

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I’ve found THE ONE who loves me for me, craziness and all! What did I even do to deserve someone like him? I’m really the luckiest girl in the whole entire world!

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Baldwin, thank you so much for sticking by me through good times and bad. Life may throw us curve balls in future, but I know we’ll get through everything as long as we stick together. I love you more than words can express and I can’t wait to be your wife! So super excited to spend the rest of my life with you! TO NEW BEGINNINGS! (:

XOXO,
Daryl

P.S. Stay tuned for more wedding related posts!