Pre-Wedding Cinematography – Yuan Kang + Cindy

Love Story of Yuan Kang + Cindy

Cinematography by Ben Lim + Apple Lim

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“You will not find somebody that is right, but you can only find someone that is willing to make things right, together with you.”

Patience, perseverance and understanding are the key essentials to a fulfilling relationship. Thank you Yuan Kang and Cindy as they share with us their learning journey as they walk down the aisle of their love.

The video was split into two parts for their first and second march-in.

Make-up artist’s arrival timing in the morning

During the peak wedding periods and especially on certain hot wedding dates, there might be a short supply of make-up artists and a few of them might need to do make-ups for 2 or even 3 brides on a single morning.

This may result in some of them turning up unexpectedly 1 or 2 hours in advance before the agreed timing and doing a very rushed job. The photographer and videographer will arrive on time only to face a sleepy bride with all her make-up completed.

What we really want is to start our storytelling with the beaming bride enjoying the morning preparations of her big day.

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We’ll usually advice our couples to plan the timing of the make-up artist exactly 2 hours before the arrival of the groom. The make-up session shouldn’t take more than 1 hour 30mins, leaving us 30mins for portraits, group phototaking and veiling of the bride.

Here’s a few tips to prevent your make-up session from starting way too early.

  • Contact the make-up artist a few days before and let him/her know that you’ll only start the make-up at the agreed timing. Check if he/she is doing another bride before or after you.
  • If the make-up artist really arrived early, let him/her in and insist on taking a looong morning shower and be ready at the agreed time.
  • Contact the photographer and videographer as they might be nearby having breakfast and can start early.

Hope this helps for a great start to your big day!

 

 

Playing of Photo and Video Montages during the Wedding Banquet

Just had an interesting chat with Steven, about his upcoming wedding in October. We were talking on how to go about playing my Same Day Edits during his banquet and this led to me describing in details on how some of the other hotels had screwed up their couple’s photo/video presentations. Here’s a few tips I shared with him on how to go about minimizing Murphy’s law.

Typically at a luncheon/dinner banquet , the Audio and Video presentations will be played in this order.

  1. Pre-wedding photos slideshow
  2. Childhood montage
  3. 1st March-in music
  4. 1st dish presentation music
  5. Same Day Edits Video
  6. 2nd March-in music
  7. (optional) Filler music for champagne pouring/toasting and speeches

Generally, it’s a good idea to use the hotel’s CD player for all the music presentations, your own laptop for pre-wedding photo slideshow and childhood montage, hotel’s DVD player for Same Day Edits video.

Music presentations

Make sure all your music presentations are in Audio CD format (not MP3 or WMA format).

Do not combine all the music tracks into one CD, instead burn one CD for each music track and label it directly on the CD using a CD marker(1st March-in, 2nd March-in etc).

Video presentations

For the pre-wedding photos slideshow, the easiest way will be to loop it using Windows or Mac’s default slideshow viewer.

Download and use VLC player instead (it’s free, Windows and Mac compatible)  to play your childhood montage as it works with most video codecs and doesn’t lag.

My Same Day Edits will be in DVD-video format to make it easier for the hotel AV to test. When required, I can also render out a video file in mp4 format to be played using your laptop.

Testing

For every audio and video presentation that’s to be played, test the entire track. Don’t assume the first few seconds will work all the way. I’ve witnessed many awkward moments among the couple and the guests when the music suddenly skipped and stopped half-way during the couples’ march-in.

With the exception of the Same Day Edits, you should test everything during the hotel rehearsals a few days before the wedding and again on the actual day before the cocktail reception.

Actual presentation

If possible, do wait for all the lights to be dimmed first before playing any of video montages. This will give a bit of time for your guests to settle down and focus their attention on the video from the very beginning.

What if something really went wrong? 

If the march-in music suddenly stopped, the MC(s) should react fast and hype the guests to continue cheering even louder! The couple should carry on their march-in normally.

Should the video presentation crash, rather than skipping the whole presentation, try to replay the video from the very beginning again. While rectifying the problem, the MC(s) can crack a few jokes, even lame ones to keep the guests entertained and the tempo up.

So there you go, a few tips for you to take note when planning for your music and video presentations. With a bit of luck and lots of testing, everything should run smoothly during your big day!

 

Real Weddings – Darren + Lifeng

Wedding of Darren & Lifeng

Photography by Michael Chan from Expressively JOhO

Cinematography by Ben Lim + Sabrina

Solemnization and Dinner Banquet at Grand Park City Hall

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Darren and Lifeng are aerospace engineers who first met as colleagues. Their personalities are quite similar as both of them are more on the quiet side but very easy-going.

Despite the hot and humid weather due to the frequent downpours over the past few days, it was a smooth and enjoyable journey in documenting their wedding. And with the great help contributed by the accompanying brothers and sisters, the process was filled with much fun and laughter. The song used for the SDE, “True Love” by Pink was specially chosen by them as they wanted a loud and fast song to liven up the dinner as well as a tribute to their jolly bunch of friends.

 

PRE-WEDDING CINEMATOGRAPHY – Junwei + Jermaine

Love Story of Junwei + Jermaine

Cinematography by Ben Lim + Apple Lim

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Even through Junwei and Jermaine were living just one block away, they have never met each other before. Watch how fate finally intervenes in leading them to each other and a friendship that blossomed into a sweet romance. Special thanks to Jermaine’s best friend Carina for doing the illustration artworks towards the end of the video.

 

Real Weddings – Christopher + Rachel

Wedding of Christopher + Rachel

Photography by Petite  Story

Cinematography by Ben Lim + Sabrina

Church Wedding and Reception at Victory Family Centre

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Most people swear that long distance relationships don’t usually work out but Christopher and Rachel have proven otherwise. Beginning like a modern day fairy-tale, they met online and slowly their love blossomed despite Christopher being in Arizona and Rachel coming from this little red dot called Singapore.

It was a lovely church wedding at Victory Family Centre and we especially loved the idea of putting well-wishes into a basket floating through the lobby on balloons. Rachel looked absolutely radiant and the couple was adorably shy throughout the wedding and even giggled through their vows!

We hope Christopher and Rachel will continue their fairy-tale life in Arizona and that distance will no longer be an obstacle in their lives ahead.

Real Weddings – Andy + Steph

Wedding of Andy & Steph

Cinematography by Ben Lim + Sabrina

Solemnization and Banquet at Goodwood Park Hotel

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Fun and dynamic Andy complements well with the soft-spoken but ever-elegant Steph as they celebrated their wedding with their great bunch of friends. Everyone was in high spirits and the weather’s good too. We managed to spend a bit of time at the Yishun Dam for some phototaking and filming.

 

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