Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

And no, I'm not a teddy bear.

We’ve only just begun

I’m finally back in Singapore again! I traveled home with Legend (yea, his self-crowned nickname) on Friday morning so that I could make it in time for my dental appointment on Saturday morning and more importantly, my dearest cousin, Daniel’s wedding on Sunday. It was a really sweet event – nothing big, full of flair and extravagance, but it’s the simple wedding ceremony and the dinner thereafter that really captured my heart. Who needs to book the whole restaurant and big bowls of shark fin soup to complement a wedding? I love it how Daniel and Emily picked a simpler alternative, with close friends and relatives attending the ceremony and dinner. I really, really enjoyed myself.

The happy couple, Emily and Daniel.

The happy couple, Emily and Daniel.

Oh and I’m hereby dedicating this classic wedding song to the happy couple :) We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters.

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The day started off with everyone arriving around 8.30-9am in the morning to gather at the empty home beside my uncle’s house. Everyone brought food and drinks, and we sat around inflating balloons to decorate the place :)

Daniel's sister, Alicia, and my mom.

Daniel's sister, Alicia, and my mom.

That’s Alicia and my mom tying the balloons together and hanging them up for decoration. I remembered the heart-shaped balloons were notoriously difficult to inflate and we all suffered from the gag reflex somewhere during the process. Nonetheless, we have now cute little balloons greetings anyone who’s arriving at the house!

Daniel left for Emily’s home and had to charge through various obstacles before being allowed by Emily’s bffs to bring her back to his home. That meant a two-hour wait for us and I happily chatted away with cousin Kenneth. The entire house was swarming with life and activity all thanks to the endless chatters from the ladies. Well, at least that kept us up and awake too! Teehee!

Words started to spread that Daniel is on his way back so we made our way to my uncle’s house next door. Soon before I realized, we heard blaring horns in the distance – an act to tell everyone that somebody’s getting married today and the bride and groom are in the car.

Aunt Chris helping Emily to put on the jewels.

Aunt Chris helping Emily to put on the jewels.

Emily looked absolutely gorgeous in that gown she’s wearing! Simple and yet very beautiful. You know what, you don’t need a Vera Wang to make you look like a bride. It’s the bride that matters, not the dress, isn’t it? :)

What a ride!

What a ride!

Definitely the coolest ride I’ve ever seen. That dude in red in the background is the official photographer and he was lugging around two huge cameras – Canon 5D and 40D as I learned from him later at night during the wedding dinner when he shared the same table as me.

Tossing the bouquet over her shoulder. Catch it!

Tossing the bouquet over her shoulder. Catch it!

Did I mention the weather that day was one of the best one I’ve ever seen? Clear blue sky with rolling clouds, as hot as hell outside but it makes a good weather for high speed photography! Emily tossed the bouquet over her shoulder and as superstition goes, the women who catches it will be the next to wed.

A group photo before the wedding reception ends.

A group photo before the wedding reception ends.

Most of the family group photos were covered by the official photographer so I was just there to take photos when I see fit. I can’t wait to see the official wedding photo album once the photos were all developed!

The wedding reception ended around noon and we all returned home to prepare ourselves for the dinner. I took a four hour nap because I was too tired running around the place taking photos. I never knew it could be so tiring! But then the experience gave me a first-hand feel of how being a photographer at a wedding feels like – no toilet break, man and camera at all times and being a shutter-bug is a must! One can’t afford to miss out any of the precious moments and it’s always good to have another photographer buddy to get your back just in case.

Outside the restaurant. Crystal, Boon, Alicia, Emily and Daniel.

Outside the restaurant. Crystal, Boon, Alicia, Emily and Daniel.

My cousin Crystal and Alicia were sitting for their papers tomorrow and yet they helped out with the seating. Boon too! All the best for their exams… speaking of which, I’m glad to get mine done with but my heart goes out to those who haven’t finish their exams yet. Hang in there!

Wedding cake bokeh.

Wedding cake bokeh.

A failed attempt to create a lovely bokeh photo from the figurines on the wedding cake *weak smiles*

Going table to table for drinks.

Going table to table for drinks.

It’s ingrained in our culture that the newly wed have to go to each table at the wedding dinner for drinks! Usually the poor groom will end up dead drunk, but Daniel still looked okay after going past 8 tables. A little flushed but still holding up good! I stuck to my cup of iced coke for the cheers.

So that wraps up my weekend trip to Malaysia for my cousin’s wedding! The next week in Singapore will be full of lunch/dinner dates and appointments, plus a long overdue Starbucks treat for Dayna. Have a great week ahead everyone!

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