Melissa and Bernard’s Wedding with the Sony Alpha System

Classic Photo of Bride waiting in her wedding car

Originally posted 2011-02-19 11:42:12.

Classic Photo of Bride waiting in her wedding car
I love this image. The wedding car reminded me of a beautiful carriage. (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Over the many years I have been shooting weddings I have been blessed with being trusted by most of the larger camera manufacturers to test their cameras and lenses in actual wedding day situations. In the past I have tested out both of Nikon’s monster 200mm f2.0G and 200-400 F4G lenses, a full Canon5D Mk3 system, Fuji Films Xpro1, the Olympus E1, and for this wedding the Sony Alpha 900. One thing is for sure, it does not matter which system you settle on for your photography as they are all good. Each has its strengths and quirks. There is no best system.

As I was reviewing the photos of Melissa and Bernard’s wedding I realised the Sony Alpha system is very capable. This is largely due to the Alpha systems long and illustrious pedigree, as they were once known as Minolta. Minolta (later known as “Konica Minolta”) was once one of the giants in the Japanese camera industry. They had the first modern autofocus SLR in the market as well as one of the most advanced multi-flash systems. Sony aspired to enter the DSLR business and Minolta was ripe for a take over, so here we are. The A900 has a mostly intuitive control layout due in no small part to its older film camera legacy.  The lenses I used on the A900 for this wedding were the 24mm F2.0 ZA  and the 85mm F1.4 ZA. I usually shoot with two cameras so it was easy to stick with these two primes for the Sony A900, while my Nikon D3 was used with f2.8 zooms. Other cameras used were the 5Dmk2 and 1D Mk4. There was a certain something about how the Sony A900 images came out that I really liked. Can’t quite put my finger on what it was though.

Regarding the wedding: The couple, Melissa and Bernard, had planned the wedding ceremony to be held at St Johns Cathedral in central Kuala Lumpur. Bernard and his family are from Florida so it was a major trip for his family to come all the way out for the wedding, and typical Malaysian hospitality greeted them. Many of the weddings we cover are early in the morning (making for a very long day!) however the wedding ceremony was scheduled for the afternoon, starting at 4:00pm. This alters the lighting in the church as well and it gave quite a different look.

After the wedding ceremony we all went to the Royal Chulan Hotel which is situated in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The wedding banquet was held in the main ballroom and was a relaxed and intimate dinner. The photos below speak volumes.

Bridal Preparations at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Melissa’s Bridal preparations at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Lovely gown detail Bridal Preparations at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Lovely gown detail (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Lovely bridal gown and necklace detail at the Royal Chulan Hotel

Melissa’s necklace complemented her wedding gown (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Pretty flowers make a nice hood ornament on the wedding car at St Johns Cathedral

Pretty flowers make a nice hood ornament on the wedding car as it waits outside St Johns Cathedral (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Classic wedding car outside St Johns Cathedral

The wedding car was a classic! (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Brides maid at St Johns Cathedral Wedding Photographer Malaysia

The grooms sister was one of the brides maids (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Brides entrance to her wedding at St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Melissa’s final walk as a single woman (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Groomsmen in St Johns Cathedral Wedding

The boys anxiously wait

Flower girl St Johns Cathedral Wedding

The very pretty flower girl

Wedding ring close up photo in St Johns Cathedral

A close up of the wedding rings

St Johns Cathedral wedding ceremony

St Johns Cathedral wedding ceremony (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

St Johns Cathedral Wedding Grooms Parents

The grooms family coping with the heat prretty well

St Johns Cathedral Wedding Kiss

The wedding kiss. I like the assistants expression.

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the left side

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the left side

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the right side

View of the St Johns Cathedral interior from the right side

St Johns Cathedral Happy Bride and groom

Bernard and Melissa prepare to leave the church (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

St Johns Cathedral Happy Bride and groom

The happy bride and groom (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

St Johns Cathedral Happy Bride and groom Wedding Recessional

We’re married! (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Wedding Portrait at the Royal Chulan Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA

Wedding Portraits were taken at the Royal Chulan Hotel (Sony Alpha 900 with 85mm F1.4 ZA)

Bride and Groom entrance to the wedding banquet at the Royal Chulan Kuala Lumpur

Bernard and Melissa’s grand entrance to their wedding banquet at the Royal Chulan dinner

Bride and Groom at the Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Kuala Lumpur

Bernard and Melissa were so happy that evening.

Bride and Groom exchanging loving looks at the Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Kuala Lumpur

The loving look says it all.

Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Kuala Lumpur

A special daddy-daughter moment

Cake Cutting Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet Photographer

Melissa and Bernard cut their wedding cake

bride and grooms speech Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet

Bernard delivers his speech.

bride and grooms first dance Royal Chulan Wedding Banquet

The bride and grooms first dance

Larry and Pauline’s Wedding at Zion Lutheran Church. Wedding Dinner at Berjaya Times Square

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Originally posted 2011-01-26 15:47:08.

Larry and Pauline’s wedding was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Brickfields. It is one of the older churches, being built in 1924. Stephen Foong was the wedding planner for the day and we often meet up with him at weddings. The venue for the wedding dinner was the Berjaya Times Square hotel. We have shot there fairly regularly over the years and it has an interesting ballroom set up.

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Stephen Foong was the wedding planner

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Older place holder image for the earlier gallery.

Greg and Jennifer’s Wedding at City Harvest Church

Originally posted 2011-01-03 13:52:30.

Greg and Jennifer. Married in City Harvest Church, Subang Jaya
Greg and Jennifer. Married in City Harvest Church, Subang Jaya

Greg and Jennifer’s Wedding at City Harvest Church (CHC), Subang Jaya. We have been the wedding photographer team for many of the original leadership team of the church and it has been wonderful to see the church grow over the years. This was in the old church building, before the new and much larger one down the road. In the evening dinner was held at the Bankers Club opposite Times Square.

Cameras Used: Canon 20D, 5D, Nikon D200 and D2H

 

John and Mindy’s Wedding at St John’s Cathedral & Royal Chulan

Champagne toast Wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Originally posted 2010-10-18 15:01:11.

 

Champagne toast Wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Sometimes you just need a womans touch. Mindy lends a helping hand to help John pop the cork!

John and Mindy’s wedding was a fusion of both Chinese and Christian traditions. John and his friends did the traditional bargaining and collection of the bride before having a tea ceremony then off to church. The wedding was held in St. John’s Cathedral in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It’s a nice church with stained glass windows and an airy atmosphere. Afterward the wedding banquet was planned for the Royal Chulan hotel. The Royal Chulan has several areas for wedding dinners, with one of the popular venues the being the glass roofed central court which is what was used this evening. It is a personal favourite location for me due to its openness. It has a certain “feel” I can’t quite articulate.  Photos below.

Bridal make up session

Mindy’s make up session started early in the morning.

Wedding bargaining ideas

Chilli Padi and Wasabi. Gauranteed to get the heart racing.

Chinese Bride and her parents

Mindy and her parents before leaving for the wedding ceremony at St Johns.

Chinese traditional wedding bargaining ideas

Blow the flour. Find the house key. White faces all around.

Beautiful bride and gown wedding in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Mindy looked stunning. Beautiful gown.

Wedding bouquet St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Mindy’s pretty bridal bouquet

Traditional Chinese Tea set for the wedding tea ceremony

Traditional Chinese Tea set

Chinese Ang pow traditional wedding tea ceremony

Angpow stands at the ready

St Johns Cathedral in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

St Johns Cathedral in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

Flower decor for St Johns Cathedral Wedding in Kuala Lumpur

Flowers and Stained glass. Gotta be a wedding happening in the next hour.

Beautiful Bride at St Johns Cathedral Wedding in Kuala Lumpur

Mindy waits to head down the aisle

Bride getting ready at St Johns Cathedral Wedding in Kuala Lumpur

Mindy prepares to walk down the aisle

Flower girl at Wedding in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

The flower girl was super cute

Black and White Wedding Photography in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Sometimes black and white photography works best for church weddings.

Wedding Ring shot in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

John and Mindy exchange rings in St Johns Cathedral

Wedding Ring shot in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Mindy was not going to leave church without getting that ring on!

Wedding couple recessional march in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

It’s over! We are married!

Bubble Confetti at a Wedding in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Bubbles are a viable alternative to confetti

Bubble Confetti kiss at a Wedding in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Bubbles and a confirmation kiss. We are married.

Wedding Portraits in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Classic portraits

Wedding Portraiture in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Full length portrait

Wedding Portraiture in St Johns Cathedral Kuala Lumpur

Simply Beautiful

Wedding Cake at a Royal Chulan Banquet, Kuala Lumpur

The wedding cake looked pretty fancy

Wedding Banquet table centre piece at the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Interesting table ornaments

Wedding favours at Royal Chulan Hotel Banquet Kuala Lumpur

Small and tastfull wedding guest favours

Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Banquet dcor chair sashes

I don’t normally put up decor shots but I loved the colour of the chair sashes

Overview photo of the central court banquet area in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Overview photo of the central court banquet area in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Bride and groom entrance to the Wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

John and Mindy’s grand entrance at the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Wedding Banquet Guest at the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The grooms mum having a great time

Mixing with guests at Royal Chulan Hotel wedding banquet, Kuala Lumpur

Always mix with your wedding guests. It gives great photo opportunities. Yum Seng!!

Wedding Banquet Bride and groom at the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Mindy’s second entrance in a gorgeous evening gown!

Beautiful bride at her wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Mindy looked stunning

Bride and Groom speech at Wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Speech time.

Bride and Groom give their speeches at Wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Attractive setting for the speech

Champagne toast Wedding Banquet in the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Sometimes you just need a woman’s touch. Mindy lends a helping hand to help John pop the cork!

John and Mindy's Wedding Yum Seng at Royal Chulan Hotel Banquet, Kuala Lumpur

Yum Seng!

 

Kuala Lumpur Tower Wedding at Menara KL

Originally posted 2010-01-01 22:58:47.

Victor and Yu-ying’s wedding was held at the Menara KL, also known as the Kuala Lumpur Tower. Celebrating on top of KL tower has its own unique challenges. Its a very long way down. The bouquet toss promised to be very exciting!

Please note the following images are a transfer from my old website and therefore may be of lower resolution than later postings.