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Photos from various Chinese Weddings. These include Traditional and Christian Weddings
Ming and Ezane’s wedding was held at the luxury hotel Carcosa Seri Negara in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel consists of two mansions dating from colonial times. They were the residence of the British Governor General and Queen Elizabeth has previously stayed there, making it a fairly exclusive place to hold a wedding. The name Carcosa Seri Negara is given to describe both venues as one building is named “Carcosa”, whilst the other is the “Seri Negara.” ManyView full post »
Tyler and Chin Vens pre-wedding portraits were taken at the Avillion in Port Dixon using black and white film. This was 2005 and the industry was in the middle of changing over from digital to film based photography. Film has a magical romantic quality all of its own.
Please note the following images have been transferred from my old site when we were all “Internet load speed” compromised. That’s a fancy way of saying that they are of lower resolution than more recent weddings.View full post »
Pastor Kevin and Esther’s Wedding in City Harvest Church
I have been going through the archives and posting up these golden oldies recently. Here’s Pastor Kevin and Esthers wedding in City Harvest Church (CHC), Subang Jaya. When they asked me to be their wedding photographer I didn’t realise that I was going to end up covering weddings for almost the entire leadership team. City Harvest Church has moved into a newer, larger and nicer lit building. These photos were taken inView full post »
I know Peter and Dianne from Calvary Church in Damansara Heights (now relocated to the Calvary Convention Centre in Bukit Jalil). They wanted to do a renewal of vows and opted for St Andrews Church in Raja Chulan. An officiant flew up from Singapore to do the rites as they are done back in Peters home town. Regarding the standing on chairs and kissing….it’s a traditional thing. 🙂
The black and whites were shot on Ilford film hence the “sand-grain” look. Digital camerasView full post »
Old Traditions Made New: Like most weddings we shoot the bride and groom had FUN!Â Cheryl and Jin’s wedding started as a traditional Chinese wedding, complete with bargaining and tea ceremony, progressed to wedding portraiture at the Sheraton imperial, and then on into a dinner and party.Â As always, the photography for the portraiture was done on the wedding day. We schedule about an hour for formal during the day, either in your home or at the hotel venue. This not only saves youView full post »
Just a quick post today. I suddenly realised Chinese New Year is just around the corner! It is the time when families get together and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. Over the season I do a lot of family shoots, both in my studio as well as at some of the larger Chinese New Year reunion dinner celebrations. So that means if you are planning on booking me please let me know soon to avoid disappointment.
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“My mother in law didn’t understand why I changed my wedding date to get Grant to cover our special day. Once she saw his photos she knew why!”
Anna Lee is the co-owner and partner of That Special Occasion, as well as a good friend of mine and I was very please to be asked to photograph her wedding in 2002. Digital SLRs were rare and pricey at that time, so we shot film. I used Ilford Delta 400 and 3,200 black and white film to take these images. Their wedding was celebratedView full post »
“Hi Grant!!! I have downloaded all the beautiful pictures!! Love it! 🙂 Thank you!! Cheers! ~Evelyn”
I LOVE getting this type of feed back and it is always nice to hear. Sadly so many people deny themselves good photography on their wedding day citing it is too expensive little realizing that the only thing that will definitely increase in value after their wedding day are the photos. Evelyn and Patrick’s wedding was held at Renewal Lutheran Church, the Oasis of Care, inView full post »
I was asked recently by another photographer to write a post about one of the distinguishing features of my own particular shooting style. That is, how to capture a wedding discreetly, without being a distraction to the proceedings. I think we need to examine why this is important, as well as the factors which enable you to be discreet. I have been shooting weddings for nearly 25 years, and so I have managed to think this through a fair bit. Also with my corporate work I shoot on set whileView full post »
“Thank you for all the photos, they’re so lovely! It was very thoughtful of U to add the little surprise in as well 🙂 “~ Sarah
Sarah an Louis celebrated their wedding at Renewal Lutheran Church aka Oasis of Care, in Petaling Jaya. It is a really warm and wonderful church. I have shot 3 or 4 weddings there over the years and I still remember the first time I was there how friendly the staff were.
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Annie and Andre’s wedding was a split affair between the traditional Bidayuh wedding in Kuching, Sarawak and dinner at the Hilton in KL Sentral. I only covered the Kuala Lumpur side, which included a church wedding at Saint Barnabas church in Klang. The decor at the Hilton was stunning. Really fine affair with everyone dressed up for a fantastic evening out. You cannot have a Bidayuh wedding without the traditional Tuak. It is called a rice wine but in reality it is much more like Sake orView full post »
Jared and Marianna contacted me 3 days before their wedding ceremony to ask whether I was free to cover their wedding. Yes 3 days! How does that happen? Romantic story. Jared is originally from Malaysia , and was visiting relatives back here with his parents and siblings along with his Russian fiance Marianna, when the suggestion was made to have their wedding ceremony brought forward so all of the local relatives including his aging grandmother could attend. And so it happened!
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Kimberley and Nicholas had their wedding at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. Consisting of a Christian wedding ceremony, tea ceremony and then dinner. We were shooting with the Canon 5DMk3, Sony A7, and Nikon D750 cameras. We are brand agnostic, but at this wedding I discovered the D750 has an absolutely phenomenal exposure range.
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Mid week beach wedding at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa on Langkawi Island. Bride is working in Shanghai and her groom from Taiwan.View full post »
This set of pre wedding portraits were taken at the Aloft hotel in KL Sentral. The Aloft Hotel is a really nice location for weddings and one of the really interesting features of the hotel is that the wedding couple can drive their wedding car right up and INTO the ballroom. Cool or what?
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“When you start planning your wedding, you enter into a whole new world that can come with a shockingly high price tag. It’s natural to look for places to cut corners, but here are some facts to consider before hiring an amateur photographer for your wedding day.
1. The number one regret of couples after the wedding is not investing more money in a photographer.
When the wedding is over, all you have left are your photographs. Unfortunately, it’s not until AFTER the wedding that mostView full post »
Jaclyn and Michael’s wedding was held in the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, Greenlane, Penang. It was a smaller wedding but loads of fun as everyone knew each other. Jaclyn had a beautiful dress as you can see in her portraits. The other nice touch was on her shoes in the very first photo below. Very cute 🙂
The portraits were mostly conducted at the very crowded Batu Ferringhi Beach. (Some claim it is where “First Contact” originally happened 🙂 ). Lots ofView full post »
Beautiful flowers at the church in Pekanbaru, Indonesia
Just back yesterday from covering a church wedding in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia. Saw lots of friends from City Harvest Church in Subang Jaya as most of the friends in attendance know the bride and groom from their student days studying in Sunway/Taylors colleges. Pastor Kevin from City Harvest Subang was in attendance and made mention that it was the biggest reunion of the Indonesian contingent from City Harvest. All the old leadersView full post »
Geoff and Ellie had flown in from Canada so they could celebrate with Ellie’s parents in the town of Taiping where they held a traditional Chinese Tea ceremony and banquet dinner for the family. Geoff’s folks flew down from Canada to enjoy the ceremonies and they were also joined by his brother and sister in law from Japan. Traditional Chinese weddings include giving of tea by the couple to all of their older relations, and receiving tea from their younger relations. It is aView full post »
Agnes contacted me from Japan where she has been living for the past 8 years. She was coming back to Malaysia to get her marriage with her fiance Isao registered with the government. As she had been away for so long she was a bit out of touch with the wedding industry so asked me if I could:
Arrange a wedding gown
Arrange a suit for the groom
Arrange a church
Arrange a minister
Arrange a make up and hair stylist
Arrange a bouquet
Arrange a wedding car
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The Wedding Champagne Fountain. Time for Yum Seng!
Ben and Yin’s wedding was both a special day for them and a unique one in Malaysia’s wedding photography industry. Why? Because my friend Mr How brought along his brand new Canon 200-400 F4L, The first and only one in Malaysia. I will share more on this lens at the end of this posting and have tagged several of the images below that show it in use.
Ben is the last of three brothers who have asked us to be their weddingView full post »
A heavy kick of rice wine in traditional Kadazan bamboo cups shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 R shot at 1/50 sec F1.4 ISO2000
Back in September I covered a wedding in Kota Kinabalu and had the FujiFilm X-Pro1 along with me. While relying on my main DSLRs I wanted to test out the viability of using Fuji’s retro styled camera for weddings. My background was from way back when we used film, including the Leica M series of cameras. Since those days cameras have gotten bigger andView full post »
Tremayne and Chun Hua asked me to be their wedding photographer to cover their traditional Chinese wedding. The day started off with bridal make up and hair styling at the Grand Dorsett Hotel in Subang followed by a very relaxed tea ceremony back at Tremayne’s family home. The whole family was very relaxed and the morning was enjoyable. Later in the week the family wedding reception was at the Ahyat Abalone Restaurant in Section 13, Petaling Jaya. It was great to see friends fly in fromView full post »
The beautiful bride
Rebecca asked me to be her wedding photographer back in May this year. Like many of my out station brides the first time we met was the night before the wedding when we checked into our hotel. After that it was off to the rehearsal at St Thomas Church in the middle of Kuantan town. Rebecca’s family were most welcoming when we met them there and we went through the rehearsal with them.
The next morning we kicked the actual wedding day off with family photos at their newView full post »
Mac and Kevin approached me to be their wedding photographer earlier this year. it was a two day event with their Roman Catholic wedding at Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang, followed by lunch and their tea ceremony. It turned out to be one of the most fun tea ceremonies to date, possibly because lunch was so much fun.
A few weeks later we were down at Cyberview Lodge to cover the official wedding banquet dinner. As you can see it was a lot of fun!View full post »
Melissa and Donovan called me from Kota Kinabalu to ask whether I would be interested to fly over to be their wedding photographer for their big day in Sabah. Melissa is Kadazan which is an instant draw card for me. I have been the wedding photographer for a number of Sabahan’s in Kuala Lumpur and I have always enjoyed the traditional Sumazau dance which seems to get everyone up onto the dance floor regardless of race or religion. The church service was in Sacred Heart Cathedral.View full post »
Fan Jean and Lee’s Wedding at the Shangrila Tanjung Aru
Kota Kinabalu, beautiful location, lovely people. I first met FanJean when I was the wedding photographer at City Harvest Church (CHC) in Subang Jaya several years ago, and when she contacted me to be her wedding photographer back in her home town of Kota Kinabalu I leapt at the chance. Her family were very welcoming and showed me where to get the freshest seafood in KK the night before the wedding.
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Too early to comment too much on the Fuji X-Pro1 for now but I brought one along with the 35mm lens to a wedding at Passion Road in Ampang to use along side our pro-cameras. I will let the images speak for themselves, but I think I like it.
Bride’s sister photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO1250
Bride’s shoes photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF35mm F1.4 lens shot at 1/50sec, F1.4, ISO640
Champagne bottle photographed with the FujiView full post »
Naoko is from Japan and works at the PJ Hilton as the wedding and events manager. Her wedding was held at theÂ Hilton in Central, Kuala Lumpur. I was delighted when she called me regarding being her actual day wedding photographer. There were lots of friends from the hotel industry present and as you can see it was a fun wedding day. The day started with a traditional Chinese Bridal bargaining, and then moved on to a traditional Tea Ceremony and then a mighty fine dinner. Naoko’sView full post »
Barry Wong’s wedding ceremony was performed at theÂ Calvary Church in Damansara Heights. As a long time member of the church and participant in the worship team, there were many family and friends in attendance as he made his wedding vows before God, to his stunning wife Alison, a stewardess with Singapore Airlines. This was one of the most touching weddings of 2012, and it was obvious Barry was head over heels in love with his wife. In the Christian tradition marriage is the highestView full post »
First dance together. The Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
A quick posting of another wedding. John and Deborah’s wedding was held at Assumption Church Petaling Jaya. Their Chinese wedding banquet dinner was at theÂ Hotel Intercontinental, Kuala Lumpur, formerly known as the Nikko Hotel. Their Chinese tea ceremonies were held at home. Deborah chose a fantastic looking wedding gown and a really striking cheongsam for dinner.View full post »
Jasmine and Francis celebrated their wedding in style with an out-door ceremony at Cyberview Lodge. The wedding ceremony included the release of some fairly “reluctant-to-fly” doves, and, as Francis was formerly of the Alley Cats, the evening was filled with wine, women and songs from many of the guests.
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Edwin and Ekwan contacted me to be the photographer for their wedding at the freshly revamped Hilton in Petaling Jaya. The morning was a tradition Chinese wedding complete with fun and games. The girls had fun and collected lots of money before Edwin got in to the house to meet his blushing bride. Ekwan looked stunning as you can see in the above photo. In the evening friends and family converged on the Hilton PJ for the wedding banquet.
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Tim and Anna contacted me to be their photographer for their wedding at the Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hill Resort near Genting. It was an outdoor wedding and the weather held up well. The hotel has a French theme and this was played upon for the dinner that followed later in the evening by the use of masks at the banquet. Sort of a masked dinner type theme. As you can see, everyone had a fun experience.View full post »
Laverne and Jin’s red getaway car!
When I received a call from Laverne and Jin regarding being their wedding photographer I was really happy. I have taken the wedding photos for many of the leadership team at City Harvest Church (CHC) including their pastors, and had seen them at several of these weddings. This is in their new church which is fantastic! Their bright candy red VW combi wedding car was also a stunner.View full post »
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.
Stephen Foong was the wedding planner
Older place holder image for the earlier gallery.View full post »
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