Bridal Photo Albums

Bridal photo of Wuan and Peter

Wuan and I collected the two albums for our bridal photo shoot some time last month. We were impressed by the images in the sample albums that were displayed by De Paris Image at the wedding fair at Mid Valley Megamall. We had gone there for our dinner after having our marriage solemnised at Registrar of Marriage at Thean Hou Temple earlier in the day.

When we placed the deposit for the shoot, we had specifically indicated that we wanted natural skin tone with very little retouching of the images and plain background. Never mind that our complexion were not flawless. We wanted to look natural. The package came with one large album and one smaller album of twenty images each and three framed images.

When we were called back to view and select the images after the 12-hour photo shoot, we were rather delighted with the results. The skin tone was nice. We threw out most of the images that did not have plain background. At the end, we settled for an extra five images that cost us RM600 more. We liked the photos and it was not something that we would be doing often.

Imagine our disappointment when we went to collect the albums and discovered that some of the images were extensively touched up. We did not look natural. The skin tone was not natural. I looked like I had too much powder on my face. Looking at the images of myself reminded me of the touched up portrait of my father when he was young. In those days, if one wanted colour portraits, the studio would take a black and white photo and coloured it.

I will not recommend De Paris Image to couples shopping for a bridal studio for their photo shoot. Shop around more. I am sure there are studios that understand what minimum retouching is or ensure that the touched up images look natural. Make sure all the charges are stipulated up front. Some devious studios will not tell you that make-up, hairdo, fake eye lashes and the ampoules for make-up are not included in the package. Brides should bring their own free bra which can be bought from other places for a fraction of what the studios charge. The bridal photo shoot may be a once in a lifetime event for most couples but that should not be an excuse to allow these unscrupulous studios to take us for a ride.

Wedding Album Photo Shoot

Spent the whole of today at the bridal studio with Wuan for our wedding album shoot. 11am to 11pm. It was really hard labour. I hope the photos will turn out well. I am going to whack the next person who tells me to smile. Bryan the photographer has been telling us to do just exactly that from the moment we began. 12 hours of listening him telling us the same thing is a little too much. But he had been very patient. I really hope the photos will turn out well.

Till Death Do Us Part

Wuan's hand bouquet, our wedding rings and heart-shaped rose quartz
Wuan’s pink roses and red berries hand bouquet, our gold wedding rings and
William and Cynthia’s gift of two heart-shaped rose quartzes.

Our marriage was solemnised at the stroke of twelve this afternoon. I was choked with emotions when I responded to the marriage registrar’s question with an “I do.” This is the happiest day of my life. After nine years of courtship, Wuan and I finally took the leap of faith to become man and wife in the eyes of the law.

Wuan was my pillar of strength when I sank into depression after Mum’s death. She has been there with me through thick and thin, supporting me all the way in whatever I did. My life would have been so incomplete without her. God took back the woman who loved me most and sent another who loves me equally as much. I am so blessed.

It was a private affair. William and Cynthia were our witnesses and the only persons in the room during the signing of the marriage certificates. All the four of us met around the same time back in the end of 1998. Therefore they were naturally the most suitable persons we could think of to become our witnesses on this joyous occasion.

Reallybites revealed this two days before in the entry titled Till Death Do Us Part.