Hooray!! We finally received the photos from our ROM ceremony! A big thank you to our photographer for the day, Alan Ng Photography, for capturing the beautiful pictures. Before we get into the finer details, we’ll also be sharing some preparations leading to the ROM and our mini ROM photoshoot! Click on the “wedding” label or follow our #ForeverWeithYou hashtag to navigate through the posts.
I remember when Keith first proposed on 12/12/17 – to be honest everything felt so surreal. I didn’t expect it as we had just finished attending a media event together. Everything was perfect, from the build-up, actual proposal, his heartfelt speech to me and the ring – look out for Keith’s side of the story in the next post, stay tuned!
Months before our ROM day
We always wanted to have an intimate ROM ceremony, with close family and friends and decided to set the date on 1 March 2018. The first of every month is special to us as it is when we first officially became a couple. Choosing the date was the easiest part! Next up was the theme – we wanted to have a rustic themed wedding to be carried through to both our ROM and the actual wedding ceremony later this year – something that feels and looks absolutely gorgeous. Sure, many couples have done it ahead of us and we had a few inspirations in mind. I wanted to capture the greenery, the outdoors and foresty-area, while Keith liked the dark and dramatic side of things.
Hair & Makeup Artist [Bmarvlous]
Before deciding on your make up artist, I recommend discussing your expectations and the certain type of look you prefer. I engaged the help of Brenda from Bmarvlous and shared with her that I wanted a lighter and natural look for the ROM photoshoot and she was very open about it. Brenda was extremely patient and her friendly service was also equally great. Two weeks prior to the trial runs, I had my hair done and a fresh colour of caramel brown. I also applied my regular face masks diligently to keep my face hydrated and moisturised.
During the hair and makeup trial we tried a few different looks – to see if I would prefer it up, half up or to let it down. I was thinking of doing an elegant side fishtail braid but decided to let my hair down instead to make it feel more natural to how I would usually wear it on a daily basis. Brenda styled my hair in a half updo with curls and created soft waves midway down. I absolutely love the look of the lush curls and the volume was perfect for the theme I had in mind.
Some pictures of Brenda making me look awesome 🙂
Loved how it turned out!
Some takeaway tips:
- Recommend washing your hair the night before or have ample time for your hair to be completely dry if you are planning to wash it in the morning.
- I usually put some hair oil on the ends of my hair the night before, but might be better to skip this step to keep your hair as dry as possible for maximum styling.
- Skip the sunblock or moisturiser as it may be too oily. Leave it in the hands of your MUA, she’ll know the best option for you 🙂
- Inform your MUA on your skin condition prior, just to avoid any sudden skin irritation.
Check out Brenda’s hair and make up services from Bmarvelous. Hope this will be handy for you future brides!
Bouquet Arrangement & Décor [Dancing Petals]
When it comes to choosing the perfect bridal flowers, I personally don’t have a clue about how to match them together. Of course naturally we hope to match it to the colour scheme or theme of our little ROM photoshoot. We had wanted something rustic, exudes warmth and a sense of wonderment and engaged the help of Lydia (Lea) from Dancing Petals. I knew that she would help capture the mood of the piece beautifully from her very passionate and giving nature. All we had to do was show her a photo of the bouquet we had in mind and she knew right away.
The rustic-themed bouquet we received had a mix of flowers including pastel pink and white roses, and foliage to fit the earthy and forest theme. I like the slight messiness of the bouquet and its petite size which was great to hold in hand. I also love the way the stems of the roses have been left long and the leaves left on, which is usually less formal than other floral arrangements.
One of our favourite shots
Besides the bouquet, we also got a set of 20 helium balloons (pink and white theme) – just as an added prop to the scene. Both the balloons and bouquet was personally hand delivered to the ROM location, truly appreciate Lydia’s help to arrange this for us.
It was very encouraging to learn about Lydia’s sentiments about Dancing Petals and how she has instilled her values and beliefs to the work that she does on a daily basis. Check out the rest of her flowers and floral arrangements themed Love, Hope and Faith – categorised in fresh, dried and everlasting blooms.
Address: Icon@Changi (Eunos) 228 Changi Road #05-09, Singapore 419741
Contact: +65 8742 9290
ROM Photoshoot [Alan Ng Photography]
We first chanced upon Alan’s work and was drawn to his style of pictures he posted on his Instagram. We decided to meet up with the team Alan and Stephanie and got to know them a little better – the casual conversation we had really helped to put us at ease before the actual day. We also learned about Alan’s photography style and his emphasis on capturing the emotions and precious moments during an event. He also did a little pre-interview with us including how we met, what we enjoyed as a couple and about each other – just so that he could understand our personalities a little better. I think this added touch made us feel comfortable and was a really great standout factor for us.
During the discussion, Alan was open about our ideas and theme – we actually brought in a bunch of sample pictures for him to look at (haha!). Initially, both Keith and I were quite meticulous in the poses and style we wanted but realised keeping it natural might be better. Alan also recommended keeping it in the moment and take on the photoshoot as comfortably as we like. We were nervous at first but I’m glad we took Alan’s suggestion as it did reflect our love in the photos!
We did our ROM photoshoot at a serene part of Fort Canning, a spot with lots of greenery. During the photoshoot itself, Alan was very patient and helped us feel at ease. This was especially important for me as I wasn’t a very candid person. He helped us channel our emotions by suggesting to speak to each other, reminiscing about the times we met and saying sweet nothings to each other. Certainly helped us giggle and smile alot 🙂
The whole experience was very enjoyable thanks to Alan and his assistant. If you are looking for a photographer who is spontaneous, professional, and can keep you comfortable throughout, recommend checking Alan and his team out.
Alan Ng Photography
Contact: +65 9675 7395
Stay tuned to our next post on the exchange of wedding rings and vows 🙂 The day we were legally married as husband and wife.
Photography: Alan Ng Photography
Bouquet Arrangement: Dancing Petals
Props & Balloon Décor: Dancing Petals
Bride’s Dress: The Velvet Dolls
Bride’s Shoes: Zalora
Groom’s Outfit: Custom-made by Le Modella Tailors
Hair & Makeup: Bmarvlous
Wedding Rings: Jann Paul
With lots of love,
Keith & Xue Wei