When we first met up with Edwin and Rachel, we found out that Edwin is a huge Manchester United fan, while Rachel supports Liverpool. It must have been tough on Edwin this season with Manchester United having a poor season, and Liverpool out-performing. Their wedding took place on 11 May, coincidentally the final day of the Barclays Premier League Season 2013/2014. Football was the theme of the day as they even went to the extent of printing ‘11’ and ‘Bros’ on the Brothers’ Manchester United jersey, while the Sisters wore Liverpool jerseys with ‘5’ and ‘Sistas’ on their back. Thus, it was with this in mind that we brainstormed interesting ideas for their ring shots. When we found out that Edwin had a Ryan Giggs (his favourite player) figurine, we asked them if they would like to buy Rachel’s favourite Liverpool player figurine as well! And Edwin promptly went to buy a Steven Gerrard figurine just before the wedding. He even bought a figurine of Sir Alex Ferguson as well! We had great fun taking shots of their rings with the figurines.
The gatecrashing was a relatively simple process for the guys. Lucky them!
酸 = lime juice
甜 = lipstick (which Edwin had to kiss all his brothers on different parts of the face)
苦 = herbal tea
辣 = wasabi paste on toothbrush
The sisters posed a few questions (about Rachel) to Edwin, and inevitably, he gets most of them wrong and was ‘punished’ with having to get his brothers’ to shave off some of their leg hair. After all the ‘fun/torture’ outside the house, Edwin and the guys were finally allowed into the house but not into the room yet. He had to play on the piano and sing along to Jay Chou’s 黑色幽默, which was one of Rachel’s favourite songs. Rachel had quite a number of relatives at her house and it was quite a vibrant and lively morning which was good to see! After a few more ang bao exchanges, Edwin finally got to see Rachel! After having the tea ceremony for Edwin’s relatives at their new house, we set off to St. Regis Hotel and proceeded to take a few shots outside the hotel before their solemnization and lunch.
When we caught up with Edwin and Rachel a few days before their wedding (as we always do with our couples to run through their planned programme), we talked about the video that will be screened before their first march-in. Edwin was unusually secretive about it and said that he could not reveal anything about it and we will have to watch it for ourselves on the day itself. That piqued our curiosity and we couldn’t wait to view the video! We usually can’t watch the entire video as most of the time, we will be keeping a lookout for the reaction of the couples’ guests and trying to get a good shot of them. From the bits and pieces that we managed to catch, we finally understood why Edwin could not say anything about it beforehand. It was such a brilliant and creative video done by AlanMitchi Productions! Do check out their videos as they are quite different from the usual wedding videos with the addition of special effects as well. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal more of the video, as it’s really meant for the viewing pleasure of only those who were present at the wedding :p.
As their wedding coincided with Mother’s Day, Edwin and Rachel prepared a bouquet of flowers and presented it to their dearest mum during their second march-in. With Andy Lau’s 愛是永恆 in the background, it was such an apt song to celebrate the love of Edwin and Rachel, and also their love for their mums. It was a touching moment for all to witness.
Having shot at St. Regis for the first time, I have to say that, to date, this is one of my favourite hotels to shoot weddings. The John Jacob Ballroom is really spacious and we can manoeuvre around very easily to capture almost all guests, unlike some other ballrooms where it’s tough to take photos of some guests as there is really no angle for us. The service by the wedding co-ordinator is also top-notch as she assisted in the table-to-table shots which is something that we don’t usually see from wedding co-ordinators. And the one final thing that I noticed (it’s actually a minor yet thoughtful thing, since I was a bride myself before), was the wedding co-ordinator taking out a pair of bedroom slippers and giving it to Rachel right after the last guest left the ballroom. We all know how tiring it is for brides to be walking around in their high heels the whole day and it’s such a relief to remove the heels and slip into something much more comfortable. So THUMBS UP to the service at St. Regis! 😀