Intimate Paris Elopement | Lin & Shimin

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Lin and Shimin are a sweet and loving couple coming from Hong Kong. The groom Shimin used to live in Paris when he was doing a study exchange program year back. Since then Paris remains his favourite place, and when he and Lin got engaged, they knew immediately Paris would be the perfect location. It means the world for him to bring her back and show her the city that forever has his heart. 
Although it wasn’t possible for them to officially wed in Paris, Shimin and Lin took the chance and arranged for an intimate elopement on top of Montmartre. In front of church Sacré-Cœur overlooking Paris, they held hands and shared vows for each other. The rest of the day we took photos around Paris at some of the most iconic places: Pont Alexandre III, river side of the Seine, Pont de Bir-Hakeim and finished at the the bride’s favourite café Shakespeare & Company. It was a day full of emotional and intimate celebration of their love.

 

This Paris elopement was published on Magnolia Rouge.

 

Shimin & Lin's Parisian elopement in Montmartre, Pont Alexandre III and the Seine

 

 

Wabi-sabi perfect imperfection bridal editorial

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Back in spring, just after coming back from Japan all inspired, I pulled together this editorial shoot in collaboration with redwhitebluepink and did something completely different. It is such an important project for me personally- from selecting the props, styling, to implementing a vision in my head into something tangible... I felt like everything came to make sense after this. I've become more aware of my own aesthetic, the subjects that truly speaks to me, and the artistic direction I'd love to follow.

 

Featured on Wedding Sparrow

 

 

A little introduction to the story:

"Wabi-sabi" is a Japanese term representing an aesthetics centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. A beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. 

From my travels and experiences in Japan, I was very much inspired by the understated and natural beauty in the Japanese design. Garden covered with moss, bamboo and cobblestones; walls faded with age; tea bowls in rustic and humble shapes. Things are all refined and thoughtfully arranged, but at the same time very organic and imperfect purposely. It is appreciation of natural forms and the organic, flawed beauty from the imperfection.
ith a color palette of black/white, dark gray, wooden and hint of pale pink, Susanne from
Redwhitebluepink reated 2 ikebana arrangements and table settings that celebrate motion and atural forms of the materials. Bridie from The Little North Sea Studi designed amazing stationery combing abstract painted marks, scripts that almost look like Japanese characters and some clean texts. 
e had two looks using a veil nd a headpiece rom SIBO Designs nd gowns from Unielle Couture. The fine lace and handmade crystal beads compliments other imperfect elements perfectly. 

 

The awesome team: 

Concept & Photographer: CHYMO & MORE Photography | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Styling & Floral Design: Redwhitebluepink | Stationery & Calligraphy: The Little North Sea Studio | Gowns: Unielle Couture | Veil & headpiece: SIBO Designs | Venue: Landgoed Clingendael | Hair & Makeup: Zaheera Chitanie | Model: Suzannah Cunnington

 

 

Traditional Japan Engagement session with cherry blossoms and deer

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Yiting and Chen are greatly influenced by Japanese culture and nature. They got in touch with me after seeing my upcoming trip announcement to Japan, and together we decided to take their engagement photos in one of the most preserved and stunning cities, Nara. The bride is fascinated with its historic gardens and temples, and of course the cutest deer hanging on the streets of Nara.

 

We spent the morning wandering around the traditional district as well as a quiet and peaceful Buddhist garden formed with elements of “zen”. It was early April, so every corner was covered with sakura / cherry blossom. In the afternoon, the couple changed into kimonos at rental shop MIYABI. We took a small trip to the park of Nara, where cherry blossom trees are the fullest and prettiest.  The day ended at a hidden shrine which dedicated in blessing for relationships and marriage. The perfect way to end an engagement session!

 

Featured on Dear Gray Magazine

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Yiting & Chen's engagement session in Kasuga Taisha and Nara Park, Nara, Japan