Historical Photoshoot Location | Melaka

Baba & Nyonya House Museum
Website: http://babanyonyamuseum.com/
Add: Nos. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka

This museum was the home of Baba Chan Cheng Siew (1865-1919). The interior decor of the house has Dutch, Portuguese, Malay, and Colonial influences, which make the peranakan home unique. Lavish Blackwood furniture from China, inlaid with pearl and marble, greet visitors in the formal reception hall. Set above them are 5-meter high silk embroidery of Chinese symbolism. A unique set of stairs made of solid cenggal wood leads to the second floor.

peranakan house
door gold carving design antique wooden furniture
Bottom from left: Cenggal wood Stairs, Reception hall, Kitchen, Ancestral hall

prewedding photoshoot wall upstairs carving
topi fan chinese malay fusion sarong shirt
holding hands old setting

Red Square (Dutch Square)
This famous tourist spot in Melaka town is where the historical red painted buildings and structures are located. Among them are Stadthuys (used to be Dutch administrative building), Christ Church, Tan Beng Swee Clock Tower, Queen Victoria Fountain from the British colonial time. 
Add: Jalan Gereja,75000 Melaka

clock tower christ church stadthys
Source: thevastlife.blogspot.com

carrying bride christ church
walking up the stairs
Photos by CM Photography

A' Famosa Fort and St. Paul's Church
There is a staircase from Stadthuys that goes up the hill to St. Paul's Church. It was first built by the Portuguese, originally known as the Chapel of the Mother of God. After the Dutch invaded Malacca, they reconstructed and renamed it to St. Paul's Church. When the Christ Church was established, the Dutch turned St. Paul’s Hill into a burial ground for their noblemen.

At the foot of St. Paul's Hill is the remains of A'Famosa Fortress built by Portuguese admiral, Alfonso d’Albuquerque to protect the Portuguese position in Malacca.

st pauls church tomstone rustic wall
Clockwise: A'Famosa Fortress. St Paul's Church exterior. St Paul's church interior. Granite tombstones.

dark creepy bricks windown
Inside the St. Paul's church. Photo by: Alex Moi.
blue dress jeans coat
Photo: dannykoh.com
rock fort old demolish
Photo by: Aleeya Studio Taiping. @ A'Famosa Fort.

walking distance

Ref: abckualalumpur.com, travelblog.org, malaysia-trulyasia.com, coachnvanrental.com.my, google.com

MUA | Angie Ng

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Angie's client, Cathy described her work as simply delicate. She tried 8 hair-do's and 2 make-ups on her in 4 hours.

makeup trial run
mywedding.com/xilascathy: make-up trial. Nice make-up color contour with no piled up effect. Laid back yet pretty updo.
I reckon Angie's work is clean yet Label:modern and unique. I am intrigued by the aesthetic fresh faces she created. For the hair, I like some of the sophisticated up dos with a simple hairpiece or just some camouflaged bobby pins. If you are searching hard for a solid Label:makeup artist, try her. She gets booked fast. I inquired a quotation but she is not available on my wedding day. She has quite a impressive portfolio appearing on bridal magazines, collaborating with renown photographers and having a well-rounded experience. 

no waist, simple
Actual wedding day of Xilas and Cathy Dec 2010 | PG: Kevin Tan (kevintanphotography.com)

angie ang makeup different views
side spring curls Label:accessorized with a bird cage veil
dress strap with flower petal
soft flowing curls, off-white feather and flower hair-piece adept with a birdcage veil
amazing up soft
angiemakeup.com: Some bridal make-overs she performed. Amazing updo, slightly uneven face cover-up.

dressing hair in front of mirror bride looking down
edwintcg.com (2011)
Chen Fui and Siew Wei‘s Wedding
PG: Edwin Tan
MUA: Angie Ng

Glowing reviews about Angie:
savanah @ Sep 2010 says:
"U can try Angie. She is very good and professional :) http://www.angiemakeup.com"

savanah @ Feb 2011 says:
"Angie is a fabulous MUA. Very professional, punctual and i luv her style. not to mentioned she is a very pretty MUA too :) She will ask wht kinda style u like and discuss with u :)"

cherrystar @ Dec 2011 says:
"AD Morning and Church Ceremony: Angie Ng
- Price: Slightly above average
- Correspondences: Not that prompt
- Service: Excellent
- Punctuality: Good
- End result: Amazing
Angie really made me feel my best on my big day! I have a lot of acne scars and she managed to cover them up quite well without making me look cakey (most likely because she uses water-based foundation with the airbrush!). She doesn't really do much "correction make up" like creating illusions to downplay my big nose or wide face, but instead emphasized on bringing out my best feature - my eyes. Wow, I really loved how she put so much time and effort to make them stand out! She cut short the fake lashes so they didn't look fake on me at all. She added many coats of mascara and eye liner to perfect my eye make up but I didn't end up looking like I had a lot of eye make up on, which was amazing. My husband, like most men, always insist that I look better without make up. But he really loved her natural-looking make up on me!". More at the link above.

Aeron & Sharon - JSP Inside Out Workshop hosted by Jenny Sun from Jamie on Vimeo
Couple: Aeron Leong & Sharon Loke
Label:Flowers: Garrick Goh of Redcorner Floral Shop, Singapore. (+6598462599)
Dresses: Pretty In White (prettyinwhite.com.my)
Hair/makeup: Angie Ng Makeup (angiemakeup.com) 
Photos by: Jamie

Angie Make-up and Hair
website: http://www.angiemakeup.com/
Tel: 012-258 6500
Rates: 2 sessions: RM1500 (same day), RM1800 (different days)
1 session: RM1000

Bridal Makeup Artist | Michelle Tan (Michelle Touche)

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Michelle Tan is a trained makeup artist and hair stylist as well as tatoo coverup, lash extension, eyebrow shaping, manicure beautician. She has been a makeup artist by trade since 1990 when she started her beauty salon, working on TV Commercial, Music Video, Fashion Show projects, and being a freelance makeup, hair beauty trainer. Having been actively involved in wedding makeup and beautification since 2000, Michelle Touche is now a well-established brand in Malaysia. Experience is the father of wisdom. Michelle knows a good wedding MUA comes in a package; technical skill and service delivery.

Her dedication means she will do whatever it takes for the bride to feel comfortable about herself on her wedding day. Sharing all her beauty tips, assisting her clients achieve the most desirable look on their big days and the ability to unleash that beauty when they look at themselves in the mirror give her joy. What is greater than excelling and expanding a career in something you enjoy doing! Makeup to her is a form of art which is not confined by clichés or general format. She uses products such as Estee Lauder, MAC and Bobbi Brown in giving you a long-lasting and flawless look.

princess tiara, v shape necklace spring curls

nice eye brow shape, pearl earrings, sexy dress
delicate hair updo

 Actual comments and discussions:

dlviera in Mar 14 2010:
"I just had my wedding in Dec09 and i've nothing but praises for my MUA. She did a fantastic job - i received countless compliments from my guest all nite! What set her apart from other MUA is her versatility in changing my style for the whole day while maintaing a very natural look (i had three session in a day - morning, ROM, dinner registration). Most importantly, it was her dedication and professionalism that made the difference. She accompanied me all day and nite (till almost 10pm) to ensure i look the best and did the same during my pre-wedding photoshoot without me requesting for it/extra charge. So, for you gals who are still looking for MUA...do give her a try. Her portfolio is also available in FB, just search for Michelle Touche."

christinew in June 2011:
"Michelle Touche (She is quite good but SUPER EXPENSIVE)"

dlviera in Oct 2011:
I had Michelle Tan (Michelle Touche) as my MUA and totally loved her! Her makeup is really natural and the best part is i loved how she accentuated my lil tiny eyes. Trust me this is a dificult feat as i had previously hired two MUA for my pre-wed shots and it turned out disastrous! I was very relieved to find Michelle, good really good compliments on my makeup during my AD*beaming*
But i heard her charges are now quite exp, but mind you she is very experienced and considered as a Senior MUA in the industry but oh well its your wedding, i wouldnt mind splurging a lil to look good! 

dlviera in Nov 2011:
"my vote goes to Michelle Tan! Her makeup is very natural and she did a fabulous job in making my teeny weeny eyes HUGE during AD and PS. *thumbsup"

Michelle Touche has a team of 12 makeup artists and hairstylists. They offer wedding Label:accessories (jewelry, swarovski, crystal, pearls) sourced from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan for sale or rent, wedding Kua from Hong Kong, Designer bridal Label:shoes as well as flower girl Label:dresses.

Beach Wedding Makeup:
windy beach sofa, smiling continously
side swept hair simple fresh flower accessories
Ceremony Location: Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi
Wedding Planner: Touching Hearts Wedding Concepts
Wedding Gown: That Special Occasion
Make Up: Michelle Touche
Photographers: Stories: Grace & Mark
Wedding Film: Wedding Story
Couple: Mong Ling & Hai Liang (bride wearing an empire silhouette wedding dress)

well defined eye makeup
Majlis Akad Nikah Farhan & Farah
Brides Bridal Gown: Cosry (Putra Aziz)
Bridal Make-up: Michelle Touche
PG: Kid Chan Studio
Michelle Touche
Tel: +6013 3882735 (Michelle Tan)
Add: 37, Jalan 11/27B, Taman Desa Setapak,Wangsa Maju, KL
email: michelletanmakeover@yahoo.com
website: http://www.michelletouche.com/
FB page: facebook.com/michelletanmakeover
Rates: RM1.5K for 2 sessions

PG | Jon Low

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When I sighted his admirably elegant J'adore Paris photograph on the cover of "The Hip List Wedding Photographers", I started going on a quest to trace him. Jon Low has turned his casual hobby into a career when he began shooting wedding professionally in 2007 and started Ideal Wedding Studios which is now re-branded as Jon Low Studios.

jon low

Picture - genuine with a glimpse of nervousness, shows the true emotions of a bride. Detail and remarkable photography skills got him quite a few accolades and recognitions. He is now a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers Malaysia (WPPM) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).

He was the guest speaker for the Digital Camera, Imaging & Media Show - Malaysia's Premier Photography Exhibition (DCIM) 2011, together with other speakers; Chai Kok Leong, Iskandar Ibrahim and Edwin Tan.

Awards and Accolades:
bride emotional preparing for wedding day
2nd Place Wedding Photojournalism 1st Half WPPI Competition 2010
wet bride
"Dancing in the rain" earned two Accolades of Excellence by WPPI for Bride & Groom Category

Overseas Shooting:
best photo
walking in cold paris with coat on bride
J’adore Paris with Yen & Johnson
MUA: Eye Do Makeup - Chew Yen

Actual comments and discussions:
http://veralyne.com/blog/?p=257 - commented in Oct 2010:
Joanne and Matthew were amazed by Jon Low’s work and trusted him to have their wedding portraits done. Jon’s god-given talent just fits perfectly in with this edgy and glamorous London Calling theme!

choupiku in Nov 2010:
"i would probably consider Jon Low - i love this work and photography style. i guess whats important here is that you admire the particular photographers' style"

tivarina in Feb 2011:
"i thought jonlows website shots were really nice. turns out the rest of teh wedding photos he doesnt put up wasnt as impressive at all. also when asked for quote, he comes up with random high numbers that dont correlate with hours spent etc. when asked to justify, he got quite defensive and arrogant. pity, cos once honesty and ethics is in doubt, hard to win business"

Chinese tea ceremony and garden wedding slideshow - Mei Ling and Terry

Mei Ling & Terry from Jon Low on Vimeo.

Wedding Portraits:
kissing on beach
with a sense of individuality
well-arranged soap opera drama-like group portrait with a sense of individuality
oversea, light tower, museum

Unfortunately he was booked already on my wedding day. I was thinking of hiring him as the official photographer for the wedding reception as we cannot afford paying a full day rate. I love his photography style but I must say he excels particularly in pre-wedding shoot. Their intensity and classiness amaze me. To be sure, you can also request for more of his AD coverage samples where people in the photo are not standing still but busily moving around.

Cannot decide between a bridal shop and professional photographer for your pre-wedding pictures? This article may render a little help: Bridal Shop vs Photojournalism.

Jon Low Studios
Website: http://www.jonlow.com/
Mobile: +6016 2780534
Email: info@jonlow.com 
Charges: about RM6K full day

MUA | Grace Wang

I love the balanced effect of her make-over. The comments I collected so far seem positive. She has been doing an impressive job and the brides who received her service recommended her. Grace Wang is one of the more reputable MUAs (Wedding Acronym) with good rates. She gives you her full concentration on your wedding day as she only takes one customer per day.

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If Grace Wang catches your attention, kindly drop a note in the comment. Share your experience with other researching bride-to-be's as to what are her strengths, weaknesses, and aspects you are most satisfied with or you wished could have been better.  

cuttin cake on sandy beach
chinese cheongsam short
Wedding of Frank and Demi
MUA: Grace Wang
PG: Grace & Alex (STORIES)

Forum Comments:
amanda_ng @ May 2012 says: 
"You may search for Grace Wang.. I engaged her for my big day few weeks ago and pretty happy for the result. :)"

summerlove on Oct 2011:
"I personally prefer natural makeup and I had chosen Grace Wang as my wedding day mua. And she did a good job on me. All my friends and family gave good comment on the makeup and hairdo. I will definitely recommend her to my friends. Another reason I chosen her because she only took 1 bride for a day, I don't want to take the risk on the mua who accept 2 to 3 brides for a day. I'm sure they need to rush from one to another. we can't foresee any circumstances that might be happen on our big day. So, better don't risk it."

steelfish @ Dec 2011 says:
"I would suggest my MUA, Grace Wang. She did great job during my AD. I really love her make up and hair do.. You will not regret to choose her as your MUA.. even my cousin also choose her as her MUA during her AD.. :) "

aivie @ Feb 2012 says: "Grace Wang is good."
Amanda Angels says: "I highly recommend Grace Wang."

Makeover Samples:
assortment pictures
grace wang bridal makeup
big blue flower, purple cleavage dress
makeup to create illusion of depth
pearl necklace blue red tudung
black hair band, shorter bride

Grace Wang
Mobile: +60127601752
email: mua@gracewang-makeup.com
website: http://www.gracewang-makeup.com/
FB page: http://www.facebook.com/gracewangmakeup
Booked dates: http://www.gracewang-makeup.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9&Itemid=9
Charges: 2 sessions starts at RM1100

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PG | Derek Chai

Got a comment here that he doesn't do photography anymore.

HE started picking up photography by capturing warm moments of family members in pictures. Derek Chai has covered more than 140 wedding cases over the past 3 years. After bagging multiple international wedding photography awards, he continued to collect the contest points that placed him at the 10th position of the AG|WPJA (Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association) top photographers 2010.

I now present to you some of his award winning photos (http://www.agwpja.com/artistic-wedding-photojournalism):

father bride crying
1st place: "Emotion" AG|WPJA Q2 2010

reflected the wedding reception
4th place: "Details (Found)" AG|WPJA Q4 2010

guests enjoying wedding dinner
3rd place: "Reception"AG|WPJA Q4 2010
I began tracking him down after reading his clients' endless compliments. By the time I finished reading the comments, I was already sure that this photography maestro has what it takes. Comments from a malaysiabrides forum thread: http://www.malaysiabrides.com/forum/index.php/topic/20272-thumb-up-photographer-derek-chai/ below.

sherylp on Feb 2011:
"My AD just finished on the last Saturday 12.2.2011. My compliments to Derek will be non stop~~~ make it short he is the best AD PG!!" "He is really great and friendly, all my families and friends likes him very much. He has really done a great amazing job!! I will definitely regret for not engaging him as my AD PG!!! But that will never ever happen to me!!! I will recommend the other brides to look at his portfolio and you will know what I meant!!! You will never regret engaging him as AD PG!! Once again I thank Derek for such wonderful job he has done on my memorable day!!!"

everlyn tan on Jan 2011: 
"Derek did just a beautiful job on our wedding photos on our big day 11th dec 2010... We really couldn't have asked for anything more!!! He takes wonderful pictures! Our wedding was our best day of our lives and he caught it all in wonderful pictures for us. We wanted to take a moment and thank you for your great job! We would also like to recommend you to anyone looking for a very talented and professional photographer for any type of event... Derek, we are so pleased to have you on our wedding!!! Again, thank you very much!!!"

kiwi@gal on Apr 2010:
"Thanks to Derek Chai. He did a great job to capture the memorable moment (the romantic, the happiness that you will surprise a photo can actually express all the feeling) where I can proudly show it to everyone and of course to my future kids."

meihua on Dec 2010:
Both me and my husbby even my family, friends very sastify with Derek's photo and working attitude. His montage for my dinner was so amazing!!

Wedding Day Photographs:
nice colors, peach bride maids
dress hung on cupboard, closet,
bra on top of head
akad nikah
praying to ancentors on wedding
Some digitally engineered AD photographs

Contact g2x: http://www.g2xphotography.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derekjgchai?sk=photos
Blog: http://g2xphotography.wordpress.com/
A member of AG/WPJA: http://www.agwpja.com/artistic-wedding-photojournalism/5384-selangor-weddings/photographer-derek-chai.html#bio

Add: No. 7A-6, Block F1, Jalan PJU 1/42, Dataran Prima, PJ
Derek Chai : Chief Photographer
Tel :+60196622668
Email : derek@g2xphotography.com
Charges: about RM4K for 2PG and 1 VG (full day)

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Budgeting A Wedding - Chinese | Medium Low

Budgeting a wedding is not easy. There are many things to take care of and finding the right vendors can be quite a chore. You can go for a small intimate wedding without the frills. In this case choosing a more expensive restaurant or hotel would not be a problem. If your intention is to have a bit of everything to make the celebration more colorful, and there is a budget constraint, I guess it is wise to go for more cost effective options.

Some Rough Figures:                                      
Wedding Reception: RM798 x 30 pax = 19,950
Photography: RM4000 (pre-wed+AD) + 600 (ROM) = 4,600
Videography: RM1600 (morning and dinner)
Makeup + hair: RM800 (AD) + 450 (pre-wed) + 200 (ROM) = about 1,450
Attire: RM400 (Wedding dress) + 100 (shoes) + 200 (evening gown) + 325 (other dresses) + 345 (bridesmaid) + 1,526 (groom) = 2,896
Flowers: RM380 (car,bridal bouquet,corsages) + 170 (bridesmaids posies) + 150 (ROM) = 700
Decorations (DIY): about RM500
Ceremony: RM18,450 (betrothal gifts, biscuits, roast pork, dowry, wedding ring/bands, red packets, catering)
Others: RM2000

TOTAL: RM52,146

The Breakdown:                                                               
Wedding Reception at Vistana KL Titiwangsa Hotel 
-Wedding packages from RM688++ (RM798nett) per table includes (2015):
  • 8-Course Chinese or Malay Set Dinner
  • Beautifully decorated wedding cake for cake cutting ceremony
  • Red carpet aisle welcome for wedding march
  • Special floral wedding arch
  • Personalised wedding backdrop
  • Bridal room and special guest room rates
  • Wedding invitation cards
  • 3D/2N Honeymoon Stay of your choice at any of the following award-winning YTL Hotels: Tanjong Jara Resort | Cameron Highlands Resort | Gaya Island Resort

http://simplybenji.com/2014/09/04/tayvin-wendy-wedding-day-rom | Vistana Hotel KL
cake swimming pool walk in red gown
Complimentary cake, Poolside area for pre-dinner gathering, red carpet aisle and personalized backdrop

nice hall backdrop decor sash

Wedding Dress
-Purchase a Trumpet strapless lace court train dress at RM400 (USD80 + 31 for shipping) from lightinthebox.com (online store)

Shoes (Reuse for evening gown/ reception and pre-wedding photography)
-Purchase a pair of Brash women’s kosmic platform pumps at RM93 from Payless Paradigm Mall

Makeup + hair + accessories + veil
-Two sessions (morning and evening) at about RM800 by Jess Wong (Dress Up Room)

wedding day budget shoes makeup
Trumpet lace wedding dress, Gold pumps from Payless and makeup by Jess

Evening Gown
-Rental: RM199 from LovelyGown in SS2
silver jewels gold shoes
Yellow full chiffon pleated bodice flair evening gown with shiny beads neckline from LovelyGown. Shoes from Payless. Makeup by Jess Wong.

-Buy - Dual Sleeve Rose Lace Overlay Long Dress at RM125 (for ROM and photography) from Duchess Fashion Online Shop (free shipping in Malaysia for purchase of 2 items and above)

-Crimson Allover Floral Crochet Lace Mermaid Long Cheongsam at RM200

semi formal ribbon dress and cheongsam
Dress and Cheongsam from Duchess Fashion

Bridesmaid dresses
different design baby blue
http://duchessfashion.blogspot.com/2015/01/four-colors-simple-midi-chiffon.html. Free Size. RM69 each.

Suit/ attire for the Groom
-H&M Suit trousers in wool at RM199 + Premium quality Wool Jacket RM499 + Waistcoast RM79.90 =  RM777.90

Valentino Rudy Formal Slip in Shoes - RM209.50 from Parkson

vest bow shirt coat
Wool jacket and pants, waistcoat from H&M

-Buy Wingtips Collar Tuxedo White Shirt at RM99 from CherryPomPom in Subang Jaya

-Rent Tuxedo Silver at RM220

-Rent Tuxedo White at RM220

neck tie bow pleated shirt
Rent tuxedo suits and purchase tuxedo shirt from CherryPomPom

-Wedding Package A ~ Rm380 from Summer Pots Florist at Jln Bukit Bintang, KL
~ Car Decoration With Wedding Bear
~ Choice Of Bridal Hand bouquet @ $120 & Below
~ 6 Corsages - 2 For Groom & 4 For Parents
~ Loose Flowers For Hair x 1 Set
~ Following Car Ribbon (1set or 2pcs)

Bride's maids flowers
White Pom Pom posies - RM34 each from Sunny Days Gifts and Flowers

car decor bouquet corsage
Wedding package A

Pre-wedding and Actual Day Photography
-Pre-wedding + actual day photography at about RM4000

Makeup + hair about RM450

-Vintage mini suitcase at RM32.60 (USD8.99) - free shipping

-KAiSON wooden standing letters - LOVE: RM13.90

-LAZADA rose bouquet at RM14.00 (shipping fee RM15 for orders below RM70, free RM70 and above)

cute box letter flower picnic outdoor shoot
Photography by Fabulous Moments (Hong). LOVE wooden letters from KAiSON. Vintage suitcase from AliExpress. Artificial Rose bouquet from LAZADA.

-Morning + dinner at RM1600

Decoration + Entertainment (DIY)
Reuse some of the items from pre-wedding photoshoot.

IKEA White Floral photo frame at RM14.90 each
IKEA White simple photo frame at RM2.50 each
IKEA artificial potted plant, rose assorted colors at RM7.90
IKEA Scented candle in glass at RM6.90 
IKEA Lantern for tealight at RM19.90

-TYPO 3D Wooden Alphabets at RM10 each

display table candles frame flower pot

-2.5" Diameter Cup cake with mix decor at RM2.80 each

Ceremony/ Traditions
-Traditional Wedding biscuits: RM6.50 per pair/box/300g from Uniq Fullmoon Specialty Shop in Puchong

Betrothal gifts (Chinese wedding rituals and gifts | About Bridal Chaperon - DaiKumJie)
Dowry: about RM5-10K
Wedding ring and bands: about RM5-10K (Diamond Grading Guide | Where to hunt.)
Ang pau (red packets) distribution: RM2K

Dinner/ lunch Catering for the family members:
Cassian Kitchen from RM21/pax free canopy + furniture for 100 pax and above = about RM2,300 (including misc.)

Photography: RM600 for 2 hours by Gary Ng Photography
Makeup + hair about RM200
Bouquet: RM150 from Sunny Days - Pink roses, eustomas and spray carnations


Ref: thespiffycompany.com