Strive For the Best Shot | Benson Yin Photography

The images produced by a photographer are evidence of his/ her dedication towards a photography assignment. Benson Yin would spend the time and effort in creating the best circumstances for the perfect shot. A stunning picture with the right color stands out immediately. This takes a creative eye and lots of patience waiting for the right moment, which cannot be created using a photo editor, at least naturally. I think he is sensitive to the color and condition change in nature; hence the beautiful outdoor scenes.

A member of the Official WPPI (Wedding&Portrait Photographers International) and SWPP (Society of Wedding Portrait Photographers), United Kingdom, Benson is recognized for his Signature style: Fine Art HDR and Vintage Faded. On top of that he was awarded the Bronze Award - for the People& Portrait Category (International Loupe Award 2012).

wife hugging hubby in the woods
The right time of the season, the right moment
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St Giles The Gardens Hotel and Residences Kuala Lumpur, Mid Valley

Packages 2016: from RM2388 nett per table | Capacity: 280 pax | Located on Level 5 of The Gardens Hotel & Residences Kuala Lumpur, The Gardens KL Ballroom is quite a unique venue with a mezzanine level, the Ballroom Balcony, offers additional event space and views overlooking the main floor.

With stylish design, the main floor features a central chandelier, expansive floor space with green leafy design carpet that resembles a garden. The high ceiling allows you to be creative in the wedding decorations; for example ceiling draping, floating balloons, tall centerpieces or wishing trees. Carparks for The Gardens Hotel & Residences are located in zone B of The Gardens mall. Parking can be an issue as the mall gets busy during weekends.

ribbons on chair look like flowers
The Gardens KL Ballroom is quite a unique venue with a mezzanine level

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Stunning Backdrop of Earth, Water, Fire and Air

I love the way Andrew makes use of the environment, nature, structure, the four elements; earth, fire, air, water, combined with the help of a few co-stars and pure photography talent to produce these beautiful images.

The fire element: The effects of the lights and the joy of the bride make it so captivating

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Hotel Istana City Centre Kuala Lumpur

grand ballroom

Packages 2017: from RM1888 nett per table: | Capacity: 1200 pax | The 5-star, 23-storey Hotel Istana City Centre Kuala Lumpur is centrally located at Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur’s splendid Golden Triangle. The hotel receives fairly consistent reviews about their friendly and helpful staffs.  Very grand wedding setting and impressive food at this classic hotel's Grand Mahkota Ballroom.

Renowned shopping malls such as Pavilion, Lot 10, Starhill, Suria KLCC and the Bintang Walk are just a few steps away. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and the Petronas Towers are a 10-minute walk away via the Skybridge, while the KL International Airport is an hour’s drive away. It is indeed an excellent and convenient location for your wedding guests who are visiting from other places.
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Tips for Wedding Photobooth/ Stage Backdrop Wordings

Whether it is a fabric (curtains), fairy lights, cardboard, poster, artificial grass, brick wall or nature base backdrop, there are different tricks and ideas to make the wordings stand out. One also must take into account the source of lighting such as ballroom lights which will be dimmed and brightened, inconsistent natural sun beam, spot lights, ambient or decorative lighting. Fonts and wordings by H&W Studio.

1. Get the names and logo die-cut if possible for fairy lights backdrop
These days, couples are keen to put their names and logo as part of the wedding decoration on top of the fairy lights. However, when the lighting of the event hall is dimmed, the words are likely to be out shadowed if they are not presented in die-cut format.
event backdrop

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Bora Ombak Ampang

This award winning Balinese Themed Restaurant has the tranquility and ambiance best for a romantic garden wedding. The couple's grand entrance will be accompanied by attendants in traditional Balinese attire. You can choose the venue of the gorgeous outdoor garden setting or the indoor which is air conditioned and can be decorated according to the theme of the day. The food they serve is superb. The concerns as pointed out by a guest to the wedding reception held there were the not so well-trained staffs and the sub-standard food presentation.

Bora Ombak moved to a new location in Putrajaya in Nov 2016 which offers a larger wedding hall and standalone restaurant with a beautiful lakeview, right beside Pullman Putrajaya & Marina Putrajaya. | Jan 2013
wedding at night outdoor
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Unique Bridal Hairstyles

We are seeing more creative bridal hair designs these days. The sky is the limit when it comes to hair innovation. Inspiration comes from anything like a weaved mat, flower bouquet, cartoon characters, movie actress and celebrities, a tribe.

1. Weaved Mat (Tikar) Hair
amazing skill
Multi-plaited boho hairdo by Penny Long. #crownbraid innovation

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SOULed OUT Ampang KL

After 15 years of serving up "SO Lip Smacking food and Thirst Quenching drinks" at their original outlet in Sri Hartamas, SOULed OUT opened a second outlet in the upmarket Jalan Ampang district of KL.

The menu consists of Western, Asian, Northern Indian fares and a good selection of pizzas, light bites and desserts to choose from. There is hardly any reviews about weddings at this restaurants, however some blogs and reviews did mention about the delicious Sake San (Pizza with Salmon slivers, roe, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, Japanese mayo, lollo rosso and a hint of wasabi), Sizzling Lamb Cutlet (Northern Indian menu), Sang Har Mein (Wantan noodles with large fresh water prawns, deep fried and doused with egg gravy) from the Asian menu, popular drinks like the Lychee martini and Mojito.

The outdoor terrace (al-fresco) extends at the restaurant front and is protected overhead by large awnings. A large white wall screen at the end of the terrace which is usually used for projection of sports events at night can be the stage area and the projection of the wedding videos.

With an inviting atmosphere and friendly staff, this unique wedding venue serves great comfort food for guests from different cultural backgrounds. Parking will be convenient at the basement of Menara HSC and guests can get their parking fees discounted by Souled Out Ampang.

Photos by Ethanity Photography | Jun 2016 | ROM and Wedding Reception
deli food
Semi outdoor space for ROM

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Froghill, Kampung Guar Petai, Penang | Malaysia's Jiuzhaigou

scenic photography location

Froghill (Bukit Katak) at Kampung Guar Petai outside Butterworth, Penang, is a new photography paradise that is also known as a mini Jiuzhaigou of Malaysia. You don't have to travel all the way to China's remote mountainside now. The pristine blue lakes of varying sizes there were said to be formed by rainwater filling up dozens of holes left behind by earlier quarrying activities.

These man-made lakes are surrounded by red color rocks, making the area a scenic spot that has gained popularity in more recent years. Prepare sunblock, umbrella (hat) if you intend to go in the afternoon, water to keep you hydrated for a long day of photoshoot. Also shoes for hiking as you need to climb some slopes to get a better view. Amazing sunset and sunrise up there. The way in from Jalan Arumugam Pillai does not have a road name, not tarred, is muddy and quite secluded.
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Puncak Dani European Bungalow Genting Highlands Wedding

Bungalow Rental 2018: RM2800 per night | Capacity: 500 pax (outdoor) | A luxurious double storey bungalow nestled in a private estate in Awana, Genting Highlands, Puncak Dani is built overlooking the Awana Golf and Country Club. It is an ideal set-up for wedding photography with its unique European furniture, chandeliers, staircase and a grand four poster bed set as a backdrop. Equipped with a grand 12-seater dining table, 4 bedrooms, vintage furniture and ample outdoor space, this mansion can be rented for your wedding event, just hire an external wedding planner, decorator, caterer to turn the venue into a magical garden wedding.

It is a nice feeling to have the cool air embrace your face, with the smell of freshness from the surrounding greenery, the trees and plants and of course a breathtaking view. There are parking spaces onsite but may not be enough for a big wedding event. | Dec 2016
Cool Weather wedding venue Malaysia
Vintage bridal style that perfectly compliments the European style bungalow

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Top 10 Chinese Wedding Songs in Malaysia

Most of the Chinese songs played in weddings are Mandarin and a fair bit of Cantonese in the Klang Valley. A singer who knows how to express the emotions and meaning in the lyrics can capture the audience's attention. For Chinese Songs here are some of my recommendations:
  • Chris from The Raw Note (Jacky Cheung of Malaysia). His voice is solid, in tune and can emote very well. 
  • Jim from J-Revolution has a very romantic voice.
  • Eswest Music is specialized in traditional Chinese musical instruments.
  • Cath from Rhumba Live Band has a very melodious, soothing and romantic voice. Jacky can play many musical instruments that adds more dimension to the song.
  • Eugene from LoveStory also sings Chinese songs really well with some R&B flavor.

Chris from The Raw Note's voice is solid, in tune and can emote very well.

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Setia City Convention Centre Shah Alam

can cater for grand wedding many tables

Package 2014: Chinese from RM1388++ | Malay from RM860++ | Capacity: 2000 pax | Nuzzled within the green commercial hub of Setia City in the heart of Shah Alam, lays the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). The Grand Ballroom which is located on the ground floor of this two-storey exquisite architecture can accommodate up to 2000 people and is absolutely pillarless. It can be divided into 3 smaller ballrooms. Opened in 2012 the convention centre is new, clean with no foul carpet odor! Your guests will be delighted with the special lighting effects created by the hall's LED lights. 

Brides are totally in love with their lush gazebo and outdoor landscape which makes a perfect garden themed wedding. You can use the gazebo for free if you take the wedding package. The venue is easily accessible by NKVE and not as jammed as KL/PJ areas during the weekends. There is ample parking space so your guests don't have to worry. Parking fee is RM3 per entry.

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Pearl International Hotel Old Klang Road KL

Capacity: 800 pax | Pearl International Hotel KL is located in the heart of Old Klang Road, between Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. The hotel is within Pearl Point Shopping Mall and next to the newly-opened Pearl Shopping Gallery (via adjoining link bridge).

Reviews on wedding: Excellent job done by the team for making my wedding so awesome and fantastic. Really satisfied with their services, ballroom decorations, food, suite room with decorations, my family members and guest were really satisfied. However parking may be an issue.
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Bankers Club, Jalan Imbi, KL

An 8m high ceiling, extensive use of locally crafted nyatoh wood paneling, the elegant cantilever staircase, traditional English-style setting. 

Packages 2016: Chinese from RM1290++ | Buffet RM150++ | Indian 897++ | Capacity: 300 pax | The Bankers Club is directly opposite Berjaya Times Square. You can have your wedding banquet at the penthouse floors of the Amoda building, which has panaromic views over the KL city. Due the constraints of space, the main hall (ground floor) can only fit up to 15 tables, the remaining tables will be at the mezzanine floor, guests can look down the ground floor from the balcony. Mixed reviews about their wedding coordinator Shangkar. Operations Manager (Peter) & Floor Manager (Alex) are helpful and friendly.
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5 Elements of Great Bridal Look

All Bridal Makeup and styling is by Jessica's Make Up Zone

1. The eye makeup that makes you look more awake and refreshed. 
Here Jessica uses a semi permanent eye lash extension which is more natural, is customizable and more durable. Most salons will carry extension lengths from 9 to 15mm and you can choose the length that you want. Faux Mink is a popular material used as it's more affordable. Eyelash extensions can last up to 2 weeks to a month. Just be careful not to get water on your lashes and don’t use oily products near your eyes.

Before and after lash extension

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Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), Bukit Kiara KL

Package 2018: from RM45 per pax | Capacity:  250 pax (hall) and 1000 pax (garden) | Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam is very suitable for big special events such as outdoor weddings, as it has a fantastic view of the lovely golf course and lake, lots of greenery, convenient and plenty of car park spaces. The peaceful environment of the club creates a unique ambiance. Wedding packages by Segi Seri come with the facilities and items required such as projector, screen, PA system, mic, rostrum, decoration, red carpet, decorated pelamin, arch at the entrance, etc (T&C apply) which makes the wedding planning so much easier.

Kuzie Catering by Pak Engku has started operating in the Club as well. They provide catering services for events such as engagement, wedding, golf tournament, seminar, etc. More information here | Sep 2014
Garden wedding Dinner reception

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Top 10 English Wedding Songs in Malaysia

Here is a compilation of very popular English wedding songs in Malaysia with lyrics for you to sing along, scroll to the time for that specific song. Some of the vocalists sing English songs better due their singing style and pronunciation, for example;
  • LoveStory (Eugene is really versatile, he can sing in different styles and impersonate legendary singers). 
  • The Raw Note (Debbie is a very stylish Jazz singer with great stage presence). 
  • Rhumba Live Band (Kenny's singing is spontaneous and contagious). 
  • J-Revolution (Jim's voice will melt your heart). 
LoveStory Wedding Live Band

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Christian Louboutin Shoes

it is hard to walk

Many brides who go for designer heels for their wedding, pick Christian Louboutin (CL). What is so special about those red-soled shoes? Ladies love them. Since 1992 Louboutin has painted the soles of his shoes red - the color is flirtatious, and sensual. The shoes have an amazing selection of classics and naturals, along with the most creative eccentric pieces of foot-art you've ever seen. More and more celebrities are spotted wearing them. Originated from France, I think it's only right to pronounce the Parisian brand in French.
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NEO Tamarind @ Jalan Sultan Ismail KL

About RM160 per pax | Capacity: 250 pax | NEO Tamarind is semi-open air with dining sections divided into air-conditioned glass rooms and alfresco. Quietly elegant, it sits on a hill like a lovers' nest hidden by green foliage. The interior, rustic-luxe and dramatic, atmospheric enough to offer one the illusion of being out-of-town. Hypnotic liquid walls, a huge chandelier and the galactic bar all fashioned by the effects of water, fire, sounds and light give NEO Tamarind its high style as a 'neo-rotic' dining destination.

It is a restaurant with character and great food! The ambiance, truly beautiful. You will be welcomed by decorated walkways that make you feel relaxed just like a spa environment. The wooden path over a pond leading up to the entrance of the restaurant is pretty impressive. Your guests will be amazed by the details and effort they put in beautifying the venue. Such a stylish venue with strong character.  

Reviews about Neo Tamarind wedding: Friea was very helpful from the beginning, replying to our constant messages and helping us to plan. The managers, Shah and Didi were very nice to make sure everything wemt well. Chef Sombat Kokasemkul was brilliant. Our guest enjoyed the food so much, especially the lasagna and garlic rice! Beautiful place that comes with a hefty price tag. Very yummy food for those who love Thai, Indonesian, Western fusion food but the elders with less adventurous taste buds may not be very pleased.

Jan 2016
Just had our wedding reception at Neo. Wonderful experience. Since it was our wedding, we were abit demanding but they were very obliging in every sense. Friea was very helpful from the beginning, replying to our constant emails and SMSes and helping ua to plan. The managers, Shah and Didi were very nice to make sure everything wemt well. Chef Sombat Kokasemkul was brilliant and a genius! Our guest enjoyed the food so much, especially the lasagna and garlic rice! We are glad we chose Neo for our big day!
Feb 2014
I found Neo Tamarind. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! BUT comes with a hefty price tag. When I looked at the menu, I knew it was enough to just tickle to tummy because Neo Tamarind is a high end place which serves Thai & Indonesian food at the portion of a western cuisine. Malaysians eat A LOT. Because there will be lots of elders, they wouldn’t be happy with the food.

So much in love with the simple classic setting in NEO Tamarind.
Nov 2013
The wedding dinner was held at Neo Tamarind, a modern Thai cuisine restaurant. It was my first time there so I was really excited about it! The decor on our way to the restaurant was really pretty. Its like walking in for a spa session! From the round paper tanglungs leading up to the wooden path entrance to the restaurant, we were welcomed with the beauty of tiny details of simplicity. The first thing we see on our left when we walked in is the kitchen. On our right is the photobooth in this huge high ceiling room. Damn majestic. yums~~~green tea ice cream and the mango and dry banana crumble taste really really good! It was a great night with delicious food and lovely friends!
Aug 2012
My one favourite detail of the entire wedding was that we picked Tamarind NEO for our intimate do because it truly reflected our personalities and that of our friends! It was a restaurant with character and great food. The best part of NEO was that it had a large open area with a long bar, which encouraged everyone to mingle. It was why we picked it as our wedding venue and as the evening went on, we knew without a doubt, that we made the right choice as our friends and family had a great time! | Oct 2015

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