nelson & dawn // married in the arts house


Solemnization at the old parliament.


Setting up handmade chiffon decos.

Nelson and Dawn met in Melbourne while they were studying and came home with a love story. Nelson majored in film back in his university days but has since started out his own apparel business in Marina Square.

Those who know me well know that I am like Nelson; I switched my major from photojournalism to film a year back and never quite looked back. Though NTU is nothing like a film school, I pretty much fell in love with the guerilla spirit of independent filmmaking. Many times, I have found myself asking where my heart truly belongs. I have yet to find an answer.

I went for a photojournalism showcase last night and there was a sudden revelation; that maybe I don’t have to choose at all. As much as I eschew labels, I’m beginning to come to terms with the fact that I am a storyteller in all sense of the word. While I do have my own personal expressions, I find more joys expressing those without a voice, those hidden stories we wittingly or unwittingly ignore or forget. Distinctions such as ‘film’ or ‘photography’ should not bother me at all.

I was speaking to a couple about why I continue doing wedding photography in Singapore, the way I do it. My answer was instant and instinctive – Because I want to show that beautiful photographs can be made in Singapore.

chenyze - I love the bride’s expressions. She’s got “I love my life. It’s waaaay kick-ass!” written all over her face.

The vintage filter seems really appropriate for this couple! (=

Ivan - dawn’s a lovely bride. very spunky, with her own ideas about how her wedding should be. always nice to have brides like that!

yen - hey, enjoyed this post a lot! 🙂 its nice to see people having fun, especially on their wedding day.
and am absolutely inspired by what you wrote in the last paragraph – you are definitely succeeding! 🙂
cheers!

dawn - Hey Ivan,

I just chanced upon this! Thanks so much for all the hard work you put in during that day – Nel and I love the pics very much.

I forget, but are you currently still based in London? I recall you going there for work right?

Warmest Blessings!!
N + D

Ivan - hey dawn its great to hear from you again! and on my blog haha!

i was in the states for half a year but now i’m back! don’t think i’m going anywhere else anytime soon. how have you guys been?

Sky Robinson - You are well on your way to that goal. These Singapore photographs can be described as nothing less than beautiful.

Lyn Averson - Lovely photos, especially the ones of the couple on the steps.

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This is too adorable.

E! - haha I love your tagline :> great photos !!

Jasmine - Hi, can I get a quite from you for actual wedding day photo shoot service? My date is tentatively 13 or 21 sept 2014. Thks

Hum Wei-Lin - I’m writing to enquire if you would be keen and available to shoot our wedding on 1-Jul-17 (1.30pm onwards) in Singapore? And if yes, what are your rates?

We’ve heard SUCH great & positive reviews about you from friends, and one look at your breathtaking feed of beautiful wedding stories had us sold.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers and Best,
Wei-Lin

Our Love Story:
Our cross-border love (I’m Malaysian, he’s Singaporean) began down under in the beautiful city of Melbourne. Although we’re polar opposites, it was mutual attraction at first sight, and a whirlwind romance ensued shortly after. Midnight strolls around the lake and shooting stars wrote our first chapter together as a couple, and a moon-lit dance marked one year of bliss in Melbourne. Distance hit hard soon after, but Skype calls and that aching longing settled into a familiar routine. Two years later we reunited in Singapore when a job opportunity arose, and in April we took a leap forward to seal our relationship for all the days of our lives, and the rest is history.

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