I’ve done a couple of shoots for friends in the past – here’s one of Yuunsama & JW (who’s now a photographer in his own right!) – and while creating important memories for others can get pretty stressful, it’s also a lot of fun during the shoot. Having that kind of control over the look and feel of my photos was pretty important to me; no glossy/ethereal/romantic photos for the both of us, nuh-uh. After all, I was most excited over the taking photos aspect of my wedding than the actual getting hitched part – even Ottie knew what he got himself into. :P
We were tremendously fortunate to have been able to take some photos at Rustic Oaks, a piece of land about 20 minutes down the highway. Ann, the owner of this dreamy wedding venue, is knitting buddies with Ottie’s mum, which was how we were able to score the place for the day. Lucky! What’s more, a couple had held their big day two days prior, and had left behind five huge flower bouquets, which Ann had very kindly preserved for us and even stored in their fridge for our own wedding reception a week later – Ottie even got a handmade boutonnière from Ann for our big day. Super lucky!
Anyway, here’s some photos of us exploring the venue and derping around – with the beautifully-decorated barn and snowy outdoors, Ottie willingly discarding his outerwear in 2°C, Jeff the Best Man gamely being my stand-in and after that the button pusher on my tripod-mounted camera, I couldn’t have asked for more.
The furry hat and coat were courtesy of Lele, Ottie’s sister! They were so beautiful and warm, and she even gifted the coat to me, but we knew that it would shed (and possibly mould) in the unforgiving heat back home in Singapore… it would be put to better use back in the US. :(
Ottie fell down a second time at the same spot while showing us where he fell down the first time. Luckily, he wasn’t hurt much. Unluckily, he found out that his wife is extremely susceptible to schadenfreude.
Our reward after about three hours at the Rustic Oaks – we came back to make ourselves a nice fire and snack on some addictive ginger snaps Ottie’s mum had made in addition to marshmallows in hot chocolate. Yummm. I also took the opportunity to lay all the jewelry I had on me for the shoot out by the fireplace – one thing I regret about taking my own photos in the cold was that I didn’t want to do all those close-up shots. Live and learn, as they say. These floral hair pins were from Dresslink!
Oh, we had amazing beef medallions for lunch too at Doolittles Woodfire Grill:
#1: CNDirect lilac dress
#2: DealSale ombré dress (SV028678) / CNDirect sunglasses
#3: Topshop cutout bodycon dress / Banggood 5m wedding veil
& Vintage pearl necklace & bracelet / Vintage fur coat / Steve Madden tassel boots
Photos assisted by Jeff the Best Man.