Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our Master Bedroom Basic Reno

Finally did a mini reno for the master bedroom.
We're not looking at a major makeover nor splurging on an ID for the room as it doesn't make economical sense. Moreover we ain't sure how long would we be staying there for...so..

here comes.
Not easy getting a contractor willing to do a small job just for the room

1) Removal/ hacking of built in wardrobe
2) polishing and re varnishing of parquet flooring
3) Repainting of the room
4) Painting of 2 room's doors

Total Damage: $950 + $80 for bangala to throw de debris away...
Kaoz..smelly smelly also $1k loh...haiz......Talk about the high expenses related to wedding matters..

Let's take a look at the Before & After...

Big difference right? After paying $1k for this room, it better look different from the original room loh.
The workmanship's not too bad actually. There're no signs of damage or residue after the built in wardrobe has been removed.

The flooring's the part we felt it was the most worth! it looked as good as brand new can!! woohooo..$$ well spent we hope...
There's also when i finally realize the beauty of parquet flooring / marble flooring. Cos it can be polished and it does wonder to give your flooring a whole new look! As good as new!

I love stark contrast and the colour Red for a bedroom. Especially for our master bedroom as red exudes sensuality and passion. Especially good in a relationship.
My ideal wall colours would be black with red walls but it'll make the room appear way too dark. Also if we have all 4 walls painted red, it'll make the room appear dark too.

So we had only one side of the wall painted red to give the room a little "3D effect". And the rest white with a very soft shade of pink.
It brighten up the room almost instantly!

This will be where our bed's headerboard will be at too. against the red wall.
And of cos this is still incomplete, we'll spruce up the walls with pretty wall murals / decors too.
After selecting and placing the furniture that is.

The window's grille damn obiang though..but i guess with pretty curtains covering it, it shouldn't be much of an issue. Trying to cut cost wherever possible.

By right the cheapest method would be for us to DIY paint the room ourselves. But the difference is probably only about $300 or so and you still need to buy the paint on your own.
So reckon it's more practical to have them do it once and for all?
ok la..We Are lazy la..much as we like to save some $$ hehez...

Here are some examples of the wall decals / decor we wana incorporate in our room too..

Though it ain't exactly my ideal design (red and Black theme)  like this;

(lol this one too over already, just for illustration purpose..muaha)

but I do like the red part the most. and with enough wall decors, i supposed the room will appear more lively.

Just that it's kind of challenging choosing the right kind of furniture now. Initially, it was easy, just stick to black and red for contrast.
But now it seemed more like a red, white and black concept..hmm..Tricky!!

Off the head we both love a little bit of the zen style as we both love platform beds too!
Just some ideas;

i absolutely heart this!!!

Sneaky Peeks to our Wedding

Taken from our photoshoot days...hehez..love this Series the best! Can't wait for photos to be out!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Film Reel Canister for our Cinematic Theme!

Look what I've got!

Film reels + canister as additional decor to bring out our Cinematic night!

ain't easy to get stuffs like this i supposed and they are the Real Original films!
gosh is each huge reel heavy so I have the films cut into smaller pieces and roll as above...

Wanted to bring back more of the canisters but they are so huge and bulky i reckon we can make do with just 4 of them right?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The To-Do List

Just when we thought we can relax abit after our photoshoot, I've realized that we've just 4 months left to our wedding and there're tons of things that are not done at all.

Just like how we reply to people's question of "how's the prep for your wedding" with a "great! nothing's been done yet."

Nonono.. being a themed wedding and wanting it to be different, it's time we start working on the little items.
(I hope Mr. Keir reads this post)

I know the past week has been focused on the room reno. So it's time to to shop for furniture as well as look at the nitty gritties for our wedding prep once again.

I foresee quite a number of DIY projects since we wanted our wedding to be a little different from the norm by having a theme to it. but with it, i'll need couple of help especially in photoshop.
Haiz kind of having 2nd thoughts right now...

Also still having 2nd thoughts over our venue! but well it's all too late now so let's just make the best out of everything ba.

To do list
1) Guest List (yes Mr Keir we have not even came out with a proper guest list of the list of names we'll be inviting..- i've done mine actually..so you know who's not doing the job ya..)
2) Meet up with Venue Manager  to site recce again, hopefully with some of my jie meis helping with coordination so we can see how we can decor the place. The venue looks really plain loh...
3) Collect the blank invites from Venue and start sourcing for printers
4) Start designing anor set of invites (but gotta wait for photoshoot photos to be out leh)
5) List down list of items / decors to DIY or to prepare and start sourcing!
6) Wedding favours - even though the venue provides but i thought it's better for us to customise
7) Reconfirm on jie meis rsvp & start sourcing for their dresses!
8) Groom's men..this one duno him, let him settle himself, maybe just choose a colour theme so that it complements the jie meis
9) Wedding Band - yes haven't buy yet.

I think among all, the Guest list is very important and I don't wish to be so naggy about it loh...Grrr..

Bridzella is possessing me soon!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Where to get a Tux for the Groom?

Reckon that's what every groom needs.
and since it's gona be worn only twice - unless your groom has tons of formal functions to attend, we do not want to pay so much for his tuxedo shirt.

As we're the Budget & Practical couple - recap: he spent $20 on his shoes (Moda Paolo) and me spent $30+ on my bridal heels from TANGS Studio (70% discount)
In a place like Singapore, it's GSS all year round la. So there're plenty of good buys out there if you have the time to search and shop for it. 
Cheap buys may not necessary equates to low quality products.

So for his Tuxedo shirt, I've browsed tons and tons of forums and realized that Tailor-make seemed a popular choice among the gentlemen.
Since the price is probably around the same or even Cheaper than the off the racks shirt you get from our G2000, Rhaoul etc.

We've decided to try this popular, highly raved tailor/ seamstress located at Genting Lane, since it's relatively near us.

Guan Hua Warehouse 
85 Genting Lane
Tel: 6741 3012

Look for Auntie Jenny, they're very much like a factory with a team of seamstress and they are open on Saturdays too!

Just that it's really crowded on a Saturday we waited for like more than 45mins loh.

Here's his white tuxedo shirt. You can customize the type of collar, sleeves you want too and it costs us  $75 only. Cheaper than what you get outside right?

Here's another black shirt with cufflinks Mr. Keir tailor-made. The material is soft and super comfy that he's gona wear it for work too.
Best of all this one cost $35 only! and it's tailor made, we chose some fabric design for the collar and sleeves.

Didn't get to take a picture of Mr. Keir in the shirts alone though.

So Auntie Jenny is definitely value for money.
Highly recommend others to tailor-make not just your tux, even for your working clothes there too!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Will you be my Bridesmaid Card?

Though these days we'd ask face to face or via an sms but i thought the idea of having a "Would you be my Bridesmaid card" is kinda cute.

These days we seldom do snail mails and especially that we may not meet up as often, i'd thought of sending a digitized version to represent my sincerity hehez..

Surfed online and found a few graphics that I like and can be used.

Here are some of the shortlisted ones.

simple and straight to the point. This template is available FOC online too. You can just download and print.

Card can be purchased: http://diyweddingkits.blogspot.com/
Ahah this is my Favorite! and i very much wanted to use this initially.

simple sweet pink design..

But in the end I thought in order to make it more personalized, i decided to go the lazy way, incorporating couple of my pictures and to use this to be sent out via email / sms or whatsapp virtually.

thought of using this negative frame to make it a little more "cinematic".
Ya ya the really lazy way out..lolx...

For more "will you be my bridesmaid" card, just google for it and you'll have tons and tons of choices!
Reckon it ain't a popular product used in Singapore though.

i'm abit of a lazy, budget, Practical bride hence thinking if i were to DIY a physical card, firstly i've to trouble them to meet me to pass to them personally or mail to them and after which it might be thrown away also leh!

We're in the digital world now..so let's save the earth! wahahha...
I've very much wanted to photoshop the Movie "Bridesmaid" poster as my invite instead....but there're just too many happenings lately with the photoshoot and our room reno..so yea..just make do with this...=p

i'm sure my lovely bridesmaid wouldn't mind!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sneak Peeks: Candid shots of our Pre-wedding Photoshoot!

Finally, it's the day of our pre-wedding photoshoot!
Despite that we're not 100% prepared with the props and stuffs we wana use, despite the fact that i was disappointed over not being able to shoot at IKEA, despite that we've to rush through all the preps and getting his shirts done in time etc, despite that weather's been rainy and gloomy lately, we'd decided to Expect the Unexpected and go with the flow!

Mr Keir says more importantly, both of us must enjoy and be happy~!

And he was so right! We went with an open mind and I chucked my disappointments and stress aside.
We'd such a fun, happy day! 

We're also so proud of ourselves that everything went on so smoothly and we're able to achieve the kind of look and effect that the photographer wants!

Or rather, I'm so proud of Mr. Keir cos he ain't the kind who enjoys taking photo but he's been such a good sport yesterday even a friend of ours was surprised by his Fun side! hehez..

Okz dokiez, I'm sure most of you just can't wait to take a look at the pictures...well we didn't manage to take plenty of candid shots as we've been kept quite busy.

Thankfully a very uber good friend a.k.a. Da Jie agreed to come over in the afternoon to help drive us around for our outdoor. Help us save a lot of time as she can easily drop us at the venue we want to shoot instead of having to find a car park lot at each venue.
and that also means she can't help take candid shots for us during our outdoor shooting too..

So the day started early with us having a hearty breakie at 7 plus in the morning...

our hearty breakie..hehz...

and so we managed to reach our bridal studio about on time at 9:10am (supposed to reach at about 9am)..

as you can spot in the pic, that's me carrying a mega My Melody bag with all our barangs inside. Actually there's another bag Mr. Keir's carrying. We're considered one of the couples with lesser baggage liaoz...

ok that's a super unglam shot of me..haha.
But I must say, our make-up artist, Shirley is really pretty good. I love the eye make-up she does and she's really so serious in doing a good job that she keep experimenting different ways of putting the lashes to see which gives the Largest Eye effect!
She's also so nice that she even went next door to try to borrow suspenders for one of our styles leh..hehez..

our first outfits! My favourite red gown! ok i'm too lazy to photoshop any of the pics, so yea don't get too disgusted with my mega arms! 

Actually i love most of the indoor hair styles. Just find it a pity the outdoor's hairstyle ain't too flattering. Cos it's a rainy and windy day, so in order not to mess up the hair, Shirley tried to have most of it pinned up. But i'm quite round ma so when most hair's all pinned up, i look rounder loh...

Well like Mr. Keir has preached to me, just take everything with an open mind and enjoy ourselves!
With this mindset, it didn't spoil my mood at all, in fact i'd thought not a bad thing too! cos i don't look as good = fatter outdoor pics = lesser photos to choose = not having to worry about topping up a bomb when it comes to selection of photos!

that's Mr. Keir with the feather duster..haha & me fully accessorized and ready for the shoot!

the Pajamas - Tigress Themed shoot! This was actually my favourite style loh. Can't wait to see how the photos will turn out like hehz.
Really glad that our photographer, Chris did his best and gave us tons of idea for this too!
Though both him and Shirley were a little surprised that there's actually a bride who wants to make herself look so unglam ahaha.
I was supposed to mimic "Bao Zhu Po" but i forgot about the bedroom slippers..Grrrrrr....

Like i say, i love most of the hair-dos shirley has done. Including this mini-bird cage veil...
It's a pity we're quite pressed for time as in once i'm done, it's off to shoot already so hardly have time to take pics. Realised that i only managed to capture a handful of shots & it's without the full gown!

Mr. Keir actually fell asleep while waiting in between shots..hehez..i guess that's a norm?
Ok here's the look with the traditional gown & veil.
Love this look too! Shirley made me look so princessy!!
She used extensions for the 2 bunch of curls you see as my hair is not thick enough. It's a pity that i will not be able to have the same style for my Actual day cos it's not advisable to use extensions. Very paiseh if kena pulled then your hair come out. I don't think I wana surprise our guests that way...ahahaa

heng i remembered to take a candid shot of us together hehez. a momento for us for now while waiting for the pro photos to be ready. So it shall be my favourite photo for now..

Here comes the outdoor shots!!

now you know what i meant by less flattering with most of my hair pinned up le hor...
anyway we love this place as it's very vintage!
Special thanks to Da jie for helping to take candid shots too!
Also to Chris who's been pretty chin chai also. If you kena those not so chin chai photographers, they will not allow you to even take photos at a different angle.

As you can see, we're having so much fun!
Mr. Keir was such a good sport and we managed to achieve each style easily.
Initially we thought we're like ok-ok nia till they commented ours is considered really smooth and able to give the photographer the feel easily.

Now i'm starting to worry, even though i look rounder in the outdoor style but then even candid shots look so nice la...shit...our goal is not to Top up money for extra photos at all..How how how??

another scene @ Portsdown road.
and that's our photographer you see in blue at the corner...

Quite pro i must saying, climbing up the tree, got bitten by ants, lying down on a road just to get the best angle.

After Portsdown, we went over to Arab street for more shots. THe building were really colourful there and we managed to capture a few good shots too.

Also with some congratulations from strangers and a caucasian lady who came out to me, gave me a hug and exclaimed that my gown was simply Fabulous..awwwww...

One thing, it's hard to focus with so many eyes staring at you when doing the photoshoot there though.
Didn't managed to get any candid shots cos our Poor Da jie was trying to look for a car park lot whilst we were happily snapping away.

Really appreciate her great help else our day wouldn't have been so smooth.

We finished the shot and got back to the studio by about 6 plus..

Tadah! Both of us still looking fresh & energetic after a full day of photoshoot.
Kinda surprised us too we thought we'll be so groucy and tired after a long day but we had so much fun and were so happy that you can't tell any sign of tiredness right?

What to Pack for our photoshoot

forgot to take a pic of all of our props..haha..maybe i'll take a pic when i eventually unload the props from my car and post one of these days...

but here's our list - what i can remember..

1) 1 X Tuxedo white shirt for the groom (tailor made @ Auntie Jenny's $75 nia!)
2) 1 X Black shirt ( also tailor made @ auntie jenny at only $35! and the material is so comfy!)
3) 1 X maroon shirt (never use) & 1 X pink stripped shirt (use for "casual)
4) a pair of cuff links
5) 2 pair of socks - 1 black, 1 white
6) 2 pairs of shoes - 1 black & 1 white too
7)  black belt

Bride - like so much lesser stuffs since mostly provided by Sattine Bridal
1) A pair of ivory heels ( that i didn't wear either, since the gown covers everything)
2) a few pairs of black heels (covered & open toe. See which one match the outdoor best ma)
3) 1 X black mini fish net stockings (just in case though the idea was scrapped)
4) 1 X nude stockings (just in case also but you hardly need it la..everything can be photoshopped lolx)
5) a pair of nu bra (which you wouldn't need too but just in case)
6) my own set of make up (just in case needa touch up for outdoor)
7) auntie pajamas for an image we'd planned hehz..

Props / Misc
1) Wet tissues - very useful especially when the place is muddy
2) Tissues
3) our movie clapper board
4) our feather duster lolx...(for me to whack the groom with. me ish tigress)
5) apple (initially wanted the sleeping beauty story but then got miscomm so it became an apple tree story..ahaha)
6) Strawberries ( i duno why but Mr. Keir just buy loh)
7) Pocky! (our favourite snacks)
8) Bubbles
9) Pink panther plush (wana do the Lin Da Lang look but also miscomm so no do)
10) mega bling bow tie (for the lin da lang look)
11) a colourful lollipop ( was told to use a bigger one if we wana use 1 or a pair of small sized ones. but we only had 1 small sized one..ahaha
12) a nerdy specs for me (end up seldom use since it reflects)

Actually for props, unless you have something really meaningful and unique to the both of you, if not check with the studio.
They have tons and tons of props! very fun and interesting ones neh!!!

On the night before our photoshoot, we had most of our stuffs packed and turned in early.
Also I avoided drinking water after 9pm to prevent water retention.

I'm always prone to bloating loh..and my eyes are small so once water retention means it's uber difficult to open up the eyes no matter how many pairs of eyelashes you use.

Ooh also gotta wash hair the night before and not apply anything on it after that.

Final Fitting prior to Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

The Prelude: Final fitting before Photoshoot

Went for our final fitting 2 days before our photoshoot. Also this time round the groom will take more time as you need to pick the colour of your shirts and accessories that will complement the bride's.

here's Mr. Keir with his tailor-made white tux in his full white suit. i really like the bling "bow tie" but he doesn't feel comfy in it though.  Maybe it looked kind of plain so we changed to a silver vest and silver tie for the photoshoot.

he's got a pair of white & shiny shoes to go with the white suit! & very cheaply too! only at $20! hehez..we managed to source for a few bargains as we don't believe in splurging for items you'll be wearing only like twice.

that's his black suit we're using for photoshoot only. By right we can only choose 2 groom's suit. but since the original one we've chosen for our night dinner to go with my night gown ain't available on our photoshoot day, they made an exception for us to choose a 3rd one for photoshoot! lucky Mr. Keir!
We didn't pick this bow tie too, looked too much like a Waiter! All he need is to carry a tray.

I absolutely love this dress! definitely turns out vibrant in photos. I didn't choose this for Actual day though which caused me to have 2nd thoughts right now!

We're trying to see what kind of combi complements this gown best. the white suit or the black suit?

So the black suit was chosen but how about inner shirt? So the groom went to try the same suit with a black inner shirt this time round.
I can't remember which one he wore for the photoshoot eventually even though it was just yesterday..Lolx...no wonder they say, hardly anyone notices the groom's attire..

alrighty, this is my outdoor gown, thought of choosing something more unique for outdoor instead of the traditional wedding gown since there'll be tons of shots of the bride in the traditional gown on actual day right?
Though it's not really very flattering - i.e. i look fat in it and legs super short too, but it adds a different feel to the whole album.
Initially i tried to pair it with a pair of black small fish net stockings & boots. but as you can see from the picture, it doesn't complement my short legs, in fact, there ain't much of any legs to be seen.

after a few rounds of mixing & matching, we got so tired & lazy, we decided to just hang the clothes there and visualize..Wahahha...

So with all these settled, or actually not completely, we just agar agar pick and let nature take its course on the day of the shoot.

The best advice I've read was : Expect the unexpected and don't like little boos-boos affect your mood. Just go all out, enjoy yourself and have fun!

Additional Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Venues - updated 2014

The previous time I didn't share my idea of this venue I'd very much wanted to take our pre-wedding photo shoot at as I find it pretty unique and lifestyle, much to the way we wanted it to be!

However due to the restrictions on timing, our bridal studio's ain't able to adhere to the timing...*sobz*

Anyway just to share with all of you, if you're looking at something out of the norm and more lifestyle like, you can consider to have your pre-wedding photoshoot done at IKEA!

Oh yea right that's IKEA! With their lovely ambiance and concept corners, you can easily have a series of homely, lifestyle shots! moreover, to date i seldom see couples having their pre-wedding shots there. Talk about Unique! 

Very much what I'd like. You can be in couple wear pajamas with the groom massaging for the bride or with the bride servicing the groom with good food in a kitchen setting!

You can even have both the groom and bride enjoying or baking in the kitchen!

As for fun time in the bedroom, eh..i leave that up to your own imagination. hahaa

Anyway it ain't easy to get someone to respond from IKEA. but after trying ways and means I've finally gotten the contact person in charge. just that you can only have your shooting done from Mon-Thurs, 10am - 12pm strictly!

It's a pity we've to give this amiss since by the time make up is done it's 11am liaoz loh. Of cos if you want your make up to be done early, you can do it, pay $$$ loh.

We ish the budgeted couple. So No-no! let's just give it a miss.

Sorry i've lost the contact for Ikea, think the person in charge left. So for those wanting to contact ikea, do try to email them from their website or give them a call.

Alternatively there's a furniture boutique - Le Article, for you to consider, very nice ambiance and perfect for wedding shoot but they do charge a nominal fee. In my opinion it's well worth it.

check out some of the photos below

Visit their Facebook page for more information

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

the Trial Makeup by Bridal Studio

Went for our my Bridal Trial Makeup session..

Actually this session is really more like a 'getting to know your make-up artist' and vice versa for her to know how you look like, how you are like bla bla bla and to build the rapport first.
Which  i honestly do think given the number of faces they have to put make up on, by the time it's our first actual session i.e. photoshoot on the 12th Oct, she probably can' t remember me, my skin type nor my personality loh.

Well whatever it is, it's already included in the package, so just go for it la..haha..

It's a good thing to predetermine the skills of your make-up artist.

As I shall thick-skinly admit I'm pretty good with eye make up myself.

here's 1 example (not the best la but a normal- day kind)

Can you tell or believe that i'm actually single-eye lid with small eyes?
hehz i should have included a before and after pic too. So yeah based on my standard, it ain't easy to come across a make-up artist that can earn my "good ratings" especially on the eyes.

Anyway our my..or still ours right? since there will definitely be some form of make up on the Groom as well loh. so herein we shall refer it to Our Makeup artist, Shirley, has about 15 yrs of experience and is one of the best make-up artist the studio uses. Or so they proclaim when we were trying to re-sched our photoshoot..hehz... Maybe they say the same thing to every customer for every make-up artist assigned as well..lolx

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against our bridal studio - Sattine Bridal (or yet). Just trying to be realistic. I was a sales person before, so when i hear anything "very sales talk" it'll sound the alarm in my head automatically..lolx..

 To date we're still very contented with their services, especially coming from our coordinator, Jessie, who allowed us to take photos during gown fitting & even suggesting poses for me, who tried her very best to change our photoshoot date and coordinate with all relevant parties, who always sound so cheerful and helpful whenever i call her.

So yeah I should say, by far yes, we're still a happy customer of Sattine Bridal. They are not the cheapest around nor are they the most expensive. They are very much mid-range with unique gowns in my opinion.
Even some of my friends commented so, after looking at our gown fitting pictures.

ok back to Our Make Up Artist, Shirley.
Rapport wise's pretty ok, we can chat abit and she seemed quite easy going, usually they do not use fake lashes for trial makeup as these will be considered chargeable. 
But due to the size of my eyes (too small liaoz) and that i told her that her challenge is to make my eyes as big as possible la...lolx.

She used 1 pair of lashes on each eye to achieve the below look. i.e. total 2 pairs of lashes.

Yes! My eyes indeed seemed so much bigger neh!  So much rounder too.
Of cos both the eyes weren't balance as she's trying out different method to determine the best.
Which i'm thinking if she'll eventually remember when it comes to our photoshoot like 2 weeks later hehz.

But then again, when i appeared fully-made-up in front of Mr. Keir, who's lying and nuaing at a comfy couch used for photography, he just ask "eh got difference with your usual make up meh?"

I duno to feel happy or sad. Maybe i should feel happy that my skills' not losing out to a professional!
But ok la, to be fair, i think Shirley is pretty good as in she make the eyes seemed not just bigger but rounder too. Also i do like the way she uses pastels and glitters to achieve the watery eye look.

And one thing, i really love how a professional make-up artist achieve the flawless looks by applying layers and layers of concealers, foundations, powders without making you look wayang.
it's something which i never get to achieve on my own. too much of either makes it look too plastic!

So yeah, though Mr. Keir thinks it's not much of a difference from my usual but i do like Shirley's works! =)