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one night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster.

Most tiring 6 days in Bangkok EVER. We flew up to Bangkok for a work trip then the boy came up for the weekend for us to run some wedding errands.

Most tiring 6 days in Bangkok EVER. We flew up to Bangkok for a work trip then the boy came up for the weekend for us to run some wedding errands.

Note to self: never attempt a back-to-back trip like that ever again. Usually I take about 3 to 4 days to recover from a work trip cause of the insanely long hours (meetings till 3am and being on our feet all day) but this time round I feel like I need an entire month to really recover from the exhaustion.

So from Wednesday to Friday, we spent all the time at the ClubCouture Loft - long meetings, photoshoots, lookbook shoots, selecting fabric, watching our workers sew and lunching in.

Pictures from the iPhone.. sneak peek of ClubCouture’s upcoming collection & lookbook too :D exciting stuff!

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when the creative director decides to get behind the camara :p

After a long day at work, the pretty sunset from our office window makes it so much better somehow :)

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But somehow we also managed to find time to…

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dye our hair at home lol

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eat out, though clearing work at the same time zzz

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and find time for yummy thai food :D Gotta clarify that the I LOVE COOK thing is NOT by me, it’s from the app that Zach used and I stole the pictures from him.

Then the boy flew up on Saturday morning and we spent the next 48 hours getting SO MANY things done, I am so impressed with myself haha.

We got his tuxedo tailored :D

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I don’t understand why people choose to rent poor quality off the shelf tuxedos - you know those super sheer cheap looking white cotton? Those that you can see the guy’s nipples and underwear omfg…

Oh ya.. speaking of tuxedo this was what the boy texted me when I asked him if he decided what kinda tux he wanted. -_-

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Actually I gotta mention that I leave certain aspects of the wedding to him so it’s not like everything is done by me and me alone. I left him to settle the design of his tux, the military wedding ceremony bit, tailoring of his uniform, the Guo Da Li and of course his forte, the FOOD. I think I’ll really DIE if I have to settle these bits too.

We also popped by the fabric shops to get organza for my table runners (cause I’m OCD like that and since I have the contacts I might as well get it done myself right?)

I went for a round of facial laser too - die pimples die.

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Saw this picture at some random place and I decided to save this picture cause I want my wedding hair to be chio like that haha.

Intensively checked out ALL the Thai designers at Siam Centre and Central World and the international labels at Paragon and Erawan and even went to Peninsula Plaza to check out KAI Boutique… and after checking out so many brands, I think I might have found my second dress and second pair of wedding shoes :)

Am still looking for a comfy pair of nude heels and hopefully Louboutins won’t kill my feet. Cause I have very odd shaped feet that can’t agree at all with pumps/ covered shoes… sad times :(

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And we even managed to find the time for Coco Ichibanya! OMG looking at this makes me want to have it now…

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And 1 token photo to commemorate our trip cause we hardly take pictures together.

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Okay I lied. We took TWO pictures together.

So we have about 7 weeks left to the wedding and I still feel like A LOT OF SHIT NOT DONE YET. Need to settle

  • engagement photoshoot

  • jewelry

  • distribution of balance cards for wedding #1 and start to distribute cards for wedding #2

Many people have asked me why am I killing myself by planning 2 weddings… cause honestly the boy and I know how much our friends will hate to be at a traditional Chinese banquet (cause we ourselves hate it hahaha) and we really want to celebrate it with our friends getting so fucking drunk and I want to throw a nice angmoh style wedding la.

And yet, we don’t want to deny our relatives and especially my Dad with his business contacts etc the traditional wedding so let’s go with 2 weddings then!

Some have also asked why we chose Peony Jade at Keppel Club instead of a fancy hotel. The thing is, the boy and his family are very very very very very particular about food and we die-die also want a Saturday wedding to make things convenient for everybody. Because we are taking out all our friends and my business contacts and his colleagues to wedding #1, we are left with only 23 tables for wedding #2 and would not fit the minimum table requirements for the hotels that meet our food standards e.g. Capella.

Peony Jade at Keppel Club also has this whole chinois chic set up that I super love. So with the right touch up of decorations and wedding singer etc, I think we can get a good Old Shanghai theme happening!

In any case, I came across the following read over the weekend and I’ve decided to just be more relaxed for the final lap of the wedding preps.

After all, it’s just me, him and a bunch of our favourite people getting together for the biggest party of our lives :D

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As I think back on the hundred-plus weddings I’ve photographed, I want to emphasize this:
Every wedding is perfect.

I love a good party.
I love a bride in the most elaborate, fancy, princess-y dress you’ve ever dreamed of.

I love custom chuppahs and embroidered aisle runners and matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses.
I love to photograph flowers and shoes.

But you know why I REALLY do what I do?

To photograph your parents, who will hold hands and cry on the first row of the chapel. To photograph your sister dancing with that boy she will marry in three years. To photograph those kids who will grow up so, so quickly. To photograph your grandfather, who will pass away next spring. To photograph your first kiss as a married couple, your best friend busting out her signature dance moves, the flower girl asleep under a table, and maybe even your ex looking pretty wistful as he hugs you a little too long in the receiving line.

You already know: your cake will disappear in less than an hour, your flowers will wilt before the ceremony ends, and that uncomfortable tux will go back to the rental place in the morning. But those photos… they’re gonna be there forever. You’ll have them when your own kids are born, when you have the biggest fight ever with your partner and need to be reminded of how much you really love each other, when your parents pass away and you realize the last time you danced with them was at your wedding…

So, nothing against the wedding magazines and blogs and their endless, passionate quest for “perfect” detail shots. PLEASE: throw the party of your lives with every. single. detail. EXACTLY as you dreamed it would be.

But my job — MY job — is to see past all that. My job is to give you photos that will remind you why you had that damn expensive party in the first place.

If you’re planning your wedding right now, please just close the magazine. Log out of Pinterest. And look at the person you want to grow old with. Remind yourself of why you’re doing this. And really CELEBRATE when that day comes. Don’t stress about your shoes or your cake or your flowers. Don’t stress about anything. When it’s all over, you will be married, and surrounded by the people who know you and love you most in the whole wide world.

I promise: that is the Perfect Wedding.

By: Anne Almasay via the Huffington Post