Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Justin Timberlake sings at his own wedding

Yes, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are now husband and wife. Two of Hollywood’s A-listers have bid farewell to their single life and tied the knot on Friday at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy. Among the wedding guests were celebrity friends, including Andy Samberg, Timbaland and Beverly Mitchell.

“It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends,” Justin and Jessica first told People.com right after the ceremony.
Notably, the 31-year-old singer-and-actor sang one of his previously unreleased songs at the couple's nuptials,  which saw The Roots' drummer Questlove DJ at the reception - and he dedicated the performance to his new wife.

A source told US Weekly: ''Questlove played a bunch of Justin Timberlake songs, but no *NSYNC. Justin performed one song at the wedding. It's a new one that he hasn't released yet. He dedicated it to Jessica.''

It is still unknown that if that song will make it to public ears.
If you are a singer/songwriter, or simply love singing, you can consider adding a personal touch to the celebration by composing and singing a song for the special one. I have personally witnessed the bride, the groom, and the guests being moved to tears when a special song was sung. This little extra gesture could potentially stir up lots of emotions, thus allowing wedding photojournalists to capture and freeze that moment in time. 
Photos courtesy of Avior Pictures


Friday, October 5, 2012

Jared Followill and Martha Patterson

Cat Deeley isn't the only one who utilised twitter to talk about her eventual nuptials.

Together with Holly Valance and Anne Hathaway, Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill also got married with model Martha Patterson, at each of their own weddings separately of course. This means at least 4 celebrities celebrated their nuptials over the same weekend.

The 25 year-old rocker shared his excitement on Twitter soon after tying the knot, he wrote: “Aaaaaand I'm married. Happiest man in the world.”

With Martha tweeting: “Marrying my best friend today. I'm the luckiest girl in the world. :)”

The couple, who got engaged in April, spent their big day in the grounds of a rustic farm house with sources saying that their wedding reception featured “a beautiful firework display and a five-tier strawberry cream cake".

The beautiful blushing bride wore a strapless gown with a lace bodice and feather styled full skirt, her brown locks falling simply around her bare shoulders with no jewellery except for the rings.

The minimalist approach is gaining momentum over the recent years. If you have the face and figure of a model, why let all the bling overshadow your natural beauty? Kudos to Martha.

Jared's marriage makes him the final member of Kings of Leon to tie the knot - frontman Caleb married supermodel Lily Aldridge in May last year, Nathan wed singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin in 2009 and Matthew exchanged vows with musician Johanna Bennett that year too


Cat Deeley's Surprise Wedding

What even more secret that Anne Hathaway's Secret Wedding? The So-You-Think-You-Can-Dance host Cat Deeley nuptials to tv and radio presenter Patrick Kielty. The couple secretly tied the knot in Rome this weekend with their close family and friends present.
“The wedding plans were top secret. Friends of Paddy and Cat only found out in the last few days,” a source told. “It was a very intimate service with just 60 friends and family.”

Their big day may come as a surprise to their fans as it was only one month ago that 41-year-old Patrick denied rumours that they had gotten engaged, and Cat, as recently as August claiming they had no plans to marry

The pair first went public with their relationship in May, and although they had been friends for years, their romance still came as a bit of a shock.

It was shortly after this that Patrick moved into Cat's £1.7million Beverley Hills mansion with plans to renovate the property.

The couple kept their blossoming relationship out of the public eye for quite some time after rumours about their friendship turning romantic began to surface after they went on holiday together in February.

Patrick, made it known last year that he has been thinking of tying the knot in 2012, saying: 'I think that might be my New Year’s resolution... to get married.'

He and Cat have been friends since they hosted one of the original TV talent shows Fame Academy together from 2002.

As for Deeley, she perhaps offered a hint as to her marital status last week, posting a photo of herself and Kielty leaving the Emmy Awards last week. "And then they lived.... Happily ever after....cx," she wrote on twitter.
Planning a secret wedding requires a lot of hush-hush, especially with the wedding suppliers. You have to let them know the details, yet have to trust them not to leak the news to the public. A contract comes in handy most of the time, but it is only as good as the parties who sign it. No contract can stop someone from speaking, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
I had the honour to photograph an engagement party of a celebrity few years ago. There wasn't any physical contract but only a verbal agreement. A lot of trust was placed in me, mainly because previously we had worked together and I was found to be trustworthy :). I have heard stories of how a wedding was ruined because of a rogue wedding supplier, so it pays to write everything down in black and white - the details of the items/services that you have purchased, the payment plan, and agreement like photo copyrights and "vow of silence".


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anne Hathaway's unique Valentino wedding gown

Continuing from the topic of wedding veil, Hollywood A-lister Anne Hathaway also said "I Do" in a secret sunset wedding at the scenic coast of Big Sur, California on 29 Sept 2012. The 29-year-old actress tied the knot with actor/jewellery design Adam Shulman.

The Dark Knight Rises star who recently chopped off her hair for the Les Misérables movie, sported a super-short pixie cut and didn't wear any extensions for her wedding. A lot of women probably imagine long flowing locks pinned into a meticulously braided updo (not that there's anything wrong with that) underneath a sheer veil, but Anne just proved that short hair on your wedding day can be just as beautiful.

 Her romantic off the shoulder dress that had a delicate lace trim was a vintage inspired dress personally designed for the bride by couture designer Valentino Garavani. The bridal gown featured intricate lace and embroidery and was paired with a dramatic floor-length veil and vintage-inspired headpiece

Anne also reported wearing minimal jewellery which is quite an interesting choice, given her husband is a jewellery designer and co-designed her engagement ring.

However, not all of the people agree — especially on the matter of the headpiece.“looks like she had a serious head injury… hope she’s okay,” joked Twitter user danielleNhale. “I like the dress, but the head piece and bridal veil are awful,” added @SummerMarisa.

While there were other criticisms of the headpiece over on People.com, the dress received pretty positive reviews. “Beautiful gown and it’s NOT STRAPLESS! Yay,” wrote SavedByGrace. Aliciad2649 agreed. “I LOVE the headpiece and the dress is classic. Anne’s a lady, through and through.”

Personally, I think with the face like Anne's, she can easily pull off any looks, including this one. That veil and headband combo complimented the pixie cut perfectly.

As usual, dirt and dress doesn't play well together (unless you are going for a "trash-the-dress" photo), so get a helper to manage the dress and veil. It is usually the job of the bridesmaid, but husbands, you can start your new life on the right foot by learning from Adam.

Anne's wedding comes as a bit of a surprise as she previously insisted the wedding would not take place until 2013 because of her work commitments. She told Hello magazine recently:
"We're getting married, probably sometime next year-ish. Not this year, it’s too big with two films coming out."

Checkout more paparazzi pictures here.


Holly Valance's 15ft veil

Former Neighbours star-turned-millionairess Holly Valance married Nick Candy in a large and lavish fairytale wedding on the weekend in Beverly Hills.

The 29-year-old bride could have chosen any of the world's designers with what seemed like a limitless budget for her nuptials, but went back to her roots, opting for Melbourne couturier J'Aton for her full meringue-style skirt resembling feathers and a bodice-like top. Unfortunately, the dress has found itself on the end of some less-than-flattering criticism.

The Daily Mail said the gown was a "Barbie-meets-Miss-Havisham frock...[with] cascades of pigeon-coloured frou-frou about the hem."

While the Telegraph likened the gown to an all-inclusive British package holiday stalwart. Which is no good thing.

The British newspaper said the "rag-taggle skirt...looked like it had been concocted from endlessly layered lettuce leaves faithfully reproduced in singed white silk."


Nevertheless, Valance topped it off with an exaggerated lace veil in a vintage style which also acted as a train, and carried a dramatic dark-red bouquet, with the wealthy property owner wearing a Dolce and Gabbana tuxedo.

The fifteen footer (4.5 meters) veil, although a traffic-stopper, is barely a fraction of the world's longest veil as confirmed by the Guiness Book of Records. The bride Elena De Angelis from Italy arrived at church with a mammoth 3km (1.86 mile) long veil, literally a traffic-stopper!
More on that story here.

Personally, whenever I see a long veil, I will secretly jump in joy, because I get to shoot photos like this:
So if you have a simple wedding gown but still seeking for that WOW factor,  consider adding a floor-length veil. Preferbly, nominate a helper to manage the veil. It requires delicate care but it is certainly a lot easier to manage than a feet-dragging wedding dress like Holly Valance's. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lin Dan's wedding celebration on 23 Sept (Lunar Calender 8 Aug)

Double Olympic gold medallist and five time Yonex All England Open Badminton champion Lin Dan held a wedding celebration with former Chinese teammate Xie Xingfang’s on 23 September 2012.
"As a Sunday coinciding with the Chinese Lunar calendar's Aug 8, it is a good choice," Lin said.

"From a traditional perspective, a binary date is a preferable choice," Lin was quoted as saying by Oriental Sports Daily.
The number "8" signifies prosperity, and couples who got married on this date is thought to be blessed with double prosperity.
They are currently the highest profile couple in Chinese athletics and so the wedding ceremony is highly anticipated. The celebration was held at the Beijing University of Technology.
Also known as "Super" Dan, Lin had been married to Xie at the end of 2010 in a quick ceremony which was more of an administrative formality, but the wedding celebration held on Sunday in Beijing was the one everyone was looking forward to.

 Wedding suppliers tend to be booked out at least one year in advance for auspicious dates such as the day of Lin Dan's wedding. This is even more so if the date falls on a weekend. To avoid disappointment, it is advisable to contact the wedding suppliers, especially the venue and the wedding photographer, as soon as you have decided on the date of your big day.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Natalie Portman's vegan wedding

Oscar winner Natalie Portman tied the knot with Benjamin Millipied on 11 Aug 2012.  The two met on the set of the movie "Black Swan" during 2009. The wedding was eco-friendly themed and it reflected the couple's outlook on the world.

Here are a few wedding details:
Instead of having flowers flown in, the ceremony featured wildflowers indigenous to the Big Sur coast where the ceremony took place, and instead of "fish or steak", the menu was strictly vegan in keeping with the bride's diet. Portman, 31, chose a traditional white gown, complimented by a crown of white wildflowers in her hair.

When things wrapped up around 2 a.m., the approximately 100 guests took home packets of wildflower seeds as party favors. The packets were inscribed with a single word: "Merci."
Source: People.com

Themed weddings are favoured by a lot of wedding couples. It gives the guests something to remember, and possibly become talk of the town.

Planning a themed wedding is rather easy. The difficult part is coming up with the ideal wedding theme itself. Wedding themes range from movie-oriented to personal beliefs such as Natalie's. Other themes could be colours, patterns, and symbols that are meaningful to you: a pretty patterned pillow can form an entire wedding theme.

If your wedding has a theme, be sure to convey this to the wedding photographer in advance. The photographer can plan and keep this in mind when shooting the wedding, and also design the album according to the theme, which ties up the whole event together.

All the best to Natalie and Benjamin.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ties the knot

On the next day after his company's IPO, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg swapped his trademark hoodie for a suit and married his college sweetheart Priscilla Chan. Appropriately, he chose to announce his nuptials by updating his facebook status to "married".
mark zuckerberg ties the knot, mark zuckerberg marries Priscilla Chan

According to various news sources, the wedding was a secret. The guests thought they were there to celebrate the graduation of Priscilla from her degree in paediatrics.  It was a private event which was held in the backyard of his home at Palo Alto California. The guests numbered fewer than 100. The catering, which was from his favourite local restaurant, reportedly costing less than 10 dollars per head. Zuckerberg, 28, and Chan, 27, spent four months planning the wedding, but had not publicly revealed they were engaged. Despite his strong advocacy of online openness and sharing, Mr Zuckerberg has long been secretive about his own personal life.

Of all the happenings, what interests me is the wedding photo he chose to show to the world - a simple photo of the couple holding hands, looking at the camera smiling, with a warm glow of the sun in a backyard setting. Being a multi-billionaire, I'm sure he is able to afford the world's best photographer (whoever he or she might be) to create elaborate pieces for him. He could have go to Sweden and shoot in the Northern Lights. He could have chose a photo of him kissing or hugging Priscilla and show the world how much he loves her, but he did not. All in all, it wasn't his style.

From the way the whole event was played out, he feels like a down-to-earth guy to me, and doesn't actively seek attention. Naturally, this photo he chose to post on his facebook account truly reflects his personality.  On the other hand, there is also nothing wrong being a loud and extroverted person. If Aurora Borealis is your thing, go for it! If you like diving, put on your scuba gear and have an underwater photoshoot! Sky-diving and exchanging vows free-falling at 14000ft is perfect for the adrenalin junkies. What I'm trying to convey is, be true to yourself.  

Here at Wedding Photographer Melbourne, I like to chat with the wedding couple and sense their personalities. Usually this occured during our intial meeting. The topic of our conversation could range from hobbies, what they normally do on a Saturday night, and how they first met etc. By doing so, not only I could plan the look of the photos to compliment the clients, it would also help me to anticipate the bride and groom's next action during a wedding, and be on the standby to capture any spontaneous moments. I might very well end up with a simple photo which will not win any big awards, but if the clients are happy and gave me a personal award (mmmm...cookies), that would be the biggest motivation for me.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Promotion: Perth pre-wedding photography

Perth pre-wedding photography promotion, pre-wedding photography Perth

For the first time ever, Melbourne wedding photographer Teddy Tan is bringing his photography to Perth in January 2013. As a bonus, he will be collaborating with a mystery international award-winning photographer to create pre-wedding photography images just for you!

Included in the package are:
1 day photoshoot, including makeup and hair styling.
30~35 advance edited images
1 x 24-page coffeetable album.
Price: AUD4000

Spaces are limited so please book early.
Call Teddy 0405642535 or email ted@teddytan.com.au for booking and enquiries.

Update: 19 April 2012

This photo was taken at an open field near Moora. I climbed onto higher grounds to capture the scenery being painted by the sunset with a gorgeous golden hue.

~The mystery photographer

Update: 23 April 2012

This photo was taken at the University of Western Australia campus. The repeated patterns in the architecture and the reflection in the foreground make it an interesting view.

~The Mystery Photographer

Update: 28 April 2012

This photo was also taken near Moora, on the other side of the road from the field shown in the first photo above. The yellow canola flowers and the light blue cloudy sky complimented each other so well that it looks like a scenery from a storybook.

~The Mystery Photographer

P.S:The balloons were brought along with us all the way from Singapore (Hint 1: I’m from Singapore) and inflated in Perth.

Update: 8 May 2012

The Crawley Edge Boathouse a.k.a that bue boathouse is a popular place for pre-wedding photography in Perth. To achieve something a little different, we went to a vantage point and shot this photo with the boathouse in the background.

~The Mystery Photographer


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Behind the scene: Michelle and Harry's pre-wedding photography in Melbourne

You might remember Michelle and Harry's pre-wedding photo session from almost 2 years ago. Below is some behind the scene video footage of it. The photographer in the video is a less cuddly version of me today. No human was harmed in the making of this video, though lots of food was devoured.

Any questions regarding the equipment and setup can be asked in the comments section below. Enjoy.

And here are some photos from the session:

lady and the tramp,pre-wedding



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pre-wedding photography,melbourne
pre-wedding photography,melbourne

For pre-wedding photography enquiries, please visit http://www.teddytan.com.au/

Many thanks to Sky17 Studios for the video.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

100 Best Views in Australia

12 Apostle, Photo by Ken Duncan

Photo by Ken Duncan

The Australian Traveller had just published the 100 Best Views in Australia Index 2012 together with information on how to see them for yourself!

This is a great reference for pre-wedding photography locations! Number 1 (Great Barrier Reef) is a tough challenge but my personal favourite is the 12 Apostle (ranked number 3!). In fact, I just went there last week for a photoshoot! Very loooong drive but certainly worth it. The changing scenery along the way provides many photo opportunities as well - cattles, valleys, hills, grassplains, forests etc. Access to the 12 Apostle beach is via the Gibson Steps about 1km away. Legends have it that Mr Gibson carved out the stairs so he could get to his favourite fishing spot easily.
For wedding photo enquiries, please contact Teddy 0405642535 or ted@teddytan.com.au


Monday, March 26, 2012

Mike + Susan + Sheryl

Little Sheryl saw mummy’s wedding photos and was puzzled.

“Why am I not at your wedding?”, she asked.

Mummy answered, “We didn’t know where you are at that time”.

“Next time when you and daddy get married, be sure to take me along, I want to marry with you!”, Sheryl said.

Mike, Susan and Sheryl's wedding, Why am I not at your wedding? Sheryl asked.

Mike, Susan and Sheryl's wedding, Why am I not at your wedding? Sheryl asked.

Mike, Susan and Sheryl's wedding, Why am I not at your wedding? Sheryl asked.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Product: Fine Art Coffeetable Album

Introducing our latest product, the "Fine Art Coffeetable Album".

Fine Art Album, Epson Fine art paper

Those who had seen our coffeetable albums should know how good it looks already. Now this fine art album takes it up another level. Printed by the 11-colour Epson 7900 printer on Epson fine art paper, this album produces a better colour tonal range and precision than the standard wedding album.

Fine Art Album, 10 pages

This sample album is currently in transit in Singapore. It will be there until 14 March 2012. Friends in Singapore who wish to have a look in person can do so by arranging an appointment, email ted@teddytan.com.au. Wedding album will be in Melbourne from 15 March 2012 onwards.

Fine Art Album, full spread without break

Album will open flat horizontally

Fine Art Album, Epson Fine art paper
2-page spread without break in the middle

Fine Art Album, paper texture
Fine Art Paper texture

Photos courtesy of Gloryworkz


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Different perspective of a wedding photographer

different perspective wedding photographer

Yep, I looked exactly like the last photo as I type this post.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

For sale: 1200ws battery powered outdoor strobe flash.

Up for sale is a 2nd hand outdoor portable photography strobe. This unit is rated at 1200ws and is able to achieve those "overpowering the sun" style of shots even with a softbox or beauty dish mounted on it.

You can put in a bid on eBay or make me an offer directly. Email ted@teddytan.com.au .

More information on this eBay link: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jinbei-1200ws-location-flash-battery-powered-portable-RD1200-rechargeable-strobe-/310379871447?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item484414fcd7.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Wedding photography information brochure

We have put together an 8-page brochure detailing our wedding photography services and products. Come in to see us and get a copy!

For appointments, please call 0405642535 or email ted@teddytan.com.au

wedding photography services and products brochure

It contains information on our approach to wedding day photography and pre-wedding photography, and also details about our photobooks, coffeetable albums and fine art prints/canvases. There is also a writeup with previously undisclosed facts about Teddy!


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