Recently, we flew all the way to Turkey for a wedding with one of our long term clients (The M's). How we met The M's was a very interesting story. The M contacted us via Bridestory, an online platform to find your wedding vendors and eventually, we were actually starting out in our first year.
The M's contacted us directly and soon we are already arranging our shoots way back since 2015. The M's is an interesting couple, one is a Turkish and another a Chinese revert and they have already solemnised before contacted us. They were planning ahead to hold their weddings both in Singapore and in Turkey. To suit their request, we customised a package especially for them.
We did a small "engagement" shoot for them months ahead of their Singapore wedding that was held in December 2016 for them to share with their families back in Turkey and also for them to make their "Save The Date" collaterals.
As a Chinese bride, they still hold a traditional Chinese wedding where they still conduct their Gatecrash and Tea Ceremony followed by a lunch reception. As Mr M is not accustomed to such customs, it was a shock for him but he managed to successfully go through the games and punishment set up by the sisters.
After several months since the Singapore reception, the Turkish reception was held. We met first in Istanbul for a day of portraiture session. We avoid taking photos like bridal photography and rather approach it with a casual manner. We explored the Old City in the morning where the sun is at an angle and casting beautiful shadows (We managed to explore the city beforehand and recced a few amazing locations!), before heading off to the Asian side where there are more residences and street elements.
After a day in Istanbul with them, we flew to Isparta where their wedding reception will be held. A day before their reception we managed to go out to explore areas around Isparta such as the Lavender fields even though we missed the full bloom by a few weeks and also to Egirdir lake where surprisingly is a popular area for Turkish photographers.
The wedding is simple affair where they set up tents to hold guests for their feast while being fed with Turkish dishes and entertained by Illahi or what we local call, Qasidah. The dishes were prepared by neighbours so much like how we will call "Kampung spirit". The evening was when they went through the process of Turkish solemnisation and being blessed by the district's Mufti.
In all, it has been an amazing experience for a Singaporean photographer to be able to be part of a foreign wedding! We always look forward to being part of your journey!