Elvis and Melissa Wedding

Posted: 5th November 2009 by Jacky Yong in Photography
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It was my wife Mei Fen who suggested me to help out Elvis. It was again another rather last-minute notice, only about 2 weeks. The unique thing about this project is that the bride and groom stay very near each other. Near is really rather an understatement. More like “virtually next door”. They both stay in Taman Nusaputra in Puchong, and get this, in the same street, in the same row! Their house are just a few houses apart!

So near!

See the open gate at the left? That's where Melissa stays. See the red and white tent on the right of the picture? That's where Elvis stays!

We went to their house the night earlier, they were having their Bachelor’s Night. But in reality Melissa was also around, so technically there was no bachelor’s night out. But I had the chance to witness the decorations being put up. Which means that there was plenty of photography opportunity for me.

I asked her to pose, but she laughed instead. Never mind, its good enough!

I asked her to pose, but she laughed instead. Never mind, it's good enough! 🙂

Mei Fen noticed the shape of the heart. And I noticed the place where it came from. So I asked her to hold the 双喜 as the background

Mei Fen noticed the shape of the heart. And I noticed the place where it came from. So I asked her to hold the 双喜 as the background

Book

Mei Fen scrutinizing the huge wedding book

Noticed the awesome shadow cast by the lamp

Noticed the awesome shadow cast by the lamp

The next morning as scheduled I arrived at Melissa’s place. The make up artist was early. I had expected her to come at around 7:30 am, when I arrived.

The make up artist has already started work when I arrived

The make up artist has already started work when I arrived

Being so near allows me to cover both bride and groom at the same time; something that I rarely have the chance to do. And I discovered that photographing the groom’s side for a change is not such a dull coverage after all! Elvis was so full of energy!

Although I was using f2.8, the heng tais were not that out of focus. Had to further blur them, and also add vignetting. This effect was in the slideshow as well!

Although I was using f2.8, the heng tais were not that out of focus. Had to further blur them, and also add vignetting. This effect was in the slideshow as well!

This Elvis is just so full of humour! Cracks us up!

This Elvis is just so full of humour! Cracks us up!

I panned the picture, but the effect was not strong enough. Added extra motion to this picture

I panned the picture, but the effect was not strong enough. Added extra motion to this picture

Since they stay so near to each other, driving the expensive beemer for just a hundred metres just does not seem to worth the trouble. So the boys went out for a drive outside of the taman. I don’t know where they went, but it was quite some time before they came back.

Meanwhile Melissa was hiding herself in a smaller room. This was MY idea Elvis, sorry! =D

Melissa was hiding in a smaller room. Poor girl!

Melissa was hiding in a smaller room. Poor girl!

As usual, the games ensues. Nothing out of the ordinary; eat this, drink that. Do this, shout that.

Elvis was belting out a Michael Jackson tune, I think. I love his emotion in this!

Elvis was belting out a Michael Jackson tune, I think. I love his emotion in this!

Something unplanned happened. One of the doors at the back opened, and Melissas elderly relative came out! We teased that he had found the bride, and asked him to smooch her! HAHAHAHA!!!

Something unplanned happened. One of the doors at the back opened, and Melissa's elderly relative came out! We teased that he had found the bride, and asked him to smooch her! HAHAHAHA!!!

Needless to say, Elvis found Melissa in the end. Elvis did a magnificent feat, he gave Melissa a piggy back ride down the stairs! Everyone was so concerned that he might not be able to do it, but he proves stronger than he looked! (Sorry Elvis!)

Elvis is a strong man!

Elvis is a strong man!

So there they went again, out the taman, make a few rounds before going back home. The normal rituals follows. There were a few shots that were missing, so I took a few shots for them.

His coat is off, and her veil is gone. Obviously this was taken when everything was over!

His coat is off, and her veil is gone. Obviously this was taken when everything was over!

Elvis gave me a challenge. He was going to send to me a few of their childhood photos to be made into a slideshow. Yeap, all to be displayed during the dinner tonight! I had to rush back to get the slideshow done. Lucky Puchong is so near home. But in actual fact, I spent much more time PP-ing the pictures that I took earlier in the morning too.

The dinner was held in Chong Wah Chinese Restaurant next to the Galeria Setia Walk in Puchong. Elvis was being his usual jovial self, joking with his guests, even serving them drinks and helping to take pictures!

Let me help you with that!

Let me help you with that!

Say cheese, youre on my wedding!

Say cheese, you're on my wedding!

As usual I had a happy time taking pictures of happy faces. I love it when they were giving feedbacks when they were watching the video presentation that I showed to them.

They were laughing at themselves in the slideshow I think

They were laughing at themselves in the slideshow I think

YAM SENG!

YAM SENG!

Elviss brother singing a song with the hostess that night

Elvis's brother singing a song with the lovely lady

A very important lesson that I learn that night was the use of M mode. All the while I have been using P mode for my flash indoor scene. However I find that using M is more controllable. Once you get a particular setting tweaked, you rarely need to do any more changes. This is especially true in the chinese wedding environment, where the lighting and the environment (ceiling height, ambient light, etc) are unlikely to change much. Then I used medium JPEGs. Save on my CF space. Taking in RAW will quickly deplete my 2GB CF card. Besides, since I have the exposure properly set, there is no need for the extra headroom of RAW.

If you are interested to know, I set my 430EX to 1/4 power, shutter at 1/60s, aperture at f4 and ISO at 800. I dial up or down the ISO when I need to meter up or down, depending on the scene.

Oh yeah, I need to show you the video too. I can’t seem to upload it to Youtube, there was some violation with the music, so I used VIMEO instead:

As usual, head on to my gallery to see the rest of the picture.