Gingham Picnic with Mel & Yina

A few days before my 21st birthday in September, my two crazy girl friends and I decided it would be a good idea to have a random vintage photoshoot, just for the heck of it. And of course… to celebrate our friendship!

I have no idea how this idea was born…… I think it was something like me one day suggesting a picnic for our next meet up would be great fun, then Yina was like yes we can take lots of awesome pictures and look pretty and Melissa was all “MULTIFOLDS?!”. End of story. LOL. We talked to a couple of people over the next few days, and roped in some of our friends from relevant industries. Yina settled the amazing props set up from her wedding sponsor, Melissa got the awesome photographer as Multifolds is a good friend of hers and I found us a make up artist / hairstylist! Who has now also become one of my good friends! This shoot turned out to be such a blessing.

I’ve always loved everything vintage – I used to listen to songs from the 50′s to 70′s EVERYDAY and I’m obsessed with vintage fashion, so I couldn’t be happier when it was decided that the theme should be Gingham! We were going to settle for just “floral pastel” and the whole whimsical look at first, but I’m so glad that my stubbornness prevailed that we pushed through normalcy and went ahead with a more challenging but unique concept! The pictures turned out even better than I’d expected when I was trying to visualize it in my head.


Behind The Scenes

Setting up on site!

We were far behind schedule (we are always late, I think it’s a blogger thing) so we scrambled around like mad upon arriving, it wasn’t long before we would lose the sunlight. Lucky for us, the main decorations have already been prepared by the conscientious Suying from MerryLove Weddings prior to our arrival, so we just had to shift certain things around a bit! She cleverly put together such a lovely combination of props that fitted our theme to a T. We couldn’t believe how pretty our little picnic set  looked when we set eyes on it! :) They do mainly weddings but can also tend to themed photoshoot requests like these! (Perfect for pre-wedding shots!)

I brought customized cupcakes and my signature rainbow cake for the shoot, of course. What’s a picnic without pretty cakes? I could also finally put my awesome ferris wheel cupcake stand to very good use! I was wondering when I was gonna get around to taking that expensive thing out of the original packaging.

Ummm… I’m trying to figure out if this was a fail shot of me trying to act cute or an unfortunate candid. Anyway, don’t you love our crazy appropriate dresses from DustBunny Vintage?! Going to their quaint little store and trying on their one-of-a-kind pre-loved vintage dresses, looking for the perfect fitting one was the funnest thing ever! There’s just something special about knowing no one else will be wearing the same dress as you. It’s like wearing a piece of history on yourself!

After a couple of frantic minutes went by, we began shooting!!!!! Everything happened so fast…. it was like CHOP CHOP, snap snap, ok let’s go next scene. Being a model is no easy work! Of course, Melissa was an absolute natural at it, whereas myself and Yina were a lot more awkward and oaf-ish. XD (I claim the throne of awkward queen, though)

Pouting pitifully as Yina fixes my hair for me. Sometimes she’s like a mummy to me in the best way!

Done with the first set of photos, and we’re off to a big open field for some movement shots!

Awww, I love that even off-camera (these were candids), we’re holding hands ♥ ♥ ♥

Here are some precious memories beautifully captured by the amazing Multifolds Photography. Whom I consider to be one of the best wedding photographers in Singapore! It was a huge privilege having Melvin document this for us.

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Photoshoot Pictures

Getting to know Melissa and getting closer to Yina must be some of the best things that happened to me this year. 

In these two ladies, I have found great friends that I can share happiness, tough times and tons of laughter with. We can talk about everything and nothing, and even in our periods of quiet silences, awkwardness never creeps in. Conversations, I can have with anyone, but it’s the people I can have comfortable silences with that I treasure.

Yina wasn’t someone I thought I’d become close to when I first got to know her, but I grew to appreciate her as a person more and more through the months and years. She is extremely kind & understanding, someone who quietly observes situations & people, making up her own mind about them instead of being too quick to judge. She keeps it real all the time and brings me back to earth whenever I get my head stuck in the clouds. In some ways, I feel she’s a lot like me. I think she too, knows what it’s like to be wallflower in the past. She really gets what you’re trying to say when you share matters of the heart with her. More often than not, I end up pouring out my bottled up feelings to her, something I don’t do with most of my friends, not because I don’t trust them but because I feel like they won’t get me. But I feel like Yina does. She listens.

 I LOVE her sense of humor and how straightforward she is… Her dramatic facial expressions alone without her voice is enough to crack me up. You can count on her to make you feel better no matter how lousy a mood you’re in.

She has so many underrated talents about her – always making people laugh, being an impressive artist, sings like an angel..

Melissa is something special.

She has this innate positive ball of energy that surrounds her very being. When you’re standing next to her, it’s impossible to feel negative emotions. She’s always so happy that it makes you happy, too. I think it’s that million dollar smile of hers that infects you. Sometimes I think she’s some sort of superwoman. Mel is ALWAYS busy, always doing something, always looking great while she’s doing it. She might seem like a princess on the outside, but she isn’t afraid to do silly & unglamorous things together with her friends in the name of fun and she’s still down to earth despite her popularity.

Mel is that sort of girl that every guy, and every girl loves. Everybody loves her, but me, especially so!! Melissa, Yina & I, we share strong interests in the same things – photography (for our Instagram & blog), being photographed (also for our Instagram & blog), blogging (I see a recurring theme here), make up, FOOD, fashion, adventure, making fun of our boyfriends, spontaneity & all things frivolous and fabulous…. but what I truly love most about these two is that they are good people, through and through. At the very core of a person, what matters is whether they have a beautiful heart or not.

Each so different and wonderful in their own way, these lovely friends of mine constantly inspire me to be a better person and a better friend, even if they don’t actually know it or aren’t purposefully trying to do so.

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

Credits & Special Thanks to

• Make Up + Hairstyling (for Yina): Marie Soh

• Hairstyling (for Melissa & I): Shunji Matsuo @ Somerset 313

• Photography: Multifolds Photography

• /Vintage Outfits & Accessories: DustBunny Vintage

• Props / Picnic Set Up: MerryLove Weddings

• Cakes / Cupcakes: Shiberty’s Sweets

• Models: Yina Goh & Melissa Koh