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April 2015

Tricia and John’s Idyllic Engagement Shoot

It was love at first sight for Tricia and John when they first met at Salon Vim 4 years ago. Drawn to his confidence and maturity, their first encounter left the entire salon resonating with their happy laughter as she cracked many jokes in an attempt to make him laugh. Find out how John managed to get Tricia’s hand in marriage even though he did not fulfill her requirements, and check out their serenely beautiful, idyllic engagement photo-shoot at the quaint MacRitchie Reservoir.

Tricia Ong, 27, Founder and CEO of E-commerce and boutique Store, and Real Estate Agent & John Tham, 28, Director at Salon Vim

The Gowns: Le Seine Bridal
The Suit: Le Seine Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Pearlyn Law
The Florist & Stylist: Le Fairymeadow
The Photographer: Fiona Sng from Smittenpixels Photography

What was the proposal like?

Tricia: John’s initial plan was to propose at Lake Ashinoko, or “Land of the Reeds”, in Hakone, Japan, but while we were making our way there, we passed by the famous Hell’s Valley that I’ve always wanted to visit. I told John that we had to explore it since we were there, and that’s how we ended up touring the place instead of Lake Ashinoko. In all my excitement, I was unaware that he was frantically conjuring up a Plan B, although I did notice him behaving strangely a couple of times. But they were quickly forgotten.

He ended up proposing at a quite spot in town overlooking a gentle lake after we rode the cable car down from the mountains. That moment when he went down on one knee with a paper and ring in hand was an extremely memorable and precious moment. I was touched at how he had planned the entire trip and thought to take me to Hakone for a surprise proposal. And in that moment, I saw tears in his eyes and that struck a chord for me because I’ve never seen this side of him before. It was then that I realised how much this relationship and our union meant to him.

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Despite the slight de-tour, the proposal still sounds utterly romantic and sweet, John!

John: Thanks! The whole process was extremely nerve-wrecking for me because I’m not good with words but I wanted this important moment to be perfect and memorable for both of us. I guess I was close to a nervous breakdown and wasn’t acting like myself moments before the proposal. And even though I failed to fulfill the two conditions Tricia had requested for previously – to propose publicly in front of a huge crowd and to video that special moment, I still managed to get her agreement.

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What was your engagement photo-shoot like?

Tricia: We shot at a rarely visited secluded spot in MacRitchie Reservoir because we wanted to get away from the buzz and concrete buildings we were usually surrounded by. It was also the perfect spot because we wanted a Nature inspired shoot with our pet, Tintin, and elegant and mysterious night shots. It was the perfect balance of our laidback lifestyle during the weekends with Tintin and our love for quality living.

On the whole, it was a fun and memorable day. To this day, I remember John’s loving whisper by the side of my ears during one the shoot where we had to hold our poses.

John: During the shoot, I loved moments where we had to share the frame with Tintin. It reminded me of the type of family I want and I couldn’t wait to do another one in the future with our child!

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How was it like working with Fiona, Zyn and Pearlyn?

Tricia: It was great! I love working with Fiona! I adore how hardworking and creative she is! She is able to produce multiple photos from one pose by exploring different angles, and excels in capturing natural lighting in her photos.

Zyn from Le Fairymeadow was simply amazing. This talented lady who was heavily pregnant at the time of the shoot worked as if she wasn’t carrying a precious load on her, setting up the place with tall floral arch, floral swing and candles! Pearlyn, who did my hair and makeup, was extremely attentive to John and I during the shoot, constantly making sure that every minute detail was in place for every frame.

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That sounds like a great shoot! I’m sure it was filled with memorable and fun moments.

Tricia: Indeed! I have one such instance that I just have to share with the world! As my fans might already know, John is responsible for all my OOTD (outfit of the day) shots on Instagram. What they don’t know is that he is very critical of my poses, of where my gaze lands and if I am facing the light. So, when he was posing awkwardly during the shoot, I took the opportunity to return the ‘favour’ he has shown me for the past 4 years!


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