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July 2015

Love at Saveur

A couple who eats together, stays together. For our lovebirds, Julia and Dylan, their love of food was definitely the one that brought and kept them together through Dylan’s busy career as the Director of Saveur. They celebrated their love in an unconventional pre-wedding shoot that reflected their personalities and included the places close to their hearts, beautifully captured by Cino from 50nFifty Productions. What Julia didn’t know was the surprise proposal Dylan had planned for her right at the end of their pre-wedding shoot. Read on to find out how he proposed.

Julia Li, 30, Project Analyst & Dylan Ong, 28, Director at Saveur
21 March 2015

The Gown: Di Gio Bridal
The Suit: Tailor-made in Bangkok
Pre-wedding Bouquet: Shop Wonderland
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Airin Lee
The Photographer: Cino from 50nFifty Productions
Wedding Planning: SingaporeBrides

Tell us about the day you met.

Dylan: We first met at Alibaba Eating House in Katong where I was working at. I also found out that we both happened to be at the same church, and when I heard she loved French food, I invited her to try out Saveur’s food.

Julia:I had heard rave reviews about the food at Saveur, so when he invited me, I decided to try give it a try! After the meal, he was really friendly and we started chatting through social media. That was how it all began.

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How was your proposal like, Julia?

Julia: A really pleasant surprise! He proposed during our pre-wedding photoshoot at our final location, Saveur Art. The lights tripped and I thought, “Not now!”. Then suddenly, I heard someone singing and strumming a guitar to our favourite song. When I turned around, there my close friends were, carrying tea lights, singing and holding a board with the words “You make me feel like the one”, a line from the song. After Dylan made his speech, he proposed.

Dylan, congratulations on surprising Julia, and during your pre-wedding photoshoot no less! Tell us how you did it.

Dylan: First, I made it a point to let her think that I was some new-age guy who didn’t believe in wedding proposals whenever the topic of marriage came up, and it worked! Obviously, she was somewhat sad to know that she may not be getting a proposal after all.

In actual fact, I had it all planned out with Cino and Lawrence from 50nFifty Productions to propose at the end of the shoot. She would be dressed in her best, the lights would go out, she would think it was a black-out, only to realise that our favourite song, Dakota by Stereophonics was being sung by our friends. Before I popped the question, I presented her with a bowl of herbal soup as my way of showing her that I’ll take care of her from now on, just like she has taken care of me by nourishing me with bowls of herbal soup she made when I had to work long hours.

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Take us back to your pre-wedding photo-shoot. Did you have a theme in mind?

We both wanted something casual and stylish – something that reflected our personality and loves, and we wanted to shoot at places where we met and hung out at. Also, since we were foodies, we wanted the shoot to focus on food play at Saveur Art. So rather than the usual wedding gown and suit shots, we included casual attire into our shoot as well.

What was working with 50nFifty Productions like?

Dylan: I’ve known Cino and Lawrence since our primary school days. Prior to our shoot, we met up with them a couple of times and were shown a detailed lookbook on suggested ideas and poses we could do during the shoot. It was exactly what we wanted! Throughout the shoot, Lawrence was like our artistic director, managing the plot and plan, and guiding us along in terms of our posing and expressions, while Cino was the tireless photographer who led us through the long shoot with his energy and enthusiasm.

Julia: They were really very professional and meticulous, even risking their safety and equipment just to capture us in the most beautiful manner!

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With such a dedicated team of photographers, I’m sure you two had quite a few memorable moments during the shoot. Share with us one of those moments!

Julia: Indeed! But the most memorable one has to be the part where Cino climbed up the pillars at two different locations, risking his safety and equipment just to photograph us at the best angles! We were impressed by his dedication and professionalism, yet worried for his well-being at the same time!

Dylan: We were also impressed by their enthusiasm, running around taking shots of us and even lying on the ground to capture different angles, in the wee hours of the morning at Saveur Art after an already long day of photoshoot. We couldn’t have found a better team to shoot for us!


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