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July 2015

Silent and Jonas’ Stunning Pre-Wedding Photography in Japan and Macau

Silent and Jonas met in Macau, so a pre-wedding photography session where they have so many fond dating memories was a perfect choice. And since Jonas proposed in Hokkaido, and they both love Japan’s rich culture, they had some pre-wedding shots taken in the beautiful Land of the Rising Sun too. Together with La-Vie Photography Japan, they documented their love in fields of gorgeous flowers and against striking architecture.

Silent Kam, 28, Sales Manager & Jonas Cheng, 33, Real Estate Director
22 June 2014

The Gown: St. Patrick for wedding gown; bride’s own for Chinese gown; Miss Bride for evening gown
The Bride’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
The Suit: Groom’s own
The Groom’s Shoes: Play Lord
The Engagement Ring: PIAGET
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Groomsmen’s own
The Venues: Galaxy Macau, Oasis
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: E. J. Chiang Studio
The Caterer: Galaxy Macau
The Wedding Cake: Galaxy Macau
The Florists: Aster Piece Florist
The Event Stylist: Good Day Wedding & Event
The Photographers: La-Vie Photography Japan
The Videographer: Dots production
The Photobooth: V Photobooth

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What were your first impressions of each other?

Jonas: We first met in Silent’s working place’s reception. I thought she was a very beautiful person and wanted her to be my secretary.

Silent: I thought he wasn’t a friendly person!

When did you know you had met your match?

Jonas: After we dated for one year, my heart felt she was the right person.

Silent: After experiencing many difficulties in my life and career, I felt I could rely on him and trust in him. One important thing to me is that we both have the same religion as being Christian.

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What was the proposal like?

Silent: We went for a vacation to Tokyo, Japan; there is a romantic place with a seaview and a small church beside a hotel. That day, there was a couple having a wedding ceremony in that chapel. After they were done, we walked up to where they had the group photo under a bell. He then proposed, to my surprise. I never imagined he would propose to me, and knew where he had hidden the ring. When I saw the ring and he asked, “Will you marry me?” I said yes to him.

How sweet! That must have been one reason you returned to Japan for your pre-wedding photography. Where did you go?

Silent: Hokkaido and Macau. We love Japan so much. We love the food and the culture, and Jonas proposed to me in Japan. We chose Hokkaido, because we love the fields of flowers in Furano. It was very amazing that we could take our pre-wedding photos in the flowers, and in the fields of lavender under the blue sky with a big shining sun. We felt that we were in the Garden of Eden.

We chose Macau, because it is the place where we were born and where we met. I was born and grew up in Macau. Jonas was born in Macau but stayed at L.A. for his studies. After graduating from university, Jonas suddenly came back to Macau with his father and stayed here. If he hadn’t come back to our hometown, we would never have met each other.

Jonas: Macau is a very beautiful city with Chinese and Portuguese cultures, two different cultures and architectural styles combined in one urban city. We love Macau so much, we thought we should take pre-wedding photos here, because this was where our love story started.

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It must have been lovely taking photos in your homeland. What was it like shooting somewhere less familiar, in Japan?

Silent: I felt so stressed about taking pre-wedding photos in Hokkaido, because it was our first pre-wedding shoot, and we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to communicate with the Japanese photographer. But when we first met our coordinator in Hokkaido, I felt I could relax, as she could speak fluent English. She explained the agenda to me patiently, and she understood my stress and nervousness and helped me a lot with them.

And the La-Vie Photography Japan team was very professional; they never forced us to pose, or rushed us. They were gentle and made us enjoy our day. Not only beautiful pre-wedding photos did they provide us, but also very good memories of Hokkaido. Now, we are good friends with Ms. Yukako Yoshimya, our coordinator, and Mr. Shogo Miyazawa, our photographer! We have collaborated for four times already—for our Hokkaido, Macau, and Hong Kong pre-wedding photography sessions, and our big day in Macau. Thanks for being with us and providing the best service to us.

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Then it was on to the wedding preparations! What were those like?

Jonas: Our theme was simple elegance and harmony. Most of the work was prepared by Silent, who searched the internet and magazines, hired a wedding production house for the decoration, and asked our churches’ brothers and sisters to assist us for the wedding ceremony. We had an outdoor wedding ceremony at the banquet venue’s terrace. Actually, we don’t know how we got it done, we just did it step by step.

Can you share with us the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Jonas: During the wedding banquet I prepared a song and a video for my wife. The video was about the years we had been together, and we hugged each other like time was stopped for just the two of us. And we both knew we made the right decision.

Can you tell us the cost of your wedding and where you spent the most?

Jonas: Around HK$500,000, and we spent the most on the banquet. It was about 2/3 of the total expenses.

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Credits: Photography by La-Vie Photography Japan.