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March 2016

Sophia and Darren’s Breathtaking Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Morocco

Sophia and Darren’s pre-wedding photoshoot in Morocco is awash with the blue hues of the charming village of Chefchaouen.

Sophia, 24, Banker, and Darren, 28, Banker, met through a shared love of exploration and adventure at a diving club. Their gorgeous pre-wedding photography session captures their love for travelling in a picturesque blue town in Morrocco.

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How did the two of you meet?

Sophia: Back in university, the first time we met was supposedly at a Halloween party held by the Scuba Diving club which we were both part of. I say supposedly because I didn’t even notice him, and I have no memory of the first time we met!

Darren: So i remember seeing this girl with a really sweet smile during the party but before i got a chance to actually talk to her and find out her name, she left early. I guess it was also sort of a blessing in disguise, as one of the groomsmen and I got pretty drunk that day. It was only a week later that i found out her name and that she was running for office, so there were more chances for us to interact. Well, many gatherings and dive trips later, the rest is history.

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How did you know Darren was The One?

Sophia: I don’t think I could actually pinpoint the exact moment of realisation. It’s through a journey of knowing one another, right? We’ve been together for more than four years now, and I’m still discovering new things about him. But I guess all I can say is that even though this decision to marry him is probably the single most important and life-changing one I’ve had to make to date, yet, it was actually the easiest.

Was your decision as easy, Darren?

Darren: I always knew she was special, and once we got together, I guess I just sort of knew that I wanted to marry her rather early on.

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What was the proposal like?

Sophia: Well, we sort of did it the Singaporean way—we bought a place together before getting engaged, so you could say I was expecting a proposal! But I’ll give it to him, he managed to pull it off and catch me in a moment of surprise when he popped the question.

It must have been very well planned!

Darren: It was actually plan C, and thankfully I was able to surprise her. I initially wanted to propose while we went on a dive trip, but she managed to guess my plan. So I planned an entire day of activities and a staycation at Sentosa, and popped the question while we were going down the megazip. I was actually quite scared of dropping the ring so I tied it down with dental floss!

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Where was your engagement session held?

Sophia: Believe or not, this overseas pre-wedding shoot in Morocco happened pretty much by chance. Doing a pre-wedding shoot wasn’t really a priority to us. We both love traveling a lot, and we make it a point every year to visit at least one country that we’ve never been to. I was fascinated when I came across this article that had pictures of this little blue town called Chefchaouen where literally everything was blue, and that’s how Morocco became our next destination.

We were in the midst of planning our wedding and decided to take some pre-wedding photos there. The both of us did not want anything too formal and over-the-top, like those photos offered in many wedding packages, so I sought the help of my childhood friend Felicia, who’s currently a photographer with AndroidsinBoots. Best decision ever! It was really comfortable shooting with her and she has an amazing eye for detail. It was a super long journey (total of 25 hours?!) to reach Chefchaouen, and we could not imagine getting any other photographer along for the ride.

We wanted to keep the shoot very casual, nothing too fancy, and to capture some elements of our love for travelling. I still wanted to look very much like my everyday self for the photoshoot, so everything was kept pretty simple. Felicia actually helped me with my make-up and hair!

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What was the experience like?

Darren: It really just felt like a holiday! In between the shoots, we had great meals and did a fair bit of sightseeing and souvenir hunting, so it was really fun.

Sophia: The two of us have never really been in front of the camera that much before, so we were initially uneasy, especially with all the locals looking at us, but they were really welcoming and some even sang traditional Moroccan wedding songs while we were shooting. Plus, it definitely helped that it was Felicia shooting us, which made it a lot easier to be ourselves in front of the camera.

When will the wedding be?

Darren: It’ll be in June 2016, We’ll be having a church wedding and will then proceed to have lunch at Chijmes.

The Dresses: Various Blogshops
The Bride’s Shoes: Marks & Spencer
The Suit: Tailored in Vietnam
The Groom’s Shoes: Archules.com
The Engagement Ring: Custom made at Galanos Jewel Boutiques
The Venue: Chefchaouen, Morocco
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Felicia Quah from AndroidsinBoots
The Photographer: Felicia Quah from AndroidsinBoots


Credits: Images by AndroidsinBoots

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