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July 2017

Lynette and Shaun’s Romantic Rowboat Engagement Session

Lynette and Shaun took love on a dreamy adventure in a unique styled rowboat engagement session that doesn’t look anything like it was taken in Singapore!

Lynette Tjean Lee, 27, Post Graduate Student and Shaun Foo, 27, Wealth Management were childhood friends who reconnected after a decade apart. They said “Yes” to forever on Christmas 2016, and took their love on an adventure with a uniquely styled rowboat engagement session conceptualised by Darren and Jade Photography and EJ Lighted. Their romantic shoot tells the story of “a bride waking up alone on a bed in the middle of a wide open field with the sun rising behind her in the dreamiest of settings, who is then greeted by her groom magically appearing,” as the photographers share. Her groom then whisks her away for precious moments on the water, “where the bride would be floating along a gentle waterway with her groom on a rustic rowboat.” Follow along for a beautiful ride!

Tell us a little bit about your story, such as how the two of you met.

Shaun: We met when we were 13 and I left Singapore when we were 15. We were apart but kept in touch. With Lynette, there was always a sense of mystery of what would happen if we got together. When I finally met her again after 10 years, I felt the connection and chemistry that was always there and feelings naturally developed.

Lynette: We never knew the attraction we had to each other when we were younger and we were also learning about love and ourselves growing up. It was only when we got back in touch two years ago that feelings naturally developed.

What’s one of the things you love most about your partner?

Shaun: I love that Lynette has a heart for people. She has lots of positive energy which I love and I feel complements me well. She is very adventurous and outgoing, which is both exciting and contagious.

Lynette: I really respect Shaun’s heart of integrity and for people, and it is one of the many things about Shaun that I love. Despite his seemingly quiet demeanour, he has a sense of humor that I find very amusing and regardless of how bad or tiring a day has been for me, he knows how to make me laugh.

What was the proposal like?

Lynette: Surreal. Shaun had planned it with my girlfriends and both our parents. My girlfriends had asked me out for a Christmas lunch after church and I still remember feeling bad for Shaun that he didn’t join us at the new pretty café as it was supposedly an all girls’ catch up. I remember texting him to ask if he wanted any food or coffee to go when he suddenly called me on my mobile and told me to turn around.

I turned around and saw him standing there with this big bouquet of flowers and when I walked over, he proposed next to the Christmas tree. I didn’t even see what the ring looked like when he put it on my finger as I was too busy crying.

Shaun: It was nerve-wrecking as the restaurant was crowded. I was nervous when I saw the crowd at the restaurant but the moment I saw Lynette walking over, everything else was zoned out. It then felt like it was just the both of us when I proposed.

What was your rowboat engagement session like?

Shaun: It felt surreal. Aside from constantly having to row the boat out because of the current, the overall atmosphere felt pretty dreamy. It felt like the end of a movie when we were just rowing the boat into the distance. I believe that was the mood Liz from EJ Lighted and Darren from Darren and Jade Photography were trying to capture!

Lynette: We are so thankful and blessed by the team; Liz and Darren who conceptualised, styled, and captured all of the images which turned out so well! When we were out at sea and rowing the boat, it felt like we were on an Indiana Jones-inspired shoot. Kudos to Shaun’s gym training that made rowing the boat seem so effortless! It got really exciting towards the end of the shoot when we were caught in a thunderstorm in the middle of the sea with choppy waves and lightning striking the waters slightly further away from us.

There was also a shot where Shaun was fishing and I was reading and it really shows us as a couple as we are both quite independent and spend most of our time together just chilling, sometimes even doing different activities. I guess the shoot was to really capture us as a couple, not too serious, and just comfortable together.

When will the wedding be, and what are your plans for it?

Shaun: In November this year. We are looking forward to our family and friends having a great time celebrating with us. We decided to split the wedding into two days for our church solemnisation over casual lunch, and then a celebratory dinner.

The Photographer: Darren and Jade Photography
The Stylist: EJ Lighted
The Bride’s Outfits: Ethereal by Watabe Weddings and Jessicacindy Wedding
The Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
The Groom’s Outfits: Qmenswear
The Groom’s Shoes: Tod’s
The Engagement Ring: Choo Yilin
The Shoot Locations: Punggol Marina and Lower Pierce Reservoir
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Linda Lee
The Florist: Flower Story

Credits: Images by Darren and Jade Photography.

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Lynette and Shaun’s Romantic Rowboat Engagement Session