Sharifah and Kader's Colourful and Cheery Pre-Wedding Shoot in Singapore
Singaporebrides | Real Weddings

June 2021

Sharifah and Kader’s Colourful and Cheery Pre-Wedding Shoot in Singapore

Sharifah and Kader were meant to fall in love with each other, and fall in love they did! Catch a glimpse of this sweet couple’s beautiful pre-wedding shoot here.

Sharifah and Kader met through a dating app and were drawn to each other right from their first date. After a not-so-secret proposal where Kader asked Sharifah’s parents for her hand in marriage, the two lovers embarked on a quirky and upbeat pre-wedding photoshoot that reflected their personalities.

What was it about your partner that drew you to him/her?

Sharifah: I liked that he was very respectful towards me. I’ve gone out with guys who think it is okay to touch me without my permission, even on the first date. I’m pretty conservative, even though I might not look or dress that way, and that’s what I love most about him. What first drew me to Kader is how responsible he is. He had quite a lot of challenges during his secondary school days, but he faced it head on, and even became the breadwinner of the family right after he graduated.

Kader: Sharifah is beautiful, inside and out. I rarely open up, but she was very easy to talk to, even on the first date. What I love most about her is that she accepts me for who I really am.

What was the proposal like?

Sharifah: Nothing special happened. He texted me to ask if I would consider marrying in 2020. I told him that it was already February, and marrying in 2020 was impossible. But two months later, his parents and elders came over to my place to ask my parents for my hand in marriage.

Where did you go for your pre-wedding shoot, and why did you choose that location?

Our brilliant photographer asked what kind of wedding photos we would prefer and I told her we’d like something upbeat, quirky and more about nature. So, we headed to a park in Jurong where there was a lalang field and plenty of greenery. She also suggested to shoot at Chinese Garden, where Kader and I would be wearing our Indian traditional clothes. However, a day before our shoot, I found out that Chinese Garden was closed for renovation.

On the morning of our shoot, it was raining heavily as we were about to leave for our second location. So, we decided to head over to my mother’s place to change and wait for the rain to stop. Our photographer had to book an indoor location to replace our first choice (which was Chinese Garden), and it was only available in the afternoon.

While waiting, we decided take some photos at my mother’s place, and later ventured out to the colourful houses along Changi Road for some photos as well. The shophouses had the colours that I liked and it gave off a fun and happy vibe.

Share with us some details about your outfits. Was there a reason you chose to wear them for the shoot?

All my outfits for the pre-wedding shoot are custom-made. My husband, however, rented most of his outfits and had a traditional Indian clothing that was custom-made.

I love Indian traditional clothes as they are always vibrant and feature a lot of bling. I love how loud they are, and even though my husband is not a huge fan of the traditional wear, due to the thick material and sunny Singapore weather, he still wore it because I’d love the photos. I also wanted to wear a wedding gown, at least once, because if not now, then when?

Share with us any obstacles or funny moments you’ve encountered during the shoot.

When we went to the first location, it was raining, and the Grab driver dropped us off on the wrong side of the park. I didn’t want to walk to where we were supposed to be because I was in a huge gown and the weather was very humid. I didn’t want all my makeup to melt away. However, we couldn’t book another Grab to take us to our location so after a 10-15 minutes wait, we eventually walked over. I was perspiring like mad, but thankfully, the photos still turned out amazing!

My husband is a lot more reserved than I am, so it takes him some time to open up. So, I suggested to our photographer that we should take some photos of us not smiling so that the shoot would be more comfortable for him. Another obstacle that we had to overcome was my gown. It had many extra “features”, such as an over-skirt and a cape. Everyone, including my husband and friend who drove us around, had to hook the cape on, which wasn’t an easy task. It took us some time to get it on and off over and over again.

If you could share three pieces of advice about pre-wedding shoots with couples who will be embarking on theirs, what would it be?

I would advise couples to get enough sleep. Pre-wedding shoots are tiring! Secondly, expect that things might not go always according to plan and don’t get upset when they do. With a good photographer, you don’t have to worry that a change in plan would ruin your shoot. Lastly, make sure you think about where you’ll be changing your outfits, especially for brides. It is not easy to change in a confined space, so you should make sure that wherever you are heading to has a comfortable place for you to change and touch up your makeup.

The Bride’s Gown: Blooming Bride/Style Mart and Jinders
The Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo’s
The Bride’s Jewellery: Mixed and matched from a few places
The Groom’s Suit: Blooming Bride/Libro/Mastani
The Groom’s Shoes: Pedro/Aldro
The Wedding Bands: Ming Seng
The Wedding Photographer: Gloria from Fleur and Craft
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Christine from Christinetan.makeup


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