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May 2023

Pei Wen and Rayson’s Vintage, Hong Kong-Style Pre-Wedding Shoot in Friends Cafe and Geylang

Pei Wen and Rayson donned 80s-style wedding finery for their vintage-inspired pre-wedding shoot in Hong Kong-style Friends Cafe and Geylang.

Inspired by the Hong Kong films of their childhood, Lau Pei Wen, 28, Marketing, and Rayson Ng, 33, Programme Manager, decided to do something very different to the conventional pre-wedding shoot. Their nostalgic, vintage pre-wedding shoot captured them perfectly in their 80s-style wedding outfits!

How did you two first meet?

Rayson: Work brought us together. I was working in the Chan Brothers marketing department and Pei Wen was working for Mediacorp radio station LOVE 972FM. A radio-led tour partnership gave us both the opportunity to work together.

What was the proposal like?

Rayson: Neither of us likes large group proposals and we preferred to keep it private and simple. To capture every moment of the proposal, I chose to propose in a self-photo studio without inviting any friends. It seemed like a normal day out with brunch at a cafe (Pei Wen’s favourite activity) and a visit to Lee Kong Chian Museum. Who would expect a proposal day to include a museum tour, right?

At late noon, I made an “impromptu” decision to go to Orchard for dinner and we headed to the pre-booked photo studio. In the studio, I proposed with one hand holding the ring and the other pushing the clicker repeatedly.

What was the theme of your shoot and where did you go for it?

Unanimously, we decided to do something different instead of the traditional pre-wedding shoot. Due to our childhood exposure to Hong Kong films, we love the Wong Kar Wai cinematic style (noise and neon lights).

Pei Wen: Iki Company caught my eye on Instagram when I was looking for a wedding photographer who could pull off a Wong Kar Wai vibe. During the consultation, Jing Hui from Iki Company listened carefully to what we wanted and suggested several locations. We decided to shoot at Friends Cafe, a cafe that resembles the authentic char chan teng of Hong Kong.

For the night shoot, Jing Hui proposed shooting along Geylang which has ample neon signboards and a grungy feel. We agreed and the photos turned out great!

What was your shoot like?

Our idea was to go for a retro/vintage theme. We took several references from online, including photos by @kemmiethecat on Instagram. The theme we wanted wasn’t the most common, but Jing Hui has a magical way of finding the perfect angle, lighting and of course expressions!

With our job scopes, we are usually the ones going on shoots with artistes or influencers. This time round, it felt surreal as we are the “talents” ourselves! Ha. Standing, posing, and smiling the whole day certainly wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be, but it was definitely one of the most memorable memories we have together.

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

Our wedding was held on 25 March 2023. We wanted to retain the vintage style, hence the wedding was set at Grand Shanghai Restaurant.

The Photographer: Iki Company
The Bride’s Outfits: Taobao
The Bride’s Shoes: Charles & Keith
The Groom’s Outfits: Taobao
The Engagement Ring: Lovesignia
The Shoot Locations: Friends Cafe (@friendscafehk); Geylang street
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Zoel T (
The Hair Accessories: Taobao
The Florist: Friend’s mum

Images by Iki Company

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Pei Wen and Rayson’s Vintage, Hong Kong-Style Pre-Wedding Shoot in Friends Cafe and Geylang