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15 Photographers Share Their Favourite Destination Pre-Wedding Shoot Locations in South Korea, Europe and The United States
By Audrie Soh on 8 November 2021
With nine more countries added to the list of destinations with vaccinated travel lanes, couples can now travel to more places for their overseas pre-wedding shoots.
Since 8 September 2021, fully vaccinated Singaporeans and Permanent Residents have been allowed to return to Singapore without needing to undergo quarantine upon their return from Germany under the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme. Nine more countries have been added to the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme which means couples can now head to more destinations for their long-awaited overseas pre-wedding shoot!
From 19 October 2021, vaccinated Singaporeans who have received the full regimen of WHO-approved vaccines at least 14 days prior to travel can travel to the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada under the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme without having to serve quarantine upon their return back to Singapore. From 15 November 2021, vaccinated individuals can travel to South Korea under the same programme.
Vaccinated Travel Lane Requirements for Entry to Singapore
Instead of serving quarantine, travellers will be required to take two COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests when returning to Singapore
- A pre-departure test in the country they are visiting within 48 hours of your flight
- An on-arrival test at Changi Airport
You will need to self-isolate at home or in a hotel until you receive a negative test result from your on-arrival test.
Under the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme, travellers returning from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Canada from 19 October 2021 and South Korea from 15 November 2021 can only fly back to Singapore on non-stop designated flights by Singapore Airlines, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, British Airways, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air. They must also have only travelled to or transited via any Vaccinated Travel Lane countries, regions and/or Singapore in the last 14 consecutive days before departure for Singapore. For more details on the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme and to find out if you meet the travel requirements under the programme, click here
Vaccinated Travel Lane Requirements for Entry to The Newly Added Nine Countries
Each country under the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme has a slightly different set of entry requirements, so it is best to check them out before you book a flight on a VTL approved airline.
While the other seven European countries and the United States do not require travellers from Singapore to take a PCR test upon arrival, travellers to South Korea from 15 November 2021 will be required to undergo two additional PCR tests while they are in the country, the first is an on-arrival PCR test they have to pre-book at any of the three COVID-19 testings centres in Incheon International Airport before leaving Singapore and the second PCR test should be taken on day six or seven of their stay at a medical clinic designated by Korean government if they remain in the country for more than eight days.
Additionally, vaccinated Singaporeans must also apply for the K-ETA (Korean Electronic Travel Authorization) at least 24 hours before their flight. Short-term visitors are also required to purchase travel insurance for the entire duration of their stay, with a minimum coverage of 30 million won (about S$34,000) for COVID-19 related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.
You may refer to the infographic below for the entry requirements for the various nine countries under the VTL programme:
Planning Your Overseas Pre-Wedding Shoot
Many of the countries on the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme are popular pre-wedding shoot destinations for many Singaporean couples. Iconic landmarks like the London Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the narrow houses with gabled facades along an elaborate canal system and the whimsical cherry blossoms during Springtime are some of the reasons why couples love travelling to the nine countries under the Vaccinated Travel Lane. With the worry of having to serve quarantine when they return out of the way, they can start planning for their overseas pre-wedding shoot to their favourite destination.
To help couples with their overseas pre-wedding shoot planning, we've rounded up a list of photographers who are offering overseas pre-wedding shoot packages to one or more of the nine countries under the Vaccinated Travel Lane, as well as a list of recommended shoot locations in these destinations.
Han from AllureWeddings recommends Domain de Planards, Le Brevent, Aiguille du Midi and Chamonix in France, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, MacAbee Beach, Bixby Creek Bridge, Pfeiffer Beach and San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, the United States, and Castle De Haar, Dom Tower, Binnenstad, Keukenhof, Q Park Museum, Damrak, Intel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam, Zaans Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Professional Mobile Destination Plan - iPhone 13 Pro Cinematography+Photography: $890 (check out the difference between pro grade full frame cameras vs iPhone 13 Pro here!), inclusive of 2 full days of shoot with Director Han, a signature march-in trailer video, 20 enhanced photo edits, and return of all unedited photos in full HD.
Pro Sony Mirrorless Cinematography+Photography: $1,000 for untravelled destinations and $1,800 for travelled destinations, inclusive of 2 full days of shoot with Director Han, a signature march-in trailer video, 20 enhanced photo edits, and return of all unedited photos in full HD.
Livestream platforms: Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, Zoom
Allure Select: starts from $1,500
Kohit Wedding recommends couples to visit for a pre-wedding shoot during any of the four seasons the country enjoys, as each season has its own unique beauty. Spring in South Korea is exceptionally beautiful with trees filled with sweet, romantic cherry blossoms, with Seonyu Island, Yeouido and Seoul Forest being locations where the cherry blossoms are best enjoyed. In Summer, couples are recommended to capture the greenery of parks or iconic venues in South Korea at locations such as Doosan Park, Seoul Forest, Hongdae Road Scene and Rodeo Street. Autumn is the best time for couples to capture the beautiful shades of the season with its colourful leaves at recommended locations such as World Cup Park, Seoul Forest, Nami Island and Seonyu Island. Last but not least, Winter is recommended for its iconic snow scenes at locations such as World Cup Park, Seoul Forest, Nami Island and Seonyu Island.
All inclusive South Korea pre-wedding photography packages: Starts from KRW1,800,000, includes 3 to 4 hours of indoor photoshoot with a complimentary outdoor photoshoot (no extra fee if the session exceeds the expected shooting time), 20 edited photos with a 20-page album, 20R high quality acrylic framed photos, all original photos and edited copies of the photos in the album returned in soft copy, bride and groom outfits provided (2 white dresses, 1 colour or mini dress, and 1 handbook set for the bride, 2 tuxedos and 1 handbook set for the groom), professional hair and makeup by a Korean professional, flower bouquets, hair accessories, basic bridal shoes and other props provided (couples are welcomed to bring their own as well), interpreter from beginning to end of your photoshoot day (English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and French available), a professional bridal who changes your dress and re-touches your hair and makeup, lunch, drinks and snacks provided on shoot day, EMS worldwide shipping, an exclusive complimentary 3 to 4 minutes 4k professional videographer behind-the-scenes (limited to 1 team per day, filming the whole process during your shoot day), and an exclusive complimentary MV photo slide of the edited photos.
WhatsApp: +82 10-8986-6494
Address: Boeman-ro 17gil, Geumcheong-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Email: [email protected]
Services: Pre-wedding photography in Korea
Full pre-wedding package - From 1,900,000 WON
Joe Teng from Acapella Photography recommends the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles, and the Sacré-Cœur in Paris; the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park and the London Eye in London; the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps in Rome, and the national gallery of Denmark, King's Arden and Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen for pre-wedding shoots.
Europe pre-wedding photography packages (France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain): $7,900 for two full days of photoshoot by Joe Teng and two days of makeup service by Raine Yeo Makeup, return of all unedited soft copies, editing of 50 selected photos, 12" x 12" 50-page premium album, complimentary highlights, and complimentary 24" x 36" canvas worth $300. Package rate includes photographer and makeup artist's airfare.
North America and Canada pre-wedding photography packages: $8,900 for two full days of photoshoot by Joe Teng and two days of makeup service by Raine Yeo Makeup, return of all unedited soft copies, editing of 50 selected photos, 12" x 12" 50-page premium album, complimentary highlights, and complimentary 24" x 36" canvas worth $300. Package rate includes photographer and makeup artist's airfare.
Phone: 8128 1225
WhatsApp: 8128 1225
Address: 229 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427489
Email: [email protected]
2-4 hours for ROM packages
6-10 hours for wedding packages
3 or 5 hours for pre-wedding packages
Europe pre-wedding - From $5900
Jean from Chris Chang Photography recommends Vancouver BC, Winnipeg and Manitoba in Canada, Yosemite National Park for the United States, Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, South Korea, and Florence in Italy.
Overseas Pre-Wedding Package: $3,000 for 1 full day of overseas photoshoot, 40 retouched images, all images returned with full colour correction, a 12"x12" 20-page bespoke flush mount album. Multiple day shoots can be arranged and customised based on your preference. Photographer's airfare and accommodation for the duration of the shoot is not included.
Services: Pre-wedding photography & videography, actual Day wedding photography & videography, destination pre-wedding photography
Rates: From $180/hour
Matthew from Depth of Tales recommends Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, San Marco (besides Piazza San Marco), Rialto Bridge, Burano Island and a romantic ride on the gondola in Venice.
Venice/Florence pre-wedding package: $3,000 for a 1 day photoshoot, all good photos coloured edited and returned, 30 retouched photos returned, 1 photo album or 50x4R fine art prints (comes in a wooden box), 1 buffer day (wet weather postponement), photographer's airfare and accommodation. Valid for late March 2022 onwards to April 2022.
Address: 89 Pasir Ris Grove, #13-24
Services: Wedding photography
Local pre-wedding - $350/hour
Actual day - $1,700 for half day and $3,500 for full day
JIWA Photography Bali recommends heading to San Francisco for a pre-wedding shoot.
San Francisco pre-wedding photography packages: SGD$9,500 for a 2 day session, hair and makeup, 200 edited photos, all original photos, and exclusive box of 35 prints and exclusive USB drive. Rates include photographer and makeup artist's flights, visas, and accommodation.
Services: Pre-wedding photography, actual day wedding photography, destination wedding photography
Prewedding photography package (Bali) - From SGD1,000
AD wedding photography package (Bali) - From SGD2,500
Overseas package (Southeast Asia, etc) - From SGD3,000
John Lim has travelled to all of the nine countries on the VTL programme. He recommends Banff and Vancouver in Canada for Game of Thrones' fans and for its snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and beautiful scenery in Autumn.
Canada pre-wedding photography package: Starts from $9,000 for two days of photoshoot inclusive of hair and makeup, photographer's and makeup artist's airfare and accommodation. Please enquire for more details
Rates: Upon request
New York based Jose Pang has been photographing weddings on the East Coast for the last decade and knows all the amazing locations in New York City. Itineraries will be customised for each couple to suit their preferences.
New York City pre-wedding photography packages: Starts from $4,000, includes a 8-hour portrait session in New York City with the principal photographer, digital files are hosted privately online for 3 months and delivered fully retouched to you on a USB Drive.
Services: Pre-Wedding and Wedding Day Photography
Rates: Please enquire for rates
Ryan from Knottin' Visuals has shot at many locations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, France and Italy, and he recommends London, Dartmoor National Park, Boscastle, St. Michael's Mount in the United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Zane Schans and Volendam in the Netherlands, Madrid, Segovia and Toledo in Spain, Provence, Loire Valley and Paris in France, and Rome, Florence, Milan and Cinque Terre in Italy.
European pre-wedding photography packages: $4,680 nett for 2 full-day photoshoots (6 hours per day) by principal photographer Ryan, 50 fully edited photos, all colour corrected photos returned (high resolution), 4R prints of fully edited photos, an online photo montage video (with licensed music), an online photo gallery (to share with friends/relatives), an exclusive keepsake box and thumb drive, and photographer's airfare and COVID-19 PCR tests. All other incidentals not mentioned will be borne by the couple.
Services: Local and destination pre-wedding and actual day wedding photography, wedding livestreaming
12 hours photography - From $2,500
Destination photography - Upon request
Kelvin from Lightedpixels Photography recommends Paris for its history, culture and beautiful backdrops. He also recommends London for its great locations and easy logistics, Cambridge, Brighton and Northampton for its English charm. For couples who are seeking a road trip style photoshoot, he recommends The Netherlands as the cities are well-connected and Spring is especially beautiful for the tulip blooms. California and San Francisco are also cities great for couples after the road trip style shoot, while New York City is full of iconic locations and great for a city style shoot.
Overseas pre-wedding package: $3,000, not inclusive of the photographer's airfare and accommodation. Please enquire for more details on the package inclusions.
Services: Wedding photography
Stephen from Lyrical Moments recommends Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and The High Line in New York City, USA, as locations best suited for an overseas pre-wedding photoshoot.
New York City pre-wedding photography packages: Price upon request
Rates: Upon request
Natalie Wong recommends the iconic London Bridge in London, the Tuileries, Les Colonnes de Buren and the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, Yongma Land and Gyeongbokgung in South Korea.
Overseas Pre-Wedding Package: Starts from $1,950 to $2,950 for a 1 to 3 days of overseas pre-wedding shoot with all images edited and returned, 30 to 40 (depending on the package chosen) touchup photos, a photo collage video and a 8GB thumdrive. Photographer's airfare, accommodation and PCR tests are not included in the package.
Quote "SingaporeBrides" to enjoy 30% off any overseas pre-wedding package when you book by 31 March 2022.
Services: Wedding photography, videography, livestreaming
Rates: Upon request
Terry from One Eye Click recommends London, San Francisco, New York City, Amsterdam and Paris for their local scapes, cultures and corners. For Disneyland lovers, he recommends Disneyland in Florida, Orlando. Couples who are searching for a road trip style shoot, he recommends Niagara Falls in Canada followed by a drive to nearby quaint towns for vineyards and small villages.
Pre-wedding shoot packages for London, San Francisco, New York City, Disneyland Florida, Amsterdam, Paris, Ontario and Niagara Falls in Canada: Starts from $7,500 for a 1.5 day photoshoot with all images returned and a complimentary phonebook with selected images.
Address: 11 Woodlands Close, 06-04, Singapore 737853
Operating Hours: By appointment only
Services: Pre-wedding and actual day photography
Kenneth from Said & Meant recommends the Étretat cliffs, Normandy in France, Dolomites in Italy, Scotland's Isle of Skye in the United Kingdom, Yosemite in the United States and Nami Island in South Korea for pre-wedding shoots.
Europe, the United States and Canada pre-wedding package: $3,500 for 2 days of shoot at sunrise and sunset hours, a one-time fee with flight and photography covered, shared airbnb covered by the couple, a keepsake box with a set of 50 textured prints, all photos colour-graded and returned, and a slideshow highlights.
South Korea pre-wedding package: $2,800 for 2 days of shoot at sunrise and sunset hours, a one-time fee with flight and photography covered, shared airbnb covered by the couple, a keepsake box with a set of 50 textured prints, all photos colour-graded and returned, and a slideshow highlights.
Rates: From $2,000
You Li from Synchronal Photography recommends these locations in Paris: Trocadéro for sunrise, Pont de Bir-Hakeim, streets of Montmarte and Pont Neuf for sunset. She also recommends Valensole for its lavender fields and the beautiful village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in Provence, and the Faroe Islands in Denmark.
Overseas pre-wedding package: $3,800 for 6 to 8 hours of photography over 2 days, all photos (approximately 100-200) fully edited and returned in high resolution in a USB flash drive, 10 matte fine art prints in a leather keepsake pouch, a 24-page 11"x11" fine art album, photographer's pre-departure and on-arrival PCR tests. Photographer's airfare, accommodation and land transportation are not included in the package price.
Scotland pre-wedding package: $3,800 for a 3-day road trip style adventure, , all photos (approximately 100-200) fully edited and returned in high resolution in a USB flash drive, 10 matte fine art prints in a leather keepsake pouch, a 24-page 11"x11" fine art album, photographer's pre-departure and on-arrival PCR tests. Photographer's airfare, accommodation and land transportation are not included in the package price.
Services: Wedding day photography, pre-wedding photography, overseas pre-wedding photography
10 hours of wedding day photography - $3,300
6 hours of wedding day photography - $2,250
Credits: Feature Image courtesy of Natalie Wong Photography.
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