A Traditional Pre-wedding Shoot at a Hidden Cultural Gem
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Andrew and Martha had met for the first time back in their preteen years. When she was in junior high school, Martha lived in a boarding house that belonged to Andrew's grandmother. Suddenly, Andrew came to live with her grandmother and continued high school in the area. The two started off as housemates, but it was nothing more than the casual doing-homework-together kind of friendship back then. They met again when Andrew's grandmother passed away, after 16 years of being apart.
They both reconnected and realized that they were made for each other. And now, the two are finally ready to tie the knot. "I love Berawal Dari Teman's photos, how it has its own style and character. Me and Krishna Pradana, the photographer for our pre-wedding, met to discuss the concept and we immediately see eye to eye. He helped us with everything, from picking the outfits to helping us relax and pose," recalled Martha.
Their photoshoot session began early in the morning, just a few hours before their engagement ceremony. "I come from a small town called Nglingi in East Java, and there aren't a lot of venue choices here. After talking to Krishna, we decided to have a photoshoot at Tugu Hotel. It was amazing!" explained Martha. Tugu Hotel's building has a traditional heritage concept, filled with loads of antique collections and beautiful architecture.
Since the happy couple and their photographer loved everything cultural, the Tugu Hotel was then selected as well as their engagement ceremony. Krishna also chose traditional modern outfits from Sejauh Mata Memandang for Andrew and Martha to wear, which fits perfectly with their pre-wedding theme.
"In choosing your pre-wedding photographer, see if their portfolio sparks joy when you look at it," suggests Martha. "And, talk to the photographer to decide on a concept, unite what you want with the photographer's style to get the perfect outcome."