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It’s been a good 10 years, how time flies! Our couples have themselves gone on to celebrate many anniversaries. There were an instance when Chris’ couple from the 90s had children, and their daughter, all grown up, signed on with Chris for our Z Wedding collaboration! It was a such a momentous occasion.

Speaking of momentous occasions, please do join us for our anniversary party at FOO’D! Do find all the details from Z Wedding’s blog copied below.


Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D It had been 10 wonderful years of collaboration between Z Wedding and Chris Ling International Photographers as we served many blissful couples on the biggest moment of their lives! It all begun when Z Wedding and Chris Ling International Photographers spotted a missing link in the bridal industry and strove to work towards filling the gap. Other than ensuring consistency between a portfolio and the actual results, we also understand the need of our clients. Photography is after all not just an item to be ticked off your wedding checklist, it also requires a certain skill and knowledge on what to expect from photographers – in this case the team is lead by Chris Ling himself, thus ensuring a high standard of quality to our customers.

As for Z Wedding ourselves, we’ve always pride ourselves in designing gowns to flatter different silhouettes. Be it the occasion (pre-wedding or actual day, indoor or outdoor shoot), the theme required for your banquet, or even tips to hide your “flaws” while flattering your curves. Brides can always count on us to advice on what suits you best. Together, we created a value no other can match; thus resulting in 10 years of successful collaboration that we can’t wait to share with everyone!

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D To all brides-to-be, it’s time to mark your calendars and bring your better halves along~ Organised by Z Wedding and Chris Ling International Photographers, we are so stoked to invite you to our first ever Wedding Party at FOO’D by Davide Oldani to celebrate this major milestone! Read on to find out what we have in store for you!

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D Why FOO’D by Davide Oldani? An elegant restaurant located within the iconic Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, FOO’D by Davide Oldani presents creative and boundary-pushing modern European dishes led by executive chef, Simone Depalmas, whom previously helmed at Alkaff Mansion. One can also enjoy “drink”, a cocktail bar located within the premises of FOO’D, manned by award-winning bartender, Mike Cheong.

What we love about the restaurant is how perfect the grandeur ambience would be for ROM and/or small scale weddings! The main dining hall can take up to 150 seated guests, and its al-fresco area can take up to 80 seated guests. With a large video wall in the main dining hall, videos can be screened for couples who wish to share video snippets with their guests. A stage and rostrum are also available upon request. FOO’D by Davide Oldani has a dedicated team that works closely with wedding couples and wedding planners, and they are ever ready to customise both western and eastern food menu for your guests.

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D While experiencing a brand new place and menu for fine dinning, guests will also be treated to a trunk show of Z Wedding’s new bridal line! Not to worry if you have missed us our on BOWS, our gown designers and photographers will still be around for consultation as you source out this new hidden gem for pre-wedding photography.

Expect burning questions to be answered, such as:

– Tips to reading a photographer’s portfolio

– What type of gown will best suit your silhouette and your wedding’s theme

– The recommended gowns for outdoor/overseas pre-wedding shoot versus actual day gowns etc.

We are more than happy to advice and share our knowledge with you, so it’s definitely an experience not to be missed! Most importantly, we just want you to celebrate our milestone with us as we look forward to pampering you with surprises and lucky draws.

Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D Of course, it’s only common for couples to be comparing packages from different vendors when browsing around, but how do you know if you’re able to get one that will cater to all your needs without being shortchanged, or given things that you do not necessarily need? Be it the perfect gowns you have been envisioning for, to the ideal professional photographer that’s able to capture not just your best angle but the loving memories of your relationship, won’t you relish the idea of having beautiful memories to look back on?

Z Wedding sets ourselves apart from the rest as we are the only in-house designer bridal boutique that’s working with a renowned professional photographer team to ensure that you’re always in good hands, with the most value for money wedding combination that gives you more than you asked for. Best of all, attendees get to enjoy a special Ala carte bundle with Chris Ling Photography available on our Wedding Party only! With our bundle, you can experience our power combo value, knowing full well who you are working with and the consistent quality to expect due to our constant communication with each other. Z Wedding’s 10th Anniversary at FOO’D.

Intrigued? Save the date and important details:

Date: 4th June, Sunday

Dress code: Smart Casual Time: 1-5pm

Venue: FOO’D by Davide Oldani

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Without a doubt, this year’s couture runway collection from our esteemed bridal partner, Z Wedding, crescendoed into another successful show. Our sponsors and collaborators worked hard to show off their talents, and everyone’s efforts paid off. It was clear from the embracing reaction of the VIPs and guests that everyone received the show positively!

The picture above is the grand finale shot from my iPhone, and this was what guests see during the show. At that very point, I was thinking of how much work had been put in just for this moment to arrive. I personally witnessed the set up and recorded the progress, and I would like these photos to tell the story behind Z Wedding Couture Runway.

In addition, I would also like to thank all the sponsors and collaborators who contributed to the Runway’s success. This show is special and it is the only one of its kind in Singapore’s bridal industry in terms of grand scale and high standards. Z Wedding has shared similar ground breaking and forward looking mind sets for us to achieve what I could only dream of before.

 3am, the night before, setting up at the Chijmes Hall.

Final touch to the paintwork.

Model briefing on show day.

 Z Wedding and Chris Ling team briefing.

Flower arrangement on the runway stage.

Catwalk sequence and positioning rehearsal.

Emcee rehearsal.

System sound check. 

Final confirmation.

Shooting video footage for behind-the-scenes. 

Model sequence chart.

Final rehearsal before make up and wearing the actual gowns.

The models.

Models’ break and dinner time!

Make up on.

The queue was formed even before official registration time.

More on our facebook album linked: here.

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What is the one thing you would associate immediately with when the word “wedding” is mentioned? More often then not, it would be a wedding gown. The wedding gown sat through different eras and lived through centuries of styles.

Built with any materials ranging from cotton to silk, it can be embellished with pearls or gold, or nothing at all. Like a dream, the wedding dress will be embraced by the bride. She will appreciate the final look and feel when she adorns the dress. When Chris was invited by Z Wedding and Le Grand to be take a first-hand look at the full process of gown making, he finally understood that gown design is as much an artistry as photography. It takes time, hard work, and talent for gown designers to craft their skill.

In this series, Chris records the artists working on their new collection for the Couture Runway show. He transforms these moments behind the scenes into photography art forms. After all, a gown can be a three dimensional realisation of art the bride can wear.

View the full series on our Facebook album linked here.

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In my line of work, cameras are, to state the obvious, extensions of my arms. My equipment, like my team and I, also evolved through the years. The one thing that didn’t change was our love of the printed (or digital!) visual arts.

I am currently using a few different camera systems, each with their pros and cons. To me now, a camera is just the equipment I need to take the picture I want: ISO, focus, shutter speed, aperture, etc. It is the final photo that matters! When I started photography, my dream camera was the Canon F1, with all its dials and manual control on the exterior of the camera body. I owned it 30 years ago, and I eventually sold it. I started thinking about it again and  after so many years, I began to miss that look and feel of holding a manual camera.

I eventually found the Fujifilm XT-2. It came the closest to reliving my days with my old Canon. With the new system, I kept it simple with one lens attached, 35mm F2, much like my very first set up (Canon AE-1 with 50mm F1.4 attached). Photos are all about memories, and this XT-2 somehow brought me back to those times when I first started. It reminded me about my passion for photography.

With this system, I went behind the scenes of the model casting session for Z Wedding’s upcoming bridal season launch. It is the Z Wedding Couture Runway 2017 happening on 19th March, 7pm, at the Chijmes Hall. This is a grand event for bridal fashion in Singapore,  and their Midsummer Dreams collection is set to once again wow the guests. Inspired by beautiful nature, the Z Wedding designers took the magic from Alice In Wonderland’s secret gardens and Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night forests, and recreated them through their gowns. This year, the bride will be a powerful feminine figure, a queen of the night with allure, charm, and strength!

Just as there is no one camera that fits all photographers, the gown designers know one gown can’t fit all brides. That is why they constantly come up with exciting concepts and ideas in different cuts and silhouettes to cater to different brides. It is quite an amazing process to see them in action as they meticulously hand sew their finishing details well into the night. All of us share a commonality, we are passionate about our job and our art.

Looking forward to the show!

– Chris

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Let’s do a throwback to the successful launch of the Z Wedding x Chijmes collaboration. It was a star studded night of fashion and glamour as the models strut down the runway in Z Wedding’s latest pieces. As the official photography and video partner of the night, we were pleased to see VIPs and guests enjoying themselves in their glitzy regalia. We were proud that a Singapore label can hold its own in the fashion industry.

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Inspired by the fine details of Chijmes’ neo-gothic architecture, this collection aims to translate these key elements into bridal gowns. This architectural movement sees numerous subtle details adorned on the foundations of the building. Its key focus is bringing out the grand scale of a hall through intricate accents, rather then garish decorations. As such, Z Wedding created the Chijmes Wedding collection to emotionally connect with their brides. The play on details aims to bring out radiance, while the structural flow of the gown ensures the bride looks pristine. Like the intricate floral and bird motifs on Chijmes’ Corinthian columns, emphasis is placed on the gown’s line work and lace. The key is the meticulously hand crafted touches of embellishments on bold lace, creating a look that embodies soft femininity and glamour.

We can’t wait to see what Z Wedding comes up with next.

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From since our inception in 1993, Chris’ goal had always been to be the best, the brightest, and the most professional. With that in mind, the studio, our team, and our partnerships had indeed grown tremendously over the decades. Chris’ ambitions were met year after year, especially with the full support of bridal boutiques Z Wedding Design and Le Grand Wedding. It has been an amazing journey with their support. In turn, we have also given them our full support.

Working toward being number one is an uphill task, but the rewards were amazing. Once again, we have managed to outdo our last efforts and Z Wedding Design will launch what is thus far the most prestigious wedding couture runway show. Roping in an exclusive collaboration with Chijmes Weddings by Watabe Weddings, Z Wedding has created a collection inspired by the amazing architecture of Chijmes.

In attendance will be artists Fann Wong and Chris Tong, and many prominent influencers in the fashion and lifestyle industry.

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The Z Wedding x Chijmes Wedding Runway Show promises to be the most prestigious yet, and again a first in the wedding industry. We will continue to strive for the best, and thankfully through ups and downs our efforts managed to rake in conducive results. To put in so much effort and see our goals fulfilled is satisfying and addictive, rest assured we will continue to do our best!

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Behind the scenes in preparation of the Z Wedding x Chijmes Show:

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From when Chris first started in 1993, he has come to experience that photography alone is only one part of a newlywed’s wedding planning. Many other aspects come into play, and therefore he started sourcing for the best in the industry.

Our collaboration with Z Wedding was formed in 2006. It was then undergoing a new management, and their performance and customer service vastly improved. New gown designers and makeup artist were also hired. With this team, Z Wedding proved to be a formidable contender in the wedding market not only for gowns, but for an all round service. Therefore, Z Wedding, and thereafter their sister company Le Grand, formed an exclusive partnership with our studio. All Z Wedding and Le Grand couples will be photographed by us, and we will give them our fullest support at the most competitive rates.

Who Makes The Gowns?

What would a wedding day be without your wedding gown? All of us in the industry would like to say that our part of the job is the most important. To be honest, we humbly recognize that such a claim is ludicrous. It takes many hands to come together, and the gowns do make the bride.

At Z Wedding, they have three key designers. They create by taking their inspiration from three areas:

  1. Bride’s sentiments from one to one interactions.
  2. International fashion couture.
  3. Art from the very city we live in.

With a realistic view of what would be best for every bride, they produce a wide range of gowns that would suit many shapes and sizes, and every taste and personality.

The gowns are created and crafted in Singapore by their team of designers and seamstresses.

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The Makeover

Makeup. Hair. Styling. What kind of accessories would go well with a bustier? Which shade of pink would go with the evening gown? Hair up, or hair down? After many shoots, we’ve noticed the worth of a good makeup artist during post-production. The better the makeup, the less the editing!

The Z Wedding/Le Grand stylists are professional and attentive. We will always recommend going as natural as possible when applying colours on your face, and that is what they do. Makeup isn’t overdone, the hairdo goes with the gown, and the styling suits the theme.

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Our Photographers

When all is in place, it is time to immortalize it in photos. Our photographers, already familiar with our partners, know how to capture the moments deserving of your wedding. They are trained to provide you with timeless classics that will not make you cringe when you view your albums again on your 10th anniversary.

With the gown and styling good to go, our photographers will have an easier time and it allows them to focus on you. This saves them the trouble of correcting a fallen eyelash, or adjusting a wayward sash. Which in turn translates to more time focused on you, the newlywed.

Do you know that all the photos that seemed uncontrived and in the moment are directed by our photographers? We fully understand that our couples are not models, and they will need every help they can get in knowing details such as which angle is the most flattering or where to place their hands.

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How Are The Pre-Wedding Albums Made?

The photography process does not stop at a click of the camera. Your selected images are then sent to our graphic designers to be further edited in detail, and laid out in an album format. Again, it takes many years to train a graphic designer on how to naturally touch up an image. Too smooth makes you look like a mannequin, and yet images too raw will be rejected. No one wants a reminder of the pimple you had when you took your wedding photos!

Each image is edited and designed in a page layout. The images have to correspond with each other, so that a fluid story can unfold. We emphasize greatly on matching photos because we want your album to be a smooth transition from one page to the next, not a picture folder of slotted 4R prints that anyone can insert.

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The Perks of an Exclusive Collaboration

In our case, familiarity does not breed contempt. We are very happy to work with trusted partners that did not fail to deliver time after time. Hiccups are bound to occur, but we are happy to notice that they are also quickly resolved. All made possible when individuals with different skill sets work in cohesion; each respecting the other’s creative space as well as understanding their limitations.

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Brand Partnerships With Other Boutiques

We still do continue our good work with our other trusted partners. Though not exclusive, we offer discounted rates to couples that have signed up with Amanda Lee Weddings, Dang Bridal, Divine Couture, and Silhouette the Atelier. These boutiques are our preferred partners, they too have proven to be reputable in the industry.

 

 

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Chris had just finished the latest fashion editorial shoot for Le Grand’s new season. This time round, it is all about the lace.

The collection pulls wedding fashion from way back when, an era where the 60s modernist tide welcomed the free spirit of the 70s. For wedding fashion, it was a time where lace had been a preference for most brides. Now, more so then ever, it has proved to be a versatile accent. Modern cuts brings the 70s to 2015; and vintage inspired lace gives the bride the feminine touch to a bold personality.

The Le Grand stylist and makeup artist during the fashion editorial pulled off the overall look befitting the gowns. Their effort had helped Chris create the right imagery for the theme. Stylists cum makeup artists are the paint to the canvas, and our photographers will catch the look. The gowns, the stylist, and the photographer, everyone has a part to play be it a wedding or a fashion shoot!

View more photos on Le Grand’s facebook album here.

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LE GRAND + Z WEDDING
COUTURE RUNWAY SHOW

Date: 28 August 2014 Thursday
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Chijmes Hall

The time is here again for the much anticipated Couture Runway Show. Join our exclusive boutique partners, Le Grand & Z Wedding, plus their celebrity guests, for a night of high fashion as the two bridal big wigs unveil their latest bridal couture creations.

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TICKET COLLECTION

To get your complimentary tickets, please collect them and register in person at:

Z Wedding Design
93 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088514
12-9pm, Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun, closed on Wed

Only LIMITED tickets are available.
Allocation will be on a first come first served basis.

Dress code: Smart / Cocktail
Inappropriate attire may be rejected entry.

Hurry down to Z Wedding and secure your tickets. We hope to see you there!

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It was an amazing show for those who had attended the our boutique partner’s launch of their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. We had more celebrities that attended the show this year, and many were anticipating Fann Wong’s RSVPed attendance. Unfortunately, she had to cancel her plans because she fell sick that day. Maybe next time we’ll catch her at a better time.

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Here is the link to the Facebook album on snippets of what went on during the show.

For the gowns, it was a gorgeous collection of designs that were truly bold and unique, yet feminine and elegant. Take a look at a few of our  picks:

“The Le Grand Spring/Summer 2014 is inspired by the mythical city of Atlantis. There is a mystique that shroud this city as it sits in its on the ocean floor. Wrapped in a blue abyss, imagine a spring burst of colours as schools of vibrant ocean life swim within its ruins. Imagine also mythical mermaids as they glide within the city walls. These imageries materialised itself in Le Grand’s Atlantis collection, a mix of mermaid silhouettes as light reflect off their scales, and a vision of strength as these creatures remained guardians of Atlantis. This is an artistic rendition of a spring/summer collection, an ethereal femme fatale.”

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“The Z Wedding Spring/Summer 2014 is themed on a garden in full bloom. The strength of a woman is also her femininity. Floral details were spared no expense as this season the collection dresses the bride in her very own Eden. The stature of a grand ball gown is romanticized by the softness of delicate blooms, creating the perfect fairy tale as spring approaches.”

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And here is the link to the other gowns that strutted down the catwalk.

 


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