I’m not even sure where to begin with this wedding! Joanna was a JW bride (Joee Wong)…need I say more? Actually just as a side note, JW & I had a record breaking 5 weddings this season!
Joanna booked me wayyyyy in advanced, a year and one month to be exact lol, and for most brides who book that early, I know it is worth the wait. It really goes to show how much they value and appreciate what you do – so of course I had no hesitation saying yes! When I first met Joanna, she was a ball of energy and her excitement was contagious haha. There was NO shortage of conversation and the trial didn’t even feel like a trial…more like having a coffee with a friend. The original style was nice…just what she expected, but then I told her I wanted to try something different and she was game. Once I gave her the mirror to take a look, I remember how shocked she was (in a good way) because it was totally not what she had in mind. It was done…and it just made us both that much more hyped for her wedding.
Indeed it was an early morning – but there was just so much to look forward to that it really didn’t matter. Not only was I going to hang with JW again, but Joanna had booked Vanessa for makeup and well, you just know it’s going to be a good day. Joee also brought along the ever talented Mayreese who has a seriously killer ride to second shoot! Before I continue on with the wedding, I have a small confession…one that is kind of embarrassing actually. I found out through two brides this year that they had booked Michael Y. Wong and both times I reacted the same – “REALLY?!!??!” – ok yes, I was excited. When you hear so much about a person through friends in the industry and see the art in his work, it’s only natural…no? Like Joee, he’s a celeb lol. And then it hit me…so THIS was the WONG Square phenomenon. Nerves hit and well, it got to the point where I texted JW the night before telling him how I was kind of scared to introduce myself with fears of totally stumbling on my words only to say something stupid. I even wore a more appropriate shirt just so I wouldn’t take away the high quality of his videos LOL. Thankfully I was able to speak coherently. I’m a fan…sue me.
Back to Joanna! Besides her hospitality, warm smile, contagious excitement and just down right good heart – I could see she was just someone who had waited for this moment to say ‘I do.’ Although time got a little tight towards the end, V and I were like “robots” as Michael described us….we were in our zone and knew exactly what we needed to do. She had the glow all right…smiles all around and just a lot of love. Her girls were awesome to work with and everything fell right into place, even the weather which was perfect. Top 10 was written all over this from the moment we met…so glad I was able to be a part of your big day. Joanna & Terrence: you are two souls connected by one love – enjoy every moment with love, joy and happiness Joee and his team did a stellar job capturing the day, check out a preview here: http://jwphotography.ca/blog
Special shout out to JOEE…dude, honestly, I cannot thank you enough for your continuing support. Through you I have not only had some of the best brides/experiences ever, but also some severely ridiculously talented artists that I am so lucky to call friends.
Photo Credit: Joee Wong – jwphotography.ca
They say it’s 6 degrees of separation, however, time and time again it has proven to be much smaller than that. And Naomi is a perfect example!
Initially when I got Naomi’s email, I just assumed that she was referred so like in every other case, I asked her who she was referred by. To my surprise, she said “No one referred me—just happened by chance onto a site that featured your work =) ” Crazy! So then my paranoia kicked in…I kept thinking, “what if she isn’t real and this is some sort of a joke?” I would have been so mad if someone was wasting my time! Or worse yet what if SHE was really a HE or a previous bridesmaid who hated her hair? LOL…I mean, considering 99.9% of all my brides have been referred, this was new to me. Obviously I was wrong…quite wrong. Naomi turned out to be such a calm, cool and collected bride! As we talked a bit more – we realized that we did in fact have mutual friends! Actually…more than we thought haha. And just to prove how it was more like 2 degrees of separation, the lion team that performed at her wedding was my friend/coworker who also owns Wushu Project.
One of the perks of being a part of Naomi’s big day was that we started at a reasonable time! The sun was actually out when I woke up! :P More important that that, Naomi and her bridal party were so easy to work with…there was no unreasonable expectations, demands or snootiness. She just wanted to get married and enjoy her day. Let me also just mention how extremely hospitable she and her family was! It honestly made the experience that much more special - we were fed and welcomed…really, could it have been any better? Her mom made fishball soup from scratch and as hot as it was (temp wise), I finished it within minutes! lol….and they even sent me home with a plate full of other goodies!
Naomi chose a very romantic textured updo – a modified Sydney Opera House, which went extremely well with her silk flower accessory and ivory dress. She looked amazing! What was the most awesome was that we managed to actually get to know each other in a short period of time, which is something I can`t always say. ALSO, what bride gives you a Macaroon straight from England!!? Naomi, thank you for being such a wonderful bride! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and wish you and AJ a shower of blessings for years to come.
Bonnie and I go way back … well, maybe not that far, but this wasn’t our first encounter! lol. It was just last year that we met at Marilyn’s wedding! The last photo posted is actually Bonnie’s hair The beauty of being a referral based business is that you get to reunite with some of the most amazing and fun people along the way and Bonnie is one of them. Here’s the connection…get ready for it… I initially met Bonnie through Marilyn, who I met through Vanessa, who I met through Joee. lol.
Bonnie had emailed me shortly after Marilyn’s wedding, but we didn’t actually meet for our trial until the month before. Marilyn joined in for the trial, which gave us a chance to catch up!! It was funny to see how the two swapped roles this time around. The thing I love about these two is their honesty and humor. B first opted for a formal updo, but decided a week before did she wanted something completely different. Considering we didn’t do a second trial, I was anxious to say the least! Bonnie, on the other hand, seemed totally relaxed haha. On the day of, I brought along a new assistant/co-worker/future hair school student, Felicia who helped me immensely that morning. The lovely Vanessa glamed the ladies up and Sandy Tam did an amazing job capturing the day! We shared some laughs at the expense of Marilyn who was a good sport about her “issues” on her big day. LOL. V and I started it, but the bridesmaid jumped right in…Sorry M!!!
Unfortunately Bonnie fell sick the moring of…to the point that while the girls were getting their hair and makeup done, she was wrapped in a blanket asleep and sweating from a fever. I felt so bad for her! Luckily, she managed to re-energize with the nap and went right into Bride mode, as much as she could. Looking back on the pictures, I would have never been able to tell anything was wrong…she was such a trooper!! When everything was said and done, Bonnie looked BEAUTIFUL, a true glowing bride! B&J, congrats on tying the knot! May the years ahead of you be filled with love and lasting joy.
p.s. I may have drooled just a bit looking at the food photos.
Photo Credit: Sandy Tam
One of my awesome brides, Joanna (owner of Henkaa) sent me this video recently of their BIG day…and yes, yours truly did make the cut! But besides that, it also has some wicked shots of Joanna’s romantic Sydney Opera house. Having just watched the video again, I didn’t realize what a super windy day it was…thank goodness for my good ole’ Aero Gel Hairspray, does its job everytime :) Enjoy!! Good times!
What seems like a lifetime ago, I finally get the day off – statutory holiday yes, but a holiday nonetheless! It couldn’t have come at a better time because I am SPENT. So as I sit here listening to Katy Perry’s, “Last Friday,” I feel good because the past few weeks have been quite a challenge, but I’m working my way back up.
Katherine, Katherine, Katherine….what an amazing bride she was and let me tell you why. On the day of her wedding, my assistant and I were supposed to be working on the bridal party, however, my assistant never showed up! The reason she requested I bring one was to help with timing, so while the clock was ticking…and quite quickly as I remember, not once did Katherine show a sign of stress or seemed upset at all even though I was PISSED this happened. You were amazing for being so calm! Thank goodness I had my good friend and super talented MUA, Vanessa, with me who talked me through it. lol.
Katherine and I met through Mandy, a bride of mine from last season where she was a bridesmaid. Having done her hair once already, I knew what an easy going person she was and the trial, as well as the day of went off without a hitch! Katherine opted for a low Sydney Opera House for her ceremony and added a Phase II (a.k.a. hair change) for the evening where we switched it to a Halfie (half up, half down) so she could party it up. While I felt terrible at what happened earlier that morning, Katherine was so graceful and for that, I was so thankful! Below is a very UNprofessional photo from my Blackberry of her morning do. I will update when they get their professional ones I wish you and Francis all the wonderful things that life may bring! Thanks for everything!!!
Happy Canada’s Day Everyone!!