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Emmanuel & Su were married at a cosy ceremony at the Blue Ginger Restaurant earlier this month. It was attended by immediate family and close friends. The couple were extremely friendly and pleasant to work with. Emmanuel is a Filipino based in Melbourne, Australia. Su is Burmese and currently based in Singapore.

I have done quite a number of shoots for the Blue Ginger Restaurant in the past few years. The shoots were varied – food, interiors, wedding themes, and events at the restaurant or at other locations. They have a solid event planning team that customises each event’s decorations according to the theme selected by the client. Quite a number of their wedding themes that I photographed are featured on their Facebook page Soulmates at the Blue Ginger.

The following are some highlights from Emmanuel & Su’s wedding.

My maternal grandma passed away about a month ago and my granddad passed away in 2012. I spent the last week going through photographs that I had captured of them over the last 15 years and edited them down to around 50 photographs. Many of the earlier photographs were taken on B&W film when I first started dabbling in photography. There are still quite a lot of images of both of them on my filed negatives that have not been scanned in.

The task of going through and selecting images of my grandparents was quite an emotional experience. The photographs triggered many memories. Aging is a difficult process and many of the photographs show it.

Grandpa suffered a stroke in 2010 which totally changed his quality of life though his mind remained lucid right to the end. He loved to talk and the stroke left him speechless. He loved his food and the stroke stripped him of the ability to eat. He relished oysters and I remember my grandpa polishing off a whole load of raw oysters as his main during a lunch treat I gave him and Mama! Subsequently, I got a scolding from my aunt because my grandpa had the runs after the meal. But Grandpa and I thought it was worth it because he throughly enjoyed it and that was the last time he ever ate oysters. He was bedridden about a year after the stroke which must have been really hard on him because he had always enjoyed going out on his own.

Mama started showing symptoms of dementia in 2012. She had a bad fall which left her face badly bruised 2 months before my grandpa passed away in 2012. In 2014, the physiotherapist accidentally snapped her left thigh bone during a home therapy session and from then onwards, she was bedridden. Whenever we visited, she would be sleeping most of the time and it was always nice when she opened her eyes even though she gradually lost recognition of any of us.

I am glad that I took the effort to take the photographs. They are a good record for me of my grandparents and I find even the photographs of the more difficult times beautiful in their own way. It reminds me that life is made up of both happy and sad moments, how fleeting our lives are and how much I should treasure and be thankful for family.

Together with the 2 posts I did on their funerals (see Farewell Grandpa and Farewell Mama), this post is a tribute to my wonderful maternal grandparents. My family is part of the legacy that they have left behind. The following are a selection of photographs of them.

Glen & Rachel were married at the Grand Marquee of Hotel Fort Canning last month. Glen is the founder of Prodigal Roasters at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 whilst Rachel is an architect. I visited Glen at his cafe recently and the coffee and tarts are excellent! I would highly recommend a visit if you love coffee.

I really enjoyed witnessing and capturing how Glen & Rachel’s families and friends gathered to support, encourage and celebrate their coming together. Selecting a set of photographs for this blog post brought back to mind much excitement, laughter, singing, words of wisdom, affection and love that I observed that day.

The following are highlights from their wedding day.