- Posted on Friday, 01 April 2016
True to their edgy personalities, today’s couple opted for street-style and took a road trip to Tuas in a massive red off-roader. Cracking open cans of beer with their favourite EDM soundtracks pulsating in the background, Eugene and Shu-Wen managed to create their own mini music festival captured on camera by Super Panda Presents before riding off into a glorious sunset.
Watch this short film of the couple's engagement session also by Super Panda Presents:
How did you meet and what was the proposal like?
“We met in (the now-defunct) Filter Members Club through a mutual friend of ours. It was a girls' night out and one of my girl friends who had known Eugene for some time introduced him to me. He bought us a bottle of champagne, we started talking, he decided to hang out with us for the rest of the night and the rest as they say, is history. Funny enough, if you ask him what made him want to get to know me better thereafter, his answer would be that ‘You were normal.’
Phuket was the first trip we took together and was also when I realised I had fallen for him. So fast forward 3.5 years later, we decided to go back to Phuket for old times’ sake as well as to celebrate my birthday. I did not suspect anything until the actual day of my birthday when the hotel manager kept calling our room looking for Eugene. When I asked him about it, he said that it was regarding breakfast arrangements for the next day (yeah right). In actual fact, he had arranged a private rooftop dinner overlooking the sunset complete with lanterns and music. This was a big thing for him since he isn't normally the romantic sort. It was a multi-course dinner but I honestly don't recall much about the food as half the time I was wondering if this was IT, until dessert was served under a cloche. When the cloche was removed, the ring was sitting in the box together with the dessert. That was when my mind went blank while he popped the question. Of course I said ‘Yes!’” ~ Shu-Wen
What was the inspiration behind your shoot?
“Our biggest concern from the beginning was coping with the Singapore heat and we decided that we needed a shoot that would allow us not to melt in a big white dress or suit. Furthermore, we didn't want the formal wear to distract from the main focus of the shoot: our relationship and personalities. In short, we just wanted to keep it real.
We are both pretty big on EDM music and were inspired in particular by Gareth Emery's latest album and MTVs. It was from there that we decided we would have a road trip/ music festival-inspired shoot. It helped that we managed to source for a Land Rover Defender and inspiration and imagination just took over. We spent a couple of weekends just putting together items we thought we might actually bring on a road trip.
I had also fallen in love with a gold Aidan Mattox gown from Truly Enamoured and wanted to incorporate it in the shoot. I just thought that it would be a nice contrast to have the gown against the rugged background of the Defender and open fields. We told Joseph what we had in mind and basically gave him and the crew free reign of the creative direction on the day itself and just went with the flow. Trust in your photographer!” ~ Shu-Wen
Do you have any interesting moments or stories to share from the day of shooting?
“We took the theme really seriously so we loaded our boot with speakers, a giant ice box and filled it with ice and cans of beer. We blasted our EDM playlists over the speakers throughout the whole day of shooting and together with the beer, it almost felt like our mini music fest. Sharing our beer with all involved that day also helped with camaraderie!
We were at Tuas (in the middle of this big open field near the shipyards) and the plan was to shoot us in our gown and suit against the sunset. The only place we could change was in the car. Trying to be discreet was a chellange and every time a heavy vehicle drove by or foreign workers passed by, we had to hide under all our clothes below the car windows. Bet they were wondering what we were up to!” ~ Eugene and Shu-Wen
"I had actually brought my heels to shoot with my gold gown but I soon realised that it was too difficult to walk in the sandy area. Most of the photos were actually either of me barefooted or in flip flops!” ~ Shu-Wen
Thank you for sharing these beautiful images with us, Eugene and Shu-Wen, and warmest congratulations on your recent nuptials!