Joie De Vivre: A Styled Shoot With Melissa Koh and James Chen in Paris

Our first Parisian styled engagement shoot with newly-engaged blogger Melissa Koh and sweetheart James Chen exuded elegance and the spontaneous exuberance of love. The shoot saw the pair exploring the seductive city (and seducing us in turn). With photography by Claire Morris Photography and planning and coordination by NKT Events, Melissa’s Marchesa and Inbal Dror gowns from The Prelude and Truly Enamoured in Singapore, were a perfect match for Paris’ architectural icons, as were her hair and makeup by Kerrie Langfield, flowers by Estelle Preston, and shoes by Harriet Wilde.

Be sure to read on to the end for more details, and a special bisous, bisous to all the wonderful vendors that made these irresistible images possible.

Also, check out this pre-wedding feature film by Zen Film Works!

Mel and James' Paris pre-wedding styled shoot

A word from Claire of Claire Morris Photography and Nyachia of NKT Events…
"When Leana from The Wedding Scoop approached us to create a pre-wedding shoot for fashion blogger Melissa Koh and her fiancé James, I knew they would embody the perfect epitome of modern elegance and Parisian glamour.

Together we were able to find the perfect balance between design and vendors, establishing the perfect scene and settings to reflect Melissa and James' high-fashion style and ever-growing love.

Filmmaker Chris from Zen Film Works and Claire ventured out into the streets of Paris with Melissa and James. They visited famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre where Melissa wore a voluptuous ball gown from Marchesa paired with Bridgette Gold Rose shoes from luxury shoe designer Harriet Wilde. Kerri Langfield created an unstructured chignon with a modern romantic feel, choosing a perfect pink lip to complement the soft, gold and nude tones for the eyes.  James was ever so dapper in his cream and grey linen suit from Suitsupply.

After whisking around Paris, we then headed to La Maison Centraliens, where Melissa and James transformed into a couple of exquisiteness, complementing the opulent decor of the venue. Melissa wore an Inbal Dror gown, transforming her look with a palette of sophisticated golds and deep plums coupled with an elegant, feminine up-style with a slight asymmetric feel.

Surrounded by the ornamental richness of the Napoleon III ballroom, a romantic table for two was set with rose gold accents and crystal stemware. A gorgeous centrepiece by Estelle Preston was designed with a soft mix of pastel powder David Austin roses combined with sage and tumbling foliage that was complimented perfectly with the explosion of dramatic Bordeaux blooms.

Calligrapher and stationery designer Joy Fairclough of Studio French Blue pulled soft rosy and coppery tones from the inspiration palette to create a menu and custom Engagement Announcement which the couple could send to close family and friends. A romantic love letter (en français, of course!) made for a pretty bit of ephemera for this photoshoot.

Keeping in harmony with the colour palette of our romantic editorial, cake designer Synie from Synie's Cakes, designed a pale pink two-tier cake highlighted with precious metallic torn 24-carat gold leaf. To enhance the soft and romantic design, we added fresh roses and rose petals as a finishing touch. The flavour of the cake was in the same spirit - Rose Romance, a rose cake with raspberry and vanilla cream filling."


{Our hearty thanks to our wonderful team of vendors – your creativity continues to inspire!}



Styled shoot co-produced by The Wedding Scoop.


Vendor Information
Concept, Co-production and Exclusive Publisher: The Wedding Scoop
Talent: Melissa Celestine Koh and James Chen
Creative Direction and Photography: Claire Morris Photography
Videography: Zen Film Works
Planning and Coordination: NKT Events
Hair and Makeup: Kerrie Langfield Wedding Hair & Make-up
Cake Design: Synie's
Flowers: Estelle Preston
Stationery: Studio French Blue
Venues: La Maison des Centraliens and La Maison - Champs-Elysées
Wedding Gowns: Marchesa from The Prelude and Inbal Dror from Truly Enamoured
Suit and Tuxedo: Suitsupply
Women’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde