- Posted on Tuesday, 07 November 2017
Samuel of Samuel Goh Photography (recently selected to be one of Rangefinder’s prestigious 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography) wed Ting of KSANA in a laid-back nature-filled outdoor bohemian wedding at Nanga Bush Camp nestled among the jarrah trees of the Dwellingup forest, just 90 minutes from Perth in Western Australia. These heartfelt photos were captured by the couple’s good friend and photographer Jonathan Ong.
Please tell us more about your wedding!
“We didn’t have a set theme in mind but being wedding photographers ourselves, we really wanted something small and intimate where our different groups of friends could get to know each other and bond over the course of the celebrations. We always wanted a wedding in the woods with campfire nights so that it would all just seem like one big camping trip.
Leading up to the wedding, we sourced for old, vintage plates from thrift shops so that we could give them away or donate them back. We also brought drawings of us that were drawn by different friends.
The entire wedding would not have been possible without our friends, and the largest credits go to them. All of our friends chipped in for alcohol and everyone came together to hang the festoon lights, set up the curtains and tables, and helped prepare the food and barbeque the night before. We were so incredibly lucky to have all our friends who were happy to help on the wedding day itself too - Jess from Wedrock Weddings volunteered to be our emcee and coordinator, Eunice from Heaven in a Wild Flower helped to set up the snack bar and table settings, Kelly from Studiokel took up the role of a celebrant amazingly and she absolutely killed it. All the guys also carried the chairs to and from the ceremony and dinner venue which was an uphill ten minute walk away, for which we are eternally grateful.” ~ Samuel
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“Ting figured that our guests might feel peckish and because the campsite was out in the woods, we bought different varieties of nuts, snacks and lollies, and our mums and close friends packed snack packs for everyone.” ~ Samuel
Do you have any tips for couples planning their weddings?
“Definitely start early and give yourself loads of time! We only started four months to the wedding and it got kind of stressful. In hindsight, a wedding planner on the day itself would have been so helpful, and everyone would have had more free time during the wedding without needing to help set up.
Perhaps also think of designing and printing your own invites, think of more communal and affordable options for food, and scour thrift shops for items that you need for the wedding (such as crockery and glass jars). Borrowing items from friends who have just had their wedding may also help to reduce the overall cost.” ~ Samuel
Do you have any advice for couples?
“Regardless of whatever you do, always think of your partner and put family first. Always be giving, and try to cater to the other person’s love language!” ~ Samuel
What was it like asking a fellow photographer to shoot your wedding?
“When I first started doing photography, I really admired Jonathan’s work and we had the chance to meet and became friends when I went to his workshop in 2014. When it came to our wedding, we were choosing between two photographers but preferred Jon as he was a friend and we could really relate to him in terms of values. Plus, his work is super awesome. We were really elated to have him there - not only at our wedding celebration, but to also photograph us within the first few months of moving into our first home, and we couldn’t be happier with all the memories that he has documented.” ~ Samuel
Thanks for sharing, Samuel! We wish you and Ting a lifetime of love!
Number of Guests: 50
Total Wedding Budget: $20,000
Venue: Nanga Bush Camp
Photography: Jonathan Ong
Wedding Dresses: Jules Elie and Spell & the Gypsy Collective
Hair and Makeup: Bride’s friend
Décor: Styled by the bride and put together by all of the couple’s friends
Floral Décor and Ceremony Set-Up: flowertalk
Stationery: Designed by the bride
Cake: The Honeycake
Entertainment: Nicolette Chew (band)