- Posted on Wednesday, 05 October 2016
Yuga and Hidayah returned to Malacca, the place where they first met, to commemorate their engagement. Munkeat Photography went behind the lens to capture the couple’s vibrant personalities at Pantai Klebang, a surreal artificial desert in Malacca, in a fun, no-frills shoot that they’ll remember for years to come.
How did you meet and what was the proposal like?
"We met in March 2015. My best friend is a friend of Yuga’s, but we’d never met. She gave Yuga's number to me and vise versa, and he texted me that night. We texted each other for two weeks before we decided to meet, as I was working in Selayang at the time whilst Yuga was in Johor Bahru.
Being a complete scaredy-cat, I planned a major outing with two of my guy friends, luring them with the promise of good food in Malacca. Yuga on the other hand had trouble with his car and had to take a 5-hour bus ride to get there. We met and fell for each other instantly, and the rest is history.
He proposed on the 30th of December 2015 during a trip to Singapore, and the proposal was nothing short of adorable, with Yuga's classy touch. It was supposed to be a short holiday for the both of us, but to my surprise, we were joined by his best friends. Little did I know that he had already planned everything (thus the need to bring his best friends along). The proposal was filled with little surprises and gifts from the moment we reached Singapore.
His two best friends left us early after telling me that they had to fetch someone; they were actually preparing for the proposal. Yuga took me to Marina Barrage at sunset. We were walking and enjoying the view when suddenly he stopped, got down on one knee and proposed. There were candles and roses everywhere, and his friends got everything on camera. Needless to say, it was perfect." ~ Hidayah
What was the inspiration behind your shoot?
"We both wanted something casual and candid, and most importantly, we wanted to be able to be ourselves during the shoot. We were very fortunate to have Munkeat as our photographer; he and his team made us feel so comfortable that we felt that we could just let go and go crazy, despite having just met them. The shoot was a combination of our ideas and our photographer's, instead of a specific source of inspiration.
We were so lucky to be able to work with a team of passionate and talented individuals who have our utmost respect. There isn’t one bad thing that we can say about them. They are professional and punctual, they truly listen to what you have to say and try their best to make it happen. We are so thankful for the experience." ~ Hidayah
Do you have any tips and advice for couples planning destination pre-wedding shoots?
"Know what you want but be flexible about it. Keep an open mind, be open to suggestions from your photographer as they probably know better. Plan in advance, but do not be fickle-minded! Discuss everything with your photographer: from your outfit, accessories, theme, colour scheme, etc. Do be sure to tell your vendors if you have a specific request, and work with them so that your photos will turn out awesome.
As for the day of the shoot, drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated throughout. Get ample rest the day before, be yourself, don't pose too much, and get comfortable with each other. Lastly and most importantly, enjoy the shoot." ~ Hidayah