With the pandemic still going on, the term “intimate wedding” is surfacing back in the trend. Especially when the government restrictions around the wedding industry is tight, you’ll need to consider reducing your guest counts to comply. But there’s no doubt that the wedding industry is evolving as well to cope with the trend.
We have to admit that intimate wedding is not for everyone. However, there are plenty of couples who are adapting to the idea of spending less and sticking to the new event regulations while staying safe as well. And this is where intimate weddings chime in!
You’ll feel a pretty big difference with a small guest list. Here are some of the focal points of having an intimate wedding:
Focusing more on quality over quantity.
With a smaller guest list, you’ll have more freedom to spend your budget on other kinds of stuff. Some couples believe that intimate weddings can be utilized as an opportunity to actually make their dream weddings come true. Or you may actually save some of the budgets to put towards a honeymoon or other investments.
More vendor options
Time to get creative with your vendor options. Some options that could never work for a larger guest lists are suddenly on the table. Have a local bakery make your special and personalized cake. Or hire your favourite local music band for a little twist. The options are endless, go crazy!
Less stressful more fun
The larger your guest list, the more complicated the event and logistics will be. It can be overwhelming and sometimes stressful, thus the term “bridezilla” appears. With an intimate wedding in hand, you can simply forget about the crazy high expectations and actually focus on the stuffs that YOU want on your big day.
Focus only on the important stuff
Imagine inviting people who matter the most to you, and actually having quality time with each one of them. Imagine having the chance to focus on your dearest people, and, of course, the significant other as you enter this new phase together.
Make it a personal reflection
What better way to showcase your personality as a couple than to hold an intimate wedding in your hometown? You might be surprised to see beautiful spots around your own city that you might’ve overlooked before.
A wedding day tends to be hectic and actually pass in a flash. An intimate wedding can help you to slow things down a little and allows you to soak every minute of it.
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Forcing ourselves to be creative can leads us to a dead-end sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
It’s been six years since Iluminen had been running in the wedding industry. Countless weddings had been captured and millions of shutters were tripped. It can get boring after a while, and so they decided to come up with a way to freshen things up. “CTRL+F5” features 3 mini projects directed by both the photographers and videographers of Iluminen, with the aim to see the world from a different perspective.
The projects involved the collaboration between 3 photographers and 3 videographers, where one photographer paired with one videographer in random order. There was no specific guideline given and they were free to create any artworks with any devices. Freedom was the main driving key in “CTRL+F5”. The project was needed to be completed within a span of five days.
What makes “CTRL+F5” unique is that for each individual involved, they had their own unique imaginations and visions that were respectively true to themselves. At the end of the day, “CTRL+F5” is a compilation of several different ideas into one harmonious piece.
Drawing inspirations from the daily essence surrounding them, “CTRL+F5” explores the reasons behind the decision to create an art project that is nothing like the ordinary. It shows that there are no right or wrong answers in art and that art in itself, is limitless. Enjoy!
The ingenious inventor, the innovative scientist, the imaginative writer, the savvy entrepreneur… It doesn’t matter what our field or area of expertise is, there will come a moment in time where you’re really stuck for fresh ideas. It can be hard sometimes to keep up with the trends and thinking of new ideas, thus most of us end up getting stuck. The moment we open our doors in these densely packed market, the clock is ticking in a race to build a strong brand out of nothing; thus being distinctive is crucial.
Training ourselves to always be creative is one of many ways to be competitive. We all want to be original. Many of us regard creativity as an awe-inspiring, almost magical gift that some people are simply born with. But just as creativity can be expressed in many different ways, it can also be learned and sharpened like any other skill. In the modern world, there is no room for the humdrum or mundane. Having a fresh and inventive mind opens the doors to success.
What does fresh mean?
As mentioned in the book “Steal like an artist”, the writer Jonathan Lethem said that when people call something “original”, nine out of ten times they just don’t know the references or the original sources involved.
A good artist understands that nothing comes from nowhere and nothing is completely original. When people say that “someone is stealing their idea”, it sounds quite absurd. Ideas can’t be stolen, because ideas don’t get smaller when they’re shared, they get bigger.
There is, of course, a difference between stealing and copying.
Writer Seth Godin explains that it’s absolutely fine to “steal” ideas. With the ability to steal comes responsibility. Not just the responsibility to synthesize something better than what you started with, but the obligation to relentlessly seek out the next thing worth “stealing”; you just need to make them better and truer to your own unique identity
In this modern society that values authorship and origination, giving credits will never leave you dry. Like ideas, the more credit is shared, the more it can be worth it, to the giver and to the recipient.
How to stay fresh?
There’s a simple truth when it comes to doing good, creative work; we can’t force inspiration. Despite this, there’s a tendency amongst productive people to force through problems in an attempt to find a creative solution. They keep their heads down, put in lots of hours and grind harder. But ultimately, that doesn’t always lead to fresh ideas. It leads to frustration and it’s a waste of time. Instead, set ourselves up to find inspiration in our daily routine.
Explore references out of your primary work.
Whatever our profession is, we need to be constantly challenged with new approaches. For example, a wedding photographer could try to visit an art gallery once in a while. It doesn’t matter what the show is – experimental, contemporary, classical – all that mattered is experiencing something fresh outside of our familiar habitat and letting it sink into our subconscious.
Reading can also be another option. Just because we graduated from school, it does not mean we get time-off. Read biographies of philosophers, painters, generals – learn their work and lifestyle, then take their lessons and apply it to your own life.
Keep exploring as you’ll never know where inspiration will come from next.
Step out of the creative comfort zone.
Stepping outside of your creative comfort zone is necessary for keeping your creativity and inspiration fresh, but also helps conquer some of the fears that hold it back.
When it comes to creative work, there’s a saying that comes to mind: “as soon as you get too comfortable, it’s time to try something new.”
Being creative is all about being able to look at the world in a different way. Without new experiences, we get stuck in a routine that leads to a creative block.
Besides that, when we do something we never thought we could do, or something that maybe does scare us a little, it’s no longer “something we could never do.” It’s “something we did.” And every time we do something new, that ceiling of where we think our limit goes up just a little bit more.
At the end of the day, It’s not fear that spurs creativity: it’s stepping just outside of your comfort zone enough to gain a new experience. Learning something, doing something that expands our perspective or makes us think in a different way.
Socialize with people out of your industry.
Hanging around with the same friends and colleagues can get you in a thinking rut. Take advantage of all those Instagram connections and start some exciting conversations. New people don’t know all your thought patterns and old stories, so you’ll have to revisit your existing inner monologues. The refreshing perspectives will help to surface new thinking and possibly a lightbulb or two.
Revisit the value of brand identity thus knowing where to go.
Having a clear understanding of each element that makes up your brand identity is important for the foundation of your marketing scheme. Your brand identity is what makes you instantly recognizable to your customers. Since eventually, your design assets are the tangible elements that will determine how your brand is perceived in the market.
In other words, nailing your brand identity = nailing your design = building a successful business that’s an accurate representation of who you are as a brand.
Travel and see the world.
Everyone knows that it sucks to be stuck in a rut. Thus, an adventurous trip can be the perfect solution. It’ll give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going and where you want to end up. And meeting people from other cultures will give you a new perspective since your current point-of-view might have some major blind spots. Seeing the world will improve your vision and your grip on reality.
The Notion of Staying Fresh
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Seasons were creeping by and without us realizing, another chapter of our book had been closed. Gulping down on a piping hot espresso while strolling down the small alleys of Amsterdam-centrum; icy winds numbed our hands and tongue slightly burnt, but that’s alright.
People say that we should never look back and move forward, but when we reminisced our journey in 2019, a saying comes to mind: “Oh man that was really good!”. It was definitely a bitter-sweet chapter for us all and a paragraph isn’t going to be enough to unfold the full adventure.
Teary eyes from the spring-breeze of Salzburg to witnessing our new (and old) friends and families jumped into their own journey had been one of the best memories that we had in 2019. The scent of fireworks lighting up the dance floor and the hums of the Sydney river-side still lingers up to this very minute.
We lived for these moments and we can’t thank you all enough for sharing those moments with us. We believe that in 2020, there’ll be even more indelible bit waiting for us! A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, so sit back, relax and immerse yourself in our 2019’s journey down below!
Best of Iluminen 2019
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Lazy dusty days drifting by slowly without notice. Basked in the warm sunlight, caressing down the layers of our skin. Enjoying a sip of Whiskey with a saying in mind: Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough. While looking back to 2018, we’ll definitely need another glass to cheer on. In the past, we’re asked about our favourite part in 2018, and we just didn’t know where to begin.
Blessed with moments of blissful adventures to Roys Peak while overseeing the clearest blue lake, riding the double-decker bus sightseeing tall buildings in Chicago. We still remembered the scent of the glorious coffeemaker in a small cafe in Cinque Terre and the tranquil feeling when we listened to birds chirping in a wild flower field in Sumba.
And those were some of our favourite scenes in 2018. To wrap up, we want to give a big round of applause to all couples, friends, families and vendors for the amazing experiences that we had last year. We believe that 2019 will bring more great, yet thrilling escapades for us!
Stay for the long ride because we know that you guys will be waiting beside us! Have a look at our fave scenes in 2018 below and share this good news to your friends too!
Best of Iluminen 2018
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Passionate kisses and warm – comforting hugs never fail to bring out the best of every couple’s true connection. Strolling around the street, hand-in-hand in every direction of the sunrays with genuine smiles painted on their faces are all the things that will bring the true characters onto the photographs.
Believe it or not, we do not pose couples in front of our camera, but rather we interact with them to bring out their true nature as human beings. This goes by giving them un-posed prompts such as exchanging questions and answers that will invoke their emotions.
And today, we’ll be sharing about why candid photographs are taking over the trend in the wedding industry.
As much as we’re a big fan of editorial style poses, we believe that the “In-between candids” ooze out the real you. Impromptu moments such as stolen pecks on the cheek, surprise tickle attack or even snuck a whiff of her sweet-smelling hair, are the natural reactions that stay timeless.
ENJOYING THE SESSION
While the notion of having to pose for an entire day can be exhausting for the couples, un-posed moments enable us to make the most out of the photo sessions. What’s better than having so much fun during the session, without having the need to pretend to be who we are not.
It is common nowadays for wedding photographers to pose their couples, whether it is during pre-wedding or even the wedding day itself. But by doing the opposite way (i.e. genuine interactions with the couples), we as photographer will be able to gain a stronger sense of trust from our couples as we focus more on the connections.
UNVEILING THE GENUINE STORY OF THE DAY
Furthermore, un-posed moments allow the day to unveil naturally. We trust that every wedding has its own beauty of revelation. Starting from the early morning of the preparation, to the ceremony, up until the dinner reception. As a wedding photographer, our job is to be a delicate observer throughout the whole day and always be prepared to capture those erratic moments into art. It is important for us to do minimal interruptions (posing) so that we deliver the real story much better.
To sum it up, photographs that move our hearts and souls are the one that have the authenticity and genuineness of the stories. We are here to document life, and celebrate connections. Those photographs will serve as a great reminder of the togetherness in the realest way.
Scroll down to see some of our honest and un-posed photographs.
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Weddings should be one of the most special days of our life, but unfortunately without realising it can also be one of the biggest contributors of environmental waste. Thus, in honor of “Plastic Free July”, a global movement that aim to dramatically reduces plastic use, we rounded some simple ways to host a green wedding.
We’re not telling you to skip the party, flavourful meals, gorgeous invites and decors – but we’re talking about making small actions that create a great impact to our environment.
Let’s try one (or some) of these tricks to bring positive consequences for the environment on your wedding day!
Choose Eco-Friendly Stationery
Stationery is generally paper-made, that also means the more paper being used, the more trees will be cut down too. And with more wedding vendors become increasingly environmentally conscious, it’s easier nowadays to find invitation suites, thank you cards and other wedding stationeries that are printed on 100% recycled paper. Or alternatively we can decide togo paper-less by using e-invitations or even wedding website services, that are certainly more eco friendly and also provide a more effective and efficient basis for the wedding guests to RSVP and connect with us.
Please find below for our recommended vendors in this category:
One of the easiest ways to reduce energy usage for your wedding day is to utilise outdoors venue, like on a cliff or beachside. The exposure of direct sunlight to the venue enables us to hold the party without the excessive usage of energy. Plus outdoor places usually have better lighting for everyone’s leisure, but most importantly for photo purposes.
Nonetheless, outdoor weddings are not everyone’s cup of tea. If you prefer yours to be indoors, there are a handful of ways you can make it eco-friendly. We can cut back on your energy usage by choosing a venue that gets plenty of sunlight. Another way is to search for hotels or restaurants that takes sustainability seriously by using energy-efficient appliances and biodegradable products.
Please find below for our recommended vendors in this category:
Believe it or not, unfortunately many guests will throw your wedding gifts away in the end.
To achieve a green wedding we can substitute the typical gifts such as notes, photo frames, drinking glass and etc with more eco-friendly products. These green products are generally more favourable to our guests, for example; organic candles, soaps, aroma therapy, or stainless utensils. Greeneries like succulents, plant seeds or fruits are also a great alternative.
Please find below for our recommended vendors in this category:
Opt For Biodegradable Confetti and Sustainable Straws
It may seem insignificant, but tossing rice or paper confetti around the aisle of your church isn’t the most eco-friendly way to celebrate your sacred union. As an alternative, we can opt for the more eco-friendly products such as rose petals, lavender or fresh herbs.
In regards of the underrated usage of plastic straw, we can contribute to the environment by providing recycled paper straw or even better a stainless steel based material. Plus, these type of straws normally come with a greater patterns that will look more appealing for the guests and the photos.
Please find below for our recommended vendors in this category:
We highly suggest to skip the notion of balloon release. It has been a huge issue in the wedding industry that these short and insignificant event has cost the environment. Once the balloon helium gas has dissipated, the balloon will normally end up in the open field or sea, this will cause a great impact to the wildlife and us human in general.
Donate Your Excess Food
When it comes to wedding, couples usually have the simmilar thinking of “the more the merrier”, where they prefer to have many leftovers rather to starve their guests. As a result, there will be a great portions of foods and drinks that are thrown away.
The first step when planning your menu is by limiting the number of courses for your reception dinner; a reduced course means less food trash.
Another solution if there are still leftovers, there are many food banks available across the country that will gladly pick up your chilled unserved food from your wedding reception. Simply talk with your caterers in advance so they can make the necessary arrangement beforehand.
Please find below for our recommended food bank in this category:
Forever fascinated by the vivid endless horizon line. Where the light strikes the dark, along with the breathtaking sunsets and iced cold americano on hand.
Waking up with the thrill to capture this beauty of the world in these frames.
This is a life worth living, this is important.
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Throughout our journey in the wedding industry, we’ve realised that organising a wedding is a significant thing. Starting from choosing the tiny succulent adornment, to wedding dress, venue, videographers and so on. We are grateful that our journey has turned our relationship from ‘vendors’ to friends and we are confident in referring them for your wedding day.
This has nothing to do with bias, or commissions but purely from the similarity in taste and passion that we share together as an artist in the wedding industry. Kindly refer to below for the list:
NB: This post is not intended to discredit other vendors that were not mentioned in it. This is purely based from our personal insights according to our past experiences. And we would love to work with other wedding professionals as well.
And let the memories flow through this journey called life.
Here’s my journey of love.
Best of Hans
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