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Pre-wedding photoshoots have become a common part of preparing for the big day. Cheng Zheng Yang and Bernice Lake were looking for a place to match their quirky personalities.
While most couples prefer lush greenery and the beach as the backdrop for their photoshoots, the 29-year-old went unconventional and chose her Howe Per Villa instead.
A cultural theme park takes visitors to Hou Per Villa on a journey through Chinese folklore and mythology with references to the afterlife as an added bonus.
This is not an environment that calls for lifelong love or pre-wedding photoshoots. But the couple chose Hao Per Villa for a reason, Zheng Yang told AsiaOne. We’re both pretty quirky people and we knew we needed a pre-wedding photo shoot that reflected our personalities.
As history buffs, the couple was “keen to get their faces on important historical events in Singapore. They eventually settled on How Per Villa as it was a popular resort for Singaporeans at the time.
To continue the concept, Zheng Yang wore her dress while Bernice wore a red cheongsam. As well as wanting to recreate the atmosphere of early Singapore, the pair told AsiaOne that they loved How Per Villa and had a date there once.
Oh, hell no
The couple had a lot of fun recreating the sculptures and scenes during the photo shoot.
However there is still a certain area in the park where Zheng Yang and Bernice do not take pictures. It’s one hell of a museum.
Housed in the Museum of Hell, the infamous 10 Courts of Hell in Howe Per Villa offer a vivid and detailed account of what awaits the souls of sinners in the afterlife.
From being hit with a rockhammer to being pulled out with your tongue, Hell’s 10 Courts are definitely not for the faint of heart. We’re not particularly superstitious but we didn’t shoot at the Hell Museum because we didn’t think it would fit in well with our family.
They added that while they like to push some boundaries a pre-wedding photoshoot at Hell’s Museum might be too far.
The shooting of the film was a complete success
Sculptures around the park gave couples a chance to imitate poses, and the experience felt like hide-and-seek, Zheng Yang said. He added that the weather wasn’t great but it didn’t dampen his mood one bit.
It rained all day but stopped when we started shooting. Her photographer Titus Lim told her AsiaOne that this was the first time she did her pre-wedding photo shoot at Hao Per Villa.
Despite the new environment, the final product impressed the couple and exceeded their expectations, he said. Lots of retro shots sculptural imitations and now immortal laughs and fun.
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