We reached Ivy Bridal at 8am in the morning. We needed an early start as we had 6 locations to go, each with dresses and hair styles to change in between. There are so many beautiful places in Taiwan I want to go for the photo shoot but I could only limit myself to 6 locations.
If you like that vintage feel with red bricks and torn walls, Bopiliao is a good place for you to take photos. Bopi literally means “to peel”. There’s two versions of how the street got its name. One saying is that the residents of the street were dealing with leather products, which required skinning animals pelts, and hence the name “Bopiliao”. Another saying is that during the Qing Dynasty, wood imported from Fuzhou Province were processed which required stripping off the bark, and hence the name. Today, Bopiliao is a well preserved famous tourist site in Wanhua District, where you can see buildings that were restored from the Qing period. It is also where the Taiwanese movie Monga (艋舺) was filmed.
Our second location was Tai Tung University 大同大學. The university has a beautiful building , Shan Chih Hall, with similarities to the Rotunda from University of Virginia. The pillars are very Roman and pantheon-like, which makes it a perfect choice for grand and elaborate wedding dress.
Our third location was at Tatun Flower Farm 大屯花卉農場, about 45 minutes away from Taipei. There ‘s an admission fee to go in. I forgot the price but I think it is NTD 800 (or is it NTD300?) per pre-wedding photography group. Although it is a flower farm, but we didn’t really see mass field of flowers, but just few rows of flowers. However, the flowers were good enough for the photographer to play around with the angles to create the sea of flowers effect !
The photo below is taken by Sammi, my make-up artist. Yap. Just few rows of flowers….. But in another photo you will see below, we look like as if we are in an endless field of flowers – thanks to Josh, our super professional photographer.
Our 4th location - still at the flower farm. Tatun flower farm has a lot of props and set-ups for pre wedding photos it was considered another location.. There’s the swing, the windmill, the piano, the church, the lake, the boat, so we spent quite a lot of time at the farm.
Our fifth location was at Shimen Wedding Plaza. The wedding plaza is very mediterranean with the white corridor and white structures and a typical way of taking photographs here would be wearing the wedding gown, with the blue sky as the background.
Initially I was a little against this area because it seemed a little too commercialized and too standard as it is a popular photo destination for pre wedding photography. But it was recommended by Josh considering the flow of our route. Linshan Cape was around the area as well, which was our 6th location. Choosing two nearby locations would enable us to finish our shoot on time. We discussed with Josh, and he did a great job at making the photos less typical by arranging to go to the plaza during sunset.
The sixth location Linshan Cape (麟山鼻遊憩區) , was just 5 minutes drive from Shimen Wedding Plaza. Beautiful rocks formation with green, uum, I think it’s sea weed?
Behind the scenes. Note the brown fabric above my head – when it’s let down, it’s my changing room !
The whole process took about 12 hours. By the time we got back to Ivy Bridal, it was already 8pm! It was no easy job posing for the photos! Thanks to Josh giving us very specific directions like ” tilt your head slightly to the left”, “look a little to your right”, “step your right foot out”, making us not looking too rigid in the photos, and almost like professionals! I must thank Mr Orange as well, the photography assistant, who was always running around, getting the lights at the right places, and setting the lower part of my dresses at the right places :)
My photos turned out to be gorgeous (and made me uped my budget for the photos…) Thanks to everyone in Ivy Bridal’s professional team:)
PS: If you would like to find out more about the package, please give a “like” on my alwaystravelicious facebook page and PM me there. Cheers!
The Six Locations
1. Bopiliao Old Street 剝皮寮 http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=A12-00067
2. Ta Tung University 大同大學 http://www.en.ttu.edu.tw/
3. Tatun Flower Farm 大屯花卉農場 http://www.tatun-flower.com.tw/about_us.php
4. Tatun Flower Farm (same location as above but using different settings and props)
5. Shimen Wedding Square 石門婚紗廣場 http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw/user/Article.aspx?Lang=2&SNo=04002493
6. Linshan Cape 麟山鼻遊憩區 http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw/user/Article.aspx?Lang=2&SNo=04002490
Monga the Movie Website