Sanjeev Shanker, a doctor specialising in emergency medicine, and Melissa Tan, a banker, were introduced to each other through a mutual friend and quickly became an item thanks to shared interests. Being in a cross-cultural relationship has added colour to their relationship, as well as exposed them to different types of food—one of the things they bond over.
For the photo shoot, lensman Hong Ray of Hong Ray Photography and florist-stylist Nelly of From Day Till Night decided on a uniquely Singaporean theme, but were careful not to overdo it, keeping the focus on the couple. Shooting in tiny Singapore can have its limitations when it comes to locations, as some would prefer not to show the country's usual landmarks.
Hong Ray took the time to suss out a rustic location rich in character, much like the couple’s multi-faceted relationship: “I discovered a hidden untouched location of Singapore. The venue exudes a uniquely Singapore rustic charm, tucked away from the bustle of the city. It was a fitting setting to celebrate something else unique to Singapore: our melting pot of cultures and races, and this bi-racial couple fit the theme perfectly.”
The idea appealed to the couple, who say: “Celebrating our cultural differences and national pride shows who we are, where we came from, and what we are now. Marriage is not just the union of two hearts, but also the union of two families.”