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8 Lessons From Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Relationship
16 May 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Royal Wedding is here! We don't know about you, but we are giddy with excitement to witness the upcoming nuptial of the world's couple du jour: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The unlikely pairing - he's a British prince, she's an American actress and humanitarian - has been setting worldwide media on fire and piquing the interest of a global audience since their courting a couple of years back.

The love story between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is modern romance personified: instead of being matchmade by their families, they met via a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Meghan's background as a mixed-race American who was previously married naturally resulted in divisive reactions among royal enthusiasts and the media at large. But here she is now, about to take the next step of not only her love life but also her public status: member of the most famous royal family in the world.

It's no wonder that every move Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make as their union nears gets worldwide attention, but underneath it all, there are a few lessons we all can learn from the couple, especially in navigating a relationship where the two parties come from different backgrounds. Read on to find out!

1. Celebrate Your Differences

Instead of having your cultural and background differences become a setback to your relationship, honor and celebrate them! Like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the two of you will have to be willing to learn about new customs, family traditions, rituals, religion, language... essentially a different way of life from your own upbringing.

2. Create Your Own Relationship Culture

In addition to learning about each other's upbringing, it's equally important to create your own culture in your relationship, free from the ties of your culture or background. After all, there has to be a commonality in the relationship that enables it to thrive, be it a similar belief system, life goals, morals, values, and principles... you know the deal!

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3. Communication Is The Key

Multicultural couples are typically subject to more scrunity than their monocultural counterparts. And while this is an unfortunate matter that continues to persist in our society, as a couple, it is important to be open and honest about how each party deals with things individually and collectively. Talk everything over and share your deepest fears and frustrations! From there, the two of you can sort things out.

4. Have Each Other's Back

This is a commitment to live by for any couple, and we're certain Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attest to this as well. As a couple, you are a team and when you are a team, you will need to have each other's back whenever the going gets rough. Remember, it takes two to tango! Both of you need to be committed to it and invest trust in each other,

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5. Have A Personal Space

At the same time, having a personal space is important to all relationships. At the end of the day, you are two different people in the same relationship. While it's important to honor your differences by learning about them, there are times when each of you is best left to your own devices. As that popular love song puts it: even lovers need a holiday!

6. Pick Your Battles

Keep this in mind: not every naysayer coming your way deserves your response. If anything, the more you give attention to them, the louder they get. At the end of the day, who truly matters in this relationship are the two of you and nobody else. Ward off negative energy as much as possible and focus on the love you share with your partner. It's what counts in the end.

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7. Be Patient

In working out differences, time becomes an important factor as it helps you solidify the foundation of your relationship. Therefore, patience is key! It took Prince Harry and Meghan Markle two years of dating before they finally decided to tie the knot, and given their situation, this was understandable as they were learning about each other and their backgrounds. Time will also test the limit of your relationship; if you can stand through it, that means both of you are well-equipped to be in it for the long haul.

8. Love Will Survive

Now you know that you are willing and ready to continually grow together instead of apart, there is no other option for either of you but each other! After all trials and tribulations, both of you have made it this far to prove that you can work things out and make things work. Believe in you and your partner's ability to withstand challenges. We wish you the best of luck for the journey to the rest of your life!

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!