It was supposed to be a casual shoot to celebrate the first year of their relationship. It was not a coincidence that it was set in their favorite city in the world, a place where they dream to call home someday. It was a sweet surprise that was met with an even sweeter "Yes!"
"I left Jakarta with a ring that I was planning to give to her when we're in Queenstown," Sandy, the groom-to-be, told us. "I told Debbie, my girlfriend, that I booked us a SweetEscape session because if we were going to be in our favorite city during our anniversary, I wanted the moment to be captured on camera. I didn't tell anyone I was going to propose to her though, not even our photographer. I thought that I'd just 'go with the flow'.
"During the shoot, we hiked up a mountain. I am not a fan of heights, so it was kind of challenging to keep my cool. My heart was beating so hard, I was afraid that Debbie was going to notice something was up. But there we were, standing on top of a mountain, looking at the most breathtaking view I have ever seen in my life, and it just felt perfect. My knees went weak as I bent down. I looked up and saw my girlfriend, looking more beautiful than I'd ever seen her, and my mind went blank. I forgot everything I set out to say."
"'Will you marry me?' It was all I managed to say. I was so nervous that even before she responded, I had slipped the ring on her finger. Her hands trembled as I held it. Then she said one word that made me feel like I was on top of the world."
Sandy and Debbie met at their previous workplace, but didn't 'hang out' until they were forced to be involved in office functions by their colleague (slash matchmakers!) As it turns out, they both shared an interest in a lot of things, and those common interest brought them together.
"I was single for quite some time before I met him," Debbie recalled. "I was perfectly comfortable being on my own and wasn't thinking of getting into a relationship. But things changed when he came into my life. He accepted me, flaws and all, treats me like a princess, puts me at the top of his priorities, forgives me, and basically just loves me by the little things that he probably doesn't even realizes that he's doing. He makes me wonder how someone could love another this genuinely. I couldn't help but fall deeper for him every day. And now I can't imagine my life without him."
For a couple who claims to not be a romantic, they sure made our hearts melt! Take a look at some of their moments captured that made us swoon!
"As a SweetEscape photographer myself, it felt weird at first to be on the other end of the camera. I don't like giving too many directions when I'm shooting and I appreciate being given the freedom to capture moments as it unfolds, and so I wanted to extend the same courtesy to our photographer. It was honestly a fun experience and Debbie and I had a really great time. Our photographer was friendly and we ended up chatting a lot, mostly about photography. Now I'm inspired to take photos in other places! I would definitely recommend SweetEscape, especially for a very special occasion like mine!"
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Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.
We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.
Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.
Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.
However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.
This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.
As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!
Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.
Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!
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