[ Seoul ] 前進首爾拍婚紗照去!
... the various pros and cons, we've decided to head to Seoul! For our package, we get get 4 bridal gowns, 2 grooms' suits, Korean dress, transport to/from airport, transport around to bridal gown studio, photoshoot studio of our choice, makeup/stylist studio, the original files for all the photos taken at the studio (300+), an album of 30 selected/edited photos, a large frame with a photo of our choice and a translator. We arranged our own accommodation because the apartment option that was supposed to be included in the package was not available at the time of our visit. So we got some small amount of $ deducted from the final bill.
Studio 選擇也是讓我們猶豫的許久 (因為看起來都很棒!!!!), 因為在韓國基本上是你喜歡哪間攝影棚的 style & 背景, 就是選那間攝影棚. 攝影師是那攝影棚的.
在出發前一個月我們需把我們的正面/背面照, 身高三圍之類的＋我們喜歡的婚紗 & 化妝 style 傳給 agency. 所以我就費了大把勁把我這幾年蒐集的婚紗照＆婚紗好好的過濾了一下.
It took us a while to choose a studio (because there were lots and they all have something good that makes it difficult for us to decide on 1 studio). The photographer here basically "belongs" to the studio. So you can't choose different scenes from different studios. You just choose which studio's setting and photography style you prefer and you go with that.
1 Month before departure, we had to compile our information and how we like our make-up, hairstyle and wedding dress to be and send it to the agency. It took a while for me to sort through the years of "research" that I've done. lol.
到了韓國時 agency 的車子來接我們＆另一組人, 到機場接我們的車子是有點嚇人的舊, 不過還好後續我們的接送專車還不錯! 車子先載我們到了他們在首爾車站附近的總部 (我們飛金浦機場, 照理說已經比仁川近, 但還是覺得車程還真的有點長..好像 40-50分鐘).
We had an airport pick-up service included in the package. We basically carpooled with the agency's other guests to the agency's headquarter in city centre. The agency's van that transports guests from the airport was a bit run down. But the car that we took afterwards to get around Seoul for the various wedding photo related activities was much better! (following photo). Although Gimpo Airport is closer to the city centre than the other International Airport, it still took us something like 40 - 50 mins.
The transport van dropped us off at the headquarter and we were a bit confused about where to go (their different department's offices were kinda spread out). Eventually we found our way to the wedding dept. We got there around mid aftenroon and the airplane food tasted nasty so we had to grab something quick to eat before we moved on to the wedding dress studio. There were much options around and the smell of food coming out from the Korean restaurant on the 2nd floor of the same building was pretty attractive.
When you're in Korea, you'll just need to be prepared to eat lots of spicy things and lots of kimchi! Even dishes that doesn't look spicy will somehow end up tasting pretty spicy!
After mid-afternoon lunch snacks we went back to the wedding department to choose the traditional Korean dress that I get to wear for the photoshoot. I didn't ask for this and in fact thought maybe I sould just scrap this and have more photos focusing on my retro-style wedding photoshoot. But since it was free.... (or rather already included in the package) so might as well!
我們的 package 中是新娘一件蓬鬆的長婚紗, 一件沒有蓬的長婚紗, 還有一件短婚紗 & 一件禮服 (總共四套). 新郎則是兩套西服.
For me, our package included a puffy wedding gawn, a non-puffy one, a short wedding gawn and an evening dress (the Korean dress is another one to add on top of this). For the groom, he had to select 2.
J 就戴起 GoPro 拍這整個過程.
The number of dress/gawns that you could try on here is limited to 3 for each. JG gets to go first then to get the easy part over with! Basically you'll change on this "stage". When you're done the curtains will be drawn to reveal the "new" you! Show time! Then we got J to record all of this on our Go Pro!
穿婚紗都有婚紗店的直接在裏面幫忙, 換衣時他們都會幫我們披上暫時cover類似浴衣的服. 但換衣的速度很快,瑣所以這個披只是讓新娘覺得有點遮蔽...
Then it was my turn! Before you try on the dresses, the studio people will do a simple hairdo for you so that you could better see how the dress will look on you when you have the final make-up and hair done.
婚紗店的直接先將禮服在小圓台下鋪好, 新娘只要站上小圓台, 婚紗助手只要把整件禮服拉起來, 調整一下正位&把後面夾一夾拉出腰的曲線, 拿個小捧花或加個 bling bling 腰帶就來看一看要不要選這件.
這邊的婚紗雖然看起來比較不花俏, 但在拍照時婚紗店的阿姨會準備一些配件, 套在脖子上,繫在腰上整件禮服看起來就像另一件禮服. 變化方式還滿多的.
Basically the studio staff will help you put on the gown. You just need to step on the little pedestal and they'll pull the dress over you and fix it to make it look perfect on you. They will also add little accessories to let you get a feel of what variations you can get from this 1 dress when you add these other things on.
因為已經 8 點多了＆有點快餓昏, 最後選了一間 JG同事推薦的石鍋飯餐廳.
Then we chose the Korean restaurant that JG's colleague recommended. It was indeed pretty good. J ordered a kimchi pot and the famous rice mixing pot on heated rock-like bowl (forgot the proper name for this..)
之後我們就走回到我們住的 hotel - Fraser's Place Namdaemun, 原本 package 包的 4天住宿說旅行社的 apartment 沒有空房, 退一小部分錢, 我們自己另外處理. 不過其實我們也還滿慶興自己另外找地方住, 因為到了 apartment 時覺得不是太喜歡.
Fraser's Place 的房間看起來還滿時尚&clean/new, 還不錯. 早餐選擇不多, 但也是不錯. 地點就很一級棒, 走路可到美食街, 南大門, 市政府, 也可直接走到明洞商圈!
After that we were back to our hotel - Fraser's Place Namdaemum. The hotel looked pretty modern and relatively new. Although the room doesn't have lots of space but our rooms had nice views of the city, the breakfast was good (not a lot of selections but good), and it's within walking distance to lots of food places, Nandaemum, City Hall and Myeongdong!