It’s a common misconception that Malaysia has limited places for a lovely pre-wedding photoshoot. Many would consider the elegant streets of Paris or the blushing cherry blossoms of Japan as the ideal backdrops for a romantic photoshoot.
Before you consider booking that overseas package, we suggest you check out these beautiful Malaysian locations first:
1. Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands
Nature lovers will adore the scenic views of Cameron Highlands. The famous tea plantation offers an ethereal, enchanting backdrop that frames romantic photographs perfectly. Needless to say, the cool weather means you won’t be sweating or swatting mosquitoes.
2. Colmar Square, Bukit Tinggi
Located in Bukit Tinggi, Colmar Square is the replica of French village Colmar Alsace. The adorable French medieval and early Renaissance buildings are infused with a European vibe, complete with cobbled paths, colourful flowers and quaint shops.
3. Merchant’s Lane, Kuala Lumpur
Merchant’s Lane is currently one of KL’s hottest cafés – not just because of its flavourful coffee and food, but also for its retro interior decor. The brothel-turned-café is decorated to evoke memories of Petaling Street’s early days.
The cafe’s ornate, vibrant and vintage design is a favourable choice among many photographers and couples. While you’re there, don’t forget to sample the food and beverages, especially the Hongkie beef stew and the rose honey milk.
4. Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Located smack in the heart of KL, Lake Gardens is a sweet escape away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city.
The large expanse of garden is blanketed with trees and lawns that are perfect for romantic photoshoots amidst nature. Come here early in the morning or in the evening for the best lighting conditions.
5. Putrajaya Botanical Garden
This 230-acre garden has hosted plenty of photoshoots, thanks to its ample variety of trees and tropical flowers.
The entire garden is beautifully manicured and well-maintained, so you can expect picture-perfect shots especially when you have a talented photographer.
6. Putrajaya Bridges
Apart from lovely gardens, Putrajaya is also home to some of Malaysia’s most unique bridges. Their infrastructure reflects architectural brilliance, and some of them have been named as the most photogenic bridges to shoot.
There is the famous Seri Gemilang Bridge, which is extremely romantic at night when the golden lights bring the entire bridge to life.
The Wawasan Bridge, featured in the image above is decorative and an equally enchanting infrastructure that is highly ranked as one of Putrajaya’s coolest bridges.
7. FRIM, Kuala Lumpur
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is another favourite spot. The shady trees and incredible flora set the scene for a peaceful, intimate and relaxing photoshoot in the heart of nature.
8. Heli Lounge, Kuala Lumpur
Fancy a remarkable skyline pre-wedding shoot? Head to Heli Lounge Bar in Kuala Lumpur at sunset for gorgeous photos and you’ll get a sprawling view of the city skyline in the background. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.
9. DESA Dairy Farm, Sabah
You’re probably thinking, “This can’t be Malaysia.” This dairy farm is located near Kundasang in Sabah, nicknamed the Little New Zealand of Malaysia.
It’s a two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu, a very pleasant and worthwhile journey. You’ll get verdant fields and steel blue mountains against an even bluer sky once you’ve reached the farm.
10. Sakura Street, Penang
You don’t need to go to Japan to get some Sakuras in your wedding photoshoot. Plan ahead and take a short drive to Penang during March or April to catch the blooming of the Malaysian Sakuras.
11. N.16 Café, Sekinchan
This is the café that is currently making waves on Instagram. Who wouldn’t be curious to dine in a café that is built from a container with a bus perched on top? The view from the bus is amazing, with golden rice fields and distant oil palms.
12. Ye Olde Smokehouse (Fraser’s Hill)
Don’t geotag your photo here and people will think that you’re in the English countryside. Ye Olde Smokehouse in Fraser’s Hill is built according to the Tudor style.
Flowers and greens are present in every corner of the cottage – inside and out – and there’s even a little garden with a quaint fountain for more lovely shots.
13. Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel
The Pullman Hotel in Putrajaya offers some lovely shots, but you need to be a guest at the hotel to be granted permission to take photographs within and around the vicinity.
14. Jonker Street, Melaka
Melaka is a treasure cove of history and culture. Jonker Walk might be teeming with tourists, but the buildings still retain their sense of tradition.
Pose against vibrant-coloured buildings or in quaint, vintage shops unperturbed by the chaos of urban development. If you’re travelling from Kuala Lumpur, Melaka is only a two-hour drive away.
15. Pantai Klebang, Melaka
The white sand dunes of Pantai Klebang have gained widespread popularity, especially for pre-wedding photography. The powder blue sky and white sand are refreshing alternatives from the usual leafy or earthy backdrops.
The dunes can be rather crowded during weekends, so head there on a nice weekday morning or late afternoon for the best photos.
This article first appeared in Kaodim.
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