Tania and Ayron’s Dreamy Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Picturesque Bali

Tania and Ayron travelled to Bali, one of their favourite destinations, for a breathtaking pre-wedding photoshoot amidst the great Mother Nature.

Tania and Ayron met at a banking event in Jakarta three years ago and bonded with one another right from the get-go. After a romantic surprise proposal on Christmas Eve, the pair of lovers chose to commemorate their love for each other and Mother Nature by travelling to Bali, one of their favourite destinations, for a dreamy pre-wedding shoot in some of the most scenic locations in Bali.

What’s one of the things you love most about your partner?

Tania: I am extrovert while Ayron is a little bit of an introvert, but we make good partners for each other because we try to create a sense of balance in our relationship and spare time to talk and listen to one another – that is the foundation of our relationship. Ayron is also a nice and caring person who not only cares about me, but also cares about my family and friends, and that was what touched my heart.

Ayron: Tania is very capable and dependable. I know I can always count on her and together, we will be able to conquer everything, especially when we are working as a team.

What was the proposal like?

Tania: Ayron proposed to me during dinner on Christmas Eve while we were on vacation in Hong Kong. I had no idea that he would propose that day, although the conversation about marriage had been going on for quite some time. I did not know that he would find a time to get down on one knee and pop that question to me. I was speechless, but extremely happy and grateful that I could finally marry the love of my life.

Tell us about your pre-wedding shoot. Where did you choose to have it at and what was the day like?

Tania: I think a pre-wedding shoot is like a mini wedding (except for the preparation). I’m glad that I went through the whole pre-wedding shoot process because it taught me about discipline. From choosing the right attire for both of us to choosing the places that we like, it took teamwork to prepare for it. During the shoot, Ayron and I were required to work our angles together so that the photo will turn out looking good. No one will actually complain whether the results will be good or not, but it was just a sense of satisfaction for both of us that we “rocked” the shoot as we really loved the final results. Despite being tired, we really had fun and enjoyed the whole process.

We chose Bali as the destination for our pre-wedding shoot because we fell absolutely in love with the place since the first time we visited. Both of us love nature and love going to places like the beach or the mountains, and Bali has so many elements of nature that we had no doubts about where we wanted to do our pre-wedding shoot at.

Share with us any obstacles or funny moments you’ve encountered during the shoot.

Tania: One morning, we had to climb up to the top of the rock mountain in the Kintamani area. It was cold and rocks were everywhere – Ayron’s and my shoes were damaged although our feet were just fine. But, our photographers suffered the most because they were only in flip-flops! However, we did get some killer shots there, and everyone was happy about it, so it wasn’t that big a deal in the end!

If you could share three pieces of advice about pre-wedding shoots with couples who will be embarking on theirs, what would it be?

First, know what kind of shots and places you like and that will represent the two of you as a couple. Make sure that the two of you are comfortable with your choices. Secondly, choose the right outfit for your location – do not over dress or under dress. Some of us may think that a pre-wedding shoot needs to have big, glamourous dresses, while others do not care at all about wearing nice dresses. However, the trick lies in having the right balance of dressy and casual outfits for your pre-wedding shoot, so don’t go too overboard or under dress least you regret it in the future when you look back at your photos.

Lastly, work closely with your photographer in deciding the itinerary, locations and outfits. Also, make sure you’ve picked a photographer who is easy to work with and fun to talk to, as it will definitely transform the entire session into a fun one.

What was the most memorable moment of your pre-wedding shoot?

The most memorable moment was when we shot at the paddy field. It was pouring so hard when we were shooting that we had to stop. I was a little bit sad at that time, worrying that there would be no time to take more photos. But then, not long after, the rain lightened up and we were able to continue with the session and ended up with some amazing photos. I knew that I just needed to believe that everything will turn out great at the end of the day.

The Venue: Bali
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Trevo Pictures
The Pre-Wedding Gown: Coast and Lylas by Love, Bonito
The Groom’s Suit: Benjamin Barker
The Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Windy Mulia (Bali)
The Engagement Ring: Lee Hwa Jewellery

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Jocelyn and Luke’s Sleek Industrial Chic Rooftop Wedding at Sky Garden @ iFly Singapore

Jocelyn and Luke found their dream wedding venue at the beautiful Sky [email protected] Singapore where they wed under the sky and amidst fireworks.

It may not have been love at first sight for our sweet couple Jocelyn and Luke when they met a decade ago, but after spending some time together as friends, they discovered common interests and love blossomed. In their search for unconventional venues in Sentosa that could host a relaxed and joyous reception with an open bar and bartender, Jocelyn and Luke found their perfect venue at the beautiful rooftop Sky [email protected] Singapore, where they celebrated their matrimonial union with family and friends.

How did the two of you meet?

Luke: We met while working on Sentosa, a decade back!

Jocelyn: I was on an internship program while he was part-timing as a lifeguard. It was dislike at first sight for me because he was so loud and had weird braided cornrow hair. Then the coin flipped side!

What drew you to each other?

Luke: We were part of a clique of friends and were hanging out quite a bit, and both of us have common interest in dogs, that was how our relationship grew.

What is it about your partner that you love the most?

Luke: She has a very strong sense of internal justice! She won’t stand by and see any of her loved ones get bullied or disrespected. She’s also very forward looking and think of ways to improve.

Jocelyn: There are many reasons to date a family-oriented man because he understands commitment on a deeper level. Most importantly, when the going gets tough, you know he won’t get going!

What was the proposal like?

Luke: I proposed in Melbourne while we were away on a road trip with four other friends who were all in on it! The proposal was done on the fourth day of the trip! So, keeping her unsuspecting was a big challenge for all five of us!!

Jocelyn: It was at this place nowhere near civilisation while we were touring the Great Ocean Road and even though we tried to pin the location for memory’s sake, we still can’t put a name to that location! My GoPro went dead (the one and only time during the two-week trip!) and our friends made us re-enact the scene a couple of times trying to get some nice shots; the very next day we went to the vineyards, yes. A story to tell for sure!

Share with us how you planned your wedding.

Jocelyn: We had our solemnisation done at the Church of St. Mary of the Angels where Luke grew up in, so he was familiar with the location, while we had our dinner reception at the Sky [email protected] Singapore, who is one of my working partners. With regards to the vendors, we kind of just went with what was convenient along the way, but most importantly they were people we trusted! There were hiccups along the way as expected, but we trusted our vendors’ recommendations.

Luke: We knew we wanted to have our wedding at Sentosa where we met, and we were also looking at unconventional venues to have our reception where we could bring in a bartender and have an open bar with a curated cocktail and wine menu. After Jocelyn saw Sky [email protected] Singapore on one of her site visits for work, she suggested I take a look at it, and once I saw the venue, I was convinced!

Did you have a wedding theme?

We wanted something unconventional, clean and sleek. We were drawn to the clean lines of concrete. So, FLOUR came up with an Industrial Chic moodboard for our wedding and we liked the concept and color tone. Then, they just took it from there.

What was your wedding day like?

Our wedding day was split into two days – we had our solemnisation on a Saturday morning and our dinner reception at Sky [email protected] Singapore took place on a Sunday. It was frantic on Saturday morning, but thankfully, we had no plans in the evening, so we managed to sit down for dinner and drinks after our solemnisation with close friends and family.

Sunday’s dinner reception was spot on as we wanted it to be an intimate event where we could spend time and have a drink with everyone we invited, and I think between the two, we managed to do just that!

What did your family/friends have to say about your wedding day?

Our parents loved the décor by FLOUR. I caught a family member bundling up all the stalks of flowers and bringing it home! All she could say in her defense was – “So nice leh!! If they’re left here, they would be thrown away anyway!!” Even the parish priest, upon entering, commented that it was the nicest he has ever seen the church hall look. Singaporeans being Singaporeans, the other thing they commented on was that the food was excellent. Even until now, we get requests to share Kitchen Language’s contact.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Luke: For me, the single most memorable moment was in church, after the majority of the guests have left and FLOUR was tearing down, they grouped all the huge helium balloons together against a wall. The next moment, people were taking pictures with the balloons – instant PHOTO OPP. It was a very spontaneous moment and it will stay with me for a long time – because my grandma dragged Jocelyn and I to take a picture with her there!

Jocelyn: Luke is from a Catholic family and as a cradle Catholic himself, I knew his wish is to get married in the very church he grew up in. I am very thankful that my family and friends, largely non-Catholic, were as excited as me in attending the wedding service although it is a first for many of them as it was for me too.

What is one lesson you’ve learnt from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?

Work with vendors you feel comfortable with and make passion their paycheck because on the actual day you will be too busy to oversee and the whole event is to be left in the capable hands of these vendors.

We were blessed to have met HellofromFlour who helped us throughout, from suggesting photographers to transporting hundreds of kilograms of props! With the aesthetics and ambience taken care of, the power duo also won hearts through our stomachs. We have since been ordering cakes from them for almost all occasions throughout the year (we also learnt that some of our wedding guests started enquiring as well)!

A masterpiece was delivered for our two-day event, it was definitely the best decision made to have handed the reins over to trusted professionals!

The Venue: Church of St. Mary of the Angels / Sky [email protected] Sentosa
The Size of Wedding: 350 guests / 150 guests
The Wedding Photographer: Love Confetti Stills & Motion
The Wedding Videographer: AllureWeddings
The Wedding Gown: Kelly’s Bridal
The Groom’s Suit: Esquire’s Bespoke
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Bride’s friend
The Wedding Bands: Lydia’s Jewellery
The Caterer: Kitchen Language
The Wedding Florist: FLOUR
The Wedding Stylist: FLOUR
The Wedding Cake: FLOUR
The Photobooth: Ubersnap
The Wedding Favours: Bride’s design
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Bride’s design
The Wedding Car: EuroCars

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Madeline and Cepheus’s Fun-Filled Wedding With Twinkling Lights at Changi Cove

Wedding photographer, Cepheus Chan, weds the love of his life in a lively celebration at Changi Cove.

Young lovers Madeline Koo and Cepheus Chan of Cepheus Photography met while volunteering at the Youth Olympic Games. The pair became close friends and a year later, their friendship blossomed into love. Today, six years later, the sweet lovers are happily married. Here’s a sneak peek at one of their wedding celebrations (yes, they had more than one!) at Changi Cove’s auditorium.

Tell us, how did you meet?

We were volunteers for the Youth Olympics Games and knew each other from there. Subsequently, we became close friends and started dating a year later. We eventually decided to tie the knot on 7 July 2018, which is also our 6th year anniversary for our relationship.

What’s one of the things you love most about your partner

Cepheus: I love how faithful, family-oriented, supportive and crazy she is.

Madeline: I love how sweet, loving and determined he can be and how he is always ready to be crazy with me.

What was the proposal like?

Cepheus knew how important my parents, family and closest friends are to me. Before the proposal, he brought my parents out for a meal to seek blessings from them and ask for my hand in marriage. He then gathered all our closest friends (who turned out to be our bridal party for our wedding too) and had a surprise early birthday celebration for me at his place.

He then brought me to our future empty bedroom where he hung our relationship photos and proposed there. I don’t think I recall exactly all the words that he said as he successfully brought me to tears. It was a short yet one of the most meaningful and romantic acts from him.

It was also extremely meaningful to us as he proposed on 1 January 2017, as we would always count down to a new day of the year and watched the first sunrise of the year together.

What did you want for your wedding and how did you create it?

We wanted a cosy wedding party to celebrate our union with those who are closest to us and who have witnessed our relationship for the past six years. We wanted to appreciate each and every one of them in our lives and thank them for being a great part in contributing to who we are today. A meaningful and fun wedding with our guests was our main focus.

Amazingly, we had accumulated a huge archive of old photos of our friends. We spent days digging out photos (as old as 10 years ago for friends since our secondary school days) of our guests and printed individual photos for them. They had to search for their seats by identifying their own photos. It was fun to witness their expressions spotting each other’s unglamourous photo on their seat.

Additionally, we printed nearly 300 photos (including frames and canvases) of our relationship for our photo gallery display along with the fairy lights decoration at the back of the auditorium. We were lucky to have many industry friends who had shot for us during our six years of relationship for different milestones of our life (graduation shoot, proposal, pre-wedding, and our first wedding on 23 June). Thus, we took this opportunity to appreciate them by displaying their works.

As for the program, we threw the traditional template out of the window and crafted one from scratch. Guests arrived in time for our solemnisation, so that they all got to witness the ceremony. As Changi Cove’s auditorium is a huge rectangular pillar-less space, we did away with a stage area and made use of both the front and the back. The solemnisation set-up was done at the front, while the photo gallery, dessert table and cake cutting were done at the back.

We opted for a buffet spread so that our guests would not be confined to the table to wait for their courses, and were free to roam and mingle with one another. Activities like Kahoot and a photobooth helped occupy their time while we changed our outfits and lastly, we had a dance performance to showcase our goofy side! Glam and classy definitely wasn’t a priority in our wedding.

What was your wedding day like?

We had two separate wedding days – the first one was on 23 June, where we focused on our parents, relatives and the customary Chinese wedding. Our second wedding celebration on 7 July focused on our friends and a casual fun party to celebrate with the closest people in our lives, at Changi Cove.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Our dance performance together with our bridal party and making our guests dance to our march-in song (current trendy song – 学猫叫) was one of the most memorable moment of our wedding. We decided to have a dance just a month before our wedding and we are very thankful that our bridal party were so supportive and could pull it off perfectly.

The Venue: Changi Cove
The Cost: Approximately $30,000
The Size of Wedding: 150 guests
The Wedding Photographer: Antelope Studios
The Wedding Videographer: Momentold Productions
The Wedding Gown: Bqueens Singapore
The Groom’s Suit: Paul’s Fashion Thailand
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Esta Hsu Makeup Artistry
The Wedding Bands: SK Jewellery
The Caterer: Changi Cove
The Wedding Florist: Liz Florals (Bride’s bouquet)
The Wedding Stylist: Merqua
The Wedding Cake: Euphorique Bakery
The Photobooth: Alan Ng Photography
The Wedding Favours: Collar pins from Children’s Cancer Foundation
The Canvas and Photo Prints: Brilliant Prints and Pristine Prints
The Solemniser: Alex Lee Ka But

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Aliya and Yuji’s Merry Vintage Glam Wedding at The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel

Aliya and Yugi’s elegant and beautiful wedding at The Clifford Pier is bound to set your hearts aflutter.

Aliya and Yuji first met at a festival in Australia five years ago, but it would be another two years before the pair met again, this time in Singapore, and it took a third meeting before they got close. Fate obviously was determined to keep them together because today, the young lovebirds are happily married. Here’s a sneak peek at their beautiful vintage glam themed wedding at The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel!

How did the two of you meet?

Yuji: We were both in Sydney, Australia in 2013 – at a festival called Singapore Day. The organizers flew Aliya out to Sydney to perform while she was living in Perth, and I was from Singapore performing as well. We met backstage while Aliya was warming up before her performance. We chatted very briefly in the glorious summer sunshine (ridiculously scorching Aussie heat). I guess I was, at that point, smitten.

We then went on to live our own separate lives for the next two years without a mere thought of each other, and then we bumped into each other at a New Year’s Eve party when she was back in Singapore for a holiday. Although the rest of the night seemed like a hazy mystery, I do recall remembering her name. I saw her for a third time when we hung out before she returned home to Perth. She admitted that she couldn’t stand me when we first met, but I guess our third meeting changed her mind, and I wrote to her every day. It took a month for me to get her number!

Aliya: Yuji would find every and any reason to make contact with me. I was back home, in the preliminary stages of my Masters degree in of Performing Arts but barely two months in, I made the crazy decision to leave school and move to Singapore to be with him, giving my parents, my educators and my closest friends in Perth all sorts of excuses. The rest, as they say, is history.

What drew you to each other?

Aliya: Yuji barely spoke a word to me at the New Year’s Eve party, a marked change from the boy I had met who rattled on years before; I found his shyness rather charming. I don’t think he realised but I knew that he was hovering over me the entire night. He was just different from the seemingly over-confident guys I’m used to being around, having gone to drama school. He got me a cab and waited until it arrived, topping off the night (morning) with a message checking if I’d made it home safely. I would be lying if I said I did not find his concern adorable.

Yuji: She was just completely different from everyone else present that night, or in my life till that point. I knew I had to have her. When we met sometime the same week, we were hanging out in a music studio and getting to know each other while bouncing songs off each other at the piano and when she sang the theme from the musical “Once”, I fell in love. The Beatles told me once, that I “Got to get you into my life”, and so I did.

What do you love about your partner?

Aliya: I don’t tell him this enough but I think he’s a beautiful soul. He is the most gentle and caring man I’ve ever met and what’s not to love about a man who takes pride in his appearance. His craziness is on par with mine so we just get each other, I guess.

Yuji: She is just so absolutely fun, incredibly real and her wit is a force to be reckoned with. Couple that with her beauty and she had me sold.

What was the proposal like?

Yuji: It was a very personal affair for just the two of us. We had a perfect evening at the Halia in Botanic Gardens, we took a walk, and I got down on one knee with the ring to pop the question. I think it was a success…

Aliya: We got married, so yes it was!

Share with us what your wedding planning was like.

Yugi: We’d signed the papers and had a homely ceremony in January, in Perth Hills where Aliya lives. The plan all along was to follow that up with a civil ceremony and reception in Singapore two months later. It did not take long to put the entire thing together – we secured the venue just a few months before and everything pieced together nicely.

Aliya: Here’s a fun fact: My parents were having tea at The Clifford Pier when they were on holiday here, and my dad apparently exclaimed, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have a wedding here?”. And then as fate would have it, two years later, we got married here. It’s a good thing we all have similar tastes!

Yugi: Luck played a big part in our wedding planning too! It also helped that we knew exactly what we wanted so the idea of hiring a wedding planner never crossed our minds. We would like to give Paul, the director of events at the Fullerton Bay Hotel a special mention – he was very accommodating so we were practically worry-free from the start. We did, however, find it a little financially challenging to include add-ons without exceeding the tight budget we set ourselves. It was a good lesson in give and take and we very proudly managed to keep to it!

What was your wedding theme?

We like to keep things simple and classy so that’s exactly what we went for. There was no theme; just a British-colonial feel with a hint of vintage glamour for the evening. We chose rose gold, blush and champagne as our colour scheme which we thought looked sophisticated against the 1930’s brown and white backdrop. Invitation telegrams and postcards were sent out just like they were back in the day! We requested for a repertoire of Swing Era and Jazz Age standards to accompany dinner to add to the ambience. Aliya came up with the idea of packaging vintage cassettes as favours – it was a charming little way of us spreading music.

Take us back to your wedding day. What was the day like and how were you feeling?

As meticulously as we had planned the day out to be, there were a few delays beyond our control. Nonetheless, the night managed to run just like a dream. The music of the Summertimes Big Band was the driving force of the night. It set just the ambience that we wanted. Our bridal party did a fantastic job and we had so many friends come onboard to help us out. In the time we’ve been together, we have discovered who our real friends around us are – so naturally, we decided to keep it warm, intimate and celebrate with our families and the truly supportive people in our life. We were just so incredibly happy to share the night with these amazing people. What made the occasion so special was knowing the number of people who flew in – from Japan, from Perth and Sydney Australia, from Hong Kong, from the UK and from Malaysia and Indonesia.

What did your family/friends have to say about your wedding day?

The word ‘elegant’ was overheard a lot at the end of the night. A guest told us it was “a great party!”. She knows a thing or two about parties – so that was nice to know! People were impressed with the food. “It was glorious”, they said. From the photos that we received from Caline, it showed that everyone had a good time so let’s hope they did.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

The absolute highlight of the evening was performing an original composition of ours with the bridal party and some musician friends, backed by the big band. Our friends, Daniel, Rizal, Colin and Joel are well-respected musicians whom we’ve had the honour of recording with and it was so lovely of them to join us, and the big band. This was the first time performing the piece live, and with a full accompanying horn section – It was such a fantastic feeling, to be doing what we love with the people we love.

What is one lesson you’ve learnt from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?

It really is possible to put something decent together without breaking the bank. Planning and implementing does not take that long either. We put the whole affair together in a few short months, under budget, and we are rather proud of that.

The Venue: The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
The Wedding Photographer: Caline Ng Photography
The Wedding Videographer: Axel Serik
The Wedding Shoes: Zalora
The Groom’s Suit: Custom made
The Groom’s Shoes: ASOS
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Jolene Kong
The Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Goldheart (Engagement ring) and Glamira (Wedding Bands)
The Bridesmaid’s Dress: Zalora
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Groomsmen’s own & ties from The Tie Bar
The Caterer: The Fullerton Bay Hotel
The Wedding Florist: Sing See Soon
The Wedding Planner and Stylist: Bride and Groom
The Wedding Cake: Susucre
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Conceptualised and designed by Aliya
The Wedding Favours: Vintage cassette tapes (spreading music the old fashioned way) and The Fullerton Bay Hotel mints
The Wedding Band: Summertimes Big Band and our musician friends
The Solemniser: Trevor Nerva

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Joylyn and Alan’s Romantic and Intimate Wedding with a Beautiful Ocean View in Bali

The quiet and romantic Amankila Villa Bali was the perfect venue for ocean lovers Joylyn and Alan’s intimate wedding.

A common love for golf and the ocean brought Joylyn and Alan together, and it was only natural for the pair of sweethearts to wed at the picturesque Amankila Villa Bali where they were surrounded by the beautiful ocean and their loved ones as they pledged their love for one another in front of a special wedding arch that was personally designed by Joylyn. Sneak a peek at their romantic and intimate wedding here!

Share with us how you met and what drew you to each other.

We meet through mutual friend and discovered a common love for golf. That was what drew us closer to each other.

What was your wedding planning journey like? Did you face any challenges and if so, how did you overcome it?

We only started preparing for our wedding three months before and did not realise that most couples would have started their planning at least six months before their wedding, but Vara Wedding, our wedding planner, did such a fantastic job in such a short time. We did face many challenges but luckily, we got it all sorted out.

Joylyn: Before we decided on our wedding theme, we had a discussion with our family. We wanted to create a harmonic and romantic atmosphere that was also laid-back and relaxing. Our three day wedding was not just to celebrate our union but an opportunity for our guests and family to enjoy themselves and take a short break. I designed our wedding arch to be in a moon shaped wedding gate with a narrow open bottom, where the circle will only be perfect when we are standing there (hence, the open bit will be closed).

Tell us about your wedding venue.

We chose to wed at Amankila, Bali because we loved the concept of how the AMAN group aimed for a remote quiet spot, surrounded by nature and a peaceful ambience. We both love the ocean therefore we thought that our wedding day should have a beautiful ocean view as the background of our most important event. The villa also provided exceptional service to our beloved guests and family.

Take us back to your wedding day. What was the day like and how were you feeling?

The day was really unforgettable and we did have many interesting moments, especially when we talked to each other during the ceremony. We did not prepare well beforehand and just said what was in our hearts and what was on our minds.

What did your family/friends have to say about your wedding day?

They were surprised by the wedding details, especially the amazing fireworks, and they really enjoyed the environment and service that the villa offered.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Joylyn: The most memorable moment was the after party, where only a few closed friends of ours stayed behind to talk and enjoyed the Chinese wine. We did go crazy afterwards enjoying the music and the after party. Everyone was pulled down into the pool, including Alan and I, and we all got wet but that was a really good party to end a beautiful night.

What is one lesson you’ve learnt from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?

Do prepare your wedding at least six months before the actual day. Also, do get a good wedding planner to help you prepare your wedding as they are very helpful, so we were very lucky to have Vara Wedding as our wedding planner.

The Venue: Amankila Villa, Bali
The Size of Wedding: 55 guests
The Wedding Photographer and Videographer: Apel Photography
The Wedding Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Marchesa Notte
The Bride’s Shoes: Gianvito Rossi, Rene Caovilla, Sophia Webster
The Groom’s Suit: Oscar Hunt Made-to-Measure
The Groom’s Shoes: Berluti
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Maria Yenny
The Wedding Bands: Harry Winston
The Wedding Florist: Silverdust Decoration
The Wedding Stylist: Silverdust Decoration
The Wedding Cake: Lenovelle Bali
The Wedding Planner: Vara Wedding
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Ideospace Jakarta

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Everything You Need To Know About Calculating An Auspicious Wedding Date

Here’s everything you need to know about auspicious dates, from why you need them to what you need to prepare for them and beyond.

Calculating an auspicious date for joyous events that will impact your future such as weddings or moving into a new home is a tradition well rooted not only in the Chinese culture, but in many other cultures worldwide as well. Tradition and superstition aside, the act of calculating an auspicious date simply boils down to one objective – to start your new beginning, be it a marriage or a new home, on a favourable day for both you and your partner for a smooth sailing future ahead.

Now, I know that not everyone looks at this in such a matter-of-fact manner. There are those who believe in the effectiveness of calculating an auspicious date for their wedding or new home while non-believers brush it off as mere superstition. Then, there are individuals like me who sit on the fence and choose to go with the flow. After all, if it is supposed to benefit me and it makes everyone in the family happy, then there’s no harm in seeking for an auspicious date.

To help you decide if you would like to approach an expert for an auspicious date for your wedding or moving into a new home, we speak to two renowned fengshui masters, Master David Tong from Chinese Metaphysics Global Consulting, and the team of experts at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy, on why you should seek out an auspicious date, what considerations you need to take into account when calculating an auspicious date and more.

Auspicious Date – Is It a Necessity?

Michelle and Sean’s Romantic Floral Wedding at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa by Annabel Law Productions

An auspicious date for weddings, a new home or other joyous events refers to a good or lucky day to get married, move into a new home or carry out joyous celebrations. “Date selection for joyous occasions such as weddings, house-moving and business transactions is important because by doing the right thing at the right time, it creates the potential for success,” the experts at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy explains.

“An auspicious wedding date will help ensure that things flow more smoothly on the wedding day, as well as form a good start for the marriage,” Master David Tong reveals. “For a new home, a good move-in date will help usher in good luck for the occupants and minimise the impact of a bad Feng Shui house.”

How Is An Auspicious Date Calculated?

Letty and Benjamin’s Incredible Myanmar Pre-Wedding and Stylish Wedding by Super Panda Presents

Typically, a Feng Shui master would calculate an auspicious date for your wedding or moving into a new home based on your birth dates and time of birth to pick a favourable day for you and your partner. Alternatively, he may also arrive at an auspicious date for you based on your zodiac signs. Some Feng Shui masters will even ask for your parents’ zodiac signs to ensure that the selected auspicious date is favourable for both sides.

“Many couples choose to consult the Chinese Almanac (Tong Shu) when selecting an auspicious date. But the dates recommended by the Tong Shu is only meant for general usage,” the team at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy reveals. “The selected auspicious date should be personalised according to the couple’s birth information and have specific auspicious stars shining for that specific activity such as a wedding or moving house ceremony. For weddings, especially, we also take into account the couple’s parents’ zodiac signs during our calculation to ensure that there are no clashes with the couple’s immediate family members to increase the blessings bestowed upon the couple.”

What Do I Need to Prepare Before A Meeting With a Feng Shui Master?

Tina and Nick’s Peach and Gold Marquee Wedding with Giant Paper Flowers by Felicia Quah from AndroidsinBoots

If you’ve decided to seek out a Feng Shui master to calculate an auspicious date for your wedding or moving into a new home, look through our list of 12 Feng Shui masters in Singapore and reach out to one whom you feel comfortable with.

Do note that different Feng Shui masters handle enquiries differently. Some Feng Shui masters, like Master David Tong, only require a meet-up with the couple if they are seeking for an auspicious date for moving into a new home. “Aside from the occupants’ details and addresses, I will require a meet-up at their new home so that I can measure the house direction to derive the dates.”

“For wedding dates, couples can email me their birth dates and time of birth, both parents’ animal zodiac signs, as well as the period they want to hold their wedding,” Master David Tong says. “After which, we will meet and I’ll go through the explanation of the wedding dates report, as well as all the Chinese Wedding Customs.”

Other Feng Shui masters may prefer a face-to-face appointment right from the start to gather the necessary information, like the team at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy.

Can An Auspicious Date Be Calculated Without Our or Our Parents’ Zodiac Signs or Birth Dates?

Geraldine and Kenny’s Pinterest-Worthy White and Green Wedding at The Chapel @ Imaginarium by Andri Tei Photography

Most Feng Shui masters would require your birth dates and zodiac signs for an accurate calculation of an auspicious date for your wedding or house moving. For parents, most would only require their zodiac signs for the calculation.

“A good wedding date should not clash with the six important people – the bride and groom, and their parents – especially if they are attending the wedding,” the team at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy stresses. “Which is why the couple’s birth dates and their zodiac signs, as well as their parents’ zodiac signs are required for the most accurate and right auspicious date.”

“Although an auspicious date can still be calculated without the couple’s birth dates by using the Tong Shu, it may not accurately be a favourable date for them without factoring in their birth dates as calculation by the Tong Shu is a very generic method meant for mass consumption,” Master David Tong points out.

Who Needs To Be Present During An Appointment With a Feng Shui Master?

Amelia and Benedict’s Intimate Colonial-themed Wedding at Goodwood Park Hotel by Smittenpixels Photography

If you are seeking for an auspicious date for your wedding, it is best to have both you and your partner present during an appointment with a Feng Shui master. “When calculating an auspicious move-in date for a new home, only one owner of the new house needs to be present,” Master David Tong advises.

How Long Does It Take To Calculate An Auspicious Date?

Joyce and Melvin’s Intimate and Elegant Wedding at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore by Pixioo Photography

There is no hard and fast rule on how long it takes to calculate an auspicious date. It all depends on the criteria set by you. “The lesser restrictions given by the couple, the easier and faster it is for our master to calculate and recommend the best date for their wedding or moving into a new home,” the team at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy explains.

Before you approach a Feng Shui master for an auspicious date, do take into consideration when you would like to have your wedding. Since most couples start planning their wedding a year or two ahead of time, it would ideal for you to contact a Feng Shui master within that time frame for an auspicious date to increase their chances of securing a venue that you want. You should also take into consideration the time required by the Feng Shui master to generate an auspicious date.


Wedding and Home Feng Shui Taboos – Which Ones Should I Follow?

Cheryl Wee and Roy Fong’s Exquisite, Whimsical Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia‎ Singapore by Trouvé Photography

In the same way that Chinese weddings are steeped in tradition passed down from our ancestors, it is also surrounded by a long list of wedding taboos couples are expected to abide by to avoid incurring any bad luck or negative impact on their relationship and marriage.

“According to Chinese superstition, you are not allowed to attend another solemnisation, wedding, funeral or baby full month celebration 100 days before and after your wedding,” Master David Tong says. “In doing so, the couple will get bad luck for their own marriage.”

Another well-known wedding taboo couples should pay attention to involves the matrimonial bed after it has been set up in the An Chuang (安床) ceremony. “After the matrimonial bed has been “installed”, it should not be tampered with, even by the couple’s family, before the couple sleeps on it on the wedding day,” the team at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy warns. “If someone else sits or sleeps on the bed before the couple, they will not be able to get the blessings.”

“Other wedding taboos include not getting married in the same lunar year as your siblings or your relationship with them will turn sour in the future after marriage, and not letting the fire on the Dragon and Phoenix candles be extinguished by the wind as it symbolises a bad omen to the marriage,” Master David Tong lists out.

For new home owners, one of the more popular home Feng Shui taboos you may have heard is that it is considered inauspicious to start renovations or move in during the seventh lunar month period, otherwise known as the Hungry Ghost Festival. “Couples may also not want to hang their wedding portrait at the head of the matrimonial bed as it is believed that doing so will lead to arguments and disharmony,” Master David Tong advises.

Jillian and Elroy’s Warm Church Wedding and Intimate Neon Pigeon Wedding Dinner by Xinning from alone – together

However, not all wedding or home Feng Shui taboos have truth in them, like the one on not wearing a pre-owned or secondhand wedding gown. “It is okay to wear a pre-owned or secondhand wedding gown as long as you feel that it is the piece for you,” the team at Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy reassures. “After all, most brides choose to rent their gowns these days, which makes the gown they wear pre-owned anyway.”

“Also, some elders believe that the first and sixth lunar months are bad for marriage as it signifies a start with no end (有头没尾), and some even think that the even months are more auspicious for weddings,” Master David Tong reveals. “But, there is no logic in these beliefs. Every couple would have to marry in the 12th lunar month, which signifies togetherness (团团圆圆), or only during even months if that were the case.”

“When it comes to home Feng Shui, there is a popular myth that says that if the main door faces the windows directly, all the wealth Qi will leak out, and to prevent that from happening, you’ll have to place a divider or partition in front of the door to block the Qi from escaping through the windows,” Master David Tong explains. “But, if you think about it, the main door is like your mouth on the face. Building a partition right in front of it is similar to sealing your mouth with a tape. You will end up suffocating instead!”

There is no right or wrong when it comes to whether you should or should not seek out a Feng Shui master to calculate an auspicious date for your wedding or moving into a new home. At the end of the day, it boils down to you and your partner’s comfort level. Alternatively, you may consult our auspicious dates calendar for a brief look at the favourable dates for your wedding, Guo Da Li and An Chuang ceremonies, and even the start renovation and moving in dates for your new home.

Feature Image: Zhuoqun and Hendrian’s Intimate Clifftop Wedding in Bali by Donny from Axioo

Shan and Jason’s Scenic Destination Pre-Wedding Shoot in Perth and Rustic Vineyard Inspired Wedding at Chijmes Hall Singapore

Shan and Jason’s pre-wedding shoot in Perth is truly breathtakingly romantic, and equally as dreamy was their wedding at the heritage building of CHIJMES.

Shan and Jason’s destiny was set in stone even without their knowing. You see, they initially thought they connected through a mutual friend when in actual fact, they had actually crossed paths once during their university days without even realising it. On 24 March 2018, the sweet lovers tied the knot in a beautiful, rustic vineyard inspired wedding at the heritage buildings, Alcove at Caldwell and Chijmes Hall Singapore, but not before embarking on a romantic destination pre-wedding shoot to the scenic Margaret River in Perth.

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Tell us more about how you met.

Shan: We were introduced through a mutual friend over dinner and drinks and no, it was not meant to be match-making session! But Jason was a gentleman and personally sent me home in a cab (despite the fact that my house was not at all on the way) and from then on, we kept in touch.

Ironically, after dating for some time, we later found out that years back, our paths actually crossed once while we were still staying in Sheares Hall at National University of Singapore. I was actually on a phone with him about some CCA matters but never met him face-to-face despite the fact that we stayed in the same hostel during our university days. I guess fate had a unique way of reuniting us again.

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What do you love most about each other?

Shan: His silliness, goofiness and sense of humor. He has a way of making me laugh even when I’m angry with him. However, he is also very driven and can put on his serious hat when it came down to work or matters of concern.

Jason: Her dorkiness!

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What was your proposal like?

Jason: I didn’t really think about making elaborate plans because I’m quite a simple and laid-back person by nature. Many months before we even arranged to travel to Europe, I’d already bought the diamond (without the setting) with the intention of proposing to her at a right time or place. When our Europe trip came along, I felt that it would be the right occasion to pop the question. The only setback was I left the setting of the ring way too late! Every jewellery brand I visited could not help to set the ring in time within 10 days (yes, I really left it that late) before the trip and that was when I really panicked.

Thankfully, I came across eClarity by chance, and they were not only able to rush the setting of the ring for me in time but had a very impressive array of unique designs to pick from which you can even further customise to your liking – an option that I still had despite the tight delivery timeline. Amanda, the owner, is an absolute gem to work with (no pun intended). I was so impressed by her service that we went back again to purchase our wedding bands. I honestly can’t thank her enough for ‘saving’ my life.

Shan: Very, very unexpected! It completely took me by surprise as we both hadn’t made plans on housing and so on, so I assumed he wanted to date for a while longer before we talked about marriage plans. I remembered feeling so shocked that I instinctively responded to his proposal by saying “Are you sure?” a couple of times before I said ‘Yes’. Once the surprise subsided, I furiously teased Jason because he didn’t give any short romantic speech before proposing. He essentially dropped to his knee while we were chilling at the hotel, opened the ring box and straight off asked me to marry him. Nonetheless, I was still very impressed that the design of the engagement ring was something that I genuinely love despite the fact that we had never gone ring shopping or browsing before.

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Why did you choose to travel to Perth for your pre-wedding shoot?

Shan: I initially suggested that we could find a beautiful architectural spot in Singapore to do the shoot but Jason was pretty ‘terrified’ of shooting in the hot and humid weather. Hence, we decided to head to Margaret River, Perth during spring where the weather would be cooler. Furthermore, I also thought that it would be quite apt given that he proposed at Beaune, France – a Burgundy wine-making region as well.

Jason: As a couple, we enjoyed visiting vineyards during our travels, so I thought that a pre-wedding shoot to visit Margaret River in Perth could be an opportunity for us to enjoy a holiday trip at the same time.

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Take us back to your pre-wedding shoot. Did you run into any obstacles or what were some of the memories that stayed with you from the shoot?

Shan: I remember being terribly cold during the coastal shoots! Although, I could tell Jason was enjoying the weather.

Jason: Trying our best not to burst out laughing during the shooting process was probably one of the things that stayed with me from the shoot.

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Share with us your wedding planning journey. What were some of the challenges you faced?

Jason: Dealing with Shan’s bridezilla moments at times, haha! Admittedly, I’m pretty ‘administratively challenged’ so it probably didn’t sit well with her who can be quite picky about specific details. The trick was to be patient with the knowledge that it will come to an end eventually.

Shan: I had my hand in organising events during the course of my career so I prepped for my wedding in the same way – drafting a timeline and coordinating with different vendors. It helped that I had really good wedding coordinators from Chijmes – Alexa and Vicky, both whom were incredibly competent and efficient. I highly recommend them to any brides-to-be! Jason and I had some minor quarrels during the planning process due to differences in working style but I’m glad that he always tried his best to be patient.

Shan: We worked with our wedding stylist, Amperian, to create a vineyard-inspired wedding theme with rustic elements. I’m not super adventurous when it comes to colours so I stuck with traditional bridal palettes like cream, blush and muted pastels with my favourite rose gold colour as accents.

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Take us back to your wedding day. What was the day like and how were you feeling?

Jason: It flew by too fast. But I remembered feeling really happy to have all our friends gather on this occasion which was what made the day extra special for us.

Shan: Super nervous but excited. The feeling was so surreal as the day literally just rolled by but I would also remember feeling so grateful and blessed by the love and well wishes from everyone.

Jason: I think the most memorable part of the wedding for most of our guests might have been our wedding emcee. He was a great deal of fun and entertainment for the guests as he was constantly belting out old-school hits (in a semi-drunk stage). Even my boss was impressed with his singing skills. A lot of our guests also enjoyed the performance of the live band we hired, two of whom doubled as our game emcees at the start of the banquet.

Shan: I had lots of friends who loved the ice cream pop up bar (Popbar) that we brought in for pre-dinner treats. In fact, the owner of Popbar told us quite a considerable number of guests went for multiple servings!

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What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Shan: There were too many moments! But if I had to pick one, it would be during the veiling process with my parents in the morning. I remember the tears just wouldn’t stop flowing out.

Jason: When Shan recited her vows. She did a good job of making them quite funny that I couldn’t help but burst out laughing.

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Any words of advice for couples planning their wedding?

Shan: It may seem hard to ‘practice’ it but do try to enjoy the wedding planning process. It’s a once in a lifetime experience! Also, practice patience with one another when you can.

Jason: Be patient and giving with each other as much as you can. The wife is always “right”.

The Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Location: Margaret River, Perth
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Shannon Stent
The Pre-Wedding Florist: Chic Rustique
The Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Hair and Makeup Artist: Angela Mee Hair & Makeup
The Size of Wedding: 300 guests
The Venue: Alcove at Caldwell House and Chijmes Hall Singapore
The Wedding Photographer: KAI Picture
The Wedding Videographer: Backalley Creations by Jootz
The Wedding Gown: Ethereal The Label, Wedding Crafters (evening gown)
The Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Jas Tan from MakeupMaestro Wedding
The Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: eClarity
The Wedding Flowers: The Floret Co
The Wedding Stylist: Amperian
The Ice Cream Pop-up Bar: PopBar
The Wedding Band: The Lost Box
Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides

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An Elegant Romance Bridal Fair by Z Wedding Design x SingaporeBrides

Planning your wedding for 2019 and beyond? Then, you should join us and our specially curated team of wedding creatives at the “An Elegant Romance Bridal Fair” in December!

On 1 and 2 December, Saturday and Sunday, 1-7pm, come down to Z Wedding Design’s beautiful and elegant boutique for an inspiring afternoon of wedding planning and merry mingling with a talented group of wedding creatives, specially handpicked by the SingaporeBrides’ team, at the An Elegant Romance Bridal Fair.

Stand a Chance to Walk Away With The Grand Lucky Draw Prize Worth $1,000 and Enjoy Exclusive Wedding Deals

Located in Tanjong Pagar, Z Wedding Design’s modern and elegantly furnished bridal boutique is the perfect location for an afternoon of fun and fuss-free wedding planning with an intimate group of wedding creatives such as Z Wedding Design, Chris Ling International Photographers, Florals Actually, SERSQ Photobooth, Inthebrickyard and Wedding Diary. Admission to the bridal fair is free.

You’ll also get to enjoy exclusive wedding deals and a chance to walk away with attractive *lucky draw prizes, including the grand lucky draw prize worth $1,000 by Z Wedding Design when you sign up for a wedding package during the the An Elegant Romance Bridal Fair!

Meet, Mingle and Let These Wedding Creatives Turn Your Wedding Dreams Into Reality!

Spend the lovely afternoon meeting and mingling with our specially curated group of talented creatives and let them turn your wedding vision into reality. Don’t forget to have some fun at the photobooth by SERSQ Photobooth and take home some prints for keepsake, and sample delicious bites from Inthebrickyard in between your meetings!

Sounds like the kind of wedding planning fun you’re up for? Then, hurry and sign up for the An Elegant Romance Bridal Fair here!

*Winners will be picked and announced after the bridal fair, on 4 December, Tuesday, 12pm, on our Facebook and Instagram. So, stay tuned to our pages to see if you’re one of the lucky winners!

Z Wedding Design is located at 33 Tras Street Singapore (078973).

All images courtesy of Z Wedding Design.

Katherine and Karthikan’s Elegant Galactic Wedding at MASONS at Gillman Barracks

Katherine and Karthikan’s near-decade-long romance culminates in a beautiful 3-day wedding celebration that celebrated their culture, family and personalities.

You can say Katherine and Karthikan’s romance was written in the stars. Although the pair of sweethearts belonged to the same Junior College and CCA group, they never met due to their 3-year age gap. But they were destined to meet despite the circumstance, and when they did, fireworks appeared. After nearly a decade of courtship, Katherine and Karthikan decided to seal the deal in a 3-day wedding celebration that celebrated their culture, families and personalities last June.

How did the two of you meet?

Katherine: We attended the same Junior College and same CCA, though three years apart, so we didn’t meet through seeing each other day to day. A CCA camp was to be held one day and I had the task of emailing the alumni, inviting them back. I thought it was a chore. By pure chance, I took one of two lists someone was holding out to me with email addresses to write to and never would I have imagined that the very first name on the list I took was my husband-to-be. He was also the first to reply to my email. We never stopped replying to each other’s emails which got progressively longer. We were modern-day pen-pals. This was before the era of smartphones began.

What drew you to each other? What is it about your partner that you love the most?

Karthikan: When we first started dating in 2008, I was into my final year of National Service and was to begin university studies overseas from the following year. I left Singapore for more than 4 years, and although I knew it would be asking too much of Katherine to work on our long-distance relationship, we never gave up. That’s what drew us to each other – the commitment throughout our long-distance relationship.

Share with us what your wedding planning was like.

Katherine: Thinking it would be quick and easy to accomplish planning our western wedding with a generic white floral theme, we tried that at first. But it felt like a chore, it was boring and our hearts weren’t in it. So we ditched it and went with our final theme which we had wanted in the first place but was afraid it would be too hard to pull off. With the theme that we wanted, planning our wedding was so much more thoughtful and fun.

What was the wedding theme you eventually went with?

Katherine: For our Western wedding, we eventually went with a mish-mash of X-Files/sci-fi/galaxy. Trying to portray these themes romantically was very tricky; we didn’t want it appearing kitschy or sappy because that would make us cringe. We started out with seemingly random ideas but it all came together nicely and most of it was DIY-ed. To name a few, we made our own very authentic-looking confidential FBI-esque documents, with text phrased in such a way that we were inviting guests to take part in a top secret space voyage, with maps to ‘secret locations’ Photoshop-ed to make it seem like Area 51, and consent forms (instead of RSVP cards) attached. Our wedding invitations were the coolest!

Our cake toppers were Wall-E and Eve figurines which my sister-in-law DIY-ed the cutest wedding outfits for. Our wedding favours were ornamental glass jars filled with kinetic sand (to mimic a moon’s surface) in which a timepiece was lodged in. When you open the timepiece, you’d find a quote reading “Love is the one thing that we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space”, from the 2014 movie, Interstellar.

Our church mass booklet cover was an edited Interstellar movie poster. Our playlist contained songs like Moby’s “We Are All Made of Stars” and Duran Duran’s “Planet Earth”. And the décor and florals by Lily from The Wedding Diary pulled everything together very tastefully and subtly romantic in navy, purple, hints of gold and silver and subtle sparkle.

You had a 3-day wedding, which included a Bangle Ceremony. Share with us what goes on during an Indian wedding and tell us more about your weddings.

Karthikan: We had three wedding celebrations over a 3-day period, one at the PGP Wedding Hall at Perumal Temple, one at the Church of St. Teresa and the last at MASONS at Gillman Barracks where we had our Western wedding celebration. The temple held meaning to us as that was where my parents held their wedding ceremony over 35 years ago. We chose the Church of St. Teresa as it had a perennial feel to it, which we instantly liked, and it was the church where the very same priest had conducted the wedding ceremonies for Katherine’s family members.

The Bangle Ceremony is a ritual performed by seven married women a few days before the Hindu wedding ceremony, and has both importance and historic relevance as well. The seven women will adorn the bangles on the bride’s wrists as a blessing to a happy and fulfilling married life. These bangles will continue to hold a special place in a married woman’s life.

Hindu wedding rituals vary according to regional cultures but there are key steps of a Hindu Marriage without which the marriage would not be considered complete. The whole wedding ceremony sort of depicts a story of a first meeting of the bride and the groom at the wedding venue: the bride’s parents giving her away to groom whom they deem worthy of their daughter’s love, the couple committing to each other in front of the sacred fire followed by the couple taking the seven vows of commitment to the marriage and the friends and families blessing the newly wedded couple.

What did your family/friends have to say about your wedding day?

Both: They absolutely loved being part of the week long procession and weddings! We were all exhausted when it all ended, but the reception held the most meaning to them as they know now how much significance the universe has on our lives and they way we see our significance in the universe. In the end, we are all made of stardust.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Katherine: There are too many memorable moments over the three days!

Karthikan: I would say, the most memorable moment was the immersive, themed dinner reception that we held at MASONS at Gillman Barracks!

Any wedding planning advice you have for couples planning their wedding?

Katherine: DIY what you can, even if it’s a simple project. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. That’ll make your wedding preparations and the final outcome become more meaningful, authentic and memorable.

Karthikan: Rule of thumb – plan a budget, stick to it, but add 20-25% on top of it as an emergency ‘buffer’.

The Size of Wedding: Approximately 400 guests over 2 days
The Venue: Perumal Temple and MASONS at Gillman Barracks
The Photographer: Andri Tei Photography
The Wedding Gown: Kelly’s Bridal
The Wedding Shoes: Anna Nucci
The Groom’s Suit: Kelly’s Bridal
The Groom’s Shoes: Marks $ Spencer
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Shradha Agarwal
The Wedding Bands: Lee Hwa Jewellery
The Wedding Planner: Lily Lu from The Wedding Diary
The Caterer: Gayathri’s and MASONS at Gillman Barracks
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: DIY by bride and groom
The Wedding Favours: DIY by bride and groom
The Wedding Cake: Made by a family friend, Adelyn Peter
The Solemniser: Dr Kraunanithy Ramasamy // Fr Michael Arro

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Alicia and Luc’s Destination Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Abu Dhabi and Elegant Wedding at Hotel Fort Canning

Sneak a peek at Alicia and Luc’s destination pre-wedding photoshoot in exotic Abu Dhabi and read about their beautiful wedding at Hotel Fort Canning.

Alicia Tay, 29, met her husband, Luc De Moulliac, 28, in New Zealand while they were studying in university. Unknown to the both of them, they were nursing a secret crush for one another that blossomed into a beautiful love story. When Luc was relocated to Abu Dhabi for work, the lovebirds seized the opportunity to embark on a pre-wedding photoshoot with an exotic scenery. Later, they tied the knot in an elegant wedding celebration at Hotel Fort Canning surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

What’s one of the things you love most about your partner?

Alicia: It started off as a crush for me. Little did I know those feelings were mutual. We eventually started spending more time together and things just carried on naturally like it was meant to be. I was attracted by his passion in the things he does. His no-nonsense approach to things, the drive and focus towards working to achieve his goal made me feel like this is someone who will know what he wants and commit to it, which also made me feel like this is someone I would definitely want to spend the rest of my life with.

What was the proposal like?

Luc and I have been dating for about six years before he finally proposed. It was really sweet as he had discussed the entire proposal plan with his family and even asked my parents permission for my hand in marriage all without my knowledge before popping the question. He made a reservation at Stellar at 1-Altitude where he managed to dupe the unsuspecting waitress into taking a scenic shot for us, only to get down on one knee to pop the question. Needless to say, the waitress and I were in shock. It was very emotional but it was perfect! The restaurant also treated us to some drinks and a cake to congratulate us.

Walk us through your pre-wedding shoot. What was it like that day and did you have fun?

We did our pre-wedding photoshoot in Abu Dhabi because Luc has recently been relocated there for work. We also wanted something different from the standard backdrops that you commonly see in pre-wedding photography. Sebastien from Loveinstills was very kind to offer to help make this happen and we are very grateful for his time and effort.

It was a very fun experience despite experiencing some challenging weather. While most couples would battle the cold or rain or snow, we were caught in sandstorms and overwhelming heat! Sebastien did an amazing job despite the challenges and also ensured that everyone was comfortable and not overly exhausted. The venue that hosted our pre-wedding shoot was also very kind in giving us buggy rides from location to location within the venue. They also provided us with locker rooms where we were able to change and store our valuables.

Initially, my husband and I were very lost and quite overwhelmed as we didn’t know what to expect or what to do. Thankfully, with Sebastian’s guidance, encouragement and support, it turned out to be a rather enjoyable! Before we knew it, it was time to pack and leave and we were able to get the footage we wanted!

What were some obstacles or funny moments you encountered during the shoot.

The funniest moment was when a little girl saw me in my dress and said to her mum “Wow, mum! How come you’re not as pretty as her?” It was hilarious! It was also quite a mission trying to climb to the top of the sand dune with such a heavy dress, then somehow balance ourselves while the wind was threatening to blow us over while sand was flying everywhere!

What was the most memorable moment of your pre-wedding shoot?

I suppose the entire experience in itself was memorable. What mattered was everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tell us about your wedding at Hotel Fort Canning

We wanted something intimate to share with close family and friends, so we decided to go with Hotel Fort Canning because it gave us a bit of a heritage feel which was very important to my husband as he grew up living in colonial black & white houses. We also wanted something relatively simple and the hotel was able to cater to most of our needs without us having to outsource to too many different vendors. Our friends and family as well as our vendors were very helpful in guiding us and making the day go smoothly. We are forever grateful for their support!

Our wedding day was perfect. The weather was good to us and our guests were very happy with the experience. All our vendors were very, very helpful. We couldn’t have asked for better. We were glad that it turned out so well and our parents were very proud of us.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

When Luc was very confident about popping that bottle of champagne but it turned out quite the opposite! The cork broke with the first bottle and it was stuck in the second bottle. Everyone had a good laugh!

The Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Location: Qsar Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits: Thomson Wedding Collection (Bride) and House of Fraser and Moss Brothers (Groom)
The Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Hair and Makeup Artist: Ellaine Fatima
The Size of Wedding: Approximately 130 guests
The Cost of Wedding: Approximately $40,000
The Venue: Hotel Fort Canning
The Pre-Wedding and Wedding Photographer: Sebastien Teh from Loveinstills
The Wedding Gown: Thomson Wedding Collection (Solemnisation) and House of Fraser – Sophia Bognem (Evening Gown)
The Wedding Shoes: Nine West
The Groom’s Suit: House of Fraser and Moss Brothers
The Groom’s Shoes: Clarks
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Thomson Wedding Collection
The Bridesmaids Dress: Forever New
The Wedding Bands: Venus Tears
The Caterer: Hotel Fort Canning
The Wedding Flowers: Far East Florist (bouquets for bride and bridesmaids, boutounniere and corsages done by bride’s mother), 86 Creation (wedding car), Hotel Fort Canning in conjunction with Star Florist (wedding venue and banquet)
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: United Printing & Publishing, Abu Dhabi
The Wedding Favours: Hotel Fort Canning
The Photobooth: Jolly & Miki
The Wedding Band: Umar Sirhan & Hasyir Ibrahim
The Wedding Car: The Wedding Limo Co.
The Wedding Emcee: Le Voice Pte Ltd
The Solemniser: Jeremy Choy
Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides

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