Styled Shoot: A Wedding in a Suitcase

If you’re looking for a pretty and easy way to DIY wedding decor, you’ll want to take a look at this new concept–weddings in a suitcase!

When Ereen from Suitcase Weddings shared this styled shoot with us, we immediately thought of all our DIY brides! Put together to introduce the launch of their new service, the shoot shows what you can do with their weddings-in-a-suitcase concept, where themed wedding décor is all packed and ready for brides or their wedding helpers to assemble themselves.

Great for couples who want to style their weddings or pre-wedding shoots on their own, Suitcase Weddings offers themed suitcases for rent, packed with props, backdrops, and other décor details to create a pretty reception table or other wedding décor. Better yet, each suitcase comes with tools and instructions for suggested setups! Of course, you are also free to play around with the props and create your own design.

Shot by Awesome Memories Photography, this styled shoot features the contents of the Marble + Copper themed suitcase along with fresh flowers by My Floral Loft, custom laser-cut wooden signage by Bella Chic, and a cake by Zee x Elle. Modelled by Melissa Jane Ferosha and Ashton Chong, who are dressed in The Warehouse Bridal and John Klass Suits and made up by Autelier Makeup, the styled shoot hints that the suitcases are a good idea for pre-wedding styling as well.

The Marble + Copper suitcase itself consists of a marble print backdrop with a stand, a sparkly rose gold sequin cloth you can use for as a backdrop or tablecloth, and other items in pretty blush, marble and black hues. You’ll get a framed quote, calligraphy acrylic art, copper and marble vases, geometric terrariums, geometric stands, artificial floral garlands and stalks, LED candles, and loose satin cloths to complete the décor.

The suitcase comes in two options: the Full version for $600 or the Lite version at $370, which does not include the marble print backdrop and stand, and floral garlands. Each suitcase has a standard rental period of five days and requires a security deposit. Once arranged, couples can collect and return their suitcases at their convenience, from a locker cabinet outside Suitcase Weddings’ office using an assigned pin number.

Thank you for sharing your styled shoot with us!

The Styling: Suitcase Weddings
The Photography: Awesome Memories
The Florist: My Floral Loft
The Laser-cut Signage: Bella Chic
The Cake: Zee x Elle
The Gown: The Warehouse Bridal
The Suit: John Klass Suits
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Autelier Makeup
The Models: Melissa Jane Ferosha and Ashton Chong
The Venue: Baker Street

Images by Awesome Memories Photography

Hui Teng and Elgene’s Joyous Wedding at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Hui Teng and Elgene ties the knot in a simple but beautiful affair at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Hui Teng, 28, Accounts Executive, met her husband, Elgene, 32, Dental Technician, through a social media platform. After chatting online for half a year, the pair decided to meet up in person and love blossomed. Together with their family and friends, Hui Teng and Elgene celebrated their nuptials on 30 September 2017 at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore after falling in love with the hotel’s décor and ballroom.

What do you love about each other?

Elgene : Her personality. Hui Teng’s shy yet easy to get along after you get to know her long enough. She is also very caring towards little animals. I especially love her willingness to accommodate me, like picking up the sport that I play most often.

Hui Teng : Elgene is very calm in all situations and he rarely gets flustered. Most importantly, he is very accommodating. Above all, I love his patience and the fact that he rarely gets angry.

How did you propose, Elgene?

The proposal was initially planned to be at a place like a restaurant or a cinema. But I felt that it wasn’t really going to feel good or special. Then, I saw an opportunity when she had her class gathering in Desaru, Johor Bahru, and decided to propose with the support of all her good friends because I wanted the occasion to be memorable.

I am still very thankful for all the help her friends gave me on that fateful day. It was a special moment when I knelt on one knee, asking for her hand in marriage, and us tearing up.

What was your wedding planning journey like?

Wedding planning is no joke when you need to source for literally everything and the endless choices you have to make for every single aspect of a wedding. Sometimes, we just felt like giving up. But, it is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and we still have to go through it.

Every couple goes through many challenges during wedding planning and we are not any different. From indecisiveness to quarrels, it’s part and parcel of getting to know one another better. At the end of the day, we have to make peace with each other no matter what as decisions have to be made.

One of the biggest challenges faced was finding a solemniser. I thought it would be easy looking for one. I only started looking for one three weeks before my wedding day. Just as the rejections from solemnisers begin to pile up, I realised that I had started looking for one a little late. But, thankfully, I managed to find one who was very good. He spent an hour with us, going through a short session on the SOP and the significance of a marriage – somewhat like a mini marriage counselling session which I thought is very good.

What was your wedding day like?

We chose to wed at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore because the moment we set foot into the hotel, we knew at once that it was the one. I especially loved the staircase leading down to the ballroom as it gave off a fairytale kind of entrance, which I suppose not many hotels offer that same experience.

On the day of our wedding, everything went well in the morning up until we were about to leave Hui Teng’s place. It started to rain but it was fine by me because God knows I hate hot weather! The rain eventually stopped before we headed to Hort Park for a short photoshoot, so that worked out.

Elgene: Instead of a wedding theme, we decided to get the groomsmen to don Manchester United football jerseys while I wore a red tie as their ‘manager’ because I was a hardcore Manchester United fan and I wanted to incorporate some Manchester United elements into the wedding.

All our family and friends enjoyed the wedding, which was what we wanted.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Elgene : Our wedding vows

Hui Teng : When he sang a song for me during the wedding banquet

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

Elgene : Without a doubt, find your solemniser early!

Hui Teng : Find a wedding planner who is meticulous and organised.

The Size of Wedding: 300 guests (Ceremony)
The Venue: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Cost of the Wedding: $60,000
The Photographer: Kentoz Photography
The Videographer: LMP Productions
The Wedding Gown: Dolce Vita
The Wedding Shoes: Anna Nucci
The Groom’s Suit: Dolce Vita
The Groom’s Shoes: Pedro
The Wedding Bands: Love & Co.
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Manchester United Jerseys
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Makeup Maestro
The Florist: Meadow & Clouds
The Photobooth: Unique Colours Creative Media
The Wedding Favours: The Fullerton Hotel
The Wedding Car: Mercedes
The Solemniser: Mr. Wee Pang Keat

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The Story Behind Pearlyn’s Secret Bespoke Wedding Gowns by Amanda Lee Weddings

What started as an offhand suggestion by Amanda became an exciting, one-of-a-kind ride for both herself and fellow designer, Pearlyn.

It all began with an innocent idea Amanda, designer and owner of Amanda Lee Weddings, had about designing fellow designer, Pearlyn’s wedding gowns for her big day. To her surprise, the adventurous and jovial designer hopped on board without a moment’s hesitation, even with the catch that she was only allowed to see her wedding gowns on her wedding day and not a moment before! We caught up with Amanda and she spills the beans on this unique gown making process.

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So, Amanda, share with us the story behind Pearlyn’s wedding dress.

Amanda: It started out as a casual suggestion by me. I believe that it is not easy for a wedding gown designer to design her own wedding gown, especially after seeing so many of your clients’ weddings. I have been through that, so I reckoned it would be a good idea for someone else to do the designing for her. And who knows her better than I? I pride myself in understanding my working partners, so I volunteered to design her gowns with only one condition, that is she cannot see them before the wedding day and cannot ask for any information on the dress. When she agreed readily without a doubt, I knew instantly that it was going to a fun and exciting ride.

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How did you go about designing a gown for a bride who was not allowed to know what her gown looked like, or tell you what details she wanted to include in her gown? Where did you draw the inspiration from?

Aside from a brief mention some time ago that she couldn’t see herself in a puffy ballgown for her wedding, Pearlyn did not have any say in the design of her gowns. The designs for both her wedding and evening gowns revolve around her, based on my daily observation of her personal style over the years as well as her likes and dislikes, tailored according to who she is. Initially, I did have some hesitation in penning down the designs because I felt the pressure of creating gowns for a once-in-a-lifetime event without any input from the bride or the groom! All I thought of was “Will she like it?”, “Is it her?”, “Will KC like it?” or “What if I ruined her day?”.

Eventually, I overcame the pressure and my doubts, and trusted myself and my instincts of what is right for her. I did most parts of the gowns in the workshop, and if the team has any need to visit the workshop, they have to inform me in advance and I would make sure that I would not lay anything out in the open. That’s when I decided that no one should see her gowns other than me and Joe.

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Did Pearlyn have any inkling of what her gowns looked like, or was she completely in the dark up until her wedding day?

She was completely in the dark! She had two fittings overall, and during her fittings, I made her put on an eye mask and wear gloves and mittens so she couldn’t see and feel the gowns. I know it’s hard to believe, but she knew nothing of the designs or fabric of the gowns prior to her wedding day. That’s why I truly appreciated the trust that she had in me.

Did Pearlyn try to guess or get her co-workers to reveal what her gowns looked like during the process?

Yes she did, just like any other bride! But I kept throwing her off by misleading her in the direction of what she totally dislikes. So, eventually she learned to not ask.

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According to Pearlyn, you were also tasked with the responsibility of deciding on an urban tropical forest theme for her wedding. What was the story behind that?

Her wedding theme was inspired by an inside joke among her colleagues and her since we first knew her. You’d be surprised to learn that it took a little more to convince her that that was the wedding theme for her, and with the assurance that the wedding would look so beautiful with the right person styling the space, she saw the beauty of the whole concept and went along with it.

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Was Pearlyn’s husband, KC, in the know throughout the gown-making process, or were they kept a secret from him too?

He had no clue about the design of the gowns. Along the designing process, both Joe and I decided to surprise KC with a hand-painted suit to match Pearlyn’s first march-in look. We also had his first-look experience recorded down. It was exciting!

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What was Pearlyn’s reaction during her first-look on her wedding day?

On her wedding day, I dressed her up and positioned her in front of the mirror with the help of others. Everyone was so excited to see her in her wedding gown and her reaction that their mobile phones were up in the air, ready to capture the moment. Then, she opened her eyes and saw herself for the first time in her wedding gown, and she smiled and then cried for the next half an hour.

It was truly an electrifying and exuberant moment, seeing her in her gown. When I saw her smile and happy tears, I knew then that my job was done.

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Did you enjoy yourself in this unique gown making experience for Pearlyn’s big day?

Absolutely! It was such a wonderful experience that no words can ever describe how much I enjoyed doing it from the start until the end. Despite the obstacles I faced at the beginning, it was definitely the best experience I had in 2017.

Amanda Lee Weddings is located at 46 Niven Road, Singapore 228394 (by appointment only). Contact them at +65 6333 6678 or [email protected].

The Wedding Photographer: Feldberyl Images/ LiveStudios / Beatrici Photography (overseas pre-wedding photos)
The Video Stills: BTS Video by XD Studios
The Wedding Gown: Amanda Lee Weddings
The Pre-Wedding Gown: Amanda Lee Online and Amanda Lee Weddings

To view more images of Pearlyn’s unique, bespoke wedding gowns and wedding celebration, read up on her Real Weddings feature at Pearlyn and Kang Cheng’s Urban Tropical Forest Wedding at Conrad Centennial Singapore.

Unique Wedding Venues at Marina Bay Sands

With unique, sky-high wedding venues, amazing views, and a world-class service team, Marina Bay Sands could be just what you’re looking for in a glamorous, impressive wedding setting. Find out their latest 2018/2019 packages at their showcase!

An icon of architectural wonder, Marina Bay Sands is a vibrant destination for a wedding of any size. Whether you’re looking for an intimate soiree in a garden, or an exhilarating celebration up by the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands has a unique wedding venue to offer, and the expertise to execute an unforgettable, incredible event.

Unique Wedding Venues

Stunning Vistas at Sands SkyPark®

Fifty-seven soaring levels above the heart of Singapore’s metropolis, you’ll feel absolutely on top of the world in a solemnisation at the iconic Sands SkyPark®, the crowning glory of Marina Bay Sands’ striking architecture. Exchange your vows against a breath-taking, sweeping backdrop of Marina Bay, the architectural beauty of Gardens by the Bay, and the world-class cityscape all the way out to the shimmering blue waters of the Singapore Strait.

Romance on the Garden Walk

An intimate and romantic sanctuary lined with garden blooms, the Garden Walk offers a beautiful outdoor wedding venue. Embrace Singapore’s Garden City as you walk down a long aisle of floral arches in the sky, against the three magnificent Marina Bay Sands towers.

Opulent Weddings in the Ballroom

The Sands Grand Ballroom, the largest ballroom in Southeast Asia with the capacity to host up to 6,600 guests, is where you can make a truly grand entrance down the aisle. Couples who don’t require such a large venue will love the flexibility of the 11 beautiful ballrooms and 12 junior ballrooms, all of which can be configured to perfectly suit your unique wedding.

An Unforgettable Experience

World-Class Service

A leading business, leisure, and entertainment destination, Marina Bay Sands has hosted numerous prestigious events. With their experienced coordinators giving your wedding event their expertise and dedication, your celebration will be unforgettable. State-of-the-art audio and visual systems will create a glamorous ambience for your special occasion, while delicious cuisine and impeccable service complete the experience for your guests.

Luxurious Bridal Suites

Wake up to a brand new day as newlyweds and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city skyline from the comfort of the spacious Bridal Suite. Indulge in breakfast from the celebrity chef restaurant Adrift, and access to the exclusive Club55 for complimentary afternoon tea, cocktails, and canapés to complete your experience.

Weddings on the Bay Showcase

Enjoy afternoon tea at Marina Bay Sands on 10 March, from 11am to 5pm, at the exquisite Weddings on the Bay Showcase. Speak to their friendly wedding specialists and discover the exquisite venues and themes they offer to co-create your dream wedding. Take advantage of exclusive packages and complimentary services, only on that day, to make your wedding even more memorable.

RSVP now for complimentary admission to the stunning Marina Bay Sands Weddings on the Bay Showcase!

Marina Bay Sands is located at Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. For more information, call 6688 3138 or email [email protected].

Images courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa : A Serene, Tropical & Luxury Haven for Paradise Seekers

In this issue, we discover our top pick when it comes to luxury weddings & honeymoons in the tropical paradise of Boracay, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa.
Boracay island in the Philippines has long been a top venue for destination weddings, boasting one of the world’s finest beaches and spectacular sunsets. On the northern tip of the island sits Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa – a paradise retreat nestled in a secluded cove amid pristine waters. Blessed with mesmerizing views all around, during sunset hours, the resort is wrapped ablaze in breathtaking hues. The luxury resort complements the sheer natural beauty of its magical location, with aesthetics radiating serenity at every turn. Its thoughtful modern interpretation of traditional local design is consistent with the hallmark elegance of the Shangri-La brand. Amid its two private beach coves lies an exclusive, tropical paradise that will turn every whimsical detail of your wedding fantasy into reality. During our visit, we discovered that not only is Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa an ideal destination wedding venue, but it also sets the stage for a picturesque photoshoot and a memorable honeymoon. Read on to discover more.

1. Exchange your vows in bespoke wedding venues

The resort offers you five unique and natural wedding locations to choose from, each with its own distinct character and charm. May it be a party for 2 or 200, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa has the ideal space for your celebration.
Punta Bunga Beach
Sun, sand, and sea. There is nothing quite as romantic as getting married amid nature’s wonders. The Punta Bunga Beach is ideal for couples looking for a tranquil ambiance to highlight their exchange of vows. Your guests will be wowed by the resplendent view that further accentuates your intimate affair.
Alon Garden
Just a few steps away from Banyugan Beach, the beautiful Alon Garden is a popular choice for garden wedding ceremonies. It’s spacious, landscaped lawn, with swaying palms perfectly frames Boracay’s world-renowned sunsets in the late afternoon.

Cielo Arena

Elegant and earthy, Cielo Arena is a cozy yet sophisticated poolside venue. Its ethnic design aesthetic brings a different touch to your celebration. This space has its own stage and private garden that completes the venue for you.

Sagana Ballroom

If you are looking for a more elaborate and grand banquet setup, the Sagana Ballroom is an ideal choice for you. This formal event space can seat up to 200 guests and has a foyer for your solemnization ceremony. Let the resort team of highly-skilled international chefs create a culinary experience for your memorable celebration.

Sea Pavilion

For extra intimate gatherings, the Sea Pavilion is an ideal choice. This enchanting venue is perched on a cliff comes with elevated views of the glorious ocean.
A Promise of Paradise
During our visit, we were treated to a showcase of beautifully executed wedding themes and motifs as the resort held its first ever bridal showcase entitled “A Promise of Paradise”. The three-day affair was highlighted with the unveiling of the 10 Great Wedding Ideas bridal inspiration lookbook – a great resource of creative ideas that soon-to-weds can incorporate into their own dream destination wedding.

2. Live luxuriously in a treetop villa

Treetop Villa
The main building of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa houses guestrooms and suites of 5 categories, each thoughtfully designed to provide you comfort and luxury during your stay. In the expansive resort grounds, you will find some of the most luxurious villas in the country and the largest on the island. The villas exude rich elegance and are surrounded by natural beauty.
The view from the Treetop Villa
We found the most breathtaking among the villas to be the Treetop Villa. Perched atop a hill amid lush greenery, the intimate villa overlooks sweeping sea views. The lower floor serves as the bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. Each morning, your eyes will immediately open from a restful slumber to be welcomed with a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean. The upper floor has a spacious living area and a jacuzzi on the balcony for you to soak in the famed Boracay sunsets. This secluded sanctuary also comes with personalized butler service. The Treetop Villa is no doubt a perfect lovers’ getaway, and will most definitely make the morning after your wedding day feel incredibly surreal.
Premier Seaview Room
Rooms and villas at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa enjoy a modern design but are accompanied with accents of indigenous materials such as the abaca weave rug and local capiz shells, that completes your tropical island experience.

3. Experience world-class & personalized service

The luxury Shangri-La brand, well-known for their luxurious and personalized service, blew us away on our visit. Their meticulous approach to service started the minute we arrived at the airport. As the only five-star international resort on the island, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa has a distinct arrival experience that is unparalleled. We were welcomed at the airport with their exclusive welcome lounge in Caticlan. Our luggage was taken care of as we were chauffeured to a private speedboat that whisked us away to the gorgeous resort. En-route, we were given a tour of the island. For your wedding, your guests will most certainly feel pampered to receive this warm, inviting and exclusive welcome. The personalized service does not stop upon arrival at the resort, and most certainly extends to your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. The dedicated wedding team at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa endeavors to create a day of pure magic for you in a style that is uniquely yours. Taking into account your tastes and preferences, the team works with the resort’s extraordinary natural environment to stage the wedding of your dreams. From event conceptualization to planning, all the way up to the execution on an actual day, the service-oriented wedding team at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa will take care of every detail, big or small.

4. Breathtaking vistas for unique photo shoots

Evening Sunsets at the Solana Cabanas
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa has numerous idyllic, scenic spots not only to celebrate romance but also serves as stunning backdrops for your photo shoot. The entire resort spans across 12 hectares of beach, lush greenery and resort, with almost every corner presenting a photo opportunity. Be sure to check out the sunset backdrop at the clifftop bar, Solana and the treetop hideout, Rima. You are bound to create incredible photos in those areas.

5. Unforgettable dining experiences

Sirena Restaurant
Just when we thought our trip could not be any more luxurious, we were in for more surprises. The elevated dining experiences at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa blew us away (again). Sirena, their cliff-top seafood restaurant gave us a carefree setting for savory meals, with unending ocean views. Alongside the pool at Cielo is where island feasting happens. Pasta and pizzas are paired alongside refreshing cocktails at this quaint spot.
Rima Restaurant
Rima – Tucked away in the tree-tops, is the perfect spot for a romantic and intimate dinner, and no doubt our favourite. Culinary masterpieces served up with excellent wines is what you can expect here. Do try the 4-course degustation menu. You will open the evening with a scoop of delicious potato mousse for amuse bouche. Savour the evening as you sip on sparkling wine while delighting in a sweeping panorama of the sea, before indulging in the main course: a 16-hour slow-cooked suckling pig with red cabbage, shallots, mustard demi-glace. Dreamy dining experiences do not stop at Rima. You can arrange for private dinners on the beach, at the Sea Pavilion or even in the comforts of your own villa. At Vintana, alongside with a huge variety of world cuisines lined up in a buffet spread you can also opt out to dine on the section of the restaurant that is outdoors for an alfresco dining experience. Do be wary of the tempting pastry section, for these sumptuous delights added a couple inches to our waistlines! But then again, you do not have to worry about keeping active, for the resort has a daily activity calendar with pilates, garden tai chi, aqua workout, kayaking, dragon boating, Zumba and many more.

6. Unwind & relax at this tropical island paradise

When it comes to relaxing, Alon bar, located between the resort’s free-form swimming pool and the beach has great island vibes. Lounge the day away with a refreshing tropical drink in total relaxation. For winding down the evenings, head over to Solana, where fun cocktails and a tapas-inspired menu will get your taste buds excited. Grab drinks around the fire pit, or lounge in one of the cabanas as you soak in the mesmerizing sunset view.

6. Pamper yourselves at Chi, The Spa

When at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, your trip is not complete without a visit to CHI, The Spa. Drawing inspirations from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, this is a place that promotes personal peace, enchantment, and well-being. Needless to say, that is a perfect combination for your pre or post-wedding pampering. CHI, The Spa is designed to be a sanctuary in a tropical paradise. This 5,714 sqm haven is an exclusive complex of its own, with its own reception building, spa pool, and dedicated treatment rooms, with views across the bay. Located on the rocky peninsula, this is the perfect space for you to take a break and rejuvenate yourself, whether from the pre-wedding jitters or post-wedding stress-relieve. Spending a day in this tranquil sanctuary is a must – and we encourage you to go for their signature Philippine Hilot massage. Click here for their spa menu. Arguably one of the most premier wedding and honeymoon destinations you can find in the Philippines, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa gave us our best luxury island experience yet. We spent an entire weekend indulging in this private island paradise that came with spectacular views, serene atmosphere, luxurious accommodations, unforgettable dining experiences… all topped off with the signature Shangri-La service. If you are searching for an exclusive and luxurious tropical destination for your wedding, honeymoon or anniversary, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa is the place to be. Be sure to check it out!

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Pearlyn and Kang Cheng’s Urban Tropical Forest Wedding at Conrad Centennial Singapore

Gown designer Pearlyn’s wedding gowns were kept a secret from her until her wedding day!

After years of designing wedding gowns and fulfilling the dreams of numerous brides, it was finally Pearlyn’s turn to be a bride herself! We were so excited when we heard that the talented young designer at Amanda Lee Weddings tied the knot with her sweetheart, Kang Cheng, whom she has known for almost a decade, on 21 December 2017, and couldn’t wait to feature her wedding at Conrad Centennial Singapore.

As an experienced bridal gown designer, many expected Pearlyn to have a clear picture of what she wanted for her wedding and design her own gown. But instead of doing that, Pearlyn left the important task in the hands of Amanda Lee and her team of colleagues, and even gamely accepted Amanda’s suggestion of keeping her gown a secret from her and her groom until their wedding day! Curious about her reaction and her secret wedding gown? Read all about it here!

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How did the two of you meet?

We met via a mutual friend back in school, whom we later knew had an intention of “match-making” us while we were only 18 years old!

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

KC:I guess its my first impression of her – bubbly and friendly – along with her smile.

Pearlyn: His sincerity and honesty. He is a little shy by nature, which makes him quite cute at 18 years old, plus, he is tall! (which is definitely a bonus haha).

What was the proposal like?

Pearlyn: KC is a very shy by nature person, though many of his friends might beg to differ! He would never have asked me to marry him in the public. In 2015, he booked a vacation for us to Maldives where he guided me through my first dive experience (KC is a certified diver), and popped the question in our water bungalow that very night. It’s a really private and intimate affair, just as how I would have expected, coming from him!

Tell us about your pre-wedding shoot in London. Where was your outfit from?

I wore a full lace, long sleeved, mid length dress from Amanda Lee Online (ALO) and a midi length skirt from Amanda Lee Weddings’s range of two-piece outfits. The ALO dress is great for solemnisations or photoshoots on its own, but I wanted something less formal and younger looking, so I chose to layer a midi length skirt over the dress for a different look that still looks bridal.

What was your wedding planning journey like?

We both wanted the wedding to be on 21st December, as it holds a special meaning for us. But December also means the busiest time of the year, and I must say, we had a lot sleepless nights. Thankfully, we had a great team of friends (in and out of the wedding industry) to help us through by providing us support and care closer to the day.

We had different visions for the wedding, but we agreed on one thing: a modest sized guest list. KC wanted a reputable Chinese banquet, and I wanted nice ballroom setting. We were initially looking at around 20- 25 tables, and that left us with a shorter list of venues that could cater to our requirements. Eventually, we decided to go with Conrad Centennial Singapore as they met most of our individual requirements.

Some of the challenges we faced were naturally some sort of disagreements along the way. We are both very different in nature and had vast differences in how we thought a wedding should be, and the line to reach an mutual agreement can be pretty stressful sometimes. Compromise, forgive, and being rational is really important. Sometimes the true meaning of holding a wedding can be overwhelmed by the excitement of the wedding itself.

Pearlyn, tell us about your decision to not only design your own gowns, but to have them kept a secret from you until your wedding day!

As a bridal gown designer, most people will think I would definitely have many ideas and knew what I wanted. But it gets really difficult when your expectation of yourself hits high. When it comes to design, I always seek Amanda’s advice, so naturally, it will be fair enough to say I trust her to design something for me for my big day. Amanda suggested keeping it a secret from me until the wedding day, and the first thought that came to me was “ Sure! Why not!”

My colleagues are like my second family. We’ve seen each other almost every day for the past eight years, and I’m sure they (Amanda especially), know me better than I do. They’ve watched me grow over the years, and when it comes to dressing up, I believe they have good taste to put me into something beautiful. So, it’s not that I don’t place an importance on the gown, but I do trust her enough to go along!

How secret was your gown making process? Were you privy to any details, or were you able to communicate your ‘wants’ and ‘don’t wants’?

100% secret. I wore mittens and eye masks during the fitting sessions so I couldn’t see or even feel the fabric. Well, the only part of the dress that I’ve seen prior to the wedding was a plain white sleeve, if that is even counted. On and off, I did tell her briefly what I don’t like, i.e. nothing too lacy, nothing too princessy. Something that is unique, but also pretty elegant. The rest, I just left it to her to create.

Did you have any concerns about your decision to keep your wedding gowns a secret from you and KC?

I’m quite different from KC in terms of our likes and dislikes. So my only concern was whether KC will like the dress or not. I think Amanda had her fair share of challenges creating my gowns, because she had to design something for me to suit my quirky likings (yes I’m actually quite quirky), yet something “safe” enough for KC to like. At the same time, she couldn’t consult any one of us for a second opinion too. That I think, was the most challenging part for her.

The first reveal must have been nerve-wrecking for you!

It was! I was very excited, very emotional and very nervous. To be honest, I was feeling nervous and a little afraid that I wouldn’t like the dress. Thoughts of how I should react raced through my mind. I kept thinking, what if I really don’t like the dress? Will it show on my face? But the moment I put on my gown (Amanda helped me with my eyes closed), I felt the weight and the texture of the gown, and I could feel like it’s something I’ll like without even looking at it.

When I first saw the dress on me, I felt Amanda nailed every aspect of it. It was elegant, and yet a little different. The gown speaks of “me”. At that moment, I knew what this “bridal moment” brides talk about was, just that in my case, it was overwhelming. (I mean, which bride sees her gown only on her wedding day??!)

What was your favourite part of the dress?

KC:All of it, especially the train that was added during the first march-in. The hand-painted details along with the presentation of the entire look.

Pearlyn: Do I really have to pick one? I love ALL of it, seriously! But if I really had to pick one, I would say the asymmetrical detailing for the wedding gown, and of course the hand painted train!! So gorgeous, love! As for the evening gown, I love the unique colour combination!

What was your wedding theme and how did you decide on it when your wedding dress was kept a secret from you?

My wedding theme was urban tropical forest. It was conceptualised by Amanda, and beautifully executed by FLOUR. I’m not the most girly or naturally romantic kind of girl, and I’m always a little drawn to things that are a little bolder or different in some ways. We chose a lush green palette as the base for the theme, and played with more greenery than florals. To be honest, I left most of the final creation to the creative team at FLOUR! We had a brief, then I stood back and I said “I’ll leave it to you guys”. I only saw everything in place when the door opened during our first march-in. Best decision ever.

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

KC: I started getting nervous and excited after breakfast. However when the time came, it all started to feel very natural and at ease for me (note that I am not a public person).

Pearlyn: Honestly? I was very tired. I had many long nights prior to that, trying to get my work done, finishing up my family’s outfits for my wedding, and of course, going through the nitty gritty part of the preparation! But the tiring part was only the initial part in the morning. Once my hair and make up started (which was at 12pm), the excitement of the day itself coupled with adrenaline rush just filled me up. I only remembered feeling really happy, excited, touched, and beautiful most of the time! We did away with the traditional gate crashing at home and had our families checked into the hotel. It made things a lot easier as our families were able to rest and not worry about having to rush around on the day itself.

How did your family and friends react to your secret wedding dress? Did they enjoy themselves at the wedding?

They loved it too! Prior to the wedding, we got our friend, who is a designer from Made by Mate to design our invites according to the theme. It was beautiful and it gave our guests an expectation of the wedding theme. On the day, they loved the overall decor and concept of the “foliage bar”, where they DIY-ed their own bouquet to bring home. They also loved the live projection and photography services by LiveStudios. Fashion Illustrator Grace Ciao, also did a beautiful illustration of KC and I, which was made into a photo holder for our guests to bring home.

On the dress and suit, they were all surprised at how fancy KC’s suit were! It was so fancy, but KC carried it off really well. As for my dress, they all loved it too! I have friends commenting on the silhouette of the wedding gown, and how they love the train and bouquet that complemented each other. They also loved the evening gown, especially the sparkle on the skirt, and the interesting detailing on the bodice.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

KC: Definitely the surprise first dance that I was called upon to do. Not forgetting my speech.

Pearlyn: Can I pick two? The first look for myself, and when KC recited his vows to me. He is a man of little words, so every word from his vows went straight into my heart.

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

KC: Do not, I repeat, do not feel stressed over it. It is supposed to be a joyous occasion, so there’s no point taking in negative emotions for the preparation. Do note that she did most of the planning, while I did most of the paying hahahaha!

Pearlyn: On the wedding, get a trusted team of vendors and friends to work along with you. They will be your lifesaver! On each other, always choose care, respect, and support. The wedding is like a prelude to a marriage, and should be treated with love.

The Size of Wedding: 280 guests
The Venue: Conrad Centennial Singapore
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Beatrici Photography
The Photographer: Feldberyl Images
The Videographer: XD Studios
The Wedding Gown: Amanda Lee Weddings
The Wedding Shoes: Sam Elderman
The Pre-Wedding Gown: Amanda Lee Online and Amanda Lee Weddings
The Groom’s Suit: Amanda Lee Weddings
The Groom’s Shoes: Aldo (one was hand painted by Amanda Lee)
The Wedding Bands: Larry Jewellery
The Flower Girls’ Dresses: Gingersnaps
The Hair and Makeup Artist:, Zann Thiang
Floral Crown: Triceratops (Pre-wedding shoot)
The Wedding Cake: Baker’s Brew Studios
The Florist: FLOUR
The Event Stylist: FLOUR
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Made by Mate (graphic design of logo and wedding stationery) and Grace Ciao (Illustration)
The Solemniser: Dr Phua Tan Tee
Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides

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Z Wedding Design’s Latest 2018 Bridal Collection, The Night of a Thousand Stars

Z Wedding Design’s latest 2018 collection features a dazzling line-up of wedding gowns that left us speechless.

On 19 January, we were invited to a special preview of Z Wedding Design’s latest 2018 bridal collection at their spacious, new boutique along Tras Street. Rows of beautiful Tiffany chairs by XOXO and romantic florals by Seasons Glamour spruced up the open and airy space, ready to impress as esteemed guests were welcomed with cocktail drinks by Mixes from Mars as they were ushered to their seats.

After a brief opening speech by Chris from Chris Ling Photography and Joey, founder of Z Wedding Design, the evening’s long awaited bridal showcase began. Inspired by the awe-inspiring galaxy and the night of twinkling lights, Z Wedding Design’s latest collection The Night of A Thousand Stars features a dazzling plethora of wedding gowns in a mix of style and silhouette, adorned with luxe embellishments and full of sparkle.

Models floated down the specially designed gold mosaic tiled runway in elegant, sultry yet romantic silhouettes with eye-catching, stand-out lace details, demure off-shoulder designs and come-hither necklines and thigh-high slits.

Effortlessly dreamy and sophisticated, these soft and flowy dresses are sprinkled with just the right dose of sparkle for that magical twinkle as they fluttered ethereally down the aisle in a breathtaking mix of ethereal allure and charm.

Like their predecessors, Z Wedding Design’s 2018 bridal collection is eye-opening, inspiring and exciting. For a closer look or to view more dresses from The Night of A Thousand Stars bridal collection, make an appointment with Z Wedding Design.

Z Wedding is located at 33 Tras Street, Singapore 078973. Contact them at 6337 2678 or email: [email protected]

Credits: Images courtesy of Chris Ling Photography.

Tina and Nick’s Peach and Gold Marquee Wedding with Giant Paper Flowers

Tina and Nick got married in an elegant white marquee wedding, lit with chandeliers and fairy lights. To create the perfect look for their wedding, Tina DIY-ed elements like the gorgeous giant paper flower arch!

Tina, 29, Homemaker, was completely taken by surprise when Nick, 30, Accountant, proposed in a romantic glass chapel in Tokyo. The couple tied the knot on 13 May 2017 in a white marquee wedding lit with elegant chandeliers, where bride Tina DIY-ed many of the beautiful elements, including the giant paper flower arch!

How did you meet?

Tina: It all started way back in 2009. We were enrolled in the same management course, but as the class size was big and we had different circles of friends, we never talked to each other. Nick caught my attention in semester 2, but I am not someone who would delibrately go up to a stranger and befriend him or her, so I chose to just observe him secretly. We remained strangers throughout the whole duration of the course (1.5 years) until the very last day when Nick finally took the initiative to talk to me! We bumped into each other outside the library after our exam and had a brief, awkward conversation.

After I went home, it kept me thinking that we will never meet again, and I could not get over it. I told myself that since he had made the first move (sort of) to start a conversation, I should do something about it, and that was when I decided to add Nick on Facebook. From then onwards, we started chatting every day till he asked me out, and eventually we got together on 23 December 2009. I’m glad that I made a move!

What drew you to each other and what’s one of the things you love most about your partner?

Nick: Her looks at first of course, since we only briefly knew each other while attending the same course! After getting to know her, it was her sincerity and kindness to people that drew me, and later on, her point blank honesty and the unwavering support I need in whatever I do.

Tina: His looks at first as well I guess–clean and fair, and the overall feel he gave me. After getting to know him better, the more I learned, the more I loved. He is the most patient, thoughtful, and supportive partner I could ever ask for. Very importantly, he appreciates me and cherishes us.

What was the proposal like?

Tina: He planned it secretly. We had touched on wedding topics many times before, but we had the mutual understanding (at least, I thought so) that we needed to have a house of our own prior to holding our wedding, so I was not expecting a proposal yet.

Nick: Even with the confidence that she would say yes, I wanted to make it memorable for the both of us. Knowing that she always wanted to walk down the aisle in a chapel, I thought it would definitely surprise her if I popped the question during our trip to Japan in April 2016, which had the perfect setting I had in mind.

Tina: Yes, it was fairytale-like! He proposed to me in the glass chapel at Sheraton Tokyo Bay during our last stop at Disneyland. Sitting right on Tokyo Bay, the chapel was very nicely decorated with lots of rose petals and candles, and there was a soft melody in the background. It was very romantic.

Nick: It took some planning to coordinate with the hotel staff to achieve the look and ambience. On the day, Mrs wasn’t feeling 100% well and neither was the weather, which was stormy. It took us some time to check in and by the time we were done, three hours of my five-hour booking had passed. I had the staff deceive her that their chapel was open to the public, and convinced her that it was a good opportunity to take a look.

Tina: I was not very keen as I did not want to miss the Disneyland fireworks show, but nevertheless went along wanting to get a quick glimpse of the chapel. Luckily I did!

Nick: When we were there, we wandered about, and right in front of the altar, I had a sign placed backwards with the big question.

Tina: I was still unaware that he had a surprise for me as all I had on my mind was fireworks, fireworks, fireworks. Only when I suggested that we should make our way to Disneyland, that he held me back, looking very serious. He continued by saying that he had booked the chapel, and only then did I realise, “The moment is here!”

Nick: Once it was obvious, I got down on one knee and muttered some words which were touching but which I don’t exactly remember, and that was how I got her to officially say, “Yes.”

Tina: I cannot remember the contents of his speech either. Caught by surprise, I went blank, totally not knowing how to react for awhile, but of course I said, “Yes!” It was the sweetest surprise ever.

What did you want for your wedding?

Tina: Nick gave me total freedom to plan it. I had always wanted a garden wedding. After the proposal, I started gathering inspiration on Pinterest and eventually decided on the elements for our wedding: a peach and gold colour theme, giant paper flower arch, gold tiffany chairs, an outdoor banquet under a white marquee, fairy lights and chandelier, a mix of long and round tables, peach table cloths and napkin ribbons, gold sequin table runners, plants as wedding favors, and of course, live acoustic music.

At first I was unsure if all of these could be realised in Singapore, but after consulting our wedding planner, I was so glad my dream wedding look could be created. Engaging them was a wise choice as it saved us the trouble of hunting down and coordinating with the numerous vendors. It was a big thing to build an outdoor event for 200 guests from nothing. I knew I was in good hands, but I wanted to be involved throughout the whole planning and design process since it was our own wedding. I was very particular about the look and feel of the wedding, so in order to achieve that, I sourced for most of the items myself.

Being a hands-on bride (and to save some money), I did the video montages, and DIY-ed the giant paper flowers, napkin ribbons, and flower bouquets, with the help of our bridesmaids and groomsmen! To match our colour theme, we even painted the wedding favours and flower girl trolley cart gold. All these projects were very time consuming, but it was all worth it. I totally enjoyed the process.

What was your wedding day like?

Tina: It was the best day of my life. It was like a dream come true to see everything I wanted in one place, surrounded by our loved ones. There was a sense of achievement seeing all the DIY crafts come together nicely at the wedding. Although I had practically been awake for 36 hours, I was too overjoyed on the day to feel the tiredness. There was laughter, there were tears, it was a beautiful day to be remembered as we grow old together.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Nick: When we were exchanging our vows—professing our love and commitment to each other in front of our parents and relatives was definitely a nerve wrecking moment to remember.

Also, seeing her smile during the final fitting of her wedding gown at Amanda Lee Weddings. There was this excitement and happiness in her, which at that very moment made me feel lucky to be able to see it every day for the rest of my life.

Tina: There were many! When Nick first saw me on the wedding day, the veiling session with my parents, the bouquet throwing session with bridesmaids, the exchanging of vows, our first march in as Mr and Mrs, and the giving of appreciation flowers to our mothers and my sisters. I would say the whole planning and preparation process was also memorable to me.

The Size of the Wedding: 50 guests for ROM // 200 guests for banquet
The Venue: Fort Gate at Fort Canning Park
The Wedding Day Photographer: Felicia Quah from AndroidsinBoots
The Gowns: Wedding gown from Amanda Lee Weddings // Kwa from Taobao // Evening dress from Needle & Thread // Cheongsam from Mama & Misse
The Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Tabitha Simmons
The Suit: Common Suits
The Groom’s Shoes: Paul Smith
The Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co
The Wedding Bands: Harry Winston
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Thread Theory
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Etsy and Taobao
The Flower Girls’ Dresses: Etsy
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: EK Makeup Studio
The Caterer: Conrad
The Wedding Cake: Wedding Cakes by Salwah Omar
The Florist: Conrad for banquet // DIY for bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets
The Wedding Stylist: Tina Choi and Rosette Designs & Co
The Wedding Planner: Rosette Designs & Co
The Videographer: Lai Min from AndroidsinBoots
The Photobooth: Boothberry
The Wedding Invitations: Rosette Designs & Co
The Wedding Favours: Ji Mei Flower
The Band: Sam Driscoll
The Solemniser: Mr Chiang Heng Liang

Images by AndroidsinBoots

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Live on the Edge of a Sparkling Lagoon at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa in Cebu, Mactan Island

Cebu, the hub around the Visayas is a densely populated province that comprises of Cebu Island and more than 150 smaller surrounding islands and islets. Easily accessible, Cebu draws almost 2 million foreign travellers a year, especially those seeking out white-sand beaches and spectacular diving spots. There are plenty of things to do in Cebu, for it has plenty of romantic resorts, lively bars, emerging eateries and burgeoning retail shops. For couples who wish to visit the beautiful Philippines, Cebu is only less than 4-hours away from Singapore by plane and is a destination you would not want to miss.

In this issue, we whisk you away to Plantation Bay, one of Cebu’s most beautiful resorts set in a sprawling 11.4-hectare compound, home to a saltwater lagoon, water bungalows, and refreshing experiences. Plantation Bay is one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world. Combining a serene waterway and tropical plantation experience, you get a honeymoon that truly feels ‘away from it all’. Read on to discover what is in store for you in this paradise.

1. Live on the edge of a sparkling lagoon

Water Edge’s Room

With its laid back and immersive atmosphere, Plantation Bay is not your run of the mill resort. The crown jewel of the resort is the expansive salt-water man-made lagoon that gives you a breathtaking feeling each time you step foot outside your room. For your honeymoon, stay in the Water Edge’s Room that gives you direct access to the waters. 

Water Edge’s Room Veranda

This room, as its name suggests, is built right on the lagoon’s edge, allowing you to jump straight from your veranda into the inviting waters – the equivalent of a water bungalow in the Maldives, but at a much cheaper price tag (starts from $220++). In seconds, you can be swimming in the turquoise waters, free from creatures lurking under the sea. A top choice for couples seeking out that intimate, private and romantic experience. We would also recommend the Riverboat Suite (from $450++), a 2-bedroom cottage built on stilts overflowing water, for a rustic, elegant and intimate experience.

2. Be surrounded by unique colonial-plantation architecture

Plantation Bay has a unique landscape and atmosphere, which makes for an unforgettable experience. The sprawling 11-hectare estate is laid out like a plantation village, with the lagoon at its heart. There are also several freshwater pools littered around the resort. You will find many palm trees swaying in the wind, providing ample shade from the sunshine. Buildings are designed in a colonial fashion, with a classic and elegant touch to them.

For our visit, we arrived at the estate in the early morning to be pleasantly surprised with nature’s landscape, similar to a countryside. Though man-made, it was well constructed and served as a modern and refreshing change from the usual drab of the city. Being from the city, outdoor spaces can never match up to this! It took us a while to get accustomed to the immense amount of space surrounding us. We fell in love with the resort’s relaxing tropical ambience. The moment we stepped foot in the resort, it felt like we were being welcomed into our own private, vacation home, that came complete with a motorized buggy or horse-drawn carriage if you wish. Check-in was a breeze, and we mean that literally, thanks to the dalandan drinks served to refresh us.

3. Feel homely in rooms with graceful interiors

Water Edge’s Room Bedroom

We found the rooms to be designed with simple and clean interiors with wooden accents, giving a homely touch of gracious elegance. All rooms are a step away from the resort’s main lagoon and freshwater pools, ensuring that every guest wakes up to a sweeping view of the resort. Almost all rooms come accompanied by deep, shady verandas that underscore the plantation-owner feel. That is a big win! 

4. Celebrate romance with the romantic rendezvous package

Soft lights, sweet music and even a rose petal bath with scented candles… talk about having a sensual evening! Celebrate your newlywed status with a candlelight dinner for two in any location within the estate. Be serenaded with live music, enjoy personalized service by a private butler, all with a dinner set up that will melt your heart. Be pampered with roses, sparkling wine, and chocolates, all that will make your celebration far more unforgettable. With good weather, this dinner set up will be outdoors at Lover’s Rock, with a paper lamp trail leading you to a table specially set for two. 

During our visit, due to wet weather, the staff of Plantation Bay set up our dinner at the seaside Fiji Restaurant. As we were seated comfortably by the beachfront, a saxophonist serenaded us with romantic live music, setting the mood right for a romantic evening ahead. We delighted in a lovely 3-course meal, served by our private butler, which included a juicy rib-eye steak and a soothing mango parfait to end off the evening. The dozen-stemmed roses were also a delicate touch to the fine evening. 

If there is one thing that Plantation Bay knows how to get right, it is making significant moments feel even more special. For your honeymoon, opt for their romantic rendezvous package (US$120 nett) and have everything arranged for you prior to your arrival. 

5. A plethora of recreational activities for an exciting honeymoon

One of the best things about having a honeymoon at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa is the plethora of activities and facilities at your disposal. Most resort visits tend to be of one dimension – head out from your room to the restaurant, pool, and back into your room. But at Plantation Bay, they have created a playground for both kids and adults! You can spend an entire week at this resort, and not get bored at all. We even heard from the staff that a Swiss family loved it here so much they stayed for two whole months! 

Whether you are a couple that simply enjoys relaxing on the beach, or if you are a couple that loves to get active, Plantation Bay has you covered, from anywhere in-between. A typical relaxing day can include soaking in the sun on the beach and taking a refreshing dip in the lagoon waters. Scale up the excitement by sliding down the water-slides in the freshwater pool, go wall-climbing, or try your hand at something new – kayaking, archery, biking, snorkeling, beach volleyball, golf, tennis, fishing, fish feeding, diving… even go on an island adventure to see whale sharks! One of their most interesting activities offers was stand up paddling (SUP) yoga! Check out all activities here.

We suggest that once you settled into your room, grab a kayak and get a few lazy strokes around the lagoon. Alternatively, hop on a bicycle to explore the resort’s grounds. They even have tandem bikes, which can be a fun way to bond. They also have horse-drawn carriages and Segways for rental. Be sure to sign up for the stand up paddling (SUP) yoga session that starts before sunset – that is a fun activity to try out with the help of instructors and is only a 1-hour session. Right after the session, head to enjoy the sunset with coffee, tea or wine at one of their restaurants or your own private veranda, as you cool down before a delicious dinner. 

Plantation Bay prides itself on how it breaks the monotony of the usual resort activities; the property is so vast that there are so many corners to explore. There are also plenty of activities to engage in without ever stepping foot outside of the resort. With access to the water features, we do predict you both will be spending a majority of your time outdoors soaking up the sun. We suggest even keeping a scoreboard as you both try to outdo each other in the activities – loser can buy drinks at Palermo! Scuba-diving lovers will be psyched to hear that Plantation Bay is an accredited PADI 5 Star Dive Resort and features colourful reefs to explore, steep walls for drift diving, exciting caves and wrecks to discover, and virgin marine sanctuaries teeming with aquatic life. Whether you are an expert or novice diver, you can get to a suitable dive site within just 5 minutes of leaving your room.

That being said, indoor-lovers will be able to enjoy the game room, where there are two billiard tables, air-hockey, foosball, table games, and computer games – a pleasant respite from the tropical sun. There is also an indoor firing range in the resort. 

6. Delicious dining and exciting themed nights

On top of romance and private moments, Plantation Bay also has an array of delicious dining and exciting themed nights lined up on your itinerary. Plantation Bay is home to five outstanding restaurants that offer both traditional native Filipino dishes and international cuisine. Delight your taste buds with international cuisine at Kilimanjaro Kafé, savour fresh seafood and Asian specialities at Fiji Restaurant, head to Palermo for light tapas and pasta dishes, and after a hot day, head to Alien Abduction, the sweet spot for ice cream and cocktails. During our visit, Savannah Grill was undergoing renovation, but now they are open as Route 66 – a retro American dinner with all day breakfast and comfort food, do also check it out for burgers and fast food delights during your honeymoon. We recommend the following dishes for you to try during your stay – Cebuano Pochero, Cebu’s famous specialty beef casserole at Kilimanjaro Kafé, the Salo-Salo seafood platter at Fiji Restaurant and the callos and gambas at Palermo. 

Plantation Bay hosts exciting themed dinners regularly! During our visit, we experienced Brazilian Fever Night – alfresco dining with an outdoor buffet. We savoured churrasco while enjoying live performances of people dancing and singing – you can even join them! It guarantees a lively night with much laughter, with souvenir pictures as proof! 

7. Endless pampering at the luxury award-winning Magambo Spa

For couples whose primary goal is to relax, a little piece of heaven awaits at Mogambo Springs. As one of the best spas in Cebu, it is the perfect place to unwind and feel rejuvenated. Designed to resemble an 18th century Tokugawa Japanese village, Mogambo Springs has thundering waterfalls, a creek, and fog-like mist, creating a serene zen-like atmosphere. The spa offers a variety of treatments such as massages, scrubs, foot spas and more. During our stay, we experienced the aromatic tranquility package which included a pool massage, body scrub, and an aromatherapy oil massage. The pool massage dips you in a hot pool to relax, the heat and jacuzzi jets soothe your muscles in all the right places. During your soak, your therapist will gently give you a facial, head and shoulder massage. After a hectic wedding celebration, we predict this will be an incredibly relaxing experience for you both. 

Try to get in an hour earlier to Mogambo Springs so that you can enjoy the facilities and atmosphere. An experience at Magambo Springs has many heading to Mactan Island, for it is an ideal space for you to seek tranquility and laze in relaxation. The spa also has a new offering – a hyperbaric oxygen therapy room, which promises to energize you in a matter of minutes. 

8. A friendly and hospitable atmosphere

Last but not least, we believe that a honeymoon can only be made perfect with hospitable service. Good service makes a vacation feel at home, and it was clear why Plantation Bay has been one of the longstanding popular choices in Cebu for tourists and locals alike. The resort staff are kind, friendly and thoughtful. We felt pampered during our stay, and the staff made it a pleasant experience. The resort also has a strict no-tipping policy, so you do not need to worry about tipping during your stay. Simply relax and enjoy yourselves. Plantation Bay also has a satisfaction guarantee which you can read here. If you are in search of an exciting resort destination for your honeymoon, do check out Plantation Bay. Fair warning though, you may not wish to leave at the end of it! 

Click here to book your honeymoon at Plantation Bay today!

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Marigondon, Mactan Island
Cebu, Philippines 6015
[email protected] | + 63 32 505 9800

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Choosing engagement wedding ring

Choosing a ring for a marriage proposal

This is possibly the only time you would certainly stroll right into a jewelry shop alone. Actually, it could be the only time in your life you’ve seriously considered a ruby– or any type of glossy rock– despite the fact that she has actually accidentally-on-purpose made you await her outside a jewelry shop numerous times. Anxiety not. We’re right here to assist.

It is the period to be jolly, as well as did you understand that a high variety of marital relationship propositions occur in between the months of November and also February? Whether you’re intending to amaze the passion of your life (great for you!) or intending a day to go involvement ring buying with each other, you could go to a loss at the several designs readily available.

These are a couple of points you ought to watch out for when you check out the jewelers, yet do not hesitate to ask the professionals handy for even more aid.

1. Obtain Your Priorities Right
Typically, the guideline when depositing your cost savings for the interaction ring is to invest in between one to 3 months’ income. As standards and also the economic climate change, there is no outright have to after that guideline any longer, yet utilize the old saying as an approximation and also you will not be away.

Nowadays, a great deal of girls would not desire their fiancé to invest that much on the ring. They would certainly like a larger wedding event, a much longer honeymoon, and even a better-furnished brand-new residence.

Do not think about the ring as “simply an item of jewelry”, however something that guarantees your future wife that you assume she’s worth it. Make your choice based upon your budget plan and also just how crucial you believe that ring is to your fiancée. She would certainly recognize.

Nowadays, there are a number of cost effective options to gold or platinum rings. Couples are choosing silver, or stainless-steel, which is not as pricey. And also, it does not stain and also lasts a long time without needing to cleanse it continuously. Ask your jeweler for their options.

Choosing engagement wedding ring


2. Consider Her Lifestyle
There are 3 primary establishing designs when it involves the involvement ring. The jewelry, which is the easiest, most elegant, as well as most preferred, is practically a brand name by itself. The ruby rests in the center of the ring as well as captures one of the most light, so it is really favored by ladies from all profession.

One more establishing that is getting appeal among modern-day females is the side-stone setup. Extra rubies or gems at the side provides additional glimmer and also colour, and also it includes a little personality to the ring. Lastly, a truly enchanting choice is the three-stone level. The three-stone ring has one ruby for the former, one for today, as well as one for the future. Required we claim a lot more?

Some ring setups could look superb, however it might not be quite useful for everyday wear. Would certainly you desire her to use it on a daily basis or would certainly you choose her to maintain it in her cabinet as well as just take it out sometimes? Exactly how around when she visits the fitness center to maintain suitable for her special day? Opt for a design that you assume your future wife will certainly fit with. Simply check out the designs she normally uses as well as you can not fail.

3. Learn more about The 4 Cs
The ruby is one of the most pricey component of the interaction ring, as well as you’ll wish to know just what you’re spending for.

The 4 Cs were established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as well as describes the carat weight, quality, colour, as well as cut of the ruby. Carat weight signifies the weight of the ruby; quality explains the really minute features of each rock as seen under a magnifying glass; colour qualities stand for the color of colour the ruby is; cut describes the form and also variety of aspects on the ruby.

The significance of each C relies on specific choices. If your bride likes her glimmer, concentrate on the cut as opposed to its dimension. If the dimension of the ruby is more crucial, after that you could need to give up on the cut, colour, or quality depending upon your spending plan. If you’re interested to understand a lot more, have a look at GIA’s web site below.

4. Guesstimation is the vital
Since you understand just what you need to try to find, there’s another point you should do: reconnaissance. Unless she has actually gone down tips, or if you have actually gone jewelry buying with your fiancée prior to, her ring dimension will certainly be a large secret. There is no simple means to do this, and also asking her straight-out will certainly ruin the shock, so you’ll need to do some spy job.

You could possibly sleuth around her jewelry cabinet and also present a ring you’ve seen her endure her ring finger. If you’re incapable to maintain the ring for a couple of days, ensure you’ve brought along an item of string or a leader to determine the internal area or size of the ring. If you just weren’t able to prepare for this, just move the call your personal ring finger and also mark the area nearby to your hand. Take the dimensions to your jeweler as well as they’ll understand just what to do.

If your future wife does not have a ring, aim to capture her while she’s sleeping and also determine around her left finger with an item of string. If you’ve fallen short at snooping, do just what James Bond would certainly do: look for aid from sources. Ask her mum or bestfriend to deceive the sizes from her without offering the video game away. Females are excellent at this and also her mommy as well as buddy will just be also delighted to aid.

5. Do not hurry right into it
Like all points as well as individuals of importance, some males take a while to locate the ideal one. Do not depend on locating the best ring in a solitary mid-day. Visit numerous shops and also present just what really feels right. Do not be timid to ask a great deal of inquiries. This is an extremely important ring, and also might be just one of your largest acquisitions to this day, so do inquire about upcoming sales promos as well. If you’re intending to recommend tomorrow, do not wait till tonight to buy the ring.

A lot of jewelers do not have their whole stock in their shop, or might just have actually restricted dimensions when it concerns the rarer ruby cuts, so unless you’ve checked out the shop usually adequate to understand without a doubt, consistently think that the shop will certainly require a couple of days to prepare the ring for you.

The lower line is that if you wish to get her the excellent involvement ring, you need to recognize your future wife well. Note her sort and also disapproval, her outfit feeling, and also any sort of intimations she makes concerning devices as well as style. It appears that increasingly more couples today make the choice to choose the ring with each other. If this holds true for you, after that you are off the hook. Nonetheless, there’s consistently something charming regarding obtaining down on one knee and also shocking her with the excellent ring. Think of the bragging legal rights!