Jo Ring and Ryan’s Beautiful Chijmes Wedding

Love at first sight led to love eternal for Jo Ring and Ryan, who tied the knot in a beautiful Chijmes wedding, showered with the blessings of family and friends.

It was love at first sight for Tan Jo Ring, 28, Hospitality Specialist, and Ryan Hon Choon Hong, 28, Entrepreneur, when they met in college. After dating for almost six years, the couple tied the knot on 11 February 2018. Dressed in Yvonne Creative Bridal, Jo Ring and Ryan celebrated their union at the beautiful Chijmes Hall Singapore surrounded by the love and joy of their friends and families.

How did you two meet each other?

Both of us happened to be studying in the same school but in different classes and years. However, we chanced upon each other and it was love at the first sight. Four years later, we got in touch again and that’s how our relationship started.

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

Jo Ring: What I love about Ryan are his confidence level and his eyes. The way he carries himself has never failed to impress me. The eyes are the windows to the soul; through his, I can see his sincerity towards me and our future. I’m sure I will be well taken care of by him. He is my first love and my last.

Ryan: Jo Ring is my true love. We knew each other from a complete strange till where we are. Her sincerity and her confidence touches me over and over. In fact, she will never put me into a situation where I feel hopeless. She is my pride, my motivation, and the one who takes care of me. We will grow old together hand in hand, and overcome everything that gets in our way.

What was the proposal like?

Jo Ring: The proposal took place in Bali at Ma Joly Restaurant, with a nicely set-up table by the beach. Ryan waited for the sun to set, grabbed my hands, and thanked me for being there for him those few days. He then knelt and proposed to me. I was shocked and started tearing. I said, “Yes!”

What did you want for your wedding?

Jo Ring: Both Ryan and I had always wanted to hold a wedding with in a venue with high ceilings and a beautiful ambience. We came upon Chijmes Hall Singapore and immediately felt in love with it.

SingaporeBrides helped us a lot in choosing our vendors. Our wedding vendors were the most perfect bunch that I have ever worked with. They were professional and efficient, and knew what we wanted and helped us achieve it. Special thanks to the A-Team from Yvonne Creative Bridal–Lijuan Ye Tiffany, Dennis Quan, Ryan Lim, Minnie Lim, Cheryl Goh, Yvette Lam and team for the customised wedding gown, stunning pre-wedding shoot, personalised actual day photos and flawless makeup. It was an easy and breezy experience throughout our wedding planning. Thank you, A-Team!

What was your wedding day like?

It was smooth, well-planned and organised. Special thanks to our Chijmes wedding coordinator, Shermaine, for ensuring that everything was taken care of, and for her tip-top service! Not to forget our bridesmaids and groomsmen who helped us a lot in coordinating with one another. They are more than just best friends!

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

We would say that the pre-wedding shoot was the most memorable experience together. As it was our first shoot together, we thought we would be rather nervous on set. However, I was surprised that Ryan was enjoying the entire process, and we totally enjoyed ourselves in the end. Even though it was tiring, laughter and jokes accompanied us along the way. The photographer ensured that we were comfortable and being ourselves.

The Size of the Wedding: 200 guests
The Cost of the Wedding: $50,000+
The Wedding Venue: Chijmes Hall Singapore
The Wedding Day Photographer: Dennis Quan Photography
The Gown: Yvonne Creative Bridal
The Bride’s Shoes: ASOS
The Suit: Tailor
The Groom’s Shoes: ASOS
The Engagement Ring: James Allen
The Wedding Bands: Michael Trio
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The BMD Shop
The Groomsmen’s Suits: MistyDaydream
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Minnie Makeup Artist
The Nail Artist: MJ Nails
The Caterer: TungLok
The Florist: Gathered + Styled
The Wedding Planner: Shermaine, Chijmes Hall Singapore
The Wedding Invitations: Chijmes Hall Singapore
The Wedding Favours: Chijmes Hall Singapore
The Solemniser: Mr Simon Sim Khee Wang
The Solemnisation Venue: Swissotel the Stamford, Level 69, Equinox Tower
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Ryankepler Photography

Credits: Pre-wedding images by Ryankepler Photography. Wedding day images by Dennis Quan Photography.


15 Minted Memorial Day Sale Stationery Picks All Brides Need to See

Calling all future brides—if you have yet to pick out your save-the-dates[1], wedding invites, or rehearsal dinner stationery[2] (or all of the above), then the Minted Memorial Day sale is about to be your saving grace. And if Minted isn't on your wedding website[3] radar yet, there's no better time to get acquainted. With wedding season right around the corner, this stationery safe haven is offering 15 percent off all wedding products, excluding premium wedding websites, this upcoming Memorial Day. This goes way beyond just wedding suites and bachelorette party invites—the sale will also include day-of decor for the reception and ceremony[4], as well as favors and gifts[5] for your crew. Read: ALL your wedding needs in one spot at a discounted price. Is your heart rate pounding yet!?

While this bargain features wedding must-haves galore, we rounded up a few of our favorite stationery picks[6] from the Minted Memorial Day Sale. Tying the knot outdoors in a woodland wonderland[7]? There's a forest-infused invitation that looks like a personalized painting just for you. Celebrating your rehearsal dinner[8] with a casual backyard BBQ for friends and fam? Minted has you covered with a playful (yet still completely chic) grill-inspired card. Looking for wedding stationery that's completely modern and unique[9]? Dark colors and minimal shapes contrasted against pretty blooms make the "Peonie Party" a must-see. No matter your bridal style or how many wedding stationery essentials you have to check off your list, you'll find everything you need and more when you check out this one-of-a-kind sale. To further persuade you to spend Memorial Day stationery shopping, check out 15 of our favorite Minted card designs, none of which cost more than $3 a pop.

References

  1. ^ save-the-dates (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ rehearsal dinner stationery (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ wedding website (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ decor for the reception and ceremony (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ favors and gifts (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ favorite stationery picks (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ woodland wonderland (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ your rehearsal dinner (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ modern and unique (www.brides.com)

15 Minted Memorial Day Sale Stationery Picks All Brides Need to See

Calling all future brides—if you have yet to pick out your save-the-dates[1], wedding invites, or rehearsal dinner stationery[2] (or all of the above), then the Minted Memorial Day sale is about to be your saving grace. And if Minted isn't on your wedding website[3] radar yet, there's no better time to get acquainted. With wedding season right around the corner, this stationery safe haven is offering 15 percent off all wedding products, excluding premium wedding websites, this upcoming Memorial Day. This goes way beyond just wedding suites and bachelorette party invites—the sale will also include day-of decor for the reception and ceremony[4], as well as favors and gifts[5] for your crew. Read: ALL your wedding needs in one spot at a discounted price. Is your heart rate pounding yet!?

While this bargain features wedding must-haves galore, we rounded up a few of our favorite stationery picks[6] from the Minted Memorial Day Sale. Tying the knot outdoors in a woodland wonderland[7]? There's a forest-infused invitation that looks like a personalized painting just for you. Celebrating your rehearsal dinner[8] with a casual backyard BBQ for friends and fam? Minted has you covered with a playful (yet still completely chic) grill-inspired card. Looking for wedding stationery that's completely modern and unique[9]? Dark colors and minimal shapes contrasted against pretty blooms make the "Peonie Party" a must-see. No matter your bridal style or how many wedding stationery essentials you have to check off your list, you'll find everything you need and more when you check out this one-of-a-kind sale. To further persuade you to spend Memorial Day stationery shopping, check out 15 of our favorite Minted card designs, none of which cost more than $3 a pop.

References

  1. ^ save-the-dates (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ rehearsal dinner stationery (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ wedding website (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ decor for the reception and ceremony (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ favors and gifts (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ favorite stationery picks (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ woodland wonderland (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ your rehearsal dinner (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ modern and unique (www.brides.com)

Record number of brides choosing not to wear a white dress

Bride and groom

More couples than ever are doing away with Britain’s great wedding traditions – from confetti throwing, to the classic white bridal gown

We all know to expect with a Great British wedding – the white dress, the exchange of rings, a toast to the bride and groom, and confetti in the air as the happy couple drive away in a “Just Married” car.

But it turns out that more couples than ever are throwing the rulebook out the window, as a new survey by group travel experts Red7 has revealed that attitudes to weddings are seriously changing.

Of the 2,002 respondents surveyed, almost a third admitted that they wouldn’t insist on any wedding traditions at all on their big day, while nearly three quarters of brides stated that they wouldn’t choose to wear a white dress.

Only a third would recite traditional vows on their wedding day, while only a fifth would want a toast to the bride and groom. One in four couples would also insist on guests throwing confetti at the end of their ceremony.

Are Britain’s great wedding traditions under threat?

“The way couples think about their big day and what they want is changing,” says Ian Lucas, Founder of Red7. “Some of the traditions we take for granted are being challenged and it’s not just the big day itself that is looking different, either.”

Woman holding a glassOnly a fifth of those surveyed would want a toast to the bride and groom

“Traditions around the build-up to a wedding – especially the hen and stag experience – and what happens after are also being given a different flavour.”

As it turns out, two in five couples would want to combine their stag and hen night (rising to half among 16 to 34 year olds), while only two in five brides keep their dress a secret before the big day. As many as eight per cent of brides would want the groom to take their name, rather than the other way around.

Even present lists are being challenged, as nine out of 10 newlyweds asked for money towards their honeymoon rather than more traditional gifts, like homeware or vouchers.

“The responses were insightful,” adds Ian. “The survey showed that women are more traditional than men – this was reflected in almost every category – but it also reflected a greater willingness in society to do things differently.

“In the same way that stag and hen parties are changing – with foreign trips to exciting destinations being favoured instead of the local pub – the wedding day itself seems to be evolving.

More than half of respondents said they would welcome ‘new’ wedding traditions and younger people backed ideas like handwritten vows or the bride making a speech. We have seen all manner of changes in the 20 years that we have been in business, it will be interesting to see what new trends emerge over the next 20.”


Which traditions will you be doing away with for your big day?

Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[1], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[2] to join in the conversation.

References

  1. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Candice and Jiwen’s Intimate Little Island Brewing Co. Wedding

Creative couple Candice and Jiwen styled their colourful and intimate Little Island Brewing Co. wedding by themselves!

When two artists tie the knot, you just know it’s going to be a creative and unconventional affair! Candice Phang, 34, Illustrator and Bai Jiwen, 32, Photographer celebrated with an intimate wedding at Little Island Brewing Co. on 2 July 2017. The stylish couple decorated the wedding venue themselves with colourful bunting, pineapple and floral arrangements, and beautiful illustrations.

How did you two meet?

Jiwen: We went to the same design school and met through mutual friends.


Candice: We hit it off almost immediately and I think it was because of Gossip Girl. Yes, Jiwen watches chick flicks too.

What drew you to each other?

Jiwen: The thing that drew me to her is her character. She is opinionated, and she’s not afraid to share her own thoughts and ideas.

Candice: I think what drew me to him was that I could completely be myself around him. As it turned out, we also share a lot of common interests and a similar aesthetic, so we can talk about almost anything under the sun.

What was the proposal like?

Jiwen: I wanted something intimate, and which must also be a surprise to her. I set it on my birthday, knowing that she would not expect any gift from me. So right after she handed me my birthday present in our hotel in Hong Kong, I got down on one knee and popped the question.

Candice: I have to give it to him—he really outsmarted me! I’m glad that it was in the hotel room as I’m not a fan of flamboyant gestures. I never thought I would cry, but I did. I remember feeling that the change of status from being “attached” to “engaged” was very surreal.

What did you want for your wedding?

We wanted something simple yet special for the wedding. We were both not very keen on a banquet-style wedding, so we were very happy to eventually hold it at a semi-outdoor, cosy venue with our Little Island Brewery Co. wedding. Because it’s not a banquet wedding and we didn’t engage a wedding planner, a lot of the decoration and services had to be sourced separately, so we’re pretty happy that we managed to put everything together for that day. There’s a lot of information on SingaporeBrides that really helped us plan our big day. It covers practically every area we needed to know to make the wedding possible.

What was your wedding day like?

Jiwen: It was rather hectic. Honestly, I don’t remember how we got through the day. Everything moved so quickly—from the morning gate crashing, to the tea ceremony, to the actual solemnisation, followed by the Little Island Brewery Co. wedding dinner. I only remember having a small window of time in the afternoon, after the tea ceremony, that allowed us to take a short power nap before heading down to the dinner venue for the solemnisation.

Candice: I cannot agree more with Jiwen. The day went by so quickly we didn’t even have time to catch our breath.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding at Little Island Brewery Co.?

It was when we were exchanging our vows, along with all the brief panic attacks when something didn’t quite go as planned, that made it so memorable in a good way. It’s also pretty moving to have our close relatives and friends all gathered at one place to celebrate our union in marriage.

Candice: But if we were to list one of the most memorable thing from the entire planning and wedding, it would be the nickname “Baizilla”. Because Jiwen did most of the planning and logistics for the wedding, for which I’m extremely thankful, I gave him the name “Baizilla”, a pun on his surname and “bridezilla”. The name has kind of stuck with our circle of friends, even until today!

The Size of the Wedding: 220 guests
The Cost of the Wedding: $20,000

The Wedding Venue: Little Island Brewing Co.
The Wedding Day Photographer: Thomas Tan
The Gown: Blessed Brides

The Bride’s Shoes: Melissa

The Suit: Blessed Brides

The Groom’s Shoes: Dr Martens

The Engagement Ring: Stelliyah

The Wedding Bands: Stelliyah

The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridesmaids’ own
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Groomsmen’s own
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Xara Lee


The Florist: Fleurapy

The Wedding Stylist: Bride and groom
The Wedding Planner: Bride and groom
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Trent and Jessie Photographers
The Videographer: Friends

The Photobooth: Social Booth

The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Bride and groom

The Wedding Favours: Bride and groom
The Band: Friends

The Solemniser: Dr Phua Tan Tee

The Wedding Car Rental: Volkswagen Singapore



Wedding planner tool accurately predicts whether it’s going to rain on your big day

Rain on your wedding day might make you panic that it'll be a wash out, but prepare yourselves with these practical tips and it'll be anything but...Credit: mia-photography.com

It may be an old wives’ tale that rain on your wedding day means good luck but waking up to grey skies and drizzle can make any bride and groom feel far from lucky.

Anyway, a new wedding planner tool, launched by high street retailer Monsoon[1], actually predicts whether or not it’s going to rain on your big day.

Using 86 years’ worth of Met Office rainfall data, they’ve analysed every day throughout the year to establish which days have historically been the driest and which the wettest.

As a result, the ‘wedding day weather calculator”  helps predict the percentage chance of rain on any date, in a specific region of the UK.

What’s the best day of the year to get married?

Contrary to popular opinion, April is actually the driest month of the year in the UK and the best month for a dry wedding with the 15th the driest day on average in the UK.

November is the wettest month of the year, with the 11th officially the rainiest on record, and August is the wettest month during spring and summer.

Credit: MonsoonCredit: Monsoon

Is it going to rain?

To use the calculator[2], brides-to-be simply have to select their potential wedding date and the which part of the country they’re looking to wed. The calculator will then share the percentage chance of rain, as well as alternatives and further information on the driest day that specific month. 


Want more information and inspiration from Britain’s biggest bridal brand? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Wedding Ideas Facebook page[3], and ‘Follow’ on our @wimagazine Twitter account[4] and you’re all set.

References

  1. ^ Monsoon (uk.monsoon.co.uk)
  2. ^ calculator (uk.monsoon.co.uk)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Lynn and Zhisheng’s Awe-Inspiring Pre-Wedding Travelogue in Bali

Lynn and Zhisheng’s breathtaking pre-wedding travelogue in Bali shows a different side of the popular island in Indonesia.

From mountainsides to the fields, a traditional Balinese marketplace and the scenic seaside, Lynn and Zhisheng’s pre-wedding travelogue is beautifully emotive. Match-made by a dear friend, Lynn Ong, 27 years old, and husband Hou Zhisheng, 30 years old, embarked on a breathtaking pre-wedding photoshoot in Bali with KAI Picture that resembled an artistic travelogue of their adventures more than a pre-wedding photo session. Sneak a peek here!

How did the two of you meet?

Lynn: We met through a dear friend, Adeline. She had returned home two years ago from America where she was studying in, for a short holiday and had separately said to each of us, ‘There’s someone I’d like you to meet’. She said she was sure we’d make good friends, though she was hoping for more. She said little except that we were different in quite many ways but similar in important ways, and had an inkling that this could be something special. 2 years later, we got married. She is a neuroscientist – she studied our minds and knew they’d connect. ‘It is not despite our differences that we are one, but because of our differences, that we are one’ and this is a beautiful testament of that.

Zhisheng: Adeline had said the kindest things about Lynn and asked if I’d like to know her. I said yes, got Lynn’s number and started talking to her. Our text conversations evolved to tele-conversations, and then I asked her out for dinner on a Friday night.

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

Zhisheng: I was drawn to her sincerity and gentleness.  She has the warmest and kindest heart, always places others before self and always encouraging. It was a bonus that she has the most beautiful eyes.

Lynn: He is faithful in the little things, principled and dependable. He was single-minded on the relationship, steadfast and enduring in his pursuit, and gentle at the same time. He wrote many cards expressing his thankfulness to God, thankfulness for our relationship and his longing for a future together. What I love most about him is his faith and patience that move mountains – he waits out every difficult moment and conversation with a deep sense of calmness, warmth, love and patience that knows no end.

What was the proposal like?

Zhisheng: I had planned for a surprise proposal at dawn, the time of the day she’s not quite yet awake, set against the rising sun. I’d arranged for Lynn’s friend, Zhixiang, to take her out for a sunrise photoshoot at a garden as shooting in nature was something they enjoyed doing. There was a heavy downpour that morning but I was unstoppable like the rain! Together with my best friend Darren, and his wife, Lixin, we set up the picnic in the middle of the garden with floating balloons of Lynn’s name. We hid among the bushes till she arrived. When she did, she walked right past everything, until she saw Darren filming with his conspicuous video camera.

Lynn: There was an album-book on the mat, among the cupcakes and champagne – he’d put together our photos and wrote of our story.  He was nowhere to be seen the whole time, and when I had flipped to the end of the album, he was on one bent knee before me.

Why did you decide on Bali for your pre-wedding photoshoot?

Lynn loved Kai’s photos and wanted to meet him. We met over coffee and walked away feeling – more than a great photographer, he is first a great person. We got on very well from the time we met and it felt like we were travelling with friends we had known for a long time, who had an amazing gift for photography!

Kai was the first photographer we had approached and met. He showed us his works and a pre-wedding photo set he had done in Bali earlier captivated our hearts. He had done it so beautifully and artfully. We decided that same night that we’d have our pre-wedding shoot in Bali, and with Kai.

What was the theme of your pre-wedding photoshoot?

We left everything in Kai’s good hands from the time we engaged his services. Together, we had decided on a travelogue with nature and our little selves. The night before the photoshoot, Kai and Yeow, went through the outfits we had packed for the shoot – the wedding gown, dresses, suits and shirts. They paid little attention to what we laid before them and asked if we had anything else. We added our casual wear, shirts and shorts to the pile and Kai picked them up, the plainest pieces, and said ‘Let’s use these’. He said they were the most beautiful of all.

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

It rained when we were there and we didn’t get much sun. Kai and Yeow made the best of the weather, light and space – as a result, we had something special. We don’t know where the photos were taken – we headed in a general direction and hopped off the car whenever something caught Kai and Yeow’s eyes. We went up mountains, through padi fields, into wet markets and alleys and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly!

What advice would you share with couples who will be embarking on their pre-wedding photoshoot?

We went for our pre-wedding photoshoot having faith that it will be a wonderful experience. We thought – if the photos didn’t turn out well, it was because we didn’t have a good time and the photos captured just that! Also, it would be wonderful if you enjoy the company of your photographer(s) and get along well because that is a memory you will both share.

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

Lynn: We were walking on a raised layer of mud, between the parcels of paddy fields that were wet, soft and drudgy from the rain, and had a difficult time keeping our balance. Soon, Zhisheng lost his balance and his legs went right into the mud that went half-way up his knee! We had fun pulling him out of the field and saving his slippers that were lodged in the mud. While I was washing his legs, he brushed them off and said they were unimportant – he said his hands were important because he wanted to hold my hands then.

The Pre-Wedding Location: Bali
The Photographer: KAI Picture


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Royal Wedding Inspired Flowers You Can Recreate on Your Big Day

The royal wedding[1] has come and gone, but we cannot stop swooning over the beautiful flowers from their ceremony. Simple and timeless yet impactful, the green and white florals had a truly English feel—part fresh-from-the-field, part elegant and formal.

Despite the simple color palette, the royal wedding flowers were show-stopping, making for a stunning photo backdrop. And what's more—after the wedding was over, all of the flowers were turned into bouquets for hospice patients[2]. What a lovely gesture from the newlyweds!

Since we just can't get enough of the royal wedding, we found some of our favorite green and white and lush floral decor elements from our favorite florists to keep us inspired, and to get you inspired for your own wedding, too!

Sure it may have a few more pops of color than Meghan and Harry's, but how magnificent is this floral arch by our friends over at Putnam and Putnam? We'd like to live inside of it, please.

Although Meghan's bouquet was more petite and much more simple, we say this one feels just as appropriate for a polished spring wedding, with a little bit more whimsy but just as much class. Plus, the darker element add a little drama, which we're into.

The sheer size of this arrangement mixed with all the green and whites makes for a more affordable (but still dramatic) alternative for your ceremony decor without having a packed-full (and pretty pricey) floral arch.

More green and white floral drama, this time inside the church.

An urn adds to the classic look we loved watching the royal wedding, and this beauty would be a perfect bar arrangement.

Not having your wedding indoors? Make just as much impact down the aisle with aisle runners of flowers that look like they're growing organically down to an equally as beautiful and lush ceremony structure.

A little larger than Meghan's bouquet, but all these delicate white flowers seem perfect for a royal wedding (or even for a less formal wedding outdoors!).

References

  1. ^ royal wedding (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ hospice patients (www.brides.com)

Sabrina and Lufti’s Timeless Chic White and Green Wedding at Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Sabrina tied the knot with her sweetheart in a lovely celebration at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

Despite being in the same company, Sabrina Sengol, 34, and husband, Lufti Razak, 27, didn’t take a liking to each other and barely spoke until they started working together on a project. Sparks flew and the more they talked, the more the pair of lovebirds started to fall for one another. After a private, romantic proposal aboard a yacht on Sabrina’s birthday, the sweet pair celebrated their nuptials with their closest and dearest in a timeless and modern garden-esque wedding at Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

Tell us about your beginning. What drew you closer to each other?

Sabrina: Lufti and I met at our previous job. At first, we didn’t like each other very much and barely spoke. Until one day when we had to work together on a project. We started talking and realised that we had gotten each other wrong all these while! The more we talked, the more we started to like each other, and started dating towards the end.

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

Sabrina: I love his humour and how he can always make me laugh at his sillyness and lighten any situation.

Lutfi: The fact that she accepts me. My light and my shadow. Even though we are different, she never tries to change me. I am me when I am with her.

Sabrina, what was your proposal like?

Lufti proposed on my birthday. He told me what to wear and where to meet but didn’t want me to know where we were going. He took me out on a yacht for the day which I thought was the whole surprise. Then, on the way back to shore, the yacht stopped under the beautiful night sky and he started talking about our relationship and how much I meant to him. Then, he turned to me with a ring box, opened it and asked me to marry him. It was so beautiful and private.

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

Our wedding planning journey had its share of ups-and-downs. For our solemnisation, the initial decoration stylist we booked and made a down payment for backed out a couple of weeks prior to the day. Thankfully, all our friends and family were so helpful and my bridesmaids, Jessica and Sky, stopped me from over thinking certain things. Everything else went pretty smoothly as we had many trusted people helping us out with various aspects of the wedding. This is something we are both very grateful for. Lastly, we knew we had to pick the right photographer and videographer to capture the essence of it all, something we couldn’t re-create. This was the last thing we decided on as we were so picky. We didn’t want typical, tired shots and we both didn’t really like taking photos so we didn’t want to be forced into awkward poses that weren’t ‘us’. It was quite a challenge finding the right people who would be with us throughout and that we would actually treat as friends. Airisu and Kinetixs were so great, even Lutfi who takes a while to warm up felt comfortable quickly. And the pictures and videos came out so beautifully.

Where was your wedding held and what was your wedding theme?

We chose Mandarin Orchard Singapore as our wedding venue because we knew the food would be great. My father knows the Chef and they were accommodating to my needs from the very beginning and understood what I wanted – something different from the norm and less is more, nothing cheesy.

Initially, we wanted an outdoor wedding but with the weather being too hot in July, we decided against it. I still wanted it to feel like a garden wedding so we knew there had to be greenery and sparkly lights to get the right atmosphere. We decided on just three colours for the theme – white, green and gold. We wanted it to be simple, modern and romantic, and for everything to tie in together, including the wedding favours and the wedding cake. I knew I wanted a cake from Winifred Kristé Cake as she makes the most beautiful sugar flowers, which we could keep as a momento for years to come. I asked for David Austin roses on the cake as they are my favourite flowers. And her cakes are so delicious! We had a hard time picking the flavour; in the end, we went with Chocolate Raspberry.

For the flavours, I wanted to go with something edible as I knew it would be better appreciated, so we decided to go with macarons. We decided to have them in emerald green, which I know isn’t easy to achieve, but Ola Lola did it beautifully.

Tell us the story behind your wedding dress.

I knew what I wanted so I started looking for photo inspirations. It took me about a month to find the right boutique to make my dress and that was Flamingo Bridal. They were recommended by my bridesmaid and the moment I met Shirley, I liked her immediately. She was so warm and friendly, and made me feel very comfortable. Throughout the dress making journey, she was just as invested as I was and always accommodating to my requests. She spent a lot of time looking for the right laces for my dress. I knew the dress would turn out beautifully. She also created my wedding and solemnisation bouquets, which turned out beautifully, sourcing for the exact flowers I wanted. Overall, she is not only talented but very sincere.

From the get-go, I knew I didn’t want a typical dress. I wanted something short (so I could show my beautiful shoes) in the front and long in the back, with beautiful lace that had some 3D texture. As I am petite, I didn’t want a dress that was overwhelming but yet still able to make a statement. I was aiming for an elegant yet modern look. It boiled down to two different laces and I couldn’t decide on which one I liked better. My bridesmaid, Jessica, suggested having them both. That turned out to be a great idea! One had 3D flowers with pearls while the other had some crystal detailing. Shirley pieced the lace bit by bit each time with each fitting until it was perfect.

What was your wedding day like?

We were very excited and a little bit nervous about any hiccup that might happen. I was also very excited to be wearing the dress which was truly my dream brought to life. We wanted everyone to have a good time and for the day to be memorable for all our loved ones as well. We were really happy at how everything turned out and that everyone had a good time. The atmosphere was so relaxed and intimate although there were quite a number of guests.

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

They told us it was very beautiful, the food was amazing with a wide selection and the live stations were a hit. Everyone also loved the singer we chose! At first, they thought it was pre-recorded until they saw him on stage. They also said it was timed well so they didn’t feel tired at the end of it.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

One of the most memorable moments of our wedding day were the speeches from my father and best man, Yanle. Also, when my friends and family came up for photos and hugs, telling us how amazing everything was. We felt so much love!

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

One major lesson we’ve learned is to decide on the kind of wedding you want, right down to the smallest detail, and to always have a Plan B for all your choices. Enjoy the process and don’t let it overwhelm you. Stick to you gut and accept that things will go wrong and take it in your stride. Remember, it is your special day, so don’t let anyone or anything bring you down.

The Size of Wedding: 300 guests
The Venue: Mandarin Orchard Singapore
The Photographer: Airisu
The Videographer: Kinetix
The Wedding Gown: Custom-made by Shirley from Flamingo Bridal
The Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
The Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
The Groom’s Shoes: Tods
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Custom suits
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Rashid of Canvas by Riyan Rashid
The Caterer: Mandarin Orchard Singapore
The Wedding Cake: Winifred Kristé Cake
The Florist: J’s Creations
The Photobooth: Aww Snap
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Custom from Page 1
The Wedding Favours: Ola Lola
The Band: Wan from The Jukuleles
The Solemniser: BMW
Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides


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10 Creative Details Inspired by the Royal Wedding Reception

While we were not invited to the ultra-exclusive royal wedding reception[1], we are thankful that details are (finally!) emerging from it. And they do not disappoint. Epic toasts? You know it. Fireworks? Naturally. Serena Williams playing (and winning) beer pong? Oh, hell yes. Basically, Meghan and Harry's royal wedding reception sounds like the Best. Reception. Ever.

And surprisingly, it's not the stately venue[2] or celebrity guests[3] that made this party the talk of the town. Instead, it's the creative touches the couple put on their own celebration. From a signature cocktail inspired by their first meeting to late-night burgers (a nod to the bride's American roots) and more, it's clear that Harry and Meghan, like any bride and groom, were quite involved in planning and personalizing their wedding reception. Which is good news because even if you can't get Elton John on stage or George Clooney to RSVP, you can copy the 10 creative ideas below. And, of course, you don't want to emulate Harry and Meghan exactly, however tempting that may be. Instead think about highlighting an aspect of your relationship, serving your go-to drunk munchies, and showcasing your favorite cocktails to throw a epic celebration that feels customized to you and your partner. We think Harry and Meghan would agree that your wedding day is all about just that—showcasing your love, your relationship, and your future life together—whether you're a royal or not!

References

  1. ^ royal wedding reception (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ stately venue (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ celebrity guests (www.brides.com)