Serra and Amos’ Simple Wedding Affair at The St Regis Singapore

Can you plan a wedding in less than three months? Serra and Amos’ gorgeous wedding at The St Regis Singapore proves that you can!

Serra and Amos were re-introduced after a missed connection, and look where it brought them! With lots of encouragement and blessings from their family, the couple tied the knot at The St Regis Singapore in a simple wedding that focused on their family and friends who have been there for them through their journey.

How did you meet?

Serra: According to Amos, we were first introduced when we were in our early 20s via a mutual friend. I don’t remember that first meeting at all! I think he wasn’t attracted at first sight either. Thereafter, he left for studies in Australia. About seven or eight years later, I was out with friends and my cousin at a KTV session and my cousin invited more friends to join us. Amos was one of them. We started dating casually and things just gradually got more serious, and now we’re married.

What do you love most about Amos?

Serra: He is responsible, family oriented, filial, generous and kind. The kind of guy you can trust your life with. I feel safe around him and without needing him to say it out loud, I know he will run to me if I were ever in trouble. He is also really good with finances, very practical and level-headed.

How did you manage to plan everything in such a short time?

Serra: The wedding was planned in two and a half months. We were very lucky to have had awesome vendors and tremendous support. I am so grateful to every one of them! Valerie, my MUA, is a gem. I engaged her at the last minute because I had a MUA who backed out. Valerie is the sweetest person ever. She is calm and so soft-spoken, which helped calm my nerves on the wedding day because everything was just rush, rush, rush!

Alex, my photographer, is the coolest ever. He mingled so well with my guests and even made friends! Despite being a joker, he was professional and always around when someone needed a photo taken. Ben, our emcee, received endless compliments from guests after the wedding. He was amazing. He helped us make sure everything was on schedule and smoothly run.

Elvin, our DJ, really built up the atmosphere and got everyone into the mood. You don’t find DJs like that every day. He is really good! Ming Da, our magician, intrigued our guests with his tricks all night, and we jokingly called him the Pipe Piper because he had a trail of followers following him everywhere he went. They couldn’t get enough of him!

Jessica from CC Lee had to endure a lot of my indecisiveness, but she was professional and patient throughout the planning process, and the flower set up was so beautiful. She was the one who suggested the circle dome and drapes on the stage. I couldn’t picture it and was hesitant, but I’m so glad I took her suggestion because she was right! It was gorgeous!

Last but not least, I’d like to thank all the folks at St Regis. It was a very pleasant experience from the first meeting with Liyan, who helped us get everything organised, as well as Maran, Wen Hui and the entire team who were present at the wedding that night.

Did the wedding turn out the way you wanted?

Serra: The wedding was themed around the idea of “Happiness, Laughs and Love”. There were a few criteria I had wanted to achieve. Firstly, it had to be enjoyable for my guests. I felt that, since my family and friends had made the effort to attend our wedding to give us their blessings, I had to also ensure they enjoyed the night as much as we would. Secondly, I had wanted my guests to mingle. We had a dance floor, a magician and a fantastic emcee, Ben, entertaining guests throughout the night. Families from both my side and Amos’ side were dancing together and everyone mingled.

From the start, we had already decided that our wedding wasn’t going to be just about Amos and I. We wanted to share this love. It was my greatest pleasure watching couples hugging each other on the dance floor, and watching elderly parents and their children dancing. The pictures my awesome photographer snapped were testimony to the fun and love experienced that night.

We skipped a lot of the traditional ceremonies, and we had no morning event. We woke up at 11am on that day! Our solemnisation was at 5 pm, followed by tea ceremony. That helped to keep us bright-eyed through the night. In my opinion, the wedding was a blast and we couldn’t have achieved it without the help of our vendors, family and friends. I’d like to especially say thanks to Wen Hui for her guidance that day.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Serra: It has got to be everyone’s happy faces captured on film, definitely! I am also thankful we both have very supportive families who allowed us to plan the wedding the way we wanted. And, there was also a YMCA human train at some point!

Vendor Credits:

The Size of the Wedding: 310
The Venue: St Regis Singapore
The Wedding Day Photographer: Whitebear Wedding
The Gown: The Gown Warehouse for wedding gown and solemnisation gown. Covetella for evening gown
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: SGMakeover
The Florist: CC Lee Designs
The Photobooth: Cheese Effects
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: American Wedding Treasures
The Solemniser: Dr Kwoh Chee Keong
The DJ: Lincey, who also owns a music production company 0000
The Magician: Sng Ming Da
The Emcee: Ben Logan from Blink Events & Entertainment


Credits: All images by Whitebear Wedding.

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Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Wedding stylist Not Your Average I Do was called in to transform a working barn venue into the perfect summertime wedding location for Tom and Caroline – here’s how they did it…

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Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

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Tom and Caroline chose a beautiful working farm in the heart of Lymington, New Forest, as the backdrop for their big day.

The Set Up

Farm barn garden Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayA blank canvas… Credit: D&J Photography

Tom and Caro asked the Not Your Average I Do[1] (NYA) team to work their magic and completely transform the sheep pen farmyard from its usual working order into a highly stylish backdrop for their day.

Barn wedding set-up Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe NYA team begin their set-up. Credit: D&J Photography

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There are always areas in a working barn that, rather than requiring beautiful decorations, just simply need to be covered up to ensure perfect wedding photographs! NYA opted for bespoke draped wall towards the back of the barn to hide those unsightly spots.

Barn wedding drapes Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayPreparing the draping. Credit: D&J Wedding Photography

When relying on an outside summer lawn to host your guests there are several things you want to think about to ensure the guests enjoy your day as much as you do: shade, seating, entertainment, lighting and warmth. Tom and Caroline ticked all these boxes, and then some!

Shade

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe farm lawn is transformed! Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Come rain or shine, cover from the elements is essential. Tom and Caroline opted for a stretch tent marquee as well as NYA’s barrel poseur tables with parasols to keep the guests (and their drinks) cool!

Seating

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayGuests enjoyed the chill-out area on the lawn. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

With over 100 guests, Tom and Caroline wanted to ensure that there would be adequate (and comfortable) seating for everyone. Dotting NYA’s deck chairs and bean bags about the grounds gave a chilled-out summer vibe. They added hay bales covered with blankets and cushions for added comfort.

Farm barn seating hay bales Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStable door with hay bales. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Entertainment

Barn wedding garden games Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe traditional wooden garden games were loved by all. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

The addition of NYA’s garden games brought fun for all ages!

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Using NYA’s ‘not so average’ moon arch and a bespoke polaroid photo frame created a unique backdrop to act as the couple’s photobooth.

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Lighting

Barn fairy lights Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DaySetting up the lighting in the barn. Credit: D&J Photography

For the wedding breakfast inside the barn, the happy couple chose a striking hanging table centre design, using NYA staggered festoon lighting covered in foliage and hanging glass baubles filled with candles and flowers.

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NYA installed a stunning 30m fairy light wall which acted as an amazing backdrop for the wedding breakfast and those all-important wedding speeches.

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Warmth

Evening wedding guests fire pit Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe bride and her friends enjoying the warmth of the firepit. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Extra blankets are a great way to keep you and your guests warm as the evening sun drops – patio heaters are a great addition too, as well as firepits for mood lighting and toasting marshmallows!

Finishing Touches

Wooden light-up table plan Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBespoke light-up table plan. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

It’s the finishing touches that turn a blank canvas into a beautiful wedding venue. Tom and Caroline asked NYA to create a bespoke personalised light-up table plan. The couple’s floral hoops beautifully highlighted the brick wall of the barn.

Floral wedding hoops Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFloral hoops. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

As dusk turned to evening, the barrel festoon lighting by NYA turned the yard into a functional and romantic space to snuggle by the fire, really giving it that WOW factor. What a perfect way to end a perfect day!

Evening wedding reception Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBarrel festoon lighting. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Contact book:
Set-up photography – D&J Wedding Photography
On-the-day photography – Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography
Styling, lighting, props and photobooth – Not Your Average I Do
Florist – Katherine Bly Flowers
Venue – Warborne Farm[2][3][4][5][6]

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  3. ^ Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography (tomandlizzieredman.com)
  4. ^ Not Your Average I Do (notyouraverageido.com)
  5. ^ Katherine Bly Flowers (katherinebly.com)
  6. ^ Warborne Farm (www.warbornefarm.co.uk)
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Ting Ping and Edward’s Gorgeous Wedding in Capella Singapore

Ting Ping and Edward walked down a fairy light aisle in their gorgeous wedding in Capella Singapore, with 3D projection of their story in the ballroom, and a confetti popper dance party!

When they first met in university, Chen Ting Ping, 32, Programme Manager, and Edward Chua, 33, Partner Technology Manager, discovered that they were total opposites! Over 11 years of dating, they learnt to embrace each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The couple tied the knot in both Singapore and Taiwan, with a gorgeous wedding celebration in Capella Singapore on 29 July 2018, where they walked down a fairy light aisle, and had a confetti popper dance party, beautifully captured by Antelope Studios.

How did you meet each other?

Ting Ping: We met in the National University of Singapore as hall mates, where coincidentally, we were living in the same stack (Edward was in room 411 and I was in room 511). We are two vastly different individuals—Edward is the flashy extrovert while I’m the introverted other. Edward loves chaos and mess while I’m OCD to a T.

It was definitely hard work through the years, learning to embrace and appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses. There is definitely a diffusion of traits in both directions. Over the course of 11 years, Edward has gotten tidier and I’ve learnt to accept that mess is part and parcel of life. We always joke that if we were to have a kid in the future and he or she picks up the good traits from both sides, that’ll be one pretty awesome kid!

What do you love most about your partner?

Edward: Her meticulous planning and thoughtfulness.

Ting Ping: His brilliance and impossibly high EQ. It was definitely not love at first sight for either of us but rather, over time, we realised we’re the missing piece that completes the other person’s jigsaw. Now we are simply inseparable!

What was the proposal like?

Ting Ping: The proposal was in Hokkaido, Japan. I was on a business trip and Edward had tagged along. We extended our stay by another week. The sneaky Edward had secretly contacted the resort we were heading to and flew in my best friend plus his sister to help stage the proposal. They even engaged a local events planning team for the overall planning. Needless to say, I was very surprised and blown away considering the Japan trip was decided very last minute, literally two weeks before the trip!

How did you create your wedding?

Ting Ping: The wedding was the result of hours and hours of wedding research. We knew we wanted a wedding focused on our guests, not just another event where people go through the motions of a standard wedding banquet. Hence, we spoke to several vendors that we had shortlisted to seek their professional opinions. This included Bryan, our wedding day photographer from Antelope Studios, who gave us the perfect suggestion to conduct the gatecrash, tea ceremony, solemnisation, and banquet in the same venue if possible. This saved us so much time from having to shuttle between our homes. We googled various wedding planners both locally and overseas for inspiration on what would make a good programme on the actual day and we’re so glad it all worked out!

What was your wedding day like?

Edward: It was definitely an epic day of fun, laughter and a little chaos. Capella Hotel was very accommodating and let us have the gate crash, tea ceremony, and solemnisation all in the same venue. This saved us plenty of time and we could actually start the day at 8am instead of the usual wee hours in the morning.

Ting Ping: Everything just magically fell into place without us having to worry or oversee, a clear sign that our vendors are amazing. They were all working their magic in the background – laying carpets, setting up flowers and backdrops. We did however forget our rings and had to scramble to retrieve them from the hotel villa five minutes before the solemnisation ceremony! It was a lot of joy seeing all our family and friends gathering under one roof and it was very satisfying to hear how they thoroughly enjoyed the programme we’ve prepared for the day.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Ting Ping: Definitely the confetti party! Each one of our guests held a handmade party popper (made by our bridal entourage), gathered around the dance floor, and on the count of three, there was confetti exploding everywhere with dance music blasting in perfect synchronisation.

The Size of the Wedding: 300 guests in Singapore // 200 guests in Taiwan
The Cost of the Wedding: $130,000
The Venue: Capella Singapore // Shangri-La Taipei
The Wedding Day Photographer: Bryan from Antelope Studios for Singapore // Ying Sir from LinLi Boutique 林莉婚紗 for Taiwan
The Gown: LinLi Boutique 林莉婚紗
The Bride’s Shoes: Bride’s own
The Suit: Custom made in Taiwan
The Groom’s Shoes: Groom’s own
The Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
The Wedding Bands: Cartier
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Taobao
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Taobao
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Gerra from The Beauty Society for Singapore // Emma from LinLi Boutique 林莉婚紗 for Taiwan
The Wedding Cake: Pommes D’amour 愛情蘋果for Taiwan
The Florist: Floral Magic for Singapore // TJ. Hanaya for Taiwan
The Wedding Planner: Bride herself
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Ying Sir from LinLi Boutique 林莉婚紗
The Videographer: Ryan from Simplemotion for Singapore
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Papypress for Singapore // 晶喜坊 for Taiwan
The Wedding Favours: Garrett Popcorn and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
The 3D Projection in the Ballroom: Ooffle
The Fairy Light Aisle, Stage Lights, and Aisle Runner: 1011 Productions
The Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides


Credits: Images by Antelope Studios


Monica and Tom’s Intimate Elopement in Singapore

Monica and Tom haven’t stopped loving each other since the day they met when they were 14. These childhood lovebirds are so enamoured with each other, you can’t help smiling as you read about their very, and I mean, VERY, intimate wedding in Singapore!

Monica and Tom fell in love almost at first sight… when they were 14! Even though they were from two different continents, they spent every day together via love letters, social media, and trips overseas. They both realised they couldn’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together, so they decided on an elopement in Singapore, where they’ve made their new home. Imagine how surprised their friends were when they made the announcement! In a very quiet and private celebration all over Singapore, they checked in their suite at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, had a rooftop solemnisation at Naumi Hotel Singapore, and then had dinner at W Singapore Sentosa Cove.

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Tell us the exciting details about how you two met!

Monica: I am from Texas and Tom is from the U.K. When we were both 14 years old, we met at a resort in Mexico when we were both on our respective family holidays. Tom clocked me in the hotel lobby while checking in, and I spotted him on a raft in the pool later that day thinking he was the most handsome person I’d ever seen. I decided to “accidentally” bump into him, discovered he had a British accent and the rest is history.

We had our first kiss, then hundredth kiss, on the beach later that night watching a thunderstorm roll in. I never let him forget it took him three, maybe four, hours to gather courage to make the first move. We had the 14-year-old equivalent of a whirlwind holiday romance, drinking what we believed to be genuine piña coladas (they were virgin), regularly sneaking off past curfew, and when the trip came to an end, promising to each other we would see each other again.

We kept in touch over the years, from writing love letters stating we’d marry each other one day, down to having a constant eye following each other’s respective lives on Facebook. When we were both 21, I was backpacking around Europe and we met up for one day in London, which ended with yet another teary goodbye. Thanks to the magic of social media, we got back in touch and decided to meet up for a week – inevitably resulting in many flight changes and ending in spending a month together catching up on the last decade of our lives. A few weeks after being together, the pathway was obvious. Within about three months, we’re thinking of eloping.

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What was it that made you fall in love with each other?

Monica: Everything about him. It’s like God built me my perfect man. Tom was immediately my best friend from day one; meeting him felt like we should have been together all along. The way he pursues and loves me makes me want to be the best I can be every day. He makes every day a joy and worth jumping out of bed for.

Tom: Besides the constant realisation I have punched far above my weight, Monica has become my confidante and unconditional best friend. Falling in love was instantaneous. However what has developed over this first year of marriage is something we’ll continue to cherish for the rest of our lives.

What was the proposal like?/ What inspired you to hold a destination elopement in Singapore?

Monica: A few weeks into my first visit to Asia, we decided to catch our breaths and have a relaxing night after a few intense weeks of beautiful dates and exciting adventures. We were at a hole-in-the-wall ramen joint talking about what we wanted out of life, finding how similar we were, even having grown up on different sides of the world. Tom came out with the sentence “I just want to be married to you already” and I instinctively replied that I would have married him yesterday, which is when we got the idea to elope.

The funny thing is, he didn’t actually propose or ask me (I’m still waiting for him to ask!!). Neither of us cared about a ring, a big production or any stressful planning, and all we wanted was each other in an intimate setting without any distractions (with nice champagne of course). And what better place to start our life together but in our new home? We only told our immediate family and very close friends, so the elopement was a surprise for most people we knew. We loved how spontaneous and genuine the moment was and how the whole day was just about us―we wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Did you have a theme of your wedding, and what was wedding planning like, from overseas?

Monica: We wanted a classy yet simple, fun tropical theme that went naturally with the venue. We chose to go with mainly white flowers (lots of orchids—my favourite!), lush greenery with “flamingo” or coral-coloured accents. We both wore ivory and our guests wore coral.

Planning was a breeze and completely stress-free, which is exactly what we wanted. Alvin from IrisWave did a beautiful job and made us feel comfortable. He was the perfect amount of engaging and invisible during our day. Manju from the Naumi Hotel was wonderful and took care of everything regarding the venue, so we had absolutely nothing to worry about. They both made us feel so special and comfortable, allowing us to just enjoy the moment.

Can you describe your wedding day?

Monica: The wedding day was magical and intimate, everything we both wanted in a wedding. We had said we wanted to spend every second of our day together, so we decided to forgo the traditional practices of not seeing each other until the wedding. We woke up together, met our moms at our favourite café together for breakfast, checked into our suite at the Sofitel Sentosa together, got dressed together, drove to the wedding together and walked down the aisle together to our song from when we were 14 (Honey and the Moon by Joseph Arthur from The OC soundtrack).

Since many people close to us were not present on the wedding day, a really cool element of the day was that we live-streamed the wedding on an app so our friends and family could watch live from all over the world and they were able chat in and be a part of the day, in a way.

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What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Monica: That surreal moment where we were officially presented as husband and wife. We both finally got what we had been wanting our entire lives. It was crazy to think that two lovestruck pre-teens were now Mr. and Mrs. Millington!


VENDOR CREDITS:

The Size of the Wedding: Five guests: Our mums and my auntie, and our two witnesses
The Venue: Naumi Hotel rooftop
The Wedding Day Photographer: Alvin Ang of IrisWave
The Gown: Vintage
The Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, a wedding gift from the groom
The Suit: Custom-made
The Groom’s Shoes: Kurt Geiger
The Engagement Ring: Custom-made
The Wedding Bands: Custom-made out of the same metal to match
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Hair by Felix @ Blonde Boudoir
The Videographer: Alvin Ang of IrisWave
The Solemniser: Mdm Hsu Phillips
The Florists: Bride and our moms, we had a brunch the day before the wedding and did all the arrangements together


Credit: Images by IrisWave.

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Jia Min and Darren’s Local-Themed Wedding at Si Chuan Dou Hua

Jia Min and Darren pooled together their favourite wedding vendors and got the wedding of their dreams this January at Si Chuan Dou Hua. Read about how these best friends turned into business partners, then turned into partners in life, and their very sweet journey to the present!

Darren Christopher Olsen, 33, met Phua Jia Min, 31, 10 years ago and was immediately attracted to her, but he didn’t reveal his feelings for her until much later. Together, they journeyed through university, started a bake club that would eventually lead to an excellent business idea, experienced break-ups, and became the best of friends. Now, let the founders of inthebrickyard and That Vegan Cake tell you how they became a couple.

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TELL US HOW YOU WENT FROM SCHOOLMATES TO SOULMATES!

Jia Min: We met in NUS Chemistry (grad 2011). Even though he was two years older than me, he was one year my junior in school. We didn’t become friends until a mutual friend invited us both over to her place to bake and cook for fun. We started to spend more time together after that, and from there, we realised we have similar dreams and visions, and even tastebuds! Eventually, our mutual friend went to Germany for good so we continued to meet up without her. We agreed on many views, such as what a company should look like, how things should be run and managed, what certain things should taste like, what quality means to us, and so on.

We decided to start a business together. At that time, I was seeing someone else! Darren became my best friend over the five years of running inthebrickyard together. We made many difficult decisions, spent many days toiling and nights worrying about the bakery together. After I made the difficult decision to end my five-year relationship, Darren told me how he had felt about me and we decided to give the relationship a go, and here we are today!

Very quickly we realised we already knew everything about each other and were so certain that we would always love and care for each other, so naturally we decided to get married and are now expecting, all in less than a year! I feel so lucky and blessed to be able marry and start a family, and to go through this adventure, with my best friend.

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Darren: We met for the first time about 10 years ago in Uni. She was my senior by a year and I remember being immediately attracted to her smile and her personality.

After graduation, because of our similar interests in food, we started a “Bake Club”, as we called it. Just a fun get-together and cooking and baking and sharing that meal over conversation. Soon after our mutual friend moved to Germany, we lost that connection. But one day Jia Min called me up and said, “ Shall we do Bake Club again?” I think she missed it and I definitely was excited. I started to really enjoy her company and be around her. So we started it again.

Fast forward a few months, she went to Hong Kong for work and she asked all her friends to go over if they could. I immediately said yes. (She now tells the story like it was a “just ask but sure no one would take it up” kind of question. So she felt slightly weird that I agreed.) We really bonded during that trip over our common goals and vision for our lives, knowing that we found someone special. It was the turning point.

About a month later, she started to feel like working so hard for a company that wasn’t hers didn’t make sense. At that same time, my best friend asked us to do her baby’s first month order! We met up and discussed and decided to form this company, “Brick”. It represents the foundation of everything and just being in its pure raw form, not prettified but beautiful in its own way.

It was this that started everything. We soon both quit our jobs and really started doing the business for friends and family. The business grew and while there were so many challenges and trials to face, we came out stronger through it all. We learnt each other’s pet peeves, and at some point we completed each other’s sentences. I became her best friend, I knew everything about her. And she was the same for me.

Finally, sometime in jan 2018, she had just broken up with her boyfriend and I knew I had to do something because I didn’t want to lose her. Telling her my feelings was the best decision I ever made. I was really scared that it would be one-sided, then the whole business relationship would be awkward after. But by this time I loved her so much, I knew I wanted to spend my entire lifetime with her.

And so we became a couple. This was a shock to some whom we have had to convince over the years that we were not a couple. But it was also not that big a shock because all our friends were like, “Finally!” Our dear friend said in her speech during our wedding that “it’s like Darren was constipated for four years waiting for Jia Min”. I think there’s some truth in that.

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HOW DID IT FEEL FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Jia Min: It was so strange and surreal initially! After all, we spent a good five years as friends then best friends. I’d always seen him as a BFF, as a brother, as someone I would think of many ways to prank while he was working. It was so strange to start having romantic thoughts about us!

I’ve always admired and loved his ocean of patience, his kindness and love for every human and living thing―those are the qualities I always wish I have more of, so being in such close proximity to him made me want to be a better person.

I love that we find the same things extremely funny so many days were spent in the bakery laughing till our tummy hurts and I love knowing him so well now, and being very confident in our decisions that we make as a couple.

Falling in love with him was natural because I already loved him so much as a friend. I couldn’t imagine my life without him anyway! Initially I told him I wasn’t sure how long it would take for me to feel ready to date again, but in a span of a few weeks he gave me space and made me feel so comfortable to make the best decision for myself, and at some point I realised I didn’t want to do life if Darren wasn’t in it.

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Darren: The top things five things I love about Jia Min are that firstly, she brings adventure into my life because I’m the sloth. Secondly, she makes me a better person every day. This is crucial because we all fall into the trap of gossiping about others. She taught me to see the perspectives of others, and that wasn’t easy. Thirdly, she makes me want to live my life better not just for myself but for others too. Fourthly, her love for her family and friends. Last but not least, I love her smile, her face and all that she is.

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HOW DID THE PROPOSAL GO?

Jia Min: We were texting each other randomly about the possibility of a wedding without actually having a proposal yet. Then suddenly, it got quite serious as we started discussing dates and stuff. So I asked him, “Is this you asking? ‘Cause if it is, I will say ‘Yes’.” And he said “OMG” or something, and then we were both like, “Oh okay, so that’s it. HAHAHA.”

On the side, he had actually ordered a jade ring (local theme!) but it hadn’t arrived at the point of the “proposal”. One morning, when we both just got out of bed, he got the ring in the mail and he was so excited he came to me and just asked, “WILL YOU MARRY ME?!” I had barely opened my eyes and I must have laughed and said something like “YES, OF COURSE”. I guess that was it.

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DID YOU HAVE A WEDDING THEME?

Jia Min: We knew from the start that we wanted a local theme. inthebrickyard evolved to be a local-themed bakery because we realised the local flavours were really what made us happiest when baking, what our community loved the most. Our (Ondeh Ondeh and Pulut Hitam) pandan cakes were the first and, till date, the top sellers. We have had many other flavours like Earl Grey, Lavender, Berries and et cetera, but felt happiest using what we could find from the supermarkets.

We also baked our childhood into cakes. Ya Kun Kaya Toast’s Set F was a peanut butter toast set that Darren and I ate for a good three months sometime in 2016. Every morning we would just go to the same Ya Kun outlet until the auntie knew our orders by heart. One day, I told him we should make this into a cake. And he did. These flavours made our bakery ours, and we wanted our wedding to be so much of these stories as well!

So we got together all our favourite wedding vendors in less than 15 minutes; we already knew who we were gonna ask if we ever were to need styling for our wedding, or flowers or photography so that was really easy and quick, since they have been our industry partners turned friends. Wery quickly, this wedding concept was pulled together, with every vendor having free reign to conceptualise what local wedding means to them. We love all of their work and have absolute trust in them anyway. And true enough, they all over-delivered! We loved it!

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BEING BAKERS, WAS IT DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE A WEDDING CAKE?

Jia Min: It was an easy decision! We already knew our favourites on the menu. The cake was decided to be from our latest sister brand, That Vegan Cake, because we wanted to share the message that vegan food can be so delicious that you can’t even tell the difference from a regular cake, except that it is so much healthier! We were so excited to share it with everyone.

Darren: Baking for my wedding was surreal. I didn’t even think of it as I was working. It was like any other order. I just followed instructions and made it. We had two other wedding cakes to bake and I did those first. When I finally put the cake topper on mine (love that topper!) it finally hit me that this was my wedding cake. And I could suddenly visualise myself at the wedding. I remember just wanting the day to happen right then.

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WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING DAY LIKE?

Jia Min: We were surrounded by everyone we love and by their blessings. It was kept simple, so there was no march-in, just having God in the centre of it and a simple lunch to celebrate. Our emcee friends wanted to play games so we went along with them, otherwise it was just the Best Man and Maid of Honour toasts, along with a speech by Darren’s parents to share their joy with family and friends, and us thanking everyone for being so instrumental in our lives and how they all had a part to play in teaching us what love looks like. We even did away with the table-to-table photos and yam sengs so we could really be more present and spend more time speaking to people individually.

The day passed so quickly, and before we knew it, it was over! It still feels so surreal that we are married that we still exclaim every other day that we can’t believe we are married and having a baby.

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Darren: Our wedding was as planned. I loved the church wedding because it solidified our love in front of god. And it was super emotional; I cried many times as I met my family and friends before the ceremony. Then I did an “ugly cry” when I saw Jia Min walk down the aisle.

The lunch was unforgettable. Many thanks to Si Chuan Dou Hua and the team for the great service and just making us feel special. Of course we’d like to thank Med Kärlek for the styling and Thomas for helping us immortalise the day by making us do funny shots after the lunch.

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WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE WEDDING?

Jia Min: It has to be the bridal procession. It was so fun to be the VVIP having the ceremony start upon my arrival. My Maid of Honour drove me so Darren didn’t see me in my dress until I walked into the church. Catching a glimpse of Darren’s ugly cry (he is very emotional), having our witness and their kids be our flower boys and girls, and reading our vows to each other in front of everyone who loves us and whom we love. Those were the best parts of my wedding. To me, the lunch was just to have a meal together, but the church part of the wedding, where we got married by our favourite priest Monsignor Ambrose Vas, was really what meant the most to me.

Darren: My most memorable moment during the wedding was during the march-in at the church. It felt like eternity but it was so beautiful. We had our family and really close friends march in together in the bridal procession to our favourite song “A thousand times” by Jarrod James. Jia Min actually had part of the lyrics to the song tattooed on her arm two years back. It was all a plan in the making. We just didn’t know it yet.



VENDOR CREDITS:

The Size of Wedding: 230 guests
The Cost of the Wedding: $37,000
The Pre-Wedding Photographer (Indoor Shoot): The Beautiful Moment
The Pre-Wedding Photographer (Outdoor Shoot): Twist Photography
The Wedding Photographer: Thomas Tan
The Wedding Videographer: the other brother
The Wedding Stylist: Med Kärlek
The Church: St Vincent de Paul Church
The Venue: Si Chuan Dou Hua
The Make Up Artist: Candy T Makeup Artistry
The Wedding Robe: Bells & Birds
The Wedding Car: Volkswagen SG, in partnership with Car Club
The Wedding Gown: Wedding Crafters
The Suits: Style Smith
The Wedding Florist: Floral Magic
The Dessert Table: inthebrickyard (local themed pastries), Coconut Club (local kuehs)
The Wedding Cake: That Vegan Cake
The Cake Topper: The Good Makers Company
The Ice Cream Vendor: Merely Ice Cream
The Manicurist: The Nail Lab
The Solemniser: Monsignor Ambrose Vas
The Wedding Rings: Black by AJ


Credits: Images by Thomas Tan

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Cara and Andy’s Ethereal, Blue-Hued Wedding at The St. Regis Singapore

Cara and Andy tied the knot in a beautiful St. Regis Singapore wedding in ethereal shades of blue, with a fairy light and ribbon canopy, a decadent dessert table, and lots of love!

Cara Teo, 31, Dentist and Co-Founder of Props & Crafts, and Andy Tang, 31, Equity Trader, first met when she whacked him in the face with a pen! The couple started dating in junior college and have been together for half their lives. On 19 May 2018, Cara and Andy celebrated their union with a beautiful wedding at The St. Regis Singapore, with romantic overhead fairy lights and blue ribbons, a decadent dessert and ice cream spread, and the love of their family and friends, captured by Antelope Studios.

How did you meet?

Cara: Andy and I met each other in junior college on the first day of school during orientation. He sat directly behind me in the school hall during our morning assembly. As we were passing the attendance form to tick our names, I tossed the pen and paper towards the back and whacked him in the face. I heard an “Ouch”, so I turned around to apologise; and when I saw him, it was love at first sight, at least for me! After the first day, I went round telling all my girlfriends that I found someone I really liked.

We got together shortly after and have been together ever since. It was both his and my first and only real relationship. We’ve been together for almost half of our lives. We have weathered through the good and the bad times, and yet after all these years of growing up and growing old, we both concluded that we are still better together.

Andy: When I first met Cara, it definitely wasn’t love at first sight for me. But I started taking notice of her after one week into orientation, when we went out together as a group. We sat beside each other and started talking. I realised that we clicked well and she looked really pretty when she smiled and laughed.

You’ve been together a long time! Share with us a particularly memorable moment in your journey.

Cara: My mum has always been very protective, so Andy and I dated for one year without her knowledge. During our first year of dating, Andy wanted to surprise me, so he asked if I could get out of the house for awhile. I crept out of the house and he surprised me with a whole cake. We walked to Bukit Batok Nature Park, and sat under a pavilion to eat the cake. Then I took the remaining messed up, half-eaten cake, placed it back into the box and brought it home. I sneaked in through the back door, shoved the cake box into the fridge, and went back to study.

To my horror, my mum went into the kitchen and I heard the fridge door opening. I dashed back to the kitchen and saw her opening the fridge and smiling at the cake box. Then it hit me that my mum thought that I had secretly run out of the house to buy a cake for her because her birthday was the next day. I scurried back to my room, and messaged Andy, “Oh nooo, I shouldn’t have brought the cake home! Now my mum thinks that I bought a cake for her birthday tomorrow!”

Then I waited and waited and I got no response from him, only to hear my mum laughing from across the house. She then came into my room with her phone, showed me the text that was meant for Andy and asked me if I sent the message to the wrong person!

So that’s how my mum found out that I had a boyfriend. My mum even told me that she had opened the cake box and felt confused as to why her birthday cake was half-eaten.

What do you love most about your partner?

Andy: She has the most beautiful heart and the kindest soul. She is always putting others before herself, and is also fiercely loyal. When I was at the lowest point of my life, she stood by me to support and encourage me. She has always believed in me.

How did you create your St. Regis Singapore wedding?

Cara: The different shades of blue have always been my favourite colours, and I also love white peonies, which happened to be in season during our wedding. I wanted to create something that was romantically blue, and that had a tinge of boho-chicness. I used SingaporeBrides and other wedding sites for inspiration for my wedding!

As the co-founder of Props & Crafts, I am so used to setting up and styling other people’s weddings, that it was hard to be 100% not in control of the wedding decor on the day itself.

Bearing in mind that I couldn’t be there to set up my own wedding, I started sourcing for props one year before the wedding and planning the design with both my co-founder and a good friend of mine who is a florist, The Blue Thistle. We went through the concept and drawings a few times and we got a few more vendors to help spruce up the overall wedding decor layout.

All the wedding vendors that we engaged were really awesome!Bryan from Antelope Studios and Sam from Simple Motion Videography were really very enthusiastic and passionate and it shows in the work they produce. We hired Creamier Handcrafted, Cupplets, and Winifred Kristé Cake to provide desserts and ice-cream. We got Gift of Grace Designs and Common Hands to help out with the backdrop and welcome signage. Inside the Knot did the fairy lights in the The St. Regis Singapore ballroom. Sonia and Dennis from Juillet Official did the dresses for my bridesmaids and they looked super gorgeous that day.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Cara: Having a wonderful family and bridal team to see me through the entire process of the wedding celebration was a great blessing to me. My family and close friends have always been an integral part of my life and form who I am as a person. They are very important to me and are irreplaceable. Seeing them come together to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever possible during the wedding and blessing us with their talents and time, was very heartwarming to me.

There’s this special image that I will always remember, where my partner and co-founder of Props & Crafts, who was 10 months pregnant then, was packing up and tearing down the wedding decorations at the end of the celebration. And everyone that I loved, and their other halves, all came together and were busy helping to tidy up along with her. That moment, I felt immensely loved. It’s an overwhelming feeling.

Andy: I have always wanted a simple and small wedding so this wasn’t what I envisioned my wedding to be like. But I would say the wedding day passed very quickly and smoothly. The decorations and “extras” were nice but they were not the highlight of the day. The most memorable part of the wedding was when I saw her in her wedding dress. She was smiling and she was so beautiful both inside and out, I knew for sure that this was the woman I wanted to marry.

The Size of the Wedding: 350 guests
The Venue: The St. Regis Singapore
The Wedding Day Photographer: Antelope Studios
The Gown: Divine Couture // Jessica Cindy
The Bride’s Shoes: The White Atelier // Jimmy Choo
The Suit: Divine Couture
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Juillet Official
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Michelle Makeup
The Nail Artist: Calli Nails
The Desserts: Cupplets // Creamier Handcrafted
The Wedding Cake: Winifred Kristé Cake
The Florist: CC Lee Designs // The Blue Thistle
The Wedding Stylist: Props & Crafts // Inside the Knot
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Antelope Studios
The Videographer: Simple Motion Videography
The Photobooth: Inside the Knot // Gifts of Grace Design
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Monvoir // Jenna Rainey
The Wedding Favours: Succulents by The Blue Thistle
The Solemniser: Pastor Benjamin from Wesley Methodist Church


Credits: Images by Antelope Studios


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Annabel and Joel’s Gorgeous Bali Pre-Wedding Photography Session

Annabel and Joel’s stunning Bali pre-wedding photography session is filled with glorious mountaintop sunsets, pink beaches, and tropical jungle swings!

Annabel and Joel met playing the same sport, underwater rugby. The adventurous couple went to breathtaking locations in Bali for their pre-wedding shoot with Darren and Jade Photography, which felt more like a holiday! They climbed mountains for stunning sunset views of two bays, had a huge swing in the tropical jungle, and relaxed on a pink beach. Get inspired by their beautiful Bali pre-wedding photography adventure in the story below!

How did you two meet?

Joel: We both play the same sport, underwater rugby, and we’re both members of the same club. But oddly enough the first time we actually met was at a gaming session by the club members. After a couple of sessions, I found out that she stayed near me ,and I took the opportunity to offer her a ride home. That’s how it started, and then I began texting her more frequently.

Annabel: I was inactive in my underwater rugby sports club for about half a year due to work and some other commitments. I still hung out with my friends from the club outside of the training sessions from time to time and they invited me for a Lan Gaming session. During my period of inactivity, Joel joined the club.

I showed up at the Lan session a little early and there he was, a stranger to me. The first impression wasn’t the most positive one. I mean, he was actually gawking at me for a bit. I felt pretty uncomfortable… until my friend actually spoke up about it and asked him to back off. Haha! It was quite embarrassing for the both of us.

I started going back for underwater rugby training and what do you know, Joel lived near me and had been offering all who lived nearby a ride to training. (Okay, he didn’t know I stayed nearby. And he didn’t have feelings for me then.) Of course I took up the offer. I could sleep in for 30 minutes more, which to me was like, “Hallelujah!”

So from then, whenever there was training, I would ride with him. He would pick me up from my house and send me home after. And in these car rides, we would talk and share our views of the world.

What made you fall in love with your partner?

Annabel: He is really caring and nice to everyone, not just to me. He’s also really witty and funny.

Joel: She can be quite the crazy person, and her humour and her mad-capped, fun-loving attitude was the key draw for me. Also, she was a great conversationalist which made my interactions with her very interesting. As I got to know her better, I got to see her more serious, logical, and deep-thinking side, and it impressed me. The more I saw both sides of her, the more I felt that she was the one.

What was the proposal like?

Annabel: I knew it was coming because he wasn’t good at hiding things. He was so obvious because he was so insistent on me blocking a particular day off for him. We went for a date at a selfie studio and we had some fun taking some photos with some props. Midway, he told me he had to go get something, which I believed, because he is pretty forgetful. When he came back in, he had flowers and the ring, and was followed by a big group of our underwater rugby friends.

I was pretty surprised because we had training that day before our date and all of them were pretending not to know about the proposal, asking me questions like, “Oh where are you going later, you look nice today.”

Joel: I’ve got to give credit to one of our friends from underwater rugby. He told me to be different and not go with the run-of-the-mill dinner and propose. He suggested I try to do it at a photo studio and surprise her there. I sourced out a selfie studio, where we could go and take our own photos. I surprised her there, while we were supposed to be changing into onesies to take nonsense fun shots. I proposed to her while she was wearing that. I brought some of our friends along to enjoy the moment with us. They forced me into a onesie to take a photo of me on one knee. Thankfully there are no pictures of me initially asking the question, as we both looked quite unglamorous crying so hard. Haha. I guess that until our wedding it was the best day of my life.

Where did you go for your pre-wedding shoot?

Joel: We had initially decided on Melbourne, but due to some logistics issue we had to cancel that idea. Darren and Jade suggested Padar and Bali, as they had been there before. Their Bali pre-wedding photography looked awesome, so with a little bit of research, we said, “Yes, let’s do it!” and went!

What was the shoot like?

Joel: It was absolutely fantastic. The pre-wedding shoot did not feel like a shoot and more like a holiday adventure in Bali. That’s the best way to describe it. We had so much fun and laughter on top of it being like an adventure down to the very last day, rushing through the airport. The shots came up amazing as well!

When will the wedding be, and what are your plans for it?

Joel: The wedding is going to be on the 29 December this year, and we just hope it’s a fun filled event for all our close friends and family. For planning, the SingaporeBrides wedding checklist has been immensely helpful.

The Photographer: Darren & Jade Photography
The Bride’s Outfits: Rico-A-Mona
The Groom’s Outfits: Rico-A-Mona
The Shoot Locations: Bali, Padar Island
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Jade Yau Makeup & Hair


Credits: Images by Darren and Jade Photography


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

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

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

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

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

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

What was the proposal like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


How did the two of you meet?

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

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

What drew you to each other?

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

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

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

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

What was the proposal like?

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

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

Share with us how you planned your wedding.

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

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

Did you have a wedding theme?

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

What was your wedding day like?

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

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

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

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

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Tell us, how did you meet?

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

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

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

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

What was the proposal like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was your wedding day like?

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

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

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

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


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