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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