Exploring bridal makeup trends and wedding gown fashions from the 1950s to the present, this styled shoot hopes to inspire you to find your own style!
Wedding fashion has changed a lot over the years. From big, poufy sleeves and layers of ruffles, to sleek numbers paired with shiny chignons, bridal looks have certainly undergone many transformations. Today’s styled shoot explores how wedding fashions and bridal makeup trends have evolved through the 1950s and 1980s, up till today’s dreamy and romantic trends. Conceptualised by Candy T. Makeup Artistry, Silhouette the Atelier, and One Click Wonders, the shoot plays with interpretations of the iconic looks of each fashion era to inspire you to find your own timeless style.
Inspired by the vintage glamour of the 1950s Hollywood stars, the team created a set that depicted sophistication and elegance. “We referenced the impeccable Audrey Hepburn with a classy and elegant makeup look featuring winged eyeliner, bronze, earth-tone eyeshadow, defined arched brows, and bold red lips,” shared Candy Tiong, founder of Candy T. Makeup Artistry. The bride’s look was completed with perfectly coiffed hair to match the precise makeup of the 1950s.
Silhouette the Atelier chose a gown that reflected the main style of the era—classy and elegant. A deep plunge neckline referenced old Hollywood glamour, while the formfitting cut spoke of the era’s classic elegance. Daniel Ho of One Click Wonders recreated the vintage photography style with slightly faded colours and warm tones.
Exploring 1980s fashion, when trends evolved from classic and simple to bold and colourful, Candy T. Makeup Artistry played with colourful eyeshadow and bright, fuschia pink lips. To reference the 80’s love for big, puffy shoulders and long sleeves, Silhouette the Atelier chose a gorgeous long-sleeved lace gown with intricate detailing.
The bride’s look was finished with big curls and the poufy veil that was so in vogue in the 1980s. The era’s bold and vibrant vibe was captured with brighter colours by One Click Wonders.
Finally, the journey through fashion history ends with the team’s interpretation of today’s favoured styles. Modern hair and makeup trends move towards soft and natural looks with glowing skin. For this set, Candy T. Makeup Artistry kept the makeup colour palette light and natural, using eyeshadows in natural tones, subtle contouring, pink blush, and light lip colours. They styled the bride’s hair in a soft and airy look with a loosely gathered chignon.
To reflect the modern bride’s love for dainty and feminine gowns, Silhouette the Atelier chose a hand-sewn lace bustier gown with crystal accents, accessorised with a crystal shoulder chain. Using natural light and shallow focusing, One Click Wonders captured the whole look with a soft and dreamy feel popularised by Korean dramas.
The team hopes that this editorial’s exploration of bridal styles will inspire you to discover your own! “Today many people seem to just go with whatever is trending on social media,” they share. “We would love to see couples challenge themselves to be different and to take inspiration from all of fashion!”
Believing that every wedding should reflect a couple’s unique personalities, the team is offering an exclusive destination pre-wedding photography bundle so you can flaunt your personal style in the beautiful landscapes of Japan. At only $5,000 (U.P. $8,200), the destination pre-wedding photography bundle includes a 1 full-day pre-wedding shoot in Japan, up to 8 hours, by Daniel Ho of One Click Wonders, 1 off-the-rack gown rental from Silhouette the Atelier, and 1 bridal hair and makeup look and 1 touch-up by Candy T. Makeup Artistry. For enquiries, email [email protected].
Many thanks to the team for sharing this styled shoot with us!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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This pretty and happy styled shoot is full of confetti, flamingo balloons, bright flowers, rose, and giggles! Dreamt up by A2i Makeup, this shoot inspires you to hold your own makeup hens party with your bridesmaid squad.
Today’s styled shoot puts a big smile on our faces! It’s so bright, happy, and unabashedly girly that we could squeal! Dreamed up by A2i Makeup, a beauty venture founded by Candy T., the shoot presents a fun makeup hens party for a bride and her bridesmaids. In a cosy space beautifully decorated with bright flowers, huge pink flamingo balloons, pretty watercolours, and colourful confetti, the girls picked up beauty tips from A2i Makeup’s artists, exchanged bridesmaid gifts, enjoyed funfetti cupcakes, and celebrated their dear friend’s journey from Miss to Mrs.
The inspiration for a makeup hens party stemmed from A2i Makeup’s beauty workshops. A team of passionate artists headed by Candy T., A2i Makeup offers personal and professional beauty workshops that teach beginners as well as aspiring makeup artists how to create natural and beautiful looks for work or play. Focusing on beauty as a whole, the workshops discuss skincare as well as application techniques and beauty products, and the small class sizes allow students to learn hands-on.
Wanting to create a special experience for brides and their bridesmaids, the team came up with the idea of a personalised makeup party. “We wanted to host a very fun makeup workshop for a bride-to-be and her bridal party,” shares the A2i Makeup team. “We thought that it would be nice for the bridesmaids to learn some professional makeup tips, from our makeup trainer Tracy, and bring home some real skills that they can use to prepare themselves on the wedding day.”
The styled shoot was set in A2i Makeup’s brightly lit, cosy studio, and styled by Med Kärlek Inc. with fun pink balloons, lush flowers in happy colours by Florals by Benita, and personalised watercolour place cards by Art and Wanders. The table and chairs were provided by TT Productions.
“I’ve known some of these girls longer than others, but they all played a very important role at different times in my life!” shares bride Felicia. “The makeup hens party was a good opportunity for all of them to come together as each and every bridesmaid means a lot to me in their own unique ways.” The party was a pretty preview of the morning of the wedding day, where the bride and her bridal party gather to get ready together. Sharing each other’s makeup, dressing up, and primping together is a special experience that is heightened with the excitement of the big day, when one of your best friends gets married! As the photos by Lightedpixels Photography show, there is something really special about dolling up together with your BFFs. “Memories fade, but a good picture along with a moment that’s precious will last a lifetime,” says Felicia.
For the party, the girls were dressed by Wild Peonies. They exchanged lovely bridesmaid gifts of jewellery from Anidea J. and the bridesmaid beauty box from Shopbox. To sweeten the celebrations, there was cake and rosé!
Brides who also want a fun beauty experience with their squad can customise a makeup party with A2i Makeup according to their preferences and budget. “We reckon that coupled with nice food, cocktails, and lots of gossip, it would make an unusually fun hens party idea!” says the team.
A2i Makeup offers customisable bridesmaid makeup workshops and parties. Simply email them at [email protected] or call +65 9004 4378 to start planning the perfect celebration. Their studio is located at 42A Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427766.
Many thanks to the team for sharing this beautiful styled shoot with us!
The Venue and Makeup Workshop: A2i Makeup
The Stylist: Med Kärlek Inc.
The Florist: Florals by Benita
The Photography: Lightedpixels Photography
The Bridesmaid Beauty Box: Shopbox
The Wardrobe: Shop Wild Peonies
The Jewellery: Anidea J.
The Calligraphy: Art and Wanders
The Table and Chair Rental: TT Production
Credits: Photography by Lightedpixels Photography, courtesy of A2i Makeup.