- Posted on Monday, 12 January 2015
Let your Monday take flight with Wei Siang and Shuwei’s cheerful yellow and pastel blue travel-themed nuptials at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante. Planned by Anna of Spellbound Weddings and captured by Alwin Lim of Trouvé, this sunny celebration will whisk away your work week blues and charm you with its incredible balloon backdrop and bountiful bunches of baby's breath.
How did you meet?
“Though our paths did not cross prior to 2010, Wei Siang and I have several mutual friends from our schooling days. It was one of these good friends who thought that we might hit it off, and arranged a blind date to the Singapore Airshow for us to meet. My first impression of Wei Siang was that he was serious and reserved. However, we quickly realized that we had multiple shared interests and conversation began to flow easily. I was intrigued by his quirky sense of humor and intellectual disposition. Whereas for him, I believe, it was pretty much love at first sight!” ~ Shuwei
How did Wei Siang propose?
“After asking my parents for their blessings, Wei Siang planned the proposal in secret and sprung the surprise during our holiday in Japan. We were shopping in Sapporo when he spontaneously suggested taking the cable car up the Observation Hill, a beautiful area with a lovely view of the city. On a secluded area on the hilltop, he took out his iPad and started playing a very sweet photomontage video that he had put together. He went down on one knee, and asked me to be his partner for life. I happily agreed!” ~ Shuwei
We love the yellow and white balloons used for your ceremony backdrop! Tell us about your wedding theme, and did you undertake any DIY projects?
“The wedding had a pastel blue and yellow palette, as we love the cheery combination of these colors. We also incorporated a subtle travel theme, as we are often struck by wanderlust and enjoy exploring the world together. The paper fans that were provided to keep our guests cool at our outdoor solemnization ceremony had an airplane motif, and guests could leave us personal notes in the form of paper airplanes. The guest tables were named after countries we had visited, and the tables were decorated with our travel photos. For the décor of the reception and solemnization areas, we opted for colorful balloons as they added a playful and light-hearted touch to the atmosphere.
Initially, we wanted to DIY certain aspects of the wedding décor, but upon realizing how artistically challenged we were, we made the right decision to engage Anna from Spellbound Weddings to set it all up for us. Thanks to her and her excellent team's creativity and hard work, Alkaff Mansion was transformed into a beautiful, romantic, fun and unforgettable venue.” ~ Shuwei
Do you have any interesting stories to share with us?
“Wei Siang and I started planning the wedding the year that I was completing my postgraduate studies abroad. The 12-hour time difference made it hard for us to find a common time to communicate meaningfully about the wedding preparations. As a result, we went through periods of frustration, but ultimately, this made us stronger as the experience helped us learn how to better compromise. For example, while deciding our wedding venue, I would wake up in the middle of the night so that I could remotely attend viewing appointments via FaceTime. Wei Siang would carry his iPad with my sleepy face on the screen to his meetings with potential wedding vendors. We must have made an impression on those we met!
Our engagement photo shoot was taken in the United States as Wei Siang and I had lived in the country for several years, and it holds a special place in our hearts. Due to a limited budget, we planned the shoot ourselves, opted for free makeover services, and had very generous friends who helped us out. The experience was fun in a slightly crazy way, and taught us an invaluable lesson – that despite elaborate planning, things can still go wrong but it is perfectly okay! Just let go and have fun, for moments don’t last forever but memories do.” ~ Shuwei
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Definitely start planning early! While there are many aspects of a wedding to consider, it would be helpful to identify the ones that are most important to the couple, and focus time and energy on making them meaningful.
Attend a marriage preparation course. Wedding preparation is not just about checking items off a long to-do list, there are many things to learn about yourself, your partner and your relationship before committing to marriage. We suggest treating this discovery process with an open mind, respect and care, as this helps set the foundation of your lifelong partnership.
If your budget allows, engage a wedding planner or a wedding day coordinator. We engaged Anna from Spellbound Weddings to coordinate our wedding day, and that was one of the best decisions we made. She expertly handled the various aspects of the wedding with utmost precision and passion, and was always calm and optimistic. She had an innate understanding of our vision for the wedding, and gave advice/suggestions that catered to the vision yet stayed sensitive to our budget. Overall, she was as invested, if not more so, as Wei Siang and I in making our dream wedding come true, and we could not have been happier with what she and her team achieved.” ~ Shuwei
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Spending quality time with each other, having open and honest communication, and being grateful to have each other every day.” ~ Shuwei
Congratulations on your marriage, Wei Siang and Shuwei! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of guests: 180
Venue: Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
Photography: Alwin Lim, Trouvé
Wedding Dress: Tan Yoong
Evening Gown: Olive Suite
Bride’s Shoes: Golden River
Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her And For Him
Groom’s Outfits: Hugo Boss
Groom’s Shoes: Walking Tall
Jewellery: Fairy's Inc (wedding rings) and Sancy Jewellery
Hair and Makeup: TG Goh
Wedding Planning, Flowers & Décor: Anna, Spellbound Weddings
Stationery and Paper Goods: Minted (invitations), Etsy (guestbook poster), Spellbound Weddings (fans)
Entertainment: Hummingbird Concepts (live band)
Videography: Sean Seah, Firewerkz Films