A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Inspired Wedding with Two Paolo Sebastian Dresses

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Captured by Yu Hsin of Tinydot Photography, Jason and Amanda’s dreamy poolside and ballroom nuptials at Capella Singapore reveal impeccable style. The couple’s reception was set against a Midsummer Night's Dream forest-inspired backdrop and accented with floating candles - an extra special touch to show their love for Harry Potter, while Amanda herself was a vision in two graceful dresses from bridal couturier Paolo Sebastian

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Here's a snap taken by PapyPress of the wedding invitation suite they created for the couple:

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How did you meet?
“We met in church but never really talked until one day when we bumped into each other at Clarke Quay. We spent a good minute staring and pointing at each other until we realised where we knew each other from!” ~ Jason and Amanda

How did he propose?
“Funny story. He had planned a trip to Bangkok and Phuket to propose. When we were in Bangkok, he tried to get the hotel to lay out roses on the bed to form the words, “Will you marry me?” but they said they didn’t have such a service (and thank goodness, I think it would have been so cheesy!) So he thought, ‘Ok Phuket must have many romantic spots to propose, I’ll just wait till then.’ He wanted to propose while we were parasailing but decided against it in case I dropped the ring into the ocean as I’m super clumsy. He also wanted to propose while snorkeling but also changed his mind. He then tried to book a private island but that failed too. It was our last day in Phuket and after an entire trip of failed plans, he was getting a little desperate so he thought, ‘Our hotel room has an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, I’ll just do it there’ and so he did and the rest, like they say, is history!” ~ Amanda

What was your theme and colour palette?
“He proposed in a pool, so we thought, ‘Why not get married in one!’ The colour palette for our solemnisation was rustic greens and pinks. The theme for our evening celebration was ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ inspired, with a forest and floating candles like the ones in Harry Potter because we're both Harry Potter fans – we had our honeymoon in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!” ~ Jason and Amanda

How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“I made the chalk board signs, confetti and glitter table numbers. We had help decorating the stairs with vines and flowers from our friends Malorie and Nicholas, and our bridal party set up the white balloons along the stairs leading to the pool.” ~ Jason and Amanda

What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We opted for customised candy from Sticky for our wedding favours. We felt like it was more personal. Our bridal party, Jason and I put the candy into the bottles and hand-tied ribbons on all 300 of them!” ~ Jason and Amanda

Please tell us a little more about your Paolo Sebastian dresses and bridesmaid outfits!
“I didn't want a dress that was too conventional and because I'm short, I wanted a dress which showed some leg so that I'd look taller. I fell in love with the Paolo Sebastian ‘Swan Lake’ dress when I saw it on Pinterest; it was everything I wanted in a dress. I googled and found out that they only had a store in Adelaide (at that time) so I convinced myself that I didn't need the dress and I'd try looking for one in Singapore but every dress I tried just didn't feel right. I told Jason about my dilemma and he said, ‘If you like the dress, let's go see it.” We made a trip to Adelaide, I tried the dress on and almost cried. It was 3 sizes too big and didn't fit very well even after sticking lots of pins in it, but I loved it. Designer Paul Vasileff had to make a completely new piece for me but we had time as it was still a year to the wedding.

During my final fitting 4 weeks before my wedding, I was trying on my dress in the fitting room filled with his amazing dresses when I spotted the blue dress from Paolo Sebastian’s ‘Sleeping Garden’ collection. I thought it would go really well with my dinner backdrop! I asked to see it and Paul suggested I try it on because it's about my size. I did and ended up getting it.

I didn't want to put my bridesmaids in an outfit they weren't comfortable in. They each have very different styles so putting them in the same dress would make at least one of them feel uncomfortable. As much as it was my day, they were going to be standing up there with me and I wanted them to feel good in whatever they were wearing. I also wanted them to be able to wear it again after my wedding. I've been a bridesmaid several times and realised I never wore my bridesmaid dress again; it's really such a waste. It was important that the bridesmaid outfits complemented my flower girls' dresses. We toyed with the idea of tulle dresses in the beginning but there weren't any nice ones and it didn't give us the option of customisation. How we arrived at the decision of getting the tulle skirts was kind of arbitrary - I was shopping online one day and I found this amazing tulle skirt that I really wanted so I sent it to my maid-of-honor, casually saying, ‘Hey I think you guys should get this so I can borrow it after the wedding.’ She liked the idea so we sent it to the other two girls and they agreed to it too!” ~ Amanda

Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Jason still insists we should’ve hired a wedding planner. I think we did alright without one. If you have a great, responsible and dependable bridal party like I had and if you know what vendors you want, save money on a wedding planner. If not, consider investing in one.

It’s inevitable for things to go wrong during the day. Don’t freak out and just remember the bigger picture: You’re marrying the love of your life. We lost our ring bearer a few hours before the solemnisation and everyone was expecting me to freak out but I didn’t. I was about to marry my best friend! Nothing else seemed to matter as much.” ~ Amanda

What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” ~ Jason and Amanda

 

 

Congratulations on your marriage, Jason and Amanda! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!

 

 

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Vendor Information
Venue: Capella Singapore
Photography: Yu Hsin, Tinydot Photography
Wedding Dresses: Paolo Sebastian
Cheongsam: Time Taken To Make A Dress
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka and Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Joyful Dressmaker (tops) and Space 46 Boutique (skirts)
Groom's and Groomsmen’s Outfits: CYC The Custom Shop
Groom's Shoes: Prada
Hair and Makeup: Rei, The Make Up Room
Flowers and Décor: Boenga
Stationery / Paper Goods: PapyPress (invitations, guestbook and favour tags) and Papermeister (escort cards)
Wedding Favours: Sticky
Photo Vignette: WULALA! 
Entertainment: Vetta Quartet and Goodfellas


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