An Enchanted Forest Wedding at W Hotel Singapore: Mark and Stephanie

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We are somewhat at a loss to describe Mark and Stephanie's wedding but words and phrases such "sensational" and "full of joie de vivre" certainly spring to mind! Read on Wedding Scoopers and get ready to have your socks knocked off by this couple's wondrous and romantic celebration!

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The beautiful cranes on Stephanie's veil were made by Olive Suites.

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The bridesmaids each carried their own bouquet with flowers and colours unique to them!

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The bride requested that Mark have input on her bouquet as it was something he would be giving her. "In the end, we decided to use a lot of hard-stemmed structured flowers like proteas, we also chose wild flowers for a burst of colour and contrasted these with deep purple calla lilies and dusty pink super large peonies." ~ Stephanie

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"As butterflies are a symbol of metamorphosis, upon leaving the church we released butterflies at its doors to symbolize a new union of two people and the freedom and beauty that this new union brought about." ~ Stephanie

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The couple had their first march-in to Jason Mraz's, "93 Million Miles". 

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"A few days before our dinner, Mark decided it’d be hilarious if we had a spoof of ourselves for the second march-in. Usually it's where everyone stands to clap at what seems like just a simple wardrobe change for the couple. The gesture seemed dated for us, and a little boring! So the question we wanted to pose to everyone was not, “What are they wearing?” but “Where’s the couple?” So aided by W Hotel’s ever-accommodating banquet manager, we snuck through the banquet food service area through a back door and waited for the ballroom lights to black out so we could creep up on stage and take the place of our spoofs in their exact same pose when the lights came on." ~ Stephanie

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"We had a lot of impromptu moments - like getting sprayed by 13 bottles of champagne by our bridal party on stage just seconds before the Yum Seng!" ~ Stephanie

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The Story
Mark and Stephanie met through mutual friends at Mr. Prata and didn’t see each other till another chance meeting one night at Zouk. They only hung out for a few minutes that night but the couple met again for coffee four days later…and haven’t stop seeing each other everyday since!

“On the day we met for coffee, my grandpa who had dementia got lost in Ang Moh Kio. One minute he was behind my grandma in NTUC and the next, he was gone! Mark offered to drive all around Ang Moh Kio to look for him and this struck me as truly amazing!” ~ Stephanie

Mark proposed to Stephanie in the Vatican City outside Saint Peter’s Basilica. Unbeknownst to Stephanie, he carried the ring in Stephanie’s bag through Italy and only took it out to place in his pocket when passing through metal detectors in the Vatican City. He chose to sneak it into her bag for safekeeping as he was afraid he might drop it otherwise while reaching into his pocket for things. Cannily executed Mark!

The Wedding
Mark and Stephanie wanted to break away from tradition to create a fun yet unpretentious experience that their guests could relate to.

“Our style was eclectic - a mix of everything that mattered most to us, regardless of whether the ideas gelled or not. We are imperfect that way! We definitely tried to contrast our locations and create a different environment to what our locations provided us. That is, we wanted to create an outdoor garden wedding indoors.”  ~ Stephanie

Mirage Flowers helped to bring their whimsical garden theme to fruition. At the entrance to the church, they placed a wishing tree where guests could leave notes for the couple in place of a traditional guest book. For their reception, Mark and Stephanie wanted to give guests the impression that they were dining in an enchanted forest. Their florist then dreamed up a tree-lined aisle with overhanging boughs and table centerpieces dripping with crystals for a magical fairytale effect.

Food was also an important consideration for the couple.

We worked closely with W Hotel about the menu. As Swiss Butchery is Mark’s family business, he definitely wanted to have Wagyu beef with high marbling on the meats and incorporate some of his favourite air-dried meats into the menu. For a lighter finish at the end of the meal, we presented our guests with beautiful blood orange sorbets and burnt sugar orange slices.” ~ Stephanie

Two bands played that night - Michaela Therese and Tim De Cotta and a string quartet from Merry Bees Live Music. To add to the night’s entertainment, Mark sang a song to Stephanie towards the end of dinner (he had been sporadically learning the guitar in the weeks before the wedding just for the occasion!)

Their wedding celebrations ended with a flourish with plenty of dancing and all-night partying!

“We had ballroom dancing for the older folks. There were guests who were so enthusiastic about it that that they changed out of their gowns into shorter dancing dresses! We finished off with an after-party at WOOBAR and would you believe that we had 70-year-old relatives staying till 2am? Pretty amazing!” ~ Stephanie

Their advice to couples getting married?

“Mark’s good friend Darryl told us this a few days before our wedding: Enjoy every moment because it’s going to whizz by so fast, by night you’ll be wondering, “Oh my god, it’s over already?”  This, coincidentally, was advice given to him before he got married too and we think it’s very sound!”

 

Congratulations Mark and Stephanie! 

 

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Vendor Information
Phtotography: Samuel Ow and Nur Hakim Azmi, Revelation Creative House
Venues: St. Teresa Church & W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza from The Atelier Bridal
Cranes for Bride's Veil and Evening Gown: Olive Suite
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridemaid Dresses: Alldressedup
Groom’s Suit: Dior Homme & Digio Bridal
Groom’s Shoes: Diamond Walker and Prada
Flowers: Celia Ow, Mirage Flowers (main florist) and Sing See Soon
Hair and Makeup: Kenneth Lee
Real Butterflies: Oh' Farms
Wedding Cake: W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
Videography: Yang Ang, Substance Films
Entertainment: Michaela Therese and Tim De Cotta and a string quartet from Merry Bees Live Music

 


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