- Posted on Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Rishi and Ling’s story is a modern fairytale that tells of a knight in shining armour who fought for his love, and his adorably tech savvy (yet still totally romantic) marriage proposal. Set amidst abundant greenery at Eco Gourmet Cafe in Labrador Park and captured by Bloc Memoire Photography, their wedding’s beautiful simplicity reflects a celebration that is truly their own. More than anything else, however, these star-crossed lovers show us that the best weddings take place in cosy, intimate settings and are shared with loved ones.
How did you meet?
“Rishi and I met when we were working together in Ogilvy & Mather, KL. As true mad men, we worked till midnights, but always found time to have a drink or two with our mutual colleagues. We grew closer after a few months, but Rishi left the company and we lost contact for months. One day, he left a message on Facebook wishing me Happy Birthday and wanted to catch up. We went out for lunch and a movie and kept seeing each other since. It wasn’t easy in the beginning as my family was against the relationship – he being Punjabi and I being Chinese, but Rishi’s persistence, kindness and thoughtfulness won them over. Worried about my safety, he used to trail my car back home after work every night – regardless of whether it was 2am or 5am. A year later, we moved to Singapore and the rest is history.”
How did Rishi propose?
“On the 19th of July 2013, we went out for dinner. Throughout the meal, he was really quiet and hardly ate, saying that he had a late lunch. After our mains, he told me that he had a gift for me, so I closed my eyes while he took out a Samsung mobile box. He told me that he had taken a few pictures to test the phone, and asked me to check if they were good.
When I switched on the phone, there was a picture of him holding a plaque that said “I asked the people closest to us a question…” He than asked me to scroll through the album, and I saw pictures of my mum, holding a plaque that said “Rishi will love & cherish you for life. Say yes to him”, our friend’s child saying that we will have “Cute Chindian babies”, our close friends saying that “You are lucky enough to marry your best friend”, his elder brother saying “Marry my brother because he is better with you than without you” and more. The last picture was a picture of him saying, “Can you guess what it [question] is?” It was then that he took out a Cartier box and said, “Will you marry me?” I said, “Yes.” We celebrated our newly engaged status right after the proposal with a surprise party organized by him and our closest friends.“
What were some of the unique and personal touches to your wedding?
“Our ROM dinner was held at Eco Gourmet Café, Labrador Park, surrounded by the lush green forest. We chose a nature theme as we both love the outdoors (especially Rishi who hails from New Zealand). We asked our guests to be in smart casual attire as we wanted them to feel as if they were attending a huge family dinner!
Our colour palette was yellow, green and cream. The whole venue was adorned with yellow, green and white hues of flowers, complimenting the surrounding forest. We had our guests write their wishes and marriage advice for us and place it inside a wooden chest so we could read them in the future or even share it with our kids! There were some fun and sentimental touches as well – from the table arrangement (done by me), the wedding cake made (baked and decorated) by Rishi’s aunt and our favourite cake toppers by my mother. She even hand painted the groom to match Rishi and the blushing bride that matches my huge grin!”
Do you have any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
"Start planning as early as possible, and make use of checklists on that day. The crazy organizer in me printed a checklist and schedule for every member of both sides of our family, groom & bridal party, florist, photographers and restaurant employees. It ensured that everyone was on the same page and the whole day ran smoothly.
We had guests coming from all over the world, so we booked them in the same hotel. We printed the day’s (ROM day) events, as well as places to visit and eat along with our contact details and placed them in their respective rooms.
Don’t go for a Pinterest wedding, make it your own! I had a whole Pinterest wedding in mind in the beginning, but it was not long before I realized that we were our own inspiration – we were of different races and different backgrounds (he was raised in NZ, I from KL) – and we had so much of “us” to share with our loved ones!"
Congratulations on your marriage Rishi and Ling! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Photography: Bloc Memoire Photography
Venue: Eco Gourmet Café, Labrador Park
Wedding Dress / Cheongsam: Ong Shunmugam
Groom's Suit: Paul Smith
Hair and Makeup: Cleo Chang Makeup and Hair
Decorator and Florist: Poppy Flora Studio