- Posted on Friday, 17 June 2016
On the evening of their 10th anniversary, Anand asked the love of his life for her hand in marriage at the very place their love story had its beginnings. Ensconced in a warm glow from candle-filled mason jars and dangling fairy lights, Isabel said, "Yes!", with her sister Annabel of Annabel Law Productions documenting every joyfully nuanced moment.
How did you meet?
“We met at a schoolmate's birthday party. We were in adjacent classes in Meridian Junior College (MJC) in 2005.” ~ Anand and Isabel
Please tell us a little bit about your love story!
“Our relationship started when we were both young and immature. Neither of us thought that the relationship would make it past Junior College (JC). Much to the surprise of our friends and ourselves included, we did not just make it through JC, but also through Anand serving National Service and we eventually were in the National University of Singapore together. Although we survived the first 5 years, our relationship was laden with many breakups. It was only by the work of grace that our relationship took a drastic turn for the better during the final and longest breakup 5 years ago, and now we are even more in love with each other than we were before.” ~ Anand and Isabel
Anand, when did you decide to propose and what planning was involved?
“In the run-up to our 10th anniversary, I realised that this was the girl I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, so proposing on our 10th anniversary seemed like a pretty good idea. The planning involved quite a few friends all working behind the scenes to make it a beautiful event. I started out by looking for a ring. I found the perfect one at the House Of Hung (and for anyone who's looking for the perfect ring, you should go there and look for Mr Ranjit – he’ll hook you up with an awesome ring at a great price.)
After that I asked her parents to dinner – her sister helped me arrange it such that she wouldn’t find out. Dinner was a pretty momentous occasion for all of us because I'd never spent time alone with her parents before. But I must say that it was a very enjoyable evening.
As we met in MJC, I decided that I should propose there. Annabel and my friends helped to build a beautiful setup with lots of mason jars, candles and fairy lights. (A huge shoutout to Shawn, Claire, Ben and Jaclyn!) It took quite a few weeks of planning, but Annabel spearheaded the project expertly and I barely had anything to worry about.
And of course, I'm really thankful to Annabel from Annabel Law Productions for the photos and Annie from Hello Flowers for the beautiful bouquet.” ~ Anand
Isabel, was the proposal a complete surprise or did you have an inkling as to what Anand was planning? Could you please tell us a little bit about how you felt during the actual proposal?
“Anand gave me a card ten days before our anniversary and he enclosed cash in it coupled with instructions to get my nails and hair done, as well as to buy a dress. So, I did get a sense that he was going to propose soon. It also did make sense for him to propose on our anniversary as we were discussing marriage and applying for a flat. But I didn't really know for sure if he was going to propose then and I decided not to dwell too much on it – just in case I got my hopes dashed! I was quite excited for our anniversary nonetheless.
On the actual day, we had the luxury of dining at a private dining room with an awesome view. I’ve always wanted my proposal to be a private affair and when we stepped into the room, I thought that he was definitely going to propose there. But he did not, and he led me to believe that he did not have any plans after dinner. I must admit that I did feel a tinge of disappointment then.
Just as I thought we were deciding where to go post-dinner, Anand fished out a blindfold from his jacket and made me put it on before we got into the car. I was still blindfolded when I got out of the car and he led me all the way to the middle of MJC’s school field before I could remove the blindfold.
When I removed the blindfold, my first reaction was to exclaim that we were in MJC. It is a significant place for our relationship but it didn't ever occur to me that we would go back there after so many years. I was also really in awe of the setup and how it was such a perfectly dreamy setting. Anand delivered a speech that made me tear before he got on one knee and popped the question. Everyone asks me how I felt and to be honest, it all went by so fast that it felt surreal and exhilarating at the same time. I am really grateful to my sister, Annabel for taking these photos – she captured the emotions that I do not even remember feeling and the photos put a smile on our faces every time.” ~ Isabel
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us, Anand and Isabel, and warmest congratulations on your engagement!
Venue: Meridian Junior College
Photography: Annabel Law Productions
Flowers: Hello Flowers
Backdrop and Props: Isabel’s mum
Curtains and Mason Jars: Ikea
Engagement Ring: House of Hung