- Posted on Thursday, 11 August 2016
Opting for a ‘first look’ letter exchange the morning of their wedding ceremony, Andre and blogger bride Sherlyn enjoyed a few precious moments to themselves before being joined by family and friends in a rustic celebration planned by Inside the Knot and shot by Pixioo Photography at CHIJMES. Saying ‘yes’ to forever never looked more romantic, especially when it involved a simple backdrop inspired by Jason Mraz’s nuptials that frames rather than hides the venue’s beautiful surrounds.
Watch this short film of the couple's wedding day captured by FreshfromKenneth…
Here's a peek at their styled shoot turned surprise proposal...
What was your theme and colour palette?
“The primary colour of the wedding was white, so we made sure to have it consistently throughout the different parts of the wedding day. Despite playing around with many other flower varieties, the cotton plant was incorporated in both the day and night setups for consistency.
For the holy matrimony at CHIJMES’ lawn, we chose a rustic theme with shades of peach, blush and yellow. The colour palette was based on spring colours and befitting of a day ceremony in the open. Inspired by Jason Mraz’s wedding, we also erected a life-sized frame adorned with flowers as the ceremony’s centerpiece.
At night, CHIJMES Hall was decorated with only white flowers. There was a moderate sprinkling of twigs and leaves to accompany them to tie in with the rustic theme from earlier. Clean and classic were two themes we wanted for the dinner celebration.
I guess the most memorable feature of the night setup was the overhanging fairy lights that cascaded from the second storey to the first. It created a sky of stars to walk under and gave the venue a fairytale vibe.” ~ Sherlyn
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“Unlike conventional weddings, we did not have any wedding favours prepared for our guests. Instead, our guests took home flowers from the venue.
It was actually very novel and heartening to watch our family and friends holding on to bunches of orchids, tulips and cotton plants as they bade us goodbye that night. This idea was inspired by an article on flower wastage in the wedding industry.
In this article, flowers from a wedding were distributed to nursing homes and hospitals a day after. As we only came across this idea at the eleventh hour, there was no time to make arrangements to donate our flowers.
We thought that it was serendipitous to have chanced upon this concept that inspired us to bless our family and friends instead. Up to now, I still have guests telling me about the flowers they’ve brought home. Some have dried them up for keeps.” ~ Sherlyn
Do you have any other stories you’d like to share with us?
“As we still had to retain the tradition of the groom receiving the bride in the morning, we modified the idea of a ‘first look’. At a point in the morning, we both stood in front of each other and read our personal letters to the other.
It was a very vulnerable moment where we spoke from our hearts about the joys of our shared history, the anticipation of the wedding day and the hopes for our future together.
It was also the most personal and intimate moment we both shared that hectic day. The rest of the day buzzed with activity, which led us to deeply cherish the quiet and exclusive moment we shared reading our letters to each other.” ~ Sherlyn
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Trust a few family members and friends with many tasks rather than many with a few tasks. We felt that having a small and core group of help led to fewer administrative issues. It was easier to coordinate and plan with fewer people involved. There is no need to feel bad about receiving help. After all, if the tables were turned, you would do the same for someone you care about, wouldn’t you?
Pick your battles and keep the end goal in mind. Lose what you have to lose in order to win at the end. And at the end of the tunnel, I can assure you that those who go against your tide or try to dull your sparkle will be embarrassed for their deeds. Don’t let them ruffle your feathers. Be the best version of yourself for the best day of your life.
Make your choices and stick to them. If you are an early planner and you fret over the million options available to you, insisting on trying each and every one of them will stress you out unnecessarily. All you need is your own commitment to the choice you have made. Tell yourself that your choice is your personal choice, your only choice and your best choice despite the naysayers and your wandering mind.” ~ Sherlyn
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Always score for the team. If it means having to dodge the ball on behalf of the other, do it for the team. If the other requires your assistance to get there, be that team player he/she needs you to be. A marriage is about teamwork. No one party should be giving or receiving too much.
Be considerate and polite. Say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘it’s been hard on you’ when you can. Smile at each other more often. The littlest gestures can sum up to something significant. On the flip side, do not act out of reward or expect reciprocation. A marriage should not come with such terms and conditions.
Finally, look forward to the many milestones you will achieve together in your lifetime. Your first home. Your first child. Your first summit. There is no other person you will share so many firsts with but him/her. Make those firsts count for something.” ~ Sherlyn
Congratulations on your marriage, Andre and Sherlyn! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of Guests: 120
Venue: CHIJMES Hall Singapore
Photography: Samuel, Pixioo Photography
Wedding Gowns: Z Wedding D'sign/Le Grand Wedding
Wedding Robe: Bells and Birds
Jewellery: Choo Yilin Artisan Jewellery
Hair and Makeup: Jacqueline Law
Bridesmaid Dresses: Oui
Bridesmaids’ Corsages: Eco Fleurs
Décor and Flowers: Inside the Knot
Stationery/Paper Goods: Artsynibs (calligraphy) and Heidi Ong (illustrations)
Catering: Tung Lok Events Catering
Dessert Table: Shirlytwirly
Planning/Styling: Inside the Knot
Entertainment/Emcee: 1023 (first march in) and Priscilla Tan Music (wedding singer)
Tiffany Chairs: XOXO and Co
Car Rental: Volkswagen
Photo Booth: Firefly Photography