- Posted on Tuesday, 09 January 2018
For Andrew and Samantha who wanted to spend their wedding day surrounded only by the few people they truly love, this small and intimate wedding was simply perfect. Captured by Trouve, their rustic chic garden-themed wedding resembled a backyard transformed into a delightfully cosy venue for the special night, and included many DIY elements allowing the couple to give their stylishly decorated wedding unique and personal touches.
And here are some photos from the couple’s pre-wedding shoot shot in Paris:
How did you meet?
“We met when we were students at Temasek Polytechnic 11 years ago. We joined the same CCA group, got along as friends and it all started from there. We’ve been together for a long time, we supported each other through different phases of life and finally decided to get married in our 9th year together.” ~Samantha
What was the proposal like?
“We were on a holiday after Andrew’s business trip in the UK. The proposal took place in Paris under the Eiffel Tower. We were walking around in the park to take night pictures of the Eiffel Tower when Andrew got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was sweet and simple.” ~ Samantha
What was the theme and colour palette of your wedding?
“We wanted something cosy, intimate and a little rustic, so we decided on a rustic chic garden-themed wedding, keeping the colour palette simple with peach and adding pops of colour with the bridal bouquet flowers and decor.
Our garden wedding was set up by Nosh and our florist who gave me the wedding arch of my dreams! Everything was casually and tastefully decorated. Our entourage set up an old school dessert table for our guests to enjoy while they waited for dinner.” ~ Samantha
Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“I was a DIY bride and put together most of the wedding items such as the invitation cards, groomsmen’s boutonnieres, confetti papers and wedding favours. As Andrew and I wanted to have a few personal touches that reflected both of us, I designed the wedding invitation together with friend who helped with the bride and groom illustration.
We have many photos and beautiful memories from our 9 years of courtship. We wanted to share these with our guests, so we had our entourage help us hang the photos together with fairy lights along the stairways and at the deck." ~ Samantha
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“Of the many features of the wedding, our wedding favours are one of my favourites. Andrew and I sourced for mini glass jars from a local supplier and we filled them up with gem biscuits. Together with our friends, we decorated them with self-designed brown paper and twine for an extra personal touch! We thought it would be the best wedding favour for our guests as they could munch on them while waiting for the venue to be transformed for our dinner reception. Plus, it was also perfect for the kids who came!” ~ Samantha
What were some of the most memorable moments from your wedding?
“One of the most special parts of the whole wedding was our first look before the start of our solemnisation. Andrew and I exchanged our hand-written cards and spend some quiet moments together before the day zoomed past.” ~ Samantha
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Surround yourself only with the people you love at your wedding. No need for big lavish events (unless that’s your thing)! Consider what is important to you as a couple, and if it’s not important, don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. If you decide to DIY, don’t do it all on your own - learn to delegate tasks to your friends (they will be more than willing to help)! Also, you can plan all you want beforehand, but on your wedding day, put on that veil and throw off your planner’s hat. Ensure that you have a good team to back you up and to run the show for you!” ~ Samantha
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Always love, communicate and trust, and put your partner before yourself.” ~ Samantha
Congratulations on your marriage, Andrew and Samantha! May it be every bit as wonderful as your wedding!
Number of guests: 120
Bride’s Wedding Dress: Tiara Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Melissa
Groom’s Outfit: Benjamin Barker
Hair & Makeup: Tang Yong
Décor: Nosh and Bride & Entourage
Cake: The Delights Heaven
Stationary: DIY-ed by the bride
Wedding Favours: DIY-ed by the couple