- Posted on Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Ara and Yoko’s cross-continental love story will touch your hearts and these beautiful images capture their celebration, so light and fresh in nature, perfectly!
Ara and Yoko were introduced by a mutual friend when Yoko was visiting Singapore on her holiday.
“I’m a Singaporean who was born in Sri Lanka and Yoko is Japanese. At first, we were just friends but we kept in touch when she went back to Japan. We started chatting on Skype once a week, then it became twice a week and finally we started chatting every single day. Whichever days that we could not speak, we started missing each other deeply. This was how we realized that, ”Oh, we have feelings for each other!” Yoko used to tell me that in the beginning when she decided to talk me, it was because she could have free English lessons! (laughs)” ~ Ara.
Ara proposed not once but twice to Yoko!
“The first time was when Ara visited Japan. It was a big shock for me and it took about two months for me to give him an answer. I said, “Yes” in the Japanese way. The second proposal was made when we went to Batam with our friends. He gave me a sweet surprise proposal in front of all our friends. It was a well-planed surprise I must say. With the help of the hotel staff and our friends, he kneeled down and popped the question with a diamond ring. This time it took me only one second to say, “Yes!” ~ Yoko
Ara and Yoko chose a soothing white and olive green color palette to suit their outdoor wedding. Yoko’s name, Yo, also means leaf in Japanese and was another reason why they opted for green in their theme colours.
The couple infused their unique personalities and cultures into their wedding and it was filled with details which reflect who they are.
“All the paper goods were designed by Ara because his profession is a designer. As for me, I knitted a black tie for the groom, welcome dolls (two monkeys which resemble us) and small alphabet charms for the bouquet and the boutonniere because my hobby is crocheting. Our wedding planner, Weiwei, and the team also did a lot of DIY for us. The envelopes for invitation cards and all the fans that guests received when they arrived were all DIY. The ribbon curtains at the entrance and decoration for the ROM chairs were all conceptualized by them and executed by Sing See Soon. After dinner, all the guests gathered in the garden for some special programmes by Ara’s niece and nephew. The solo dance presented by Ara’s nephew blew everyone away!” ~ Yoko
It didn’t just stop there however…
“Since Sri Lankan and Japanese cultures were very new to each other, we tried to "educate" our guests at our wedding. We asked the caterer to serve Sri Lankan and Japanese dishes during dinner which were introduced by the emcee when guests filled in to get their food. Our guests also helped to "educate" each other by dressing up in traditional outfits such as the Indian saree and Japanese kimono. For our wedding favours, we chose assorted tea sets from Tea Forte as tea is important in both our cultures. Sri Lanka, which was earlier known as Ceylon, is well known as a major producer of tea. Japan is also famous for her green tea. To further bring out the tea element in the wedding, there was also a tea station which served personalized tea flavours after the dinner.” ~ Yoko
Their advice to couples planning their wedding?
“Since we both are in the design industry, we already shared an image of our ideal wedding at the very beginning. So our advice for couples in a similar situation would be to find a good wedding planner to help bring your ideas to life! Weiwei from Chere: Weddings and Parties worked very hard for us to make everything come true.”
Congratulations on your marriage Ara and Yoko! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Photography: Kai, Lightedpixels Pixies
Venue: Burkill Hall, Singapore Botanical Gardens
Wedding Dress: Divine Couture
Groom’s Suit: Divine Couture
Flowers & Décor: Sing See Soon and Chere: Weddings & Parties
Wedding Planner: Weiwei, Chere: Weddings & Parties
Cake: Pine Garden's Cake
Wedding Favours: Assorted teas, Tea Forte
Hair and makeup: Chie, Lightedpixels Hair & Make-Up
Jewellery: Pottu/bindi, worn on the bride's forehead and bought in Little India
Catering: Lavish Dine Catering
Stationery/Paper Goods: Planned by Chere: Weddings & Parties and designed by the groom!
Emcee: Ben, Chere: Weddings & Parties
Videography: Desmond Lai, Meteor Workshop
Car rental: LimoCars