- Posted on Monday, 24 October 2016
Bertram and Jasmine wanted their wedding to be a thanksgiving celebration for their family and friends. It was filled to the brim with thoughtful details including a children’s corner with bubble and colouring activities to keep them entertained, favours for young and old alike and gifts for their bridal party, captured here by Andri Tei Photography. What sweet ways to show guests that you appreciate the time they’ve spent to come down and celebrate your big day!
Here's a peek at their surprise proposal at Singapore Botanic Gardens...
And another little look at Jasmine’s engagement ring…
How did you meet?
“We met in ACJC where he ‘crashed’ my orientation group – I didn’t even know he was not from ACJC till the last day of orientation but we kept in contact through MSN.” ~ Bertram and Jasmine
What was the proposal like?
“The proposal took place at one of the pavilions in the Botanic Gardens, which was where we had our first date many years ago. Bert roped in our dear friends to help with decorating the pavilion with fairy lights beforehand. He had also put together a video of our family members passing on the engagement ring to one another and finally to him, which was a reflection of their support and encouragement for us through the years, for which we are ever so grateful. Our friends were hiding behind the bushes during the entire proposal and finally revealed themselves during the celebration when the effort was a success.” ~ Bertram and Jasmine
What was your theme and colour palette?
“We went for a garden theme for our church reception. My sister, Charlene, used fairy lights and hydrangeas for the sanctuary, similar to the setting of the proposal at the Botanic Gardens. We also wanted a colourful corner for the children where there were activities such as colouring and bubble-blowing. This was well-received by the parents who could lunch in peace while their children played in the play corner! For the dinner, we wanted a white and gold coloured theme with orchid sprays in tall glasses and hydrangeas in gold bottles for a simple and elegant look.” ~ Bertram and Jasmine
Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“We wanted to thank our family and friends from whom we’ve received much love and support during our somewhat long courtship; we know that they’ve also gone through a rollercoaster ride with us. Hence we wanted this wedding to be a thanksgiving celebration for them.
Our love story is definitely not perfect but we wanted to tell our story of how we met, some lessons we've learnt and how different people came alongside us to support, advise and pray for us during the courtship – so we painted our storyboard.
Both of us enjoy taking photos and printing them as mementos for people so we wanted our guests to have some fun too by having a DIY photobooth we came up with. The props were made by Bert’s mother and the beautiful backdrops – paper rosettes at lunch, were made with the help of our friends, while the paper flowers at dinner were made by Jas’ very talented cousin, Felicia, who also roped in her friend from architecture school for the project. We also got the help of two of our trusty groomsmen to mind the booth and regulate the print queue.
Bert, together with Sandra from Fairy’s Inc, designed the engagement ring. The casing is made up of 7 leaves that represent the number of years we’ve dated and a cross in the middle representing Christ being the centre of relationship. Bert chose rose gold for the casing and white gold for the shank. Sandra added milgrain to the halo of diamonds surrounding the centre diamond so the ring appears as a vintage flower, which was absolutely in line with my love for all things flowery and vintage!
We were very blessed to have our friends DIY for us too - the flower bouquets were made by my dear friend, Doreen, and sister, Charlene. The children’s dessert table was baked by my mother and the blackboard with letterings at the children’s corner was handcrafted and written by our friends Ernest and Jocelyn as a gift for our new home! Most of the decor in church and even part of the flower arrangement in Shangri-la were also put up by our friends.” ~ Bertram and Jasmine
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“Both of us enjoy watching movies and there are some quotes we like because they encouraged or inspired us so we had them printed on wooden pencils as wedding favours. With the help of Jas’ 3-year-old niece, we also prepared sweet dispensers, crayon tins and tote bags for the children.
Favours for our bridal party:
“We prepared small gifts for our bridal party – the groomsmen had a survival kit of plasters, anti-diarrhoea medication, mosquito patches and mint sweets whilst the ladies had rose gold bangles with customised verses or quotes to match their bridesmaids’ gowns.” ~ Bertram and Jasmine
Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Start early – look around, research, find out what you like…the preparation becomes more enjoyable when you're not pressed for time. Also, there’ll be many different opinions, options and choices to make for the wedding. I found it helpful to have a few guiding principles. For us, we were inspired by one of The Wedding Scoop’s couples Joel and Pam – ‘to honour our family, honour Christ and bless our friends’, which we adopted in making decisions for the wedding. Finally, enjoy the journey leading up to the wedding! Spend time with loved ones and set aside time to date. The wedding day will go by in a blink of an eye, but the building of relationships leading up to the day is as important too.” ~ Bertram and Jasmine
Congratulations on your marriage, Bertram and Jasmine! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of Guests: 280 (ceremony) and 450 (dinner reception)
Venue: Yio Chu Kang Chapel (ceremony) and Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore (dinner reception)
Photography: Andri Tei Photography (full day) and Live!Studios Interactive Photography (dinner reception)
Wedding Dresses: Vivian Gown and Zac Posen
Bride’s Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Bridesmaid Outfits: The Graces (dresses) and ModernMinimalist.Co (rose gold bangles)
Groom’s Outfit: In Personam Custom Clothiers
Groom’s Shoes: Septième Largeur Singapore
Jewellery: Designed by the groom with Fairy’s Inc (engagement ring)
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Lau Makeup Artist
Flowers: Floret and Teddies (ceremony), Ji Mei Flower (dinner reception) and Charlene & Doreen of Dusty Miller (bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets and boutonnieres)
Stationery/Paper Goods: Designed by the bride and printed by Kin Yiap Press
Catering: Rasel Catering (lunch reception), Cupplets (dessert table) and OLLA Specialty Coffee (mobile coffee cart)
Children’s Dessert Table at Lunch: Baked by the bride’s mother
Videography: Zech, SubstanceFilms