- Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015
Making their way down an aisle lined with tall delphiniums and foxtail lilies by Poppy Flora Studio and a runner calligraphed with quotes from cherished books by inkerie must have been a momentous experience for these lovebirds. Snapped by Caline Ng Photography, we wish we could have been witness to this beautiful, floral-filled celebration.
How did you meet?
“We met in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul when he was 16, and I was only 15. We grew up together and married ten years later.” ~ Sarah
What was the proposal like?
“It was an intimate, private affair and just as genuine as the gesture. Charles planned a surprise cruise trip with my family. While we were far out at sea, he took out a customized puzzle that he had put together. He asked me if I remembered what our relationship was built on and it was: Trust, Communication and Commitment, which the puzzle was divided into.
Each section had questions that discussed many aspects of our relationship; how many kids we wanted, our flaws, our strengths, things we love about each other and the pure excitement of a future together. We spent about 3 hours just talking and laughing, revealing each part of the puzzle as we talked. It was very private and when we finished, the puzzle revealed a picture of Charles on one knee.
He then got down and pulled out a ring to pop the question (a ring which I later found out that he had sold his beloved motorcycle to buy). My family soon joined me to share my joy. It was a precious moment to remember forever.” ~ Sarah
Please tell us a bit about your wedding.
“Charles’s personality is outgoing and fun-loving; he wanted a “Legendary” themed wedding because he loves anything different and out of the ordinary, while I am more reserved and wanted a rustic, romantic and personalized wedding. Our amazing florist, Poppy Flora Studio, managed to mash both themes together and came up with the most unique and beautiful florals for the church!
Poppy Flora crafted planters of specially dyed flowers (so many of which we’ve never even seen before) and two rustic tree branches for a floral arch, which they spray painted in pastel colours for an added whimsical feel.
We wanted our wedding to feel more intimate and honest, and to reflect our relationship and the significance of the church venue to us. I added personalized touches with a customized aisle sign that said, “Today I marry my best friend” and included a handwritten calligraphy-style aisle runner with love quotes from my favourite books.
I love how the aisle runner on the church floor was like a timeline. It started off with the sentence “10 years ago we met in this church”, and ended off “Today we are married”.” ~ Sarah
Do you have any interesting stories to share with us?
“The day started out really hot and humid but it turned into a lovely cool day with showers of blessing when it was time to walk down the aisle. It was perfect.
Charles actually got overly nervous during the exchange of rings so much so that his hands started trembling midway. This was noticed by a very amused priest who proceeded to ask him why his hands were shaking so much.
The AV and music failed spectacularly on the actual day, resulting in delays and at one point, there was no music playing at all. With the microphone down, we also couldn’t deliver our thank you speech. That said, I wouldn’t have changed anything because we told ourselves not to sweat the small stuff and the important thing was to enjoy the day. It really passed by too quickly!” ~ Sarah
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“I think before you can save on the wedding, you need to have the correct mindset. If you plan for your wedding and think that the ang bao will cover everything, you will definitely spend beyond your means and that’s how couples end up with huge debts. We spent within our means and the most important thing is for you to be okay with it, as it is so easy to let yourself get caught up in expenditure because everything will eventually be ‘once in a lifetime’.” ~ Sarah
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“I think it’s got to be having patience with each other. It’s very easy to flip out over the stupidest things when you’re frustrated and pressed for time. But with patience for each other, it makes things easier.” ~ Sarah
Congratulations on your marriage, Charles and Sarah! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of Guests: 250
Venue: Church of St. Vincent de Paul
Photography: Caline Ng Photography
Wedding Dress: Amour Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Le Voeu
Hair and Makeup: Amour Bridal
Flowers: Poppy Flora Studio
Calligraphed Aisle Runner: inkerie
Decor: Customised signs and hangers by Hachi Square Singapore
Stationery: DIYed by the bride
Car Rental: Ultimate Drive