- Posted on Wednesday, 01 February 2017
Following a marriage proposal of operatic proportions and with the help of The Wedding Entourage, Danial and Diana wed in a beautiful nikah (solemnisation ceremony) on a dreamy dais, and dined at The St. Regis Singapore in a reception inspired by Palais Garnier, the opulent opera house in Paris. We’re delighted to be bringing you these lovely photos documenting the wedding, captured by Chen Sands Photography.
Watch this short film of the couple's wedding day captured by Mayad Studios:
How did you meet?
"We got to know each other during the third year of university. I was studying at Singapore Management University and Diana was at Nanyang Technological University. I was extremely smitten by her, so I summoned up the courage to message her on Facebook, before moving on to texting over the phone. We hit it off almost instantly and within a week, I really wanted to take her out on a date. Soon after, we were going out almost every day. Within the first few weeks of meeting her, I knew I really liked her a lot and I wanted to be with her. Even though I knew she was not ready to be in a relationship at that point in time, I knew what we had was real and serious.
Our love blossomed very quickly, but after only three months of courtship, I had to go away on an exchange study program in Europe for almost half a year. The long distance was a test of our commitment, but it only made our relationship stronger and made me love her harder. What really struck me was Diana travelled all the way to Amsterdam to surprise me on my birthday. That was her first trip overseas all by herself. And that will always mean the world to me. It was at that point in time when I knew that she was the woman I wanted to marry and spend the rest of my life with." ~ Danial
What was the proposal like?
"It was in September 2014, we were on a holiday for two weeks in New York. I had custom-ordered a cushion cut micropavé halo ring from Lauren B., a jeweller on Fifth Avenue prior to our arrival. We started off our day with afternoon tea at The St. Regis New York, and then we headed to Long Island for an intimate dinner at Penthouse 808, a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Manhattan skyline. It was there that I gave Diana 108 long-stemmed red roses which I had arranged to be sent to the restaurant. She had already anticipated a proposal by this time, but I wanted to throw her off guard by not proposing just yet so she had to keep guessing when it was going to happen. After dinner, I took her to the Lincoln Centre because she is passionate about operas and the performing arts. I knelt down on one knee by the Revson Fountain right outside Metropolitan Opera and proposed. She couldn't stop giggling throughout my speech because we were both starting to shiver from the cold and she could tell how nervous I was. She said yes and we ended the night admiring the spectacular view of New York's city landscape at the top of the Empire State Building." ~ Danial
“I couldn’t stop laughing when Danial was proposing, because he was trying to balance on one knee while holding up his phone to read his script and it was heartwarming and comedic at the same time. It was an incredibly long speech so I asked if he could just hug me first because it was a really windy and cold autumn night!” ~ Diana
Here's a peek at their proposal and Diana’ beautiful ring selfie...
What was your theme and color palette?
"The solemnisation theme was ‘Ethereal White’. Our decorator used white lights, candles, crystals and mirrored panels to illuminate the dais and create a dreamy backdrop. Our bridal party was dressed in cool hues of icy blue and pale grey.
When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being married at Palais Garnier in Paris. Danial and I both have a keen interest in European architecture and we have always been enchanted by the grandeur of European opera halls and palaces. We decorated the John Jacob Ballroom with candles and warm light for our dinner reception, inspired by the entrance hall of Palais Garnier. We also had a string ensemble who delighted our guests with renowned orchestral tunes. The theme of the evening was ‘old world charm infused with modern luxury and elegance’.” ~ Diana
How did you decorate your venues?
"Danial has had to travel frequently for work throughout our relationship so he would write me letters, love notes and postcards each time he was away. We wanted to personalise our cocktail reception with mementos of our love so with the help of our stylists from The Wedding Entourage, we placed some of these postcards and love notes in transparent double-sided acrylic frames and displayed them at the foyer, together with our pre-wedding photos." - Diana
Here's a peek at the couple's pre-wedding photos captured by Jaja Samaniego Photography:
Watch this short pre-wedding video of the couple captured by Mayad Studios:
Do you have any other stories you’d like to share with us?
"Danial always wanted us to wear an Indian outfit for the second march-in because he's half Punjabi, half Chinese. But we wanted to keep it as fusion-looking as possible to reflect our personalities so I opted for a backless two-piece dress which we got in Istanbul during our trip at the start of the year. Danial's piece was made-to-measure to complement mine, complete with Swarovski crystals to match the ones carefully iron-pressed onto my top. Pale pink is my favourite colour, and coincidentally, pink is also the colour that Punjabis wear during weddings.
During our second march in together with the groomsmen, we broke out into an impromptu Bollywood dance. We were all in high spirits, our guests were cheering and clapping along and the atmosphere was electrifying." ~ Diana
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“It's really important to start planning early and do your research. Do as much research as you can to get the best value and options. Each option will have its own strengths. So take your time to meet them and understand who can deliver what you want. Even if it has never been done before, it doesn't mean it cannot be done.
As much as you think you can do it all on your own, hiring a wedding planner is the best investment you can make for your wedding. Wedding planners take the stress off your shoulders and you will actually be able to enjoy the wedding preparation process and have fun on the wedding day itself, knowing that a professional team is right there, taking care of every single detail for you.
Don’t forget to take time off wedding planning to go out on romantic dates! Remind yourselves why you are even planning a wedding. Any discussion on the wedding should strictly be banned on these dates.
Finally, stay as a team. There will always be differing opinions and disagreements. Planning a wedding may be a test of how strong your relationship is, especially when there are so many parties who want to impose their opinions and views. Work out the differences and stay united. Giving up a small detail for a happy wedding is really worth it. Being divided just makes planning so much harder than it already is.” ~ Danial and Diana
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Never stop trying to win your partner's heart and go out on dates like they’re your first!” ~ Danial and Diana
Congratulations on your marriage, Danial and Diana! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of Guests: 350
Venue: The St. Regis Singapore
Photography: Chen Sands Photography
Wedding Dresses: Yogie Pratama (white off shoulder gown), Tarik Ediz (pink gown), Kuntum by Najeeb (traditional white outfit)
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaid Dresses: Miura Studio
Groom’s Outfits: Rizman Ruzaini
Groom’s Shoes: Tod's and Versace
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Jakel
Hair and Makeup: Amanda Cheong (hair) and Nadeera Ismail (makeup)
Jewellery: Lauren B (engagement ring) and Harry Winston
Headpiece: Maria Elena Headpieces and Accessories
Décor: Anggun Decor
Flowers: Boenga and Ribbons n Ties (traditional Sireh Dara/Sireh Junjung)
Stationery/Paper Goods: Pensée, American Wedding Treasures
Wedding Favours: Molton Brown
Gift Trays: Hocus Pocus Events
Cake: The St. Regis Singapore
Planning/Styling: The Wedding Entourage
Entertainment/Emcee: Fiza O, Fauzie Laily and Fete Musicians (string octet)
AV and Lighting: The Flying Dutchman
Wedding Website: Bowbei
Photo Booth: Hello Forever
Videography: Mayad Studios