Darren and Joleen’s Tropical Garden Wedding in Summery Singapore

After a chance encounter on the badminton court, Darren and Joleen fell for each other. Their wedding, held at The Summerhouse, a charmingly colonial restaurant-bar hidden away in sleepy Seletar, was the perfect way to celebrate their love story.

Captured by Samuel Goh Photography and LuxioPhoto, and planned and styled by Invited, the ceremony and dinner reception was a lively and happy affair. The pair said, “I do” under a gazebo covered in lush tropical leaves and bright-coloured blooms. Later, guests dined on fresh farm-to-table produce while the newlyweds laughed, cried, and laughed some more.

How did you meet each other?
“Darren and I met for the first time on the badminton courts. Extremely unromantic, but very true. A fun fact: Darren has been playing badminton at Spottiswoode badminton hall since he was 14 or 15 (he’s 35 this year). One fateful day, a colleague of mine found a leisure badminton group (that happened to be the group that Darren was in) for us, and off we went. A couple of months later, he gathered up the courage to ask for my number, but under the premise of “administrative purposes”. Another fun fact: He asked for my married colleague’s number too, in the hope of making things less awkward.” ~ Joleen

How did Darren propose?
“I had no idea he was going to propose. It was on our third anniversary. We were having a nice shabu dinner together. When we left the mall, I spotted a couple of my friends. I went over to say hi and suddenly, he got down on one knee and proposed, in public! As it turned out, he had gathered them to witness this momentous occasion!” ~ Joleen

What was your wedding’s theme/style/colour palette?
“My initial inspiration stemmed from terrazzo prints. I didn’t know how to incorporate that into our wedding theme. With the help of Loretta from Invited, she fused tropical colours with terrazzo prints beautifully! We had custom-made table runners with terrazzo prints on all of the guests' tables.

I wanted lots of tropical colours and bright, vibrant flowers. I also made a special request to have banksia flowers in my bouquet. It’s an extremely odd looking flower, but Loretta managed to put together a beautifully coloured bouquet for me.” ~ Joleen

What were some unique and personal touches at your wedding?
“We designed and DIY-ed our wedding invites together. Almost everything was handmade. We trimmed the tracing sheets and pasted the wax seal sticker ourselves, with the actual wedding card beautifully letter-pressed.” ~ Darren and Joleen

How did you decorate your venue?
“Loretta from Invited handled everything. We requested a bunch of tropical plants, paired with nice, big and deep green monstera leaves. All our guests' tables were decorated with flowers.

The gazebo, where our solemnisation was held, had a beautiful flower arch. The mix of bright, vibrant colours against the green, summery atmosphere at The Summerhouse was gorgeous.

The reception area made use of the graphics we had personally designed for the invitations. We also used the illustration of us as the main graphic.” ~ Darren and Joleen

What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“We went through many ideas of what our wedding favours should be. We wanted something that would be different and practical. We didn’t want to have something that was pretty but impractical. So, what was better than food?

Loretta created a popcorn bar that was extremely well received by our guests, and with it came a sign that read, “Thanks for popping by!”

Loretta had also, very thoughtfully, sourced for sustainable disposable bamboo bowls for the guests. All guests were welcome to pick and choose whichever popcorn flavours they fancied. We had a total of four to five flavours.” ~ Darren and Joleen

Any tips or wedding advice you have for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Start early. Create a moodboard to have a clear vision. Prioritise what’s most important to you (venue, food, atmosphere…). Don’t scrimp when it comes to things on the top of your priority list. And remember to add a personal touch to your wedding.” ~ Darren and Joleen

Any tips or advice on what you think makes a strong marriage?
“Basically what anyone would say – communication! You’re going to need lots of that during the wedding planning too.” ~ Darren and Joleen


Congratulations on your marriage, Darren and Joleen! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!



Vendor Information
Number of Guests: 150
Venue: The Summerhouse
Photography: Samuel Goh Photography
Videography: LuxioPhoto
Wedding Dresses: Frieda Brides
Flowers: Invited
Wedding Planning / Styling: Invited
Wedding Favours: Invited
Groom’s Outfits: Assemble Singapore
Groom’s Shoes: ASOS
Hair and Make-up: Marie Soh of 27A
Catering: The Summerhouse
Entertainment: AGOP (live band)