- Posted on Wednesday, 25 May 2016
When National Gallery Singapore (a decade in the making) was unveiled late last year, we knew couples would be flocking to it for their celebrations. We imagine that Darren and Ying must have been one of the first to tie the knot at the museum which is housed in the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings, and these images by Acapella Photography of them exchanging vows at Aura's Sky Lounge against a backdrop of Singapore’s iconic landmarks is set to kickstart a rooftop trend.
Keep your eyes peeled for Darren and Ying’s second wedding reception at the heritage-rich Hotel Fort Canning.
Please tell us more about your weddings at National Gallery and Hotel Fort Canning! What were some of your favourite memories from the celebrations?
“The reception at Hotel Fort Canning (HFC) was for our extended family while Aura was for our immediate family and friends. They were held one week apart. The decor was kept simple for HFC as compared to Aura. One of the highlights of HFC was the gate crash as the hubby decided to arrive in style – in a limo – with his groomsmen in t-shirts personalised with their nicknames. I thought it was pretty funny. We are also thankful that my grandparents (my grandpa is 100-years-old) could make it to the reception.” ~ Ying
What was your theme and colour palette?
“For our solemnisation and dinner party, we both knew we wanted a relaxed and intimate atmosphere and found the new Aura rooftop lounge at the National Gallery to be a unique option. Holding our wedding in a place of such historical heritage also made it more meaningful and an outdoor solemnisation was something I’d always wanted.
I love subtle touches of gold so our florist incorporated gold spray-painted bottles and candle holders for our table décor with flowers in tones of reds, pink and purple, to give it a romantic touch without being over the top. Staying true to the theme, our friend, Daniel, who is a talented baker did our wedding cake with gold scrollwork.” ~ Ying
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“We worked with different vendors and added personal touches such as the ‘Kermit’ and ‘Ms Piggy’ chair signs and the decorations on the reception table. We were also very lucky to have our friend, Hazel, create our wedding invitations and the design was incorporated into the place cards and menus.” ~ Ying
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“I wanted our wedding favours to be practical and pretty at the same time. I ordered cold pressed handmade soaps from Australia for the ladies and locally made jams from GSH conserves for the men.” ~ Ying
Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Our biggest constraint in planning the wedding was time. Aura was still at the phase of construction when we booked it so we were a little nervous since we only saw the completed place a month or so before our wedding. Though things were a bit chaotic, we embraced it, and thankfully it worked out. You can spend a lot of time fretting over the small details but I reminded myself that hiccups are bound to happen. Instead of worrying, focus on what’s most important: At the end of the day, it’s really about celebrating our love for each other. Before you know it, it will be over! Being flexible, making quick decisions and having faith in our vendors also made things easier.” ~ Ying
Congratulations on your marriage, Darren and Ying! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of Guests: 170
Venue: The Sky Lounge, Aura, National Gallery
Photography: Joe, Acapella Photography
Wedding Dress: AnnTeoh
Evening Gown: Custom-made
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom-made skirts
Groom’s Outfit: Custom-made
Jewellery: Samantha Wills and Swarovski
Hair and Makeup: Tangyong Hair and Makeup Artist
De?cor: DIY-ed by couple, vintage letterbox and typewriter from Styled Story, flower arch from IM.Perfection and marquee letters from Eternity Concept
Flowers: With Every Bloom
Stationery / Paper Goods: Wedding invitations by bride’s friend Hazel
Wedding Favours: Seventh Tree Soaps and jams from GSH Conserves
Cake: Baked by bride’s friend Daniel, Basic Bakes
Entertainment / Emcee: The Music Mosaic (live band)
Car Rental: Lotus Limousines