- Posted on Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Eujin and Yingying’s backgrounds as product designers and love for colourful, iconic graphics made pop art a natural theme for their Singapore wedding at Parkroyal on Pickering, planned by Wedding Matters and photographed by Andri Tei Photography with decor by Amperian. From a wedding gown with a hidden blue chevron lining, to flowers arranged in Campbell’s Soup cans, and pop art-inspired signs and backdrops, their wedding celebrated the couple's personalities and popular culture - “I think Andy Warhol would have been delighted.” ~ Yingying
Watch this short film of the couple's wedding day captured by Bean Pictures…
How did you meet?
“We met at a freshers networking session back in 2004 – he was there as a fresher and I was there managing the Singapore Society stand and had an excuse to introduce myself to him. As we're both product designers, we had a lot in common to talk about and the rest is history. It also helped that Eujin has such a broad range of interests that range from cycling, photography, collecting stamps and toys, painting, ceramics, to more obscure things like fossil hunting. There was never a dull moment with him!” ~ Yingying
What was the proposal like?
“He booked us for afternoon tea at the Clifford Pier and at the end of the meal whipped out a bunch of roses and proposed with the Niessing Tension Ring. Needless to say, I was won over by his sincerity and the ring. The design of the ring is stunning!” ~ Yingying
What was your theme and colour palette?
“We both love graphics that are colourful and iconic and wanted to inject an element of this into our wedding. Pop art seemed like a natural choice as it integrates bright colours with interesting imagery. We really like Andy Warhol's style and take on colour (like his print of Marilyn Monroe).
We decided to keep the colour palette mainly to cyan, yellow and magenta and this was reflected strongly in my evening gown designed by Ted Wu. I wanted my wedding gown to contain a splash of colour so I asked Ted to include a patterned lining which was only revealed when the train was hooked up. I loved seeing the look of surprise on people's faces when they caught a glimpse of the lining.
Our photo booth vendors also managed to source a pop art-themed fabric for the backdrop so we got lucky there!” ~ Yingying
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“ The decor of the garden terrace at Parkroyal on Pickering was left to Amperian to conceptualise. We provided the theme and they ran with it and the final result surpassed our expectations. The colours, personalised backdrops and Campbell's soup labels really brought the pop art theme to life – I think Andy Warhol would have been delighted.
A highlight was the live Kueh Tutu station that Amperian set up for us. They were able to integrate the theme into the traditional cart and it was a unique blend of ‘east meets west’! To add to the theme, the dessert table had various brightly coloured traditional kueh which all the guests thoroughly enjoyed.
I handmade all of the bouquets and corsages out of buttons and felt. Each bridesmaid had a different coloured hand bouquet and mine was a combination of all the colours. These flowers will last forever and they’re a memento from the wedding that I’ll be able to hold on to!” ~ Yingying
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We went with ‘Mr and Mrs’ mugs which had moustaches and lips on them to keep in line with the theme. And what good are cups without tea? Our friend Bernadine, who runs Quinteassential, a tea company in the UK, gave us two blends of tea – Garden of Eden (a blend of green and black tea which is my favourite) and Jewel of Africa (Rooibos blend which is Eujin's favourite as he had spent some time living in South Africa) – to share with everyone. We let our guest have a bit of fun choosing their own blends and bagging their own tea.” ~ Yingying
Do you have any other stories you’d like to share with us?
“Planning for this wedding was challenging as we both reside in London. We did not have the luxury of taking our time to look for vendors. Most of the decisions had to be made over the short periods when we were both back in Singapore. Luckily we had Gordon, a professional planner from Wedding Matters who did the legwork for us; he shortlisted various vendors for us to pick from. It also helped that the vendors that we eventually engaged were all amazing and extremely efficient, sending us reminders when certain deadlines were due. More importantly, all of them were supportive of the pop art theme even though it was a completely new one for them!” ~ Yingying
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Once you have decided on your theme, run with it! There's no satisfaction like seeing all the various elements come together on the day itself. Focus on the key things like the venue decor, the flowers and the outfits as these are things that your guests notice straightaway. And if you're not into DIY then engage the professionals! There was no way we could have gotten the customised artwork done ourselves without the help of Amperian. We also kept costs down by reusing some of the props for the solemnisation for the reception dinner.” ~ Yingying
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“We believe all relationships require a good dose of giving and taking. It’s all about compromising and coming to a middle ground. This is especially true when planning a wedding together. It’s a celebration of two individuals so do try and accommodate the requests of both parties, even though it can be very tempting for the bride to make all the decisions!” ~ Yingying
Congratulations on your marriage, Eujin and Yingying! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Another wedding at Parkroyal on Pickering
A British Themed Wedding at Parkroyal on Pickering: Rudy + Owen
Number of Guests: 210
Venue: Parkroyal on Pickering
Photography: Andri Tei Photography
Wedding Dresses: Ted Wu
Traditional Kua: Rented from The Wedding Chamber
Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker
Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS
Groom’s Outfits: The Gown Warehouse
Groom’s Shoes: Dune London
Jewellery: Designed by bride (sapphire necklace), Raffles Gemlab (earrings) and NIESSING (engagement ring)
Hair and Makeup: Joanne Low
Flowers: Handmade by the bride (bouquets and corsages)
Wedding Favours: Dreamweavers (‘Mr and Mrs’ mugs) and Quinteassential (loose leaf tea)
Catering: Amperian (dessert station)
Planning: Gordon Ang, Wedding Matters
Videography: Bean Pictures