Finlay and Dawn’s Minimalist Garden Wedding at The White Rabbit

The expansive green lawn behind The Rabbit Hole at chic Dempsey spot The White Rabbit was the perfect setting for Finlay and Dawn’s intimate garden wedding in Singapore. Surrounded by a semi-circular feathery pampas grass altar, the bride said “I do” to her dashing groom before their dearest family and friends.

Planned by The Wedding Stylist, the celebrations then moved indoors, where long tables filled with bold red and pink floral arrangements and trailing greenery added a romantic air. Post-dinner, a DJ spun live tunes while the newlyweds and their guests boogied the night away, as these beautiful captures by Studiokel and Substance Films show.

How did you meet each other?
We met at INSEAD, where we were both pursuing our MBA. We were in the same class and also on the rugby team together. He was the captain and I was the team doctor.” ~ Dawn

How did Finlay propose?
It was during a weekend trip to Shanghai. It was right after we got back to the hotel after dinner and he proposed with his grandmother’s engagement ring. I can’t say I was surprised as my mother-in-law had told me about the ring in London weeks before!” ~ Dawn

What was the theme/style/colour palette of your wedding?
I’ve always preferred bold colours, but I also wanted to keep some traditional touches for parts of the event. So it was really great being able to have the ceremony outdoors and dinner party indoors at The White Rabbit as it meant I could have two separate colour palettes and themes for the wedding.” ~ Dawn

How did you decorate your venues?
Finlay and I are both based in Hong Kong, which meant the bulk, if not all, of the wedding planning was done by Angela and her very capable team! I arrived back in Singapore a week before the wedding for my final dress fitting and Finlay landed just two days before the wedding.” ~ Dawn

What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
After much deliberation, we eventually went with mini Pandan bundt cakes as wedding favours. I personally love Pandan cakes and with more than half the guests flying in from abroad, I wanted to showcase a food item that was uniquely Singaporean.” ~ Dawn

Any other special stories relating to your wedding?
I had to travel in the weeks prior to the wedding, so my wedding dress travelled with me from London to Oslo to Bangkok before finally getting to Singapore. It all sounds a little mad now, but the aircrew were all extremely helpful and accommodating with helping me manage the dress. Finlay also arrived in Singapore without a wedding tie two days before the wedding and he insisted on a handmade one. We found Vanda Fine Clothing and they scrambled to get one done for us in under 24 hours – they were life savers!” ~ Dawn

Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
I never knew flowers could cost this much! Willingness to trade imported flower types for those native to Singapore will help make a massive difference to the overall bill size.” ~ Dawn

Any tips or advice on what makes a strong marriage?
I guess we’re still figuring this one out, though it is slightly surreal to think we’ve already survived nine months of marriage. I think one of the best pieces of advice a wedding guest penned down for us was: ‘Remember that in the end, it’ll all be okay. And if it’s not, then it’s not yet the end.’” ~ Dawn


Congratulations on your marriage, Finlay and Dawn! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!


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Vendor Information
Number of guests: 150
Total Wedding Budget: Approximately $180,000
Venue: The White Rabbit, Singapore
Photography: Studiokel
Videography: Substance Films
Wedding Dresses: Silhouette the Atelier; Jenny Peckham; Pronovias
Bride’s Heels: Stardust With Love
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Richard James, Savile Row
Hair and Makeup: Hanks Yeak (hair) and Sam Ong (makeup)
Jewellery: Lee Hwa
Flowers: CC Lee Designs
Wedding Planning & Concept: The Wedding Stylist
Stationery/Paper Goods: Minted
Wedding Favours: Cupplets Co
Cake: Crummb
Catering: The White Rabbit; Smoke and Mirrors; Regent Hotel Singapore
Entertainment: Vetta Quartet