- Posted on Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Exchanging their vows against a cascade of white and navy handcrafted paper flowers by Ektory in a celebration awash with chic Parisian flair, today’s newlyweds brought a piece of Paris to their guests at Grand Hyatt as they celebrated their union and love for all things French in these candid captures by Bloc Memoire Photography. Be sure to read on till the end for the couple’s romantic hot air balloon proposal at sunrise!
Watch this short film of the couple's wedding day captured by Moomedia…
Here's a peek at their perfect sunrise proposal on a hot air balloon ride in Perth…
How did you meet?
“We met while working together at Canon Singapore. Vivian happened to also be the younger sister of my secondary school classmate, and I used to visit my classmate’s house after school to play basketball, soccer or just to watch soccer, and this was when when I got to know her a lot better.” ~ Josh
How did he propose?
“We flew to Perth for a holiday and I proposed to her while we were midway through an early morning hot air balloon ride, while looking at the sunrise. I proposed with a bespoke diamond engagement ring from Saxifrage, a custom jeweller in Singapore who drew up a ring design based on Vivian’s love for elegant French style and traditional engagement rings.” ~ Josh
What was your theme and colour palette?
“Our theme was ‘Parisian’ with a colour palette of white, glass and navy. We shot our pre-wedding photos in Paris as well. Josh has family friends in France and has visited France on many occasions, falling in love with its people and cuisine. Working at LVMH, I too fell in love with all things French, including the style of Parisian ladies. We decided what better way to combine our love for French flair than with a Parisian garden wedding theme.” ~ Vivian
What was the concept behind your wedding theme?
“Being in the city of love, Parisian culture truly left an impression deep in our hearts. We wanted to transport our guests to Paris, where we did our pre-wedding photo shoot. Paris’ iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower, took our breaths away with its sheer beauty and history, and the way it exuded charm, poise and elegance. The history of how the Eiffel Tower was designed and built through one man, Mr Gustave Eiffel’s, vision, still amazes me till this day. The Eiffel Tower is the perfect combination of design and engineering, art and science, much like how Josh and I are. We both specialise in very different industries, but come together perfectly and I believe we’ll build many beautiful memories together as well.” ~ Vivian
Do you have any tips for other brides-to-be who are planning their weddings?
“Decide on your theme and look through Pinterest for inspiration and ideas, and pin, pin, pin! Pick vendors you trust and know are great at what they do, because you’ll need to let go and rely on them when the wedding date draws near. I’m glad we picked the people we did.” ~ Vivian
How did you decorate your venues, and why?
“We received professional help from Ektory to dress up the gazebo and rooftop garden at Grand Hyatt Singapore with a massive handmade paper floral backdrop and customised aisle runner.
We wanted a unique flora and fauna concept to exude a whimsical feel, so Ektory developed the concept of an “international wall” with a distinctly elegant Parisian feel for us. They researched plants and flowers originating from different continents of the world and at least 1 plant and 1 flower type were selected from each continent and created by hand to be part of our flower wall design.
For the dinner reception, Grand Hyatt Singapore allowed us to customise our ballroom walls to resemble a scene in Paris with their giant digital canvases that cover the Grand Ballroom. Josh and I had taken our pre-wedding photos in Paris and Prague, and had shot some key Parisian landmarks such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. I designed the images to fit on the ballroom’s large walls through its visual projectors. On top of that, their in-house floral team was able to customise my florals to one exact arrangement I saw online – it had white roses, white eustomas, silver Brunia, dusty miller, white verbena and Eryngium Supernova.” ~ Vivian
Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“I customised all the wedding stationery and invitation cards used for the wedding. We also had special memorial cards placed on chairs during our solemnisation in memory of our loved ones who have passed on – these were also designed by me. I decided to combine all that I love about the French like macarons and flowers into a watercolour painting with calligraphy design.” ~ Vivian
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“For our solemnisation, we settled on the idea of a ‘message in a bottle’, done with clear glass bottles in the shape of the Eiffel Tower with cork stoppers that had a hidden handwritten ‘thank you’ note for each of our guests. We couldn’t bring our guests to Paris, but thought we could bring a piece of Paris to them.
For our dinner banquet, we had French macarons to suit our Parisian theme. The pastry chef of Grand Hyatt helped us to match the colour of our wedding favour macarons to the exact blue used in our wedding theme. Apart from that we also gave out a pair of ‘Fresh’ lip balms for each guest as a symbol of our unity.” ~ Josh and Vivian
Do you have any interesting moments or stories to share from the wedding?
“Marching in the ballroom for the first time as a married couple and having all our close friends and family as witnesses to our union was incredibly special. All the love and cheers that we were surrounded by and basked in were beyond what we could have envisioned for the day. Everyone was laughing, having a good time and eating great food till their stomachs filled out – that’s how weddings should be.” ~ Josh and Vivian
Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Plan ahead of time to make sure you secure the venues, photographers, videographers and bands that you love and that you can trust. We knew who we wanted as our wedding photographer and had him booked over a year in advance! ‘Kiasu’ I know, but you do what you have to do to get the companies and brands you love.” ~ Josh and Vivian
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Listen to one another and learn to give in and accommodate each other. Create new memories together as a couple and always be there for each other. Love is not just about giving each other gifts on special occasions but cherishing who they are when you are with them.” ~ Josh and Vivian
Congratulations on your marriage, Josh and Vivian! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: Grand Hyatt, Singapore
Photography: Bloc Memoire Photography
Hair and Makeup: Joscelyn, Sasa de Maquillage
Jewellery: Saxifrage (engagement ring) and Cartier (wedding bands)
Flowers and Decor: Ektory and Beato
Tiffany Chairs: Awesome Productions
Cake and Dessert: Grand Hyatt, Singapore
Wedding Favours: Grand Hyatt, Singapore
Stationery / Paper Goods: DIY by the bride and her bridesmaid
Entertainment: High Notes