- Posted on Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Joshua and Tiffanie knew the moment they laid eyes on Glasshouse at Seputeh that it was the perfect place for them to say ‘I Do’. With snaps by Fiona of Smittenpixels Photography and Nigel Sia Visual Storytelling for videography, the ceremony and reception venue looked every bit a modern Garden of Eden. The easygoing couple gave free reign to florist Farah of Flora Hera and the team at Tie The Knot to create a look that they’ve described as a ‘beautiful mess’.
The processional song, written and performed by the bride's sister:
How did you meet?
“Joshua and I got to know of each other at the Youth Alive Forum back in 2003. We first started talking on MSN, ICQ, mIRC, and continued to exchange letters and group photos of each other. Slowly, we developed feelings for one another. Before we knew it, we started to send SMSes and call each other everyday!
We met up for the first time in August 2003. When I saw him for the first time, I thought that he didn’t look at all like how he looked in the pictures! (laughs) But we got along quite well and in December 2013, we began our long distance relationship (Joshua is from KL and I am from Kuantan). We kept our relationship a secret for 6 years, even during the 3 years I spent studying in KL. When we finally decided to make our relationship public, it was the year we both had entered the workforce. I moved to Singapore, and work kept our minds off missing each other like crazy.” ~ Tiffanie
How did he propose?
“After almost 12 years together, Joshua proposed to me on August 13, 2015 in the apartment we were staying in during a trip to Melbourne. I did not suspect a thing, though my friends and family did suspect that he would propose to me during that trip. On that very day, he told me that he needed to go down to 7-Eleven to buy a few things, and asked me to get ready for dinner. I was lazing around on the couch when I heard him unlock the door, so I quickly got up and pretended that I was getting ready. He walked in with a bouquet of flowers. At this point, I still did not suspect anything because he often randomly buys gifts for me. I only began to suspect he was going to propose when he placed his GoPro on the floor, but I didn’t dare to put my hopes up because every time I did that, I was always left disappointed. When he finally went down on one knee, it was so cheesy I couldn’t take it. I was so in denial that I kept interrupting him with ‘Why all of a sudden?’, so much so that we lost count of how many times I asked him that.” ~ Tiffanie
What was the theme of your wedding?
“We wanted our wedding to be simple, fuss free and as chill as possible. Both Joshua and I are not the type to dress up too glamorously and we’re pretty easygoing, so we decided to go for a ‘beautiful mess’ theme.” ~ Tiffanie
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“I decided not to hire a wedding planner as I wanted to experience the whole planning process firsthand. We decided to engage the services of Tie The Knot, giving them the freedom to style according to our theme. As for the venue, when we first learned of Glasshouse at Seputeh, it was still very new. Knowing it would be a popular spot for weddings, we booked it immediately because it was the perfect place for us.
I attempted to do some DIY, but ended up giving up halfway as I was too busy with work and couldn’t cope with it. I did manage to DIY the push-up confetti, and passed on the rest of the DIY work to others. Though we had a stylist, I still wanted to have a few personal touches that reflected both Joshua and me. Our friends helped to set up the registration table with some help from our stylist.
We loved our pre-wedding photos so much and wanted to share them with our guests. We didn’t want to do the ‘normal’ thing and print them in an album, so we had our friends help us hang the photos on the trees. In addition to that, my father DIY-ed those gigantic flowers himself. Everyone loved the flowers!
My bridal bouquet was by Flora Hera. When I stumbled onto her Instagram, I immediately fell in love with her flower arrangements! I contacted Farah and gave her free reign. Our wedding cake was baked by a good friend of Joshua’s (it was yummy!), but we got Farah to decorate the cake to fit the theme of our wedding.
Lastly, instead of using a photo booth, we decided to set up a video booth instead, under my own startup. It was nice to watch our guests having fun at the booth!
I salute the team who put our wedding together, especially Tie the Knot and Big Onion Caterer. They transformed the venue for the dinner reception and set up the main table in front of 250 guests in a span of just 15 minutes! We are also very thankful for our friends and family who volunteered to help out during the wedding.” ~ Tiffanie
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“For our wedding favours, we opted for some homemade cookies by CureMeCookies because we simply LOVE their cookies! I thought it would be the best wedding favour for our guests, so they could munch on them while waiting for the venue hall to be transformed into a reception hall. Plus, it was also perfect for the kids who came!” ~ Tiffanie
What were some of the most memorable moments from the day of the wedding?
“One of the most special parts of the whole wedding was the processional song that was composed by my sister. It’s a lovely song about Joshua and me, and she sang it as she walked down the aisle before me.” ~ Tiffanie
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Trust your team! Give them the freedom to create and you’ll find yourself completely wowed on your wedding day! Even if you decide to DIY, don’t do it all on your own - learn to delegate the tasks to your friends (they are usually more than willing to help!). As I mentioned earlier, Joshua and I wanted the whole planning process to be as fuss-free as possible (which was almost impossible, but we managed to pull it off in the end!). We trusted our vendors so much that we didn’t even go for a single food tasting session with our caterer! To our surprise, not only did our guests compliment the beautiful decor and venue, but the the food as well! The lamb was a huge hit.
Have someone you trust coordinate the wedding on the day itself to ensure everything runs smoothly. Plan according to your budget, and always be sure to set aside a sum that you can afford before engaging your vendors.” ~ Tiffanie
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Always love, communicate, trust, compromise, and put your partner before yourself. Have a forgiving heart and put God in the center of the relationship.” ~ Tiffanie
Congratulations on your marriage, Joshua and Tiffanie! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: Glasshouse at Seputeh
Photography: Smittenpixels Photography
Wedding Dress: Grey by Bridal Art Gallery
Evening Gown: ASOS
Bride’s Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar
Bride’s Shoes: Aldo
Groom’s Outfit: Zara
Groom’s Shoes: Pedro
Wedding Bands: Love & Co.
Hair and Makeup: Aivy Yong (Bride); Fibiee Liew (Mothers and Bridesmaids)
Flowers: Flora Hera
Decor and Styling: Tie The Knot
Balloons: Oh! Balloons
Stationery and Paper Goods: Bells & Birds, Typo
Wedding Favours: CureMeCookies
Cake Decor: Flora Hera
Cake Topper: KCottage Studio
Catering: Big Onion Caterer
Videography: Nigel Sia Visual Storytelling
Video Booth: Tiffanie Tan Photography