- Posted on Monday, 15 February 2016
Ivan and Vanessa embarked on a fun DIY adventure together, handcrafting elements of their wedding, planned by Chère: Weddings & Parties, and adding a personalised touch to their nature-inspired décor of moss, wood slices and succulents. The resulting effect was a warm, rustic chic affair that blended in beautifully with the lofty formal interiors of The Straits Room at The Fullerton Hotel with every emotionally-charged moment caught on camera by Samuel Goh Photography.
Watch this short film of the couple's wedding day captured by Super Panda Presents...
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How did you meet?
“We first met during our university days and were residing in the same hall of residence. We got to know each other better through one of the hall’s cohesion activities – night cycling.” ~ Ivan and Vanessa
What was the proposal like?
“We both love to travel. Ivan proposed at a wooden boardwalk overseeing the Twelve Apostles while we were road tripping along the Great Ocean Road. It was near the Christmas period and he gave me a necklace with an envelope-shaped pendant. When opened, it revealed a small wooden card with the proposal engraved on it. I also did not expect the proposal ring to be strung together with the necklace as it was well hidden beneath the gift box.” ~ Vanessa
What was your theme?
“Weiwei and Bendy from Chère helped us to narrow down the wedding theme and customised a wedding mood board for us. Together with photos that we pinned from Pinterest, these helped to better convey our ideas to our wedding vendors. We chose to have our wedding celebration at The Straits Room, as we like the colonial vibe and ornate ceiling. While I was all for a rustic theme, Ivan is fond of nature and plants, especially moss and wood stumps, so we made it a point to marry both styles together. As we went on, we thought that the inclusion of apothecary glasses and candles would complete the look.” ~ Vanessa
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“Yes, we started on our DIY projects early before the wedding frenzy kicked in towards the day. Looking back, this was the most fun and memorable experience of our wedding planning. It was amusing how we would often end up at Art Friend to source for DIY materials.
Most of our DIY projects were used to decorate the reception area as we wanted to make it personal for our family and friends. For instance, Vanessa wrote each individual’s name on place cards, which were hung on a wooden foldable frame that Ivan put together. We spent quite a while sourcing for a suitable frame, but most frames were either costly or cumbersome to transport around. Fortunately, we chanced upon some detachable wooden planks at Art Friend that could be easily assembled into a frame. We wanted the final structure to stand by itself, so we assembled two frames and joined them together with door hinges. Ivan also fixed small hooks along the inner side of the frames so that we could tie up some twine. We were really delighted that we were able to pull this off without digging deep into our pockets!
As for the place cards, we even came to know that some of our family and friends loved them a lot and brought them home as keepsakes. Vanessa also wrote down some of her favourite quotes and we had them framed up so we could display them in our future home. This was the same thought we had in mind when we embarked on other DIY projects.
Looking back, we were quite adventurous and took it upon ourselves to carve out the words ‘Better Together’ for the chair backs. For that, we bought foam boards from Daiso, and sketched the words before carving them out with a sculpting knife.
We had our wedding rings placed within a moss terrarium-inspired ring box. As Ivan likes creating plant terrariums as a pastime, we just made a simple one with moss. We also got Mossingarden to customise a wedding themed terrarium for us. It was important to us that the decorations should reflect our personalities.
We also concurred that a floral arch would be a prominent feature in our wedding. As our solemnisation and banquet were at different locations, we engaged our florist CC Lee to create an arch which could be easily transported and assembled. CC Lee also hung up rows of light bulbs arranged in a scallop pattern, and that became a romantic backdrop for us to take photographs with our family and friends.
Couples can also consider re-using items they already have to save costs. For us, we needed glass jars and bottles for the gate crash and reception, and sought to slowly collect them over time." ~ Ivan and Vanessa
What are some of your favourite memories?
“Ivan caught me by surprise when it was his turn to give his wedding vows during our solemnisation. He actually attempted to give his wedding vows by singing a medley of familiar Disney tunes! I was very touched and kept tearing. And a huge thumbs up for his bravery to sing in front of many!
We are grateful that we had our family and friends who supported us in all ways possible.
We enjoyed our photo shoot in Perth with Samuel Goh. I remember Samuel brought us to a lakeside where we stood on top of a sand bar in the middle of the lake at high tide. The photographs turned out to be really intimate and we enjoyed the experience a lot!” ~ Vanessa
Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“I would strongly advocate couples to engage a wedding planner if possible. On the actual day, we hardly had to fret about the fine details or get into the thick of things as we just let the team from Chère and the other wedding vendors do their jobs. All we had to do was to enjoy the day and go with the flow. It is important that there is someone experienced overseeing the wedding and pre-empting any potential hiccups that could occur along the way. It was fortunate and reassuring to have everything go according to plan.
Also, remember to enjoy the wedding planning process. While disagreements are bound to occur, we found that we were better able to identify how we wanted our wedding to be.” ~ Ivan
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Let go of expectations. Instead, embrace the ordinariness in each other and enjoy simple pleasures together.” ~ Ivan and Vanessa
Congratulations on your marriage, Ivan and Vanessa! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: The East Garden (solemnisation) and The Straits Room (wedding banquet), The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Photography: Samuel Goh Photography
Wedding Dresses: Caramel and Co
Bridesmaid Dresses: Thread Theory
Groom’s Outfit: Caramel and Co
Hair and Makeup: Cleo Chang Makeup and Hair
Flowers: C C Lee
Stationery / Paper Goods: Nineteen Design Studio
Wedding Planning: Chère: Weddings & Parties
Entertainment: Eilidh McRae (harpist)
Videography: Super Panda Presents