- Posted on Thursday, 15 October 2015
Peppered with Swiss flair as a tribute to the groom’s heritage, today’s joyous occasion sweetly snapped by Andri Tei Photography at The White Rabbit sees two families and cultures coming together to celebrate the love of Jonas and Melissa.
How did you meet?
“We met in Singapore 4 years ago. He was working in Singapore for 5 years before we moved to live in Zurich, Switzerland, 10 months ago.” ~ Melissa
How did he propose?
“He proposed on our 3rd anniversary in our room at Capella Sentosa; it was very intimate and sweet. He told me that he had planned a ‘camping’ trip for us. It was no camping trip as he had booked a big hotel room in Capella, although it did have a view of the forest! It was so beautiful!” ~ Melissa
What was your theme and colour palette?
“Our favourite colour is blue, so we kept to that for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The fabric used for the groomsmen’s bow ties is a special print from the countryside where Jonas grew up (similar to our sarong kebaya print in Singapore.) He grew up in the mountains, in a small countryside called Nesslau in Switzerland.” ~ Melissa
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“My girlfriend from Singapore who loves handicrafts made blue origami cranes months before the wedding. Our Swiss friends strung them up and we used them as our photobooth backdrop.” ~ Melissa
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We chose a very special Swiss cake that Jonas grew up with: gingerbread cake with an almond paste filling. All the cake packets had pictures of the mountains, the countryside, cows and farmers. Although the pictures on the packets are look like cartoons, they are real depictions of Jonas’ hometown. It happens even today – the farmers walk their cows on the mountains, and they dress them up with a hanging bell around their necks.” ~ Melissa
“Book only what you are comfortable with, especially for makeup and hair. I ended up getting my hairdresser who has been doing my hair for almost 10 years to venture out of his salon to do my hair at the hotel and restaurant – I didn’t trust anyone else! He knows my hair best and that made me comfortable. Always ask around for reviews before booking anything. This day only happens once and it needs to be perfect!” ~ Melissa
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Go for a marriage preparation course about 6 months before the wedding – it gets pretty psychological. You may think you know each other very well but you will realise that you don’t, and this is coming from experience! After the course, you will find you have so much to talk about and discuss, it opens you up on a different level.
Do things together as much as possible, like deciding on and designing the invites. Work as a team: one person writes the addresses and the other slots the invites in. It is the only time that you are both excitedly working towards something this big in your lives. You may argue but do it anyway! You will get it right in the end, and it will be worth it.” ~ Melissa
Congratulations on your marriage, Jonas and Melissa - may it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: The White Rabbit, Singapore
Photography: Andri Tei Photography
Wedding Dress: Di Gio Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Anna Nucci
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dressabelle
Groom’s Outfits: Tailored at Excellent Silk House, Far East Plaza
Groom’s Shoes: Pedro
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Handmade bow ties by bride’s mother
Hair and Makeup: Edward Tang, The Hair Society (hair) and Makeup Your Mind (makeup)
Stationery / Paper Goods: Bookbinders Design, Switzerland
Flowers: Regina Mae Fleurs
Wedding Favours: Appenzeller Bärli-Biber
Entertainment / Emcee: Gayle Nerva and Jack (2-piece acoustic band)