- Posted on Monday, 27 November 2017
Jonathan and Jane’s cherry blossom-filled wedding at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore was the perfect theme to describe their love, which blossomed in Japan. Styled by Inside The Knot and photographed by Androidsinboots, this romantic affair with its white marble surfaces, blush and navy palette with gold accents, and florals galore, shows how to bring your cherry blossom fantasies to life indoors. The couple also used their wedding to give back to society and ordered wedding favours made by persons with special needs from our adopted charity the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).
Photos by Androidsinboots
How did you meet?
“We were secondary school mates and Jonathan was Jane’s senior in the military band. We kept in contact even after secondary school and many years later, we went on a holiday to Japan with a mutual friend. During the trip, we started to get closer and develop feelings for one another, and our love blossomed in Japan just like the cherry blossoms! The rest is history as they say.” ~ Jonathan and Jane
How did Jonathan propose?
“The groom went on a vacation to Fukuoka, Japan with the bride’s family in September 2015. There is a European-styled theme park called Huis Ten Bosch with canals running through it, and Jonathan had arranged for a private boat tour with only the family on board. The boat went to a romantic spot (off the normal route) away from the public where it stopped in front of a Venetian style building. It was there that Jonathan popped the question and of course Jane said ‘Yes!’” ~ Jonathan and Jane
What was your theme/style/color palette?
“For our church ceremony, we wanted a cosy and rustic feel, so we decided on a woodlands/garden theme with lots of wood textures, pastel colored florals, plants, moss etc. We had a huge plant wall as a backdrop in the reception area and it really transformed the canteen. Most of the colours were light and neutral with lots of browns and greens.
Instead of traditional red for our tea ceremony, we decided to use different shades of bright pink together with a gold die cut “囍” to give a more modern appearance.
We decided on “sakura” as our main theme because it commemorates the beautiful season when we first got together in Japan. We wanted to have a classy and grand wedding and the newly renovated Tower Ballroom at Shangri-La was exactly the type of ballroom that we were looking for. The white marble wall feature in the ballroom inspired Jane to design her marble coaster wedding favours and other wedding stationery.
There was a strong emphasis on creating a luxe and romantic mood, and the team from Inside The Knot successfully transformed the ballroom with the use of cherry blossom trees, pink flowers, floral arches, candles, pink sequinned tablecloths, and ornaments.
We wanted lots of flowers and candles to create a romantic atmosphere, and we especially loved the long tables and lush floral arches with dangling candles that Inside The Knot put together. The colour palette was blush pink and navy blue with gold accents!” ~ Jonathan and Jane
Photos by Inside The Knot
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“All church and dinner decorations were done by Inside The Knot. The bride DIY-ed a 4m long flower wall for the tea ceremony at home and almost all the stationery designs – the invitation card, church programme booklet, wedding favours, menus, Instagram hashtag card, well-wishes card, and thank you card.” ~ Jonathan and Jane
Photos by bride
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We chose to order cookies from MINDS (The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) for our church wedding favour as it was a gift that was meaningful yet edible.
For dinner, we provided monogram-engraved marble coasters of the wedding logo designed by the bride. She loves marble, which matches the theme and style of the Tower Ballroom, and a coaster is practical. The gold monogram engraving elevates the gift and gives it a personal touch.” ~ Jonathan and Jane
Other special stories?
“The groom chose to propose in Japan as it is not only the place they fell in love, but also a country which the bride and groom really love. Hence the proposal and wedding theme all had some relation to Japan.” ~ Jonathan and Jane
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime event, so don’t cut costs on areas that should not be cut.” ~ Jonathan and Jane
Any tips or advice on what you think makes a strong marriage?
“Communication is key just like in any relationship, and it is crucial just like mutual respect.” ~ Jonathan and Jane
Congratulations Jonathan and Jane, and we wish you a long and loving marriage as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of guests: 200 (church), 500 (dinner)
Venues: Church of St Mary of the Angels, Tower Ballroom at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Wedding Gowns: Digio Bridal (white ballgown), The Aisle Bridal (navy blue ballgown), Tiara Bridal (pink floral dress)
Tea Ceremony Cheongsam: Vega Tailoring & Dressmaking
Bride’s Shoes: Dolce and Gabanna, Manolo Blahnik, Jwest
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Oui
Groom’s Outfits: Edit Suits (suit), Dunhill (tie and cufflinks), Benjamin Barker (tuxedo)
Groom’s Shoes: Church’s, TOD’S
Jewellery: Larry Jewellery, Boucheron, Chanel, Cartier
Hair and Makeup: Fynix Thai
Decor: Inside The Knot
Flowers: Floral Magic (bouquets, floral crown, boutonnieres, corsages, car décor), Inside The Knot (church and dinner)
Stationery/Paper Goods: Designed by the bride, except Instagram hashtag calligraphy card by Inside The Knot
Wedding Favours: Jar of snacks from MINDS; monogram personalized engraved marble coaster designed by the bride
Cake: Artistiq Sugarcraft
Catering: Orange Clove, Llao Llao Frozen Yoghurt, Carpenter & Cook, L'ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle, Inside The Knot, Macarons.sg, Shirly Twirly
Planning/Styling: Inside The Knot, except tea ceremony flower wall which was designed and made by the bride
Entertainment: MXGX (live band)
Videography: Winson Cinematography, Frigg Animation
Photobooth: Aww Snap!