- Posted on Thursday, 04 October 2018
Julian and Laura ditched tradition and opted for a cosy outdoor ROM ceremony on Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach, and for a total wedding budget of only about $1000!
Barefoot and dressed in casually cool attire, the couple stood under a rectangular wooden arch draped in woven macrame (meticulously created by the bride herself) and pledged their love for each other with exquisitely crafted wooden rings. The photos, shot by Studiokel, captured the couple’s hip and fun personalities beautifully.
How did you meet and fall in love?
“We met nine years ago through someone we knew. I think the first time we spoke to each other was at a birthday party held at his house. We started chatting on MSN (when it still existed) before eventually meeting in person. It helped that we stayed five minutes down the road from each other. So it was fun to sneak out late at night to meet each other at a nearby playground. And at that time, I don’t think either of us were thinking this was going to be anything very serious. We were just enjoying each other’s company and had a lot of things in common, especially our love for our dogs.
People talk about love at first sight and how they “just knew” they had met “the one”. For me, that wasn’t the case. I think we grew into our love for each other a little bit more everyday, after every fight, after supporting each other in all the big and small ways that counted.” ~ Laura
How did Julian propose?
“Funny story! I sound like terrible person every time I share this. Hahaha.
He proposed on Jan 2 in 2017. It was a rainy day and he dragged me, his younger brother, his cousin who was in town from Australia, and our dog to Tanjong Beach. It’s our favourite beach in Singapore and it’s where we swim with our dog.
We usually swim over to that small island across Tanjong Beach, but I didn’t want to that day. It had been raining all week and the clouds were still very dark when we arrived. The tide was so high it covered the entire beach on the small island and I was afraid it would start storming halfway.
But he insisted and actually swam across without me. For the next half hour, we kept yelling at each other across the water - him insisting I come over, me insisting he comes back before it rains. It was comical. At one point, he just sat down and refused to budge. Already super annoyed, I decided to swim over to drag him back. So I started swimming and yelling at him at the same time, saying random things like “It’s so far I’m going to drown”, “Why do you have to be so stubborn”, etc.
I finally reached the small island, and he said he had something to show me. I turned around and saw a small conch shell on the sand. Nestled in it was a beautiful ring with an aquamarine stone that had the faintest tint of blue, because I told him it would be nice to have a ring that reminds me of the sea and beach.” ~ Laura
What was the theme/style/colour palette of your solemnisation?
“I had just fallen in love with macrame this year and I knew I wanted to hand-weave my very own macrame backdrop for the beach ROM ceremony. So I did. It took about two months, about $200 worth of cotton cord, and countless hours every night after work tying and re-tying the cords until I was finally happy with the design. Pinterest and the work of other amazing macrame artists were my main sources of inspiration. I took little elements that I loved from everywhere and combined them as artfully as I could. Every bit of hard work I put into it was worth it at the end when I finally unwrapped the macrame piece at the beach and knew we had something extra special, extra personal to frame our entire ceremony. (The macrame backdrop is also going to be re-used at our main wedding celebration and will eventually find a place on a wall in our future home.)” ~ Laura
Are there any special stories to share about your solemnisation?
“I think what we loved most about the solemnisation was that it was really fun and casual yet intimate and completely DIY. Our little band of 30 family and friends all pitched in to help with the set-up while drinking their first round of champagne. Halfway through the ceremony, Julian's dad (who was our solemniser) dropped our wedding rings! In all his years of presiding over other couples' weddings, it was the first time that has ever happened. And when Julian and I leaned in for our first kiss, a friend's eight-year-old daughter yelled "Eeeeee" for everyone to hear. We all had a good laugh. Julian and I couldn't have asked for a better way to start off our life together.” ~ Laura
Any tips or advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“It’s important to not get swept up in planning all the details of the wedding and forget why you’re doing certain things for the wedding. Just because it’s common practice to have something in the wedding doesn’t mean it has to be included if there’s no meaning or purpose. For us, keeping things simple helped us to focus on what we really wanted and reduced unnecessary costs. In planning for our bigger wedding celebration, we decided we didn’t need an engagement photo shoot, a videographer, a decorated wedding car that was going to drive us 5 minutes from the hotel to the restaurant venue, or a big sparsely-signed guest book that we probably wouldn’t keep or read.
At the end of the day, wedding guests are not going to remember what car you show up in or what door gift they received. They remember how they felt during the wedding celebration, so having a wedding that is intimate and personal were the two things we thought were the most important.” ~ Laura
Congratulations on your marriage, Julian and Laura! May it be every bit as beautiful as your ROM!
Other features at Tanjong Beach
Pink Ombre: A Styled Shoot Inspired by Young Love
Love Deeper Than the Ocean: A Styled Shoot at Tanjong Beach Club - Part 1
Judd and Sonya's Solemnisation at Tanjong Beach Sentosa
Number of Guests: 30
Total Wedding Budget: About $1000
Venue: Tanjong Beach
Wedding Dress: Mura Boutique
Flowers: Flowers from Far East Flora, arrangements were DIY
Jewellery: By Invite Only
Groom’s Outfit: Shirt from Uniqlo, shorts from Cotton On, beach hat from H&M
Wedding Arch: Wooden frame was custom built by 25degreewoodworks, macrame backdrop was DIY by bride