Jungle Luxe Wedding at Tamarind Hill: Kevin and Yvette

We fell in love with Kevin and Yvette the moment we saw their engagement photos that we featured earlier this week. It came as no surprise, then, that we are completely enchanted by their wedding wonderfully captured by Super Panda Presents, too! The bride and groom’s chic semi-formal outfits, wedding décor and venues lent an intimate, laidback air to the whole affair. We were particularly taken with the bride’s unconventionally stunning gown from the H&M Conscious Collection. Be sure to also check out Kevin’s spunky printed suit and read about their dreamy wedding details below!

More than a decade ago, Kevin was serving his National Service at Amoy Quee Army Camp, when he noticed the unusual architecture of the condominium estate just next to the camp. The buildings looked ordinary at first, but the side that faced the army camp was completely without windows, and visibility was blocked by louvered walls. He always wondered what it was like on the other side of the fence; never did he imagine that he would end up marrying a girl who lived in that block, 14 years later.

How the couple met...
"We first met 5 years ago through work. Kevin, an interior designer, was working on a project for a restaurant. I was assisting the fashion designer who collaborated on the uniforms for the restaurant. Sparks only started flying months later when the restaurant project had been done and dusted. Going out was always fun; wherever we went, Kevin would be noticing the surroundings in detail, while I would be observing what people wore, or what was in the shops. We share a mutual love for fashion, music, art, architecture and design, and we constantly influence each other with our own interests."

How Kevin proposed…
"Kevin proposed on the third anniversary of our relationship, while we were on holiday at The Chedi in Chiang Mai. Kevin had spent months searching for the perfect ring and finally decided on a gunmetal ring by one of my favourite designers, Martin Margiela. Kevin gave a little speech about how he felt about the relationship and how much it has changed his perception of marriage – previously, he did not believe in marriage and never gave me any clue that he intended to get married. I was very moved by his speech and his efforts to plan this surprise proposal. It was a very private and emotional moment, with just us two, hanging out after dinner by the Mae Ping River under the beautiful moonlight. We got married on the same day two years later."

Personalising their wedding…
"We wanted our wedding to feel more intimate and honest: to reflect our inclinations, and the significance of our wedding venues. We wanted to steer clear of a wedding that felt too orchestrated or extravagant. Deciding to get married in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul was an easy choice. It is not the prettiest church in Singapore, but it is the church that we currently attend. We also chose it for practical reasons, as it is close to my home. Finding the right dinner venue, on the other hand, was a challenge. We always knew that we didn’t want a luxurious ballroom dinner, but the venues we shortlisted were either too tiny or over our budget. When Tamarind Hill opened its doors, we just knew it was the perfect place for us. We fell in love with the beautiful lush greenery that surrounded the colonial bungalow, and its rustic minimalist interiors. The place was large enough to fit our 160 person guest list, yet the little pockets of indoor and outdoor dining areas provided the ideal setting for a cosy and intimate dining experience. My sister had her wedding dinner at a restaurant that used to be just next to the Tamarind Hill 5 years ago, so it was quite nice to return to the same location for our wedding.

We had a “Jungle Luxe” theme for our dinner reception which was inspired by the context of the venue – a Thai-fusion fine dining restaurant in a refurbished colonial bungalow, surrounded by lush greenery. We were very thrilled to see our guests having fun interpreting the theme in their own way, and dressing up in colourful prints and casual chic styles."

Their Wedding Bands…
"While doing research on rings and diamonds, I fell in love with antique rose-cut diamonds for its unusual shape, muted sparkle and raw heirloom-like quality. The basic rose-cut diamond has a flat base and a crown composed of triangular facets in symmetrical arrangement, which rise to form a pointed tip. We were very fortunate to have found our jeweler, Fairy’s Inc, for they have a beautiful selection of diamonds in unusual cuts and colours. Best of all, they allowed us to customize our rings from scratch! We selected a very understated but beautiful clear rose-cut diamond for my ring, and we had it placed on a bezel setting on a whisper thin band of 18k pale champagne gold. Kevin’s ring is a chunkier band of pale champagne gold, with a hammered matte surface that resembled the raw facets of the rose-cut stone on my ring. Hidden on the inside of Kevin’s ring is a contrasting coat of glossy black plating, in the same gunmetal tone as the Maison Martin Margiela ring that he had proposed with." 

Their Wedding Outfits…
"The pale grey gown that I wore for the church wedding was from the H&M Conscious Collection 2012. It was the first wedding dress that I tried, and I bought it right away! It was made from organic cotton and silk, and the polyester lining was made from recycled PET plastic bottles. The dress was an unusual choice, but it had the clean yet raw aesthetic that we both love. Kevin’s dove grey suit was tailor-made by our friend, Dylan from Dylan and Son.. It complemented the shabby chic vibe of my wedding dress perfectly. For the traditional Chinese tea ceremony held at the backyard garden of Tamarind Hill, I wore a grey Sarong Kebaya with pink and green floral embroidery. For Kevin, we shopped online and found a suit with blue batik prints from Topman. After our wedding dinner speeches, I surprised Kevin by changing into a nude coloured beaded dress. It was a last minute online purchase from Miss Selfridge!" 

Wedding invitation cards, menu cards, church booklets and chocolate lollipop favours…
"We designed our own wedding invitations, menu cards, church booklets and chocolate lollipop favours. For our wedding invitation cards, we wanted something clean and simple, yet impactful. Hence, we kept the design minimal, but we chose an extremely thick cardboard, so that the card almost felt like a plank! We chose two images from our engagement photo shoot for our invitation cards. Both photos showed our hands joined together, but the mood and colours of the two images were very different; they conveyed the atmosphere we wanted to achieve for our church wedding and reception. The image chosen for the church invitation had a delightful and pale pastel feel to it, whereas the image for the dinner invitation was dark and slightly mysterious, with a bit of jungle thrown in. The customised dark chocolate lollipop favours were further personalised with name tags of our guests fastened with cream ribbons. This helped our guests to identify their allocated seats easily." 

The music playlist…
"Being the avid music lover that he is, Kevin was put in charge of the music playlist for the day. Kevin selected tunes from Amiina and Jónsi & Alex for the prelude to our church wedding to create an ethereal mood. The church lunch reception was pepped up with happy & quirky melodies from Múm, Seabear, Gold Panda, Silje Nes, Daughter and the like. For the night celebration, chill and groovy tracks by Paradis, Chvrches, The Townhouses, Mitzi, Hot Chip, Tycho, and Guerre created the perfect dining atmosphere." 

Choice of flowers...
"The first flowers that Kevin ever gave to me were dried cotton flowers! We made it a point to include cotton flowers in the bridal bouquet. We preferred floral pieces that were simple and sculptural. We also love big green leaves very much, so instead of a floral wedding arch, we had two large arrangements of giant Pandanus leaves flanking the church aisle."

Any advice for couples intending to get married…
"We have a joint bank account for our shared expenses, and contribute to it every month. We had to be careful not to overspend, so we kept a very detailed record of all our wedding expenses, both big and small, on an Excel spreadsheet. We are very grateful that we managed to pay off everything with our savings, and with the help of our generous family and friends. This sounds very cliché, but a wedding is only for one day, while marriage is for a lifetime. It is important to focus on each other, and to align each other’s expectations, even before thinking about the venue, or flowers, or what to wear. As soon as we got engaged, we signed up for the Catholic Engagement Course, which was very helpful in preparing ourselves for the lifetime commitment. Through the weekend crash course, we not only gained an in depth understanding of each other’s values and expectations, but we also learnt how we could improve our own selves for the other person."

 

We would like to wish Kevin and Yvette the heartiest of congratulations on their marriage, and a big thank you for inspiring our readers with your wedding!

 

 

Vendor Information
Photography & Videography: Super Panda Presents 
Venues: Church of St. Vincent de Paul and Tamarind Hill 
Wedding Dress: H&M Conscious Collection 2012
Evening Dress: Miss Selfridge
Sarong Kebaya and Beaded Shoes: Rosetta Trading
Kerosang: Geylang Serai Wet Market
Bride’s Accessories: Swarovski, ASOS, Lovisa
Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Groom's and Best Man's Suit: Dylan & Son.
Groom's Dinner Suit: Topman
Groom’s Accessories: The Cordial Churchman, ASOS
Groom's Shoes: Kenzo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Massimo Dutti and Mango
Flower Girl's Dress: American Blossoms on Etsy
Couple's Names in Hanging Letters: Big Image
Flowers: By The Branch 
Hair & Makeup: Lynette Feng and Mariana Gan
Wedding bands: Fairy’s Inc
Catering: Gustos (Lunch), Tamarind Hill (Dinner) 
Favours: Customised Chocolate Lollipops from Chocolate Graphics 
Invitations: Designed by Kevin and Yvette, using photos by Joseph Daniel Batino 
Printer: Wincraft 
Tea Set: Seletti Hybrid (a gift from our close friends), and family’s own antique Peranakan tea set


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