- Posted on Sunday, 19 April 2015
The couple that crafts together, stays together!
Nigel and Weiqi were looking for a way to express their gratitude to family and friends and found the perfect solution in creating wedding items with love. Together with Fiona Treadwell, they up-cycled chalkboard tins by filling them with succulents and also DIYed concrete planters, wooden name plates and confetti cones for a celebration at The White Rabbit snapped by AndroidinBoots that is one part raw and rustic, and all parts adorable!
How did you meet?
“We met way back in secondary school and were friends, but things never really worked out. With a stroke of fate, we started talking again after losing contact for about 4 years and got together soon after, picking up from where we left off back then.” ~ Weiqi
What was the proposal like?
“He proposed in 2007 in London where I was pursuing my studies. We were together for less than a year then but definitely very much in love. It was a very simple proposal, with him sneaking out to get flowers while I was asleep, and then waking me up with a proposal. Yes, he got down on one knee. ;) The rings he got back then hold so much meaning for the both of us and we decided not to get new wedding bands when we finally got married last year.” ~ Weiqi
How did you decorate your venue? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“We wanted something simple, raw and rustic for our wedding. And most importantly, we wanted it to be a very cosy and intimate affair. Hence, we did a lot of stuff by ourselves to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our family and friends who joined us in our celebration of love. We designed our own wedding invites and menu, and made our own wedding album and confetti cones. For favors, we made concrete planters and wooden nameplates as gifts for our guests. We chose to make concrete planters as we wanted something that our guests could bring home and use, and a nice potted plant would be a very good addition to the home or office. We also decided to make wooden nameplates for our guests to make it more personal, and something that they could take home to display.
We had Fiona Treadwell do up the florals for the wedding venue and the styling for the reception area. On the guests’ tables, we had up-cycled chalkboard tins with succulents that were DIYed together with Fiona, concrete planters, wooden name plates and confetti cones. For the reception area, a raw and industrial look was adopted with our photos through the years displayed.” ~ Weiqi
Do you have any interesting stories to share with us?
“Our wedding marked the beginning of a new chapter of our lives, and took us on board a new adventure. We really enjoyed every bit of our wedding preparations and even though our wedding is over, we wanted to continue creating beautiful memories for other couples. Hence, we started Common Hands where we now create bespoke and quirky wedding stationery and gifts that are fully crafted by hand in our free time, in the hope that the people who receive them feel the excitement and happiness that we want to spread.” ~ Weiqi
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
"We would say relax and just enjoy the process!” ~ Weiqi
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Love unconditionally and have loads and loads of fun and laughter. There’s no greater joy than being able to spend the rest of your life with the love of your life, and absolutely nothing should make you give up on that.” ~ Weiqi
Congratulations on your marriage, Nigel and Weiqi! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of Guests: 150
Venue: The White Rabbit
Photography & Videography: AndroidsinBoots
Wedding Dress and Groom’s Outfit: Caramel & Co.
Hair & Makeup: The Make Up Room
Flowers & Décor: Fiona Treadwell and DIYed by the bride and groom
Wedding Favours and Stationery: DIYed by the bride and groom