- Posted on Friday, 20 April 2018
“Zen and I are both just really comfortable with each other. I think we can't see ourselves being that open and comfortable with anyone else and that's how we know we're going to be each other's partner for life.” ~ Amanda
Photographer and instagrammer Amanda Wong (@beautifuladieu) and Zen’s Singapore wedding was split into two separate affairs captured by Samuel Goh and planned by Holy Moly; a morning solemnisation for family members, and an evening reception for friends. Kept solemn with the bride’s late mother in memory, the colour palette for the ceremony was soft with neutral and dream-like pastel shades and a semi-circular feathery pampas grass altar to complement the green surroundings of Hotel Fort Canning.
How did you know Zen was the one and what do you love most about him?
“Zen is a very hardworking and loving partner, and despite me sometimes going crazy because I'm psychotic (laughs), he has never once raised his voice with me. It really makes me reflect on myself and want to be a better person too. We both have our flaws but we're always trying to work things out together, recognising that nothing and nobody is perfect.
Also, Zen and I are both just really comfortable with each other. I think we can't see ourselves being that open and comfortable with anyone else and that's how we know we're going to be each other's partner for life.” ~ Amanda
What was your theme and colour palette?
“Our morning solemnisation was a more solemn affair as my Mother had just passed away and it was a family-only celebration. We kept the colour palette light-hearted by choosing neutral and pastel tones (our bridesmaids were dressed in light blue and our groomsmen were in grey).
As my stylist (Invited) and florist (Blanc Studios) worked together, they came up with the idea of having a standing ceremony instead of an seated one, so that meant we didn't have to put any awkward table or chairs in the middle of the venue. They also built a little semi-circular altar with pampas grass to replace the typical arch, and since Hotel Fort Canning already had a nice lawn and pretty fairy lights overhead, there was nothing much we wanted to add, but the simple addition of pampas grass was really perfect!” ~Amanda
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“Wedding favours are something that most people take home just because they’re free but don't necessarily use them. So when it came to picking the favours, we wanted them to be useful. In the morning we chose manicure sets that came in two different colours. They're universal favours that both genders, young or old, would definitely use! The guests loved them.” ~ Amanda
Do you have any tips or advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“There are some things which you absolutely cannot save on - like a planner! Our wedding was organised from start to finish in about 2 months. Without our planner’s help and coordination, we really wouldn’t have been able to pull off such an elaborate celebration!
Initially, we didn't want a bridal party, but our plans changed and we did in the end. I never thought the additional hands would be so helpful! So, for those who want a simple wedding without a bridal party, I'd say to at least get two friends who would volunteer their help.” ~Amanda
Do you have any tips or advice on long-distance relationships?
“We've been in a long-distance relationship for as long as we've known each other. I think for me, I've always been busy with work and when I'm really focused, I can forget about my meals and even about Zen. But I think the same goes for him, so we usually don't really text or respond to each other until we're heading to bed. Importantly, for this to work, you have to trust each other and not be needy. That way, you won't feel like you have to probe what each other's doing 24/7. Lastly, I always tell myself to appreciate the time apart. I know that one day when he relocates back to Singapore, especially after we're married, we might be joined at the hip, and I'll probably miss the time apart (laughs).” ~Amanda
Congratulations on your marriage, Amanda and Zen! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Here is the couple’s proposal and other weddings at Hotel Fort Canning you might like
Zen and Amanda’s Parisian-themed Marriage Proposal
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Zech and Haylee's Wedding With a Flower Bar at Hotel Fort Canning
Darren and Ying's Ballroom Wedding at Hotel Fort Canning
Wed in Colonial Chic Style at the Award-Winning Hotel Fort Canning
Number of Guests: 70-80
Wedding Budget: $70,000 (morning solemnisation and evening reception)
Venue: Hotel Fort Canning
Photography: Samuel Goh
Bride’s Wedding Dress and Skirt: Jessicacindy
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weizman x mytheresa.com
Bride’s Wedding Swimsuit: Zimmerman
Groom’s Outfit: Common Suits
Groom’s Shoes: Walking Tall
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Common Suits
Hair and Makeup: Parichat Naidu
Flowers: Blanc Studios
Invitations: Yoko Yeap
Wedding Favours: The Wedding Camera Co. (disposable cameras)
Cake: Crème Maison Bakery
Planning: Chelsea from Holy Moly
Entertainment: Kelvin and Giwon from @kaelawoods
Videography: Joe from Touch Studios