- Posted on Thursday, 23 January 2014
Inspired by her love of nature, Enid Blyton and Lewis Carroll, this lovely bride and her dapper groom put together a cheery garden celebration with quirky vintage elements. We especially love their classic ride dressed up with bright flowers and their fabulous bridal party shots (said beetle included) all wonderfully captured by AndroidsinBoots Photography!
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How did Rongzhao propose?
"He proposed while we were visiting the beautiful Loire Valley in France. While my back was turned taking pictures of the river, he got on his knees and surprised me with a gorgeous bespoke aquamarine ring. Touched to her heart and eyes tearing, I said yes! Rongzhao had spent a long time preparing the perfect engagement ring for me. I loved the colour of aquamarine, a stone with colours of ‘the sky and the sea’, and it also happened to be Rong Zhao’s birthstone. He emailed a few of my friends secretly to help select the stone and with the help from the sustainable jewelry artisans of ‘Choo Yilin’, created the perfect bespoke engagement ring. It has leaf details inspired from nature which we both love, with sustainable white gold and diamonds."
What was the theme/style/colour palette of your wedding?
"I wanted a garden party, inspired by my love of nature, Enid Blyton and Lewis Carroll stories, and my memories of tea parties with my family in my childhood home’s backyard. When we finally decided on Burkill Hall at Singapore Botanic Gardens as the venue, we wanted to complement the beautiful natural surroundings. The main colour theme was red, orange & yellow to match the orchids in the garden, with a touch of warm blue to complement the scheme. The decor contained elements of different aesthetics that we both like, shabby chic and vintage, and it was created with the help of AssembleHappinest and my bridesmaids. The result was a cheerful garden party, decorated with beautiful summer flowers and a slightly vintage feel."
Did you DIY any elements of your wedding?
"Our wedding invitation was of a genuine vintage postcard of Singapore Botanic Gardens in the 19th century. Rongzhao thought it would be cool to use it as our wedding invitation so we bought it online from the UK. We both like things that have a history and a story behind them, and are nostalgic about Singapore’s past. Our graphic designer friend, Hannah Liew helped us to design the card into the wedding invite, whilst still retaining the original vintage look. She also designed the map, which we printed on a special translucent paper. Each card and map was individually tied up with red and white bakers’ twine. We handwrote names and addresses with a calligraphic pen and put a wax seal on the envelope. The personalised seal stamp design, which was the motif on the wedding program, was designed by Pearlyn. We designed the simple wedding program ourselves as well and photocopied it on brown paper we bought from a paper store. We not only saved money but it was more environmentally friendly as well."
Are there any other special stories that you would like to share?
"The beautiful outdoor wedding solemnisation was followed by a cocktail hour and live music played by our friends, while the sun set over the gardens. The atmosphere was lovely! Dinner was buffet style with both Asian and Western cuisine. Our best friends gave speeches and the bridesmaids and I did a surprise group dance. After the cake cutting ceremony, our musician friends performed songs specially selected and dedicated to us. I was very touched when my husband surprised me with a song dedication, and performed one of our favourite songs for me. Due to our work schedules, we planned the wedding in about 5-6 months. It was an intense and busy time, and I think having pre-marital counseling helped us to put the focus on marriage and our love, rather than on the wedding itself, and we learned how to set our priorities. We are also grateful and thankful for all the help and support that came from our family, friends and wedding vendors, that made our wedding beautiful and special."
Congratulations on your marriage Rongzhao and Pearlyn! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Venue: Burkill Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini for Davids’ Bridal
Flowers & Decor: Assemble Happinest
Wedding Favours: Chocolates from Taiwan & Baci chocolates
Wedding Rings: Lee Hwa Jewellery
Engagement Ring: Choo Yilin Artisan Jewellery
Stationery / Paper Goods: DIY
Groom’s Outfit: Topman (morning) and Benjamin Barker (ceremony)
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Benjamin Barker
Hair and Makeup: Mawaki Yamamoto
Car: Kaela Woods