- Posted on Wednesday, 31 July 2013
We love the almost carnival-like atmosphere in Sam and Steph’s wedding which was full of delightfully quirky touches as you will see in these beautiful photos. This is a certainly one wedding their guests won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
Sam and Steph were both debaters in Junior College and continued to serve as judges in debate tournaments even after graduation. One day, both Sam and Steph were invited to judge the same tournament at Serangoon Junior College. Steph offered Sam some chicken rice and smiled. Sam has never been able to resist girls who offer him food and quickly asked Steph out to dinner!
Sam planned to propose to Steph during a romantic weekend getaway to Bintan. The rain threatened to ruin everything but fortuitously, the clouds soon cleared when they reached the beach and checked into the resort. During dinner, Sam handed Steph a Japanese puzzle box and they both had a laugh as they pulled and shoved to try and get the box to open. The laughter ended in a gasp however as one final panel slid open to reveal a diamond ring inside!
The couple felt that there wasn’t really a central theme to their wedding but it could loosely be categorised as “outdoor-random-shabby-rustic-chic-quirky”.
“The end theme was an afterthought as we wanted, first and foremost, our wedding to be a celebration of the things which define us as a couple – speeches, randomness and unadulterated fun. Also, we wanted a relaxed, new and quirky atmosphere where guests could soak in the location and not just be present because of a wedding invitation.” ~ Sam and Steph
The colour scheme was based on their secondary school colours and the final wedding concept was largely inspired by the wedding location at Telok Blangah Hill Park. The location bore great significance to Steph as she used to jog around Telok Blangah throughout her schooling years, acting almost as a sanctuary.
Personal touches to their wedding such as daisies for the female guests and sticker pocket squares and bow ties for the men were conceptualised by In Merry Motion, a company specializing in bespoke decorations. Other elements such as the personalised goodie-bags, garden benches, jenga blocks, Bundaberg ginger and root beer drinks, and mosquito spray were proposed by the couple and executed by In Merry Motion.
“Wedding cultures around the world see family and friends coming together to help out with the wedding prep. So our crafts company suggested we pull in our friends to help out with the assembly of goodie bags and the actual day restaurant décor setup. This allowed friends across different circles to interact with others before the wedding.” ~ Sam and Steph
The bride and groom have some insightful wedding advice for couples planning their weddings:
- Don’t be afraid to be different or even break with tradition. We didn’t have the typical gate crash in the morning, we only had one bridesmaid (our maid-of-honour) and I only wore one dress (but changed my sash from gold to maroon).
- Keep guests in the know and get them involved – we created a wedding website for us which facilitated with the wedding process.
- Invest in a good photographer and videographer. They can cost a bomb but money is better spent on actual day than pre-wedding photography (which often becomes a glorified coffee table prop that collects dust) since it captures that special day. There will be more memories from actual day shots than pre-wedding anyway.
- Dude, This is HER day. Make her happy!
- At the same time, be sure to give your own input and feedback on what you would like for the wedding. The couple should be frank about what they would like and actively try to make things work for both sides.
- Research wedding ideas from all over the world, so that you can get inspiration for ideas which will really differentiate your wedding from the rest. I have been to too many weddings which followed the same script and the guests couldn’t even remember who the bride and groom were.
Congratulations Sam and Steph!
Photography and Videography: Multifolds Photography?
Wedding venues: Telok Blangah Hill Park's Terrace Garden (Ceremony) and Alkaff Mansion Marquee (Dinner Reception)
Wedding Dress, Bridal Hair and Makeup and Bouquet: LaVie Bridal
Maid of Honour Dress: ZARA
Groom's Outfit: Bespoke Suit from Ken-fashions For Men, Peninsula Shopping Centre 3 Coleman Street Singapore 179804, Anglo Chinese School (ACS) Tie
Décor, Goodie Bags and Wedding Stationery: In Merry Motion
Catering, Flowers at the Reception and Wedding Favours: Alkaff Mansion
Emcees: The Bride and Groom?