Socially Conscious Wedding With a Standout Flower Wall: Boaz and Sue-Ann

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We’ve been reliving our love for floral backdrops of late, so imagine our delight when Boaz and Sue-Ann’s romantic wedding photographed by Feldberyl Images and planned by The Wedding Stylist found its way into our inbox. The quirky bride and groom weaved their passion for fantasy fiction and gaming throughout their wedding décor at CHIJMES and The St. Regis Singapore, while including a socially-conscious element in the form of a cookie bar with treats baked by the couple and the less fortunate from a local social enterprise.

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How did you meet?
“We used to work in the same law firm, but our paths only really crossed when we were celebrating our call to the Singapore bar at The Butter Factory. We took a photo together and things just carried on from there.” ~ Boaz

How did he propose?
“We went to Koh Samui on a dive trip. After an exhausting full-day dive, Boaz brought me for a flame-lit beachfront dinner, which was part of the ‘Under the Stars Dining’ at Hansar Samui. He hid the ring in our camera tripod bag and got down on one knee halfway into dinner. After I said yes, the fireworks that Boaz had arranged beforehand went off, and I did not know that they were for me. When I found out, I was completely ecstatic. It was all very beautiful.” ~ Sue-Ann

What was your theme and colour palette?
“Our theme was centred around trees and lights. Sue-Ann has always loved pretty lighting, and given that the most magical part of the proposal was fireworks, we wanted to incorporate as many lights as we could into our wedding, which we did by way of hanging fairy lights and candles.

The idea of having trees as the key motif in our wedding was because we feel strongly that by placing our faith and trust in God, our marriage will be strong and blessed by God’s love - Jeremiah 17:7-8 ‘Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out its roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes but her leaf shall be green; and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit’.” ~ Boaz

How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“We worked with our wedding planners, Caroline and Angela from the Wedding Stylist, as well as the people at CC Lee, to decorate the various venues. They did most of the heavy lifting, including styling, colour coordination, arrangement of the trees and flower wall, logistics, and hanging of the fairy lights from the top of the ballroom at St Regis etc. All these would not have been possible if not for them.

Our DIY projects included crafting an artificial mini well which was used as our red packet box, the beefing up of the lighting at each table with our own candles and jars, the making of our own photo booth props that were customised for the various groups of friends attending the wedding, and decorating the cookie bar at the dinner banquet.” ~ Boaz

What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“We decided to have cookies baked by the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Bakers as part of the wedding favours to be given to our guests. The cookies were laid ‘buffet style’ into a cookie bar that our friends helped to decorate at our dinner banquet. MINDS Bakers is a social enterprise program that provides training and employment opportunities in the baking industry for people with intellectual disabilities. We went for a baking workshop to bake and interact with the trainees, as well as to take photos of us baking together. The photos were used as a poster at the cookie bar so that guests would know where the cookies came from. We felt that this would generate awareness for such social enterprise programmes. The cookie bar was featured in The Straits Times, and we were grateful for the publicity as we understand that many people approached MINDS Bakers to purchase their cookies and goodies after that." ~ Sue-Ann

What are some of your favourite memories from the day?
“Our invitation cards were in the form of a prospectus for our dinner banquet and a writ of summons for our church wedding, in line with our areas of legal practice. The dinner invitation card was effectively a 12-page mini prospectus booklet complete with risk factors and disclaimers. We were very lucky to have our friends, Yuri and Tejo, help us design and print our invitations and other stationery.

We also got my dance coaches from Shawn & Gladys Dance Academy to choreograph our wedding dance. While I had some dance background, this was completely new to Boaz and I was really happy that he did so well despite us not having the time to practice much!” ~ Sue-Ann

"Back in the day, I was quite a gamer, while Sue-Ann remains a big fan of fantasy books and shows. We got In Merry Motion to make us a signpost pointing to locations in games and shows we like and placed it at our photo booth and foyer area. Some of our guests had a fun time guessing the sources of these locations. I even had a guy friend declare it the only photo booth he could approve of (as a fellow gamer!)” ~ Boaz

Do you have any tips and wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“You can plan your wedding as meticulously as you want, but come the actual day, let it all go. Trust your choice of wedding vendors, and let them do their jobs. Don’t get caught up with the nitty-gritties and go with the flow instead. Finally, make a conscious effort to celebrate together with your partner, your closest family and friends.” ~ Boaz

What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Our marriage is still young and we still have a long way to go before we can say with any certainty what makes a strong marriage. Other than basing the marriage on God, my first piece of advice is for pre-wedded couples: Reflect deeply on the vows you will be making for your marriage; say and mean every word with absolute conviction. My second piece of advice is for wedded couples: Always remember those same wedding vows, and put in constant effort and commitment to keep them.” ~ Boaz

Watch this short film of the couple's wedding day captured by Substance Films:

 

 

Congratulations on your marriage, Boaz and Sue-Ann! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!

 

 

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Vendor Information
Photography: Feldberyl Images
Number of Guests: 200 (ceremony) and 350 (dinner reception)
Venue: CHIJMES Hall (ceremony) and The St. Regis Singapore (dinner reception)
Wedding Dresses and Evening Gown: Silhouette the Atelier
Bride’s Tea Ceremony and After Party Outfits: Iris and Edel
Groom’s Outfits: Personality Menshop
Hair and Makeup: Jyue Huey, The Make Up Room
Photo Booth Signs and Props: In Merry Motion
Flowers: C C Lee
Stationery / Paper Goods: Invinity Paperworks
Wedding Favours: MINDS Food / Bakers
Catering: Adroit Coffee (coffee cart for wedding ceremony) and The Ice Cream Gallery (ice cream booth for dinner reception)
Wedding Planning / Styling: The Wedding Stylist
Entertainment / Emcee: Jack and Rai (dinner reception), Yong Rong Zhao (dance music mix)
Sound and Lighting Equipment: Melvin Wong
Dance Choreography: Shawn & Gladys Dance Academy
Photo Booths: Hello Forever (ceremony) and Live!Studios Interactive Photography (dinner reception and photo cards)
Videography: Substance Films


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