- Posted on Thursday, 24 July 2014
We have something truly special to share with you today. Valerie and JP chose to tie the knot sans family and friends at Portsdown Road. Shot by Ivan Tan Photography, their intimate wedding was a simple celebration of two people coming together, in love. And in the spirit of doing things outside of convention, Valerie looked absolutely stunning in a red bell-sleeved number, made by Time Taken to Make a Dress.
How did you meet?
“We met online in 2010, became pen pals and met up 6 months later at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for a trip to Bangkok and Bali. Pretty daring for a first date but we have become great traveling companions since!” ~ Valerie
What made you decide to elope?
“We felt strongly that we wanted something very intimate and special so our initial plan was to have a small gathering in Bali. At the same time, we couldn't bring ourselves to fuss over planning a wedding so we thought it best to focus on what's most important: us. So I started to envision a different kind of wedding day: getting out of bed, preparing lunch at home and going off to a secluded place to get married. In my perspective, I believe what we did represents the essence of a marriage: two people in love coming together. It's definitely nice to have friends and family witnessing our special day, but we knew our plan suited us most. We even had our photographer and videographer be our witnesses!
We did have a Chinese family dinner at Min Jiang Restaurant at One Rochester on the same day as it was my Grandma's birthday. So in the end we did have a little celebration with our families. They knew in advance that we were getting married and were pretty cool with the fact that they weren't invited. Ha! I also think that it can be stressful and tiring to fulfill expectations from families and friends just for the day of the wedding; we've got a lifetime of marriage to celebrate with our loved ones, so we're glad we did what we did.” ~ Valerie
What was the most memorable part of your wedding?
“It would definitely be the part where we were exchanging our vows. It was declarative but very discreet at the same time since there wasn't anyone around except the solemniser, photographer and videographer. That moment belonged to us and no one else. It was definitely very precious.” ~ Valerie
Congratulations on your marriage, Valerie and JP! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Photographer: Ivan Tan Photography
Venue: Portsdown Road
Bride's Dress: Time Taken to Make a Dress
Hair and Makeup: Sam Ong
Groom's Suit: CYC Tailors
Videographer: Lightsauce Pictures