- Posted on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
After four years of long-distance dating, Yong and Ashley finally tied the knot in a lovely wedding ceremony in Chijmes, one of Singapore’s most historic and charming event venues.
Shot on film by NicoleThenStudio, styled by Amperian and planned by The Wildest Dreams (a company founded by the bride herself), Chijmes Hall was awash in romantic, elegant hues of blush pink, taupe and mauve. The couple arrived in a vintage Beetle, with the bride in a stunning lace-covered low-back gown, and exchanged heartfelt vows written specially for each other. What’s more, their vows were printed out in beautiful calligraphy script and turned into an on-stage backdrop.
How did the two of you meet and fall in love?
“We met at a friend’s birthday, but only officially dated after nine months.” ~ Yong and Ashley
How did Yong propose?
“It was on a trip before Yong left for the States. He booked a paragliding activity in Bali, and proposed to me after I landed. It was more than everything I could have dreamed of: a proposal on a cliff top overlooking the ocean against the sunset. He presented me a handwritten letter that was addressed to my late granny to express his feelings and thoughts, and asked for my hand.” ~ Ashley
What was your wedding’s theme/style/colour palette?
“He loves classic and I love vintage. We chose to decorate using leaves and greenery, especially my favourite olive leaves (which were also hand-painted as a logo on the invitation cards and coffee paper cups). We also wanted a very earthy neutral tone, like the pre-wedding photoshoot we did in Malibu, so cappuccino roses and taupe silk ribbons were used to complete the look. Handmade paper, calligraphy and wax seals were a must too. Even my wedding gowns were crafted with a vintage touch.” ~ Ashley
How did you decorate your venue?
“We engaged the amazing team from Amperian. Everything was kept simple; the main decorations were my favourite olive leaves and cappuccino roses. The hand-calligraphed backdrop (by Amperian) featured the vows that we wrote: "I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness, to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they are not. To value and respect our differences in good times and in bad, that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other. I promise to give you the best of myself, to be the warmth and shelter of your heart where you can always call it home."” ~ Ashley
Are there any special stories relating to your wedding or engagement?
“We’ve been in a long-distance relationship since 2013. I studied in Switzerland in 2013 and worked in the Maldives in 2014. Yong is in the Air Force and left for Australia several times in 2015. In the beginning of 2016, he proposed before he had to leave for the States. When he returned to Singapore in May 2017, we decided to tie the knot in August. Everything was prepared within this short period.
Music and lyrics have always played a huge part in our relationship. Several songs that represented the different milestones of our relationship were used throughout the important parts of the wedding, like during the first look (I'd Rather Be With You - Joshua Radin), march-in (Turning Page – Sleeping At Last) and march-out (Made For You - Alexander Cardinale). The exchanging of vows was the most precious moment: Yong surprised me by singing a phrase from a song "Forever & Always – Parachute” as his vow: "I want you forever, forever and always. Through the good and the bad and the ugly. We'll grow old together and always remember. Whether rich or for poor or for better. We'll still love each other, forever and always." Even the solemniser was shocked!” ~ Ashley
Any tips or wedding advice you have for other brides and grooms to-be?
“1) Start early. Plan early and save early.
2) Have a wedding planner/in-charge/responsible overall in-charge on the actual day. I’ve always loved weddings, especially since I’ve been working in the wedding industry after my graduation. Planning for my own wedding was something I’ve always been dreaming of. I only had two months, and he was busy settling down in Singapore after returning from the States. He is an Air Force Pilot, hence time has always been an issue with us. We did not have ample time, but thanks to the amazing team of vendors and bridal party, we had such a memorable day.
Despite being tempted to plan everything (it’s my “occupational illness”), I knew it was very important to leave the big day to my wedding in-charge. We only wanted to remember the best details and enjoy every moment with our guests, instead of worrying about the back-end details.
After my wedding, I decided to pursue my dreams and venture into a wedding planning business, and called my company The Wildest Dreams. My aim is to provide first-class services and guidance to our gracious clients/hosts who truly value the journey as much as we do.
3) Try not to compare. Every wedding and celebration should be unique and personalised to every couple, and different in their own ways. Some like it lavish, some like it simple. Either way, it could be lavishly simple, or simply lavish. The most important thing is that a wedding should truly represent a couple’s love and personalities, and not what we often see on social media.” ~ Ashley
Any tips or advice on what makes a strong marriage?
“Love is a commitment, not a feeling. Make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage, even during the hard times, find reasons to laugh. Learn from others, but don't feel the need to compare your marriage to anyone else’s. Every wedding/marriage is masterfully and beautifully unique.” ~ Yong and Ashley
Congratulations on your marriage, Yong and Ashley! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Bride’s Wedding Dress: Jessicacindy
Groom’s Outfit: Commonsuits
Hair and Makeup: Cleo Chang
Bride’s Flower Headband: Helloflowers
Décor and Flowers: Amperian
Stationery/Paper Goods: Pine On Paper
Wedding Favours: Amperian
Planning: The Wildest Dreams
Wedding Car: Androids in Boots
Wedding Car Décor: Amperian
Coffee Cart: Kafve Coffe