- Posted on Wednesday, 27 August 2014
JQ and Lauryn planned their Singapore wedding from the other side of the world in Switzerland, where they moved for JQ's job back in 2012. With the help of Wonderland for Detailed Planners and Walk Down the Aisle, they managed to pull off a cosy, rustic affair at Singapore Botanic Gardens' Burkill Hall, shot by Leo Patrone.
How did you meet and how did he propose?
“We met in New York in 2004, through a mutual friend. After going through 8 years and 3 cities together, JQ ambushed me at home and proposed in 2012. ‘Look out the window; the stars are really bright tonight,’ he said. I opened the window to find JQ in position, bent down on one knee with the ring, and partly obscured by a large fern.” ~ Lauryn
Tell us about the theme of your wedding.
“We didn't have a specific theme or palette, really. All we knew was that we wanted something organic-looking, with a rustic elegant touch. As for the palette, it changed all the time depending on the availability of flowers. We had to be slightly flexible to accommodate some of the changes, but in the end we lucked out and found that most of the things we wanted were available the week of the wedding. My godmother is a florist, so we ordered wholesale from the Netherlands, imported it back ourselves and had the wonderful team from Wonderland arrange it for us.” ~ Lauryn
How did you decorate the venue? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“My godmother arranged the beautiful bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and all the floral arrangements in the small vases. The sunflowers were a surprise from her, as well. We entrusted the rest to Wonderland. Wonderland did such a beautiful job styling the entire venue - from the flower crates, the gold Tiffany chairs and the arrangement of the centerpieces.
There was a fair bit of DIY going on - we imported our own flowers, sourced most of the vases, candles, candleholders, and pretty much all of the decorative items ourselves, as well as the wedding favors. We hand tied scarves and wrote gift tag place cards for each guest. One of my bridesmaids, Admira Pustika, designed our invites, along with the website that served as our RSVP platform. We also printed our own invites and church programs.” ~ Lauryn
Describe your wedding favours.
“We wanted things that were simple and useful so we opted for silk scarves for the ladies and leather luggage tags for the men.” ~ Lauryn
Do you have any stories or tips to share with us from the whole wedding planning process?
“While planning our wedding, we realized that the most important thing was to be flexible. It's much easier to plan when you’re going with the flow and not sweating the small stuff. In the end, what matters is company of family and friends. Whether your ceremony starts 5 minutes late, or the flowers come out a different shade of yellow, chances are no one is really going to notice it. In the bigger scheme of things, these small details don't matter. As for cost saving tips, DIY-ing totally helps in that department but it's also a lot of work.
We had gotten engaged in 2012 and moved to Switzerland for JQ’s job later that year. We weren’t exactly expecting to plan a wedding from half the world away but we’re glad that it all worked out well. Since we unexpectedly moved away, we were really looking forward to seeing our friends together under one roof. We were extremely touched to have friends fly in from all over the world – some of whom we see somewhat regularly and some less so because of distance. At the end of the night, the good company was what mattered most to us. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.” ~ Lauryn
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“It's about the both of you, not just you! Pick your battles, because not all of them are worth it. Say sorry, hug and laugh a lot. Enjoy each other's company. Do we sound blasé? Can you tell we've been together for a while? (laughs)” ~ Lauryn
Congratulations on your marriage, JQ and Lauryn! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of guests: Approx. 100
Venue: Burkill Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Photography: Leo Patrone Photography
Wedding Planning / Styling: Zen Degani, Walk Down the Aisle and Wonderland for Detailed Planners
Wedding Dresses: Mira Zwillinger and Jenny Packham
Bride’s Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood and Kate Spade
Jewellery: Christopher Larry & Co, Jennifer Behr and Swarovski
Bridesmaids Dresses: Noir by Lazaro
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Rossi
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Ties: Shipley & Halmos
Groom’s Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana
Flowers: Wonderland for Detailed Planners and Girl O' Girl
Décor: Wonderland for Detailed Planners and self-sourced
Stationery / Paper Goods: Designed by Admira Pustika
Catering: Marmalade Pantry
Ice Cream Cart: Popaganda
Wedding Favours: Scarves from Bali and custom-made luggage tags
Entertainment: Susan Harmer's Dixieland Band
Photo Booth: 39 East Photography