- Posted on Wednesday, 25 June 2014
A quirky theme and an uncanny ability to think out of the box became the two essential ingredients in the creation of this whimsically handcrafted nuptials. Adriel and Nicole, along with their entourage, took matters into their own hands – literally – and the result was a charming wedding at One Rochester, filled with DIY decorations and shot by Terry of One Eye Click. In the couple’s own words: “Basically we had this whole idea of the two of us being ‘bandits/partners-in-crime’ that committed the perfect ‘crime’ by stealing each other’s hearts.”
Tell us about the unique, personal touches that you added to your wedding.
“We really wanted something to tie the whole wedding together and that we could call our own, so one of my bridesmaids designed a wedding logo just for us using our Chinese horoscope animals (rabbit and bull = BITBULL). You can see the logo on our hand-painted wooden signage, as well as the cupcake icing and the wedding collaterals. The bridesmaids even had one badge each to put on, each displaying their own Chinese horoscope animal.
We also hand folded paper fans for each of our guests; they were seated al-fresco style, so we tagged them with hand written notes that read, “Keep Cool. Made with love, N + A”. Each of the tables had birdcages with different photographs of ourselves in them, depicting each phase of our relationship. Finally, the wedding collaterals were crafted to entertain our guests; they could try and guess which sentence(s) came from either me or Adriel.” ~ Nicole
What was your theme/style/colour palette?
“Basically we had this whole idea of the two of us being ‘bandits/partners-in-crime’ that committed the perfect ‘crime’ by stealing each other’s hearts. Yes, I admit it was terribly cheesy but it worked great for photos and the wedding card! We went for a rustic, whimsical theme with a touch of Chinese traditional elements in decorating the venue. Being someone that appreciates lots of different colours, it was hard for me to select any particular colour, though there were 3 main colours that stood out: fuchsia, blue and yellow (these represented Adriel, me and God/family/friends). In a nutshell, it was a December wedding with a spring colour palette!” ~ Nicole
How did you decorate your venue? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“The main gazebo area already had an existing canopy, so we dangled paper pompoms in that area to boost the whimsical vibe. The centerpiece was a ribbon backdrop with clouds and alphabet cut outs of our names. The reception area had a wedding wishing tree, a letter box painted in an oriental style, confetti, bubble blowing guns and a rustic seating plan. We also hung a banner that said, ‘The Adventure Begins’ at the doorway that we walked out from. Each guest table had a birdcage that stated the table number. A burlap table runner and glass pebbles also decorated the tables, while tiffany chairs had fuchsia and blue ribbons tied to the back of them.
Yes, the state of our house in the months leading up to the big day was chaotic, like a little factory. The DIY elements included: a full spread of desserts (labels, hand-wrapped lollipops, and styling), cut up dried branches for our wishing tree, a hand-painted wooden signage, the ribbon backdrop for the main gazebo area, birdcage table centerpieces, mason jars, cut out alphabet messages, hand-cut and painted clouds, Mr. and Mrs. chair signage as well as the cutting and framing of the pre-wedding photography shots. We also DIY-ed all our engagement shoot props together, which consisted of a giant photo collage in the shape of a large heart.” ~ Nicole
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“We opted for cupcakes that were provided by One Rochester as well as little oriental boxes with rabbit sweets inside. The oriental favour box (which is a wedding chariot) tied into the gatecrashing theme of the groom and his groomsmen wearing emperor and eunuch attires; the rabbit sweets signified the bride. A wedding shouldn’t be remembered by the favours that were given out, but in the little moments and memories shared (and by that I mean, remembering the groom crying and making everyone else cry too).” ~ Nicole
Do you have any special stories to share from the big day?
“We wanted to give our wedding guests a treat. Initially we wanted to do a groomsmen versus bridesmaids dance-off but figured the bridesmaids would win hands down. At the eleventh hour we decided on a surprise performance by the hardworking groomsmen. My bridesmaids and I choreographed the dance moves, and Adriel and his groomsmen jumped right in and diligently rehearsed for 3 weeks straight. The dance was performed to the song ‘Treasure’ by Bruno Mars after the second march in.” ~ Nicole
Do you have any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Save money on real flowers. Artificial flowers are just as good these days and cost half the price. Save on wedding car décor as well; you can head on down to any ribbon store and get material which you can fasten on your wedding car(s) yourself. However, be warned if you live in a HDB flat and tie the ribbons the night before your wedding day, the ribbons will be gone… some people have itchy fingers I guess.“ ~ Nicole
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Communication and trust is key to a healthy marriage, while having a strong marriage requires mustering the kind of forgiveness which you may have never have known you had. Spend a good 10 minutes together each day, no matter how busy you guys may be, to simply tell one another how your day went and to catch up a little. This means putting all mobile phones aside, and turning off the TV for real quality time. Give your spouse your full attention. And overall, don’t whine about your spouse to your family or friends. It doesn’t solve problems; just talk it out and keep talking to one another.” ~ Nicole
Congratulations on your marriage Adriel and Nicole! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Photography: Terry Ng, One Eye Click
Venue: One Rochester
Wedding Dress: The bride’s Givenchy-inspired gown was custom-made by a tailor in the Philippines (with detachable train so that it can also be worn as a short dress). Final touches to the gown were made by a local tailor - Ivan’s Express Alteration: 14 Scotts Road 04-40 Far East Plaza S228213 Tel: 6738 9982 / 9848 9182
Bride’s Shoes: Guess and Giuseppe Zanotti
Bridesmaid Dresses: Feist Heist, TracyEinny, and Love, Bonito
Hair and Makeup: CINQ Studio Scotts Square and Stella Leung
Bride’s Jewellery: Gold bangles and earrings from Poh Heng; the rest were custom-made in the Philippines along with the gown.
Groom’s Suit, Bow Tie and Shoes: Zara Men
Groom’s Second Outfit and Shoes: From Korea
Groom’s Pocket Square: Cloth was sourced from Chinatown
Groom’s Watch: Rolex (from his dad)
Groomsmen’s Accessories, Bow Ties and Suspenders: From Shanghai
Wedding Rings: Trinity couple bands from Cartier
Engagement Ring: Bvlgari
Wedding Planning, Styling, Stationery and Paper Goods: Townhouse Events, an event-planning company co-owned by the bride and one of her bridesmaids. All the paper goods were DIY.
Tissue Paper Pompoms: Party Parlour
Flowers and Décor: Golden Roc Florist and Townhouse Events
Oriential Hand-Painted Angbao Box and Hot Air Balloons for Candy Bar Decor: The Pixie Cups
Cake, Catering and Wedding Favours: One Rochester
Band: Beep Studios and Brandon Lee Official
Car Rental: Sunshine, a Volkswagen Vanagon Kombi (T2) - T25sunshine@gmail.com
Officiate: Rev Keith Lai and wife Mui Fong, Singapore Covenant Presbytarian Church
Videography: Rekord Haus