Friday, February 28, 2014

Our Traditional Wedding Ceremony & Dinner Reception on 21 December 2013

Wow, the last time I blogged was June 2013! :(

2013 was a great year filled with very, very wonderful personal events.

Was proposed to, prepared & organized our registration of marriage, my brother's wedding, my own wedding, moving into our new home, starting a new phase of life together...

I've contemplated for a long time, whether or not to upload the wedding photos to facebook. I've always felt reluctant to... and finally decided I'd put it up on my ol' blog instead. More personal, more private and more meaningful. Only a handful of people knows about this blog and they use to visit it often. I've always believe online journaling is a nice way to keep each other updated with what's happening in our respective lives.

In this first update of 2014 *feeling guilty* I'd very much like to share our wedding photos. Some highlights...



My wedding dress :) This dress is fully utilized. Wore it for the pre-wedding shoot in Vienna, wore it during our ROM and wore it on the traditional wedding ceremony.


My makeup & hair stylist-Hebe Leng. The day she did my makeup for MobiMusic project back in year 2005/2006, I've always thought she did my makeup the best, so since then I've always kept her in mind. Am truly glad I was able to locked her down for my wedding :) I booked her 6-months in advanced lehhhh





Surprisingly, I felt calm and neutral when I saw myself with veil for the very first time. A sense of calmness and tranquility. A special feeling and moment, definitely.


My mom looking so cute among the soft toys :)

 My brother looking at me getting makeup & hair done.

Angpao from the bro! We purposely posed like an award giving ceremony.




 





This is one of my personal favorites. I've always liked photos that subjects are busy doing their thing...


A lovely portrait of my girls & me :)


Me and my brother and sister-in-law! They both look like models!

Ahhh, the compulsory photo of my parents covering the veil. I like this cuz the veil seems so round, heheh :)

The arrival of the lone ranger! Our ceremony is super simplified. No heng tais, just him alone coming to get me :) DIY hand bouquet, DIY groom buttoneire, DIY car decoration :)



 First stage done!

Made to dress up like a painter, so that he can paint his vision of our future together :)

 

Misai drop liao

 





 
  






 
 


 
 

 

 

 
 







Insider story: One of the reason why we chose Renaissance Hotel... is because of the stairs! We wanted to recreate the scene from Titanic, hohoho~~~


I really liked the tea ceremony. It's a unique tradition. A great way to show respect to our elders and introduce ourselves officially to our families.









 













 

Wedding preparation is tedious... every single decoration is selected by the couple. I'm very glad our selection process was considered fast and easy as we both knew we wanted everything to be simplified. And we knew we don't need to fret over small things. Our main table turned out fantabulous :) We chose the lantern surrounded with flowers. Absolutely gorgeous.


Our ballroom looked lovely :)

This is us before the grand entrance. Honestly, I was extremely tired already at that point. Felt like in a daze after the tea ceremony...

Flower pedestals

I really liked the menu card! I didn't expect the hotel to use our design in the card as we didn't ask them to customize during the consultation.


I ordered this two flower decoration to be placed at the stage. A lil' expensive... but after contemplating, I decided to go ahead with it as this is a once in a lifetime event. The result was great... just as I imagined :)

Ah, this is definitely one of the highlights of the night. This 7-tier cake is hand baked, decorated and assembled by BY's cousin-Boon Seng. It is entirely edible and it traveled all the way from Johor! We are very grateful to him for this wonderful gift. The cake looked magnificent on stage! And we were very happy that we could tapao a piece of the cake for every single guest.


Getting ready for the grand entrance. I said Wawa and Erin looked like the birds from Disney cartoons, where they would hold up the princess's gown :p

Then the two birds decided to pose a M40 gang pose instead, heheh

Our fantastic emcee + wedding coordinator + master of tea ceremony -Mr Marcus Tan


My walk-in gown is one of my piece from Beautiful In White. Because I was so lazy to try on the dress before the wedding, I only realized the dress was a tad loose on me during attire change! Jeng jeng jeng. Of course it was extremely too late for me to do anything... so I just had to walk properly and make sure my arms are held tight and pray that the dress won't drop :p Nevertheless, the gown is simply breathtaking...

 




 

 

One of the video played during the dinner-a video that I made to tell a story of how we met, fell in love, the proposal and our ROM. 
 
Watch the full video below. I completed the video at around 3-4am (less than 24 hours before the wedding). I commissioned an illustrator name Charis Loke. Was really impressed with her online portfolio, so I emailed her if she can help illustrate a few pictures. Mind you this happened within the week of the wedding reception... talk about last minute! But this was because my original plan did not work out, hence I had to come up with plan B. Thank God that all the puzzles came together perfectly, just in time :)

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BY did not know about this video. It was my lil surprise to him.


A simple video telling our story-how we met, fell in love, how he proposed and our ROM photos :)

Ahh, my bridesmaids... I told them that they needed to give a speech on the night before the wedding dinner! Hahaha, they were horrified that I told them so last minute. I had too much on my plate and believe it or not, I really forgotten to tell them about the speech. But, I have full confidence in them because hey, we're from IACT yo! We didn't go through those presentation skills class for nothing.

 Thank you, girls :')

I asked a good friend and sister in music-Anna Chong, if she would sing a song at the wedding dinner reception. I know it's not her type of thing, but without hesitation, she said yes. I am truly grateful for her performance... I had our pre-wedding photos taken in Vienna, to be played in the background while she sang her own composition-God Jul. Thank you, my friend, my sister, Anna.



The grand toast!



 Minum~~~~ Champagne is nice. Look at BY, looks like he's drinking the most delicious drink ever, HAHAH

We started our speech with a bow

To be honest, we didn't prepare a speech. Wanted to, but was extremely caught up with so many things that the speech was totally forgotten. We told ourselves that we'll just say whatever comes to our mind and from our heart.

We took our time to say what we wanted to say, but the essence of it all is that we are VERY thankful for every single person who made time to attend the tea ceremony and dinner. And also to every single person who helped us throughout the preparation. It was also our moment to say a special thanks to our immediate family.


My second dress was bought less than a week from the wedding dinner reception. I know, I know... I do things last minute. But, I wasn't feeling it before and I didn't want to buy a dress for the sake of buying one. I initially thought I'd just wear the white gown throughout... but again, God works in His mysterious ways. Somehow I went to Glitters for the second time, and I found this dress that really caught my heart. I didn't want a typical red dress. This dress was everything I had in mind-low profile, not flashy, just the right amount of accessories and flowy. I also bought my veil at the same place. Mom helped me pick the veil. It was smooth sailing and everything fell into place seamlessly. 









 
 
 
 
 
 
 



The obligatory Quah family photo at the end of every family event

I think BY agrees with me that our wedding is perfect. There is absolutely nothing that I want changed. We knew what we wanted from the start-a simple event that is about us more than anything else. We wanted only families and very close friends to be present at this event. Our wedding preparation took only 7-months but it felt like a long, long time. So glad that we chose to have the wedding in December 2013 instead of March 2014 :)

For many years I have been wondering about the day of my wedding. What will it be like? There was a phase in my life where I thought I would get married way after 30 years old, and there was a phase in my life where I thought I want to get married during my mid-20s. To a certain point of time I just told myself, there is no point of thinking of it, what will be, will be. Enjoy the now and don't think too much of the future as it is entirely out of your control. Once I realize this, I was a much happier person. Things eventually falls into place naturally.

The Art Of A Good Marriage
Wilferd Arlan Peterson
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created. In marriage the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.