It was the most wonderful time of the year Jeneen and I met at a mutual friend’s Christmas party in 2009. We’d attended the same party for years but at different times. When we finally met, we really hit it off. However, as I was busy working in Voyage de la Vie at Resorts World Sentosa, we didn’t really start dating until about nine months later.
More than once I proposed twice! The first time was when we were out walking my dog. “He had on his favourite T-shirt and popped the question with his grandmother’s ring,” Jeneen remembers. “It was simple but meaningful. Jon asked again, a few years later, when we were on holiday in Australia. This time with a ring he’d bought.”
Yes, no, maybe? We had a church ceremony in the morning that was witnessed by mostly family and friends of my mum. It’s hard to tell but everyone was worried about whether the service was actually going to happen as our point of contact, who was supposed to unlock the main doors, was late. She only got to the church 15 minutes before the service, so that added a bit of pressure. Afterwards, we skipped the traditional gatecrashing ceremony and had the tea ceremony at the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sanctuary after church. Then it was on to dinner.
No typical banquet for us Instead, we kept things fun and relaxed with lots of food, drink and wonderful live music. There was also a photo booth, where we posed for photos with all our guests – or at least the ones who wanted to take a photo with us! And then there were the speeches from us, our best man and the maid of honour.
Moments to remember “Saying my vows was definitely one of the highlights. I had a big list of promises I wanted to keep. I was also touched to see all my loved ones gathered at one place. I felt extremely lucky to be loved by so many!” says Jeneen. “Another highlight was when Jon came on stage and sang a song he wrote for me years ago. I didn’t want to cry on my wedding day, but I couldn’t help it. Jon was tearing, too!
This story was first published in Her World Brides March 2016.