Eileen Kang, marketing manager and co-founder of online fashion store BeStarck, and Calvin Wong, a bioscience specialist and photographer, had a rustic vineyard-inspired theme for their celebration – entirely DIY!
We had a common group of friends in secondary school with whom we both hung out, but it was nine years after being in each other’s company before we actually spoke.
And that only happened because Calvin had snapped a nice picture of me and I started pestering him for it.
“It was the best shot I’ve ever taken!", Calvin adds.
"I proposed on Christmas Eve in one of Tokyo’s picturesque alleyways. We’d fallen in love with these passages on an earlier trip. I couldn’t have picked a better spot at which to ask Eileen to marry me,” says Calvin.
Eileen designed and painted their invites, which incorporated their fondness for greens.
Eileen’s autumn-inspired bouquet was done by Fleurlicious.
We’re a pretty laid-back couple. Our solemnisation took place three months earlier, and we went without the gatecrashing, so the day we actually celebrated our marriage was relaxed and fuss-free.
All we needed to do was head to our hotel suite to prepare for the tea ceremony and dinner, which was cosy and heart-warming, with plenty of personal touches, and a guest list of 120.
Eileen wore an elegant made-to-measure gown by Narsesizem.
Calvin and I adore rustic vineyard weddings, so we tried to recreate something similar in the Nassim Room at the Regent, and it worked!
We dressed the long dinner tables with burlap runners, log coasters, dried flowers, scented candles and table place cards that I designed.
Then we had a hoop suspended from the ceiling to which we added bunches of eucalyptus and baby’s breath, and draped the wide windows with fairy lights.
The final effect was gorgeous!
According to our friends, it was the most challenging task of the day, and we were so thankful for their help!
The couple and their friends decorated the dinner venue. The rustic, vineyard-inspired theme included cotton blooms, bunches of eucalyptus and baby’s breath dyed red, as well as wheat stalks in bottles. Plus, fairy lights over the windows.
The DIY venue decor and wedding favours (personalised coffee drip bags with cards bearing messages caligraphed by Eileen) cost less than $1,000.
“I couldn’t take my eyes off my beautiful wife. Her warm, assuring gaze eased my nervousness on our wedding day,” says Calvin.
Their naked cake was a moist vanilla with lemon buttercream by Seraphina ‘s Cakes.
“Everything – the food, the music, the ambience and the company – just fell into place perfectly that day", says the couple.
The bride’s second outfit was a bustier pantsuit with a peplum. Eileen's niece joined in on their speeches!
Our wedding celebration video, which we made together, was emotionally overwhelming.
We recorded daily snippets during the three months of preparation leading up to the party and we might be biased, but it’s our favourite video for life
Actually enjoying the process of planning was important to us. While we definitely wanted the best for our big day, we stuck to our priorities and the budget.
One lessson we learnt: If your budget doesn’t allow for everything on your wish list, strike off items with the lowest priority, and focus on what matters to you both.
Nassim Room, Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel (6733-8888)
Hair & makeup
Candy T. Makeup Artistry (www.candytiong.com)
Light and Reverie (www.lightandreverie.com)
Serephina’s Cakes and Bakes (seraphinacakes @gmail.com)
Special thanks to
Our friends since secondary school: Priscilla Yam, Sigmund Seow and Benny Lee – we knew we could always count on you guys, especially on our big day. And Willius Koh, the hotel’s catering sales manager, who went beyond his duties to help us with our mostly-DIY set-up.