Frances Yong, 30, works in finance; husband Jimmy Lee, 33, is in the civil engineering sector.
A sweet surprise
Jimmy proposed at Ice Cream Chefs (since Frances’ favourite dessert is ice cream) and even got close friends and family involved. At the appointed moment, Jimmy started to sing Train’s Marry Me for Frances. Their friends began to emerge from their hiding places in the cafe, and joined in the singing. Jimmy proposed thereafter, and the happy woman, after the initial shock, accepted, naturally.
Bright wigs, comical masks and a funky king’s crown made the morning ragging session’s pictures laugh-out-loud funny. Jimmy’s groomsmen, in colourful Afros, escorted him, tied with plastic chains, to Frances’ home. There, he was made to perform a series of challenges before being allowed to see her.
The wedding was held at the couple’s church. It had a summery, sapphire-and-yellow colour theme represented by sunflowers, yellow roses, lemons and pops of jewel tones. “We used the strong colours to represent our cheerful personalities, as well as our joy,” the bride explains. A round table bearing the word “love”, flower arrangements and the couple’s pre-wedding photos drew attention. Guests mingled around it as they browsed through the pictures.
A song and a dance
The second entrance was lively: The couple, with their bridesmaids and groomsmen – all close pals and dressed in the wedding colours – danced their way into the church hall, making a delightful scene. The day’s lively notes mellowed to a romantic dinner held at the Raffles Town Club for about 400 guests. The couple arrived early at their cocktails to have more time with their guests.
Hire a reliable wedding planner so everything runs smoothly, says Frances. “Then, let your hair down, relax, and enjoy your big day!”
If you like what you see, here’s insider information:
CEREMONY Holy Grace Presbyterian Church, 408B Upper East Coast Road, Tel: 6241 1154
RECEPTION Raffles Town Club, 1 Plymouth Avenue, Tel: 6323-2323
WARDROBE, HAIR, MAKEUP & FLOWERS
Divine Couture (gowns and suit), #04-03 Nagarathar Building, 5 Tank Road, Tel: 6235-7951/2.
Lady Xiang (qipao and suit), #02-04 Orchard Central, Tel: 6736 1712
PHOTOGRAPHY One Eye Click, 82 Linden Drive, Tel: 6466 6744
VIDEOGRAPHY Takashi Wai, Tel: 9852 7026
WEDDING PLANNER Ode To Joy (Goh Liyi; firstname.lastname@example.org)
This article was originally published in Her World Brides September-November 2012.