“Patrick asked my parents’ permission for my hand in marriage. He then surprised me with a romantic proposal at home.” – Elsa PHOTOS: HER WORLD BRIDES SEPT 2015

“We did everything in a day – the gatecrashing and tea ceremonies in the morning, followed by a photo shoot with the bridal party, and then the solemnisation and dinner at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, which were just perfect. The colonial-style building was ideal for the warm and intimate celebration we envisioned. 

After exchanging vows in front of family and close friends, we sat down to a European-style meal complete with long tables, chandeliers, candles, and Italian food.

Elsa walked down the aisle with her older brother.

For Patrick, the solemnisation ceremony was totally surreal – he felt like he was watching himself in a movie! As for me, his parents surprised us with heart-shaped balloons to release after the ceremony. Later, his extended family made us cut a heart-shaped “door” onstage, which he had to carry me through. It was all so magical.”

The couple directed guests to the ceremony venue with fun signs.

The wedding cake was a delicious three-tiered lychee martini, mango-passionfruit and blackforest cake with buttercream frosting.


Venue Alkaff Mansion Ristorante (6510-1010)

Wardrobe His and hers: Silhouette The Atelier (6733-7197); accessories: Gioielli (Helan Tan, 9363-1627)

Hair & makeup Makeupbyher (Joey Chan, 9008-2888)

Photography Trouve (Alwin Lim, 9234-0879)

Decor Inside The Knot (Rubina Tiyu, 9151-5535)

Wedding cake Pine Garden’s Cake (enquiries@pgcake.com)

Special thanks to Our amazing families, wedding party and friends for their love. Professor Leo Tan for a memorable ceremony and Jean Teo of Alkaff Mansion for all her help. 

This story was first featured in Her World Brides September – November 2015.