The pair, Mary-Ann Soh and Simon Lim, were friends in their teenage years, and began dating in their 20s, after Mary-Ann took the plunge and expressed her feelings to Simon. The rest is history.

Mary-Ann and Simon's wedding: The couple
The couple: Journalist Mary-Ann Soh and account manager Simon Lim.
Photos: Charity Goh,
Hannah Teoh and Alwyn Ng

The modern wedding they envisioned began with their pre-wedding photo shoot. The couple wanted their pictures to look more like a fashion spread and took their inspiration from Arthur Elgort’s work. So they included their family and friends, and the whole gang had great fun.

This savvy duo chose a colour theme of pink and grey, and capitalised on Simon’s design background for their monogram and stationery artwork. Friends chipped in to help Mary-Ann make items such as paper pom-poms and chandeliers, and print out photos. They also helped with the floral decorations which brought outdoor elements into the church.

For the church venue, the couple put their pre-wedding photos on shelves and crates, and even hung some from the ceiling. With their dinner reception at the Carlton Hotel, they chose a more glam approach. They set up a photo station outside the ballroom, complete with a red carpet and a light pink backdrop with the couple’s monogram in grey – just like what you would see at awards.


Since their wedding had a fashionable slant, Mary-Ann chose to turn heads in a pinkish-nude tulle gown with an asymmetrical neckline and a black floral brooch for that bit of boldness.

Simon, on the other hand, had one suit, and two ways to wear it: His classic black suit had a detachable lapel which he removed for his evening look. The entourage took the pink and grey cue, too, with bridesmaids in pretty grey or pink dresses while the groomsmen wore chic grey suits and sported pink bow ties, handmade by a friend.

The night ended on a sweet note with Mary-Ann and Simon inviting their parents to do a slow
dance, which also encouraged other older guests to join in. Guests then took home customised favours – fans designed by Simon, which had a thankyou poem penned by Mary-Ann.

“It felt wonderful to see our hard work come to fruition, and we’re blessed that we have friends so willing to help despite busy schedules,” recalls Mary-Ann fondly.


Ceremony: Kum Yan Methodist Church, 1 Queen Street, Tel: 6337 6196.
Lunch: Lavish Dine Catering, #11-13 Entreprise Centre, 20 Bukit Batok Crescent, Tel: 6392 2688;
Reception: Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road, Tel: 6338 8333.

The gowns: Day & Time Taken To Make A Dress, 61 Niven Road, Tel: 6648 0316;
Qipaos: Blumesh, Tel: 9459 4995;
Suits: Michael Chain Tailor, #03-38 Peninsula Shopping Centre, Tel: 6337 4257.
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ziyi, #04-43 Far East Plaza, Tel: 6735 5608.
Flower girls and page boys’ clothes: Chateau de sable, #05-59, Paragon Tel: 6836 1445 and Gingersnaps, #05-39, Paragon, Tel: 6733 9390.
Hair & makeup: Cecilia Tan, Tel: 9677 5789.

Charity Goh, Hannah Teoh and Alwyn Ng,  Tel: 9618 6297 (Charity).
Videography: Melissa Sim, email: and Myles and More,

This article was originally published in Her World Singapore June-August 2011.