HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met at university, but only hung out on the last day of the semester during a class outing. The next day, we talked on the phone for hours and really connected. Greg asked me to be his girlfriend on New Year's Eve a few months after, and it has been eight years since.
Greg coordinated the proposal so well that I did not suspect a thing! He booked a section of Prive at Keppel Bay and had my cousin lead me there on the pretext of dinner. When I got there, I saw Greg, and not far behind him were my family and close friends. There was a watercolour canvas -which he'd designed along with my sister-in-law - and it read: "Will you take on #athaliesadventures for life?" I was so overwhelmed and was speechless for a moment. I said yes, of course.
We wanted a light and cheery ambience for our church ceremony to reflect our personalities. The colours we eventually decided on were largely inspired by the emotions we felt a wedding should evoke - a pastel purple for a sweet pop of colour and cheer, and a light blue hue which provided a sense of calm and certainty.
Food is a big part of our relationship, so our church reception menu was curated to have a mix of local and international treats we enjoy, from traditional Nonya laksa at a live station to matcha tiramisu. (Also read: BUBBLE TEA TO BINGSU: WEDDING FOOD STATIONS YOUR GUESTS WILL GO WILD OVER)
We had a wedding dinner on the same day with 150 guests. We sought a venue which would provide a harmonious blend of chic grandeur befitting such a momentous occasion, great food, and the versatility to accommodate a sit-down dinner and an after-party. Sinfonia Ristorante proved to be perfect for our celebration. At the same time, we did not want the atmosphere to be too stuffy, so we hired a DJ to set the mood for the night, and ended it off with a fun time on the dance floor.
"I'll always remember walking down the aisle with my dad, wearing my bespoke wedding gown and looking at Greg, whose eyes were on me. It was everything I'd dreamed of. Our bridal party did an impeccable job of managing the flow. Greg and I were really able to enjoy the day without having to second-guess if things were going smoothly." - Athalie
WEDDING PREP JOURNEY
Greg took care of the logistics and schedule while I focused on the design and decor, and between the two of us, we managed to pull it off. To stick to your budget, it is important to decide what is worth it and what you can do without.
The bride and her parents.
The groom and his groomsmen looked dapper in blue suits.
Athalie's bridesmaids held unique rose gold geometric frames with floral arrangements instead of bouquets, and these were later repurposed as centrepieces for the dinner celebration.
Photo op with their wedding ride - a Mini Cooper Convertible!
A bright and summery wedding sign. (See these unique customised wedding signs we love from other real weddings!)
Photos of their pre-wedding shoot, including the ones they took at Mount Roy in Wanaka, New Zealand, were part of the decor.
The decor was planner by the talented bride.
"One of my most vivid memories was standing hand in hand, dwarfed by the arches of Victoria Concert Hall, right before our first march-in at dinner," says Greg.
Guests sat at long tables topped with white tablecloths and lined with leafy garlands.
The couple kept their guests entertained with some wedding games.
Stealing a moment to themselves. "We loved the sophistication of the marble floors and high ceilings of the dinner venue."
Athalie chose a soft tulle A-line gown that she could move freely in for the after-party.
Cutting into their blue and purple mirror-glazed wedding cake with lychee rose and raspberry mousse filling.
"It was a blessed feeling to know that we'd worked so hard for this day, and it was finally here," says Athalie.
Venue: Church of St Mary of The Angels (6567-3866); dinner: Sinfonia Ristorante (6385-5588)
Morning gown: Stitch by Stitch Co. (www.stitchbystitchco.com); dinner gowns: The Gown Warehouse (www.thegownwarehouse.com); grey suit: Puck Cheong Tailor (6737-4952)
Hair & makeup: Stella Ang Make-up Artist (9006-7732)
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