Ms Jessica Goutama has been planning a fairy-tale wedding since she was a little girl.

When the Indonesian national – who was born and schooled in Singapore – got engaged to her Japanese-German husband, IT engineer Ken Tashiro-Meibergen, 34, she took the chance to fulfill her childhood fantasy.

The couple, who met and fell in love while attending university in California, took two years to plan their wedding bash – and spent $500,000 in the process.

The result was a solemnisation ceremony for 70 close friends and family members at the Disneyland Hotel in Los Angeles in November 2015, followed by a lavish wedding reception for 600 people at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore the following month.

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For the 30-year-old bride, who works in the oil and gas industry, no detail was too small when it came to planning her fairy-tale-themed wedding.

Before the ceremony, the couple had photos taken in Paris, China, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Japan and used those photos on their personalised menus and backdrops.

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During the Los Angeles ceremony, Ms Goutama was taken to the ceremony in Cinderella’s carriage, complete with a footman carrying the wedding bands in a glass slipper.


In Singapore, she sported light-up fairy wings that she bought in Hong Kong.

The menu was designed to resemble a newspaper, because the couple love reading the papers. Guests signed on guitars instead of a conventional guestbook, as the guitar is her husband’s favourite instrument.

The decor was a classic, neutral look, with fairy lights, candelabra and orchids and roses in shades of ivory and pink.

Butterfly-shaped placards, on which the bride had written the name of every guest, were placed on each wineglass.

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When the couple cut into their towering eight-tier wedding cake, fireworks went off in the ballroom.

For the couple – whose parents paid for the flights and accommodation of numerous guests from overseas – the $500,000 price tag was worth it.

“I am so grateful that we got to have such a magical wedding and it meant a lot to be able to throw a great party for our closest friends and family,” she says.

This article is first published on The Straits Times.