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Inspiring ideas from this lush tropical wedding in an elegant colonial venue

Lin Yi Jun & Ignacio Asial elegant celebration at the Raffles Hotel Singapore was filled with lush leafy touches.

"Ignacio is from Argentina and I am Singaporean, and we currently live in San Francisco. We had a civil ceremony in his hometown of Tucuman in north-west Argentina, and then repeated our vows in a second celebration at the Raffles. My close friends and family travelled to Argentina to attend our wedding, and when we told Ignacio’s family we were going to have another ceremony in Singapore, they made sure they could fly in for the occasion. It was a 35-hour journey each way, and a first for both our families to visit South America and Asia. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely! It was remarkable that a wedding could create so much common ground, and an instant bond over such a great distance."

"Ignacio was in charge of the preparations in Argentina while I took care of things in Singapore. I wanted a fairly understated and elegant colonial venue as I’ve always admired the architecture of that era. The Raffles, with its old-world charm, white walls and dark tropical green plants and palms everywhere, was perfect."


"We used a light green for the invitations I designed. And we loved how our florist Justin managed to create such a lush ambience by just using leaves! Our guests took home the table arrangements they’d been admiring all afternoon as favours – best door gifts ever."

"One of the highlights had to be our dancing. First, we did the zamba, a romantic northern Argentine folk dance that has a couple circling each other while waving handkerchiefs. Then we did  the Argentine tango, which we both dance socially."

"The tango means a lot to us as we actually met while dancing it. So it was nice to be able to do it for the people we love and have them be a part of it.

Photographer Samuel Goh captured a lot of little moments that Ignacio and I would have otherwise missed – from interactions between our friends to the beautiful details of the decorations."

"What touched us most was the outpouring of love from our friends and families – from the cousin who helped me plan the wedding from abroad to the door games my bridesmaids prepared, as well as the speeches and impromptu sing-alongs by my siblings. There was a lot of heart and humour in the photographs. Samuel got some great shots of my gorgeous bridal party."

Wedding of Lin Yi Jun & Ignacio Asial  
Hair & Make-up: Janice Lai
Photography: Samuel Goh Photography
Venue: Sarah Nang, Raffles Hotel Singapore
Flowers Justin Koh, Fleurlicious
Tiffany chairs: Xoxo & Co.

This story was originally published in Female Brides Lookbook Issue 14.