How did you meet?
We met at a cafe, where I was working part-time during my last year in NUS, and the boss happened to be the drummer who played with Charles, who was teaching part-time at a music school in the same building. Since we finished work at about the same time on some days, we started hanging out and getting to know each other better. We were both feeling a little lost at that time and I guess it was through commiseration that we became good friends.
Tell us about the proposal!
I did a pottery residency in Japan in 2017, and Charles came to travel around Japan with me afterwards. He had intended to propose during a hiking trip, but that was ruined by a typhoon. In the end, he proposed while we were in a small-town zoo. Save for some school kids in colourful raincoats walking around in line like a flock of ducklings, there weren't many people around. The proposal itself was a little messy and hilarious because he accidentally knelt on my foot. (Also read: Katy Perry reveals how Orlando Bloom's helicopter proposal didn't go as planned
What was your wedding ceremony and reception like?
We left out things like the gatecrashing, so we only saw each other at church. For the banquet, we wanted it to be an event for our extended families and friends. We wended the night with a little after-party in our suite!
Charles surprised me by performing a Japanese song that had me bawling! Charles says, "Jean's a polyglot and speaks many languages, so I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone for her. It was Nandemonaiya by Radwimps from the anime film Your Name, which we both like. I performed it in church because it's quite a sombre, bittersweet tune which I thought would fit the setting and acoustics."
"Overall, our wedding was pretty straightforward except for a few quirky things here, and there," shares Jeanette.
We considered getting a proper jazz band to play during the dinner, but the only musicians we would have hired were already our guests! Instead, we found this trio of uncles who called themselves The Serenaders. They were really cute and not unlike a mariachi band as they went from table to table. They sang a lot of oldies that we thought everyone would enjoy.
All's well that ends well
We were both relieved that the wedding went so smoothly and we got to hang out with our friends at the after-party. If we had more bandwidth, I would have loved to have planned a small party somewhere overseas with just Charles, and our closest friends.
Jeanette wore statement sapphire earrings.
The bride made the teapot for the tea ceremony.
"My bouquet of roses and ranunculus was arranged by my mother and based on the colour scheme I provided," says Jeanette.
Photos from their pre-wedding shoot were displayed at the church reception.
Sealed with a kiss.
Charles' surprise performance for Jeanette in church.
They took a private moment to read letters to each other.
Rustic decor like wooden crates, fairy lights and glass bottle were part of their reception setting.
The Serenaders went from table to table to entertain guests.
For their banquet, Charles wore a sleek black tuxedo while Jeanette changed into an airy A-line gown with embellishments.
"I was so moved by everyone's love that day." - Jeanette
Venue: Church of St Teresa (6271-1184); dinner: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (6733-8388)
Hair & makeup: Amber Zheng (9728-6320)
Special Thanks To
The staff of The Fullerton Hotel for their excellent service during the event, and throughout our stay.
This story was originally published in Her World Brides September 2019.