Real Weddings

A travel-themed solemnisation and wedding party at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa 

Beverly Tan, 26, marketing executive, and Chua Yuxuan, 28, creative manager, celebrated their nuptials with a travel-themed wedding party for 240 guests at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.
 

How did you meet?

The moment I knew I wanted to marry Beverly was the moment I met her.

We were both working in the same company while waiting for university to start. While we didn’t really talk, we definitely took notice of each other.

On my last day, I came up with the excuse of wanting to surprise my colleagues, and needing her help and her phone number. It’s been seven years since.

What was your proposal like? 

I planned to pop the question during our trip to Jeju Island, South Korea.

I bought an $800 drone so that I could attach the ring box to the drone, get down on one knee and film the moment. However, on the day of the proposal, there was a thunderstorm and the drone crashed into the ocean.

When we got back to the hotel, Beverly saw the flowers I pre-ordered so I decided to propose there and then.

Thankfully, she said yes! 

Beverly chose a lush, rustic bouquet with peonies, Dutch carnations, eryngium and Holland eucalyptus.

"When I first saw Beverly on the day, I had to fight back my tears." – Yuxuan

Thirty guests attended the picturesque solemnisation at Straits Veranda, which had ocean views. 


“I may not be the richest, smartest or most good-looking guy in the world, but everything that I am, and will be, is yours.” – Yuxuan's vows to Beverly



“Let us be partners, friends and lovers today, and all of the days that follow.

And may we continue to have many more adventures, till our hair turns grey and my hands wrinkle in yours.” – Beverly's vows to Yuxuan


Share with us your wedding celebration! 

We wanted our wedding celebration to be fun, light-hearted and informal. From the march-in (or should we say dance-in) to our introduction video that is a parody of an in-flight security briefing video and even our choice of venue.

We love how Sofitel’s Straits Ballroom offers plenty of natural sunlight and views of the lush greenery and ocean. This allowed for a very warm and cosy mood throughout.

“I never thought I could pull off a mermaid gown until I tried it on. It made me feel beautiful, confident, and importantly, it was comfortable too.

Likewise, I never thought I would go for a long veil. It was so gorgeous I couldn’t say no,” says Beverly. 

Memorabilia from their travels together were featured as part of the reception table decor. 

What was your theme?

We both love to travel so we had a rustic travel theme for the wedding set-up.

Instead of table numbers, each table was assigned a country that we have been to. The colour palette that tied the decor, theme and outfits together was maroon, red and navy blue.


“We actually danced our way in for the march-in. Our relatives loved it and it really got things in the right mood,”says Yuxuan.


The couple gave their respective mothers personalised bouquets. 

Any wedding planning tips? 

Play to your strengths and don’t sweat the small stuff. Arm yourself with a reliable bridal party and helpers, and trust them to do the job.

You don’t always have to go for big brand names and vendors. There are many small and new vendors who are just as amazing and can cost less. 


Wedding Checklist

Venue
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (6708-8310)

Wardrobe
Gown: Enzoani Dakota from Fairy Godmother’s Bridal (justateardropaway@outlook.com); evening gown: Style Lease (www.stylelease.com.sg); suit: Crown Tailors & Suitmakers(www.crowntailor.com)

Hair & Makeup
Joey Chan (9008-2888)

Photography
Bobby Kiran Photography (www.bobbykiranco.com)

Videography
Freyafilms (www.freyafilms.co)

Flowers
The Inperfection (www.theinperfection.com)

Decor
Solemnisation arch: Victoria Wedding Collection (www.victoriawedding collection.com); welcome signage: Props & Crafts (www.propsandcrafts.com)

Special Thanks to
Beverly’s younger sister, Nowelle Tan, who was also the maid-of-honour. She helped us from the start of the wedding planning and was the voice of reason during indecisive moments. She even designed some of the decor herself! 


See also: AN ICE CREAM CART & GUESTS' WEDDING ADVICE - HOW A SINGAPORE COUPLE MADE THEIR ONE FARRER HOTEL UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE

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