Real Weddings

A unique celestial-themed wedding at Open Farm Community with wild floral installations and neon signs

After nearly 10 years together, public servant Christabel Chung, 30, and programmer Lim Jiechao, 33, made it official with a unique celestial-themed wedding.
 

How did you meet?

We met in our junior college alumni choir about 10 years ago. I said ‘hi’ to Jiechao online first!

 

What was your proposal like?

The proposal took me by surprise because I had given up on expecting it. I had wanted to go to the arcade after dinner, but Jiechao led me on a strange detour, and we ended up in a hotel room that he had decorated with lights and celestial-themed glitter.

He put on Oberhofer’s Sea of Dreams, and quoted a line from Bojack Horseman to me: “In this terrifying world, all we have are the connections we make.”

It was so moving because it was very meaningful to our relationship.

 

Share with us your wedding theme and celebration! 

We wanted to keep our celebration real, with a little bit of whimsy thrown in – basically a reflection of who we are.

For our wedding aesthetic, we decided on a celestial theme that was complemented by various elements such as wild floral installations, a cool neon sign and geometric table settings. 

There were three parts to our wedding – the solemnisation at The Arts House, followed by dinner with close relatives at Si Chuan Dou Hua, and another dinner party with our friends at Open Farm Community the next day.

 

The ceremony altar was jazzed up with an asymmetrical floral installation by Bloomen. 

Christabel wore an A-line Alexandra Grecco gown with star and crescent embroidery details for the solemnisation.

“My bouquet featured beautiful tonal cymbidium orchids, cappuccino roses, preserved fern (which gave the bouquet a sense of lightness), lunaria (to tie in with the theme), and native Australian banksia (to remind me of my favourite country).”

 Guests took their seats at long tables topped with a variety of unique textures and ornaments. 

“What will survive of us is love.”

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The wedding cake was a vanilla sponge soaked in hojicha with strawberry confit, and was decorated to look like raw concrete.

What were some of the highlights? 

Jiechao has a great voice, but he rarely sings for me, much less in front of a crowd. So when he sang during our dinner party, it meant so much to me that it made me cry.

I was also touched that my friends had a spontaneous open mic segment at the end of the night. It might have been the alcohol, but I loved how music brought everyone together. 

 

Any wedding planning tips? 

Take your time to find what speaks to you. Don't rush into decisions too far ahead of time, as what you envision for your wedding can change.

 


Wedding Checklist

Venue
Solemnistion: The Arts House (6332-6900); Chinese dinner: Si Chuan Dou Hua, UOB Plaza (6535-6006); dinner party: Open Farm Community (6471-0306)

Wardrobe
Gowns: Alexandra Grecco and Reem Acra from Truly Enamoured (www.trulyenamoured.com); Sarah Seven and Toni Maticevski from Stillwhite (www.stillwhite.com); suits: Suit Yourself (www.suityourselfsg.com); Asos (www.asos.com)

Hair & Makeup
Susan Beauty Artistry (www.muasusan.com)

Photography
Smittenpixels Photography (www.smittenpixels.com)

Videography
Clarence Teo (clarencethm@gmail.com)

Flowers
Bouquet and boutonnieres: Tweed Twigs (www.tweedtwigs.com); venue installations: Bloomen (www.bloomen.co)

Decor
Neon signage: Confetti Dreams (www.helloconfettidreams.com); signage and hongbao box: Yours Fetefully (www.yours-fetefully.com); crystals: Little Round Big Square (www.littleroundbigsquare.com)

Cake
Dapiku Sweets (feedme@dapikusweets.com)

Favours
MINDS (www.minds.org.sg)

Music
Mad Hatter Project (mhatterproject@gmail.com)

Choir
Little Island Voices (littleislandvoices@gmail.com)

Special thanks to
The most amazing tribe for realising the plans in our heads. Their cumulative energy and amazing talent resulted in a truly epic celebration – and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.


See also: THIS FAIRY TALE WEDDING AT THE WHITE RABBIT HAD A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE & THE MOST WHIMSICAL DETAILS

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