melissa zack5.jpgThe couple first met in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), but didn’t become friends till two years later.

“We had a nautical-themed ceremony, which was fitting because we have done so many things together by the sea – hanging out at Raffles Marina and getting our boating licences together. Zack is also in the Navy!

melissa zack.jpgThis statement pretty much sums up the proceedings at the wedding reception.

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Flowers make simple but pretty accessories for one’s hair.

This is it: When we were waiting to make our entrance, I remember Zack squeezing my hand and saying: “Baby, this is our moment.” When the door opened and we walked through the arch of swords and the guards were all lined up, it was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. It took my breath away.

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melissa zack3.jpgLife buoys and pirate costumes complemented the wedding’s nautical theme nicely.

Party central! There were so many things we loved about the wedding, but our guests were the highlight. Our reception turned into a huge party, with everyone dancing and celebrating! Even our tea ceremony was fun! We had tea served in big bowls, giant wine glasses, bottles and flasks, which amused everyone.

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melissa zack6.jpgThe bride in a beautiful kebaya, in a nod to her Peranakan heritage.

Everything happened so quickly, we couldn’t believe it was over! I enjoyed it so much that I’m toying with the idea of renewing our vows in 25 years’ time!

melissa zack4.jpg“That was when everything just sank in – yes, we are getting married today.”

Keep calm and enjoy the process, because there is no second chance to do so. Remember that it’s the emotions that matter, not the details.”

Venue Grand Copthorne Waterfront Grand Ballroom (6233-1199)

Wardrobe Gown and suit: Le Grand Wedding (6327-8880); Kebaya: Toko Aljunied (6294-6897)

Hair and makeup Cecilia Tan (9677-5789)

Photography Actual day: Kevin Ho Photography (9168-6682)

Decor JM Floral Creation (6285-0017)

Special thanks to Alvin and Dawn for being awesome emcees, Eddie from Grand Copthorne Waterfront, my dad for arranging for the band and the liquor, my mum for being so supportive, and my aunts for making the tea ceremony memorable.

This article was first published in Her World Brides June – August 2013.