Wendy Lee is a marketing executive, while husband Arthur Tan is a technical manager.
It started with a handbag that Wendy had been eyeing. She managed to hitch a ride with Arthur (then a colleague) to go buy the bag at a particular store. Unfortunately, the bag wasn’t available anymore.
Arthur kindly offered to send her to other outlets over a few days. “This,” Wendy says, “led to alternate weekend lunch, dinner, tea and supper dates.” The fairy-tale ending: Wendy bagged the man, but darn, she never did get to buy the bag!
The couple poses for fun wedding shots in a Volkswagen Kombi
The couple had pockets of mini themes that made their photos interesting. An ’80s-inspired, neon theme brightened up the day’s activities, from the fun group photo shoots to the wedding party’s bright tops, neckties and belts.
The wedding also featured another “star” – a striking hongbao-red Volkswagen Kombi which they rented from Kombi Rocks. “I love the Kombi,” says Wendy, “and wanted a red and black one for our wedding because it gels with our theme.”
Wendy also had a “kombi-nation”; while the large Kombi was parked outside the hotel, the mini sidekick, a Lego replica, stood proudly within the ballroom. “Our guests got very excited when they saw the mini Kombi!” says Wendy. Their guests, naturally, had fun posing with both large and pint-sized vehicles, as well as an adorable pair of Lego wedding couple figurines.
The customary “gate-crashing” session yielded more memorable shots. Arthur was only allowed to see his bride after he wore a bright pink bow in his hair, eat several unidentifiable “food”, and walk a distance with his ankle tied to one of the groomsmen’s.
Wendy and Arthur exchanged their vows in the evening, at The Regent Hotel’s Cuscaden Room. It was a simple ceremony, attended by 40 close friends and relatives. The bride wore a lovely cream lace dress, while the groom looked sharp in an all-black suit. The bridesmaids wore modern black frocks that they picked out themselves, and the groomsmen sported rose-printed ties.
And while the reception’s decor and programme were simple – no special performances or entertainment – all 270 guests had a good time, as they feasted on a scrumptious dinner, and mingled with old friends or made new ones. It was a wedding filled with good, old-fashioned emotions, which made it all the more sweeter.
If you want a long train for your dress, manage it properly or it may tear, says Wendy. Make sure the train has a loop so you can hold it up when needed.
If you like what you see, here’s insider information:
SOLEMNISATION & RECEPTION: The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Tel: 6733 8888
WARDROBE, HAIR & MAKEUP: Z Wedding D’sign, 93 Tanjong Pagar Road, Tel: 6337 2678
PHOTOGRAPHY: Moretopurple, #01-08 Southbank, 883 North Bridge Road, Tel: 9681 9863 (Tsen Ho)
VIDEOGRAPHY: Simplicity Vids, Tel: 9062 5580 (Chris Goh)
WEDDING VAN: Kombi Rocks Rides, 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Tel: 9008 6918