Sit tight lovelies, because we’ve got something special in store for you. Pam and Joel’s Singapore wedding was handcrafted from head to toe by the bride and her designers, In Merry Motion. Pam even designed her own wedding dress – which we adore, obvs. Thanks to Jonathan Ong for capturing this beautiful affair!
From the bride, Pam: We wanted our wedding focus to be a thanksgiving celebration for our family and friends, and for it to be less about us, and more about the love and grace that we have received through our years of courtship! We have been very blessed with divine Providence in our lives, and hoped to share that with our guests. We envisioned a wedding that was intimate and authentic to us! We went for a natural, clean, and light style.
Our graphic designer friends Alex and Puiyee designed our invitations, along with the ampersand that included our initials, and all the illustrations used during wedding – including the adorable jam jars and the portraits of us. The portraits were also used for our engagement (Joel planned a scavenger hunt to propose to me, and Alex and Puiyee designed a series of cards for each station).
Our friends from In Merry Motion designed the look of our wedding: nature-inspired with a handcrafted touch! Our colour scheme involved watercolour tones of powder blue, light wood, blush, and light green. All the decorations for the wedding were handmade by our friends Joyce & Weiyan – the designers from In Merry Motion. This included the feature backdrop inspired by the verse from Ecclesiastes: “He makes all things beautiful in His time”, with aged pages from wise books and hymnals; hand-cut autumn leaves in muted watercolour draped over our wedding reception dinner at the Food for Thought (at the National Museum of Singapore).
We designed our wedding bands, and had it made by the Saught artisans in Cambodia (his was pink gold, mine was yellow gold – both with a touch of artillery shells in it!) I designed my wedding dress, and had it handmade in Cambodia – using natural, handwoven silk! WIth the surplus lace from the wedding dress, I used it to DIY my headband for the wedding ceremony. We also had a DIY jewelry table for our wedding guests at the wedding receptions: they were words from the ‘fruits of the Spirit’ taken from the Bible – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, handstamped onto round pendants; and we provided an assortment of chains, cords and loops for our guests to get creative! The pendant charms were all handmade by Saught artisans in Cambodia.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We found that the best way to avoid getting too stressed out by the wedding preparation was to keep our focus on what our goal of the wedding was: for us, it was to honour our family, to honour Christ, and bless our friends. It was much easier to make decisions on venue, programme etc based on that; and to have a wedding that we knew was very much authentic and true to ourselves – which allowed us to create good, fun memories for our family and friends. We also made it a point to make sure that we didn’t get too caught up in the wedding preparations, and to carve out time to date (without doing wedding stuff), and prepare ourselves for a lifetime together! :)
Our processional was “Morning has broken/Sing Hallelujah”; and our recessional was “Sing Hallelujah”. Our super talented friend who is a musical/theatre actress Ethel Yap sang this for us! We didn’t have a first dance… because we both have two left feet! I did plan a little surprise for Joel at our friends’ dinner with a few friends – and sang “Close to You” on a watermelon ukulele.
Wedding Location: Singapore / Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Event Design and Decor: In Merry Motion / Ceremony Venue: Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Food for Thought at the National Museum of Singapore / Wedding Dress and Veil: Designed by the bride and handmade in Cambodia / Bride’s Headband: DIY / Wedding Bands: Saught / Hair and Makeup: Cleo Chang / Groom’s Suit: made in Shanghai / Bridesmaids’ Dove Rings and Groomsmen Wheat Lapel Pins: Saught / Music: Compass Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Alex Kwan and Puiyee Cheung / Videographer: Rainer Chia