Yvonne first met Rocky online on Tinder sometime in November 2015. They had their first date not long after at the cafe Awfully Chocolate at East Coast.
Rocky proposed in 2018. Instead of going to work, he spent the day decorating their apartment with candles and three dozen customised balloons.
"I was totally surprised when I reached home and he proposed to me with a bouquet of flowers," she says.
The wedding theme
I've always wanted an Oriental theme for my wedding, and I had the idea of marrying it with elements from Rocky's Indonesian heritage. Our wedding planners - The Wedding Entourage - helped us to conceptualise the ideas. We settled on a Modern Oriental theme, which suited the colonial architecture of the banquet venue, The Clifford Pier. (Also read: 18 inspiring Oriental-themed ideas from our real weddings)
The decor was beautiful. We were very happy with the floral arrangements, photo booth backdrops, the tea ceremony set-up and dinner table decor.
The wedding dresses
Yvonne: My wedding gown was totally not what I had originally planned. After four months of research and trying on different styles, I finally settled on a simple gown that caught my eye from Belle & Tulle - which happened to be the very first store we visited.
As I have always loved cheongsams, I wore two versions for my wedding: a design from LaiChan for the tea ceremony, and a pink dress from Indonesia designer Albert Yanuar for my second march-in during the dinner banquet.
Yvonne reveals, "Some of the most memorable moments of the day were Rocky's singing, my grandma making the effort to climb the stairs to see me come out from my room in my wedding dress for the first time, the solemnity of the wedding Mass, and the heartwarming tea ceremony.
My mom's surprise speech during the banquet was also very special."
For Rocky, it's difficult to pinpoint a single moment that was the most memorable. "The whole day was full of joy. The best parts of the celebration to me was the presence of God throughout the celebrations, and the happiness radiating from our families and friends."
A new beginning
"When it was over, I wished I had experienced all the special moments deeper! I asked Rocky, 'Can we do it again?'. I also felt extremely grateful that God has given me Rocky," Yvonne says.
"We wanted this day to be a special celebration not only for us but also for our families. Rocky really put in a lot of time and effort to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves and was well taken care of. He always tries to give me his best."
Rocky shares, "I felt relieved and a sense of gratitude that the wedding day turned out to be such a lovely experience. I also felt like I had just entered a new chapter in my life. I remember spending the next morning with Yvonne's immediate family and started thinking that from that day onwards, I would commit to treating her family like my own."
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The couple chose to have their tea ceremony at the outdoor patio of The Clifford Pier as they wanted their families to enjoy the views of the sun setting at Marina Bay.
Keeping it pretty and romantic for the tea ceremony, a soft pink palette was chosen for the updated double happiness Chinese motif and backdrop.
An arch draped with soft pastel-hued fabric and dressed with flowers added a romantic touch to the venue.
The arch, which was part of the decor for the church ceremony, was later moved to the dinner venue and had details added to it.
The mix of cream, blush and vibrant pink flowers matched the blue vases on the bridal table.
For the second march-in, the bride wore a pink custom-made cheongsam with an attached cape, while the groom looked dashing in a mandarin collar suit.
The tables featured specially sourced Chinese lamps with images printed on the inside. The team added cherry blossoms to the setting as the couple had their pre-wedding portraits taken in Japan during the cherry blossom season.
The wedding stationery
The customised stationery included touches of traditional Chinese elements.
The long tables had vases of pink blooms.
The photo wall was designed to be fun and pretty, with old school Chinese paper umbrellas that were sourced specially to match the decor of the celebrations.
The couple curated a menu of their favourite kueh kuehs for the cocktail reception. The featured quote, selected by the couple, was a Bible verse on love that they held close to their hearts.
The dessert bar was dressed up with Chinese vases, Peranakan plates and photos of the couple.
The Chinese lattice pattern was paired with modern florals for a contemporary look.
First of all, we would like to thank God for his endless blessings. To our families and friends for all their help. Our planners, The Wedding Entourage, for all their efforts, care, support, and friendship. A special mention to our very talented singer Cheryl Tan, our superb photographers Samuel Goh and Adrian Seetho, our videgrapher Zech frn Substance Films, and other vendors that had contributed to making our special day.
This story was originally published in Her World Brides December 2019.