Exactly one month ago, I pledged to take Querido as my wedded husband. To love him, comfort him, honour and keep him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, be faithful to him, so long as we both shall live. Albeit a short ceremony, it was probably the most momentous event in my life thus far.
I have always liked intimate weddings with personalised touches. As frivolous as these personalised touches may appear to be, I believe they make a difference between “our wedding” vs “just another wedding”. In fact, the part of the solemnization preparation which I enjoyed the most was conceptualizing and making the crafts. Of course, much credit has to be given to my sis, who actually took leave to help with the craft work! She artistically did up the scrapboard and the ring box all by herself. Speaking of the ring box, many eggs were sacrificed in the process of obtaining the perfectly-cracked egg, which was subsequently hand-painted
As for the wedding favours, I wanted to deviate from the usual chocolates and honey. In the end, in line with my “East meets West” theme, Starbucks mooncake and Royce chocolate were chosen. Starbucks is West, while mooncake is East. Royce is East, while chocolate is West. As my solemnization was around Mid-Autumn Festival, I really wanted to have the mooncakes! I even had to call at least 10 Starbucks outlet before I could find 20 cranberry and macademia mooncakes! Only my favourite flavour for my loved ones
In terms of venue, I was glad I chose Forlino. I actually went around Singapore for impromptu site visits at multiple venues for 2 entire days. In the end, the marina view and natural lighting of Forlino outshone the rest. Of course, the Forlino staff were really lovely to accommodate to many requests of mine, including use of the venue before its official opening hours (so that it would coincide with the auspicious hour). Two thumbs up! My florist, Regina Mae Fleurs Atelier, also exceeded my expectations. I merely showed her a picture of my cheongsam and gave a vague description of what I had in mind. In the end, she performed magic!
My beloved little little sis holding the “Gor Gor, here comes your happy happily every after” sign”, which was handmade by my another little sis Although having rehearsed with daddy 2 nights before, daddy forgot to give my hand to Querido after the march-in. He only did so after reminders. Maybe he really couldn’t bear to do so..
As for gifts, thank you all for your generosity. In particular, my mum’s gold bangle caught me by surprise, especially when she revealed that it was bought 30 years ago for this fateful day!!! In addition, my aunts gave me a tiny cardigan with a card which read “After 33 years, it’s time to go back to its owner. Hope that you will get to use it soon!” Omg, it was a cardigan which I wore when I was born…
One month on, I’m still looking back at my solemnization fondly and I believe I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. As for the dinner banquet next year (20 June 2015), after much negotiation with my mummy, we’ve decided to cap the attendance at 200pax. It will be tough to add personalised touches for such a big crowd, but I’ll try my best to make it “our wedding”