Saturday, May 20, 2017

Solemnization

We had our solemnization at the Pool Terrace Pavilion of Marriott Hotel before the banquet. I've always liked how weddings with natural sunlight turn out so pretty in photos but due to the humid and unpredictable weather in Singapore, it wasn't feasible for us to hold a garden wedding banquet. Hence, we opted for an outdoor solemnization instead! Shorter duration = guest won't have to suffer under the heat. In fact, it was quite cooling because of the huge ceiling fan above us!

Having a shelter also meant that I didn't have to worry about the weather and we can still proceed as planned even if it rains. Thankfully, we had bright and clear skies that day!

View from the poolside~



I took a long time shortlisting these photos because I liked almost every single one! I had a hard time comparing and picking out the best images so you'd be seeing quite a number of repeated same-but-not-same photos below. Haha.



Check out our ring holder! It's a floral nest with two lovebirds~ I got it from taobao through Ezbuy Prime (this link: https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000004548823.html ). Sign up for an account here http://bit.ly/theiceangel and get free $10 shopping credits! This is only around $11+! Add an additional fee to customize it to your name!




Our pretty vows booklet!



My grandparents and little cousin!



Walking in with daddy~ During our wedding preparations, we focused mostly on everything else except the solemnization. I was quite relaxed about it as compared to the rest of the schedule! I didn't even prepare for the background music and just used whatever the hotel gave. I thought we'd all just casually take our seats and didn't expect that I'd end up walking in so formally. Haha.











We were lucky that we managed to get the very popular Dr Phua as our JP! My parents and relatives commented that he's quite entertaining~



Some of my bridesmaids kena caught on camera not paying attention. Hahahahhaha.


The guys~ 罚站. Lol.








For our vows, we both stated what's important to us in a marriage and then edited it to flow smoothly.

Basically, we hope to have the following elements in our marriage:
- Honesty & Faithfulness
- Love & Cherish each other
- Dote & Protect, Care & Respect
- To find Comfort and Strength in each other
- To find Happiness and Companionship in each other



His Vows:

I, Steve, take you, Esther, to be my beloved wife, 
to have and to hold from this day forward.

Here I promise to be faithful and true,
to always love and cherish you.

I will dote on you, protect you,
be your pillar of strength and comfort,
your happiness and your companion,
for as long as we both shall live. 

Her Vows:

I, Esther, take you, Steve, to be my beloved husband, 
to have and to hold from this day forward.

Here I promise to be faithful and true,
to always love and cherish you.

I will care for you, respect you,
be your pillar of strength and comfort,
your happiness and your companion,
for as long as we both shall live. 

Spot the slight difference! Haha.

We tried to keep our vows simple and classic because we wanted the words to still make sense decades down the road. Instead of specific promises which might become trivial at another point in our lives, we decided to use general words that could cover many different situations. For example, if he promises that he would dote me, it also means he'd have to treat me well and give me anything I want. hahaha.


You may now kiss the bride!











My pretty wedding arch is set up by Eventtually! I sent them several inspiration photos and they manufactured this for me - square wooden arch with flowers and drapes! Such a beautiful backdrop for our solemnization! I've always wanted to have a floral arch for my wedding and I'm glad they fulfilled this dream for me :) Whatsapp 92768400 to enquire and remember to quote "EstherXie" to get $50 off any decor package!




We used gold pens which I also got from Taobao via Ezbuy Prime (link: https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000004548824.html) ~ Sign up for an account here http://bit.ly/theiceangel and get free $10 shopping credits!








Officially married!







Third gown for the day - decided to go simple since the solemnization is in an outdoor setting and I have two other white ballgowns for that day so this is something different.


The only official photo I have of our full squad that day! So thankful we had these twelve awesome friends to help us with the entire wedding. Groomsmen outfit from OneSimpleGown.com and Bridesmaid dresses from Hollyhoque! The bouquet in my hands from TheFlowerGodmother.



My sister caught the bouquet!


Fidelis who came down specially for the solemnization because she couldn't make it for the banquet!


My lovely friends who came early for our solemnization and little cutie Aidan who rolled on the bed in our suite!



We had the pleasure of collaborating with some amazing vendors for our wedding and I'm ever so thankful for the sponsorship and support given. Each of them made my wedding much better than I expected.

Actual Day Main Photography:Kevin Ho

Actual Day Secondary Photography:NinebySG

Videography:Istudio

Photobooth:Fourstops
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Bridesmaid Dresses:Hollyhoque

Gowns and Suit:Seletar Broadway Bridal Studio

Groomsmen Outfits:Onesimplegown

Bridal Nails:Milly's

Wedding Essentials:Ezbuy
(Free $10 shopping credit)

Designs:Joanne Chia

Catering for Guo Da Li:Foodline
(Apply code FLEXWED38 for $38 off)

Wedding Favors:MacaronsSG

Bachelorette Party:Studio M Hotel

Venue Styling:Eventtually
(Quote "EstherXie" to get $50 off)

Candy Bar:The Lair Weddings

Flowers:The Flower Godmother