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Through It All
Our groom had all the elements of a swoon-worthy proposal all planned out – Disneyland, fireworks and finally, a diamond ring presented while down on one knee. Our bride unknowingly missed out on a fairytale proposal due to an impromptu change of plans. But nevertheless, a proposal took place that very same day, and it wasn’t any less romantic.
Nine months later, Jasmine Loh, 28, Social Worker and Joel Seah, 30, Senior Programme Coordinator were married. Take a leaf out of our couple’s wedding journey on 7 and 8 January 2012 and learn how to involve your friends and family more in your wedding planning to make the day even more personal and memorable.
How did the two of you meet?
Jasmine: We met at work four years ago when we were both working in the corporate sector. Joel was a designer and I was new in Marketing back then. It was only at a corporate event that we got to know each other better. We were the first ones to arrive for the planning and setting-up of the event so we ended up chatting while waiting for the rest to arrive. I can still remember the first thing Joel asked me during our chat – he wanted to know if I was married!
Tell us about the proposal.
Joel: I had an elaborate proposal all planned out. After Jasmine finished her course in Hong Kong, I planned to bring her to Disneyland for the fireworks and thereafter, get down on one knee with the ring. But, there was a change of plans – she opted out of going to Disneyland because she was exhausted from two consecutive weeks of classes. So my hopes for a Disneyland proposal were dashed and we ended up watching DVDs instead.
Jasmine: Then, just as I was tearing up at a romantic flick we were watching, Joel suddenly got down on one knee and proposed! I had the shock of my life when that happened. I said yes, of course!
Walk us through the planning for your wedding.
Jasmine: Nine months after the proposal, we were married! Our wedding required quite a bit of planning as we had it on two days and both days’ programmes needed to be coordinated. Thankfully, many of our friends lent more than a helping hand and our vendors were more than experienced in the planning. We’re also grateful to Canon for sponsoring part of our wedding dinner and for creating a beautiful photo wall so our guests could take photos with “us”.
Our theme was “Through It All” and as we reflected on our journey as a couple and our wedding preparations, we couldn’t think of a more fitting and meaningful theme than that.
What was it like on the actual day of the wedding?
Jasmine: The actual day ran like clockwork. We had a really efficient and wonderful wedding entourage who ensured that everything went smoothly. Rather, it was the night before the wedding that was insane! We felt like we had forgotten to prepare a million things but thanks to our friends who were there to help us tie up all the loose ends, we managed to make it through unscathed.
Joel: Also, we really enjoyed meeting our extended family during the tea ceremony and were thrilled to have all our family and friends witness our union in church. The wedding service was, without a doubt, really beautiful and our nervousness didn’t make the recital of our vows any less beautiful for us.
Jasmine: The wedding banquet took place the next evening so we were more than well-rested and ready to enjoy mingling with our family and friends. The food was wonderful, the service crew at Swissotel the Stamford was really professional and on-the-ball – in short, it was perfect. In addition, Joel and his siblings also prepared a special surprise item for me. He played and sang the song “Nothing’s gonna change my love for you”.
What did your family and friends have to say about your wedding?
Jasmine: Everyone loved the food and music at the wedding banquet and was pleased at the convenient location of our chosen hotel, especially for guests who did not drive. They had a blast with the photo wall and were really pleased with their instant print-outs. They were also amazed at how beautiful our pre-wedding photos had turned out and for that we have to thank Eng Howe for making the session enjoyable and for bringing out our personalities in the photos.
Joel: Many also remarked that it was a wedding filled with little personal touches that reminded them of who we are as individuals and as a couple. Needless to say, they loved our personalised wedding favours (tea bags) as well!
We heard you took the week before the wedding off and left everything to your helpers! Tell us more about that and other decisions you made as a couple for your wedding.
Jasmine: One week before our big day, we decided to take our hands off the wedding preparations to give ourselves a break and time to rest before the wedding. We left everything in the hands of our trusted friends, whom we are eternally grateful for handling the wedding beautifully and making sure that it went smoothly. As for us, we spent the last week looking forward to the wedding.
Joel: Jasmine and I made several pacts during the planning process. We promised never to succumb to arguments but rather, to bring any disagreements up for discussion. That helped us focus on our marriage rather than just the wedding. We also made it a point never to compromise on quality for the things that mattered. When I saw how much Jasmine enjoyed her consultation session with Margaret for her wedding gown, I urged her to stick with Margaret Brides rather than opting for cheaper alternatives.
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