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The Day We Said “I Do”
Sometimes, a little initiative goes a long way. Tan Jian Long, 27, Projects Director, first caught our bride, Li Ee Ping, 26, Customer Service Executive’s eyes in school and taking matters into her own hands, she made the first contact with him and the rest, they say, is history. Even though they didn’t have a grand courtship or proposal or wedding, their journey was filled with heartwarming and fun moments. Be inspired to plan a memorable and enjoyable wedding for both yourselves and your guests by learning how our couple planned an unforgettable wedding without breaking their banks on 25 May 2013.
How did the two of you meet?
Ee Ping: We met during our Shatec school days. Jian Long was from the culinary class while I was from hotel management. He first caught my eye during our trainee attachment at Shatec’s training restaurant. Jian Long: Ee Ping was the one who made the first move. She got hold of my phone number and we started communicating through SMS and phone calls. We went on a couple of dates before we officially got together.
What was the proposal like?
Jian Long: I proposed to Ee Ping on her 24th birthday. We went to Sentosa’s Universal Studios Singapore during the day and retreated to our room at the Siloso Beach Resort, where I booked us a 3D2N stay. I hid the proposal ring inside the cake I baked for her and when she couldn’t cut through the cake, I offered my help, retrieved the ring and went down on one knee.
Ee Ping: It was a simple yet touching proposal – simply because Jian Long handmade the cake for me.
Walk us through the planning for your wedding.
Ee Ping: We actually took quite a long time to plan for our wedding (our actual wedding day was 20 months after our ROM ceremony!). We made our reservations very early and tried to make the day as fun as possible without breaking our banks! For us, our wedding is not just about the two of us; we wanted to include our brothers and sisters on our big day and introduce them to all our wedding guests.
Jian Long: To familiarise our wedding party with one another, we organised several meetups with our brothers and sisters before our actual day so that they would be more at ease with each other when the time comes.
Describe your actual day. How was it like?
Ee Ping: Our hotel banquet team, photographer, videographer and our brothers and sisters played a huge part in making our wedding day the success it was. Everything went according to plan and we were especially grateful for the good weather during our outdoor shoot with our brothers and sisters. During our dinner banquet, our brothers and sisters performed a dance during the first dish’s presentation and accompanied us in another dance for our second march-in.
Jian Long: The highlight of the day was definitely our cartoon animation video. It was a unique way to offer our guests an insight on our courtship and proposal. Everyone enjoyed it immensely and had only good things to say about our animation video.
What did your family and friends have to say about your wedding?
Ee Ping: Everyone enjoyed our cartoon animation videos so much that when we uploaded them on Facebook, they re-watched it again and again. They also liked the instant prints they got to take home as keepsakes of our wedding.
Jian Long: Above all else, they remarked on how well planned the wedding was and were pleasantly surprised to learn that I could dance! They also had good things to say about the ambience of the ballroom and the hotel’s friendly and efficient banquet staff.
Were there any particular moments that were especially special to you?
Ee Ping: The most emotional part of our big day was when we were on stage giving our ‘Thank-you’ speeches, especially when I thanked my sisters. We felt extremely lucky to have all our family members and friends present at our wedding and to have their help in the planning phase.
Jian Long: The climax of that night’s celebration was our second march-in. The song helped get our guests into the mood while our brothers and sisters warmed them up for our appearance. By the time it was our turn to enter the ballroom, everyone was extremely amped up and at that moment, we felt like superstars!
Her Gown: The Louvre Bridal
His Suit: The Louvre Bridal
The Venue: Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
The Photographer: Karyin Ow from Coffee & Tea Dreamzcoffee
The Videographer: Coffee Tang from Coffee & Tea Dreamzcoffee Wedding Planning: SingaporeBrides
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