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March 2014

The Perfect Kombination of Sweet and Vintage

When two designers get hitched, the wedding is sure to be beautifully thought out and creatively executed. Frances Sim, 35, Senior Designer and Stephen Chua, 35 , Freelance Art Director held a vintage-themed wedding to commemorate their love, complete with classic cars and a gorgeously styled dessert table full of quirky blasts from the past on 3 August 2013.

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How did the two of you meet?

During our school days in NAFA, we were classmates.

What was the proposal like?

Frances: I’m not really fond of diamonds, so when he gave me a box, I was disappointed, thinking there was a ring inside. But when I realized it held a piece of paper with a handwritten line from my favorite song by Mazzy Star, I was thrilled! We both had it tattooed on our backs.

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What a unique proposal! Your wedding looked pretty special too. How did you plan for it?

It took us half a year from planning and sourcing to finalizing it. Since we didn’t want a Chinese dinner in a hotel, we opted to have lunch in the church after our ceremony. We chose a sit-down lunch over the usual standing one for a small intimate affair with family and close friends.

What was the theme of your wedding?

Both of us are designers and like vintage stuff, so we designed the invitation cards and wedding favours based on this theme. We chose the oldest Teo Chew Catholic church in Singapore—it was built in 1901—for our venue. This church meant something to us because Stephen’s parents and relatives got married there as well. We wanted to carry on the tradition.

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Your vintage wedding is lovely. What did your family and friends think of it?

They loved our cosy wedding, especially the dessert table, vintage Volkswagon Kombi and Vespa!

Were there any moments that were particularly special to you?

Frances: I was happy to see everyone enjoying themselves, and especially so when my dad walked me down the aisle.

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Her Gown: Tailor-made by Olive Suites
His Suit: Clothes from Muji / Shoes from Vans / Bow from Benjamin Barker
The Venue: Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Caterer: One Paradise for buffet / Carpenter & Cook for dessert table
The Florist: Carpenter & Cook
The Makeup Artist and Hairstylist: Manisa Tan
The Photographer: John Lim Photography
The Wedding Cars: Volkswedding

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The Perfect Kombination of Sweet and Vintage