Singaporebrides | Fashion

November 2014

Glenda Chong Weds in Michelle HuiMin Bridal Veil

Channel News Asia presenter Glenda Chong married her lawyer love Justin Chan this August in a gorgeous and elegant wedding gown designed by Michelle HuiMin Bridal Veil. We get the low down on the inspiration and design process behind that beautiful wedding dress.

Michelle HuiMin Bridal Veil has long been the wedding gown designer of choice for celebrities here. The Californian-trained designer has worked in the New York and Hong Kong worlds of fashion, and has since established her bridal couture house in Singapore. Her clean-line style, corrective cuts, and precise craftsmanship has transformed many a bride’s dreams into reality. Each design is made with carefully selected fabrics of the highest quality, to produce gowns that fall gently into gracefully flattering silhouettes. With a bride’s every movement, Michelle HuiMin’s expert draping technique and meticulous handwork with crystal and beaded embellishment are revealed as the gown flows and shimmers with a dignified grace. Brides who come to Michelle HuiMin entrust their dreams into her capable hands, and the results always embody the wedding ideal—elegant simplicity. It’s no wonder that Michelle HuiMin Bridal Veil was Glenda’s choice for her once-in-a-lifetime gown.

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The Channel News Asia Senior Editor obviously has as keen an eye for fashion as she has a nose for news. For style and elegance, Glenda came to the right bridal couture design house. She presented Michelle HuiMin with a simple design brief for her wedding gown. “I remember telling Michelle that I wanted a gown which would allow me to move around easily – glide gracefully across the room without snagging on anything,” shares Glenda. “Also, I needed the gown to be conservative and respectful for the elders yet fun and sexy for the evening. That was as far as my brief went for Michelle, and she came up with the rest of the design.”

Based on that short brief, Michelle then came up with a figure-hugging wedding gown that would sheath Glenda’s slender frame with sophistication and poise, yet allow her the freedom to dance on her special night. “Michelle envisioned a figure-hugging gown with French lace and a dramatic train which could be cinched up for when I’m moving around,” remembers Glenda. “And the bolero to cover my shoulders out of respect for the older folks.”

The finished dress was stunning. “I love my wedding gown,” says the happy bride. “It was simple, sleek and had a touch of drama thrown in for good measure. The gown was definitely the talking piece of the evening.”

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Having kept the gown’s design secret from even her closest girlfriends and her family, Glenda made quite an entrance when she walked in for the ceremony in her beautiful wedding gown and its dramatic French lace train. “I kept getting compliments and everyone was impressed with the way I “glided” across the floor the entire evening in my gown without snagging, pulling or tugging,” she shares. “They loved the fact that the long dramatic train was cinched up to allow ease of movement. It was also pretty eye-catching cinched up. Plus, the sand crystals that were sprinkled on my gown gave a sparkling effect, and made me shine whenever the lights hit the crystals. It was bling without being bling.”

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Everyone at the celebration was talking about how Glenda’s bridal glow reflected off her gorgeous gown, but Justin had eyes only for his bride. “When the window is gorgeous, you don’t really take too much notice of the dressing,” quips the suave groom. He tied the knot in a suit designed by Colin of The Men’s Club, who Justin confesses faced a big challenge with Justin’s penchant for camouflage fashions when designing his suit.

“I am just a total redneck,” Justin laughs when asked about his personal style and how Colin’s design reflected it. “I think anything in camo immediately makes that particular thing cooler. So it was quite a big challenge for Colin. I think he realised how deep he was in it when he asked me, ‘What do you want to wear on your neck?’ and I replied, without a hint of irony, ‘A maori fish hook necklace.’” Justin soon realised tribal accessories were not what Colin was referring to at all. “This was followed by Colin trying to explain the differences between a tie and bow tie while trying not to disintegrate into laughter,” he remembers about the whole suit designing experience.

“The poor guy,” he continues. “He had to draw the differences between collar types, and gently dissuade me from having a black stripe down the side of my pants.” Besides the gentle guidance on suit design, Colin also recommended a smart three-piece suit for Justin. “One particularly beneficial advice was the addition of a waistcoat,” shares Justin. “For grooms out there who are getting a little “fappy” (fat + happy), GET. A. WAISTCOAT. It’s like real world photoshop.”

Whether the actual wedding day photos were edited or not, Justin certainly looked good in his three-piece suit. His verdict on the charcoal suit with its black accented lapels and clean lines: “Despite my best efforts, I think Colin nailed my style down. Simple bold lines, nothing too flashy.”

Look out for Glenda and Justin’s full wedding feature soon on SingaporeBrides, where the couple reveal how they met, and share with us about their three wedding celebrations!

Credits: Wedding gown by Michelle HuiMin Bridal Veil. Suit by The Men’s Club. Photography by Avenue 8.