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December 2014

When Rustic Charm Meets Vintage Chic

Love works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, love happens at first sight. Other times, love takes a little longer to rain down on us, and that’s how it was for Rosemary and Ingo. Even though she was quite impressed by his dancing abilities, it took a lunch, dinner and a movie together before love found them. Take a peek into their intimate vintage chic solemnisation at Nosh Restaurant & Bar and read about Ingo’s unique proposal idea.

Rosemary Chua, 35, Human Resources Specialist & Ingo Laubender, 37, Management Consultant
13 September 2013

Her Gown: German online atelier
His Suit: Men’s Tradition and Calvin Klein
The Venue: Nosh Restaurant & Bar, Rochester Park
Solemnisation Caterer: Nosh Restaurant & Bar, Rochester Park
Florist: Josephine of Floral Magic
Make-up & Hair Stylist: Cleo Chang
The Photographer: Sze Lee from A Little Moment Photography
Wedding Planner: Loretta from Invited
Wedding Planning: SingaporeBrides

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How did Ingo pop the question?

Ingo did quite a bit of planning for this. He had read about the Perseid meteor shower hitting Singapore last August, so he decided to propose in the midst of the natural phenomenon. He did his homework and visited a few of the reservoirs in Singapore before deciding on Lower Pierce reservoir as the perfect place for the deed. He avoided any suspicions by informing me beforehand that he’d like to go and watch the meteor shower, so when he picked me up after work that day, I suspected nothing. However, I was surprised that he prepared a romantic picnic of antipasti, cheese, ham, sausages, crackers and wine.

We didn’t catch much of the meteor shower but towards the end of the night, he suddenly exclaimed, “Look, there’s a meteor!”. Lo and behold, he was on his knees, holding out the proposal ring. Needless to say, that night ended with happy tears of love and joy.

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Tell us about your solemnisation

From the get-to, we knew we wanted a cosy solemnisation made up of our immediate family and friends first, followed by a bigger customary celebration in 2014, so that took some of the planning stress off. It had always been a dream of mine to have a garden solemnisation, or at a venue with plenty of greenery around. So when we visited Rochester Park, we chanced upon Nosh and fell head over heels with the alfresco restaurant. It was nestled in the middle of greenery and full of that vintage vibe that we were looking for!

Because we’re both huge fans of the vintage era of the 1950s, we decided on a charming 1950s vintage theme to celebrate the old yet classic vibe of that decade that we love so much. Loretta, a former colleague and friend of ours, did the place up for our solemnisation and she totally nailed that vintage chic feel that we were going for! She even handmade me a fabric floral bouquet which I was totally in love with! Our florist, Josephine, also did an amazing job in delivering that ‘wild flower’ look we wanted for our floral decorations.

The night went really well, despite the short afternoon shower that had us a little concerned, as Nosh is an open-air restaurant. Thankfully, the weather cleared and stayed cold the entire evening. Everyone enjoyed themselves, including us, even though we were a little nervous just before the ceremony started. But above all, we were really just excited and looked forward to celebrating this special milestone with our family and close friends.

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I must say that your 1950s inspired polka dot dress is gorgeous and a perfect match to your vintage theme! And those shoes!

The dress is from a German atelier specialising in vintage dresses and the matching shoes was a very lucky accidental find I chanced upon on Amazon.com! Ingo knew from the beginning what he was going to wear – a shirt-and-suspenders combination paired with a pair of dark rolled-up jeans. He even knew what I was going to wear! He loves the petticoat dress style so he spent much time and effort looking for the perfect one in Singapore and abroad before he found the perfect one. I completed the outfit with the vintage birdcage veil my colleague bought on my behalf from the Philippines.

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What did your family and friends say about your wedding?

Everyone adored the rustic outdoor setting and loved the classic vintage touches we incorporated in our decorations, outfits and even music choices! Having a cosy company of 30 at the solemnisation also meant we had the opportunity to mingle and relax with each and every one of our guests without any rush. Some even teared at our extremely  heartfelt vows. All in all, it was a perfect cocktail of love and laughter that we would always look back on with a smile on our faces.

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Share with us a moment that was especially memorable or special to you.

Instead of a walk-in, we had a dance-in. We danced in across the little bridge to a 1950’s song, Dream Lover by Bobby Darin, and our guests loved it! But the best part of the day had to be reciting our vows to each other. It was such a special moment – so fleeting yet such a defining moment in our lives to be committing ourselves to each other til death do us part.


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