Singaporebrides | Fine Dining

March 2016

Vivian and Josh’s Parisian Garden Wedding at Grand Hyatt Singapore

Vivian and Josh celebrated their love in elegant Parisian style with a navy and white garden wedding at Grand Hyatt Singapore, and a chic banquet in the Grand Ballroom.

Josh Loh, Medical Technologist, and Vivian Lim, Retail Design and Visual Merchandiser, celebrated their wedding with a stylish Parisian garden theme, to show their love for all things French. Their elegant navy and white outdoor wedding in Grand Hyatt Singapore was beautifully styled with white paper flowers and a hint of classic navy, and their chic ballroom wedding dinner is full of inspiration for a modern and stylish hotel banquet!

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HOW DID THE TWO OF YOU MEET?

Josh: We met while working together at Canon Singapore. Vivian also happens to be the younger sister of my secondary school classmate. I used to visit their house after school to play basketball or soccer, or just to watch soccer, and that was when I got to know her a lot better.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL?

Josh: We flew to Perth for a holiday, and I proposed to her while we were mid-way through an early morning hot-air balloon ride, while looking at the sunrise. I proposed with a customised diamond engagement ring from Saxifrage Singapore, a custom jeweler who designed a ring based on Vivian’s love for elegant French style and traditional engagement rings.

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What was your theme?

Vivian: We had a Parisian theme with a colour palette of white and navy. We shot our pre-wedding photographs in Paris as well. Josh has family friends in France and has visited France on many occasions, falling in love with the people and cuisine. Working in LVMH, I too fell in love with all things French as well as the style of the ladies of Paris. We thought, “What better way to combine our love for French style than with a Parisian-garden wedding theme?”

Being in the city of love truly left a mark deep in our hearts. We wanted to bring our guests to where we were while we were doing our pre-wedding photoshoot. Of the iconic monuments of Paris, the Eiffel Tower was the one that took our breath away by its sheer beauty and history, filled with charm, poise, and elegance. The history of the Eiffel Tower, a wrought iron lattice tower that was designed and built through one man’s vision – Mr Gustave Eiffel’s – still amazes me all the time. The Eiffel tower was and is the perfect match of design and engineering, art and science, much like how Josh and I are. We both specialise in very different industries, but come together perfectly, and I believe we’ll build many beautiful memories together as well.

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How did you bring your Parisien garden theme to life?

Vivian: We got professional help from Ektory to dress up the gazebo and rooftop garden at Grand Hyatt Singapore with a massive handmade paper floral backdrop, and a customised aisle runner.

We wanted unique floral and fauna to exude a whimsical feel, so the concept Ektory developed for us was an “international wall” with a distinctly elegant Parisien feel. They researched plants and flowers originating from different continents of the world, and at least one plant and one flower type was selected from each continent and created by hand to be part of our flower wall design.

And how did you bring your garden theme indoors to your ballroom?

For the dinner, Grand Hyatt Singapore allowed us to customise our ballroom walls into a Paris scene with their giant digital canvases that covered both ends of our Grand Ballroom. Josh and I had taken our pre-wedding photography in Paris and Prague, and decided to shoot some key Parisian landmarks such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower which I then designed into two large images to fit onto the ballroom’s extended digital canvases. On top of that, their in-house floral team was able to customise my florals exactly like this one arrangement I saw online – it had white roses, white eustomas, silver brunia, dusty Miller, white verbena and ergynium supernova.

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Did you undertake any DIY projects?

Vivian: I customised all the wedding stationery and invitation cards used for the wedding. We also had special memorial cards placed on chairs during our solemnisation ceremony, in memory of our loved ones who have passed on – these too were designed by me. I decided to combine all that I love about the French (i.e. macarons, flowers) in a watercolour painting with a calligraphy design.

What was the significance behind your wedding favours?

Josh: For the solemnisation, we settled on the idea of a “message in a bottle” done with clear glass bottles in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, which had a hidden handwritten thank you note for each of our guests. We couldn’t bring our guests to Paris, but thought we could bring a part of Paris to them.

During the dinner banquet, we gave macarons, a French dessert to suit our Parisien theme. The pastry team at Grand Hyatt Singapore helped us to match the colour of our wedding favour macarons to the exact blue used in our wedding theme. Apart from that, we also gave out two FRESH lip balms paired together for each guest, to symbolise our unity as one.

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What were the most memorable moments from your big day?

Josh: Marching into the ballroom for the first time as a married couple and having all of our close friends and family witnessing the union of us two individuals becoming one was incredibly special. All the love and cheers that we were showered with was beyond what we could have envisioned for the day. Everyone was laughing, having a good time, and eating great food till their stomachs filled out–that’s how weddings should be.

Any advice for other couples planning their weddings?

Vivian: Plan ahead of time to make sure you secure the venues, photographers, videographers, and bands that you love and that you can trust. We knew whom we wanted as our wedding photographer and had him booked over a year in advance! “Kiasu” I know, but you do what you need to for the companies and brands you love.

What have you learned from married life?

Vivian: Listen to one another and learn to give in and accommodate each other. Create new memories together as a couple and always be there for each other. Love is not giving each other gifts on special occasions but cherishing whom your partner is when you are with them.

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The Venue: Grand Hyatt Singapore
The Photographer: Bloc Memoire Photography
The Videographer: Moomedia
The Hair and Makeup: Joscelyn Tan from Sasa de Maquillage
The Wedding Rings: Cartier
The Engagement Ring: Saxifrage
The Florist: Beato
The Wedding Stylist: Ektory
The Tiffany Chair Rental: Awesome Productions
The Wedding Cake: Grand Hyatt Singapore
The Wedding Favours: Grand Hyatt Singapore
The Wedding Stationery: Bride and Bridesmaid (Serena Ong)
The Wedding Band: High Notes


Credits: Images by Bloc Memoire Photography

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