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Amanda and Dennis’ Elegant Wedding at The White Rabbit
Amanda and Dennis celebrated their marriage in an intimate and elegant wedding at The White Rabbit, surrounded by love and laughter.
Amanda Eng, 30, Marketing Director and Dennis Tay, 30, Founder, met years before they finally bonded over their beautiful snow dogs. The creative couple behind Naiise wed on 29 November 2015 in a celebration full of love, laughter, friendship, and family warmth. Designed and styled by themselves with the help of friends and the team from Naiise, their elegant wedding at The White Rabbit was a day they’ll always remember.
How did the two of you meet?
Amanda: We were acquaintances in junior college, but only started hanging out when we bumped into each other at university. We spent a good many months “hanging out” but did not quite manage to get together because we were both too shy, or reticent! Fast-forward five to six years: I had returned to Singapore after living in Hong Kong for several years, and I had a beautiful Alaskan Malamute in tow. We connected over tropical snow doggy dates (he had a Siberian Husky), and this time things were different – he did the chasing, and all fell into place.
Did everything fall into place for the proposal as well?
Amanda: The day after my 30th birthday, I had a really painful stomach cramp and all I wanted to do was go home. We were both running our pop-up store at Orchard Central then. But he was dragging his feet about sending me home, and even the second-most reliable man in my life, my dad, was being very noncommittal about picking me up. Then my friends started calling me and telling me that they were in the area and asked to meet up (of course I said “Please, no!”). When we finally got into the car, me in cold sweat and all ready to go home, he kneeled beside the car and proposed. Apparently my stomach cramp had foiled his best-laid proposal plans (which my friends and even my dad were all in on) so he ended up proposing in the most unromantic place ever – the car park of a shopping mall. Miraculously, that diamond ring cured my stomach cramp. We call it Vitamin D now!
Tell us about your wedding. Did you have a theme?
Amanda: Deciding on a theme was pretty hard because we didn’t have a specific one in mind, like superheroes or The Great Gatsby. All we wanted was a simple, elegant, and romantic wedding which celebrated love in all forms – our love and that for our family and friends. We crafted our wedding in a simple, personal, meaningful, and elegant way, and it was our desire that our guests would go home from our wedding feeling all warm and romantic, rather than complaining about the food (like most people tend to do at weddings!) We were also fortunate to have found vendors that we really enjoyed working with and were really aligned with what we wanted.
We DIY-ed some aspects of our wedding, like the signboards as well as stringing the fairy lights and paper lanterns in the garden of the White Rabbit. We were fortunate to have the help of our friends and entire team at Naiise who pitched in on the wedding day itself.
What was your wedding day like?
Amanda: Barring a small (but heart-stopping) mishap in the morning where I had accidentally told my makeup artist to report two hours later than scheduled, it went well! We had an awesome bridal party who took care of everything, and neither Dennis nor I felt tired or stressed throughout the day. Contrary to what people were warning us about wedding days being so tiring that most people cannot remember much about the day, we remember every single moment of our special day and we’ll cherish these memories for a long time!
Amanda: For our dinner, we went without the usual video montage and video highlights and opted instead for a line-up of speeches from the people we cherish the most. My sister created our entire wedding cake from scratch, and the emcees and wedding singer were also close friends of ours so it made the evening more intimate. Overall it was a day full of love, friendship, family, laughter, gratitude and lots of tears and we’re thankful for our easygoing family and friends, amazing bridal party and wonderful vendors!
What’s your favourite moment of the wedding?
Amanda: For Dennis, it was saying his vows.
For me, it was during our dinner speech when both Dennis and I choked up (we’re very sentimental people), and I realised how truly lucky we both are to have found each other, and to have the love and support of every single special guest we had that day!
Can you tell us the cost of your wedding, and your number of guests?
Dennis: Everything cost us about $50K in total (excluding our honeymoon) and we had 160 guests.
The Gown: Emanuel B. Couture
The Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
The Suit: Emanuel B. Couture and York Tailor
The Groom’s Shoes: Et Ed Al
The Engagement Ring: House of Hung
The Wedding Bands: Lee Hwa Jewellery
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lightinthebox.com
The Groomsmen’s Suits: York Tailor
The Flower Girl’s Dresses: Flower girl’s own!
The Page Boy’s Suits: Page boy’s own!
The Venue: The White Rabbit
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Kelly Lau
The Wedding Cake: Natalie Eng
The Florists: Triceratops
The Event Stylist: Amanda and Dennis
The Wedding Planners: Amanda and Dennis
The Photographer: Valentine Ross Photography
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Amanda and Dennis
The Wedding Favours: A Dose of Something Good
The Band: Shane Low
The Solemniser: Chew Ban Seng
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