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Tiffany and Kenneth’s Nautical Wedding at Pan Pacific Singapore
Tiffany and Kenneth chose to wed in a casual but grand affair at Pan Pacific Singapore earlier this year.
Tiffany, 26, Operations Manager, first met Kenneth, 26, Marketing Manager at WhiteLink, during their school days in Singapore Polytechnic. Despite being in the same class during their first year in school and commuting to and from school together, they only realised how they felt about each other after they were assigned to different classes in their second year. After a romantic New Year’s Eve proposal that included Tiffany’s favourite – a fireworks display, the young lovebirds tied the knot on 23 April 2016 in a refreshing, never-done-before celebration at Pan Pacific Singapore‘s restaurant, Edge.
How did you two meet?
Tiffany: Our paths first crossed whilst studying at Singapore Polytechnic. We were in the same Year 1 class but it definitely wasn’t love at first sight. He was too tall and seemed unapproachable. Although we also lived near each other, it took us half a year before we finally started commuting to and from school together. Having selected different majors to pursue, we were assigned to different classes in our second year. Juggling between numerous projects and various school activities, we soon drifted apart and lost contact. It was this absence that made us realised that our feelings were mutual.
What was the proposal like?
Kenneth: She has always been intrigued by fireworks displays so I thought if I could include it into the wedding proposal, it will definitely be a memorable moment for the both of us. Hence, I booked a two-night stay at Swissôtel The Stamford and proposed on New Year’s Eve in a room on Level 54. It’s very difficult to surprise her but I’m glad I managed to pull it off with the help of our close friends.
What was your wedding planning like? Did you meet with any challenges along the way?
Kenneth: Tiffany is a very outdoor person and loves the beach as well as sun-tanning. Hence, we decided on a nautical theme for the wedding. Our wedding cards and monogram were all designed with a nautical flair, and our venue was decorated with nautical themed props. To keep in line with our theme, we chose anchor-shaped bottle openers and plant succulents as our wedding favours.
One of the challenges we faced was finding a venue that suited our theme and requirements. We did not want a sit-down banquet or a normal catered buffet as we want our guests to experience a totally fresh and new concept. Hence, we decided on Pan Pacific Singapore’s restaurant, Edge, for our wedding venue. The buffet restaurant is able to host up to 350 guests at its maximum capacity and offers good food and atmosphere, which was what we wanted. But we faced several obstacles, such as the lack of screens and fixed layouts. Nonetheless, the ability to customise our own buffet menu made up for everything.
Tell us more about your wedding gowns.
Kenneth: Finding a bridal boutique that can cater to our needs and wants is definitely an important criterion. WhiteLink was no doubt our first choice! She wanted a gown that’s simple yet elegant, white yet coloured and most importantly, easy to walk around in. Sounds tough? But the designers at WhiteLink knew exactly what she needed and even tweaked the designs to suit our nautical theme. The white wedding gown was designed with a Tiffany blue tone at back. The evening gown was designed in her favourite colour navy blue with glittery tulle. Both pieces were so body-flattering and unique.
How was the actual day like? We heard you chose not to have a gatecrash in the morning. Share with us why you decided to forgo that iconic activity.
Tiffany:The actual day was definitely hectic but we were glad that our bridesmaids and groomsmen took charge on most of the things as planned. It was smooth going until we received news from our external Audio-Visual vendor that the HDMI VGA cables they brought were too short. When we thought that all hope was lost, the staff at Edge managed to source for another vendor and the dinner proceeded smoothly thereafter. It was a moment of panic but we were glad that there were no major screw ups.
Both Kenneth and I found gatecrashing to be too mainstream and we didn’t want to follow the norm. Hence, we decided to do away with the gatecrashing (of course, the guys were super agreeable for once) but nonetheless we still want our bridesmaids and groomsmen to feel special for our big day. After all, they are our best buddies. So, we planned for a photoshoot instead!
The wedding is indeed, once in a lifetime event. We want our wedding to be a memorable and experiential journey, not only for ourselves but also for those around us. We believe in creating our own precious moments, through photography. With the photoshoot done, we can do away with the morning activities and focus our entire energy on the banquet in the evening. Kudos to our bridesmaids and groomsmen!
What did your family and friends have to say about your wedding?
Tiffany: Our guests were amazed and very impressed with our new photobooth concept. Our photobooth backdrop was made up of 288 photos taken from our pre-wedding photography session in Korea with WhiteLink. So naturally, we were in every photo they brought home!
The banquet is new experience for the majority of our guests. We did not know what to expect but in the end, they loved it! The mood was relaxed and casual, different from other banquets they had attended previously. They adored the idea of mingling around and catching up with their friends, and got to enjoy the food and drink to their heart’s content.
Were there any particular moments during your wedding that were especially memorable or special to you?
Tiffany & Kenneth: The main reason for having a “special” banquet was to provide a unique and memorable experience for our guests. Seeing our guests indulge in the food and enjoying themselves certainly brought us great joy. Hence, every part is equally precious and memorable. We hope to never forget any second of it. All thanks to our actual day photographers and videographers that we are able to relish the moments of that night in the future.
Size of Wedding: 330 guests
Cost of Wedding: Approximately $58,000
The Venue: Pan Pacific Singapore
The Photographer and Videographer: WhiteLink
The Wedding Gown: WhiteLink
The Groom’s Suit: WhiteLink
The Wedding Bands: Michael Trio
Hair and Makeup: WhiteLink
The Wedding Stylist and Florist: WhiteLink
The Wedding Cake: Pan Pacific Singapore
The Wedding Favours: SG Wedding Favors
Wedding Planning: SingaporeBrides
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