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Roxanne and Terence’s Fun-Filled Conrad Centennial Singapore Wedding
We’ve never seen a bride do such a complete change of hair during her wedding! Check out Roxanne’s mid-wedding haircut, arranged by husband Terence, and her fun-filled yellow and navy wedding at Conrad Centennial Singapore.
Roxanne Lim, 25, Social Media Producer and Terence Lee, 32, Fashion Photographer/Videographer tied the knot in Conrad Centennial Singapore on 16 December 2016, in a celebration filled with fun and laughter, and a surprise complete change of hair for the second march-in.
How did the two of you meet?
Roxanne: We met in Mediacorp, about two years ago. I was a branding and promotions executive then, while Terence was a trailer producer. Both of our teams work closely together in the sense that my team would plan TV campaigns for upcoming shows, send the proposal to his team, and they would produce TV trailers to go on the air.
What drew you together?
Roxanne: Sports! We ran a lot together even before dating. I was training for my half marathon then, and Terence taught me how to improve my breathing and strides so that I could clock my personal best. He is very serious and strict, yet caring as a trainer and mentor. I was mesmerised when I saw him mentoring his disciple (then intern) in videography. However, he is a different person outside work; he can be a like a little boy at times. That’s what I love most about him – he’s charming and manly yet cute and adorable!
Terence: I was attracted to her kind heart and her big lovely smile; she is always helping people and doing it without wanting anything in return. A big plus was also the fact she is very filial to her parents and even siblings and never fail to help them out, even if it means that she herself would be struggling. She’s also always working hard to be the best girlfriend and now wife. Her amazing relationship with my mum; including saying that my mum has to live with us because she’s widowed, just confirmed my decision to marry her.
What was the proposal like?
Roxanne: That is definitely a day I will remember for life. Terence proposed on his birthday. I actually spent three months planning his birthday weekend and getting his present. I kept it from him as I wanted it to be a surprise, but I told the plan to my best friends. It started off with a day at Universal Studios Singapore the Saturday before, then bringing him to do some canvas painting, and lastly whipping up a nice dinner for him on his birthday (I’m a disaster at cooking by the way).
However, due to a lack of confidence, I decided to book a fancy French restaurant for dinner instead. My best friends tried to convince me to cook but I was very determined not to. Lo and behold, they were all in cahoots – my best friends told Terence about everything. So technically, he knew what I was doing for him and played along, pretending to be pleasantly surprised. Well, Terence had intended to propose during “dinner time,” so he pretended that his best friend had planned a birthday dinner for him, and he couldn’t cancel. Obviously, I wasn’t too happy. I had no choice but to push my dinner plan forward to lunch.
And you didn’t guess a thing?
We arrived at Orgo Bar & Restaurant for his “birthday dinner,” and there his best friend was, standing at the front in a suit, welcoming us. It was only when I saw one of my best friends that I sensed that something was not right and asked, “Why is Xuanyi here?” I still didn’t suspect that it was going to be a proposal. His best friend made a speech and asked me to enter the glasshouse and tap on the shoulders of the people inside; there were five of them, and all were my best buddies. Each of them was holding onto a photo nicely framed up with messages that Terence wanted to give me. I cried at the third. After speedreading all five (every one said I was reading super quickly), I turned around and there he was, on one knee. Behind him were all his and my closest friends, and my siblings.
We gather you said, “Yes!” How did you plan the wedding?
Roxanne: We did not have a specific theme while planning, but if we had to choose, it would be “FUN!” After going through Pinterest for a month, I decided on the colours navy blue, sunflower yellow, and white. We wanted our wedding to be personal and simple – that’s the reason why we did not go to a boutique and forwent the gatecrashing. We rendered help from our many friends. Terence’s friend specially designed my gowns, our shoes were gifts from his best friend and girlfriend, and my sister. The photographers (both pre-wedding and actual) were his work friends, and so were the hairstylist and makeup artists! He is really well connected in the media industry, which really helped in the preparations.
We did not hand-make anything, but the decorations in church and Conrad Centennial Singapore were made by our friends Avril from Sunday Morning Celebrations and Ripple from Stitch X Marker respectively. Perhaps the only thing that was “hand-made” by us were the videos. Terence directed our pre-wedding video shoots, got his ex-colleagues and good friends to shoot them, and personally edited the post video (he is really a talented man!).
What was your wedding day like?
Roxanne: We had to travel from the west to the east and back, then to church for the solemnisation before heading to Conrad Centennial Singapore. Though we started off slightly late (because no one from the groom’s party knew how to tie a bow tie), we managed to start the church ceremony and dinner banquet on time because our family and guests were all super cooperative and punctual. Everything went better than well! Not forgetting our wedding party, especially the three groomsmen. Without them helping Terence, our dinner banquet wouldn’t have turned out so well.
We are not your usual couple, for one, we did not walk in the way couples normally do for the march-ins. We ran in on the first and danced in on the second. As we did videos as a “prequel” to our entrance, the moment that the door opened for us to enter had to be really precise to get the effect that we want.
Terence: Our banquet manager, Kai, was especially helpful to us. He was always there to give us the best advice, and he helped me when I was going through the rundown, lights, and music with my groomsmen. Even the minute details like the number of bottles of wine we should open, the opening of the doors, or making sure everyone had food, everything was managed well and exactly to our instructions, without any questions!
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?
Terence: There were two moments to be exact. The first video had us running through the streets of Singapore and eventually into Conrad and we continued that video by running in for our first march-in! Though many guests were sad they couldn’t take many photos, they felt that it was really different and refreshing and something that maybe others might want to copy too! The next moment is the moment of the year. The second march-in.
Roxanne: So what happened was, we had about 20 to 25 minutes to change for the second march-in and we decided to do something really different, which we believe is a first in Singapore; Terence got our hairstylist to cut my hair from a shoulder length to a short bob with an undercut during the change. It’s planned, but besides the two of us, our hairstylist and makeup artist, no one, including our wedding party, knew that I was cutting my hair. My bridesmaids were in a state of shock when I told them, as they had to help me get my hair washed in less than five minutes. This was the biggest surprise we had for our guests. Though we were rushing (as we did not want our guests to wait for long), for the first time in my entire life, I felt like a superstar – I had a hairstylist and a makeup artist attending to me throughout the changes and march-ins, and I have to thank my husband for giving me such an experience!
We fully enjoyed the day and love the wedding a lot; when people ask me how it was, I would say “It was perfect!”
Could you tell us the cost of your wedding, and your number of guests?
Roxanne: We had about 150 guests for our church ceremony and about 375 for the dinner banquet. The dinner cost approximately $63,000.
To my brothers Kenny Ng Wei Thian Ronald Wan, thank you for being there for me, helping me, having my back, 3 wonderful speeches and being happy for me. You guys helped me so much during the most important parts of my life and I hope you know, I’ll always have your backs too. To the wonderful sisters, Xuanyi Ellavester See Valerie Teong Jessica Lim, thank you for keeping my wife Roxanne Lim sane throughout the day, keeping her fed and hydrated, keeping her happy and helping her dress and undress and change, thank you so much! To Celia Tham and Shaun Lee, thank you for making my wife look and feel like a superstar, its an experience she will never ever forget, the crazy challenge of cutting her hair for the 2nd march in and staying back to touch up on her makeup, we are both very very touched. To Kai Wen Gaozai Chan LeLe Teng, thank you for helping us with the videos and so many other things on our big day, we love hanging out with you guys so much and with you guys helping, we are always at ease. Vera Lim Raymond Pung, for the lovely pre-wed photoshoot in KL, it was awesome fun and photos that we will always keep for life!! :) Fandy Razak You bro, is just amazing, your photos tell so many stories and taken in a style that we both love so so much, thank you. To the many friends out there who love us and are happy for us, thank you for attending our wedding, we are so happy to see you guys and to our many other friends, thank you for your blessings, we will work hard to stay happy and a message to every of our friends, thank you once again and know that we are so so grateful and we too, will always have your backs. ;) P.S. Watch the hair cut portion starting from the 2:00min, so cool, lolPosted by Terence Lee Ji Long on Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Gown: Designed by Lauren Alexa
The Bride’s Shoes: Axel Arigato with wedding gown // Stuart Weitzman with evening gown
The Suit: Common Suits
The Groom’s Shoes: Adidas Original // Aquila
The Engagement Ring: Yuen Tung
The Wedding Bands: Yuen Tung
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bridesmaids’ own
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Groomsmen’s own
The Venues: Bethany Independent-Presbyterian Church // Conrad Centennial Singapore
The Pre-Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Vera Lim from LoveBlush
The Wedding Day Makeup Artists: Shaun Lee // Jas from Makeup Maestro for mothers // Vera Lim from LoveBlush for bridesmaids
The Wedding Day Hairstylist: Celia Tham from Bloc+ The Salon
The Caterer: Curry Pot Catering for church lunch reception
The Florist: Sunday Morning Celebrations
The Event Stylist: Sunday Morning Celebrations for church // Stitch X Marker Styling Studio for Conrad Centennial Singapore
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Raymond Pung from Unknown Imagery
The Wedding Photographer: Fandy Razak
The Videographer: Chan Hsueh Li // Ong Kai Wen // Teng Szele
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Purple Cards & Décor
The Wedding Favours: Conrad Centennial Singapore
The Solemniser: Pastor Charles Tan
Images by Fandy Razak.
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