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Amelia and Benedict’s Intimate Colonial-themed Wedding at Goodwood Park Hotel
Amelia and Benedict celebrated their union at Goodwood Park Hotel’s Tudor Ballroom.
It was Amelia’s cheerfulness and love for her family that drew Benedict to her while she fell in love with his pleasant and understanding character. After a surprise romantic proposal aboard a yacht, University schoolmates Amelia and Benedict tied the knot in a sweet and intimate celebration at Goodwood Park Hotel on 22 January 2017, surrounded by their families and friends.
How did the two of you meet?
It is pretty amusing thinking about it. We were allocated to the same class for our marketing module during our university days. During the first lesson, we had to split into groups. As usual, Benedict didn’t attend the first lesson. However, two of his friends were there. By pure chance, I was paired into the same group as them and they asked to reserve a space in the group for Benedict. Therefore, I only got to meet Benedict on the second lesson, and his friends planned for him to sit beside me as they thought that I was his type of girl. And that became our default seating arrangement in class.
Tell us about your proposal.
It went better than we could ever imagine. Benedict rented a yacht on the pretext that it was our mutual friend’s birthday and that she rented the yacht to celebrate her birthday with us. I was absolutely clueless! We sailed to the middle of the sea and our friends suddenly played a video compilation of well wishes from our friends and family members. To cap it all off, the yacht was docked at Lazarus Island and my closest friends boarded the yacht secretly while I was watching the video. After the video ended, I was extremely surprised to see all of them there, and Benedict went down on his knees. We will never forget this moment ever!
What was your wedding planning journey like?
As we did not hire a wedding planner, most of the decorations including the wedding invitation card were all DIY-ed. Thankfully, we had plenty of time to plan our wedding as we did our solemnisation one year ahead of the actual wedding banquet.
But of course, there were hiccups along the way and we often had differences in opinions, especially when both our families were involved. Nevertheless, despite the quarrels and frustrations, we always tried to talk things out and put ourselves in each other’s shoes. We will never ignore each other for more than a day, and try to mend things before going to bed. We feel that this is extremely important as we do not want to dwell on things for too long and lose focus on what really matters.
Amelia: To decide on my wedding gown, I did some research to shortlist the types of gowns I would like to wear for my wedding. The one that captivated me the most was a simple yet elegant looking, mermaid sweetheart neckline gown. With that design in mind, we visited all the different bridal shops available.
When I tried on Bridal Veil by MichelleHuiMin‘s gowns, Benedict and I knew for sure that this boutique was the one. Bridal Veil’s gowns are very clean-looking, simple yet elegant, and all beautifully designed – exactly how I wanted my gown to look like. Michelle Huimin is very professional and understands my needs very well, making the gown-making process much easier. I trusted her fully in designing the gowns, and as expected, the gowns turned out to be so beautiful!
Did you have a wedding theme? How did you go about creating it?
Amelia: I would say it was quite an easy feat for us to decide on the wedding theme of our actual wedding day. I already had in mind that I would like to have a floral/garden theme for our solemnisation and a colonial-themed wedding for our dinner banquet. As we did our solemnisation a year ago, we sort of have the privilege of choosing two themes for the two separate occasions.
For our colonial-themed wedding, we chose Goodwood Park Hotel for our dinner banquet. We loved the interior of the Tudor Ballroom as it looked very elegant yet intimate at the same time. Colour wise, we decided on white, red, and navy. Our bridesmaids’ dresses, groomsmen’s outfits, bouquet, and even our DIY invitation cards followed our chosen colour theme.
What was your wedding day like?
It was the best day of our lives. Though it was hectic, it was great to see all our friends and relatives gathered together, enjoying a night of laughter and joy.
What did your family/friends have to say about your wedding day?
The only comments we can remember were that the food was good, the gowns were beautiful, and they had never seen us this handsome/pretty before. Not forgetting their well wishes for us as well!
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?
Benedict: During the speech when I thanked Amelia for marrying me.
Amelia: The most memorable moment for me would be the morning session where my parents put on the wedding veil for me and Benedict entering my room to unveil me. It was then I felt that I was truly moving on to the next stage of my life – being a wife.
What is one lesson you’ve learnt from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?
Enjoy the ride and tears (both happy & sad). Wedding planning is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, even with the minor differences, please ENJOY the process together!
The Size of Wedding: Approximately 180 guests
The Venue: Goodwood Park Hotel, Tudor Ballroom
The Photographer: Smittenpixels Photography
The Videographer: Twenty8picks
The Wedding Gown: Bridal Veil by MichelleHuiMin
The Wedding Shoes: DMK & Aldo
The Groom’s Suit: The Men’s Club
The Groom’s Shoes: Benjamin Baker
The Wedding Bands: Fairy’s Inc.
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Taobao
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Vest and Pants from Yee Jin Tailor & Ties from Taobao
Hair and Makeup: Lyda from Bridal Veil by MichelleHuiMin and Jennifer from IHeartBlooms
The Wedding Cake: Goodwood Park Hotel
The Florist: Windflower Florist
The Wedding Planner: DIY
The Photobooth: Telltale Photobooth
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Designed by the bride
The Solemniser: Kwoh Chee Keong
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