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January 2018

Charis and Joshua’s Vintage Botanical Wedding at Nosh

Charis and Joshua’s big day was everything a wedding should be – full of laughter, joy, celebration and love, for one another and for their families and friends.

Last week, we shared Charis and Joshua’s dreamy and intimate pre-wedding photoshoot. Today, we’re giving you a glimpse of their breathtaking vintage botanical wedding at Nosh. The childhood sweethearts fell in love with the romantically rustic venue on one of their dates and knew there and then that Nosh was where they wanted to tie the knot at. As the founder and talent behind Gifts of Grace Design, Charis added a personalised touch to her wedding with beautiful creations designed and hand-drawn by her, and worked with her favourite wedding talents to create the celebration of a lifetime for them, their families and friends.

Walk us through your wedding planning. What was your journey like?

We started planning for our wedding a year and a half before our wedding on 20 May 2017, as we wanted ample time to source and secure our vendors. As we catered a lot of time for each aspect of our wedding, we managed to avoid a lot of potential challenges that could have arisen. This also gave us a lot of time to embark on DIY wedding projects like our calligraphy musical backdrop, signages, and wedding invitations. There were a lot of people along the way that gave us great wedding advice and that really helped us with some of our decision-making.

I’d have to say that the most challenging part of planning the wedding was keeping all the surprises a secret from each other!

We chose to have our church ceremony in the church we grew up in, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and had our wedding dinner at Nosh. We have always wanted an intimate outdoor wedding and when we first went to Nosh on one of our dates, we knew right then that we wanted to get married there.

What was your wedding theme?

Joshua: We were going for a vintage botanical theme, and centered our wedding around neutral colours, greenery, and with a touch of dusty blue and gold. We incorporated this theme into our wedding invitation suite, which Charis designed for the church and dinner venues.

We also wanted the main aim of our wedding to be about blessing the people that we love, and celebrating the two of our families coming together as one.

What was your wedding day like?

The entire day passed by in a blur! We went through the entire day with no major hiccups as our bridal party was very meticulous and was a great help to the both of us. We are so thankful to have a really enthusiastic bridal party who supported us through the whole day and didn’t allow us to worry about any of the wedding details. Through every moment of the day, we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves! We started off with the tea ceremony in the morning, followed by an afternoon wedding church ceremony, and ended off with the wedding dinner. Though we were very tired by the time we got to Nosh, we both agreed that the evening spent with our loved ones was the best part of the day.

Joshua: Our families and friends felt that the wedding was very meaningful and sincere, and that the wedding incorporated a lot of our individual characteristics into it – Joshua writing and arranging the music for the wedding, and Charis designing the different wedding elements. Some also said that it was very well organised, and that they were touched by our gestures.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

When we successfully surprised our families and close ones during the dinner by singing our wedding speech! We thought of many ways to say our thank-yous, even thinking of recording ourselves on video to air during the dinner, but finally decided to show the amount of gratitude we had for them through the thank-you medley that we spent months practicing and rehearsing for. There were lots of happy tears and we were really glad that we managed to make our loved ones feel special that night.

What is one lesson you’ve learned from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?

Start early and plan ahead! Sit down with one another and discuss the wedding budget, theme, and ideas together. Identify the décor ideas, wedding practices, and moments that you did or did not enjoy at previously attended weddings and work out what you would like to achieve for yours. Every wedding is unique to each individual couple, and that’s a beautiful thing. And trust your wedding vendors! After all, they are the pros and will want the best for your wedding too. Enjoy the preparation process with one other and don’t sweat about the small things!

The Size of Wedding: 300 guests (Ceremony) / 110 (Dinner)
The Venue: Church of the Good Shepherd (Ceremony) / Nosh (Dinner)
Cost of the Wedding: $60,000
The Photographer: Wisanto from Bloc Memoire Photography
The Videographer: Twenty8picks Videography
The Wedding Gown: Caramel & Co. / Grace Loves Lace
The Wedding Shoes: Harriet Wilde
The Groom’s Suit: Men’s Tradition
The Wedding Bands: Fairy’s Inc.
The Bridesmaids’ Outfits: Love, Bonito (Grey Skirts) and Bridesmaids’ own (White Tops)
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Vests from Men’s Tradition
The Flower Girls’ Dresses: H&M
The Page Boys’ Suits: BloomB
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Cleo Chang Makeup & Hair
Hair Accessories: Maggie Wu Studio
Earrings: BHLDN
The Caterer: Stamford Catering (Church ceremony)
The Florist: Fiona Treadwell
The Event Stylist: DIY (Church Ceremony), Fiona Treadwell (Dinner)
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Gifts of Grace Design
Red Packet Box, Surprise Box, Groomsmen and Bridesmaids Boxes: Common Hands
Refurbished bible as ring pillow: dddots
The Solemniser: Reverend Huang Ao You

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Charis and Joshua’s Vintage Botanical Wedding at Nosh