Singaporebrides | Fine Dining

July 2018

Danielle and Nigel’s Joy-Filled Sheraton Towers Singapore Wedding

Danielle and Nigel bravely juggled wedding planning and filming their home renovation journey on Channel 5! The loving couple danced into their beautiful, multi-cultural Sheraton Towers Singapore wedding, celebrating with family and friends.

Danielle Hon, 31, and Nigel Selvanathen, 29, first met at work. This brave couple juggled wedding planning for two celebrations with filming their home renovation on the Channel 5 programme Designer in the House, Season 1 Episode 1! Read all about Danielle and Nigel’s journey and beautiful, multi-cultural wedding day celebrations at Church of St. Francis Xavier and Sheraton Towers Singapore, captured beautifully by J Production.

What drew you to each other and what do you love most about your partner?

Danielle: What attracted me to Nigel was how he affected a dapper image, and in no time, people around were singing his praises. When I got to know him for myself, I realised he was nothing short of amazing. To name a few examples, he is smart (first class honours NTU graduate!), and athletic (50 of the countless medals and trophies from his track and field days sit in the medal cabinet on our living room feature wall). Most importantly, and what I love the most about him, is his big heart. He is a man for others and many a time I have witnessed him helping out friends and strangers alike, in small and big ways.

Nigel: What I love most about Danielle is her desire to always be better, whether it is at work, as a wife, or mother. Her attitude of self improvement is driven by her passion in her job and boundless love for our family. For instance, although I’m the cook in the family, Danielle still strives to improve her cooking skills, especially for the dishes I love. And as for our 9-month old daughter (our honeymoon baby!), let’s just say that Danielle’s “never say die” attitude helped the baby become so well adjusted to daily routines! What more can I hope for? Well, maybe a second child soon!

What was the proposal like?

Nigel: The proposal was a two-fold surprise, I had won a Great Eastern SG50 Wishes contest and they helped planned the proposal! The day started with an unforgettable spa and massage at Capella Singapore, and while we went for dinner at Quayside Isle, my friends and the crew decorated a suite with fairy lights, balloons, flower petals, and our photographs.

Danielle: With Ed Shereen crooning in the background, Nigel made 10 promises before choking back tears and going down on one knee, presenting me with the ring, and proposing. It was funny how he did not know where the ring was and his friends were seemingly pointing at thin air when it was actually tied to one of the balloons above us!

What was wedding planning like?

Danielle: The wedding preparation was not for the fainthearted! We planned for the church wedding, dinner banquet, and our new house’s renovation (with filming for the Channel 5 series Designer in the House, Season 1 Episode 1) all at the same time that year! We were really blessed to work with so many passionate individuals who made the journey smooth and memorable.

For our photography and videography, we knew we had to get a reliable company to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments. After looking through websites and reading reviews, we sent out emails to some shortlisted companies to request for quotes. J Production was one of the companies we were quite interested in. We met Camie and JJ in person and discussed what they had to offer. They were very friendly yet professional in sharing their qualifications and experience. We left the meeting knowing that we found our photographers! It probably helped that they were so charmed by Nigel and this Chindian’s Mandarin speaking skills.

Nigel: Throughout the whole planning process, they were always contactable and patient in explaining everything clearly to us. They also went out of their way to assist in securing our pre-wedding photo shoot locations and ensuring that the day went smoothly. We felt very assured that they would do a good job on the actual wedding day.

What was your wedding day like?

Danielle: The wedding day went by so fast! It was the big day we got to say our vows, and having family and friends there to celebrate with us and witness our love and commitment meant so much to us. It started with some simple gatecrash games before we headed to the church together in my cousin’s convertible. It was a first for us to be in one and driving to the church with the roof down was such an experience!

When we arrived, the church was beautifully decorated with flowers, fairy lights and our personalised aisle runner. Before we knew it, the ceremony began. We were both very excited and nervous and as I walked down the aisle, we realised that I had not put the veil down! Thankfully we managed to work it out once I reached the altar, and we lived to tell the tale! Camie and JJ joked that we have the best photographs ever because all other brides’ faces cannot be seen. I then led in the singing of a beautiful responsorial psalm during the mass.

One decision I made right at the start when we were planning the wedding was that I was not going to wear heels. Best decision ever as I could really enjoy myself and move around freely in my sparkly Keds x KateSpade sneakers.

Nigel: The dinner banquet at Sheraton Towers Singapore was more for our parents but it’s their day too and we are glad that they are proud of who we have grown up to be. We had fun with the march-ins; the first one, we wore the traditional white wedding gown and suit but danced down the aisle to Pharrell William’s Happy. (So much fun in comfy shoes!) For the second match-in, we wanted to have some fun with both our Chinese and Indian cultures. Danielle wore a red traditional gown with a modern twist and sashayed to Frances Yip’s “Shanghai Tan” followed by me dancing down the aisle to “Jai Ho”. The third and last march-in, we walked hand-in-hand to Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You”.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Danielle: My most memorable moment was during the photo montage when Nigel finally got to hear the song I recorded for him and had JJ and Camie use as the background music! It was one of the theme songs which Nigel likes, from the serial “Descendants of the Sun,” the only Korean drama we had watched together. Also, it was definitely having so many loved ones together for the happy occasion!

Nigel: My most memorable moment was definitely watching Danielle walk down the church aisle. For that minute or so, everything else around was a blur, the music faded in my head and I kept repeating to myself, “Don’t cry, don’t cry”! She was absolutely radiant and beautiful. All that time, I didn’t even realise that she had forgotten to put her veil down! That was the first thing the priest whispered to us when she arrived at the altar!

Size of Church Wedding: 200 guests
Size of Dinner Banquet: 300
The Venues: Church of St. Francis Xavier // Sheraton Towers Singapore
The Wedding Day Photography: J Production
The Gown: Cang Ai Wedding
The Bride’s Shoes: Keds x Kate Spade
The Suit: Cang Ai Wedding // Zara // Benjamin Barker
The Groom’s Shoes: Beetle Bug
The Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Jann Paul
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love and Bravery
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Uniqlo for shirts and ASOS for vests
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Anstace Make Up & Styling
The Nail Artist: Summer Nail Salon
The Caterer: Glory Catering
The Florist: Jason Goh
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: J Production
The Videographer: J Production
The Photo Booth: J Production
The Wedding Invites: Designed by Danielle
The Band: Nigel’s father’s friends
The Solemniser: Father Jude David

Credits: Images by J Production.


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