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Si Chyi and Jermyn’s Fun and Colourful Wedding at PARKROYAL on Pickering
Si Chyi and Jermyn celebrated their marriage in a fun and colourful affair at PARKROYAL on Pickering.
They didn’t know this, but university school mates Si Chyi and Jermyn only had eyes for each other when they first met in school. It was Si Chyi who made the first move and struck up a conversation with Jermyn, and since then, their fondness for each other blossomed into a love that turned them into soulmates. The pair of lovebirds tied the knot in a simple yet fun and colourful celebration at PARKROYAL on Pickering, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.
How did you meet? Tell us a little bit about your journey as a couple.
Si Chyi: Jermyn and I met in university. To be honest, I had my eye on him because I thought he was more well dressed compared to the others in school. I was the one who made the first move, or rather, started a conversation with him. He was a little shy back then. The funniest thing happened during a tutorial class. I smelled something that seemed very garlicky, and I asked, “Who ate chicken rice?!” and Jermyn answered innocently that it was he had just burped. I guess that made him fall much more in love with me!
Interestingly, we only found out that we were each other’s eye candy after we graduated and started dating.
What made you fall in love with your partner?
Si Chyi: I love that he is very logical. For example, whenever we argue, he tends to make sense about the situation rather than being further agitated, which neabs our fights and arguments are resolved very quickly. I feel that we are alike in terms of our ideas and preferences most of the times, and I love how compatible we are.
Jermyn: I love how honest she is with her feelings. She doesn’t need me to guess what she’s thinking, she just tells me. I feel comfortable with her. She makes me express my feelings more too.
What was the proposal like?
Si Chyi: It was a random day, on a seemingly random date. I told him before that I like surprises and would definitely like to be surprised for the proposal, so proposals on special occasions are out. So, one day in January 2016, we both decided to go on leave from work just to go on a date. There we were at our usual hangout at Haji Lane and had wandered into one of the shops. I noticed a GoPro camera on one of the clothes rack but didn’t put much thought into it. He asked me to go over to the counter showcase, and said “Hey, that thing looks familiar, doesn’t it? What is it doing here?” He was pointing to a rabbit soft toy and a handwritten notebook that I had given him one Valentine’s Day.
He asked the shop owner to retrieve a wooden box from the showcase and got down on one knee. I was so surprised that I backed away and couldn’t stop exclaiming in shock! As he began his speech, happy tears streamed down my face and when he popped the question, I said ‘Yes’!
Share with us your wedding planning process.
We wanted something simple and practical but special at the same time. We didn’t sign up for any wedding packages that came with photography or videography services. We decided not to hire a videographer for the wedding and had one of Jermyn’s friend video the day’s happenings instead. For our pre-wedding photoshoot, we chose to go for a more fun couple shoot than the usual scenic shots. On our wedding day, we did away with the second march-in so that we could spend time mingling with the guests instead. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and even engaged a mobile coffee cart for them.
Our wedding vendors did a wonderful job and we love all of them! They went above and beyond our expectations, and I really appreciate their help. Everyone from the hotel manager to Amanda Lee Weddings and our photographer, as well as my amazing aunt who hand-tied all the floral decorations on the wedding car, did an amazing job.
Tell us about your unconventional wedding dress!
I wanted something simple but not off-the-rack—and I had no idea how many gown inspirations I had screenshot on my phone—until I decided to go for a dress that’s colourful, fun and slightly unconventional, like a two-piece with a shorter inner skirt and a detachable long outer skirt with a high slit, inspired by Olivia Palermo’s wedding dress.
Together with Miah from Amanda Lee Weddings, we worked to develop the design for my gown which complemented our theme and characters. The end product is a gown with a diamond bare-back design (I’ve always liked bare-back wedding gowns!) with colourful lace placed randomly on the front and of course, an illusion lace t-shirt sleeve!
What was your wedding day like?
The day went by so quickly! After breakfast with my bridesmaids, I had my makeup and hair done, and changed into my dress while Jermyn and the boys were downstairs waiting to start the gatecrash. After the games, we proceeded to PARKROYAL on Pickering where we rested for a while in our room while our bridal party prepared for our solemnisation and luncheon. We had our solemnisation just outside of the ballroom as we wanted an open space with plenty of natural light.
We had our tea ceremony after the solemnisation and thereafter, I went back up to our room for a quick touch-up. When the time came for us to march into the ballroom for our luncheon, I recalled being nervous even though I wasn’t feeling that way initially. I held onto Jermyn’s arm tightly and when we heard our march-in song playing, the doors opened. Before we knew it, we were up on the stage, cutting our cake. On hindsight, we may have walked a little too fast down the aisle. If I could, I would want to do it all over again except this time, I would want to savour the moment. The luncheon was pretty relaxing with no rush to change into a second gown, and I felt that our guests were comfortable and enjoying themselves.
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?
That has got to be our speeches. Instead of the usual long wedding speech, we crafted ours to be more informal yet at the same time heartfelt and personalised. Our speeches were quite simple and it made our guests laugh, which made us feel really good.
The Venue: PARKROYAL on Pickering
The Size of Wedding: 290 guests
The Cost of Wedding: Approximately $50,000
The Wedding Photographer: Lee Yeow Ming from Blessed-i Photography
The Wedding Gown: Amanda Lee Weddings
The Bride’s Shoes: Common Projects (sneakers) and JWest (high heel shoes)
The Groom’s Suit: Amanda Lee Weddings
The Groom’s Shoes: Common Projects
The Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: JannPaul
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Taobao (skirt) and Uniqlo (top)
The Groomsmen’s Suits: Their Own
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Marie Soh from 27a.co
The Wedding Florist: Provided by the bride’s aunt and hotel
The Wedding Planner: Bride and Groom
The Wedding Invitations: PARKROYAL on Pickering
The Wedding Favours: PARKROYAL on Pickering
The Mobile Coffee Vendor: Olla Coffee
The Balloons: Celebloons
The Solemniser: William Cheong
The Wedding Car Rental: Provided by a friend
The Wedding Resource: SingaporeBrides
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