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August 2020

Cheryl and Barry’s Wedding Anniversary Shoot in the Woods

Florals Actually founder Cheryl and her husband Barry celebrated three years of marriage with a wedding anniversary shoot in the woods.

Cheryl, Founder of Florals Actually, and her husband Barry decided to celebrate their three years of marriage with a woodsy anniversary shoot. With the bride a creative florist, you know the shoot will feature some beautiful florals! Cheryl made up for not being able to style her own wedding florals at the time with the bridal bouquet of her dreams, and an ethereal floral crown to match!

How did you first meet?

We met online on a website, long before dating apps became popular!

What do you love most about your partner?

Cheryl: I love how he is a rock in my life that I can always depend on. While I’m a planner, he prefers to be spontaneous and it has also taught me to be less uptight about how things pan out in life. He likes my rational mind and how I weigh all my options before taking action. I think we balance each other out!

What was the proposal like?

Cheryl: He handmade a beautiful acrylic ring box fixed with transparent panels which would light up when opened to reveal the sparkling ring! It took him a very long time to craft it and I was really touched.

What was your wedding like?

Cheryl: We had our wedding at CHIJMES Hall and it was a cozy affair with many close friends and family present. Instead of playing a childhood montage and morning highlights, we engaged a friend to serenade the crowd with Disney songs and various hits from the 2000s. We also did away with the morning gatecrash and replaced it with a mini quiz so that we would have more time for photo-taking with the wedding entourage.

What’s one piece of marriage advice you’d give to couples?

Cheryl: We have been married for close to four years now. The husband says, “Happy wife, happy life!” I cannot disagree with that for sure! On a serious note, I feel that it is important for us to give each other personal space even when we are living together. We spend time apart to relax and pursue our individual interests, and time together to connect and talk about our day. Easier said than done, but at the end of the day, communication and compromise is the key to maintaining a relationship.

Tell us about your anniversary shoot.

Cheryl: I got married before I ventured into floristry, and I have always felt wistful about not having the chance to style my own wedding flowers. Since it was our third wedding anniversary last year, I thought we should do an anniversary shoot so that I could finally have the stylistic freedom to do up the flowers that I have always envisioned.

Pastels and dusty shades have always been my favourite colour scheme and I dreamt up a concoction of blush pink, nude beige, dusty mauve, and sky blue to venture away from the traditional rustic style with lots of greens. The wispy blue asparagus fern added a dreamy touch, but not without consequences! The bits of blue got caught on everything and left its traces everywhere!

As someone in the wedding industry, do you have any advice for brides who are planning their weddings during the present uncertainties?

Cheryl: Being a former bride, I definitely understand the anxiety about planning everything ahead, especially for an event that is once in a lifetime. Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, it may be good to keep things fluid and check with your wedding vendors about the terms and conditions regarding postponement of dates or any changes to plans. As a wedding vendor, Florals Actually offers flexibility to couples to postpone dates with no additional charges as long as their preferred dates are available.

The Photographer: Germaine, Bridelope Productions
The Bride’s Outfits: Bride’s own
The Bride’s Shoes: Bride’s own
The Groom’s Outfits: Groom’s own
The Groom’s Shoes: Groom’s own
The Shoot Locations: Coney Island // Upper Seletar
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Makeup Ayden
The Florist: Florals Actually

Credits: Images by Bridelope Productions

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Cheryl and Barry’s Wedding Anniversary Shoot in the Woods