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October 2020

Samantha and Jarred’s “Love You to the Moon and Back” Minimony at Open Farm Community

Samantha and Jarred’s blue and white minimony at Open Farm Community was a beautifully intimate celebration themed around the moon, featuring a crescent-shaped floral arrangement and a “Love you to the moon and back” table runner designed by Samantha herself!

Samantha, 29, and Jarred, 30 had to postpone both their local wedding plans as well as their destination wedding party due to COVID-19. Instead of waiting indefinitely to get married, the pair decided to tie the knot in an intimate outdoor minimony at Open Farm Community on 18 July 2020, with a beautiful blue and white theme inspired by the moon.

Did COVID-19 affect your wedding plans?

Samantha: We had big plans, including a big church wedding in Singapore and an overseas party for close friends and family in Bali which had been in the works for about a year. We had settled most things and were left with just the decor for Bali when the lockdown happened. That’s when we knew our Bali wedding wasn’t going to happen and we had to postpone it. We’re still keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to have the wedding of our dreams when international travelling is allowed again.

When the circuit breaker was lifted, we decided that instead of waiting indefinitely, we would register our marriage first and have a small minimony. We were also worried that a second wave would hit after the circuit breaker was lifted, and so planned this solemnisation in just three weeks! I definitely couldn’t have done another three months of not seeing my partner for sure.

How did you create your minimony?

What we loved about Open Farm Community was the outdoor lawn area where the ceremony was held, and the fact that our guests could have dinner at the restaurant indoors after!

Samantha: While sourcing for floral decor, I chanced upon a crescent-shaped floral table arrangement and fell in love with it, and decided to centre the solemnisation theme around that of a moon. I also wanted to do up my own backdrop so I used the phrase “I love you to the moon and back” and DIY’ed my own runner to tie in with the floral arrangement. It was through further discussion with my floral stylist, FellowFolks, that they suggested a blue and white chinoiserie colour palette for the flowers to tie in with my cheongsam and everything fell into place after. My dad, in-laws, and even Jarred came decked in shades of blue, and it wasn’t even coordinated!

What was your solemnisation day like?

Samantha: We both didn’t expect to enjoy ourselves so much, what with the restriction on the number of guests during the ceremony, and the separation of 5 pax to a table during the dinner, but it turned out much better than expected! It was a cosy and intimate dinner with some (not all!) of our closest friends and family, and the ambience at Open Farm Community definitely made everything more magical. I remember I was pretty nervous on the way to the ceremony, but Vanessa from Open Farm very kindly gave me a vodka shot and I was fine after!

It was also pretty unusual as we had to cater for “online guests”. We set up a private Instagram account for our wedding and streamed the ceremony live! It was a very strange experience but we are also grateful that our friends and family, especially those from overseas, were able to catch the ceremony from afar.

What was the most memorable moment?

Samantha: For me, the most memorable moment was the time after the walk and leading up to us saying our vows. Things got serious and solemn and I thought, “Man, this is really happening!!!” The planning and all was always fun but the idea of getting married felt so surreal at the time. I was so emotionally overwhelmed and tried very hard not to burst into tears (and I succeeded so yay)!

Jarred: I enjoyed the dinner the most as it was so unexpectedly cosy. I’d always imagined that we wouldn’t have time to entertain our guests but the limit on the number of guests turned out to work in our favour. We were able to have meaningful conversations over great food and wine, which really was what we wanted our celebration to be about.

The Size of the Wedding: 20 pax
The Cost of the Wedding: Approx. $5k
The Venue: Open Farm Community
The Wedding Day Photographer: Justrealle Photography
The Gown: Studio.HHFZ
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: The Glow Beauty Bar
The Florist: Fellow Folks
The DIY runner: Art by Samantha Staygold

Credits: Images by Justrealle Photography

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Samantha and Jarred’s “Love You to the Moon and Back” Minimony at Open Farm Community