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Vera and Glenn’s Heartfelt and Modern Wedding at The Glasshouse in Andaz Singapore
Junior college sweethearts Vera and Glenn tied the knot in a heartfelt and modern celebration at Andaz Singapore.
Vera and Glenn met as classmates in junior college, but she had unknowingly caught his eye even before they were assigned to the same classroom. Seven years and a private and sweet proposal later, the pair of sweethearts were ready to say “I do”. Planning a wedding amidst the ever-changing regulations in a pandemic is not easy, but Vera and Glenn took every challenge they met along the way in stride, and tied the knot in a heartfelt and no-frills, modern wedding with an intimate party made up of their loved ones at The Glasshouse in Andaz Singapore.
Share with us your story. How did the two of you meet?
Glenn and I met in 2014 when we were in junior college. According to him and his friends, I first caught his eye during orientation when students had to attend a briefing in the lecture theatre, but I don’t recall noticing him yet. As fate would have it, we ended up being classmates. We started out as friends, and our friendship blossomed gradually as we started spending more time together.
What drew you to each other?
We have many similar hobbies and interests. We are both sporty people, so we often bonded by playing badminton and going on hikes. Aside from sports, we also enjoy going on food hunts and watching movies together. Another thing that drew us together was the fact that we got along so well. We could tell each other anything and everything; we just felt so comfortable in each other’s presence. It’s been amazing being in a relationship with someone whom I can call my best friend and partner in life.
What is it about your partner that you love the most?
Vera: There are so many aspects about Glenn that I love. He is funny and quick-witted. But the thing I love about him the most would be how he accepts me for who I am (regardless of my flaws) and always makes an effort to take care of me. I remember back when we were in London celebrating New Year’s Day, we headed to central London to watch the fireworks. After the celebrations, all public transport services were suspended and a majority of us were stuck outside in the cold. It was freezing and my legs were killing me because I wore heels out. Right there and then, Glenn immediately took off his shoes and let me wear them while he walked around barefoot. His selflessness is what I love about him the most.
Glenn: I love that Vera is very pure and kind-hearted. She is also extremely caring, loving and understanding. Our two years in junior college were the only two years we spent the most time with each other since I enlisted into the army right after our ‘A’ Levels and spent months at a time overseas studying in university. Even though she complains now and then about my hectic schedule, she never fails to pick me up from work or drop me a text to tell me about her life. She has made many sacrifices for me all this while and I am very fortunate to have this amazing woman to call as my wife.
What was the proposal like?
The proposal was nothing fancy. We went to our favourite Italian restaurant and Glenn made a special request with the chef to prepare dessert. That was when he presented me with the ring and asked me to marry him.
How did you cope with the challenges?
Initially, Glenn and I planned to have four groomsmen and four bridesmaids respectively for the morning gatecrashing segment. However, when the COVID-19 situation worsened, we had to limit the number of visitors in a household and significantly reduce our entourage. Then, just a week before the wedding, we also had many things to change such as rearranging the seating arrangement from tables of eight to tables of five. We were also very thankful and lucky to have our wedding held on the 15 May 2021, right before more restrictions kicked in where receptions were no longer allowed under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). But overall, we would say that it’s still a very interesting experience nonetheless.
Take us back to your wedding day.What was the day like and how were you feeling?
On our wedding day, we were filled with excitement. We had no theme for our big day per se, as we had just wanted it to have a modern vibe to the celebrations. Despite having a few dropouts from our guest list due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic, we were happy that majority of our loved ones were able to attend our wedding and were willing to undergo the trouble of taking a swab test to join in our celebration.
The highlight of the wedding was definitely our first walk-in, where there were swordbearers. The most memorable part of the wedding would probably be the speeches made by Glenn and our friends. Weeks after our wedding, Glenn and I still watched playbacks of the speeches made during the wedding reception and they never failed to put a smile on our faces. Glenn’s speech was funny and touching at the same time. He even injected some humour in light of the COVID-19 situation. He said something like “When I saw my wife in the morning, my breath was taken away… I thought I had COVID”, haha! But all jokes aside, he even managed to make me cry on stage because there were touching elements to his speech. Our friends also had many anecdotes about Glenn and my relationship and it was really nice to hear all the fond memories we shared.
Our guests also enjoyed themselves at the wedding. They mentioned that it was a very beautiful wedding, the food was superb and the speeches were memorable. Our parents were also very proud of us pulling off a wedding amidst the pandemic.
What is one lesson you’ve learned from your wedding planning that you’d like to share with other couples?
Have fun with your wedding planning. Amidst a pandemic (now an endemic), we just have to remain quick and adaptable to the changing rules and regulations. Try to be as open-minded as possible and don’t stress over making everything perfect!
The Venue: The Glasshouse, Andaz Singapore
Cost of Wedding: Approximately $25,000 – $30,000
Size of Wedding: Approximately 100 persons
The Bride’s Gown: The Gown Warehouse
The Groom’s Suit: G2000
The Wedding Photographer: Ashley Matthew Photography
The Wedding Videographer: Marcus Chin
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Closet Lover
The Wedding Bands: JannPaul
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Huimin Ng
The Florist: Bucket Full of Roses
The Wedding Favours: Bynd Artisan
The Wedding Cake: Andaz Singapore
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