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June 2022

Pamela and Adrian’s Vintage, Rustic Wedding at Armenian Church and The Masons Table

Pamela and Adrian pulled off their intimate, vintage wedding at Armenian Church and The Masons Table for just $13,000!

Pamela, 28, Product Designer, and Adrian, 29, Research Assistant, were unknowingly matchmade in a water balloon fight! The couple weathered many COVID-19 restrictions and changes to host an intimate vintage, rustic wedding in the heritage Armenian Church and The Masons Table on 12 December 2021, which they pulled off for just $13,000!

How did you two first meet each other?

Adrian: We met while studying abroad in university in Melbourne. We caught each other’s eyes at the university camp and have been together since.

Pamela: He threw a water balloon at me in a water balloon fight thinking I had thrown one at him first (I didn’t). We started a water balloon fight and ended up chatting the whole night after. It’s a little weird, but if you think about it, whoever really threw the first balloon at him unintentionally matchmade us.

What do you love most about your partner?

Adrian: Pamela is the embodiment of fun. Her spontaneous nature led us to try many new things that I would otherwise not have tried. Being with her has been both exciting and interesting. I can always count on her to add more colour to my life now that she is my wife.

Pamela: Adrian is always cheery and positive. He has the energy of a teenager and the jokes of a very old man. I fell in love on a cold night in the middle of winter. I had been coughing nonstop for a week and when he heard that he came over in the cold to pass me homemade porridge and cough syrup. We weren’t even dating then!

What was the proposal like?

Adrian: During the COVID-19 pandemic, my options for proposing were limited. I opted for a surprise proposal under the guise that it was a staycation to celebrate my birthday that was a week later. The getaway package at Shangri-La Hotel included a spa session during which I had a great friend of mine decorate the hotel room for my proposal while we were out. The magical moment of her walking in to see the hotel room decorated was when I proposed. I remember her interrupting me mid-speech to ask if I had obtained her parent’s permission. Naturally, I had, and she said yes.

Pamela: I didn’t know he had my parents’ numbers.

Did COVID-19 affect your wedding plans?

Definitely. Regulations kept changing and many couples in the year we got married had their weddings canceled. The constant changes were more taxing emotionally than anything as there was always a concern at the back of our minds that we should just cancel our bookings. On the positive side, we had a lot of flexibility in terms of bookings (such as our venue) and got to book the entire place for a small guest list rather than a big one upfront.

What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?

Vintage and rustic. The theme was pretty much determined by the locations we ended up picking – both the Armenian Church and Masons Table are heritage European buildings with a lot of character and history. We matched our flowers and photographer style to the venues, and DIY-ed the majority of the decor to save costs.

How did you keep to your wedding budget of $13,000?

We are firm believers that guests should not be the ones to pick up the wedding tab, and determined our wedding budget with that in mind. I learnt of Armenian Church from articles on SingaporeBrides and was inspired by some of the Real Weddings featuring couples who held their weddings for under $30K. We managed our budget with the help of friends and strict planning. We split apart items which were a must for us—solemnisation in a church, a good photographer, and lunch banquet costs—from items which were just optional or good-to-haves. Instead of getting a wedding car, we walked across the road to the lunch venue, which made for some pretty funny “runaway bride” Instagram Stories.

Friends and family came through on every occasion—our solemniser is Adrian’s brother while the hair and makeup artists, emcees, and the band were friends.

We were also extremely hands-on and handmade the wedding mirror, all the wedding favours (which included stamping wax seals, slicing the labels, and filling out each jar layer by layer), the unity candle setup, and the wedding montage video.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?

Pamela: A surprise gatecrash event at our lunch ceremony. We had decided not to bother with an early morning gatecrash but the groom’s party had other ideas. The groomsmen made Adrian do a live gatecrash session during the lunch. He was asked to drink the four cups signifying the bitter, sour, spicy, and sweet moments in life, and had to princess-carry the bride for as long as possible while the guests voted on how long he could hold onto me for.

Adrian: I could have held on for longer, if they had not poisoned me with those drinks first!

The Size of the Wedding: 54 guests
The Cost of the Wedding: $13,000
The Venue: Armenian Church and The Masons Table
The Wedding Day Photographer: Rylz Photography
The Gown: The Story of Us
The Bride’s Shoes: Shopee
The Suit: Mohan Max Tailors
The Groom’s Shoes: Pedro
The Engagement Ring: Curious Creatures
The Wedding Bands: Curious Creatures
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Taobao
The Flower Girls’ Dresses: Shopee
The Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Nadya (hair) and Cara Chiang (makeup)
The Florist: Idy Tan Geok
The Pre-Wedding Photographer: Freddy Wong Photography
The Phototable: Time Stands Still
The Wedding Invitations and Stationery: Ourselves
The Wedding Favours: Ourselves
The Band: Waymakers
The Solemniser: Alvin Kang

Credits: Images by Rylz Photography

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Pamela and Adrian’s Vintage, Rustic Wedding at Armenian Church and The Masons Table