When Poppy Flora Studio asked us if we'd like to feature Clicknetwork star Charles Ng's wedding with his long-time sweetheart Sarah, we jumped at the chance – not just because he's an internet personality in Singapore, but because they have an incredibly sweet, sincere relationship (his blog is peppered with thoughtful mentions!). Having decided to tie the knot after 10 years of sticking together through thick and thin, Charles and Sarah's wedding was deeply-personal and reflected their tastes, beliefs, and values. The intimate affair at the Church of St Vincent de Paul was decked out in a colourfully-eclectic mix of flowers, and they walked down the aisle on a runner inscribed with their love story. Sarah tells us all about it below...
How they met:
Charles and I met in the Church of St. Vincent De. Paul when he was 16, and I was only 15. We dated, grew up together, and got married 10 years later.
The proposal was an intimate, private affair and just as genuine as the gesture. Charles planned a surprise cruise with my family and while we were far out at sea, he took out a customised puzzle that he put together. He asked me if I remembered what our relationship was built on, which were the three main sections that the puzzle was divided into – trust, communication and commitment.
Each section had questions that discussed many aspects of our relationship; how many kids we wanted, our flaws, our strengths, things we loved about each other, and the pure excitement of a future together. We spent about three hours just talking and laughing, revealing each part of the puzzle along the way. It was very private. And when we finished, the puzzle revealed a picture of Charles on one knee.
He then got down and pulled out a ring (which I later found out he sold his beloved motorcycle to buy) to pop the question. My family soon joined us to share my joy. It was a precious moment to remember forever.
The bride's look:
I wanted a classy, romantic style with lace – something simple. I finally chose a mermaid-cut gown with a soft, tulle lace overlay, a classic long train, and a chapel-length veil. I also paired it with minimal accessories; a simple cross necklace and stud earrings. For hair and make-up, I asked for a natural look, with big, wavy curls to finish off the romantic feel.
The groom’s outfit:
Charles is very boring when it comes to dressing – classic, as he'd love to put it! So he chose a tailored, black cashmere wool blend suit and a white Egyptian silk shirt with black buttons, topped off with a bow tie.
The wedding party's outfits:
We wanted our bridesmaids' dresses in a neutral tone to nicely match the florals and theme, so we chose a soft, nude-blush colour. The guys went with a classic black and white suit.
We held our wedding ceremony in the church of St Vincent De Paul, the same church where we met exactly ten years ago. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and honest, as well as reflect our relationship and the significance of the church venue to us.
Charles is outgoing and fun-loving, and he wanted a legendary-themed wedding because he loves anything different and out of the ordinary, while I'm more reserved and wanted a rustic, romantic and personalised wedding. Our amazing florist, Poppy Flora Studio, managed to mash both themes together and came up with the most unique, AMAZING florals for the church!
Poppy Flora crafted planters of specially-dyed flowers (many of which we’ve never even seen before), two rustic tree branches for a floral arch, and even spray painted some leaves in pastel colours for an extra whimsical feel.
We loved the soft tones and gorgeously-detailed shots our photographer, Caline Ng, captured. She took the time to understand our love story and it really shows in her photos. We wanted our wedding photos to capture the important moments and emotions – things we would miss because the day goes by so fast.
Sarah's advice for brides-to-be:
Work on the assumption that you are getting absolutely nothing in ang paos from your relatives and friends. That way, you can be assured you will spend only within your means. Plus, you won't be disappointed if you don't expect anything.
Lastly, be patient and understanding with each other. Be gentle and, using a pre-agreed safe word (like 'hocus pocus'), point out calmly if any party is steering towards becoming a bride-zilla territory in ANY way, like getting angry when people back out last minute yet suddenly show up – making you rush to find a place for them and their plus one (disclaimer: this example doesn't apply to us!).
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