Mixing equal parts sophistication and playfulness, Dean and SK's wedding was a stunning she-bang that truly brought out their vibrant personalities. Taking place along the waterfront of Alila Villas Soori in Bali, it had a pristine all-white theme from the decor all the way down to the dress code. Not a pair to shy away from parties, they welcomed their guests with a BBQ dinner the night before, and threw in plenty of statement-making surprises on the day itself, from the wedding party jiving down the aisle to a Balinese dance at the reception. And we won't be forgetting the bride's dramatic, glamorous dress-and-bolero ensemble any time soon! SK reveals all the details below...
How they met:
"Our mutual friend, A, has known both of us separately for years. I'd heard Dean's name mentioned before but had never met this phantom friend. We finally met for the first time at Dean's place with A. It started off with a firm handshake, and we chatted over wine, ice cream, and Wii games. Though he says it was love at first sight, I was the one who cheekily asked for his number. And that's how it began!
Dean planned to propose at the now-defunct 53, our favourite restaurant, and even booked the chef's table. But when the chef had a Gordon Ramsay moment (profanities galore), Dean slipped the bespoke ring he designed back into his pocket, and proposed in the carpark instead. It's the most beautiful, brilliant ring ever. We named it Sparkles."
The bride's outfit:
"I wanted a gorgeous white gown with a splash of colour, and a bolero to create a vintage, retro-luxe feel. Nothing was spared in terms of detail – the gown was to look beautiful from all angles. The wedding ensemble was co-designed by Ted and me. We decided on a modest, sweetheart neckline with an A-line sillhouette, and a short train suitable for the beachfront setting. No impractical princess ballgowns! I chose an auspicious reddish, mandarin orange hue for the embroidered flowers and belt to give the gown an oriental touch. The bolero had intricate ostrich feathers interlaced to move when I did. We did away with a traditional long veil, and had a chic headpiece with netting and feathers instead."
Her hair and make-up:
"I requested to look natural, with a simple, classy up-do."
The groom's outfit:
"Dean wore a light suit and a white, mandarin-collared shirt adorned with mother-of-pearl buttons."
The wedding party's style:
"We wanted natural, warm summer colours to complement the all-white wedding. Think tropical. So we chose a grass green and papaya colour for our stationery, and in line with that, we went for retro, polka-dotted green dresses for the ladies, and matching bow-ties for the gents."
"Bali's Alila Villas Soori set the tone for a perfect romantic weekend getaway, where we could bask in clear blue skies, infinite paddy green and warm black sand. We couldn't ask for more. Devina and her team from the villas were fabulous in coordinating and making everything possible, too. No bride-zilla moments at all!"
"I love themed parties, and it's good fun when everyone dresses up. We wanted to the tradition whereby it's a faux pas for other to white at a wedding. So an all-white wedding it was – everything from flowers (seasonal calla lilies, rose, orchid, and lisanthus) to the guests' dress code."
"I began my wedding vows with one of my favourite quotes from Dante: "Remember today, for it is the beginning of always". And as a tech-y touch, my speech was read off my iPhone. Dean, on the other hand, probably came up with a funny line there and then about abandoning his 'boys only' drinks for me."
The food and drinks:
"We had a good mix of traditional Balinese cuisine, like Ayam Bumbu Merah and Rendang Sapi, along with chef Aston's signature dishes, such as the mahi mahi and melt-in-your mouth beef short ribs. Our wedding cake was an architectural piece with white chocolate on the outside, and rich dark chocolate on the inside. A tropical ice cream with pineapple and coconut was created specially, together with a signature cocktail.
For the booze, our dear friend kindly sourced Bali Moon liqueurs, which flowed freely for the entire party. There was also an open bar, with an oenologist creating lovely cocktails while we lounged in the sunset. We still keep a bottle or two of Bali Moon for our anniversary!"
"It was an eclectic mix. In the early part of the day, we incorporated traditional Asian games, where the groom's entourage had to receive the bride in a test of steel (push-ups) and lots of laughs (extreme taste test and a Hawaiian dress-up). In the evening, we had a bouquet and garter toss to see who'd be tying the not next.
Our wedding march was 'Down By the Water' by The Drums. Dean and I went for their gig when they came to town. It's a very romantic indie number. Later on, the bridesmaids and groomsmen grooved down the aisle to "S&M" by Rihanna and "Marry You" by Bruno Mars. Very controversial, but we wanted to get everyone dancing. Our playlist included different genres we like – everything from Armin Van Buuren to Imogen Heap.
We also chose to have a traditional Balinese dance during the reception to share a slice of Bali's culture with everyone."
"The ladies got heel stoppers to prevent their stilettos from sinking in the grass, and little rattan fans. The gents got zesty lollies in mini buckets. We also had polaroid photos and print-outs happening all night, packed in custom DIY photo sleeves."
"Our bridesmaids' hairpieces were made from scratch using cocoon flowers and ribbons, and the wedding favours were also self-assembled."
SK's advice for brides to be:
"A destination wedding is possible without turning into bride-zilla. You'll need a good coordinator if you're not engaging a wedding planner. Research widely and shortlist two to three choices for everything. An intimate, smaller wedding, in which you know everyone's last name, is preferred. People who matter and care will make the effort to be there. Let your hair down on the big day and enjoy every moment!"
Bridal gown: Ted Wu, Tan Yoong, and Max Couture
Jewellery: Cartier and bespoke/heirloom pieces
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman, and YSL
Groom's suit: Ted Wu
Groom's shoes: Tod's
Groom's accessories: Cartier
Groomsmen's outifts: Their own as well as custom-made pieces from Ni Boutique
Wedding planner: DIY, with help from Devina Hindom of Alila Villas Soori
Flowers, decor and cake: Alilas Villas Soori
Food and drinks: Alilas Villas Soori and Bali Moon
Stationery: Lisa Tse from Inkbox Design Boutique, Wedding List Co and Etsy (photobooth)
Wedding favours: Clean Heels Stoppers and Singapore Wedding Favours
Photographer and videographer: Theo Chang Art Productions
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