Dione and Ryan's romantic wedding at Raffles Hotel was the perfect marriage of old-world colonial charm and timeless elegance. The venue was especially important to the couple: they wanted a cosy and intimate space where their crowd of 100 guests could mingle and enjoy themselves thoroughly. Their dream was brought to life at the hotel's picturesque grounds: the Raffles Lawn for a heartfelt outdoor ceremony and the historic Bar & Billiard Room, where celebrations went on late into the night. Coupled with sophisticated decorative accents inspired by the groom's love of nature, this was one wedding that proved that that classic is always best
Dione and her wedding planner from Chere Weddings, Vivian, share their highlights of the special day below:
The wedding theme
Vivian: Being a landscaping artist, the groom loves the outdoors, hence, the decoration for the reception and solemnisation revolved mainly around flowers and natural greens – like the hanging flowers at the pavilion at Raffles Lawn.
And since the reception was at Raffles Hotel’s historic Bar & Billiard Room, (which is entirely furnished with colonial-style furniture), the couple decided to keep everything simple and yet elegant so as to emphasise the venue's charm.
The bride’s look
Dione: Since I was going for a natural and fresh look, I opted for a classic wedding dress design from Rico A Mona. When it came to choosing my evening gown, The Gown Warehouse saved my life.
The groom’s look
Dione: Simple – since our theme was peach and mint green, Ryan chose a mint green bow tie to add a special touch to his suit.
The reception dinner
Dione: Ryan and I felt it was important for both of us to give a heartfelt speech during the wedding to thank our family and guests for being there on the day. It was also nice to have the best man, maid of honor and parents share a toast during the night – it gave the guests an opportunity to get to know us as a couple and our family.
Dione’s wedding advice for brides-to-be
No amount of preparation can prepare you for the event of a lifetime, but having a planner was a lifesaver especially on the actual day. Whatever happens, don’t sweat the small stuff and just enjoy the day!
Bridal gown: Rico A Mona & The Gown Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ outfits: Intoxiquette
Wedding planner: Chere Weddings
Florist: CCLee Design
Cake maker: Raffles Hotel
Food and drink caterers: Raffles Hotel
Wedding favours: Theo Chocolate
Entertainment: Hummingbird Concepts
Photographer: Superpanda Presents