Mingling with our guests during the reception
Preparing for our first march in
My beautiful Mommykins.
Peeping into the ballroom to catch a glimpse of our morning highlights.
Made a blooper at the champagne popping on stage
Stacey, my maid-of-honour, who made me cry so much during my wedding. I love you so much Soulmate. :’)
Our dear friends skyping with Jia Sheng, who couldn’t make it back from Brisbane, to let him be a part of our special night.
And my crazy friends wanted to serve him “his share of food”.
Sometimes my Dad is seriously the funniest person I’ve ever met.
Jon’s Melbourne pals who flew over to attend our wedding.
8th December 2014, Monday – Wedding Dinner
I have to admit that I am not the prettiest/most glamorous/sweetest looking bride because I always give the weirdest candid expressions. When we picked up the photographs, Valerie (our photographer), shared with us that our wedding dinner was full of expressions not just from us but everyone in the crowd — there were a lot of interaction going on that evening.
I am quite a fussy person when it comes to details, and after rounds of hotel/ballroom searching, both of our parents & us took a much stronger liking to the Windsor ballroom at Goodwood Park Hotel. We didn’t want a exceptionally huge wedding, and we had 35 tables of guests that evening which was just nice to our needs. I guess one of the best things I love about this ballroom was that there were no pillars obstructing anyone’s view through the dinner that night, and it was a huge plus point for me!
Despite having to climb out of bed in the wee hours of the day, we thought it was a blessing in disguise because we managed to squeeze in two hours of afternoon nap at the bridal suite and recharged us for the rest of the night! Shirley, my make up artist who is also the talented lady in making both my bespoke gowns, came over to the hotel and started working on my make up at about 5pm and I can’t help to feel really nervous – especially in making sure that Jon will not have the chance to find out about the surprise that I had for him. I was extremely happy with the make up that Shirley did for me that evening and I really thought I looked my best that very night. :’) The two persons that Jon and I really owe it all to was our Bridesmaids & Groomsmen – hey helped us overlooked the details as we were busy preppin’ ourselves, and made sure that everything was in place. Especially our Best Man & Maid-of-Honour – Raymond & Stacey – who definitely was as busy as us running around us the whole time through the dinner, making sure that we were not behind time and ensured that our outfits was right.
We decided that instead of keeping the suspense of seeing the bride only after the first march in, I went out together with him and started mingling together with our guests to play host together with our lovely bridesmaids & groomsmen. And that, to me, seemed like one of the best decisions made because I felt that with that I didn’t even get the chance to mingle with every single one of the guests that I have invited (and it’s just my side I’m talking about here). It was such a busy night for us!
We were supposed to have two emcees for the evening, but one of them got called up for an overseas work assignment a few days before and the both of us got into a slight frenzy. In the end, we gave up searching for the second emcee and decided to let Gareth run the entire night because Jon was confident of him doing so. And he was right, Gareth took over the entire night without any awkwardness and the dinner ran smoothly. There were even times when we could hear the him over the mic engaging the audience without even seeing him on stage, on to find him mingling among the crowds it was hilarious! *Full of win!* The atmosphere that night wouldn’t have been perfect without him.
After our second march in, we did a simple toast after each speech made by Stacey & Raymond instead of the typical yum seng because we wanted to save some time, and mainly to make time for what I had something up my sleeves that night. Before the wedding day, I had such a hard time convincing Jon to play photos of our pre-wedding photos as a part of the programme during the dinner (instead of playing it during the reception) because it was the only way I could put allocate some time for the surprise I had for Jon.
Two months before the big day, I met up with the close pals from SP Band and Wen Xiang helped me greatly by rearranging the piece “Endless Love” originally by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross into a piece for flute quartet, with me taking Diana Ross’ part. While Faidhi & Wen Xiang was pretty calm about the performance, Emily and I was exceptionally nervous about it; I was also nervous about having this surprise discovered by Jon. Before the “pre-wedding photos”, the emcee said that there was a technical glitch on the video and no audio was playing, and he got me up on stage. But Jon who was beside all the while just held me and wanted to follow me up, whispering to my ear “Let’s just do the thank you speech now instead”. It was quite a nerve-wrecking moment for me when he wanted to follow me up, and worse when he wanted overwrite my surprise and go straight the thank you speech. But I just got him to sit, and let me handle the rest.
When I got up on stage, I accidentally cleared that short speech I drafted out on my phone and I got into another panic frenzy for about a minute trying to retrieve them back. Then I decided this was taking too long to no avail, so I just decided to say whatever I remember off my mind. I knew I always had stage fright since the days when I was in band, but can I say that this was almost the best performance I had? I didn’t bother about the audience’s presence and played like how we did usually our practices, and it all flowed well. At the end of the performance, I was shocked to see Jon bawling his eyes out – I never ever seen him cried ever – when all I was expecting was to see him exceptionally elated. It took him a while to calm down, and we started making the thank you speeches to our audience. All the time we planned writing our speeches gone to waste, because we ignored the script and said everything from our heart instead. The stage fright that we were afraid of were gone; maybe because the audiences weren’t here to judge, or maybe because they were people we knew, or maybe… we were simply just too happy. As we were making our speeches, to our surprise, I caught glances of the audience only to saw a few people wiping away the tears that was streaming off their faces.It was a beautiful sight to witness. :’)
We went around tables after that for photo taking and some mingling, and boy it took us so long! My only regret was that we didn’t manage to grab a beautiful portrait of both the families together because it was such a busy night, and I really wanted to grab a picture of all of us at the photo booth. And one that’s with the bridesmaids & groomsmen too. *Heaves a big sigh* ☹ On a happier note, we couldn’t be more thankful for the slow-mo booth sponsored by click! Photography! Just like the photo booth, it engages your guests and allows them to have their fair share of fun on your special night and it’s just hilarious to see how much fun they are having. We really thought that made our wedding a little special since we have yet to see any wedding having a slow-mo booth so far, so a huge thank you to Chris & Valerie for helping us spice things up a little!
We couldn’t to be more thankful for such a perfect night with the best and important people to celebrate this special day with us on a Monday evening. Nothing lives more vibrantly about this day.
Goodwood Park Hotel Wedding Dinner Venue
Shirley Li from Flamingo Bridal White Wedding Gown (Off the rack)
Shirley Li from Flamingo Bridal Bespoke Purple & Black Wedding Gown
Shirley Li from Flamingo Bridal Hair & Makeup
click! Photography Photography & Editing
Viscad Studios Videography
click! Photography Slow-mo Booth
Hello, Forever Photobooth