Two Halves of a Whole

The mo­ment they met, Elaine Daly and Nick Bo­den knew there was some­thing spe­cial in store for them

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The beau­ti­ful and charis­matic Elaine Daly mar­ries her other half, Nick Bo­den, in a mag­i­cal wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion in Gent­ing High­lands

When asked what song would best rep­re­sent her and Nick Bo­den, Elaine Daly picked out Al Green’s Let’s Get To­gether. The lyric goes, “I’m so in love with you, what­ever you want to do is all right with me ’cause you make me feel so brand new,” and we found the laid-back, soul­ful vibe of the song to match the cou­ple’s DNA per­fectly. Love of­ten comes knock­ing when you least ex­pect it. For for­mer beauty queen Daly, she was fo­cused on her work as a TV per­son­al­ity, model and ac­tress when a mu­tual friend in­tro­duced her to Bo­den, a chi­ro­prac­tor orig­i­nat­ing from South Africa. They clicked right from the be­gin­ning de­spite their seem­ingly dif­fer­ent back­grounds. “Nick is ev­ery­thing I could ask for and more. He is in­tel­li­gent, car­ing, kind and has a great sense of hu­mour,” says Daly. It was a rel­a­tively short courtship be­fore the two de­cided to tie the knot. Daly pointed out the mo­ment when she knew she had found the one, “I was very sick shortly into our re­la­tion­ship. I have never had some­one gen­uinely care for me and show such com­pas­sion like he did. I know it’s prob­a­bly be­cause he is such a great doc­tor but it was more than that. He truly showed me what I thought I would never be able to find, un­con­di­tional love.”

Ev­ery­thing fell into place within the span of a few months. A sud­den change in hol­i­day plans with friends saw Daly and Bo­den mak­ing a trip to Mal­dives by them­selves. They were stand­ing at the end of a long jetty watch­ing the sun set over the In­dian Ocean when Bo­den got down on one knee and popped the ques­tion. Time never be­came a worry when plan­ning for the big day even though Daly de­scribed her­self as a per­fec­tion­ist and would never do any­thing half-heart­edly. It took the cou­ple about three months, with the help of their wed­ding plan­ners, to plan three wed­dings in three sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions. “We were both su­per re­laxed in the lead-up to the wed­ding, which was sur­pris­ing as I thought I would be more stressed out. I guess it is prob­a­bly be­cause we knew that this was some­thing we had planned well for and we were so ready for the mo­ment,” Daly re­veals.

Pun­cak Dani, a pri­vate bun­ga­low set­tled amidst the lush green­ery of Gent­ing High­lands, set the stage for an in­ti­mate gar­den-themed wed­ding. Daly and Bo­den

in­vited 150 of their clos­est friends and rel­a­tives for round two of their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions, com­plete with ‘get the bride’ ob­sta­cles set by Daly’s en­tourage who called them­selves Elaine’s Army and a tra­di­tional tea cer­e­mony in hon­our of her mother’s Straits Chi­nese her­itage. Shades of pink, flut­ter­ing rib­bons and fairy lights cre­ated a ro­man­tic and whim­si­cal at­mos­phere on the grounds. Even the usual mon­soon rain gave way to a beau­ti­ful rain­bow, mak­ing the day even more spe­cial and mag­i­cal.

As the sky dark­ened and the stars came out to play, Daly changed into a shim­mery gown by Sonny San to match the twin­kles all around. The new­ly­weds then had a sim­ple cake-cut­ting cer­e­mony be­fore pro­ceed­ing to dance the night away to their favourite songs played by a DJ and live band. Daly de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence as mag­i­cal, re­laxed and beau­ti­ful. “Mar­riage is sa­cred to me. It has to be with some­one who loves you even when you are at your worst. It is a re­la­tion­ship be­tween two peo­ple who have de­cided they are only whole when they are to­gether.”

WED­DING RE­CEP­TION

WHEN De­cem­ber 6, 2014 WHERE Pun­cak Dani, Gent­ing High­lands

Elaine Daly & Nick Bo­den

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